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Your 2020 ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter Leadership Team

The ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter is governed by volunteer leaders who represent all aspects of the training and human resources development profession. These leaders utilize their management, marketing and technical skills to plan, administer, and implement the policies, programs and projects of the Chapter. Through their guidance, the organization serves the educational and professional development needs of its members.

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Board of Directors


Ina Heffner

Project Manager / Secretary

Kimberle Schumann

Finance Director

Vicky Jarosz

Technology Director

Breanna White

Membership Director

Martyn Whitby

Marketing & Communications Director

Brittney Helt

Professional Development & Programs Director

Lia Wilson

Volunteer Director

Tiffany Murtagh Sodeman

Community Relations Director

Alisa Fleming

Past Presidents

Laura Renaud

President - Ina Heffner

Ina Heffner

LinkedIn public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ina-heffner-msmob-7384326

Ina Heffner is a Senior HR Analyst in Learning & Development at Salt River Project, with primary responsibilities in Diversity & Inclusion and Mentoring Program projects. Her career in Employee, Leadership, and Organization Development spans more than 20 years with various organizations and industries. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and MS in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

Ina worked with ATD VOS as a volunteer on the 2015 and 2016 ATD-VOS chapter annual conferences and joined the Board as Project Manager/Secretary in 2016, where she served until assuming the role of President in June, 2018.  Previously, Ina served as an ASTD VOS board member in the late 1990's, before relocating to Houston, TX, and volunteering on the board of the Houston ASTD Chapter board in the early 2000's.

Ina has finally achieved a life goal of moving back to the Valley of the Sun and is excited to again serve with ATD VOS and work with a talented and passionate mix of veteran and new Board members elected for the 2020-2021 term!

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Project Manager/Secretary - Kimberle Schumann

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberleschumann/

Kimberle Schumann, Manager, Instructor Led Training-Global Learning

Kimberle graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and moved to Arizona in 1993.  She has been with PSAV since 1998 in many different roles.  Prior to joining the Talent and Global Learning team in 2014, Kimberle was a Director of Event Technology for PSAV at both the Arizona Biltmore and The Phoenician.  She has also worked in the PSAV Branch in many operations positions as wellas a Project Manager for conventions and corporate road shows. 

Currently, Kimberle oversees the three Learning Centers in Tempe AZ, Orlando, FL, and Elgin, IL.  Along with the Learning Center Specialists, she coordinates the over 300 Instructor-Led and high-end training for PSAV.  She also delivers in person training on customer service, leadership and on-boards instructors.   She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and two dogs.   

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Finance Director - Vicky Jarosz

LinkedIn public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickyjarosz

Vicky is an entrepreneur and has been small business owner for over 20 years. She has operational experience in all aspects of the management of a successful performance/change management consulting business.

Working inside organizations and within her own has given her a unique blend of operational breadth and functional depth of expertise to bear on client/professional engagements. With strong business acumen and a system perspective, she is continually focused on alignment to organizational goals and objectives, and sustainable results.

Vicky moved to Phoenix full time last October from Michigan. She was involved with a local ISPI chapter in Michigan because she wanted to be involved with and give back to her professional community. She would like to do the same here in AZ. Vicky have experience as the VP of Finance and as President for the Michigan ISPI chapter and hope to bring that experience to bear while server on the board of ATD VOS.

Vicky strongly believe that a learning system is one of three key enablers to bring and sustain change in and organization; but is not a standalone solution. She am excited when working with an organization that understands this and works to ensure the learning event will be successful by looking at how it fits into the big picture. The members are our clients and need to be provided resources, events, and conversations that are holistic in nature and that help them be well rounded professionals who also see the big picture.

