Keynote Speakers 

Tony Bingham

Tony Bingham is the president and CEO of the Association for Talent Development, formerly ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. Tony works with a staff of 130, a Board of Directors, and a worldwide network of volunteers to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace. 

Tony believes in creating a culture of engaged, high-performing teams that deliver extraordinary results. Deeply passionate about change, technology, and the impact of talent development, his focus is on adding value to ATD members and the global community of talent development professionals. He believes that aligning talent development efforts to business strategy, while utilizing the power of social and mobile technology for learning, is a key differentiator in business today.

Fernando Sanchez-Arias 

Fernando is currently the chief people officer of Global Custom Commerce, the Home Depot Company center of excellence for configurable products, where he also serves as a member of the people strategy and innovation team. He is the co-dean of the Institute for Leadership, Innovation, Advancement, and Development (ILIAD). Fernando was part of the work-based learning leadership executive doctoral program organized by the Wharton School and the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently writing his dissertation about cultural intelligence. He has almost 30 years of experience in people strategy, cultural intelligence, international business, diversity, and leadership development. He is an engaging leader with a strong bias for action and results who combines his solid business experience as a C-level executive, board member, and talent developer with his rigorous Ivy League education. His working experience conducting cross-border negotiations, human capital strategies, and learning programs to develop better leaders and organizations in more than 70 countries has given him a clear understanding of the power of culture in executing strategy. He is a past president of Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide federation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and active citizens affiliated with the United Nations and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is an international training fellow of the JCI University, the educational arm of JCI. Fernando was a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Talent Development and is vice president of the United States–Mexico Chamber of Commerce in Houston.

Session Facilitators

ATD Chapter Leaders Conference sessions are facilitated by current or past ATD chapter leaders and provide opportunities to share best practices for running an ATD chapter.

Michelle Baker

Michelle Baker has been a talent development champion for nearly 20 years, and an active leader of the ATD Central Indiana Chapter since 2013, serving in multiple roles. During her tenure with ATD-CIC, the chapter has received frequent recognition for successful practices they have implemented, including Chapter of the Month (January 2017), 11 Sharing Our Success (SOS) submissions, multiple CARE achievement awards, and, most recently, a 2018 Chapter Excellence award for Joint Membership Growth. A passionate talent development leader, consultant, speaker, and author, Michelle has led results-minded teams and award-winning programs on six continents throughout her career, including being recognized on the Training magazine Top 125 in 2016 and 2017. Since 2011, she has also been the voice of the popular phase(two)learning blog, which focuses on creative talent development and onboarding strategies, reaching thousands of HR and talent development professionals each month.

Sallia Bandy, CPLP

Sallia Bandy is a workplace learning professional currently working at Apple in Austin, Texas. She earned the CPLP in 2011 and SPHR in 2016. Sallia enjoys all aspects of learning and development, especially performance consulting and instructional design. She has been an ATD Austin board member for six years, including a year as president in 2017. Her relationship with ATD started in 1987! In her spare time, Sallia teaches cake decorating, directs the church choir, sings and plays flute, and creates cakes for friends and family.

Elizabeth Beckham 

Elizabeth Beckham has been an active chapter leader and member of the Baton Rouge Chapter since 2011, serving as its president in 2016. She is a talent development professional with an IT background, and has learning and development experience across multiple industries, including hospitality, academia, gaming, healthcare, construction, and petrochemical. 

In her role with Turner Industries Group LLC, she contributes to corporate workforce and organizational development efforts and serves as an internal learning consultant. 

Elizabeth is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She holds a bachelor's degree in information technology and a master's degree in workforce training and development from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Sue Beyer

Sue Beyer is president of the ATD Greater Las Vegas Chapter, and president of Operations Service Systems, a professional development and management training firm celebrating 29 years in business. Her expertise is in the areas of selection, onboarding, coaching, and developing employees to reach their full potential. She also develops and conducts measurable, results-based programs and train-the-trainer sessions, incorporating the organization's key business indicators. She is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and received an Industrial Engineering Certificate from the Maynard Research Institute. Her strong operations and industrial engineering background differentiates her from traditional training firms. Her goal is to provide you with the products and services that best fit your needs. Helping you find a talent development solution is her number 1 priority!

