Meet the Team

Susan Whitaker

Interim Director

Susan Whitaker is the Interim Director at Xavier Leadership Center. Susan joined XLC in 2018 as an Associate Director with over twenty years of experience in prospecting, business capture, event management, and cultivating client relationships. Susan enjoys building internal and external partnerships for Xavier Leadership Center. She is focused on equipping companies and employees with skills that will directly impact their business and propel career goals. Prior to joining XLC, Susan was the Senior Account Executive for Coney Island working with companies of all sizes in planning their corporate events. Susan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Communications.

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Michelle Debevec

Associate Director of Sales

Michelle joined the team in November of 2018, after working with XLC as a consultant for several years through her marketing firm, Write and Market LLC. As an Associate Director, Michelle works with outside organizations to grow their people professionally and create cultural change. As long-term partners with these organizations, impactful and lasting programs are created.
Michelle has a passion for connecting  people. Prior to this role, Michelle served as the Marketing Manager for XLC and continues to work with the team to tell the story of XLC. Michelle has a degree in Public Relations from the University of Dayton.

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(513) 745-2942

Layne Frederick

Assistant Director of Operations

Layne Frederick is an Assistant Director of Operations at Xavier Leadership Center, managing the many Corporate University programs and day-to-day responsibilities of the Center. In addition, he supports the sales team, assists with marketing initiatives, and works to increase the awareness of the Xavier Leadership Center and its programs. Joining XLC in October of 2021, Layne received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Mathematics from Wilmington College. 

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Zach MacMillian

Marketing and Sales Coordinator

Zach MacMillian is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Xavier Leadership Center, supporting the sales staff to increase awareness of XLC, close sales, and deliver programs. Zach has a background in marketing and education, serving as an Educational Aide/Substitute Intervention Specialist at Stepping Stones and as the New Media Associate at New Riff Distilling. Zach also contributes to the community as the Co-Founder and Head Coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones Special Hockey Team with the mission of giving people with developmental disabilities the chance to play hockey. Zach has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Xavier University, graduating in 2018.

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