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Connie Chartrand is currently the head of Professional & Organizational Development within Morgan Stanley’s Learning & Development team. As such, she is part of a global team that is responsible for the creation and delivery of Professional and Organizational development content and Product knowledge across the Firm. She has been in this role since July, 2011. Prior to this role, Connie was the Chief Learning Officer for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Connie worked at Merrill Lynch for 15 years. There she held various roles with Learning & Development including head of Merrill Lynch’s Private Client Group International Training. She was also a member of the Leadership Development team for the Global Private Client Division. In that role, she was responsible for working with both branch and home office leaders in their development of business professional skills. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Connie worked for the U.S. Dept. of Defense where she worked and lived in Germany for 6 years. There she taught English and business subjects to the children of military personnel. She returned to the U.S. in 1989 to pursue her Masters degree, which she obtained from Rutgers University in 1996. She received her Doctorate in Education, with a specialization in Adult Learning, from Columbia University in 2004. She is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia teaching Staff Development. Connie enjoys living in New York City and visiting her home state, Vermont, where she spends time with family, jogging, and skiing.
Past Chapter President | firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Dail has worked in the L&D arena for more than a decade, and has developed expertise in instructional design, learner engagement, vendor management and stakeholder relationship management. Most recently, he lead a team that developed a blended learning solution (50% ILT, & 50% online content) for a key energy management training initiative CUNY delivers to front-line facilities personnel at several NYC agencies. Patrick presently serves as a training director with the CUNY School of Professional Studies where he manages sustainability and energy conservation initiatives for a range of internal and external clients. He is passionate about three things; strategic alignment of training with the organizations goals, trainer professional development to make sure magic happens in the training rooms, and New York-style cheesecake. Patrick earned his BA in European History at McDaniel College in Maryland, and his MBA through the University of Phoenix's online campus. The CPLP credential is next on his "to do" list.
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John A. Rogener is currently Vice President of Learning and Organizational Development at BNY Mellon. He brings with him progressive and diverse global experience in training, leadership and management development, sales, organizational effectiveness, change management and coaching in the financial and professional services sectors. Prior to BNY Mellon, John spent 20 years at Citigroup where he served in global roles as a learning and organizational development professional in their corporate and investment banking businesses, as well as corporate audit, and compliance. He’s worked at Deloitte Consulting, US Trust and Morgan Stanley. His business experience has provided him with a deep knowledge and well-rounded view of the financial services and professional services sectors. John has advised and coached executives on learning, talent development and organizational effectiveness interventions that supported their business strategy. He has provided strategic direction for management and leadership development initiatives. He has also led large scale organizational change initiatives which included assessing leadership’s ability to support the change and coached executives on how to manage and sustain change. In addition to Rutgers University Center for Management Development, he was an adjunct professor for 14 years at New York University where he received their Award for Teaching Excellence. John co-authored "Address Learning Needs, Not Wants" which was published in Chief Learning Officer magazine. He has a BA in English and an MA and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology. He is certified in Myers Briggs and DiSC assessment tools and executive coaching.
Vice President, Finance | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherlin Nair is a research consultant with The Conference Board and supports projects related to organization performance, leadership development, talent acquisition, learning and development, coaching, and succession management. She recently co-authored TCB’s research report titled, ‘Executive Coaching Survey: 2012 Edition.’ Sherlin has a total of 12 years of work experience in business operations and training consultancy. Past responsibilities in operations with global organizations like G.E. and Dell International Services, included: extensive data analysis for understanding trends in process and people, recommending strategies for process improvement, making informed budgetary projections for smooth functioning of the process, and people management. These helped when she subsequently moved into training as business and training consultant for Dale Carnegie Training India and single-handedly managed the sales, operations and training deliverables of one of their branches. At ASTD NY, she was Co-Chair of NYU Higher Education SIG and before she moved into her role as Chapter Treasurer in 2012. Sherlin is a graduate from New York University with a post-masters degree in adult education and workplace learning.
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Chrissi Boryk is an aspiring L&D professional with experience in training, e-learning, project management and program design and development. As the Education Products Manager at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Rosemont, IL, she conceptualized, designed, implemented and managed a new quality improvement e-learning product line to assist physicians in improving patient outcomes and focusing on patient centered care. Currently working at Trader Joe’s while pursuing a full time opportunity, she created an onboarding program designed to specifically meet the store’s training needs. In May 2011, she left the Midwest after 17 years to replant her East Coast roots. She is a graduate of Tulane University and is currently enrolled in CUNY’s Adult Learning: Program Design and Facilitation Graduate Certificate program. An avid recipe collector, yogi and cyclist, she would consider changing her mantra of “life is one continuous wardrobe change” if Donna Karan created a moisture wicking suit with discreetly hidden bike shorts.
