Our Team

Celina Peerman, Ph.D.

sgp_8515Celina Peerman, Ph.D. serves as an organizational behavior specialist with over 22 years of experience from front line to senior level positions, in a wide range of industries and organizations.

She is passionate about engaging our human resources in new ways in order to achieve even better organizational results.

Celina has led successful workshops and designed training for a variety of professions. She has also presented at numerous conferences for local, state and national audiences. Her work in Southeast Asia, Canada and Central America gave additional operations experience, further developing her strong international interests.

Celina’s focus is to provide quality training and services that directly contribute to service for all stakeholders and in particular the retention of front-line staff and strength of first-line supervisors.  Her passion is for how people behave at work; the good, the bad and the worst.  Celina’s style has been described as dynamic noting the ability to draw in even the most resistant attendees through real life examples and humor.

In addition to keynotes and workshops, as an organizational behavior specialist, she works one-on-one and in small group settings with a range of difficult topics sensitive to the workplace and all those involved.

Celina holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with the distinction Organizational Psychologist from Capella University and a Master of Arts degree from Upper Iowa University in Business Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Management.  Her undergraduate degree from the University of Dubuque was in Psychology and International studies.


Mel Gonnerman, Ph.D.


 Mel Gonnerman Jr., Ph.D. serves as a Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant on our team.  Available on a part-time basis, he provides companies solutions in the areas of training, organizational planning, and leadership development.

Dr. Gonnerman's Ph.D. is from Northern Illinois University where he studied social and industrial/ organizational psychology. Dr. Gonnerman is a former faculty member in the psychology department at the University of Northern Iowa, Research Operations Manager at the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at UNI.

Currently he offers his time and talents to Wartburg College in Waverly.  Previous experience includes serving as the Founder & Executive Director of a non-profit organization as well as a Corporate Planner & Marketing Director at a manufacturing company.

Mel has exceptional insight into leadership development to help others realize his/her best potential.  In workshops, small groups and one-on-one, he is able to provide insight, tools and perspective to support clients to reach their goals.


Toni Williams, DC

Toni Williams services as Client Services Coordinator.  With substantial training and experience in healthcare, Toni brings great passion for service and hisgp_8448gh quality work.  Toni will work on behalf of The Peerman Group to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for your event or however our team is supporting your efforts.

Toni has a special passion for small business and the hard work done every day right here in Iowa.  As a former business owner and chiropractor, she has a unique perspective on what it takes to manage through daily challenges while providing high quality service.  Toni graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic with her doctorate.



Jan Loyson

Jan Loyson serves as a part-time Consultant and Special Projects for Client Services. During much of her career, Jan has been focused on strategy, marketing and professional services for a wide variety of organizations.  Jan’s experience includes collaborating with multiple businesses, agencies, and non-profits on planning and hosting state-wide summits, the nation’s first Disaster Recovery Conference in 2008, and strategically linking programs to provide environmental, technical, and financial assistance to small businesses. With over decades of work experience at the local and state levels, all focused on helping organizations grow, we are honored to have Jan’s time and insight supporting our work.  Jan has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and additional graduate work in business management. 

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