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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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