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The SkillSurvey Team and Culture

Great companies start with great people.

Our open culture empowers people to perform at their best which creates a highly energetic, productive, passionate and positive working environment.

We strive to maintain an environment of inclusion that promotes a high degree of collaboration, where employees seek colleagues from across the organization to work together, solve problems and create new solutions.

SkillSurvey Core Values

Our core values are the fundamental principles that guide our daily actions – the values we live by every day.

People First




Work Hard, Play Hard




Management Team

Ray Bixler

Chief Executive Officer


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Ray brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience to his role as CEO of SkillSurvey. A seasoned executive, he sets the strategic direction of the company and manages relationships with clients.

Previously, Ray served as Vice President of Caliper where he consulted with hundreds of small, mid size and Fortune 500 businesses to develop better hiring, development, performance management and succession planning strategies.

Brenda Dandrea

Vice President of Client Relations


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Brenda oversees SkillSurvey’s customer relationships and the team of relationship managers who ensure our client’s success. Since joining SkillSurvey in 2008, she has nurtured a strong level of partnership with a focus on helping our customers hire, retain and source top talent through our solution. Brenda brings over 16 years of leadership and management experience, with a strong background in recruitment and technology prior to SkillSurvey.

Dr. Cynthia Hedricks

Chief Analytics Officer


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Since joining us in 2007, Cynthia has expertly aligned our technological innovations with market demands and uses psychometric research principles to maintain the integrity of our assessment methodology.

An expert advisor with global consulting experience, she’s spent her career improving the quality-of-hire of organizations as varied and successful as Wal-Mart, GlaxoSmithKline and Reebok.

She has a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago and is active in industry bodies including the Human Capital Institute and the Society for Human Resources (SHRM).

Steve Heister

Chief Product Officer & GM Credential OnDemand


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Steve works directly with recruiting teams to improve their quality-of-hire and increase recruiting efficiency with technology. He brings over 13 years of experience in business management and talent acquisition solutions with him.

Before SkillSurvey, Steve was with leading technology firms in North America, where he worked closely with a number of Fortune 500 firms including eBay, Kohl’s and McDonald’s.

Burke LaShell

Chief Technology Officer


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Burke is responsible for software development and computer operations. He created and manages our low-risk and responsive software development process.

Before joining us, he served as The Vanguard Group’s Agile Process Expert where he established himself as a thought leader having designed the Vanguard Agile development methodology.

Mark Norek

Chief Financial Officer


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Mark brings 20 years of experience in finance and accounting with him, having worked for and enhanced the accounting systems of a number of international organizations.

Michelle Reed

Chief Marketing Officer


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Michelle brings a tremendous amount of marketing leadership experience to SkillSurvey. A results-oriented, hands-on marketing and communications executive she most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education), a global higher education technology and service provider for colleges and universities around the world.

With over two decades of experience working in the technology sector, Michelle has also held roles in software development, product management, communications, college recruiting, and human resources.

Catherine Waligunda

General Counsel & Head of Employee Relations


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Catherine brings over 13 years of corporate legal expertise to SkillSurvey. She has a law degree from Harvard Law School, and she has worked at two top international law firms. Prior to joining SkillSurvey, Catherine was in-house counsel for a leading Fortune 100 company.

Advisory Board

Dr. Fred Oswald


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A professor in industrial/organizational psychology at Rice University, Dr. Oswald’s research and expertise focus on personnel selection systems and psychological measurement in organizational settings.

Dr. Oswald’s considerable statistical, consulting and legal expertise and experience has resulted in his writing 50 peer-reviewed papers, 15 book chapters, and over 100 presentations. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1999 from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Robert E. Ployhart


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Dr. Ployhart has published over 90 scholarly articles and chapters, and presented over 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. He holds two copyrights, has written two books and has a third book under contract (Global Talent).

An internationally known expert in Human Resources with specific expertise relating to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of human capital, Dr. Ployhart has worked with a number of organizations to develop selection and psychological assessments and performance management processes.

Dr. Chet Robie


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Dr. Robie has consulted for international firms such as General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Caliper, Inc., addressing issues related to multi-source feedback, applicant faking, test development and validation.

His current research addresses non-cognitive testing and cross-cultural measurement issues. Dr. Robie received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University.