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2022 Executive Board Election

Candidate Statements

Each year, the membership of ATDChi elects the executive members of the ATDChi board.  Read the responsibilities of each of these offices at Executive Board Position Descriptions. A nominations committee recruits and vets ATDChi members for your consideration to server on the executive board.  They offer the following for your consideration.  Each candidate has provided a statement for your review.    

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Kiersten DeBrower

Kiersten DeBrower is thrilled to run for President of the Board. Her main goal is to foster connections between the amazing members of ATDChi. She learned a lot servicing as the Vice-President of Finance and Operations in 2021, and she looks forward to continuing her service to the community next year.

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Vice-President of Membership

Catherine Hebel MA

Catherine Hebel is the head of Global Talent & Organization Development for Rotary International, the world’s oldest humanitarian service club organization. Catherine is currently serving as the VP of Membership for ATDChi as a member of the Executive Board. She holds a master of arts degree in human resource development from Northeastern Illinois University. Catherine and the ATDChi Membership team are focused on attracting, retaining and providing meaningful membership experiences that help our members thrive in the L&D space. (LinkedIn Profile)

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Vice-President of Programming

Ralph Gaillard

My name is Ralph Gaillard, and I am the founder and chief learning architect of The Adele Learning Lab, LLC, a boutique learning design firm. I named my company after my grandmother Adele Gaillard, who was a life-long learner and taught me how humor, bravery and kindness are essential ingredients for creating memorable learning experiences.

I have served as the Chief Learning Director for the Illinois CPA Society, the Director of Virtual Training and Education for the National Safety Council and, most recently, as the Vice President of Learning for Lawrence Ragan Communications, a leading provider of business communication training.

If I am elected as Vice President, Programming for the ATD Chicagoland Chapter, I will focus on developing programs that will offer learning and development professionals the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the new world that the pandemic has created. New styles of leadership are required; having the ability to develop a wellness curriculum is required; managing technologies, such as AI, VR/AR, are required.

This is our new world, and I want to help this profession gain mastery of these and other skills through engaging programs that will provide chapter members with joy and confidence.

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Vice-President of Marketing & Communications

Jason Berry

My passion for leading and growing others has been present for as long as I can remember; dating back to my days as captain of my soccer teams through college. Through a winding journey that I’m happy to share more detail about at any time, I now find myself in the role of Director of Talent & Development at Echo Global Logistics. I oversee a team of about 17 employees, covering the gamut of all new hire sales and operations training for 30+ locations, as well as personal and professional development from an L&D perspective. Along with that, I play a leading role with employee engagement; event planning, employee recognition, etc.

My goal for ATD in 2022 is to bring that same energy to our Chicagoland chapter. Events, social media presence, and just the overall feeling of connection and pride for being part of what can be a very helpful and useful organization! I believe there are some simple but effective steps we can take to increase our presence and really help members find joy out of being a part of this club. Let’s call it Chicago’s premier cool kids club

Long story short, I’m excited for the experience and opportunity and am looking forward to the growth this will provide for me professionally and personally as well!

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Vice-President of Finance

Joseph Meeker

Joseph has close to two decades of experience designing, developing and implementing learning solutions to address knowledge, skill, and performance gaps. He has a Master of Science in Technology with a Training and Development focus and a graduate certificate in Work Performance Improvement from Eastern Illinois University. Joseph is a Certified Online Instructor (COI) and a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD®) and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the Past President of The Heart of Central Illinois, he is thrilled to serve as Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Chicagoland chapter; continuing to harmonize the communities.

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