2022 Board members

PRESIDENT - KATIE GERWITZ

In 2018, Katie Gerwitz transitioned into Instructional Design and corporate training after spending 10 years in secondary education. 

Katie is an Instructional Design Specialist at Ball Corporation and creates training programs for the aluminum packaging manufacturing plants across North and Central America. She focuses on functional processes within the plants applying safety, quality, and lean principles in the training programs. 

When she is not developing training, you can find her hiking, biking, snowshoeing, surfing the Sand Dunes, camping, backpacking, completing puzzles, or playing card games.

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Past President - Marla Whipple

Marla WhippleMarla has over ten years designing in-person and online learning experiences, including over six years in supervisory roles with six collective years in leadership development, including leadership enrichment programming, career counseling, advising and coaching diverse populations, and succession planning. She is a self-starter who enjoys the challenge of translating concepts and theories into executable practices to impact organizational success. Marla also has extensive experience with project management.

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Vice PResident of Finance - Lisa Johns, CPA, CPTD

Lisa (Vallad) Johns is a Certified Professional in Training and Development (CPTD), which she earned (as a CPLP) in 2014. Lisa’s commitment to managing the learning function has been demonstrated through her positions in managing the training, user support, and continuing education functions in several organizations. As an advocate for the learning community, Lisa shares her experiences and knowledge through frequent presentations with organizations such as Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference, and the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference.

In 2011, Lisa earned her Master’s in Education degree, in Training and Development, from North Carolina State University. Lisa’s career first began in accounting and finance when she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accountancy from Western Michigan University, and continued when she earned her CPA licenses in both the states of Michigan and Colorado. Lisa's training and development background, combined with her accounting and business background, are helping her align her skillsets with her long-term goal, which is to open her own fitness franchise.

When Lisa is not indulging her natural curiosity by exploring new ideas, you can find her indulging in one of her many pursuits as an avid Colorado outdoor enthusiast, such as hiking, camping, and snowboarding.

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Vice President of Marketing & Social Media - Shelley Gable

Shelley Gable HeadshotShelley is an instructional strategist with over 10 years' experience in instructional design and eLearning development, including the leadership of high performing L&D teams since 2015. She loves the challenge of translating business goals into observable behaviors and ultimately into learning experiences. 

Shelley earned her master's degree in Instructional & Performance Technology from  Boise State Univerisity and she now serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the degree program. 

When she's not crafting a learning experience, you'll probably find her hiking, running, drumming, listening to an audiobook, traveling, or playing yet another board or card game. 

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Vice President of Membership - KERRY HARBECK, CPTD

Kerry has over 20 years of experience in instructional design and program management. She served in the Marine Corps as a communication technology specialist. She has worked in diverse areas such as end user adoption of new IT and business processes, military training, and health and wellness education.>

Kerry is passionate about developing people’s highest potential and harnessing educational technology so people can gain the skills needed to be successful in their careers. She is currently the Director of Learning Innovations for Atos’s Breakaway Adoption Solutions division. Kerry earned her MA in Instructional Design: eLearning Design & Implementation from the University of Colorado Denver. Kerry also practices and teaches yoga.

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Vice President of Programming - Alyssa Wilet

Alyssa Wilet headshotAlyssa Willet is a Senior Training and Development Specialist in Organization and Employee Development at the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Human Resources. Alyssa designs and facilitates in-person and virtual instructor led training, supporting the learning needs of employees at all levels of the organization. Alyssa thrives on working with groups of people and helping learners incorporate knowledge and skills into their everyday lives. 

Alyssa has been a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach since 2016. As a coach, Alyssa helps others to identify and build upon their natural talents. She believes that when we recognize the talent in ourselves and in others, it increases the trust and well-being of our relationships.

Alyssa has worked in higher education for the past 12 years and has a professional background in business and non-profit management. She holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and earned her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. 

In her free-time, Alyssa loves bringing “DIY” projects to life and growing a garden with her partner and young child. She looks forward to getting to know and work with members of the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter!

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Vice President of Special Events - Kristen Jensen WAll

Kristen Jensen Wall is a learning and development professional who has been in the industry for over 15 years.  She started her career as a junior high teacher, then moved to working with adults in higher education.  She has extensive experience with adult learning theory, distance learning, and program development.  In her spare time she likes to read, run, and putter around in her yard.  She's been married to her husband for 14 years; they enjoy learning about, and traveling to, WWII historical sites. 

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VICE PRESIDENT OF Community Engagement - Sheri Adams

Sherri Adams headshotSherri holds a Doctorate of Management with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership; she currently serves as a LEAD Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach for DISH Network. In addition, she serves as Assistant Professor of Business at Colorado Technical University, where she was nominated for Distinguished Faculty of the Years for 2019, 2020, and 2021. She serves as a Human Resources Professional for 15 years and holds a Professional of Human Resources Certification. 

In her free time, Sheri enjoys volunteering as an Advisory Board Liaison for Alpha Sigma Alpha, and a facilitator for the National Society of Leadership and Success.

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Vice President of Sponsorships - Stephen Ang

A sketchbook, reading material and bass guitar are Stephen's nourishment as a catalyst for creative collaboration. A multi-disciplinary approach directs attention to unquestioned answers, the possibility to work with remarkable individuals as well as lead workshops on optimizing talent, concepts, and choices. Thinking on the edge of the box, breadcrumbs, and humor are his elixirs to refine what to say and do. Stop by Stephen's website - www.lightperspectives.com.

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Vice President of Technology - Ginger Nichols, CPTD

Ginger Nichols is an instructional designer, eLearning developer and owner of Ginger Nichols Design Group, LLC. Ginger has experience developing traditional training and eLearning primarily in the financial services sector at companies including Janus Capital Group, TD Ameritrade Institutional and Wells Fargo.

She is involved in designing many different types of training, her favorite training to build typically leverages technology to engage learners. Ginger has been working with web and eLearning technologies for over 10 years and enjoys programming web based learning experiences. She currently administers several WordPress blogs including her own at www.gingernichols.com.

Ginger earned her Master's Degree in Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis in Adult Learning and Instructional Design from the University of Colorado Denver. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Ithaca College.

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2022 Directors and LEadership

InterIm Director of Certifications - Yvonne Bogard, CPTD

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Yvonne loves to learn and is passionate about online learning, eLearning, emerging technologies, and educational trends. She earned the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) in 2014 and is one of the two original developers of the collaborative and sustainable virtual study group model with continues with ATD chapters across the US. Yvonne brings over 20 years in higher education as an Instructional Designer.

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Consultant's Special Interest Group Director - Open

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the ATD RMC President for more information.  

Director of Volunteers - Rakhi Ihiga

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Rakhi loves travel and enjoys learning about and experiencing different cultures. Her curiosity led her to live and work on 3 continents which has expanded her worldview, allowing her to bring diverse perspectives to her interactions. She particularly enjoys exploring culture through food and cooking. She's worked in the relocation industry for the last 15 years, both in operations as well as building the global learning and development function. Being part of L&D is in sync with her passion to learn and support people in their growth journey. 

When not working, Rakhi loves spending time with her family doing projects, being outdoors or playing games. She wants to find ways to give back and being the Director of Volunteers fits nicely with that as well as her ability to connect people. 

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Instructional Design Special Interest Group Director - Mary Hofeizer


Current Leadership Positions Open

    • Learning Technologies Special Interest Group Director
    • Certifications Special Interest Group Director
    • Consultants Special Interest Group Director

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