Robb Bingham

After earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and before spending the last decade as a learning and workplace performance consultant, Robb Bingham spent several years in the professional dinner theatre circuit. Now as a training and communication coach, he talks practically about ways to apply some key communication and theatre arts principles and practices, to improve one’s authenticity, credibility, and relevancy when presenting to audiences of one to 1,000. Robb enjoys helping clients and classrooms full of learners get past their communication challenges to identify specific areas of focus and build a sense of greater credibility and confidence. 

Scott Bostjancic

Scott Bostjancic is the director of education and development for Mid Penn Bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Corporate Faculty with Harrisburg University.

With more than 10 years of experience in the learning and development field with a focus in banking, Scott has designed and delivered talent development programs, classroom training, synchronous online learning, and e-learning. He currently teaches two classes at Harrisburg University for the LTMS master’s program: Instructional Design and Learning Technologies.

Scott is an active member of ATD. He holds a bachelor's degree in HRIM from Penn State and a master of science in learning technologies from Harrisburg University.

Wendy Brodnick

Wendy Brodnick earned an MEd in adult and organizational development from Temple University. Wendy has more than 18 years of experience as a learning and organization development professional and executive coach. She leverages her experience working in various types of organizations, including as staff development coordinator for San Joaquin County, as a faculty member and program developer for the University of the Pacific, as leadership development specialist/executive coach at Dish Network, and training manager at CPS HR Consulting. Currently, Wendy leads the HR Learning and Development division with Placer County.

Wendy holds certifications in FranklinCovey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Speed of Trust, is a Dale Carnegie Presentations Facilitator, is a Certified Coach from the Center for Creative Leadership, and is a certified DiSC Facilitator. She also volunteers her time as a board member with the ATD Sacramento Chapter as director of marketing and communication and recently changed to director of memberships.


Jennifer Buckley

Jenn Buckley is a technical writer and instructor, curriculum designer, and project manager of learning projects with 25 years in corporate learning and development. She enjoys the challenges of applying existing skills and experience to new problems and projects, and has served on the ATD Florida Suncoast Chapter board for the last five years. 

Makana Risser Chai

Makana Risser Chai is the vice president of events, and the former vice president of membership, at ATD Hawaii. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the chapter’s strategic plan and continuous improvement effort. As the owner of a law firm, and then of a training company based in Silicon Valley, she implemented strategic planning and continuous improvement in her own businesses for more than 20 years. She works with clients to redesign their course offerings to engage emotions by telling stories, increase engagement through interactive activities, and inspire participants with images and humor. She is recognized by the National Speakers Association as one of the top 10 percent of speakers nationally for platform skills, and has trained hundreds of professionals in presentation and facilitation techniques. 

Margaret Clarkson

Margaret Clarkson is vice president of talent, learning, and diversity at Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). She works closely with Marsh's HR and global business leaders to drive a variety of initiatives, including leadership development, targeted development for high-potentials, and new leader integration sessions. She earned a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Marsh & McLennan, she won the top award from the Global Volunteer Recognition Program for her ATD NYC volunteer work.

From 2011-2013, Margaret served as ATD NYC’s VP Programs. She chaired the Talent Development Leader SIG from 2014-2015 and became president-elect in 2016. As president in 2017, Margaret led ATD NYC to exceed its membership goals and oversaw the launch of exciting new aspects of the chapter, including the Coaching Center of Excellence and a focus on data and analytics.

Chris Coladonato, CPLP

Chris Coladonato is a past president of ATD Maryland and is currently a National Advisor for Chapters. She's been a member of ATD Maryland since 2007 and has more than 15 years of experience as a talent development professional. In 2011, she earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). 

