About Us

Dynamic educational, governmental, and nonprofit organizations are vital to society and effective leadership drives their success. We help organizations identify and develop leaders, people, and programs to achieve superior results.  Our work is guided by these philosophies:
  • Working in partnership with your organization
  • Customizing our work to fit your organization’s culture and the challenges you face
  • Establishing a reputation as valued experts who are fair, credible, and trustworthy
  • Using emotional intelligence concepts and research to ground our work
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Steve Straus

President and Founder

skstraus@developmentalassociates.com

P: 919-813-6096, Ext 102

F: 919-237-9136

Dr. Stephen Straus is President and Founder of Developmental Associates (formerly known as Developmental Management Associates). He earned his Bachelors Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Administration from the Universi...

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Korrel Kanoy

Senior Partner

kkanoy@developmentalassociates.com

P: 919-813-6096, Ext 103

F: 919-237-9136

Dr. Korrel Kanoy, after earning a psychology degree from the University of Richmond, went on to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied Child Development and Family Relationships. A college professor for over 30 years, a...

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Heather Lee

Senior Partner

hlee@developmentalassociates.com

P: 919-813-6096, Ext 101

F: 919-237-9136

Dr. Heather A. Lee earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  In 2004, she along with Steve Straus and Korrel Kanoy, rebranded Developmental Management Associates to Developmental Associates and created a partnership. ...

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Joe has worked in leadership positions for local government ( city and county ) ,  state government and the private sector. He retired from Wake County Government where he worked for 13 years serving as Deputy County Manager and Interim County Manager.  He previously worked as County Manager for E...

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Dan Jones entered the fire service in February 1974 and rose through the ranks to retire as a Fire Chief in 2015. Jones served for over 16 years in the Pinellas Park, Florida Fire Department before relocating to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1990 to become Fire Chief. Upon his retirement, Jones was...

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Robert “Bob” Morgan

Senior Consultant

Bob Morgan over the course of his career has worked with four municipalities in leadership roles. He retired from the City of Greensboro as their Deputy City Manager.  Prior positions included Assistant City Manager, Greensboro, Town Manager, Carrboro, NC, Town Administrator, Farmv...

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Tom Moss

Senior Consultant

tmmoss@developmentalassociates.com

P: 919-813-6096, Ext 104

F: 919-237-9136

Thomas M. Moss retired after a thirty-three year career in law enforcement in North Carolina, the last twenty as Chief of Police in Garner. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and a Master of Public Administration from East Car...

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Sherry Rogowski earned an M.Ed. and Ed.S. from James Madison University in School Psychology.  She has worked as a school psychologist for 24 years with testing and evaluation, also specializing in program development and training for adults that help school leaders to plan for and...

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Mike Ruffin

Senior Consultant

mruffin@developmentalassociates.com

P: 9198136096, 106

Mike Ruffin is a retired city and county manager, having most recently served as Durham County Manager for thirteen years before retiring in 2014.   As the county’s chief executive officer, he managed an organization with 1800 employees and an annual budget of over $500 million.  Prior to comin...

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Willie Williams

Senior Consultant

wwilliams@developmentalassociates.com

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F: 919-237-9136

Chief Williams is a three-time police chief, recently retired from the North Carolina Central University where he had served as Chief of Police since November 2006. An industry expert on management and leadership, Chief Williams has served in a variety of assignments in the patr...

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