Kristin Derwinksi - President (Email)
Kristin is a Talent and Culture Leader with a passion to drive Change and Business Transformation. She is a strong listener who can quickly identify simple business solutions to drive results. With over 25 years of experience in talent development, performance management and business process and system design, she has developed strong business partnerships and credibility across the globe.
Kristin has served in various internal domestic and international HR Leadership roles throughout her career. She has extensive experience working in varying capacities across an HR function. She has spent her career working with leaders to build high performing and development cultures.
Kristin is a member of the International Coach Federation. She graduated from Marquette University with a master’s in business administration (MBA) and from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a major in Business Administration and Spanish. She has certifications in various talent management and development workshops and tools.Nikki Palmer - Past President (Email)
Nikki is a certified executive coach and talent development consultant with over 25 years of business experience. She coaches C-suite executives, VP's, Directors, Managers, and dynamic individual contributors to achieve their professional goals. As a former executive, business co-owner and higher education faculty member, she brings first hand leadership experience and a passion for designing sustainable organizational talent development frameworks. Her areas of expertise include leadership development program design, one-on-one leadership coaching, workshop facilitation, strategic workforce plan development, and competency development and implementation.
Nikki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Marquette University. She holds SPHR certification and ACC certification through the International Coach Federation.
Susan Davies - President Elect (Email)
Dr. Susan Donohue Davies is the Assistant Director of the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations program, a professional masters program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has over 20 years of experience coaching and mentoring over 300 human resource professionals helping them achieve their career and development goals. She has extensive experience bringing disparate groups together to develop effective learning programs. Susan joined the SEWI-ATD Sponsorship Committee in February 2020, became Vice President of Sponsorship in 2021, and is working to build and sustain the chapter’s relationships with current and future sponsors.
Nicole Blei - VP Finance (Email)
Nicole is a Strategic Leader, Consultant, and Collaborator. With over 20 years of experience in various HR roles and industries (Insurance, Manufacturing, Financial Services, and Software Start-up), she is a versatile relationship and data focus HR Partner consulting on how HR can position the business to win.
In the experience above, Nicole has had a strong passion for Learning and Development, focusing on how L&D can drive metrics that ultimately results in quantifiable results for individuals at all levels that directly impact the business. Relationships drive the impact of these results!Nicole graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a M.S. in Human Resources, and an International HR Certificate. She also has her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications and is an avid lifelong learner!
Nathan Sheets - VP Membership (Email)
Nathan’s passion for helping others achieve greatness has fueled his 25 years of experience in the fields of talent development, organizational design, experiential education, and leadership coaching. He is the founding principal of Bearing Leadership Consulting, a talent development and leadership coaching business. He also serves as the leadership development program manager for Children’s Wisconsin. In both roles, Nathan empowers his clients to lead with interdependence to make a positive change in the world.
Nathan’s ability to create transformative experiences for his clients is rooted in a decade of leading wilderness-based, adventure leadership, and therapeutic programs. He supports his clients identify their goals, build self-awareness, and reach "peaks" that were not thought possible. His experiential learning approach is directly transferable to the boardrooms, conference rooms, and virtual environments that we work in today.
Nathan holds a MEd from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a Strengths Strategy certified coach, certified organizational culture facilitator.
Kari Bogdan - VP Professional Development (Email)
Kari Bogdan has nearly 30 years of experience in the training and development industry. Her expertise is design and development of engaging online education, instructor-led training, and curriculum development. She has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on health care over the past 10 years. Her experience also includes over 9 years as a video and multimedia producer.
Kari has served on the Board of Directors as President for Imagination Theater (Chicago, IL), and volunteered for several other non-profits over the years. She is also a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Women Leaders Association.
Kari holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Capella University and Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Auroon Thapa - VP Professional Development (Email)
Auroon Thapa is a learning, organizational development and transformation consultant with years of experience helping small, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 global companies with the execution of strategies in “people development” utilizing a combination of virtual and in-person training, proprietary content, 360 assessments, curriculum development, and modern e-learning platform to transform strategy into actions that drive real business results and create immediate enterprise-wide impact.
In his role with FranklinCovey, Auroon works as a partner to learning and talent development professionals, business unit leaders and members of the executive leadership team so they can create a future-proof workforce ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow by preparing them with durable skills that last a lifetime.