Chris is a senior learning and development consultant at Farmers Insurance Group. Her focus is on helping managers and employees work efficiently and effectively whether they are remote or work in an office, engaging employees in their own personal development, building manager effectiveness, and driving business acumen of all employees. 

Bernadette Costello

Bernadette Costello collaborates with leaders, teams, and organizations so they can reach their full potential. As a consultant, her methods involve listening intently to the needs of her clients and helping them identify focused solutions that will work best with the culture and climate. As a coach, her focus is to help clients identify a desired impact and develop a clear plan to achieve that result. In consulting and coaching, she uses a variety of strategies that have evolved after many years of facilitating and coaching. 

Bernadette served as an ATD Chapter president for Metro DC, as chair of the ATD Chapter Leader’s Conference Program Advisory Committee (ALC PAC), and as a member of the National Advisors for Chapters (NAC). Bernadette received a bachelor of social work from Southern Illinois University, a master’s in public administration from the UNC at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in higher education from George Mason University. 


Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford has been a training and talent development professional in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the Sacramento area over the last two decades. Currently, as a Training Specialist for the Association for CA Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA JPIA), Sarah focuses on training, HR, and leadership professional development for member water agencies, serving frontline staff to board members. She has been a member of ATD Sacramento since 2013 and served on the board of directors for two years (2016-2018) as codirector of programs, then board president for the 2018-2019 year.

Michael D’Amico

As a talent development professional with more than 30 years of experience, Michael D’Amico provides coaching and facilitation that help drive business results. Michael has conducted training across numerous industries, including transportation, education, manufacturing, financial, government and distribution, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

At UPS, Michael held leadership positions in training, sales management, customer service, and operations in New Jersey, South Carolina, Long Island, New York City, and Italy.

During his career, Michael served as a director of training for UPS’s Northeast Region and a director of sales in two UPS Districts: South Carolina and Long Island. In addition, he held various positions with UPS in New Jersey. 

Michael holds a certificate in Training from NYU’s School of Professional Studies and a bachelor of science in Business Management from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey. In addition, he completed the Foundations of Coaching course at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. 

Sue Fody

Sue Fody is owner of GOT IT! Learning Designs LLC, which offers instructional design and graphic recording. Sue  has over 22 years of experience (including 18 years in corporate) creating learner-focused training programs for both classroom and online learning. 

Sue has been an active member of ATD, previously ASTD, for almost two decades, with most of that time holding a variety of board positions. She is a past president of the Northern Rockies Chapter, and current board member of the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. 

Sue is an avid road cyclist, and enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, and plein air drawing. 

Erin Gangestad

Erin Gangestad is a learning and performance specialist with Nationwide Insurance. She has worked for Nationwide since 2005 and has spent over 10 years in training and design roles while at Nationwide. 

Erin graduated in 2004 from Iowa State University with an undergrad degree in family and consumer sciences education. 

Erin is a creative, self-motivated learning and performance professional with strong skills in facilitation, curriculum design, computer-based training development, and assessment writing. She has the ability to bring innovative ideas to help increase transfer of learning from the training room to the job, as well as build connections between departments.


Lisa Goodpaster

Lisa Goodpaster has been an ATD, previously ASTD, member for over 15 years. She began as a member of her local chapter in East Central Illinois, which is now known as the ATD Heart of Central Illinois Chapter. Lisa’s experience spans training and development, management, coaching, consulting, and project management over the last 18 years. She has worked specifically in healthcare for more than 27 years. Her current role is with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s nascent Carle Illinois College of Medicine as the associate director of project management. Lisa has also been certified and trained with the Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Bayer Institute, and she has presented and been an adviser to her organization’s leadership development institute. 

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in community health education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned and received master’s degrees from the University of St. Francis in Health Services Administration and Training and Development. 

Lisa served as president of the Heart of Central Illinois Chapter in 2016. She has served nationally as a member of the Chapter Recognition Committee and is the current chair. She also currently serves chapters as a member of the National Advisors for Chapters. 

