Jim Illich

Co-Founder & Chairman

Jim Illich is a seasoned executive in developing and executing complex infrastructure projects. After four years in the energy industry, Jim joined Bechtel Corporation in 1988 and served in a variety of roles including Thailand Country Manager, Corporate HR Manager, and Project Director for major projects in Africa and Asia. In the last ten years of his career with Bechtel, he managed some of firm’s largest global businesses including LNG, Upstream Oil/Gas, Pipeline, and Downstream Refinery & Chemicals.

Jim was elected a Partner of privately held Bechtel in 2005 and retired from the company in 2012. In 2013 he formed Freestone International, which is a vehicle for incubating and launching new business ideas in the areas of energy, environment, and education.In 2013 he founded GNL Quebec which will be the most sustainable LNG export project in the world due it is use of renewable hydroelectricity and in 2014 he co-founded Kintla, which offers unique neuroscience based solutions to organizations and individuals.  

Passionate about education, Jim has been a guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for the last 15 years and is a member of the Stanford University Advisory Board for the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. He is also involved in philanthropic activities involving STEM/K-12 education initiatives. Jim earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. He was born and raised in Montana, is married and has two children.

Justin Arnold

Senior Consultant

Justin specializes in executive coaching, organization design, leadership development, change management and high performance team building. His innovative and data driven approach helps organizations build high performing teams, develop self-awareness and shape cultural norms to improve delivery and modernize the employee experience.

Prior to joining Kintla, Justin was a Vice President and Manager of People Strategy and Development at a major Engineering and Construction company with more than 50,000 employees worldwide. He was accountable for the design, development, and implementation of enterprise-wide talent strategies that spanned the employee lifecycle.  Justin has a background in construction and finance having worked on multiple projects throughout the United States as well as Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, and the United Arab Emirates.

At Kintla, Justin has worked on multiple projects for organizations in the start-up phase, pre-IPO as well as multiple fortune 100 companies in the areas of construction, finance, real estate, government, aerospace, and education.

Justin holds an undergraduate degree in human and organizational development and a master’s degree in leadership and organizational performance from Vanderbilt University.

Wendy Barta

Client Relations Lead

Wendy collaborates with clients to guide the development of customized Kintla® neuroscience-based change and innovation programs, facilitates skills-building sessions and supports internal client teams during implementation.

Before joining the Kintla® team, she worked in significant project management and organizational change roles across a broad array of industries including engineering, construction, government, hospitality and health care. She has deep experience in performance management process management, software/systems implementation, leadership development, talent management, and employee engagement.

Joe Laipple, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President, Joe applies neuroscience principles to the design and delivery of individual and organization improvement programs. He works closely with client teams to assess current needs, customize Kintla's neuroscience approach to fit their culture, and deliver sustained change. Joe values creating sustained change by working collaboratively with HR, internal consultant teams, home office and field organizations to create "local" ownership. 

Prior to joining Kintla®, Joe worked as an engagement leader for programs to improve strategy, productivity, sales, quality and safety across a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotech, manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications, banking, financial services, healthcare and technology. He is a specialist in organizational development with 20 years of experience in facilitating major change initiatives across more than thirty midsize and large businesses within North America, Asia and Europe.

Joe is an experienced psychologist, master facilitator, coach and trainer and has designed and delivered many high-engagement learning and personal improvement programs. He has work with leaders of all levels from front-line supervisors and individual contributors to senior executives and their teams. 

Joe is the author of numerous publications on productivity, performance improvement and organizational change including two recent books:

Rapid Change: Immediate Action for the Impatient Leader (2012). Performance Management Press. 

Precision Selling: A Guide for Coaching Sales Professionals (2006). Performance Management Press.

Bill Leach

Senior Associate

Bill Leach has 20+ years of experience helping leaders optimize organizational and personal leadership effectiveness. His areas of expertise include strategy, culture change, organization effectiveness, and leadership development and coaching. His approach is built on establishing trusting partnerships with leaders at all levels to help them develop and apply critical leadership capabilities.

During his career, Bill has consulted with businesses in more than 25 countries and a variety of industries including finance, health-care, construction/engineering, consumer products, telecommunications, energy, and aerospace enterprises.

Earlier in his career, Bill spent was a senior consultant with Dove Consulting, an international management consulting firm focused on educating leaders in change leadership and driving strategic change in rapidly evolving business environments. He also served as an internal change agent for employee engagement at Motorola, Inc.

Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Montana State University and a Master’s degree in organizational communication from San Diego State University.  

Roger Lis

Senior Consultant

Roger Lis is a Senior Consultant and Safety Leadership Specialist who partners with clients to build sustaining cultures that drive safe, quality performance. After spending over a decade working in various key Environmental, Safety, and Health Leadership roles on multibillion-dollar projects, Roger knows what truly drives culture change, compliance, and ownership by front line leadership. 

Roger has global experience working with different cultures in industries such as aviation, government, mining, metals, and oil and gas. Using innovative approaches that incorporate neuro and behavioral science, Roger has developed strategies, tools, and processes that have received awards and recognition by universities, clients, and industries. 

For over a decade, Roger has worked in key Environmental Safety and Health roles at Bechtel in three of their five business units. He was Project ES&H manager for Bechtel National which serves government projects such as Ground Missile Defense, National Laboratories, Biological Threat Reduction, and Energy Clean-up.  For Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemical, Roger was Operations and Functional ES&H Manager over Australia, which included three Liquefied Natural Gas plants in Queensland valued at over US$70 billion and one in Western Australia, over US$29 billion. Roger was also Bechtel’s Global Project ES&H Manager for one of Australia’s largest resource developments, Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project. Most recently Roger was Bechtel’s Project ES&H Manager for Shell’s Petrochemical Plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, which at peak will have a construction workforce over 6,000 people. 

Roger has a degree in Flight Technology with an emphasis in Aviation Management and Safety and Health Management from Central Washington University.   Roger also holds a degree as an Aviation Maintenance Technician from the Spartan School of Aeronautics, and an Airframe and Powerplant License from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Roger has served as an Executive Member of the Safety Management Advisory Board at Central Washington University, and was awarded a distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.

Kimi Matsuda

Director, Creative Services 

Dr. Bruce Perry


Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, an Australian based center of excellence focusing on the translation of theory into practice to improve the lives of children.

Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent multimedia books, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society and RESILIENT: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Development were released in 2013. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry was on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School Of Medicine from 1988 to 1991. From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Perry served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During this time, Dr. Perry also was Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital and Vice-Chairman for Research within the Department of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Perry served as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. He continues to consult with the government of Alberta on children’s issues and serves as a founding member of the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise. 

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child. 

His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC). This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into the programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.

His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011) and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012).

Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal. 

He has presented about child maltreatment, children's mental health, neurodevelopment and youth violence in a variety of venues including policy-making bodies such as the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly and U.S. House Committee on Education. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC, Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozen international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone. 

Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.

Bill Redmon, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

As Kintla CEO, Bill leads the development of ideas, products and services for applying neuroscience in organizations and is responsible for business operations. With his background in psychology and perspective on neuroscience and behavior, Bill brings a practical point of view to Kintla’s research, strategy and delivery. Bill strongly values collaborative working relationships and partnering with client teams to design and build customized neuroscience applications that fit their cultures and business needs.

Prior to joining Kintla®, Bill was Principal Vice President and Manager of Talent and Development at Bechtel Corporation, a major Engineering and Construction company with more than 50,000 employees worldwide. At Bechtel, Bill was accountable for talent management and executive leadership programs. He worked with five global business units to develop strategies and processes for selecting, developing and managing talent at all levels. He also led Bechtel’s programs for executive coaching, team building, learning and development, and performance management. 

Prior to joining Bechtel, Bill consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies in the private and public sectors to help refine their strategies and develop supporting performance systems. He and his consulting teams worked with companies in manufacturing, retail, engineering, and service sectors to implement culture change and develop innovative approaches in leadership, customer relationship management, quality, and safety. 

Early in his career, Bill was a professor of industrial/organizational psychology where he directed graduate training and research in organization change, action research, and consulting. In this role, Bill developed and taught graduate courses in behavioral systems analysis, organizational change, and strategic planning. He also directed student research and field experience in private sector businesses. He is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Susan Redmon, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Susan is an experienced executive coach and organizational change consultant. She has worked with senior leaders for more than 30 years to help them manage change and develop high performance teams in a variety of industries including oil and gas, engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, architecture and healthcare. 

She has extensive experience in developing programs and processes to support collaboration, shared leadership and high performance. 

