Board of Directors

John Rogener
Chapter President  |

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.

Connie Chartrand
Past Chapter President  |

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.

Othniel Denis
Vice President, Finance  |

Othniel is currently Principal of Excellent Ones Consulting LLC. His firm equips small and medium size businesses with the financial knowledge and tools to drive organization growth. His firm provides one-on-one and group training on the business applications of Microsoft Excel. He brings with him a background in finance, training, and information management systems. Prior to opening his own firm, Othniel spent 13 years in finance at organizations like New York University, Nassau County Government and Brookhaven National Laboratory to name a few. His responsibilities included: building financial models, forecasting revenue, developing budgets and analyzing data to support strategic decisions. Throughout his career he has always taken pleasure in sharing what he has learned with others. This desire to share prompted him to start his firm in 2011. In the past at ASTDNY, he contributed as a member of the Marketing Committee. In addition to ASTDNY he is also a member of SHRM, Brooklyn and Bronx Chambers of Commerce. He has a BA in Finance with a specialization in Computer Science from SUNY and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Adelphi University. Othniel lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife four children.

Robert Baker
Vice President, Marketing  |

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.

Michael D’Amico
Vice President, Membership  |

Michael is a learning and development professional with 30+ years of experience. Michael has held leadership positions at UPS 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. Previously, Michael served on the Board of ASTD NY as VP of Marketing in 2012 and VP of Membership in 2013 and has been a Chapter and National member since 2007.

Sherlin Nair
Vice President, Operations  |

Sherlin Nair is a research consultant with The Conference Board and supports projects in human capital, talent management, leadership development and employee engagement. She has co-authored research reports and articles, which include: Strategic Leadership Development Report 2013, Executive Coaching 2012, and Happiness at Work. She has a total of 12 years of work experience in business operations and training with global organizations like GE Capital, Dell International Services and Dale Carnegie Training India. She is a current doctoral student in Organizational Learning & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also has a post-master’s degree from New York University in adult education and workplace learning. At NYU, she received awards for academic excellence and for exhibiting highest standards of leadership in department and school activities. Sherlin has served on the Board of ASTD NY as VP of Finance in 2012 and 2013 and is now ready to take on the role of VP Operations in 2014.

Sheila Basile
Vice President, Programs  |

As Senior Vice President of Lee Hecht Harrison, LHH, Sheila manages delivery of her clients’ services across four practice areas: Career Transition, Engagement & Retention, Change Management and Leadership Development, facilitating excellent client relationships. She manages large fortune client accounts globally across practice areas taking care to create global alignment with local flexibility. She is skillful in managing large accounts and in assisting Human Resource Leaders in designing solutions to develop, engage, retain, and off-board employees at all levels including senior executives. Sheila is a certified Lee Hecht Harrison Career Transition Coach and also an Executive Leadership Development Coach. Sheila began her career with LHH designing, developing, and delivering developmental programs and services for the Global Project Services Division. Prior to joining LHH, Sheila operated her own business as a consultant providing career assessment, coaching, and training. Her corporate clients included companies such as Pitney Bowes, McCormick Spices, Center for Creative Leadership and Boehringer Ingelheim. Sheila is a member of ASTD NY, HRNY, AHHRANY, HRPS, and Women in the Boardroom.

Kathy Meany
Vice President, Special Interest Groups  |

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.

Steve Cherches
Vice President, Social Media  |

Steve Cherches is the co-founder of BigBlueGumball, a NYC-based professional development firm that helps people become more effective thinkers, communicators, and leaders. With their motto "We make training entertaining" as their foundation, Steve and his brother Todd are on a mission to make the world a better place by ridding the planet of bad bosses -- and painful PowerPoint -- through their cutting-edge, visual thinking-based approach. With more than 20 years of business consulting experience, Steve designs and delivers workshops on various aspects of professional development including leadership and management skills, communications and presentation skills, presentation design, innovative and creative thinking, change management, strategic influencing, diversity & inclusion, conflict management, and teambuilding. Steve has had the opportunity to work with such industry-leading organizations as Goldman Sachs, American Express, Hearst Entertainment, Viacom Enterprises, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Pfizer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Liquidnet, Mediavest, Direct Edge, KPMG and many others. At the heart of Steve’s approach to training, coaching, speaking, and facilitating, is the idea that learning and growth should be innovative, interactive, experiential, and fun. Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Binghamton University's Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Steve is also a frequent guest lecturer at several educational institutions including NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) as well as various graduate programs for Fordham University, where he speaks on the topics of visual thinking, visual communication, presentation skills, and transformational leadership.

