Our People

We are a team passionate about excellent performance – yours and ours. Gain insight into what makes each of us wake up and smell that first cup of coffee, or roses, in the morning.

Ted Harro

Ted practices the art of linking strategy, everyday business, and the long-term growth capacity of your organization. Ted asks provocative questions and opens your eyes to new possibilities. You gain clarity on core organizational issues working with him. He turns light bulb moments into action plans and results – all while unearthing the true issues in your group’s dynamics.

As the founder of Noonday Ventures, Ted provides overall leadership for Noonday engagements, provides strategic facilitation, and delivers keynote presentations. Ted’s background includes leading the professional services division of Wilson Learning Worldwide. Ted has helped facilitate and implement plans for a variety of well-known organizations in technology, industrial, professional services and nonprofit environments in the U.S. and Western Europe. He also provides leadership coaching to a select group of senior and emerging leaders. Ted holds a Masters in Organization Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In Ted’s free time, he writes, teaches soccer and piano to his kids, and finds any way possible to be outdoors.

Fun Fact to Know: Ted walked solo across England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea

Mark Demel

Visual thinker. On-the-spot artist. Astute observer. Mark brings ideas to life through pictures and creative communication. And he does it without being a prima donna.

Mark is a recovering insurance marketer who then spent more than a decade using his artistic skills in the non-profit sector.


Fun Fact to Know: One of Mark’s many artistic talents is doing live sand painting presentations. Really. But you have to see it to believe it.

Alan Katz

AlanKatz HeadshotAlan works leadership teams of high growth organizations to help them lay the foundation for rapid growth by working with them on the health and clarity of their organizations.  Typically Alan’s client work includes a combination of executive team cohesion, strategy facilitation and core execution planning.  Alan’s clients include high growth businesses across industries, non-for profits, and both city and federal government agencies.  Prior to starting his consulting practice Alan was the head of sales at Capital IQ and ZocDoc and prior to that was an investment banker at Bear Stearns.

Fun Fact to Know: Outside of work, Alan is a poet, yoga practitioner, and avid dad.

Jeff McKay

Jeff helps leadership teams drive smart growth through prudent marketing strategies that align market opportunities, the organization, and brand. He balances intuition and analysis, probes, and facilitates conversations clients need to break free from the status quo.

Jeff’s strategies have helped the world’s top professional services firms achieve industry-leading growth rates, optimize marketing investment, and maximize brand value. Jeff was the SVP of Marketing at Genworth Financial, the Global Marketing Leader at Hewitt Associates and held senior roles at Towers Perrin, and Andersen.

He earned an M.B.A. from Saint Louis University and a B.S. in Marketing from Illinois State University. He sits on the boards of the Salvation Army and Bright Hope.

Fun Fact to Know: Whenever Jeff isn’t spending time with his wife and three kids, he enjoys practicing his “pedal stroke” with his Tower Racing cycling teammates.

Dave Wondra

Dave listens with keen discernment. He understands the unwritten, unspoken dynamics of the executive suite. His observations make Dave a master at executive coaching. His 20 years of professional Human Resource experience took Dave from the US to Europe and Asia where he coached senior executives on transition issues. You will find Dave confidential, trustworthy and approachable. He often plays a role of trusted advisor to the senior leaders of Noonday’s clients.

Dave’s background includes coaching leaders at Abbott laboratories, Bell Canada, General Mills, Lucent Technologies, Opportunity International, The Star Tribune Company, Wells Fargo and many others. He has professional certification in Individual and Organization Coaching from the Hudson Institute and holds a Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. As adjunct faculty, he teaches for the Graduate School of the University of Saint Thomas.

Fun Fact to Know: Dave is an accomplished trumpet player with a repertoire ranging from classical to jazz and funk.

Leslie Miller

Leslie puts her extensive testing and measurement expertise to work for you so that you can link your most important talent to your critical business strategies. She blends the action-oriented pragmatism of a businessperson with the technical depth of a Ph.D. for a unique blend of expertise and expediency. She creates user-friendly tools to measure, assess, and develop the talent that most affects your strategy’s successful implementation.

Leslie has extensive experience in high tech, financial services, pharmaceutical, transportation, and non-profit/government sectors. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in organizational leadership and human resources disciplines.

Fun Fact to Know: In earlier years, Leslie was an accomplished gymnast. An Army brat, she won the all-around competition for Europe-based Department of Defense schools when she was in high school.

Christiane Potts

Organizer. Communicator. Coordinator. As our Administrator, Christiane keeps things and people organized at Noonday. And she does it with a smile and a quick wit.

Fun Fact to Know: In her spare time, Christiane blogs about her cooking experiences and takes the guesswork out of what’s for dinner at www.takingonmagazines.com.

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