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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President-elect - Paul Zaentz-Lewis

Paul headshotPaul’s passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI+B) stems not only from being a part of the LGBTQIA2+ community, but also from his global experience, helping him to understand that everyone has value and provides important points of view. As he moved into leadership and employee development roles, the lack of DEI+B presence in many of the development programs was notable. Seeing this critical gap, Paul became an advocate of infusing DEI into all professional development programs, not just those directly addressing diversity, equity and inclusion. As a change management practitioner, he leverages knowledge of neuroscience, biology, and organizational psychology by employing the Change Quest® and Prosci® ADKAR models, focusing on the human aspect of change to ensure that all people impacted by change are acknowledged and represented as their individual and authentic selves.

With 30+ years of international business and professional development experience across industries, including healthcare, hospitality and travel, aerospace and financial, to name a few, Paul is able to adjust the lens of his DEI+B approach with client specificity. Having worked in over 23 countries and territories, he is well-versed in understanding cultural nuances in the workplace.

Paul has been a member of ATD since 2009.

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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 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 - Alyssa WilLet

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Alyssa 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!Alyssa 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 PRograms - Joel Lamoreaux

Joel Lamoreaux headshotJoel presently serves the employees of Arrow Electronics as an HR Manager, Employee Capability, where he helps ensure HR talent development programs and core HR processes are deployed effectively for the Americas Region. Over the last 15 years, Joel built and managed the leadership development programs, including the assessment, design, development, facilitation and evaluation of over 25 courses offered through in-person and virtual formats. He has presented on his approached to adult learning at conferences and is published in several training resource compilation books, and in TD Magazine. Prior to moving into Talent Management, he served the employees of a large financial services company as a front-line leader in call center, manufacturing and fulfillment operations. He is a long-time member of ATD, mostly with the Pikes Peak Chapter, where he served as VP or Programs for six years. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.   

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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

Director of Certifications - Elizabeth Bayee, CPTD

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Elizabeth is an Organizational Effectiveness Manager.  She has worked in various environments such as transportation, manufacturing, museums, non-profits, and now AI technology.  She earned her CPTD in 2019.  Being a part of the study cohort was key to her successfully practicing the Capability Model to adopt it into the work she was doing (and continues to do) in learning and development.  She is excited to give back in a way to help others achieve their goal for certification.   She enjoyes learning about a variety of topics and encourages others to be curious +1. 

Elizabeth has been a part of three chapters, Los Angeles, San Diego, and her favorite, Rocky Mountain.  She enjoys book clubs, spending time with her family, and watching her 12-year-old son expand his interests and passions.  His latest is musical theater where he was Pumbaa in “The Lion King”.    

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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
    • Consultants Special Interest Group Director

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