Board of Directors
Workplace Lab is passionate about empowering today’s workforce with candid and practical advice to everyday work dilemmas. To do that, we have pulled together a diverse board with various areas of expertise.
DeWonne is an Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank where he provides advisory analysis and capital support to companies in the energy industry. Prior to joining Wells as an analyst in 2012, DeWonne received his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Houston in 2006 and subsequently worked as a Mortgage Underwriter through the financial crisis and a sub-contractor for NASA before returning to UH to complete his MBA with a concentration in energy finance. Being the first in his family to pursue a career in corporate finance, DeWonne has a passion for acting as a resource for others and sharing his experiences. Apart from spending time with his wife and 2 young boys, DeWonne spends his time volunteering and has served as Community Service Chair for Wells Fargo’s Young Professionals Network, a Mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as Finance Chair at City Life Church.
A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Pauline made her way into the construction field by accident. Having spent a few years in social work, Pauline felt compelled to change the course of her life and on a leap of faith, she packed up her belongings and moved to the Central Valley and began a new career. Being a woman in a male dominated field, posed its challenges, but Pauline’s “never give up attitude” and motto of “with faith, you can accomplish anything!” afforded her opportunities only God could have played a hand in. Pauline’s career involves experience in Customer Service, Operations, Lean Management, Human Resources, and Sales. She has worn multiple hats for various companies and has also grown a passion for advocating for “the little people” and paying it forward. Her ability to see the world objectively and striving to bring strategy and implement lean processes everywhere she goes has gained her many opportunities to share her corporate knowledge on a multitude of both professional and personal projects, including being the secretary on the Board of Directors for Workplace Lab. On her off time, Pauline is passionate about her dog Jack and hopes the Dodgers will win a world series in her life time.
Dr. Bettina Casad
Dr. Casad is Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds a PhD in Psychology with specialization in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Her research program examines causes of the underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her work tests biological mechanisms such as self-regulation failure and physiological threat that affect the relationships between threatening intellectual environments and psychological well-being, identity, and career aspirations in STEM. Dr. Casad brings her research and teaching experience in diversity to the Workplace Lab, providing thought leadership on several topics related to empowering people in workplace settings.
Andrew, Senior Associate at Fiddler & Associates, P.C., is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by approximately less than one percent of attorneys in Texas. He began practicing in 2010 after earning his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. In 2016, the National Advocates listed Mr. Reed in the Top 40 under 40 attorneys in Texas. In 2017, Mr. Reed earned the distinction as a Rising Star in Employment Litigation by Super Lawyers. Mr. Reed’s practice focuses primarily on representing individuals in claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, unpaid overtime, and unpaid commissions against employers, and has also assisted in the representation of small businesses in claims for breach of contract, breach of non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, Department of Labor – Wage & Hour matters, and OSHA matters. Andrew brings his various areas of expertise to the Workplace Lab team by bringing his unique view as an employment attorney and serving as a strategic advisor.
Ariana Robinson Danquah
Ariana is an exuberant Human Resources professional, who is fueled by intellectual curiosity and a passion for employee engagement and empowerment. Having worked in a variety of environments, she passionately works to bring practical HR insights to businesses and operate as a trusted advisor to employees and leaders. Her background is in social psychological research and applied business theory, and she also obtained a MS degree in HR Management from Purdue University with a comprehensive bedrock in business administration. This combination has given her great flexibility in a complex and ever-changing business world. She has experience in different HR aspects including change management, organisational development, leadership coaching, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, pay and performance planning, MI data and reporting, management of underperformance, facilitation, leadership development, on-boarding activities, and more. Ariana combined her passion and expertise to devise Workplace Lab and also serves as the President of the board.