The Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology is led by an Executive Board consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, six Executive Board Members, and a Student Representative. The members and the positions they hold are listed below. You can click on any name to learn more about that individual.

  • Chair – Jeffrey Godbout (2018 – 2020)
  • Vice Chair – Recia Gomez (2018 – 2020)
  • Executive Board Members
    • Mahima Saxena (2017 – 2020)
    • Mary O’Neill Berry (2018 – 2020)
    • Ishbel McWha-Hermann (2018 – 2020)
    • Megan Church-Nally (2018 – 2020)

Chair – Jeffrey Godbout Bio: Forthcoming

Executive Board MemberRecia Gomez (Leverage Assessments Inc., USA and Trinidad)
Bio: Recia earned a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and works as a practitioner in the development of assessments for Law Enforcement hiring and selection. Recia is currently the Principal Consultant at Leverage Assessments Inc, an assessment technology company based in New York City (NYC).  Recia is interested in the cross-cultural application of assessments, to better understand how assessments differentially function across geographic region, culture and language. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Recia has previously worked with the Organization of American States (OAS) in conducting feasibility studies to engage international donor organizations to establish regional investment funds for natural disaster relief in the Caribbean region. Recia joined GOHWP in 2014 with the intention to contribute to its development through increased representation, member involvement and collaborative work.

Executive Board Member – Mahima Saxena  (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

Bio: Mahima is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Mahima’s research explores the intersection of work experiences and health from a person-centric perspective. Mahima generally uses the experience sampling method in her research and is passionate about using I-O methods for humanitarian work psychology projects. She was also awarded a SIOP grant to explore work-experiences of informal workers in South Asia. Mahima earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Indiana. She is a founding member of GOHWP and is passionate about using I-O for furthering humanitarian goals and facilitating research and practice of the field of HWP globally.



Executive Board Member – Mary O’Neill Berry (Retired Executive Vice President, Sirota Consulting)

Bio: Mary is an organisational psychologist and management consultant specialising in international survey and evaluation research, particularly in the non-profit arena. She obtained her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University. She is past Co-Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology. Her current research focuses on the global implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as Project GLOW (Global Living Organizational Wage).

Executive Board Member – Megan Church-Nally (University of Cincinnati, USA)

Bio: Dr. Megan Church-Nally is an Assistant Professor- Educator in the Department in Psychology (Organizational Leadership) at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include occupational stress and job satisfaction, graduate school well-being and persistence, and bettering the employee-employer experience in nonprofit realm. She has served as a methodologist on variety of studies ranging from entrepreneurship, safety, community initiatives,  and franchising. She spent five years in corporate realm as a Compensation Consultant before beginning her career in academia. Megan earned her Master’s from Xavier University and her PhD from University of Louisville.  Her focus is on using HWP and  IO knowledge to better the community and nonprofit sphere and sector. In light of funding cuts and challenges in nonprofit and community organizations, now more than ever we need HWP to step in.

Executive Board Member – Ishbel McWha-Hermann (University of Edinburgh Business School) Bio: Forthcoming



To view the Executive Boards from past years, click on the appropriate link below: