About Our Board
The volunteers of the Lake Superior Chapter of ATD are leaders who represent many roles within the training and human resources development profession here in the Northland. These leaders use their management, marketing and technical skills to plan, administer and implement the events, programs and projects of the Chapter. Through their guidance, the organization serves the educational and professional development needs of its members.
Would you like to learn more about joining our board? Maybe you don't have time for a full board commitment but would like to volunteer in some way? We have many opportunities!
Your 2018 Board of Directors
Tony has been designing and developing education programs (traditional and eLearning) at a corporate level for 20+ years. Each time Tony starts a project, he challenges himself to take his skills to the next level. In turn, he takes organizational education programs to the next level through incorporating gamification concepts, simulations, interactions and social media components. Tony always challenges the status quo when thinking about how adults learn and become the curators of knowledge, experience and culture.
Tony has BBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Minnesota - Duluth and an MBA in Marketing from Capella University.
Naomi has a BFA in Art & Design (emphasis in graphic design) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and she uses that degree in a variety of ways. She has worked in website design and development, print design, information architecture and communication strategy for different companies. Currently, she works as a graphic designer in corporate communications for ALLETE/Minnesota Power. Naomi also enjoys using her design and communication skills to enrich her community through participating in community arts groups and a Toastmasters club. She is continually learning and enjoys being a part of an organization that is dedicated to learning, sharing relevant information and helping professionals continue their education.
She shares a big yellow house in Duluth, Minn. with her forester husband and cat.
Toni graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Human Resource Management and a minor in Psychology and Health Care Management.
Toni enjoys eliminating financial stress by
helping others budget within their means, planning events and helping others
find their true passion.
Parker is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Accounting degree. He is currently employed as a Staff Accountant at Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP and plans to complete the CPA exams during the summer of 2018. Parker is a passionate lifelong learner and views the challenges of daily life as opportunities to make the world a better place.
Tiffany has a Master’s degree in Social Work and in Management and has found the two fields complement each other when it comes to employee and leadership development. She currently works at The College of St. Scholastica with the TRIO/Student Support Services program offering support and guidance to first-generation, low-income, and students with a disability. Tiffany has a great passion for talent development and leadership development and finds ATD a valuable resource in helping her bridge her social work experience with her management degree. Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to bike, hike, sail, and snowshoe.
Juli has a degree in Management with an HR concentration from The College of St. Scholastica. She has been working in Staff Development since 2003 for St. Louis County. She develops training in various topics and formats to meet the training needs for County staff.
Kathlynn McConnell is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Chief Refueling Officer (CRO)/President /Owner of Lifestyle Consulting Services, and full time Director of Learning and Development for Members Cooperative Credit Union.
Focusing on the “human side of business”, Kathlynn works with her MCCU team members, and partners with businesses and organizations of all sizes, giving them tools to inspire and engage their team so that they can provide exceptional customer service, communicate well and play nicely with each other in the sandbox (which we call the workplace).
Stacy Johnston is an experienced trainer and solutions specialist, with a diverse Human Resource and legal background. Stacy is a licensed attorney and has earned the SHRM-CP and PHR credentials.
Stacy is the founder of HR Learning Lab and Audacity HR Solutions and an instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Stacy is the Co-VP of Marketing on our Board, and is a member of ATD (Association for Talent Development), NHRA (Northland HR Association), SHRM (Society for HR Management) and NSA (National Speakers Association).
Sally Carlson is a Content Strategist at Giant Voices – a Duluth-based strategic marketing firm. She has an extensive background in writing, strategic planning and project management and holds a master’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sally lives in Minneapolis with her husband and lovable, one-eared German Shepherd mix, Vin.
Kim has a BS degree in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and she is pursing a MBA in Leadership and Change from the College of St. Scholastica, which will be complete in the summer of 2018. She currently works as a hospice volunteer supervisor, focusing her efforts on recruitment, training, and retention of a robust volunteer force to support the good work that hospice does for patients and their families. She has a long history in providing and supporting learning and staff development opportunities and firmly believes that everyone, regardless of position title, has the choice to shine and to lead. She is passionate about lifelong learning both for herself and in fostering opportunities for others to grow. When she isn't working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, watching classic films, cooking, and reading.
Dawn has a passion for creating success in organizations. For more than 18 years Dawn has been developing people, small businesses, and organizations in a variety of industries including health care, higher education, direct sales, and energy.
In her current position as a Senior Analyst in ALLETE’s Learning and Organization Development area she works to develop all levels of leadership from front line supervisors to emerging executives. She holds a B.A. in Psychology along with an MBA and a Master of Arts in Management (MAM) all from The College of St. Scholastica. Alongside leadership development her professional interests and experience include: employee onboarding, employee engagement, organizational culture, effective teams, employee/employer loyalty, and trust.In her spare time Dawn likes to read, write, scrapbook, and occasionally engage in a good Netflix binge.
Kathy Pykkonen is currently the Corporate Learning and Development Manager for Cirrus Aircraft. In her current role she is responsible for building a leadership development pipeline across the company and an environment that encourages cooperation and collaboration in achieving company goals.
Prior to joining Cirrus, Kathy was the Director of Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and owner of Progressive Image Pro speaking on business and dining etiquette throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Kathy served in the active duty Air Force for 8 years where she completed her undergraduate work at Western International University in Behavioral Science and she has a Master of Science in Education from UW-Superior.
Kathy is involved with the Northland Human Resource Association and the Association of Training and Development, numerous civic groups and her children’s school.
Jessica Bortolus is finishing her MBA in Leadership and Change in 2018. She graduated with her BA in Global, Cultural and Language Studies with minors in German and Economics from the College of St. Scholastica in 2015. The integration of her degrees supports student development at Lake Superior College as a TRIO Student Support Services Advisor.
In previous roles, Jessica integrated technology in workshops, implemented program assessment, streamlined office processes through Google Apps, and evolved program branding. Jessica is passionate about diversity and inclusion, change management, organization development, leadership development, employee engagement and organizational culture.