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Meet the Board Members!

Ken Katzeff, President

Ken is the principal for Advanced Performance Solutions, a boutique Talent Development consulting firm that works with a diverse group of clients across a variety of industries. He has over 30 years of experience helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. Ken works collaboratively tailoring each innovative and cutting-edge Talent, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching solution to strengthen leadership and enhance team and individual performance that achieves measurably faster, better and more sustainable results.

Over the course of his career, Ken has also worked for a number of consulting companies and has lead Learning and Development functions for several major corporations. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Pace, Iona and Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program. Ken holds a MS degree in Counseling from Bank Street College and a BS in Psychology and Math from Lehman College. Before moving to Raleigh from New York City in 2017, Ken was long-time member of both National the local Metro ATD Chapter in of the NYC.

Alex Cook, President Elect

Alex Cook is a training professional with a decade of experience managing learning functions and designing learning experiences in health care, technology, and finance. Alex’s career in L&D began with a six-year role in Portland, Oregon, during which he built and grew the training department for a large nonprofit health care provider. Since moving to the Research Triangle in 2018, Alex has been working as an instructional designer in the tech and finance industries, with a focus on making engaging learning experiences for any topic.

Alex became a power member of ATD in 2014, joining both the national organization and the Cascadia chapter. Beginning on New Year’s Day 2018, Alex, his wife Kristy, and his dog Milo made the 2500-mile drive from Portland to Raleigh, where he immediately joined the Research Triangle Area chapter. As early as the February 2018 meeting, Alex was volunteering at monthly programs, and by December of that year he was joining the Board of Directors as Programs VP. In 2019 & 2020, Alex led planning and execution of 25 monthly programs and 4 workshops for the chapter, grew and coordinated a team of 10 volunteers, and navigated the virtual event transition brought on by COVID-19.

Alex completed his undergrad in 2009 with a Bachelors in English, and graduate studies in 2015 with a Masters in Public Health.

Outside of chapter events, you can catch Alex walking his dog, training for a run, or watching soccer.

Why Statement: I love seeing, inspiring, and feeling the spark of learning something new; ATD connects me to these personal "aha!" moments every day!

Carol A. Gravel,  Past President

Carol is the executive director and principal consultant at Binnacle Consulting where she helps organizations navigate 21 century talent and learning to address the needs of their current and future workforce. 

During her career, she has held senior leadership roles in HR, OD, talent management and learningShe has been invited to present at numerous international conferences such as the Oxford University Global HR conference and the International Online Learning Consortium conference.   She has been published in several peer reviewed journals as well as several international talent and learning professional publications.

Carol has a doctorate in education; with a focus on instructional technology and distance education, master’s in education and a graduate certification in project management from George Washington University. In addition, she earned her SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and leads the learning trends special interest group for the Association of Talent Development (ATD) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Drew Stanley, VP of Finance

Drew is an Instructional Designer with Booz Allen Hamilton where he provides support to facilitators and program management. He specializes in training & program evaluation, adult learning principles, assessment instruments, and active learning.

He recently retired from the military where he served in a variety of positions such as Training & Readiness Manager and Operations Manager. He has a broad base of experience in training management, performance improvement, professional development, financial management, leadership, and program evaluation. 

Drew holds an MS in Instructional Technology from UNC Wilmington and a BS in Business Management. In addition, he holds the Silver certification in Evaluation from Kirkpatrick Partners, and is a qualified instructor for both the Navy and Marine Corps.

Drew joined ATD to network and collaborate with other talent development professionals who desire to grow professionally and to advance the industry as a profession. He has been a member of ATD since March 2018 and a member of the RTA chapter since June 2019.

Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., VP of Membership - Retention

Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., is a faculty scholar at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership with a cognate in Statistics at Clemson University. She currently is Editor for the Career & Technical Education Research Journal. Michelle has extensive experience designing and facilitating training for post-secondary education, business, and government programs. Michelle creates programs in Executive Leadership, Change, Conflict Management, Empowering Middle Management, Improving Training Effectiveness, and Instructional Design. She serves as VP for Membership on the Research Triangle Area Chapter Board.

Julie Foster, VP of Membership - Recruitment

Julie Foster is a Senior Manager at a Marriott International in Bethesda, Maryland. She has worked in the  learning field for over a decade. Julie creates training for a global audience of 800,000 employees and is skilled in creating and deploying a range of training modalities to include videos, instructor led trainings, and coaching sessions. Most recently, she led the strategy and deployment for multiple leadership programs, including programming for high potentials and leaders at every level. Julie is passionate about travel and diverse cultures, has facilitated translating training content into 17 languages, and has traveled within North America, Asia and Europe.

Julie was key in preparing her organizations associates for a massive integration and transformation of the loyalty program; she drove usage of a critical revenue management software; she created new hire training for company headquarters and global customer call centers. Julie is a strong advocate for virtual training as a means to make learning more accessible and inclusive. She completed her MPS in Organization Development and Change in December 2020 from Pennsylvania State University and as a Certified Hospitality Trainer from AHLEI.

Christy Iannelli, VP of Programming - Logistics

An accomplished business professional with over twenty years of training experience in the Life Science and IT industries, known for obtaining and driving new business, enhancing existing client relationships, successfully leading and sustaining client partnership development with the ability to navigate and solve complex learning challenges.

My career began in the software world as I became an instructional designer both writing and facilitating the new hire and existing user training for our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Over time my role evolved into a client-facing project management role as I became a consultant for a CRM implementation company.