Kristina Grant, CPLP

Kristina Grant has extensive experience designing, facilitating, and managing learning programs for the hospitality and retail industries. As a senior field training specialist with 7-Eleven Inc., she supports talent development and field capability initiatives across the organization. Prior to working for 7-Eleven Inc., she filled various L&D roles within the Walt Disney World Resort. Kristina has been a Central Florida ATD member since 2008, and has actively engaged in board roles including codirector of special events and volunteers, director of member database, vice president of member services, and 2017 president.

Walt Hansmann, CPLP

An innovative talent development consultant and trainer, Walt Hansmann is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). With more than 35 years’ professional experience with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, Walt served on the professional staff of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce for 10 years conducting leadership skills training. He has authored hundreds of articles on volunteer leadership, communication, community service, and fundraising. 

In his career, Walt has successfully contributed to teams ranging from small organizations with a family culture to global Fortune 500 industry leaders. He has facilitated dozens of sessions for ATD chapters and has presented at six ALCs since 2011. 

Walt is also active in Toastmasters International and is president of the Oklahoma Cornhusker Club, an affiliate of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association.

An ATD member since 1985, Walt has served on the ATD Tulsa Board for the past 10 years, and is currently president-elect.


David Hofstetter

David Hofstetter, MS, CPC, is the founder of The Hofstetter Group, a national management coaching, facilitation, and speaking organization. David works with organizations that need to improve management essential skills such as communication, productivity, and team building. He has helped organizations in the healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing fields, just to name a few.

David is an authorized partner for Everything DiSC and 5 Behaviors of a Team, a Wiley brand. David is an adjunct faculty member at Clark University, School of Professional Studies, teaching organizational behavior for several master’s programs. David completed a bachelor's of science at Northeastern University in business management and a master’s of science in organizational psychology from Capella University. 

He achieved the Certified Professional Coach certification through IPEC Coaching and completed a certificate in training from Boston University. He has been an Association for Talent Development (ATD) member since 1996 and an ATD Central Mass Chapter member since 2012. David became president in 2013, past president in 2016, and has recently taken on the role of membership chair. David was also recently appointed to the role of ATD National Advisor for Chapters (NAC). 


Stephanie Hubka, CPLP

Stephanie Hubka wants to live in a world where learning is exciting and inspiring and training is recognized as a natural driver of an organization’s strategy. As the managing partner at Protos Learning, her work focuses on learning innovation and technology, training design and delivery, and evaluation. During her career she has designed, developed, and delivered hundreds of instructor-led and online learning events for global audiences. She is also the co-founder and travel writer for Road Unraveled, a website that encourages people to maximize their vacation time.
 
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Stephanie is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). She is a past president of the Metro DC Chapter of ATD, serves as a National Advisor for Chapters for ATD, and is the communications chair for the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Her passion for training is equaled only by her love of exploring the globe; an avid traveler, she has visited all seven continents, 60 countries, and all 50 U.S. states.

Jacqueleen Reyes Hull

Jacqueleen Reyes Hull is the deputy chief administrative officer at University of South Florida Health. She supports leadership as a strategist, consultant, and implementer of key administrative and operational initiatives to unify the delivery of services. She is a former instructional designer and educator with more than 15 years of experience in corporate and academic learning environments. 

Jacqueleen holds degrees in communication, English education, and instructional design and technology. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Learning Management System Administrator. She is also a published author, most recently on the subject of learning analytics. 


Esther Jackson

Driven to take her potential to the max, Esther Jackson acquired myriad work experiences in HR, project management, instructional design, and training management with the City of Detroit. Her background includes presenting on change management, leadership development, project management, and more at local and national conferences. In her current role, she is a project manager and instructional designer with Innovative Learning Group. 