Ian Foster
Vice President, Talent Management  |

Ian is an international talent management executive and social entrepreneur with 30 years consulting and industry experience. As Chief People Officer and consultant with People Assured, a firm he co-founded in 2007, Ian helps global industry, consulting firms and non-profits improve people development through creative leadership, organization and talent development. He has authored multiple articles, including on: leading change through storytelling, building trust, recruiting for cultural fit, and what makes an exceptional team? Recent work includes strategic performance improvement programs for Novartis, Estee Lauder, Interpublic, ConvaTec, CapGemini US and Avon Products – including on: leading through transition, improving team effectiveness, delivering constructive feedback and resolving conflict. Ian emigrated from the UK in 1999 to help PA Consulting Group start-up its Strategy and Technology Practice in New York - recruiting and developing key talent and building relationships and accounts at Universal Music, Sanofi-Aventis, KeySpan Energy, Massport and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ian holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Sheffield (UK) and an MBA from Henley Management College (UK). He is certified in Myers Briggs and Hogan and a practitioner in complementary assessment tools including: strengths analysis, team interpersonal styles, conflict resolution and 360 feedback. On a personal level Ian is an advocate of positive youth development, having served as a trustee of Inwood House NYC and on the Program Committee of Chicago Youth Centers. He currently serves as a motivational speaker for the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, and as a youth soccer coach for the YMCA.

Theresa Dinh
Vice President, Technology  |

Theresa Dinh is a Vice President in the Core Content product area of Morgan Stanley’s Talent Development department. Her team is responsible for sourcing, designing, developing and delivering professional, management, and leadership development initiatives for North America. In her 14 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 through both in-person and web technologies. Theresa has a B.A. degree in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, and has attended the MD/PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After 4 years in the biomedical sciences field, she changed careers and joined Morgan Stanley in 1997. Additionally, she embraces her creative side as co-founder and Creative & Technical Director of River Poet Productions, a motion picture and photography production company.

Marian Olah
Chapter Secretary  |

Marian is currently Associate Director, Sr. Learning Solutions and Organization Development Specialist at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Generations+/Northern Manhattan Health Network where she is responsible for the design and delivery of organizational development initiatives, including leadership and management development, as well as internal leadership coaching programs. Marian brings over 20 years of experience as a trainer, learning and organizational development consultant, coach, professor, instructional designer, and program manager to the field of human capital development. Her prior roles include consulting for Thomson Reuters, working for the United Nations, teaching at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and serving over 10 years as Assistant/Associate Director of professional development and academic programs at the City College of New York. She was also an Adjunct instructor for 10 years at CCNY, teaching professional development content and technical writing to students in engineering. Marian started her career as a Tenured Professor of Foreign Languages and Technical Writing at the School of Engineering of the University of Debrecen, Hungary. In her Leadership Coaching and Learning and Organizational Development Consulting practice, the Center for Reflective Leadership, Marian custom-designs, develops, and delivers leadership, management, and talent development programs and core business and soft skills training to catalyze personal and organizational change. As a Coach, Marian focuses on the leadership and talent development needs of Introverts. Marian holds an MBA in International Business/Strategic Marketing, an MA in Language and Literacy/Curriculum Development and Instructional Design, and a BA/MA in English and Russian Languages and Literatures and Adult Learning. She earned her Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Her additional certifications include: MBTI® Steps I, II, & III, ESCI 360 – Hay Group Emotional and Social Competency Inventory, Neethling Brain Instrument™, American Management Association Leadership and Management Excellence Certifications, and Kirkpatrick® Business Partnership Certification.

Art Weiss
Chapter Administrator  |

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.

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