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Dusty StaubDusty Staub

CEO/Lead Consultant

Dusty has worked for over 30 years with executives, families, and communities as well as with private and public companies.  He has trained and coached executives and teams in creating high performance outcomes.  Dusty has been a pioneer in the process of creating systemic accountability by aligning leadership and group behaviors with strategy to produce bottom-line results.

He has worked and traveled extensively in Europe and the United States.  He is the author of The Heart of Leadership: Twelve Practices of Courageous Leaders, released in an updated, revised edition in paperback and The 7 Acts of Courage: Bold Leadership for a Wholehearted Life. He has written over two hundred articles on topics such as leadership, team-based creativity, personal mastery, team effectiveness, personal effectiveness and business strategy and writes a bi-weekly column for the Triad Business Journal.

Dusty is a fellow in the School of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and received his Masters in Clinical Social Work in Marital and Family Therapy and Systems Management from UNC Chapel Hill.  He currently lives in Kernersville, NC with his wife Christine, a family physician.  Dusty is the proud father of three young adults.

Cary RootCary Root

Vice President
Marketing and Public Relations

Cary Ann Root has been involved in the Human Systems development field for over 34 
years.  As Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations, she does much more than “pitch a product”.  Cary is  
dedicated to our clients'  unique needs and brings forward innovative ideas to serve them.  Clients find her passionate about her work and she makes it easy for them to be open and honest about themselves, their  
organization, and their plans for moving forward.   In addition, Cary extends herself in the area of client relations, striving to make all our clients feel heard and cared for. 

Cary was Vice President of Sales at Farr Associates for 29 years.  She is delighted to represent Dusty Staub, whom she has known since 1980, and whose work she endorses wholeheartedly.  In addition, she is thrilled by our great team of trusted adjunct consultants, who are all long-standing partners in the leadership training industry. 

During her years at Radford University, Cary was active in community theatre and did volunteer work at the local hospital.  Cary gives back to her community now through her involvement with United Way, Urban Ministry, and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization.  She lives in Greensboro where she enjoys swimming, walking, and being outside.

Christine Staub

Christine E. Staub, M.D.


Christine has been a thought partner with Dusty around the topic of heart-centered leadership for the last three decades. She brings a background as a family physician, working mother, business owner, project manager and community leader to her consulting work. Christine is especially interested in relationship development, team building, conflict resolution and personal leadership mastery.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Christine completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. She practiced medicine using a holistic approach until 2006. Since that time Christine's attention has turned to healing, wisdom sharing and project development within international organizations as well as in the local community.

Christine is an avid gardener and is slowly mastering the art of beekeeping. She firmly believes that Nature and the bees have much to teach us.


Wayne GerberWayne Gerber

Adjunct Consultant

Wayne Gerber has been an independent organizational consultant since 1994, most recently as President of Sungate Advisors.  Prior to that he spent ten years as a market researcher and six years as an epidemiologist in Public Health.  This combination of experience serves to ensure Wayne’s multifaceted approach to client service.He understands how to conduct effective research-based assessments of a client's situation, facilitate leadership development and organizational change, and coach individuals and teams to higher levels of performance.

Wayne earned a Masters of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife Debra, an independent physical therapist, and with his two young adult sons.  Wayne is an avid photographer and enjoys hiking and travel.

Hope Hills, Ph.D.Hope Mills

Adjunct Consultant

Hope Hills, Ph.D., has coached and consulted with Senior Executives, high potential leaders, and their teams since 1991. Executives value the ROI that results from Hope's pragmatic and insightful approach. It enhances their self-reliance and the courage to face recurring problems and patterns, increasing strategic self and organizational awareness. She utilizes her signature Leadership Lifeline Process, integrated with leading assessments, to quickly and accurately pinpoint key leadership challenges. Using leaders' everyday business experiences, she helps them to develop new approaches that result in successful leadership and business outcomes.The organizational context, especially when a leader's team is included, provides an environment where powerful and lasting change can materialize.

She has developed the Interpersonal Flexibility Inventory©, which can be used by individuals, teams and organizations to increase strategic self-awareness, creating expanded leadership impact and business results. Her clients have included Wells Fargo, NatWest, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Trinity Health Care System, Bon Secours: St. Francis Health System, John Deere, Quality Stores, the North Carolina Symphony, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and many other organizations from Fortune 500 to the boards and executives of mid-size for-profit and local non-profit organizations.

Hope has led non-profit and government organizations, and has been a faculty member in Marquette University's MBA Program and three Graduate Counseling Psychology Programs. She founded the University of Missouri's Multicultural Counseling Program and International Students Organization to train psychologists to more effectively support clients from national and global perspectives. She and her husband are active in the classical music community and enjoy their dog and cat.

Gail Nottenburg, Ph.D.Gail Nottenburg

Adjunct Consultant

Gail Nottenburg holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Throughout her 25-year career, her focus has been on using the lessons of psychology to address real-world issues facing American companies.  She specializes in helping businesses select and develop top-performing executives who will excel at meeting the challenges they face.  Her clients include Abbott Laboratories, Aon Corporation, private equity firms, and numerous middle market companies from across the country.

Sam ThompsonSam Thompson

Adjunct Consultant

Sam Thompson recently joined the Staub Leadership team, adding his talents as the Director of Sales for a well-known National Insurance company. He is recognized nationally and has been awarded for his strength in sales. Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Sam brings years of success in outstanding personal sales performance.

Focusing on helping colleagues who are good at sales to develop their skills to be great at sales, led him to teaching others. Sam moved into this area of work because of his fascination with the process, and because he loves going the extra mile to help successful sales teams become even more successful.

Sam states that his wife Julie, of ten years, has made him even stronger and is the love of his life.  They live with their family of animals near the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina.

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