Esther has served with ATD Detroit as vice president of administration, vice president of membership, vice president of programs and events, and currently president elect. She is also active with other professional associations, including Detroit SHRM, ISPI Michigan, and NAAAHR State of Michigan. Esther enjoys her community involvement in a mentoring program and as a hospital volunteer.

Esther has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Wayne State University in Michigan. She has a doctoral degree in education from Walden University in Minnesota.

Linda Jenkins

Linda Jenkins is a nonprofit governance and leadership consultant with 32 years of professional experience. She has owned her own company, Jenkins Consulting Group (JCG), for over 10 years. JCG services bolster nonprofit governance through strategic planning, board development, leadership training, and meeting facilitation. In 2012, Linda earned certification as a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT). As a CGT, she offers governance training in six areas: roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, board-staff partnership, board structure, board’s role in fundraising, board-building cycle, and board performance assessment. With Linda’s management and expertise, JCG has successfully completed 48 projects for 37 organizations in Oklahoma and Texas.

Since 2015, Linda has supported her talent development colleagues by serving on the board of ATD Tulsa. She has served as at-large member (2015), vice president of programming (2016), president-elect (2017), and president (2018). As president-elect, she chaired the 2017 Oklahoma State ATD Conference. 


Sally Koppy

Sally Koppy, MSEd, is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience providing professional adult training, institutional advancement, and program development. She is currently a senior instructional designer for OptumRx, a seven-time ATD BEST Award recipient. Sally serves as an ATD National Advisor for Chapters (NAC). She earned an MSEd specializing in adult education and a BA in organizational management specializing in human resources management. Her expertise is in the development, delivery, and management of comprehensive education and training programs for all levels of the organization.

June Kowalewski

June Kowalewski is a corporate trainer for the Employee Enablement Team at Ellie Team. She designs and facilitates training for the Customer Success organization. This is her third year serving on the board and second year as vice president of programming. June holds a double master’s degree in managerial communications and organizational leadership and development. She is also an adjunct professor at Bellevue University, where she teaches communications and career development. June has been in the training and development world for about 10 years with experience in training, facilitation, adult education/learning, and curriculum development. 

Katie Kuhl

Katie Kuhl is a learning and development leadership professional with experience in classroom facilitation, content assessment and development, organizational development, and business process strategy. She is the learning experience (training) manager at Medical Solutions, a company focused on staffing quality healthcare in a travel capacity. In her role she leads a team of learning experience (LX) designers with the purpose of helping the organization grow through personal and professional development training opportunities. 

Katie and Bern Mendick are currently co-leading a Brand Strategy Committee within their local ATD Nebraska Chapter. The vision of the group is to redefine their chapter’s branding efforts to create a known presence, identify a standard way of doing things, and establish confidence in their customers. People join professional organizations with perceived value and want to be around experts who can add value to their own repertoire, so it was important to become curators of valuable content for their members.


Bern Mendick

Bern Mendick has worked in numerous training and organizational development roles since 2009. He started his training career by providing new hire orientation to healthcare professionals, and his training exposure grew quickly over the next few years. He also managed logistics and content management for a quarterly Leadership Development Institute with many audiences reaching more than 600 healthcare leaders, including physicians and executives.

In his current role of instructional designer at Union Pacific, he manages training offerings and support related to safety and regulatory processes, employee engagement, leadership competencies, continuous improvement, and a number of various customer requests within the talent development group utilizing Captivate, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and a handful of other development tools for training solutions.

He has been a member of ATD Nebraska since 2015.


Demetria Miles-McDonald

Demetria Miles-McDonald is the founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. Demetria specializes in bringing the experiences of people who identify with two or more marginalized groups to the forefront, to better understand the strengths they bring to the workplace. Demetria's unique perspective as an intersectional employee, leader, and researcher brings clarity, freshness, and focus to diversity issues to work and in the community.

Kelley Miller

Kelley Miller is an engagement-oriented leader with more than 15 years of collective experience in training and development, organizational effectiveness, project management, and operations. Her experience spans both entrepreneurial and small business settings including telecommunications, legal, customer service, and nonprofit organizations. 

