It is with pleasure and gratitude that I have the honor of recognizing the following for their outstanding contribution to ATD-LA in 2021. The chapter wouldn't be possible without the hard work and effort of our volunteer community. Our board, leaders, managers and volunteers serve pro bono. As leaders in the field, we rely on the community to step up and lead the programs and events. Congratulations to all our award winners who will be recognized at the Holiday Party on December 2!
Given at the discretion of the President of ATD-LA to a board member(s) in recognition of high performance and extraordinary efforts.
Anna Halbur, CFO ATD-LA, CFO Foundation for Affordable Housing.
Sara Padilla-Casillas, Secretary ATD-LA, Manager HR Innovation & Solutions, USC
Valerie Quezada, Volunteer Director ATD-LA, Instructional System Designer, Takeda
Given by the Board of Directors to someone who is not already a member of ATD-LA and who has made a significant impact on the Chapter as a presenter(s).
Scott Millward, Managing Partner Russ Allen Consulting Leadership and Secretary, ATD Board of Directors
Heather Davidson, Senior Program Manager Learning & Development, Amazon
Given by the Board of Directors for outstanding contributions to the profession and ATD-LA over many years to someone who is not a board member at the time of the award determination.
Anthony Lewis, ATD-LA Member since 2002, Past President 2015-16, and Mentor Program Administrator since 2008, Senior Director People Development & Organizational Effectiveness, Universal Music Group
Frank Rabwin Memorial Leadership Award
Given by the Board of Directors for significant leadership contributions to the Chapter consisting of involvement in several projects.
Mariam Manukyan, Member-at-Large, ATD-LA, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Princess Walsh, Director Workshops & Webinars ATD-LA, Professor & Course Coordinator, Pepperdine University
Directors’ Distinguished Service Award
Given by the Board of Directors for outstanding contributions to the Chapter during the past year as a board member.
Anupa Naik, Member-at-Large and Director Communities of Practice ATD-LA, CEO, Smartwork! Inc.
Special Interest Group Leader of the Year
Recognizing Special Interest Group leaders and their efforts since 2009.
Susan Gabriele, South Bay Geographic Interest Group ATD-LA Leader since 2009, Owner, Gabriele Educational Materials & Systems
Anthony Markovich, Former South Bay Geographic Interest Group ATD-LA Leader, Director Talent Development Partner, DISQO
Jonathan Troper, Former Organizational Development Special Interest Group ATD-LA Leader and Member since 1995, Director Center for Innovation & Change, Alliant International University
Scott Wimer, Former Organizational Development Special Interest Group ATD-LA Leader and Member since 1983, Principal, Wimer Associates
Volunteer(s) of the Year
Given by the Board of Directors for outstanding contributions in a volunteer capacity to the Chapter during the past year to someone who is not a board member at the time of the award determination.
John Zupancic, Social Media Manager ATD-LA, Learning & Development Consultant, Golden Dog Creative
Guy Morgenshtern, Orientation Manager ATD-LA, Instructional Designer, Geosyntec
Special recognition to a member, corporation, or other partner.
USC Rossier School of Education, Partner and Venue Host since 2019
Logix Federal Credit Union, Corporate Member since 2009
Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Corporate Member since 2015
Denise Ross, Office Administrator ATD-LA since 2011, Owner, More Than Just Words
Grant Skakun, Office Administrator ATD-LA since 2015, Copy Editor, Eucrest Writing
Christina Boryk, Mentor Program Administrator ATD-LA, Project Manager, St. Charles Consulting Group Cornell University
Kevin Kwan, Mentor Program Administrator ATD-LA, Senior Technology Manager, Learning & Development Panda Restaurant Group
James McKenna, Mentor Program Administrator ATD-LA, Assistant Director, California Collaborative for Excellence in Education
Michelle Yang, SoCal Young Professionals Special Interest Group ATD-LA, Talent Development Specialist, DISQO
Nairee Bedikian, SoCal Young Professionals Special Interest Group ATD-LA, Specialist Talent, Learning & Inclusion, The Walt Disney Company
Alessaundra Mills, Chapter Meetings Volunteer ATD-LA, Owner & Principal Consultant, Strategic School Solutions, LLC
Candice Sylvia, Chapter Meetings Volunteer ATD-LA, Global Education Director, Henkel