Kathy Hartung-Kramer is a life-long learner with a masters in Instructional & Performance Technology and more than 25 years of experience in talent management and training & development. She has a passion for extending the reach of learning with technology. Kathy is currently working in Learning and Leadership & Leadership Development at Thrivent Financial, where she’s been since 2001. Previous to that she led the e-learning efforts at Tamzen Media and worked as lead training consultant at Wausau Insurance. She is a volunteer at United Way (Children and Youth Impact Area), the Warming Shelter, various animal shelters, and as a member of the Marketing and Metrics Committee for the Thrivent Women’s Leadership Network. She lives in Appleton with her husband, daughter (when she’s not away at college), dog and cat. In her spare time, she loves to be active and outdoors, spending time on the lake at her cottage, skiing, scuba diving, swimming, biking and running. E-mail
Christy Brazee - Past President
Christy is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, teaching both traditional and online courses in her expertise area of Organizational Communication. Her passion lies in taking learning beyond the classroom, which she accomplishes through action learning projects (ALPs) that involve students in learning partnerships with local organizations to address real-world challenges by applying their course content.
Christy received her PhD. in Communication from Purdue University, where she was awarded the first post-doctoral position in the School of Technology and co-directed the interdisciplinary applied research program in the Department of Aviation Technology. This program engaged students and faculty with aviation industry organization partners, both domestic and global, in AL. Ps targeting employee/ground safety and work process challenges. Christy has published and presented her research to both U.S. and international audiences.
Terleen Cheslock is the Organizational & Staff Development Manager at Fox Valley Technical College. She is an experienced staff development manager with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. Skilled in compensation, corporate communications, labor relations, interview
ing, and organizational development. Terleen has her Masters of Science Degree focused in Organizational Development & Behavior from Silver Lake College. She has spent over 20 years in the human resources industry. Terleen also adjunct instructs in the HR program at the college. E-mail
Cristi Burrill - Vice President of Programming
Cristi Burrill is the Learning and Talent Specialist for U.S. Venture, Inc. In her role she designs and facilitates leadership programs and learning opportunities for U.S. Venture team members. Prior to her role at U.S. Venture, Cristi worked in higher education, most recently as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development at St. Norbert College. Cristi has a master’s degree in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from the University of Iowa and has a passion for helping others grown personally and professionally. Outside of work, Cristi is on the board of Pulse, Appleton's Young Professional Network, and enjoys yoga, running and cycling, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her two cats Dude and Butters. E-mail
Deb has held many positions since joining Community First Credit Union in 1985 as a part-time teller up to her current role as Training & LMS Specialist. She has been involved in the training delivery, training design, and training coordination for projects and credit union initiatives. Deb loves the opportunity to onboard new team members, along with the responsibility of the administration of their online learning management system. Her main objective is to create an engaging learning environment in the classroom. She facilitates soft skills training to help employees gain confidence in providing WOW Service to members and each other. Her team received national award recognition from CUNA’s Creating Member Loyalty training program in several categories. She holds a ABS in Business Administration and is a Certified CU Financial Counselor (CCUFC) through Credit Union National Association, Inc. Deb’s passion is financial literacy and giving back to her community. She stands by the Credit Union Principle of people helping people. In her spare time, she loves any activity that is outdoors: traveling, camping, biking, walking, kayaking, sports, concerts, and gardening. E-mail
Carrie Lamensky – Vice President of Membership
Carrie started her career as a Health and Wellness Instructor teaching fitness classes and health education classes at Kimberly-Clark. She then made the leap into the Training And Development field as a Training Specialist doing instructional design, developing eLearning and course development for research and engineering. She was recruited to develop and coordinate training programs for SAP projects at various Corporations in the Fox Cities. Currently she is employed at Menasha Packaging as an ERP Analyst on the Organizational Change Management team in Neenah where she leads the training and development and change management efforts for staff and plant. Carrie earned an MBA at UW-Oshkosh and also serves as an American Red Cross certified CPR/First Aid instructor at the YMCA and is a volunteer for the Fox Cities Community Table and Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys, running, cycling, camping, boating, and traveling. E-Mail
Samanthagraduated in December 2018 with her Bachelors degree at University Wisconsin Oshkosh in Organizational and Leadership Studies. She has recently started her career at Thrivent as a Shipping and Handling Processor. Samantha is currently living in Appleton. In her spare time she enjoys working out, running, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. E-mail