Board of Directors
Kavita Gupta has over 20 years of experience in education and training. She was a former corporate trainer, consultant and adjunct, and has expertise in needs assessment and the design, delivery and management of training programs for universities, the private and public sector. Kavita was actively involved with ATD Global for over a decade and is the original author of A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley, 2014 co-published by ASTD). She is also the recipient of the LA chapter Volunteer of the Month and two ATD Global Share Our Success awards. Kavita has worked with over 2,000 professionals and volunteers, served on numerous boards and chaired over 25 committees. She currently chairs the USC Rossier School of Education Online Master’s Learning Design and Technology Advisory Board. Kavita graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and holds an MA in Sociology from Rajasthan University and a BA in Economics from Delhi University in India.
Chief Financial Officer
Anna Halbur currently works for the Foundation for Affordable Housing (FFAH) as the Controller and head of the accounting department. Anna oversees all accounting activities and financial reporting for the FFAH. Prior to joining FFAH, Anna worked in the auditing and assurance practice for KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm. While working in public accounting, she specialized in real estate, asset management, and not-for-profit clients. Anna is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Chapman University.
Sara has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources industry, from recruiting to benefits administration. She currently oversees the design and development of learning programs for the University of Southern California’s Human Resources Administration division. In this pivotal role, she collaborates with program sponsors, stakeholders, and subject-matter experts to create and promote efficiency through innovative and creative solutions. As a Workday HCM expert, she is the go-to person for, and liaison to the HR community throughout the university in matters related to system implementation, configuration, and enhancements. Sara previously served as the Operations Manager for the Community Outreach department of the Los Angeles Unified School District where she oversaw day-to-day operations and also developed training programs for the department’s Community Outreach Organizers. Sara holds a B.S. in Business Management and certifications in Human Resources (PHR, SHRM-CP) and Change Management (PCCP).
Director of Chapter Meetings
Danielle R. Baines, M.S. is a Sr. Training Specialist at DocMagic Inc. She has worked in the finance, labor union, and property management industries, achieving people and organizational goals. Danielle has 10+ years of experience scaling up employees and enhancing operational efficiencies through the creation of training and development programs. She has made her imprint in the industry as a Training and Organizational Development Leader, not just professionally but also by acquiring a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, an M.S. in Leadership and Management with an emphasis in Organizational Development from the University of La Verne, and a Certificate in Change Management through ATD. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in E-Learning Design & Development from San Francisco University.
Anupa Naik is a veteran Learning & Development professional with a comprehensive background in a variety of leadership and consulting roles, industries, and Fortune 500 companies such as AIG, L‘Oreal USA, United Airlines, and more. A Chicago native, she earned a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Loyola University Chicago, then moved to New York City where she lived, worked and also served on the Board of ATD New York. Now a new resident of the Southern California area, Anupa is excited to collaborate with the local L&D community, share experiences and explore opportunities to build our collective expertise and grow in our careers.
Mariam is an early career professional with combined experience in HR, talent acquisition, research & analysis, events, marketing and communications. Her experience spans across companies including Fortune 500, startups, and non-profits. Currently she is an HR Specialist at Aramark Uniform Services. Prior to that she was an Associate Partner at Proven Recruiting. Mariam’s professional interests include leadership and talent development, corporate communications, change management, organizational psychology and strategic data analysis. Mariam holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Digital Humanities from UCLA. In her free time, she practices competitive ballroom dancing and gives lessons to students of all ages.
Director of Marketing
As Director of Client Development at Caveo Learning, Sheri Winter is working directly with senior learning leaders and the business, helping them create learning strategies and solutions that deliver measurable impact to their organization’s goals, with a focus on strategic learning consulting, learning & performance solutions, and learning technologies. Her experience as a thought leader, published author of many learning industry magazine articles, conference speaker, workshop/webinar leader and blogger has created a network of learning professionals and business leaders that are passionate about creating value for their organizations. Sheri has a BA in Communications and more than 30 years’ experience in learning and media. She is a board member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association San Diego (HBA), Lifescience Training and Educators Network (LTEN), and Association for GXP Excellence (AGXPE).
Director of Membership
Phil B. Potter is an instructional designer, e-learning specialist, and founder of Kinetic Instruction; a company that creates educational experiences for schools, corporations, and non-profits. Phil earned his Master’s degree from USC Rossier in 2016 as part of the first graduating class of the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program. He currently serves as Alumni Representative to both the USC Rossier Advisory board and the USC LDT Student Organization. He has over 15 years experience as an educator in a variety of environments; from K-12 classrooms to the corporate boardrooms of international companies.
