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2020 Board Information

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Board of Directors Position Descriptions

Click each board member's name to see a biography and contact information. 

President - Curt Klinkner

President Elect - Erin Lavery 

Vice President, Administration - Kathy Smith

Vice President, Finance - Jude Hunsader

Vice President, Marketing - Michael Stefonik

Vice President, Membership - Dani Olsen

Co-Vice President, Professional Development - Ryan Panzer

Co-Vice President, Professional Development - Andrea Meade

Vice President, Technology - Jan Szmanda 

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Curt Klinkner, President


Curt is the Lead Learning Programs Manager for QBE North America and has been with the organization since 2013. Prior to QBE, Curt spent 17 years with American Family Insurance mostly in the L&D space designing and delivering technical and leadership curricula.

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Erin Lavery, President Elect


Erin is an Organizational Development Manager focused on developing organization-wide strategies to foster a culture of growth and connection at Exact Sciences. 

Erin’s professional passion is empowering individuals, teams, and organizations to reach their ideal states through a blend of leadership coaching, learning development, and vulnerability-based connection. 

Personally, Erin is dedicated to continually making the daily choice to fumble bravely toward a life based on her values instead of her fears. The more Erin continues on this journey, the more firmly she believes that values are the key to joy and restoration.

She holds a Masters of Administrative Leadership in Adult and Continuing Education Programs with a focus in Workforce Development through the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature and Pedagogy from Calvin College. In addition, Erin is a certified trainer for Situational Leadership, Development Dimensions International, and Crucial Conversations as well as a certified Life Coach for students with disabilities.

Kathy Smith, VP Administration


 Kathy is an Instructional Design Manager for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Center for Professional Development (CPD). She is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing educational programs for CUNA's institutes, schools, and conferences. Credit Union lending, collections and compliance training programs are her current focus. Prior to joining CUNA, Kathy spent twenty years in the training and development field in the banking industry.  She has experience in all aspects of employee training, design, implementation, facilitation and assessment to improve employee development and ensure effective training programs drive for results. 

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a member of ATD-MAC and also volunteers for Junior Achievement where she has instructed JA programs to elementary school students for years. Kathy is a life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin where she enjoys the four seasons, but also loves to travel, which fits well with her frequent business travel opportunities working with credit unions around the country.Return to top

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Jude Hunsader, VP Finance


Jude is a financial cost and utilization analyst at Group Health Cooperative, his current role focuses on recognizing increasing cost trends then designing, implementing actionable cost savings plans. Previously, he served 4 years in the USAF. Stationed at Hanscom AFB near Boston, MA he did his part in managing Hanscom’s financial mission that spans $297 mil and reaches 23,000 people throughout New England region. After a long day of staring at computer screens and numbers, Jude likes to refurbish thrift store finds primarily frames in which to display his growing collection of fictional maps.  

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Mike Stefonik, VP Marketing


Mike is currently the Technical Training Lead at Sonic Foundry, maker of the Mediasite Video Platform. As a one-person training team, Mike is primarily responsible for the customer education programs. However, he also carries the weight of ensuring the organization is offering adequate training to the employees on an ever-changing, complex product.

While Mike has a background in technical and operational training and instructional design, he gets most excited about building up those around him to help them live up to their potential. As a member of ATD, Mike has grown his training skills and connections in the area and wants to give others the kind of experience he has had as part of the training community in the Madison area.

Mike is an endurance sports enthusiast and when he is not training for work he is training for his next race.

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Dani Hellenbrand, VP Membership


I was always told that my role as a softball catcher was to be the coach on the field. I was the one player who could see the entire field and everything that happened on it, and that afforded me the ability to guide my teammates toward making the right play. That role has set the stage for me in my career. My goal now, as it was then, is to help people reach their full potential. Just like when I was on the softball field, I still try to use my vision of the entire field (from front-end to back-end, from day-to-day to company strategic initiatives) to provide the right resources and direction to set my teammates up for success.

ATD has proven to be an important resource to my own understanding of the role of L&D professionals in the workplace, expanded my skillset as a facilitator of learning, and provided great networking opportunities with highly talented colleagues in the community. As VP of Membership, I hope to help provide that opportunity to others! 

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Ryan Panzer, Co-VP Professional Development


Ryan Panzer is a trainer and instructional designer at Zendesk's Madison office where he is currently working to launch a coaching program. Prior to working for Zendesk Ryan trained sales and customer support teams at Google's Ann Arbor office. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has recently completed ATD's CPLP certification. He is passionate about Badger football and building cultures of learning. 

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Andrea Meade, Co-VP Professional Development

Andrea has been working in the talent development field for over 10 years. She started training because she simply had a knack for it. Since then, she has continued to grow as a trainer and develop her skills and experience in facilitation, instructional design and coaching.  She currently works as a training specialist for Shopbop (a subsidiary of Amazon) supporting their customer contact centers world-wide.  She also recently undertook the development of their customer service quality assurance program. Andrea has previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2014, she obtained her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance from ATD. 

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Jan Szmanda, VP Technology


After graduating from UW Madison, I discovered the field of talent development in Milwaukee in 2017. With some experience in instructional design, leadership coaching, new hire orientation, & class facilitation, I'm excited to return to Madison and play an active part in the community's TD scene! ATD provides great tools and has introduced me to some of the most passionate individuals/mentors. I knew it was the right organization to dive into from my first conference (ICE) in 2018. As VP of Tech, I'm looking forward to making our online presence even stronger and growing the Madison chapter.


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