Over her career, Susan has designed and delivered consulting support in numerous strategic areas including:

• Culture change in a R&D business

• Organizational changes to improve safety and operational excellence in a major Oil company

• Change management support for implementing a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) project in a global engineering company

• Executive assessment and coaching to senior management teams in a variety of companies to improve culture and companywide performance

• Strategic talent management and performance management process improvements in multiple industries

Susan holds a B.S. in Marketing and Finance, an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems/Psychology. She is certified in the Hogan assessment battery, Birkman Personality and Social Perception assessment, and Bridges Transition Management method.

Theresa A. Ruby, M.A.

Senior Associate 

Theresa has worked as an internal executive and as an external coach/consultant.  She has helped her clients gain improved career and organizational success, improved team performance, resolution of longstanding conflicts, and better working relationships.

As VP of Culture Change, Leadership & HR in a $6 billion commodity brokerage firm, she successfully addressed the company’s strategic imperative to develop its current and future leaders. She achieved this through executive coaching and leadership development with 120 executives and top managers. In another VP role of a publicly traded company with approximately 2,300 employees, she successfully led the company’s cultural change mandate, which required breaking down department silos, building teams, and motivating people. She provided executive coaching and team facilitation—giving leaders the tools to drive performance in a “feedback-rich” environment.

As Corporate Director of Leadership for a $30-billion/year EPC corporation, Theresa served as an executive coach and team facilitator to several of its high-level leaders, including SVPs, VPs, and the CEO.

In recent years, Theresa has worked as an external executive coach and consultant throughout the world. Her engineering, business, executive, leadership and organizational behavior background give her a unique blend of strategic insight, sensitivity and pragmatism.

Theresa is co-author of four books on Potentialism, which outlines the ways people and organizations can unleash latent potential to improve their success. In addition, she has served as president and chairperson of Women in Business, San Francisco; and as co-founder of the GlobalHouse Group, a mix of nonprofit and social profit organizations providing a pragmatic vehicle to help resolve personal, social and economic problems. Recently, she worked with the top political leaders, President and Prime Minister of Nepal, where she helped mediate an end to their civil war. Theresa holds a Masters in International Business Relations.

Linda Mahan

Senior Associate

Linda develops and delivers high performance manager training.  Applying over 30 years of experience selling, managing and training managers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, a background in secondary education and knowledge of instructional design, Linda partners with clients to assess and individualize training to address their needs and improve performance.

A skilled facilitator and trainer, Linda’s collaboration includes managers from all levels; emerging managers to senior leaders. She helps managers assess the strengths and development needs of their teams and together, they uncover solutions to increase performance. She recognizes and understands regional strengths and differences in leading successful teams from all areas of the US.  This unique perspective guides a highly individualized approach to building training solutions.

Her expertise designing and delivering manager workshops include; BehavioralInterviewing; Discovering Your Authentic Strengths; Spotlighting Your Brand; Managing Engaged Teams; Mindful Networking; Situation-Behavior-Result Feedback; Developing Self and Others.

Kevin Berg

Senior Associate

In his role as Senior Associate at Kintla, Kevin contributes to the design and development of programs in Focus4Safety and strategies for improving quality and leadership. He also works with our delivery teams to identify innovative approaches to organization design and development and labor and workforce issues.

Before joining Kintla, Kevin worked for Bechtel Engineering and Construction for four decades. At Bechtel, Kevin served as Global Manager of Environmental Health & Safety; Global Manager of Quality Control, Quality Assurance & Six Sigma; Manager of International Construction Resources; and Vice President and Manager of Strategy, Process & Behavior Integration for the company.

Between 2011 and 2017, Kevin established standardized protocols, processes, and procedures for the simultaneous construction of three major Liquified National Gas facilities located on Curtis Island Queensland Australia, representing over $60 billion of total capital expenditure. While serving in this capacity, Kevin was elected the Australian Professional Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management. He is the only non-Australian to ever be awarded this title. Upon successful completion of these projects, Kevin was appointed as Bechtel’s Global HR Transformation Manager, providing leadership and guidance for the implementation of an innovative HR strategy involving global workforce management and talent development. In 2018, he was elected President of a Bechtel limited liability company building the Vogtle nuclear power plant for Southern company. 

In addition to his work in the heavy industrial construction industry, Kevin has been an active investor in commercial real estate and restaurant franchises. Since he purchased a single piece of commercial real estate and a single franchise restaurant in 2010, his holdings have grown to include 23 restaurants in the Southeastern US, with 3 more currently in development. He brings both deep global corporate experience and entrepreneurial inspiration to this work at Kintla.