Dusty Staub

CEO/Lead Consultant

Robert “Dusty” Staub has worked for over 30 years with executives, families, and communities as well as with private and public companies. He has trained and coached executives and teams in creating high performance outcomes. Dusty has been a pioneer in the process of creating systemic accountability by aligning leadership and group behaviors with strategy to produce bottom-line results.

He has worked and traveled extensively in Europe and the United States. He is the author of The Heart of Leadership: Twelve Practices of Courageous Leaders, The 7 Acts of Courage: Bold Leadership for a Wholehearted Life, and Courage in the Valley of Death: Daily Practices for Whole-Hearted Living. He has also co-authored Dynamic Focus: Creating Significance and Breaking the Spells of Limitation with Wayne Gerber. Dusty has written over two hundred articles on topics such as leadership, team-based creativity, personal mastery, team effectiveness, personal effectiveness and business strategy and has written a bi-weekly column for the Triad Business Journal.

Dusty is one of a select group of certified forum facilitators for the YPO/WPO. He is a fellow in the School of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and received his Masters in Clinical Social Work in Marital and Family Therapy and Systems Management from UNC Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Kernersville, NC with his wife Christine. Dusty is the proud father of three young adults. He loves playing his Native American flutes, walking in the woods, and sharing stories and laughter with family and friends.

Cary-RootCary Ann Root

Vice President Client Relations and Customized Programs

Cary Ann Root has been involved in the Human Systems development field for over 38 years.  As Vice-President of Public Relations for Staub Leadership, Cary is dedicated to our clients’ unique needs and brings forward innovative ideas to serve them.  Clients find her passionate about her work which makes it easy for them to be open and honest about themselves, their organization, and their plans for moving forward. 

Before joining Staub Leadership, Cary was Vice President of Sales at Farr Associates, a behavioral management consultation firm, for 29 years.  She met Dusty in 1980, followed his success as an organizational consultant and was delighted to join him at Staub Leadership in 2008.  

During her years at Radford University, Cary was active in community theatre and did volunteer work at the local hospital.  In Greensboro, she has contributed to the Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Business Women’s Organization, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Cary enjoys quiet time, reading and taking care of her animals.

christine-staub1Christine E. Staub, M.D.


Christine Staub has been a thought partner with Dusty around the topic of heart-centered leadership for the last three decades. She brings a background as a family physician, working mother, business owner, project manager and community leader to her consulting work. Christine is especially interested in relationship development, team building, conflict resolution and personal leadership mastery.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Christine completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. She practiced medicine using a holistic approach until 2006. Since that time Christine’s attention has turned to healing, wisdom sharing and project development within international organizations as well as in the local community.

Christine is an avid gardener and is slowly mastering the art of beekeeping. She firmly believes that Nature and the bees have much to teach us.


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Adjunct Consultant

Wayne Gerber has been an independent organizational consultant since 1994, most recently as President of Sungate Advisors. Prior to that he spent ten years as a market researcher and six years as an epidemiologist in Public Health. This combination of experience serves to ensure Wayne’s multifaceted approach to client service.He understands how to conduct effective research-based assessments of a client’s situation, facilitate leadership development and organizational change, and coach individuals and teams to higher levels of performance.

Wayne earned a Masters of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife Debra, an independent physical therapist, and with his two young adult sons. Wayne is an avid photographer and enjoys hiking and travel.

HopeHillsHope Hills, Ph.D.

Adjunct Consultant

Hope Hills, Ph.D., has coached and consulted with Senior Executives, high potential leaders, and their teams since 1991. Executives value the ROI that results from Hope’s pragmatic and insightful approach. It enhances their self-reliance and the courage to face recurring problems and patterns, increasing strategic self and organizational awareness. She utilizes her signature Leadership Lifeline Process, integrated with leading assessments, to quickly and accurately pinpoint key leadership challenges. Using leaders’ everyday business experiences, she helps them to develop new approaches that result in successful leadership and business outcomes.The organizational context, especially when a leader’s team is included, provides an environment where powerful and lasting change can materialize.

She has developed the Interpersonal Flexibility Inventory©, which can be used by individuals, teams and organizations to increase strategic self-awareness, creating expanded leadership impact and business results. Her clients have included Wells Fargo, NatWest, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Trinity Health Care System, Bon Secours: St. Francis Health System, John Deere, Quality Stores, the North Carolina Symphony, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and many other organizations from Fortune 500 to the boards and executives of mid-size for-profit and local non-profit organizations.

Hope has led non-profit and government organizations, and has been a faculty member in Marquette University’s MBA Program and three Graduate Counseling Psychology Programs. She founded the University of Missouri’s Multicultural Counseling Program and International Students Organization to train psychologists to more effectively support clients from national and global perspectives. She and her husband are active in the classical music community and enjoy their dog and cat.

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Adjunct Consultant

Gail Nottenburg holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout her 25-year career, her focus has been on using the lessons of psychology to address real-world issues facing American companies. She specializes in helping businesses select and develop top-performing executives who will excel at meeting the challenges they face. Her clients include Abbott Laboratories, Aon Corporation, private equity firms, and numerous middle market companies from across the country.

Mitchel-GroterMitchel Groter

Adjunct Consultant

Mitchel Groter is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience working as a consultant, executive coach, and trainer to support business leaders, teams and organizations.

Mitchel specializes in building trust and creating synergistic high performance teams. Through the use of leading edge assessments, coaching tools and a unique facilitation process, he helps to build and sustain healthy, strong business and personal relationships. Mitchel works one-on-one as well as in group settings, inspiring his clients to develop the leadership skills, essential behaviors, and mindset to successfully meet workplace and life challenges with more courage, resilience and core value alignment.

Mitchel’s multi-dimensional professional experience includes work as a New York State-licensed chemical and co-dependency counselor, as well as in corporate television production and high-tech consultative sales. Mitchel is one of a select group of global certified forum facilitators for the YPO/WPO. He is also an ICF certified PCC coach and is committed to ICF’s high ethical and professional standards. Mitchel is a jazz musician and brings this skill along with his remarkably eclectic background to relate to and engage with a broad range of clients.

Val-LarsonVal Larson

Adjunct Consultant

Val Larson is a seasoned Leadership Development, Culture Change and Talent Management leader whose high impact consultative approach nets big wins for her client base. Her global leadership experience spans over 50 locations in Asia, Europe and across the Americas serving over 20,000 employees. Val’s ability to lead a holistic culture change that sticks is tightly integrated with:

  1. The business’s strategic plan
  2. The organization’s guiding values
  3. Development of trustworthy, skilled leaders
  4. Engagement of all business process stakeholders

Her methods are built from a carefully created suite of processes and tools that anchor new thinking, behaviors, and practices.

Val has a Master’s in Organizational Development and an MBA. Her creative organizational designs are enhanced by her certifications in Lean Leader and Six Sigma Black Belt. She has published articles and contributed to several books on enhancing leadership capability, making change, and continuous improvement. Val is President of Larson Leadership, a leadership, team development and culture change consultancy based in Tampa, Florida. Larson Leadership is a strategic affiliate of Staub Leadership International.