N.E.W. ATD – 2017 Board of Directors

Kristy Schafer – President

Kristy is the Talent Development Specialist at Goodwill NCW at the Menasha Campus since 2012.  She is responsible for supporting the growth and development of retail and programs & services team members and team leaders by focusing on eLearning training methods, instructional design and creating blended learning solutions.  Previous to Goodwill she was a Knowledge Management Administrator at Time Warner Cable and has over 15 years of project management and training and  development experience.  Kristy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of WI-Oshkosh.

Kristy currently resides in Appleton with her husband, 2 daughters, and her dog, Lucy.  In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, camp, watch Netflix, and run.  She also volunteers at her daughter’s school as a Girls on the Run Assistant Coach in the fall.



Rachel Verstegen - President Elect

Rachel has a passion for education as demonstrated through her 13+ years in corporate training and development, instructional design and facilitation. She earned her MBA in 2009 and is a published author. Rachel currently works for Goodwill Industries of NCW as a Retail Trainer.

Carrie Lamensky - VP of Programming

Bio coming soon!


Cindy McCabe - Treasurer

Cindy is a VBP (Veteran Business Professional) with over 20 years’ experience in Marketing, Sales and Financial Management. She has expertise in research, goal setting, formulating and managing multi-million dollar budgets, preparing strategies, implementing tactics and measurement metrics. She’s been in charge of promotions, event creation, public relations, finance, team management and training. She is certified in Digital Marketing, Social Media, email, Mobile and Search Marketing by the IAB. She enjoys helping others and has extensive background in working with many non-profit groups: Human Societies, Local Churches, United Way, Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, Military Wife (helping support the troops). In her spare time, she’s a health enthusiast and loves to walk, swim, dance and play sports with her grandson. She holds Marketing & Finance Degrees and various certifications.


Andy Huck - Past President

Andy joined Humana in July 2005 as a Customer Care Specialist. From there he held various Frontline Leader positions until joining Leadership and Team Development in October of 2011. Since joining the team he has worked with leaders in operations on developing emotional intelligence, building stronger teams, and working to become better leaders by modeling the way.

Prior to Humana he worked with the women’s basketball team at UW-Green Bay, where he graduated with a degree in Communications. Andy and his wife Tiffany reside in Appleton, WI, and have one son, Camden.


Christy Brazee – Secretary

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 ALPs targeting employee/ground safety and work process challenges. Christy has published and presented her research to both U.S. and international audiences. 


Michael Goodnight – Technology Director

Michael Goodnight started his career in Chemical Engineering with BS/MS degrees from Michigan State University. After working as a project and process engineer, he moved into a corporate training role with Kimberly-Clark in 1988 where he worked until 2009. From 2010 through most of 2012 he was a senior training specialist at Plexus Corp. where he primarily developed technical eLearning courses. He is experienced in training materials development, and in the classroom, with certifications in Achieve Global leadership and customer service series, and Kepner-Tregoe (Problem Solving and Decision Making). Currently he is working as an Online Course Developer at the UW Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training (CCDET), working on online training for Wisconsin Capable Dementia courses.


Bethany PryorVP Membership

Bethany Pryor works for Goodwill NCW and has been there for almost 3 years. She works in the E-Commerce department as the Store Liaison. Her role is responsible for the training of the 26 store’s team members and leaders on E-Commerce product, as well as the development of training materials for the stores to use.

In her spare time, she likes sewing and crafting. She also enjoys taking care of her three fish tanks, filled with tropical fish of all sorts!



Mary Bersch – VP of Communications

Mary joined Thrivent Financial in June of 2000. Throughout the past fifteen years, she has gained experience in many areas such as training development, instructional design, project management and talent acquisition. Mary earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Communications, and most recently completed a certificate program in Designing Learning from ATD. Mary has a passion for instructional design and e-learning, and is continuing to increase her knowledge and experience in this area. She enjoys meeting new people, sharing and learning best practices and discovering new opportunities for self-development and growth. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. 


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