Vice President, Special Interest Groups | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Acton brings a mix of both extensive sales and sales management experience coupled over 20-years in the Talent Management and Learning and Development space as both an internal practitioner and consultant. Bruce’s experience includes management positions with McGraw-Hill and Hewlett Packard (Digital Equipment Corporation) and individual contributor roles with Lee Hecht Harrison, DDI, Achieve Global, and Dale Carnegie. Presently serving as an adjunct instructor at Baruch College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Bruce is teaching Contemporary Management Practices for international students who are becoming certified in U.S. business practices. Bruce has developed expertise in client consulting, talent management, succession planning, behavioral interviewing, sales training, program development and management, learner engagement, and training alignment with organizational objectives and stakeholder relationship management. Bruce earned his BA in History at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, and his M.S in Human Resource Education at Fordham University in New York along with a Graduate Certificate in Business from Long Island University. He has been a member of the ASTDNY chapter for over 20-years, and is a board member as VP of Special Interest Groups. Bruce has also been active in SHRM and the NYC chapter of HRPS (Human Resource Performance Support). Bruce does volunteer work for the NYC Board of Ed’s Career Readiness, Yorkville Food Pantry, Temple Sharaay Tefilia’s soup kitchen, the Selis Center for the visually impaired, and the Met Museum of Art. Bruce, his wife, and son reside in Manhattan.
Vice President, Programs | email@example.com
Margaret Clarkson has over 14 years' experience in Learning and Development and is currently pursuing employment opportunities for a role in which she manages the learning function. Margaret has developed expertise in designing leadership, professional development, business, and risk management training, which she has delivered through a variety of channels, including eLearning, webinars, and social media. She has also managed a leadership development program for high-potentials and been involved in talent management and organizational development strategies. For the past eight years, Margaret managed and designed learning solutions at The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Previously, Margaret held L&D roles with Republic National Bank and HSBC focused on teamwork, diversity, customer service, and investment basics, for which she earned Series 6 & 63 licenses. Margaret brings a business perspective to L&D, having managed global brands in the consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical industries and having been a relationship manager for NatWest. Margaret holds a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Membership | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael D’Amico is a learning and development professional with 30+ years of experience. Michael has held leadership positions in sales training, sales management, customer service, and operations in New Jersey, South Carolina, Long Island, New York City, and Italy. Michael’s areas of expertise are in sales strategy development, talent management, performance coaching, and leadership development. Michael is President of Gemini Performance Solutions, providing learning and development solutions for small to mid-sized firms.
Vice President, Technology | email@example.com
Theresa Dinh is a Vice President in the Professional & Organizational Development product area of Morgan Stanley’s Learning & Development department. Her team is responsible for professional and organizational effectiveness initiatives for North America. In her 13 years at Morgan Stanley, she has provided innovative and impactful learning solutions for internal clients in the leadership, professional development, organizational effectiveness, systems/technology and recruiting/on-boarding space delivered in-person and through web technologies. Additionally, she embraces her creative side as co-founder and Creative & Technical Director of River Poet Productions, a motion picture and photography production company. Theresa has a B.A. degree in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Marketing | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Baker is the Director, Team Leader of the Marketing Excellence Team at Pfizer. In that role Bob shares responsibility for improving the marketing capabilities of the company with commercial leaders from every part of Pfizer. His 20+ years of commercial experience include sales, marketing research, country and global brand management as well as new product development. Bob just completed the development of Pfizer’s way of marketing that includes the standards of excellence, frameworks, tools and training that colleagues need to be successful. His team has also created a learning ecosystem with its 4,000 members of Pfizer’s Commercial Community to accelerate their professional development and collaboration abilities. He has a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers. As an ASTD NY chapter member, Bob is a Virtual Enterprise volunteer. Bob lives with his family in Spring Lake, New Jersey where he is active in his local lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.
Vice President, Social Media | email@example.com
Clarke Griffith is the Training Director for the Council on Accreditation, an international, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. He is a seasoned L&D, marketing and advertising account management professional with a PMP certification. Clarke worked for over 10 years for MCI/Verizon including his position as Senior Manager of Corporate Call Center Training leading a team responsible for developing sales and leadership training for over 8,000 employees across 15 national call centers. He also worked as Staff Training Specialist, certified in Achieve Global, time management, and leadership development course. As a contractor he was engaged to launch call center training initiatives for Qwest Telecommunications and Network Solutions. On the marketing side, Clarke worked in partner marketing for both MCI/Verizon and AOL, managing co-branded projects with American Express, Discover Card, and several airlines. These positions led to Advertising Account Management roles where Clarke partnered with clients including AARP and Verizon on direct marketing campaigns. Clarke joined the board in 2010 as VP of Marketing and in 2011 assumed the new position of VP of Social Media. Clarke has his BA in English from Loyola University in Baltimore.
