About the McDermott Associates Team

McDermott Associates consultants possess deep business experience as well as broad knowledge of compensation and human resource practices. When you're ready to put our expertise to work for you, contact us.

Donald G. McDermott, CCP

Don McDermott is a recognized authority in the field of compensation with over 30 years of related experience as both an internal and external consultant. Some recent consulting assignments include market analysis of executive positions, the design of short- and long- term incentive plans, sales compensation plans, the design of equity plans, and compensation audits. He has particular expertise in developing strategic business and operational plans, and aligning innovative compensation and human resources programs to meet company objectives.

Don has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He was National Officer of the WorldatWork/American Compensation Association and President of the New York Compensation Association, and is a member of WorldatWork, New York Compensation Association, Society for Human Resource Management. In 1988 Don was honored by WorldatWork/American Compensation Association by being granted its highest award, Life Membership, for his contributions to the field of compensation.

Don has been a speaker on a variety of compensation topics for numerous groups and conferences. Among the many articles he has written is a chapter in the Compensation Guide titled: Aligning Business Strategy and Compensation Strategy.

He has served on boards of several non-profits as well as professional associations.

Prior to his consulting experience, Don held senior positions in human resources and compensation and benefits at Bankers Trust Co., NL Industries, Gulf & Western Industries, M&T Chemicals, Inc.


Sandra J. Marshall, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Marshall is a business psychologist and executive coach with extensive experience as a consultant and internal Human Resources executive. She helps clients manage their key talent pipeline by enhancing their selection, appraisal, development, motivation, and succession planning practices. She also helps clients identify cultural issues that could impede the success of a merger or acquisition, as well as track employee engagement and commitment during times of change.

Her expertise is in survey design, competency development, “best practice” audits, and the creation of leadership assessment and development tools.

Previously, Sandra was Manager, Management Development for PepsiCo, Inc. where she was responsible for global corporate culture surveys as well as talent management programs. She also served as Vice President at Merrill Lynch where she was responsible for company-wide employee surveys as well as initiatives in the areas of stockbroker selection and retention and the identification of high-potential talent.

In addition to consulting and coaching, Sandra is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies where she teaches quantitative and qualitative research methodology in the Masters in Management and Systems Program.

Sandra brings both a solid grounding in methodology and practical hands-on experience to her consulting projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College where she graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a licensed psychologist and is past-President of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO).  She is a certified executive coach.