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Technology Director - Breanna White

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brecwhite/

Breanna White is a 2015 Texas A&M University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development. Bre currently works remotely from Chandler, AZ, as a Training Technologist & Project Manager for C&A Industries Inc. based out of Omaha, NE. In this ever evolving role, Bre primarily serves as LMS system administrator, is in charge of creating e-learning content (videos, quizzes, captivates, etc...), and conducts training evaluations for all grants and applications on behalf of the learning and development team. Bre has successfully obtained 9 workplace grants and most recently acquired the Training Top 125 and ATD BEST 2019 awards for the Learning & Development Team of C&A Industries. “I believe that technology, when used properly, can help execute project plans that make a strategic impact to workplace teams in support of business goals; making a difference is my motivator. Technology in the workplace is only going to become more and more prominent in our day to day workplace; understanding and leveraging this potential is a must to stay competitive in today’s workforce.”

By day, Bre lives and breaths all things technology, social media, and learning innovation; however, by night, Bre is a yoga instructor, enjoys cooking up new recipes, and spending time at the park with her son and husband. 

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Membership Director - Martyn Whitby

LinkedIn public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martyn-whitby-b915a73/

Martyn Whitby is a Strategic Account Executive at OpenSesame, an educational technology company that provides an online marketplace for buying and selling SCORM e-learning courses focused primarily on employee training.  For the last 14 years, Martyn has worked with L&D professionals to provide e-learning courses for their training priorities.  His clients have ranged from 100 person start-ups, to Global 2000 companies.  His tenured experience has helped Martyn become acquainted with many members and potential members of the local ATD chapter and audience.  Martyn leverages his network connections into opportunities to build and engage chapter membership and enhance member experience. 

Martyn studied E-Learning and Instructional Design at Rio Solado Community College, and Entrepreneurship at Mt. Hood Community College.  He is passionate about measuring the impact of training and proving results, and excited about taking ATD VOS membership to new levels!

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Marketing & Communications Director - Brittney Helt

Linkedin Public Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittney-helt/

Brittney Helt is a communications professional focused on growing others and their businesses through her role as the Director of Customer Success at TTI Success Insights.  At TTI SI, she is passionate about helping people realize their human potential through research-backed assessment tools, coaching, and learning as well as being an integral part of their annual People-First International Conference.  A self-proclaimed L&D nerd, her affinity for the talent development industry was ignited after being introduced to ATD through the Central Indiana Chapter (CIC) over a decade ago.  She began volunteering for ATD-CIC through their annual conference, eventually becoming the director and rebranding the event (which now attracts more than 200 learning professionals each year) to the Learning Summit.  Brittney helped the chapter through the transition of ASTD to ATD as an active board member, leading the chapter’s Marketing and Communication efforts for three years. During her tenure, she was in charge of the design and implementation of a website reboot using Wild Apricot, the design, creation, and distribution of their monthly newsletter, social media content creation, and overall communications strategy and implementation. 

Brittney earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Telecommunications News from the College of Communications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. 

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Professional Development & Programs Director - Lia Wilson

Linkedin public profile: Lia Wilson

Lia is a Floor Trainer at Aerotek, whose parent company, Allegis Group, is known as the largest staffing firm in the United States. Having been with the company for almost five years, Lia experienced several different roles along the way, from contractor onboarding to payroll. However, it has always been coaching and empowering others that she has really loved. In her current role, Lia has the pleasure of designing and delivering both in-person and virtual training programs for several different roles within the organization. As this is a new role, she feels humbled by the opportunity to build a better future every day.

In 2016, Lia graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. A dedicated lifelong learner and lover of education, she immediately began her journey to obtain her Master of Business Administration in Strategic Human Resource Management at Grand Canyon University, which she completed in May of 2019. She is currently continuing at Grand Canyon University, where she is set to complete a Certificate in Life Coaching in October of 2020. Her goal is to be able to take what she has learned throughout her business education and coaching background to establish a coaching business and continue to support others on their journeys.

When she isn’t working or completing assignments for school, Lia loves to grab a good book or spend time delving into an interesting documentary. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue to grow within ATD, and work towards building an innovative chapter!