Director of Volunteers
Valerie Quezada has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry ranging from clinical to commercial manufacturing with a variety of responsibilities. Her current role at Takeda Los Angeles is Instructional System Designer, supporting multiple business units. In this capacity she develops eLearning, designs various curricula, and facilitates training sessions. She recently obtained her M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from California State College, Fullerton and in addition holds a B.S. in Animal Science from California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. In her spare time, she explores the local trails with her horse Cowgirl.
Director of Workshops & Webinars
Princess Walsh has over a decade of experience in adult education, organizational development, psychology and instructional design. Princess earned a doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. As a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and clinical counselor (LPCC), Princess is the owner of Resonate Growth. At this private practice, she applies behavioral change techniques to promote effective interpersonal reflection and development. Students and clients rave about Princess’ unique blend of integrating mental health techniques with organizational development programs, and you will too.
Esther Ramirios-Mathews has over 18 years’ experience as a learning strategist. She has worked as a learning and development leader in academia, the franchise industry, healthcare, and the non-profit field. She founded Adult Learning & Workplace Education Group LLC, and helped healthcare clients engage in change management initiatives to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirements and served clients including Manhattan Physicians Group, LAC-USC Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente. She has helped organizations develop Coaching Academies for Front Line Supervisors, institutionalized Professional Development Systems, and developed SME Training Workgroups. Esther holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a second Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Adult Learning and Curriculum Development.
OD SIG East
Jonathan Troper is director of the Center for Innovation and Change (CIC), a consulting unit at Alliant International University. He has led a highly inclusive strategic planning process that engaged all stakeholders over a two year development period. The strategic plan acts as the university’s north star. Implementation is actively underway. At Alliant, he and his colleagues launch careers. He teaches Training and Development, Business Principles, and Professional Practice. Jonathan has a background in OD, program evaluation, tech executive recruiting, and fundraising. He has co-chaired the ATD-LA OD special interest group with Scott Wimer since the turn of the century. He earned his PhD at UCLA and Bachelors at Amherst College.
OD SIG West
Scott Wimer of Wimer Associates is a seasoned OD consultant, executive coach and facilitator with multi-industry experience in the for-profit, government, and NP sectors. He works with CEOs, executives and managers, and he specializes in coaching extremely intelligent and challenging leaders. He does teambuilding and complex facilitation to help organizations reach their goals, and he conducts highly engaging workshops on coaching, communication and performance management. Scott has a PhD in psychology from UCLA, and he is a leading authority on executive coaching and 360° feedback. Also, Scott teaches highly-rated classes at UCLA and other universities.
South Bay GIG
Sue Gabriele is an innovator and consultant in systemic school and workplace renewal. After a twenty-year career as a high school teacher and university instructor, she returned to graduate school seeking answers to problems in public education and urban workplaces. In 2002, she earned her PhD in Human Science: Social and Institutional Change. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Gabriele and associates have been exploring a new super power tool, the “GEMS RoundTable,” excellent for enriching, transforming, and increasing communication in workplaces, schools, and professional societies. She continues writing, working and consulting in her expertise.
Social Media Manager
Katrina Reiniers-Jackson spent twelve years working in TV, specifically in post-production, before joining the learning and development field. She’s passionate about applying L&D principles to the entertainment industry, with a focus on developing creative and often freelance employees and bringing order to chaos through process improvements supported by L&D initiatives. She earned her CPTM certification from Training Industry in 2019, and looks forward to future educational opportunities. In her spare time, she writes fiction and reads as much as she can.
Guy Morgenshtern is an Instructional Designer and Facilitator with a background in organizational consulting. He has worked with all types of companies, ranging from high tech start-ups to those in the airline industry. He also enjoys giving lectures and workshops on a variety of topics including career empowerment with mindfulness. Guy discovered ATD when he moved to Los Angeles in 2018 and found a community that inspires passion and creativity in talent development. Volunteering with ATD gives him the opportunity to help others and be involved in activities nurturing the field.
Denise is the ATD-LA Association Manager and has been with the chapter since 2008. She handles the day-to-day operations, reporting, and compliances; and is your contact through email and phone. Her business, More than Just Words, is an association management and virtual assistance company. She also manages the ATD-Orange County Chapter and serves as a bridge for the two chapters.
Grant Skakun is a freelance copyeditor and business writing trainer. He is the founder of Eucrest Writing where he designs and delivers writing training seminars, writes and edits business documents, and coaches professionals on improving their writing performance. He also proofreads resumes, cover letters, and graduate and undergraduate writing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the College of William & Mary. As the ATD-LA office administrator, Grant is responsible for managing email communication, updating website content, and assisting the board of directors with chapter initiatives.