After a couple of years of consulting, I found myself in pharma where I was again writing and facilitating training for our CRM implementation, and supporting other areas within the Medical Affairs group. From there my path took me to work with small training agencies primarily supporting life sciences (pharma, biotech, etc.) organizations and I’ve been in this space for about 7 years fulfilling roles from content editing and learning design to project management, and most recently director of strategic accounts.

Nadine Oelke, VP of Programming - Speaker/Event Coordination

Learning development has been my niche since early in my professional career. I was always the one who volunteered for any type of training event. It is logical that it is now my daily job. I followed several different career paths until I found a home in Pharmaceuticals in North Carolina. Here I have been able to strengthen my on the job learning with learning fundamentals through ATD learning events. I am proud to have earned an Associate Professional in Talent Development in February 2020. I currently develop training modules in compliance-based curricula for a Belgium based Pharma company.

I participate in the academic community to shine a light on careers in STEM in association with Wake County Public Schools. We provide learning events for educators as well as assisting in student-based projects. This year we will expand into elementary grades in addition to the middle and high schoolers.

I have been an ATD RTA member since 2011 and a National member since 2014 and now am happy to be able to serve this community as VP of Programming – Speakers and Conferences. I look forward to working with a great team and bringing diverse and relevant programs to our community.

Jazmin Webster, VP of Communications

Jazmin is an experienced training professional who prides herself in being a life-long learner. Over her 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jazmin has designed training programs, developed training strategies for global execution, and been an essential partner to her subject matter experts. Pursuing both science and education, Jazmin holds a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University, and a Masters degree in Education from Ashford University, specializing in Instructional Design and Assessment & Measurement. She continued her coursework with Capella University’s PhD program specializing in Training and Performance Improvement, reaching all but dissertation status.

My Why: Be better. I live in the spirit of continuous improvement. I believe there is always a way to improve if you stay positive and look at what lessons can be learned from every situation. Those lessons are the hidden gems of self-development.

Molly Miller, VP of Marketing - Web/Social Media

Molly is an Instructional Designer for Campbell University in the Adult and Online Education Department. She provides a wide range of support in educational technology and principles of andragogy for course and faculty development.

Molly has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s of Education in Training and Development from North Carolina State University. She has certifications in Quality Matters, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and ADA & Web Accessibility from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).

Molly has a passion for online learning and feels that learners need to be challenged with application-based content to prepare them for their future careers. Prior to coming to Campbell University, Molly taught in Wake County Public Schools in Cary, North Carolina. 

Lynn Russell, Director-At-Large

Lynn has a rich history in business consulting and learning and development. She has had the privilege to co-found the Learning Center for The Facilities Division of Disneyland and offer Business as Unusual through Disney University.

Lynn was a trusted advisor and consultant to companies such as Eastman Kodak, Kellogg’s, Philip Morris, M&M Mars, and The Coleman Company. She developed and facilitated many courses and enjoyed preparing on-site facilitators for effective delivery. She has been a regional director for Beazer Homes, a Senior Consultant for FMI Corporation and is currently a Learning and Development Contractor for AICPA.

Lynn served as President of the Raleigh Chapter of NAWIC (National Association for Women in Construction) and has served on the ATD RTA Board since January of 2018.

She is passionate about performance improvement and co-leads the “Seat at the Table” special interest group with Ken Katzeff.  She remains current with her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) Credential, earned in 2008. 

Why Statement: I have spent over 20 years helping companies work out wrinkles in their processes and skill development. I have learned that many problems are seated in culture, rewards systems, technology, structure and operations. I want to help our members be as successful as possible in identifying the source of the problems they are charged with improving, so that they may be seen as highly valuable to their organization.

Wendy Gates Corbett, Academic / Community Outreach

Wendy Gates Corbett, CPLP, is in her 10th year serving on the ATD-RTA board of directors and she’s been a member of the chapter for 20 years. Wendy is recognized as a leader in the talent development field. Her love for the industry fuels her desire for all professionals to become and stay relevant in their chosen fields. She speaks around the country and around the world on the power of visuals, remaining relevant, and the power of belonging. She is the owner of Refresher Training, LLC, a company that works with professional athletes, speakers and business leaders helping them speak with impact and influence (and awesome presentation slides!). She just completed a two-year term as Chair of ATD’s National Advisors for Chapters and on the ATD International Board of Directors.  I love ATD-RTA because nourishing others’ love for talent development and passion for learning nourishes my own love and passion for both.

Karen Wolf, Director of Volunteers

Karen is Program Manager of Training for RTI Health Solutions, a business unit of RTI International headquartered in RTP. Her current focus is building e-learning and microlearning solutions. Karen earned her Associate Professional in Talent Development certification in January 2019.

Karen has a background in clinical drug development. She began her career as a training professional when her company was acquired and her research role was eliminated. Having enjoyed instructing study personnel to conduct research, she requested an opportunity to work in a training role. Karen has held different types of training positions in several companies and enjoys encouraging colleagues to break away from presentations to make training more interactive and effective.

Karen has been active in ATD RTA for over 10 years. Often working as a department of one, Karen valued the chance to spend time with others that share her interest and enthusiasm for learning. Karen enjoys being a volunteer, most often greeting participants at meetings which has allowed her to get to know more members. Karen would like the chance to give back to the chapter by serving on the board and encouraging others, based on her experiences, to support the chapter by volunteering.

Paige Daniel, Chapter Administrator

Paige has worked with the ATD-RTA chapter for 3 years and the Piedmont Chapter for 15 years.  In addition to working with ATD, she is a preschool teacher.  Paige has two children, two dogs and a cat.  In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

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