2020 Board members

President - Ginger Nichols

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.


President Elect - 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.


Past President - Lisa Vallad, CPA, CPLP

Lisa Suzanne Vallad is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), which she earned in 2014. Lisa’s commitment to managing the learning function is demonstrated through her most recent position as the CORE Operations Training and User Support Manager with the State of Colorado, and prior to that as the Continuing Professional Education Program Manager at the University of Colorado. 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, the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference, and the Colorado Fiscal Managers’ Association Conference.

In 2011, Lisa earned her Master’s in Education degree, in Training and Development, from North Carolina State University. While 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, it was ultimately her love for teaching that shifted her career focus. Lisa has been able to leverage the skills she obtained as a CPA, and bring those with her as she focuses on managing the learning functions in finance and accounting environments.

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.



Katie joined the World Trade Center Denver team as the Instructional Designer in October 2018 after spending 10 years in secondary education. She graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Education and obtained her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans.

Katie has a passion for adult learning and operations, and she was known for her innovative flipped classroom during her teaching and graduate studies. In her role at the WTC Denver, she manages weekly international trade trainings and creates online training content in addition to managing core functions of the office providing support to the executive team.

Katie was a member of ATD New Orleans before moving to Denver and knew that joining the ATD Rocky Mountain chapter was a great way to learn from others in the field. She is thrilled to be a part of the board to create beneficial learning opportunities in the talent community.


Vice President of Marketing and Social Media
Instructional Design Special Interest Group Director - Erica Hoffman

Erica HoffmanErica has 10 plus years in the training and development field developing instructor-led training and blended-learning classes. She has a passion for all things learning and believes strongly in making a difference and seeing a strong return on investment.

When not designing, developing and implementing learning, she can be found taking long walks with friends, cycling, doing yoga, playing tennis, skiing or hiking.  She also loves traveling and has spent many years abroad most recently in Istanbul, Turkey.


Vice President of Membership - KERRY HARBECK

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.


Vice President of Programming - 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.


Vice President of Special Events - Sandi Ruther

Sandi RutherSandi is the owner of ProGold Consulting, which specializes in building bridges between people, processes, and IT systems through training, communications, documentation, and change management. She has supported software implementations for startups to Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from Oil & Gas, Mining, Software, Food & Bev, Telecom, to Non Profits.

Sandi has served on the Board of Rocky Mountain Chapter in Denver since 2008 in various roles such as Programs, Membership, and President. In 2015, she was selected for ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters where she served for three years coaching and mentoring chapter leaders. Sandi is delighted to be involved again with the chapter and supporting Special Events.

Additionally, Sandi is passionate about human motivation, learning, and leadership.  Recently she has been diving into gamification and artificial intelligence as it relates to improving training and performance.


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.


Vice President of Technology - Thomas Toth

Thomas Toth has over 20 years of global experience in the design and development of training programs and educational technology. He has led the creation and implementation of global learning initiatives for companies like Western Union, Janus Capital Group, and SafeNet. As a consultant, he has designed training programs for clients such as CHANEL, DiSH, Kelly-Moore Paint, Swarovski, Newmont Mining, the Walmart Foundation, Airgas, Murale and Trizetto. Thomas is the founder of dWeb Studios, a web-based media and eLearning provider, located in the Denver area.

Thomas is a recognized as an expert and innovator in the area of online learning and is a regular speaker for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and has delivered presentations to the eLearning Guild, BLR, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Pepperdine University.

He is the author of the books Technology for Trainers, first and second edition, and a contributing author to both the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals and Michael Allen’s eLearning Annual 2012. His work in the area of leadership program development lead to an ASTD BEST award for training and development in 2008. In 2016, eLearning! Magazine recognized Thomas as a Learning Champion winner in the category of Mentor.


ATD 2020 Volunteer Coordinator
Vice President of Volunteer Engagement - Kellie Whiteston

Kellie is an indie experience designer and the owner of Xhesive, an experience design lab. She specializes in using game mechanics, proven-practices from learning science, and principles of behavior change to design engaging, memorable experiences. She has a passion for creating environments that foster curiosity, innovation, and community.

Kellie holds a MA in Applied Linguistics with a graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language as well as a BA in Anthropology from the University of South Florida. She has worked in the learning and development field for 20 years and has spent time in the worlds of higher education, non-profit organizations, and the federal government. Fun facts, she also worked as a puppeteer during grad school and speaks Swedish.


2020 Directors and LEadership

Certifications Director - Yvonne Bogard

Yvonne earned her Certified Professional in Talent Development - CPTD (formerly CPLP) in 2014 after leading and participating in a Virtual Study Group for the chapter using Zoom web conferencing technology. She has continued to recertify every three years to maintain her CPTD and is now returning to help with the chapter’s virtual study group. She codeveloped the virtual study group model to be sustainable with multiple chapters cofacilitating and it is still going strong.

Yvonne has served the chapter since 2011 in many roles over the years, including being chapter President in 2017.


Consultant's Special Interest Group Director - Fabiana Nardi

Fabiana Nardi headshot/Fabiana Nardi brings 20 years of experience as a strategic People Management consultant and business development executive to companies of all sizes in America and internationally. She specializes in development and implementing people management processes based on Competency Model, a behavior-orientated methodology. Fabiana is a certified lead assessor of Korn Ferry International for delivering competency-based executive assessment projects, training, and feedback sessions. She also has a certification from Culture Talk to deliver assessment projects based upon archetypes. Some of her clients include: General Motors, Charles Schwab, Shell, EMBRAER, Walmart, Unilever, Novartis, Roche, Pfizer, Abbvie, and Airbus. 

Fabiana is the lead organizer for DisruptHR Sao Paulo. She brought DisruptHR to Brazil and launched its first event in April 2018. She is also a speaker for 2020 DisruptHR Colorado Springs. 

She holds an MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, an MBA in Human Resources, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She is an active board member of the Denver Workforce Development Services with the Work-based Learning committee. 

Fabiana is married and also has a web development company, Green Hat Web Solutions, with her husband. Her nine-year old son loves traveling and exploring the world with her, mainly visiting his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 


Chapter Administrator - Ann Baus (Part time)

Ann BausAnn Baus provides a variety of virtual office administration and member service functions and supports the leadership team. She is also a friend to Board members and the goes-the-extra-mile person who makes many ATD events the successes they are.

Ann is the front line contact for members, potential members and the public seeking information about chapter events and services. She contractually provides services through her own firm, KD Business Services. Ann's passion is Association Management - "I love working with small to medium membership-based associations. Nearly 15 years in this field have provided me with a unique perspective in helping associations and their boards." She has been a key player of the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter since 2017.


Director of Volunteer Engagement - OPEN

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FACilitator's Exchange Special Interest Group Director - Open

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