Our Team

Corporate Psychologists is co-located and strategically aligned with Career Partners International, Twin Cities (CPI Twin Cities). CPI Twin Cities works with leaders and their teams as trusted advisors and coaches to accelerate leadership excellence. CPI Twin Cities Executive Service practice includes Executive Coaching, Executive On-Boarding, Executive Transition, and Development Assessment and Planning. In addition their Leadership Advancement practice combines innovation and thought leadership to build bench strength that leads to sustainable results. The foundation of their expertise is based in career management, having coached thousands of professionals and leaders through their Career Transition practice. Corporate Psychologists has worked in collaboration with CPI Twin Cities on various talent management projects for several years. This strategic alliance allows us to offer our clients a broad spectrum of talent management services. The biographies of several key partners at CPI Twin Cities are included below.
View the complete CPI Twin Cities team on their website.

Steven W. Salmi
Steven W. Salmi, Ph.D., LP
Founder and CEO

For over 25 years, Dr. Salmi has consulted to a broad range of organizations, from Fortune 50 companies to growth oriented startups. He works closely with these organizations on the identification, development and retention of the talent needed to compete in this economy. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of talent management systems, including employee selection, multi-rater feedback, leadership development programs, succession planning, competency modeling and performance management.

Over the years, he has served as a trusted advisor to a wide range of industries and organizations with concentrations in manufacturing, health, retail, education and professional service firms. He has expertise in working with technical, sales and leadership positions.

Steve is a member of Vistage, the American Psychological Association (APA), Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW), Human Resources Executive Forum, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC-MN).

He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. He has presented at national conferences and professional workshops on topics such as executive selection, decision making, and team effectiveness, and he is published in various scientific journals.

Michelle Johnston, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant

Michelle has 15 years of experience in finance, international business, and organizational consulting. During her career she has worked in both internal and external consulting roles, for both public and private organizations, developing expertise in: executive coaching, individual and organizational development/effectiveness, selection, succession planning, training and development, work force planning and talent management. Michelle’s extensive background and international experience helps her truly understand the organization’s needs in an era of globalization and economic challenges. Michelle works hard to find the right solutions for clients’ problems and partners with them to ensure the solutions are embedded into the organization properly.

Over the years, Michelle has delivered over 150 training programs in 11 different countries, run numerous selection processes, designed dozens of leadership development programs and coached executives from around the world. Michelle has a particular interest in the topics of resiliency, trust and inspiration and its link to leadership, organizational effectiveness and long-term success outcomes. She has presented at national conferences and published several articles on these topics.

Michelle has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, reading, writing, running and engaging in more artistic ventures like, gardening, drawing and photography.

Rachael Pierce
Rachael L. Pierce
Project Coordinator

Rachael Pierce joined the Corporate Psychologists team as Project Coordinator in early 2013. Prior to joining Corporate Psychologists, Rachael spent several years working in the legal field where she had frequent contact with clients and worked in collaboration with attorneys to ensure that projects reached all deadlines in a timely manner.

In her role as a Project Coordinator, Rachael is responsible for managing and coordinating assessments, surveys, project schedules and the Corporate Psychologists newsletter. Rachael also works on other special projects, including the April 2013 office relocation and implementation of an updated electronic records system. Additionally, Rachael oversees the day-to-day office operations, such as scheduling and preparing candidates for the assessment process.

Rachael has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota and enjoys spending her free time writing, reading and editing.

Patricia Berg
CEO of Career Partners International, Twin Cities

Patricia Berg is the CEO and owner of Career Partners International, Twin Cities and an equity partner in Career Partners International. She purchased the business from Personnel Decisions International in 2006 where she was the General Manager of the Career Management Services practice. Having been a leader in other Career firms, Patricia developed a business model for CPI Twin Cities which offers highly customized Executive Services, including Executive Coaching and On-Boarding, Executive Succession and Alignment, and Executive Transition Services.

Patricia found herself in a leadership role early in her career with Peavey Company. Having the distinction of being the first woman manager in the company, she became a role model and mentor to other women. That opportunity fueled her interest in leadership and career management. She has found herself in leadership roles ever since. In addition to Personnel Decisions International, Patricia was the Vice President of Career Transition at Career Dynamics and the Vice President of Career Transition and Field Consulting at Right Management Consultants.

Patricia’s zest for meaningful work was spawned by her Mother, now 98 years old, who retired at 92 and who recently said “I should go back to work”. Patricia has two grown daughters who are leaders in their professions and communities, two grandsons who keep her busy, a lake home where people gather, and to the surprise of some enjoys trips on the Harley. She is the past Board Chair of SHiFT, a non-profit which provides resources for those in mid-life transitions and she is passionate about providing the best-in-class services to CPI’s clients.

Kari Berg, MPNA
Director of Client Services and Operations

Kari is the Director of Client Services and Operations at CPI Twin Cities. In this role, she ensures the systems and operations run smoothly to meet client needs. Kari also brings her skills to coaching clients, emphasizing on technology and social media. In addition, Kari serves on CPI World’s Social Media Committee.

Kari holds a Master’s of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. Prior to joining CPI Twin Cities, Kari was with the Bush Foundation, where she worked with the Leadership and Community Engagement Team to develop and support courageous leaders across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, to work with their communities to solve tough problems. Kari’s prior experience was in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on building potential in youth populations.

In her free time, Kari is involved with animal rescue, serving as the Board Chair of Secondhand Hounds. She has, of course, rescued a dog herself – Figeroux the Papillon.

Debra Magnuson, M.A., CPCC
Vice President of Talent Management

Debby Magnuson is V.P. of Talent Management with CPI Twin Cities where she is an executive and outplacement coach, leadership development facilitator, and talent management consultant. One of Debby’s research and presentation specialties is managing across generations. Her book, Work With Me: A New Lens on Leading the Multigenerational Workforce, was published in 2008.

Debby has been a regular keynote speaker and group facilitator to audiences large and small for many years. Before joining CPI, she was Sr. Consultant in Leadership Development for Personnel Decisions International (PDI), where she worked with corporate leadership teams on a wide variety of development topics. She holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Debby lives in Minneapolis with her family and is an avid reader. She is on the faculty of St. Catherine University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program and is an instructor in St. Kate’s Leaders of the New Millennium program for emerging women business leaders.

Tamara Tasche, M.S., L.P.
Vice President of Executive and Transition Services

Tamara has over 20 years of experience guiding and empowering leaders in transition – whether transitioning into new areas or greater levels of responsibility inside the organization – or transitioning from one company to another. She leverages strong assessment abilities, a talent for structuring process and action steps, a systems perspective, and well-honed coaching skills to assist clients in selecting and implementing purposeful behavior that will produce desired results.

Tamara is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Louis University and has completed considerable postgraduate education in Organizational Psychology. Tamara’s background includes employment as a Leadership and Management Development Consultant, Career Management Coach, Assessment Specialist, Family Business Consultant, Career Counselor, and Human Resources Generalist. Previous employers include Personnel Decisions International, RSM McGladrey, Inc. and Edison Brothers Stores. Her human resources background provided Tamara with experience in organizational change, talent management, training and development, and employee relations.

When not working, Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, motorcycling, traveling, gardening, and entertaining by her backyard pool.