The Aslan Group


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Since 1985, the Aslan Group has worked with dozens of organizations to help them become better at what they do. Here is an incomplete list.


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Our Team


Principal and CO-Founder

Shirley Faughn

Shirley is a co-founder and senior partner of the Aslan Group and has over thirty years of supervisory and training experience. She began her professional career in the mid-70’s in university administration after receiving degrees in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, and Education from Murray State University. After ten years of professional experience she returned to campus and earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a program which combined fields of education, communication, and business. Shirley serves as an executive consultant in the areas of leadership development and communication across a variety of organizations. She also serves as an executive coach, facilitator, and presenter.

Dr. Faughn worked for several years in university teaching and administration roles in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota where she instructed university courses in Administration, Managerial Communications, and Organizational communication. Shirley is the recipient of several honors, including Outstanding Young Women of America, Who's Who in Human Service Professionals, and a recipient of the John E. Corbally Fellowship at the University of Illinois. She lives in Champaign, IL and enjoys traveling, ballroom dance, and the entertainment of two lively cats.



Principal and CO-Founder

Robert Husband

Bob is co-founder and principal of the Aslan Group, and an emeritus faculty member of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is recognized nationally for his work in organizational leadership and executive training, and has consulted with some 50 different corporations across the country. He consults primarily in the areas of executive and leadership development, communication, and strategic planning. He also has extensive experience evaluating communication structures of large and small corporations, health care organizations, government agencies, and university administrative units.

For over 30 years, Dr. Husband has been a featured speaker on such topics as executive dialogue, listening, interpersonal communication, high performance teams, customer service, and leadership development. He has received several teaching honors, including campus teaching excellence recognition and outstanding teacher of the year award. Listed in Outstanding Educators of America, he holds degrees from Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois. Bob and his wife, Judy, live in Champaign, IL.



EXECUTIVE Consultant

Bill Kruidenier

Bill is a consultant with the Aslan Group and serves as associate director of two campus programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For over thirty years Bill has served in various local, national, and international leadership and executive positions. In the past, Bill directed an international organization that introduced over 90 new educational programs and publications throughout the world and grew tenfold in membership. During this period he served as chairperson of a national council as the request of the Secretary of Agriculture. Bill continues to provide leadership on numerous other national and international committees.

Mr. Kruidenier has extensive experience in executive consulting, strategic planning, team-building, program development and analysis. He has received several awards for his leadership and professional contributions throughout his career. Bill earned his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, and resides in Champaign, IL.



EXECUTIVE Consultant

Dana Lobocki

Dana Lobocki is a consultant with the Aslan Group with over fifteen years of experience in manufacturing and professional services industries having served as a generalist, recruiter, program manager and global director for ExxonMobil and AonHewitt (formerly Hewitt Associates). Highlights of Dana’s career include leadership of an international talent management team, development of global performance and succession management programs and managing the “HR side” of mergers and acquisitions. Dana also has strong project and change management skills having led reductions in force, policy deployments and global HR system implementations.

Recognized for her strong client orientation, Dana was asked to partner with HR executives at key large clients (Wachovia, Credit Suisse and Marriott) to manage the selection and transition of hundreds of client employees to Hewitt Associates in conjunction with large HR outsourcing contracts. Dana received a bachelor degree in Communication and a Master’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. Dana lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband Ray and two children, JP and Nathan.



EXECUTIVE Consultant

Joshua Barbour

Joshua is a consultant with the Aslan Group and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin. His research has been published in multiple academic and professional journals. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Barbour has consulted with numerous private and public sector organizations and has directed survey design, implementation, and analysis. His research interests center on how institutional and organizational structures converge in communication and organizational life; how we can improve organizational life by understanding it through better analytics; and, how to bring about change through intervention in and through communication. Joshua lives in Round Rock, TX.




Brad Kolar

Brad Kolar is the founder and leader of Avail Advisors. Brad works as a consultant with the Aslan Group with over twenty five years of experience. Brad was formerly the Chief Learning Officer for the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Director of Learning and Performance Strategy for the global consulting firm, Accenture. Brad is an expert at connecting organizational and individual development strategy and implementation. Brad has earned degrees in Economics, Communication, and Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University. 

Mr. Kolar’s areas of concentration include executive level leadership and workforce development; and, productivity improvement, process redesign, training and development in communication. Brad regularly writes on leadership, motivation, and business strategy and is the co-author of the book The Brain Advantage: Become a More Effective Business Leader Using the Latest Brain Research. He lives in Naperville, IL with his wife, Peggy and two children, Zachary and Rebecca.