As vice president of member services, Kelley brings her passion for engagement with her leadership experiences to ATD-CFL. She is an operations manager of a project management office for a skincare and wellness company in Lake Mary, Florida. 

Jamie Millard

Jamie Millard is a past member of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters and is the executive partner and co-founder of Lexington Leadership. Jamie is co-author of the ATD book Becoming a Can-Do Leader: A Guide for the Busy Manager. For more than 25 years, Jamie has been involved globally in developing executives, leaders, and teams through executive coaching and customized leadership training. Jamie formerly led the national organization change management practice at CSC Consulting. Earlier, he was a partner at Harbridge House, where he led the continuous improvement practice. Jamie holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an master of business administration from the University of Rhode Island. He is a proud veteran and a former Army Ranger. Jamie is on the faculty of the Hult International Business School. 

Claudia Mills, CPLP

With more than 20 years of experience in learning and organizational development, Claudia Mills is an organization development specialist at Terracon Consulting. Her role includes partnering with leaders to support their most important initiatives and providing change management assistance. Claudia also creates learning and development resources to support the needs of the organization. Over her career, she has worked in the mutual fund industry, pediatric healthcare, and engineering fields.

In addition to having a master’s degree in human resources (focusing on training and development), Claudia achieved her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) certification. She currently serves as the past president of the Kansas City chapter and has seen her share of very bad chapter meetings over the years. She is delighted to partner with Michelle Baker to facilitate a session on this fear-inducing topic.

Outside of work, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, board games, musical theater, and giving back to the community.


Alixandra Moyer

Ali Moyer is the marketing strategy specialist at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, Pennsylvania. She manages the advertising for the college and serves as the project manager for projects submitted by internal and external clients. She is also the vice president of marketing for the Central Pennsylvania chapter of ATD.

Ali is a young professional in higher education who has a desire to excel in marketing and training and development. Since Ali is a Millennial herself, she is eager to connect young professionals and current industry professionals by identifying specific organizations and colleges and universities in the central Pennsylvania region. Through chapter membership, networking, professional development opportunities, and mentorship, Ali aims to develop professional and personal growth for all members.

Sandra Neal

In a world of emails and tweets, Sandra Neal believes that personal connection is still the key to hearts and minds. She loves seeing the lightbulb go on for people, and helping her colleagues do their best work. Sandra sees challenges as opportunities to show grit and grace. This year she is serving as president of the ATD Chattanooga Chapter. In addition to ATD, Sandra is passionate about craft beer, Toastmasters, her church's impact on the community, and travelling with her husband.

Sarah Onnen

Sarah Onnen has extensive experience in talent development, which includes roles in training, curriculum design, and learning solution development. She has been making a daily impact within the Nationwide Insurance family since 2006 where she is currently working as a learning and performance consultant in commercial sales, designing e-learning training for agents. She says the best part of her job is the opportunity to teach so many different learners the skills that will be vital in their professional journey, whether it is in person or online. Sarah is the president-elect for the ATD Central Iowa Chapter. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Corey, and children, Oliver and Lucy. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in human resources. Sarah is a fan of rock and roll, enjoys going to concerts, and loves to travel.

Veronica Ploetz

Veronica Ploetz currently serves the ATD Nebraska board as the director of social media. In this position, she developed a strategy around each channel to engage membership. During her early career, Veronica produced successful online marketing and traditional branding campaigns. She joined Union Pacific Railroad’s Human Resources department and applied her marketing and communications strategies to the development of dynamic benefit promotions, and created engaging training for employee development programs. This skill set produces unique learning experiences for employees and ensures key takeaways resonate with learners. Veronica holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and earned a PHR certification from Human Resources Certification Institute.