Vice President, Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Vallieu is Manager of Training at Foot Locker, Inc. where she assists in the design, implementation, and measurement of company-wide training programs across eight banners, supports HR compliance and change management initiatives, and has most recently contributed to two global training initiatives which will streamline on-boarding, scheduling and HRMS systems. In her former role, Brenda was Director of Training with Innovatix, LLC, a NYC-based health care company, where she spearheaded the company's first training department, started a '101'orientation for new hires and a new manager leadership program. Brenda is a former 8th grade English teacher and coach, and also worked as a freelance copywriter for a range of small to large businesses. She earned her BA in English Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey, and her MA in Literature from Montclair State University. When she’s not working or spending time with family, Brenda loves to tap dance!
Vice President, Chapter Liaison | email@example.com
As a Learning and Development Executive and Senior Learning Specialist, Kathy has successfully directed and managed Learning & Development departments within major global corporations, demonstrating resourcefulness, reliability, and integrity since 1997. In 2009, Kathy Meany launched Phoenix Learning Solutions, LLC in order to provide visionary solutions for global corporations’ Learning & Development needs. Performance Consulting services include Analysis, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Facilitation, and Evaluation for corporations among a variety of industries. Kathy has successfully guided corporations in achieving role competencies by developing Learning Maps and Learning Journeys to ensure leadership development, professional development, career development, and succession planning goals are aligned with an organization’s vision and strategic priorities. Kathy is a Past President of the American Society for Training & Development, NY Metro Chapter, as well as having held various VP positions on the Board of Directors since 2005. She founded ASTDNY’s successful Transition SIG in 2009, and maintains additional memberships of ASTD National, SHRM, and WHRMA.
Vice President, Talent Management | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim O’Hern, 2013 Vice President of Talent Management for ASTD NY, is Director of Learning and Development for the Marketing and Refining business at Hess Corporation. In that role Jim assists with design and development of the corporate Leadership Development Programs and the Hess “Learning Center” – Hess’s online learning management system. He also coordinates learning strategies and programs for functions and businesses. Jim has been an active member of ASTD and the New York Chapter for several years, serving as President in 2011. Corporate Learning and Leadership Development is where Jim has spent most of his twenty-five year career. He started in Sales Force Effectiveness at United Airlines and then spent 12 years at Marriott International as a vice-president of Learning, and a Director of International HRD. He then became Director of Executive and Leadership Development at Honeywell International, and in 2007 he joined the team at Hess. Jim holds an M.S. in Human Resources Development from The American University and the NTL Institute in Applied Behavioral Sciences; he completed the Gestalt Institute program in International Organization Development in Frankfurt, Germany; he has a post-graduate certificate in executive coaching from Georgetown University, and is currently working on an Advanced Executive Coaching Certificate from the Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland. Jim is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Fairleigh Dickenson University. As a director and practitioner, Jim has coordinated the design and delivery of several global initiatives, and he enjoys comparing approaches to innovative designs and solutions.
Chapter Administrator | email@example.com
Art Weiss is a native of New York City, having grown up in Brooklyn and the Bronx. He left Pre-Medical studies to become a piano and music theory major at the Manhattan School of Music. After playing jazz gigs around New York and traveling with several shows, he began a brief two-week engagement with his trio at the New York Playboy Club. The job lasted fourteen years! Trained as a pianist from early childhood, Art expanded his musical vocabulary to include synthesizers and computers while leading a show trio at Playboy, and ultimately assumed the position of Director of the New York Playboy Entertainment Department. After Playboy, Art continued his career as accompanist and musical conductor for performers and is currently active as an accompanist to several singers on the New York cabaret circuit. He combines an active career as a musical conductor, vocal coach and performing pianist with musical composition. Art has strong organizational and computer skills, and has enjoyed serving the officers and members of ASTD New York since 1998.
2013 Board of Directors. Front row (left to right): John Rogener, Connie Chartrand, Patrick Dail and Jim O’Hern. Back row (left to right): Clarke Griffith, Mike D’Amico, Kathy Meany, Chrissi Boryk, Brenda Vallieu, Margaret Clarkson, Bruce Acton, Theresa Dinh, Sherlin Nair and Bob Baker.
On Monday evening, July 23, 2012, twelve past, present, and future ASTDNY Chapter Presidents gathered for an evening of strategizing, idea generation, and camaraderie. 2012 President Patrick Dail began the meeting with opening comments about the Chapter. Then, the Presidents collectively discussed strategic ideas for bringing increased value to Chapter members. Past Presidents in attendance were (from left to right) Lance Tukell, Kathy Meany, Anne Lesch, Jay Colan, Jim O'Hern, Lisa Bing, David Discenza, Rebecca Hacker, 2012 President Patrick Dail, 2013 President Connie Chartrand, Greg Rider, and Tim Mulvaney. We respectfully remember deceased past Presidents Doug Raynor, Karen Lare, and Lou Lesce.