Laura Chartier - President
Laura transitioned to instructional design, eLearning design, and corporate training development after a long career in education. She loves taking on challenges, blazing new trails, and collaborating - especially as a utility player. Laura holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She also attended University of Wisconsin - Parkside where she majored in geology and earth sciences. Laura has numerous certifications in a variety of leadership, communication, and technology skills. In her previous role as VP of Communications, Laura was responsible for promoting the use of technology in our chapter to a higher level. Since joining SEWI-ATD, she has improved the quality and content of our newsletter and website. Laura currently works as an instructional designer at Northwestern Mutual.
Andy Marris - Past President
With more than 15 years of business management, marketing, and leadership experience in the sports broadcasting, financial services, health care, information technology, and human resources industries, Andy draws on his knowledge and experiences to help managers sharpen their leadership skills and business acumen. As a former graduate and undergraduate-level business and marketing instructor, Andy discovered his passion for adult learning through fun, interactive, “real world” education. Andy's love of leadership development led him to his current role as a full-time talent development instructor in MRA—The Management Association's Institute of Management. Whether he is working with first-time supervisors, or seasoned leaders seeking continuous skill-set improvement, Andy makes the learning experience one that is measurable, memorable, and motivational. Andy holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's in organizational communication. Andy served as President-Elect for two years prior to his election as association President.
Matt Meuleners - President Elect
Matt has more than 18 years of experience as a Talent Development professional. He is a leadership trainer who is known for his ability to drill into an organization’s challenges. As Executive Partner with FOCUS Training, Matt focuses on corporate leadership and new product development. His specialties are: Training program design and delivery, consulting on leadership development and training, development of corporate mentoring programs, training audits, presentation skills coaching.
Matt holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Business Administration.
Genevieve M. Daniels - VP Finance
Genevieve’s motivation in work and life is to cultivate the gifts of individuals to build strong and inclusive communities. This desire for growth and improvement shows up in her visionary thinking, her systems approach to solving problems, and her drive for results.
She has held leadership roles in health care, global manufacturing, packaging, quality improvement and nonprofits, giving her a wide range of experiences in rapidly changing environments focused on increased efficiency and leading-edge practices. Genevieve currently leads organizational development initiatives at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Outside of her work, Genevieve’s energy is focused on her family and the community. She, along with her husband and three children, enjoy activities that create a more just and generous world. She is dedicated to her community, volunteering in a number of local school and church activities, including mentoring foster youth and facilitating community discussions. Whenever she can, Genevieve pursues her love of learning and knowledge, attending forums, music and art shows and pulling from her stack of “to read” books.
Laura Bunte - VP Technology Services
Laura brings more than 20 years of consulting and management experience as a practitioner, manager, and learning leader with many Fortune 500 national and global companies. She has worked in a variety of industries, including professional consulting, learning services, telecommunications, medical, medical devices, financial services, pharmaceutical, and utilities.
Laura holds a Master's Degree in Education, majoring in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. Laura was an active leader in the Chicago Chapter of ATD and currently serves on the Board for SEWI-ATD as the VP of Technology for its members.
Meica Hatters - VP Membership
Meica is passionate about helping people contribute to their organizations and brings eight years of experience in human resources, talent management, and adult education. As the Vice President - Talent Management with EDGE, she helps clients across industries equip their employees for success through the development and integration of aligned training solutions. Outside of the profession, Meica serves the community through teaching human resource management, business ethics, career development, and GED preparation courses.
Meica earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership and Change from National University and Master of Science in Administrative Leadership and Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Meica is certified in SLII, Everything DiSC, and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.
Colin Hahn - VP Professional Development
Colin is an expert at designing training experiences that result in behavioral change. As the Director of Talent Development for Leadership Ecademy, he has led leadership training programs that result in over 90% of the participants successfully using their new skills in the workplace, with dramatic business results.
Colin is passionate about helping people master new skills and has built his career around helping organizations solve their talent development challenges. He has over 10 years of experience in training, program development, and coaching. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Marquette University and earned his B.A. (Honors) from Gonzaga University.
Nikki Palmer-Quade - VP Special Projects
Nikki is an executive coach and leadership development consultant with over 25 years of business experience. She has coached dynamic individual contributors, mid-level leaders, and C-suite executives to achieve their professional goals. Nikki also brings expertise in designing and delivering powerful leadership development courses. As a former executive, business co-owner and higher education faculty member, she brings first hand leadership experience and a passion for building rock star talent.
Nikki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Marquette University. She holds SPHR certification and Wisconsin Technical College System business faculty certification. Nikki also achieved the Certificate of Mastery: Assessing Learning for College Credit from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). She is a member of International Coach Federation and has successfully completed LHH’s ICF Coach Certification program.
Lovina Akowuah - VP Communication
Lovina is a Learning and Development Consultant with 10+ years experience and also the founder of LBA Consulting. She serves her clients in the areas of instructional design, motivational speaking, facilitation and coaching. She is the author of “Unleash your Greatness,” which is a personal development and motivational book.
Lovina has extensive experience designing and facilitating training programs within the Big-4, insurance and technology industries, as well as designing and delivering training for sales and customer service associates.
Lovina received her undergraduate education in the United Kingdom at the University of East London, where she completed a degree in business administration. Additionally, Lovina successfully earned her Master of Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
Susan Keith - VP Community Relations
Susan's professional life has centered on facilitating adult learning. She spent over 20 years as a professional training facilitator, instructional designer, and subject matter expert, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Alverno College. Susan is a self-proclaimed learning geek, developing this passion as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and Ecuador - supporting deaf and hearing-impaired adults via community outreach and education.
Susan's recent volunteer service includes editing the newsletter for the SEWI-ATD chapter, facilitating for the Girl Scouts - teaching outdoor skills, as well as contributing to organizations such as Girls on the Run. She strongly believes that volunteering is a pathway to give back to the community and support learning and development of others.
Susan achieved her CPLP certification in the AOE of Training Delivery last fall and holds a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education (Instructional Design) from Alverno College.