Amanda Rael

Amanda Rael is the vice president of programming and development for the Greater Las Vegas Chapter and has served in that role for two years. She develops program materials, finds and books speakers, and ensures chapter members have engaging programming. She works for Allegiant Travel Company as a senior learning and development specialist and has more than 10 years of training, facilitation, and instructional design experience. In her current role at Allegiant she analyzes, develops, designs, and evaluates professional development training for the organization. Amanda is a twice-certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator. 

Kimberly Randall

Kimberly Randall is an experienced learning and development professional. She has worked in the hospitality, automotive, education, and government industries designing, developing, and facilitating training. Kimberly currently holds the position of learning and development manager for the City of Detroit supporting training initiatives for 9,000 employees.

She serves as the director of events management for the ATD Detroit Chapter. Kimberly is also a member of SHRM and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She enjoys traveling, movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kimberly holds a BA in communications and an MEd in instructional design from Wayne State University. 

Jacqueleen Reyes Hull

Dr. Jacqueleen  Reyes Hull is the deputy chief of strategic operations and project management at the University of South Florida Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). She supports leadership and senior management as a strategist, consultant, and implementer of strategic initiatives and key projects to ensure streamlined operations within the organization. She is also the senior instructional designer at CAMLS and serves as faculty for internal and external training programs. 

Dr. Reyes Hull holds degrees in communication, English education, and instructional design and technology. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Learning Management System Administrator. She is also a published author, most recently on the subject of learning analytics. 

Debbie Richards

Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, supports talent development clients with technology challenges. She updates her job knowledge by researching new technologies and software products, participating in educational opportunities (such as speaking at learning conferences), and participating in professional organizations. Debbie was named one of the most influential people in corporate e-learning for 2018. Passionate about working with and mentoring other learning professionals, Debbie is a past president of the ATD Houston Chapter and a past National Advisor for Chapters. She is the ATD Technology Conference Advisory Council chairperson for 2019.

Natasha Roberts, CPLP

Natasha Roberts, CPLP, is the director of marketing for the Metro DC ATD Chapter. In this capacity, she has developed the framework, templates, and strategies around the chapter partnership and sponsorship goals. In 2017, the chapter established three partnerships with signed letters of agreement and generated about $6,000 in revenue; 2018 kicked off with $2,000 in advertisement, one in-kind sponsorship, and three partnerships. 

Outside of the chapter, Natasha is director of talent development at the Urban Institute. She is responsible for Urban’s strategy and efforts to develop a more robust performance and learning-driven program for staff that includes enhanced performance management capabilities and e-learning tools. She plans, facilitates, designs, and develops training and development activities to support Urban initiatives.


Jennifer Rogers, CPLP

Jennifer Rogers is blessed to have spent over 15 years in learning and development, spanning several industries including real estate, higher education, and most recently CPG manufacturing, sales, and analytics. She is also the founder and chief discovery advocate of Development Ocean, an organization that focuses on coaching, leadership development, and instructional design. 

Jennifer has served in many chapter leadership roles, including vice president of finance and membership as well as the presidential trio. She is honored to serve chapters in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast region as an NAC. She holds the CPLP certification, and is currently on track for a master’s in leadership and organizational development with a concentration in coaching. Jennifer’s passion is partnering with individuals and organizations to design and deliver solutions that help them discover new ways of learning more about themselves to achieve their work and life goals. 

Rusty Shields

Rusty Shields was born and raised in rural northeastern Arkansas and always had a love for music, dating back to his earliest memories. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music, he moved to Indiana to study music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. After graduation, Rusty began working at Smithville Fiber as a training coordinator, while continuing his performing career. His expertise is in the areas of change management, instructional design, adult learning theory, and facilitation. Rusty became a member of the Central Indiana Chapter of ATD for two years, and currently serves as the director of special events. He is passionate about training and music, and any chance he has to marry the two, he does!