Auroon graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). He is currently working on a graduate certificate from the University of Connecticut in Program Evaluation and a future candidate for a Ph.D. in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Tom Dybro has over 25 years of experience in human performance consulting, coaching, and facilitation within financial technology services, health care/medical technology, and more recently, the manufacturing industry. He has a proven track record of support to leadership executives, teams, managers and individuals. Tom increases organizational effectiveness using tools and techniques that enhance communication, engagement and strategic direction. Dybro is certified in the ADKAR Prosci Change Management methodology as well as an Accredited Insights Discovery facilitator. Dybro is a contributing author to the book Chained to the Desk – A Guidebook for Workaholics by Bryan Robinson.
Tom is currently at Manitou Group in learning and development. As a world leader in the handling, aerial work platform and earth moving sectors, Manitou Group’s mission is to improve working conditions, safety and performance around the world, while protecting people and their environment. An active member in ATD Chicago and Milwaukee's ATD SEWI Chapter, Dybro enjoys giving back and is a mentor within ATD Chicago chapter and has coached students in a high-school based business skills development program called Launch. Tom and his wife have three children.
Patrick Aleshire - VP Marketing and Communications (Email)
Patrick is an energetic trainer with 9+ years’ experience in an education setting. Previous experience as an elementary teacher lead him to pivot his career into the talent development space. Starting his training career as a training specialist in manufacturing, he has additional experience in the entertainment industry as a training and development specialist at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. Most recently, Patrick began a role at Milwaukee County, as a development & training specialist while acting as a liaison between county departments and focusing his efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Patrick first got involved with SEWI-ATD after attending the summer social in 2019. He quickly decided he wanted be more involved with the organization, which lead him to join the Sponsorship Committee in 2020. Always looking for ways to enhance not only his career but also at-home life, within the last two years, Patrick has learned to play guitar and re-discovered his love of reading.
Lora Haines - VP Community Relations (Email)
Lora Haines is a high-energy, world-class facilitator, keynote speaker, and instructional design expert. She has over fourteen years of experience in learning and development at world-class organizations like Walt Disney and Microsoft. Lora is currently a Director of Learning and Development at JB Training Solutions, a learning and development company that offers dynamic in-person and virtual soft-skill training across all stages of the employee life-cycle. She has designed and developed several of JB Training’s most popular workshops.
Lora is also a certified coach who is passionate about helping professionals reach their highest career aspirations. Lora knows a thing or two about how to keep the modern workforce engaged: she focused her Master’s thesis on effectively retaining high-performing early career professionals. Lora co-led the Organizational Developmen PDN in 2021 and is thrilled to join the board in 2022!
Christine Hass - VP Special Projects (Email)
Christine Hass is the Sr. Director of Learning Strategy for the Client Experience Organization at Northwestern Mutual. Prior to this role, she served in a Talent Management lead capacity at Northwestern Mutual, and also at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Dallas, TX. She has a long history of work in the learning and development, talent management and HR strategy space, having spent her early and mid-career at companies like Motorola and Walmart Technology.
Christine did her undergraduate studies in Business Management with an HR concentration. She holds her SPHR certificate, as well as certificates in Caliper and Birkman assessments. In addition, she holds two behavioral change management certifications through AIM and Prosci.
For 30 years, her focus has been on people and innovation in the context of transformation. Business continues to move at an accelerated pace, and change is the norm. It is important to take the time to know our people, while still moving quickly and nimbly to meet the ever-changing demands of the business landscape. Learning solutions are no exception – her advice? Listen closely to the needs of your stakeholders; always ask “why,” “what if,” and explore necessary outcomes/consequences of not leaning in; keep it simple when you can; innovate as often as possible.
Tami Martin - VP Digital Experience (Email)
Tami Martin is an HR Leader with a proven record of adding value through developing and implementing programs and tools that enhance employee success and support organizational change. She is an experienced people, program, and project manager with a background spanning the financial, insurance, retail, real estate, education, healthcare, and non-profit sectors.
Tami has a bachelor’s in Business Administration in Human Resource Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has her SHRM-SCP and is certified by Prosci in Change Management. She worked at the BMO Institute for Learning as a Talent Development Consultant and in Workforce Development as VP and Project Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Technology & Operations and Corporate Areas for a combined 10 years. She also worked at Northwestern Mutual in their corporate D/I area and at Tri City National Bank in the role of VP of Professional Development. Tami is currently the manager of Team Member Development at Advocate Aurora Healthcare.