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Volunteer Director - Tiffany Murtagh Sodeman

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffanymurtaghsodeman/

Tiffany Murtagh Sodeman is a learning and organizational development professional and change management practitioner and facilitator. She has previously worked in various organizations and industries, including: CVS Health/Caremark call center operations management, PetSmart home offices learning solutions and development and diversity and inclusion, and she is currently with Salt River Project (SRP) as a Sr. Organizational Change Management Consultant.  

Tiffany is thrilled to be a part of ATD VOS and is looking forward to building lasting relationships, fostering board collaboration and executing the strategic vision, while creating a framework for the onboarding, development and sustainability of the volunteer group. Networking, attending events and activities to promote learning industry awareness, while having a little bit of fun is on her list too!

Tiffany is a Mentor with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and a Board member and ally with SRP’s Proud, LGBTQ employee interest group.  In addition, she volunteers with Halo Animal Rescue and PetSmart Charities. In her spare time, she writes children’s books, focusing on diversity and inclusion, culture and differently abled. She also loves to travel and as she is a dual-national, she visits the U.K. and Europe as often as possible.

Tiffany holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Psychology and Human Dynamics earned from Western International University.

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Director of Community Relations - Alisa Fleming, PhD

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisa-fleming/

Dr. Alisa Fleming is an academic leader with experience in higher education, business, consulting, and teaching. Dr. Fleming serves as Director of Assessment at University of Phoenix. In this role, she executes institution-wide assessment initiatives designed to maintain a culture of evidence and continuous improvement with an aim to enrich learning and instruction.

She possesses a sincere passion for developing and inspiring others to action. That passion has led to service roles focused on mentorship, community outreach, and enrichment opportunities for youth.

Dr. Fleming earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, specializing in Organizational Leadership, from Northcentral University.  Her scholarly work examined leadership styles as predictors of workplace bullying. Her extensive research has ignited a desire to speak with others about the harmful effects of bullying and the role leadership plays.

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Past President - Laura Renaud, CPLP

LinkedIn public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurarenaudcplp/

Laura is currently a Learning Leader for Medtronic Tempe Campus. She received her Green Belt certification in the Lean Six Sigma methodology for driving continuous improvement efforts that positively impacted business results.

As a Learning Professional, she is responsible for managing the manufacturing training department. In this role, she partners with business leaders to develop and implement learning and development strategies to drive improvement in organizational and business performance.

Laura holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Paul Quinn College and a masters degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

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Jolanta Lewinska

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jolanta-lewinska-mba-shrm-cp-60977780/

Jolanta Lewinska is a Learning and Development Generalist at Caliper, supporting Caliper’s approach to client learning through instructional design and facilitation of client education events, workshops, and webinars. Her in-depth understanding of best practices in the areas of employee selection and development, coupled with her expert knowledge of the Caliper Profile, enables her to ensure the effective utilization of the assessment within the client organizations she serves. Her experience includes consulting with clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and technical services. Prior to joining Caliper, she worked in the non-profit sector for seven years as a Manager, Guest Relations at The Wildlife Conservation Society providing operational management and strategic planning for several facilities. Jolanta earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Monmouth University. She is a member of The Association for Talent Development (ATD), The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business professionals. She also holds a SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certificate.

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Trudy Dave, M.A. CPLP

Linkedin public profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trudy-dave-m-ed-cplp-0a037b5/

Trudy Dave is an Assistant Vice President at Bank of America with 20 plus years of talent development experience with American Express, Avnet and International Cruise and Excursions. As an entrepreneur, Trudy operated a talent development business with clients including ConocoPhillips, Southwest Airlines and Sun America Securities. Trudy has expertise in needs analysis, instructional design, web-based development, 360 degree feedback, leadership development and learning facilitation. In her current role at Bank of America, Trudy designs and develops learning solutions for various lines of business.

Trudy holds a Masters of Education in Educational Media and Computers and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. In addition to being a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), she also holds certifications in Return on Investment measurement process.

Trudy served two terms on the Kyrene School Board, and continues to find time to actively volunteer in the community with organizations such as the Back to School Clothing Drive and St. Mary’s Food Bank.

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