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.
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.
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.
Drew is a Training and Development supervisor at Exact Sciences who values the strength of the learning community and works to provide development opportunities throughout the employment journey. Drew’s career has been guided by a principle of helping others and he seeks opportunities to do so both in the workplace and the greater community.
Drew holds a Master and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has taught public speaking at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, and Waukesha County Technical College, and was a Fulbright Grantee in 2013. He is additionally certified as an Epic Principal Trainer in Resolute Professional Billing.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen is a 20-year career management expert who understands the adult learner. She is a sought-after speaker, coach, and trainer and is President of EllenCoaching, a career management firm based out of Middleton, WI. EllenCoaching provides strategic coaching for mid-and-senior level managers who are looking to polish up their leadership skills and take their careers to the next level. Her style and expertise revolve around using brain-based research to help her clients draw out their strengths, focus on their goals, and push themselves out of their comfort zones.
Along with running her business, she also works full-time with the Online Master’s of Engineering students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, she is an exercise enthusiast and teaches Pilates, WERQ, and TRX.
She holds a Master's Degree in Career Counseling from UW-Platteville and holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from UW-Whitewater. She also has certifications as an Executive and Leadership Development Coach, Career Management Coach, Personal Branding Strategist, and Mindfulness Management Coach from the Academies (www.theacademies.com).
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.