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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.

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Your 2021 Board of Directors


Lisa Munson



Lisa is an experienced learning and development practitioner with a proven history designing and developing highly engaging and effective instructor-led and e-Learning training solutions for a variety of industries and subject matter. She uses strong knowledge of instructional design principles (i.e. ADDIE) and adult learning theory to guide projects to successful completion. Lisa excels at building relationships and establishing partnerships with business stakeholders at all organizational levels.

In her current position at Essentia Health, Lisa consults with leaders across departments to assess, design, develop, plan and deliver learning programs to maximize the talent of employees and volunteers. Her professional passions include leadership/employee development, mentoring, instructional design, program development/management, internal consulting, and project management. Lisa holds a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) from Metro State University along with an Instructional Design for eLearning Certificate from the University of Minnesota.

In her leisure time, Lisa’s interests include music, opera, theater, hiking, cross country skiing, travel, volunteering, and binge-watching good shows (especially during winter!).

Past President
Naomi Christenson


Naomi is a multi-disciplinary artist, entrepreneur and life-long learner. She has worked in website design and development, digital marketing, illustration, performance, teaching and communication strategy for various companies and independent clients. She holds a BFA in Art & Design and Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and enjoys using her design and communication skills to enrich her community through participating in community arts groups and professional organizations. Naomi 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.


Barb Bengtson


Barb is a strategy coach and personalized development enthusiast, helping individuals and organizations find and implement strategies that align with their talents, values, and needs. Over 20 years of experience as an educator, in the classroom, professional development and coaching, provides her with many opportunities to see diverse, intense, often unrecognized, talents demonstrated by individuals of all ages. Barb’s mission to understand and support the great potential in others is guided by positive psychology and prompted her creation of Perception Coaching LLC.

Barb earned a PhD in Educational Psychology as well a certificate for Talent Development and Gifted Education from the University of Minnesota. She is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach (StrengthsFinder), EQ-i 2.0 and 360 Certified Coach (Emotional Intelligence), as well as a Board Certified Executive and Life Coach (BCC). Her biggest takeaway: Communication, productivity, engagement, and happiness are all positively impacted by developing a strengths-based culture.  


Shannon Studden


Shannon Studden is a Program Specialist with the National Rural Health Resource Center in Duluth, where she provides consulting to health care leaders across the country. In prior roles, Shannon has designed and delivered leadership and organizational development programs as part of the Continuing Education department at the University of Minnesota Duluth, managed the Talent Management and Leadership Development functions at Cleveland-Cliffs.  

Shannon specializes in the areas of talent management, leadership and organizational development, group facilitation, and conflict management. She holds her M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, yoga, and slow short-distance running.


VP Membership
Tiffany Snider


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 Lattner


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.

Juli is a Continuous Improvement champion trained in multiple CI tools and an Everything Workplace DiSC certified instructor. She enjoys helping teams make things simpler, easier and more streamlined, in both process and people.

VP Programming
Kim Ellsworth


Kim completed her MBA in Leadership and Change from the College of St. Scholastica in 2018 and also holds a degree in communicating arts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. 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.

After 18 years in healthcare, in positions of progressing responsibility, Kim accepted her first position with the State of Minnesota in 2018, as a Training Director for the Department of Corrections.  Kim is currently working as a Project Manager for the State Emergency Operations Center, to support the mission of making barrier-free COVID19 testing available to all Minnesotans. One lesson Kim has taken from 2020 is to reframe uncertainty as catalyst for growth.

In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching classic films, cooking, and reading.

VP Marketing
Stacy Johnston


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).

Social Media Coordinator 
Dawn Johnson


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.

Member-at Large
Kathy Pykkonen


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.

Member-at Large 
Michelle Nelson


Michelle is an Organizational Development Specialist for St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services. She has over 25 years of experience leading, managing and training professionals in the human service industry. In addition to her leadership skills she is well versed in team, program, and organizational development. She has been trained in strategic and business management tools such as the Balanced Scorecard from the Harvard School of Business and LEAN processes. Michelle’s education includes a Masters in Management and Bachelors in Criminology/Sociology. She is an associate level instructor of the Crisis Prevention Institute, certified in Life Space Crisis Intervention and a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. 

Member-at Large 
Steven Hamlin


Steve has over 30 years of experience in the aviation maintenance field including military, airline and third-party providers. For the last 15 years, he has enjoyed serving in the L&D role with a major maintenance provider. He now has the opportunity to give back by teaching at an aircraft maintenance degree program with a Lake Superior College. He holds an APTD certification and the FAA A&P certification. Steve is based in Duluth, Minnesota.  

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