Ralph Romero

MS - Valdosta State: Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Ralph Romero

Like all of our students, Ralph had real work experience while pursuing his IO degree and was moved into the Director of Training position at eLEAD One after graduation. He then moved to Propex Operating as their Corporate Training Leader for a few years. Most recently, he began teaching at the University of Tennessee and moved into the Director of Talent Management at U.S. Express, one of the largest transportation companies in the United States.

He has been recognized on local and national levels for his work in Human Resources, most notably as the Top Future Leader under 35 and as a Top Innovator for Leadership programs by HR.com. He lives in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.

Top Future Leader

Lt. Cmdr. Brennan Cox

PhD - Auburn: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
MS - Valdosta State: Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Brennan Cox

Brennan's MS in Industrial Organizational Psychology prepared him to finish his studies at Auburn. He is currently an aerospace experimental psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) and heads the research department. Recently, he was selected as the 2016 Navy Medicine Research Enterprise and Naval Health Research Center Junior Officer of the Year. The Navy has recognized his achievements, including projects in virtual reality environments to improve warfighter performance. He has received millions of dollars in research funding.

Job Titles of Alumni

Private Sector Positions

  • Employee Engagement Researcher at Integrated Health Care Strategies
  • Organizational Development Specialist at The Palazzo: Las Vegas
  • Human Resource Manager at Alcoa: Eastmen, Georgia
  • Director of Talent Management at U.S. Xpress: Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Global Vice President Human Resources at Bertelsmann: Bielefeld, Germany
  • Human Resource Manager at Belk, Atlanta Georgia
  • Compensation Consultant at Coca-Cola North American Group: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Training Director at Chick-fil-A: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Organizational Change Management Analyst at Huron Consulting Group: Chicago, Illinois
  • Success Management Supervisor at United Parcel Service: Atlanta, Georgia 

Governmental & College Positions

  • Principle Investigator Warfighter Performance Department at Naval Health Research Center: San Diego, California
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist at U.S. Department of Labor: Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Training Program Director at Greenville Technical College: Greenville, South Carolina
  • Director of Human Resources at South Georgia State College: Douglas, Georgia
  • Assessment & Development Specialist at Personnel Board of Jefferson County; Birmingham, Georgia


  • Assistant Director of Program Development and Administration
  • Assistant Director of Instructional Technology Systems and eLearning
  • Associate Director of HR for Employee and Organizational Development
  • Director, Office of Extended Learning and CEO of eMajor
  • Sr. Online Instructional Designer, Center for eLearning
  • Office Manager, Student Success Center

Contact Alumni


Kimberly Love (Graduated 2009)
U.S. Department of Labor 
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Equal Opportunity Specialist


Kohle Paul (Graduated 2008)
Oasis Center for Advising - VSU
Academic Advisor & Graduate Assistant Advisor

Katelyn Cassotta (Graduated 2011)
Department of Human Resources - VSU
Human Resource Specialist

Military Research/Training

Sarah Morrisey (Graduated 2010)
Camber Corporation

IT / Data Services

Shereen Ashtiani (Graduated 2010)
Unbounded Solutions, Inc. IT consulting
Recruiting Manager

Mario Sanchez (Graduated 2010
TRX, Inc. Data Services
HR Specialist

Health Care

Doreen Finley (Graduated 2010)
Florida Hospital Medical Group

General HR

Christia LeFiles (Graduated 2010)
Cleaver Brooks
Corporate Human Resources Generalist

Jillian Moser (Graduated 2010)
Payroll & Human Resources - ADP
Implementation Specialist