2021 Board members

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.


Past President - 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.


Vice PResident of Special Events - 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.



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 Community Engagement - 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 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. 


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 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.


2021 Directors and LEadership

Director of Certifications - Debbi Spranza, CPTD

Debbie Spranza headshotDebbi has over 15 years developing and supporting adult learning theory in highly regulated corporate industries. As the Chief Learning Officer for a small women-owned training organization, her experience includes talent development with mentoring, coaching, onboarding programs, succession planning, and knowledge management. Because of her love and experience with data, she uses her passion for learning to transfer knowledge to diverse learners. 


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. 


Director of Volunteers - Rakhi Ihiga

Headshot of Rakhi Ihiga 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. 


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.


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