Kristi Stewart

Kristi Stewart is responsible for developing instructional experiences and training solutions, ensuring that best practices are incorporated in all training materials for the Learning and Development team at First National Bank of Omaha. Prior to joining the L&D team, Kristi spent 18 years in a variety of positions in education such as a K-12 instructor, a college professor, and a state-level professional development consultant. Kristi holds a master’s degree in educational technology and is currently serving in her third year on the ATD Nebraska board of directors as the vice president of marketing and communications.

Ai Tanaka

Originally from Japan, Ai Tanaka is the president of ATD Hawaii, and senior consultant, Continuous Improvement (CI) at HMSA/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii. At HMSA, she is responsible for providing strategic and transformational leadership to cross-functional teams for a variety of CI projects. She partners with other organizational effectiveness and development colleagues to tap into the human potential and help develop employees to make CI an organization-wide competency. Prior, she worked for an operations management consulting firm in Connecticut for 15 years, initially starting out in training and organization development roles, then later consulting for small to Fortune 100 manufacturing clients across the United States, Mexico, and Russia to help improve safety, quality, and productivity utilizing the Toyota Production System (TPS/Lean). Her passion is not only to build process excellence and efficient systems, but also to foster employee engagement and people development in the process of change. 

Marybeth Ulrich

Marybeth Ulrich has served as the Jack-of-all-trades within her organization, completing the overhaul of several internal training programs from project management to support, delivery of client-facing training videos and documentation, consulting with clients when implementing cloud-based solutions, and the onboarding and liaising of global acquisitions. In regard to ATD Kentuckiana, she volunteered to lead the SOP project within the chapter to help create a resource to aid in the success of new chapter leaders. In addition to leading the SOP project, Marybeth serves the chapter as the vice president of finance. 

Dawn Walker-Elders

Dawn Walker-Elders is a mostly nice person who love-love-loves learning! She serves as vice president of programs for the Maine Chapter of ATD and also works as the adult learning manager for Girl Scouts of Maine. In both roles, she shines a light on exploration, discovery, implementation, and evaluation to make the world a better place for each and all of us.

Peter Ward

Peter Ward has been involved in the training industry for the past 18 years, and at Axiom Learning Solutions is responsible for developing and growing partner relationships with his clients. He brings over 20 years of sales experience from the high technology industry. He has held senior and national account management roles with some of the nation’s leading enterprise IT training vendors supporting both U.S. and international companies. He has worked extensively with global financial institutions, manufacturing, insurance, software development, education, and the government sector. His involvement in the IT training community includes various board positions and extensive volunteerism in organizations that support the development and promotion of the training industry.

Peter lives in Norton, Massachusetts with his wife Beth and two daughters, Amanda and Kathryn. He is a passionate bike rider and raises money for cancer research in the Pan Mass Challenge every year.

Linda Warren, CPLP

Linda Warren is a past president of ATD Austin and is currently the NAC for Texas chapters. Her past involvement in the Austin chapter includes serving as SIG leader, vice president for SIGs, and newsletter editor. She recently established the Leader in Learning award (a highlight of ATD Austin’s Employee Learning Week) and launched a new SIG—Feet on the Street, which features real-world L&D practices. Linda has a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of Houston and became a CPLP in 2012. For three years she co-facilitated the ATD Austin CPLP study group. Linda is the director of learning at Thornton Tomasetti, a global engineering firm based in New York City. At work and in volunteer efforts, Linda’s passion is helping individuals and organizations become better at what they do.

Karen Wegner

An active member of ATD chapters for many years, Karen Wegner has served on the ATD Nebraska Board for the past five years. If you spend time with her, you’ll know that engaging people in high-quality learning experiences is at the center of her work. As a learning professional in both business and academia, she seeks out and embraces emerging trends and technologies, and has collaborated with numerous teams to determine learning strategy; establish critical systems, processes, and infrastructure; and create innovative learning experiences. Karen holds a master of education in adult learning/HRD from the University of Minnesota and currently serves in the Workforce Innovation Division at Metropolitan Community College. Karen is also an active member of the eLearning Guild, and has presented at the DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas.