The Las Vegas Chapter of ATD is governed by volunteer leaders who represent all aspects of the training, talent development, and human resources development profession here in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. These leaders utilize 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.
Steve Hodgson has been a payroll professional since 1991. He earned the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation from the American Payroll Association in 2001. Originally a member of the association, he joined the APA staff in 2004. He is currently their Director of Learning & Development. In February 2017, he earned the ATD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) after attending the year-long CPLP online prep course with the ATD Learning System. This certification is now the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD). With a B.S. in Music Education, he was originally a music teacher over 35 years ago. While changing careers over the years, training has been the continuous focus of his professional duties. Now, he’s involved with payroll compliance and regulations, not music theory! He first joined the chapter for professional development, but has discovered serving on the board provides additional growth opportunities beyond work responsibilities. He is honored to share this chapter journey with you!
Steve served as Director of Finance 2019, VP Finance 2020-2021 and President-Elect 2021-2022.
Britne Jenke, CPTD, CPTM, SHRM-SCP, is a Learning & Development leader with over 15 years of experience designing, developing, and directing engaging and innovative learning solutions. With a background in web design and educational technology, Britne is passionate about accessibility, disability advocacy, and inclusive design. She has spent over 10 years in corporate L&D and has developed learning experiences across many global companies and industries. She holds several certifications such as Training Management (CPTM), Human Resources (SHRM-SCP), Talent Development (CPTD), Project Management (CAPM), Agile Project Management (PMI-ACP), Scrum Agile Framework (CSM), Agility in HR (ICP-AHR), Performance Consulting, Kirkpatrick Strategic Evaluation Planning, and Diversity & Inclusion. Britne was featured in 2021 on the Association for Talent Development (ATD)’s DEI podcast for her work in designing inclusive training, and was recognized in 2022 as a winner of the ATD Greater Las Vegas Tribute to Learning Award for learning project management.
Britne served as Director of Technology 2017, VP Technology 2018-2020, and VP Programming & Professional Development 2021-2022.
She is the proud mother of two children: one currently at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, and the other a high school student in Las Vegas. She is an avid reader, loves creative writing and scrapbooking, hiking, and any opportunity to be social and learn!
Judy served as VP Communications & Social Media 2016-2018, VP Membership 2019, Interim President 2020, and President 2021-2022.
Jeff Scott Miller is an Instructional Designer at the Nevada National Security Site. He was introduced to the world of Corporate and Workforce Training while in the US Navy’s Submarine forcer 25 years ago. Since leaving the Navy, he achieved both a BS and MS Ed from Southern Illinois University in Workforce Education and Development. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a Training Coordinator for the world’s second largest Borate Mine, freelance Instructional Designer, and a Technical Writer. In 2016, he answered a Facebook posting asking for former Navy Nukes or Submariners who have experience in developing, delivering, and managing training, and was hired to be a Training Coordinator. He has since moved from the Training Management Team to the Content Development Team, where he helps design and develop training materials for up to 5,000 government employees and contractors. In his spare time, he likes to prove to himself how little he knows about cooking and baking, and spend time with his two pugs, Cognac and Dixie. He has 3 Bucket-List Trips he wants to take: visit Australia and dive the Great Barrier Reef, visit South Africa and go on safari, and take a coast-to-coast and back AMTRAK Train Trip.
Jeff served as Director of SIGs 2021-2022
Elham Arabi, Ph.D, Director of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) (2023-2024)
Elham Arabi is a digital learning team lead and senior learning consultant at World Health Organization (WHO). She has more than 15 years’ experience in instructional design and developing online and blended learning solutions. She earned her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her thesis was on enhancing training design based on training evaluation to examine effects on transfer. She believes learning can help us grow, be more successful in our job and life, and help others grow too. She also believes people can be motivated to learn and develop new skills if they experience effective learning design.
Joel Taylor, APTD, Director of the Northern Nevada Geographic Interest Group (GIG)
Joel Taylor is the Senior Training Coordinator for Ormat Technologies in Fernley, NV, where he keeps learners on the edge of their seats while passing knowledge to the masses. His years of instructional design, e-learning development, and training delivery drive solutions to engage and instruct individuals from beginner to master. In this new role, he supports talent development professionals in the greater Reno and other Northern Nevada locations with the goal of creating and sustaining a new local chapter in the future.
Jen Flynn is a vibrant, authentic talent and organizational development leader of leaders who cultivates high-performance teams and creates competitive, breakthrough strategies. I have extensive talent, learning, and organizational development experience with a variety of industries from insurance to gaming to retail, including four Fortune 500 companies (MetLife, Staples, LS&Co., & MGM Resorts). Her philosophy is that systems and organizations work best when their people are at their best. She builds strong, sustainable relationships to execute strategies that meet business results while engaging employees.
Jen served as VP Membership 2019
Alisia Pulella is a 30-year resident of Las Vegas. In her current role as Senior Client Partner at FranklinCovey, she works with organizations to build exceptional leaders, teams, and cultures that get results. When organizations partner with FranklinCovey, their people change behavior—both individually and collectively—in ways that have a dramatic impact. FranklinCovey has grown to be so much more than The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the Day planner most are familiar with.
Alisia is also a mentoring committee member for Global Gaming Women and a founding board member of Dress for Success Southern Nevada. She has 2 sons and a daughter, 3 grand children and a new Gold Retriever puppy. She spends her free time playing competitive tennis and summers in Traverse City, Michigan.
David Prange has more than 15 years’ experience in training and facilitating. He is currently a Learning & Development Partner with MGM Resorts International. He is responsible for managing the key aspects of enterprise-wide talent development efforts, including facilitation, quality assurance and leading the administration for all corporate training programs. Prior to entering the training and development field, David spent time both in the non-profit arena and in residential real estate. He is a very proud member of both the Southern Nevada and Nevada State USBC Halls of Fame for Superior Performance and spend several years competing with the greatest bowlers in the world on the Pro Bowlers Tour.
David served as Director of Finance 2020-2021
Ben Shiramizu has several years of experience in Learning & Development including over 5 years at Tesla as a facilitator and instructional designer. Currently, he is a program manager for the Global Environment, Health, and Safety Learning & Development team. Prior to joining the EHS team, he supported the Solar Division’s Customer Experience Team and developed the curriculum and training plan for expansion into Mexico. He is passionate about technology and using the right tool for the right job and is always looking for ways to improve the learning experience.
Ben also served as VP Technology 2021-2022
Dana Adams is the Director of Leadership and Organizational Development for Nevada Health Centers. He is a dynamic and passionate Learning and Development Professional who creates, develops, and grows high impact learning solutions that delivers long term results increasing employee engagement and productivity and improving customer satisfaction. A dependable and respected business partner recognized for discernment, communication acumen, learning solutions, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and agile environment transformation. And a strategic leader who identifies best courses of action and works with stakeholders to drive results through effective implementation of dynamic and diverse educational outcomes. His learning and development skills are easily transferable to a wide variety of industries.
Dana previously served as VP Finance
Sean McCray, Director of Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships (2023-2024)
Sean McCray is the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He joined TISOH in 2014 to review, revise and update curriculum content in collaboration with instructors and industry professionals to ensure students learn the cutting-edge skills needed to launch or advance their careers in hospitality. In 2016, he was promoted to Associate Director to assist the school in achieving its strategic goals. He brings a wealth of experience in continuing and adult education from his time as Assistant Director of the Academic Advising and Retention Center at Western Kentucky University.
Jaime McBride, Director of Social Media (2023-2024)
Jaime McBride is a Holistic Personal Development Educator, Coach, Leadership Guru, and Sounding Board for Women at all stages of life. She brings nearly 30 years of leadership expertise, life experience, hardships, celebrations, education, and authenticity to the world through her company, Jaime Sims McBride - Holistic Human Alignment. Her approach is designed to create alignment with personal goals and values in all aspects of life. She couples coaching with training in all her workshops. Coaching helps clients integrate the learning into their daily lives and promotes lasting change. We bring our whole selves everywhere we go. When our roles in life are in harmony, we are happier more effective in all that we do.