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. 

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 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.

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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. 

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VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE - KATIE GERWITZ

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.
 

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Co-Vice President of Programming - Jennifer Donnally

CO-VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING - Tara Henry

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.

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Vice President of Sponsorships - Stephen Ang

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Vice President of Technology - Thomas Toth

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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. 

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.

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Vice President of Community Engagement - Kellie Whiteston

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Vice President of Membership - Open

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2020 Directors and LEadership

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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Certifications Director - OpeN

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Director of Volunteer Engagement - OPEN

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FACilitator's Exchange Special Interest Group Director - Open

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Consultants Special Interest Group Director - Sue Fody

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Learning Technologies Special Interest Group Director - 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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