MindOH! - Executive Team

Dot Woodfin, CEO and President, The OH! Educational Services, LLC

"Innovative, inspiring, motivating and visionary" are words consistently associated with Dot Woodfin, Educational Consultant. She began her career in education as a high school teacher and eventually became the head women's basketball coach at the University of Houston. It was while coaching at the University of Houston that it became clear to her that the character of a person ultimately determined their ability to maximize their potential in all aspects of their life. Working closely with young women at a time when they were making critical lifetime decisions, Dot recognized the importance of facilitating an internal desire in each student to pursue a life based on sound principles and clearly defined values. In the pursuit of dedicating herself to a character-building program for younger students, she entered the public school arena and became an internationally recognized leader in the character education movement. As Director of the Character Education Program for the largest district in Texas and the seventh largest district in the nation for 15 years, she developed a program that earned HISD recognition as the largest and one of the most successful programs in the nation and received the only national award ever given to a large urban school district, the "Lighthouse Award." She has been published in numerous periodicals and journals including the National Journal for Staff Development and has conducted numerous presentations to state, national and international educational conferences on building character in our youth. Following her retirement from the Houston Independent School District, she devoted her time and energy consulting with school districts on a model she developed for infusing character building processes into the curriculum and overseeing the redesigning of the internet based MindOH! Discipline and Life Skills Series and the At Home Discipline and Life Skills Series. Dot also serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for The Galloway School and continues to teach basketball to youth in the surrounding area.

Rob Pennington, Ph.D., Executive Director of Content and Curriculum

Dr. Rob Pennington is an educational psychologist in private practice since 1978. He is an award winning professional speaker honored by Meeting Professionals International as one of their original Platinum Presenters and by the Mental Health Association as a four-time recipient of their Outstanding Speaker's Award. He is author of the award winning autobiographical self-help book: Find The Upside Of The Down Times: How To Turn Your Worst Experiences Into Your Best Opportunities and a series of articles on The Keys to Leadership. Dr Pennington is co-founder of Resource International, a Houston based management consulting firm. He coaches executives worldwide on how to balance authority and collaboration to reduce resistance to change and conflict. He has consulted with the leadership of U.S. Navy bases during base closings; supported the Architect of the Capitol in Washington in enhancing their supervisory skills; coordinated NASA's assessment of both it's management and workforce's effectiveness in dealing with stress and has received the highest trainer evaluations from ExxonMobil, each year, for 29 years. Academically Dr. Pennington received his undergraduate degree in computer science and psychology along with an Outstanding Student Award in 1970 from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his Ph.D. in educational psychology from UT's A.P.A approved counseling psychology program in 1976 with his dissertation on: The Effects of Congruence Between Course Content and Concern Levels of Pre-Service Teachers with chair Frances Fuller, Ph.D.. As a graduate student he co-taught Interpersonal Dynamics with Elliott Aronson, Ph.D. and co-lead numerous training retreats for public school educators with Elliot Aronson, Ph.D. and Jev Sikes, Ph.D. An Associate with UT's Research & Development Center for Teacher Education under Ollie Bown, Ph.D., Dr. Pennington developed the Interdisciplinary Faculty Teaming Workshop as well as coordinated a unique cross functional team of faculty delivering a career development/training program for per-service teachers. He served as an Assistant Professor (1976-79) at three universities teaching Introductory Psychology, Interpersonal Communications, and Change Management: the Department of Guidance and Counseling at The University of Houston, Main Campus; the Department of Psychology at Sam Houston State University and the Department of Social Studies at The University of Houston, Clear Lake. He was awarded a Mastery of Teaching award from the faculty of the Universidad de Guadalajara.

Stephen Haslam, COO and Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Haslam is co-founder and Managing Partner of Resource International, whose mission is to teach value driven work ethics, methods to reduce resistance to change and skills for conflict resolution to individuals in the corporate workforce. With 33 years of international training experience in 20 countries it is no wonder that Mr. Haslam is in such demand, as he has been the highest rated corporate trainer as determined by Fortune 100 company employees each year for 29 years. Stephen became intrigued with the idea that managers of his client companies stated that this type of training needed to be offered in schools and available to all students. He and Dr. Rob Pennington, his business partner and an educational psychologist, decided to find a way to provide the concepts they were teaching to the corporate workforce to students in schools. They connected with Dot Woodfin and other entrepreneurial experts to accomplish this mission. Mr. Haslam delivered training to employees and coaching to leaders of corporations and organizations such as the U.S. Navy, NASA, British Petroleum, Amoco, Shell Oil, The City of Houston, and provided training and consulting to the Slovenian businesses and government ministries. The 33 years of experience in training people regarding the importance of responsible and respectful behavior in the workforce provided the expertise needed to assist students in becoming better prepared to be successful in the "real world." The task was a huge challenge, but Stephen's passion and commitment to the potential of affecting the lives of young people in such a positive way resulted in a tremendous desire for optimum integrity of the product. There is no wonder he has been nicknamed "The Energizer Bunny with a Brain."

Don Morrow, Executive Director of Marketing

Don Morrow is a retired successful entrepreneur and corporate marketing expert with an intense passion for helping young adolescents understand that what they demonstrate in their actions is directly linked to their character and that their character is directly linked to their potential for being successful in life. He readily admits that he knows all too well about being sent to the office as a student. After two years in college, Don was drafted into the Army. It was during his service in the armed forces that he began to understand just how important character is. Known for his great wit and humor, he moved up the corporate ladder seamlessly from being a national sales director to Vice President of Marketing for a large pump manufacturer in Oklahoma. He was then hired by Johnson Industries in Los Angeles, California as Vice-President Marketing and promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Recognizing his strong assets in the marketing arena and his enthusiastic approach when faced with major challenges, the Frank Fletcher Companies in Little Rock, Arkansas convinced him to accept the position of Executive Vice President where he was responsible for litigation, acquisitions and personnel. Finally the day would come when Don decided to branch out on his own as an entrepreneur. He succeeded in owning numerous businesses in the state of Arkansas for ten years and finally retired in 2004 anxious to spend more time devoted to helping our youth become great citizens. It is a 24/7 commitment to Don who doesn't need a classroom or a fancy hotel training room to work with kids. He can spot a kid headed for trouble anywhere by the way they conduct themselves around people of authority. "Kids have to be taught that everyone answers to someone and being disrespectful is a sure fire way of paddling through life on a row boat instead of riding the waves in a yacht!"