staub leadership teamDusty Staub

CEO/Senior 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. He represents the pinnacle of the Staub Leadership team. Click here to lean about how to book Dusty Staub.

Cary Ann Root

Senior Vice-President, Client Relations and Customized Programs

Cary Ann Root has been involved in the Human Systems development field for over 40 years.  As Senior Vice-President of Client Relations and Customized Programs 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 the Staub Leadership team, 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.

Matthew D. McMillan

Lead Consultant
Manager, Consulting Services

Matthew D. McMillan  brings a unique blend of skills and experience with heart-centered leadership to the Staub Leadership team. He has provided counseling, consulting and workplace solutions to the Greensboro, NC area since 1992, and has created Customized Trainings for Executive Leadership Development, as well as corporate on-site Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management Intervention programs. Matthew creates solution-focused strategies that enhance employee morale, engagement and accountability. His passion is in helping clients connect to and find their leader within.
Matthew is a respected clinician with a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has designed and facilitated the Moses Cone Health System’s Outpatient Chemical dependency program and established corporate Drug-Free Workplace and Employee Assistance programs. Additionally, he has designed and facilitated a Horse Integrated Learning (HIL) program, which can be implemented at the individual or team level.
Matthew motivates audiences, whether by impromptu performances at company celebrations or as an engaging professional speaker. He often makes appearances on radio and television. Matthew enjoys bicycling and is a loving father to two young adult daughters.

Eduardo da Silva

Lead Consultant
Manager, Coaching Services and Diversity Initiatives

Eduardo da Silva  brings an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to our team. Born and raised in Brazil, he has worked in the United States for several large, multi-national corporations since 1999. Eduardo has a passion for high-efficiency performance through business development, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and personal mastery. His life experiences have helped him gain greater insight into the contemporary challenges faced by the ever evolving and demanding lifestyle of the corporate professional.

A caring mentor and coach, Eduardo specializes in helping individuals connect deeply with their personal life purpose and to discover meaning and significance at work, at home and in the community. This in turn supports a higher level of engagement at work, enhanced business relationships, increased bottom-line performance, along with a healthy work-social life balance.

Eduardo’s people skills are blended with his powerful intuition and ability to shift perspectives.
He heads the Staub Leadership coaching program and is responsible for our diversity and inclusion training initiatives.

Eduardo is the proud father of two young adult sons. He is an avid yoga practitioner and outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys preparing vibrant meals for friends and family.

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 the Staub Leadership team. 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.


Wayne-030Wayne Gerber

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.

Leeza Carlone Steindorf

Adjunct Consultant,
Founder/Director, Core Success

Leeza Steindorf , as a communication and conflict resolution expert, facilitates both personal and professional development. Her work with teams and organizations helps to build positive relationships, streamline processes and fuel creativity. Leeza lived and worked in Europe for 26 years and in her consulting business there engaged with team members and served clients from over 30 different cultures. Developer of the CORE (Clarity-Ownership-Resolution-Excellence) SuccessTM model, Leeza also draws from her experience as a professional development trainer for domestic and international school systems. Additional certifications and accreditations include Certified Mediator, Jack Canfield Success Trainer, Tony Robbins Results Coach, International Coach Federation accredited member and Feldenkrais® Somatic Education Practitioner. Leeza has authored several books and trainings, including Parenting Success Blueprint e-training, the award-winning book Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids, and CORE Success™ for Schools.

Currently based in Oregon, Leeza is the proud parent of two adult children. She enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, running, and exploring where quantum physics and spirituality overlap.

Mitchel 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 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.