N.E.W. ATD – 2018 Board of Directors

Rachel Verstegen – President

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.

 

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Christy Brazee - President Elect

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. 

Carrie Lamensky - VP of Programming

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 Researchers. She was recruited to develop and coordinate training for SAP project implementations and is on her fourth project.

Currently she is employed at Menasha Packaging as an ERP Analyst on the Organizational Change Management team in Neenah, WI, where she leads the training and development and change management efforts for staff and plant. She has served as a training consultant for SAP project teams and earned an MBA at UW-Oshkosh. She also serves as a American Red Cross certified CPR/First Aid instructor at the YMCA and volunteer for the Fox Cities Community Table.

In her spare time, she enjoys spend time with her two boys, running, cycling, camping, boating, and traveling. 

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.

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Kristy Schafer - Past 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.

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Open Position – Secretary

TBD

 

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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.

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Nick KapsaVP Membership

Bio coming soon!

 

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Kara Erlandson – VP of Communications

Kara started her career as a middle school teacher. She taught 6th-8th grade language arts for 12 years before transitioning to adult education. She finished an instructional design certificate program through UW-Stout and completed an eLearning internship through Central Piedmont Community College. She then began working as a contract instructional designer, developing eLearning and ILT courses in shopper marketing, advertising and the mortgage industry. Currently, she works as the Employment and Professional Development Specialist at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI where she trains faculty and staff in leadership, time management, communication, and team-building. She continues her contract work on the side. She also serves as project manager for her college's accreditation process and is the Title IX coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys ages 10 and 7, running, taking Zumba classes, decorating, traveling, and playing the piano. 

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