Johns Creek, GA
Pete Knoetgen began his role as an IACET Commissioner in October 2017, He is owner and senior consultant at Azimuth Associates, LLC, specializing in technical training, accreditation and performance improvement projects primarily in the electric utility industry. He has over 40 years of experience in power plant operations, engineering and training, and was part of the team that led PJM Interconnection in achieving IACET accreditation in 2016.
Prior to starting Azimuth Associates, Pete was Director of Training, at North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta managing the transmission system operator certification and continuing education programs for 6,500 operators across North America. He chaired the Electric Reliability Organization Training Committee, and served on the Personnel Certification Governance and Personnel committees. He led NERC compliance auditor training, and assisted with implementation of ANSI SAT-based standards.
Prior to NERC, he was Accreditation Director with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and secretary of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board. As Director, his teams conducted accreditation visits at all US nuclear power plants, conducted workshops, provided assistance to members, and developed industry training guidelines. Previous positions include accreditation senior management representative and team manager; INPO plant evaluation team member; manager, Future of Learning; and manager, National Academy for Nuclear Training e-Learning (NANTeL) where his team created and managed a system delivering training to 100,000 nuclear workers annually. In addition, he led the development of the industry's initial instructor training program, used by all US nuclear stations, using a blended distance learning and classroom approach. Previously, he was a course manager and lead facilitator for the INPO Shift Manager and Engineering Supervisor professional development seminars. He also served as assistant to the CEO, and Corporate Board Secretary.
Education/Certifications: Certification in Training and Human Resources Development, University of Georgia; MS nuclear engineering, Georgia Tech; BS mechanical engineering, U.S. Naval Academy; National Academy for Nuclear Training certified Facilitator and Instructor.
Earlier he was an Associate Professor of Naval Science at Georgia Tech/Morehouse College and was a qualified US Navy instructor.
Vanessa Almony has 20 years of experience in all aspects of training and development, with an emphasis on identifying and targeting creative solutions to performance needs. She has extensive experience managing development teams as well as independently producing instructionally sound products that satisfy customers' needs for timely, technically accurate, and cost-effective training that works.
Vanessa has designed, developed, and delivered training products addressing diverse topics such as executive leadership development, medical records confidentiality, and wastewater and drinking water plant operations. For the past ten years, Ms. Almony has focused on producing traditional and virtual classroom training and e-learning packages for federal, state, and municipal transportation engineers.
Vanessa Almony holds an M.Ed. in Training and Development and a B.S. in Behavioral Science. She is a member of the national and Vermont chapters of Association for Talent Development (ATD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the e-learning Guild. She is a Federal Highway Administration/National Highway Institute Master Trainer and an NHI-certified instructor. Vanessa has served as an IACET Commissioner since 2014.
Performance for Life Consulting
Dr. Norina Columbaro has nearly 20 years experience serving as a talent development leadership partner worldwide in assessing business needs, identifying competency gaps, and uncovering program challenges in order to customize blended solutions that lead to measurable improvements.
Her experience includes:
She is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) and a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC).
Norina's research and work have been published in Adult Learning, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and on Military.com.
Director of Training for Juvare, a software and services company specializing in soluctions that help keep our national safe and enables communications, coordination, and recovery from emergencies, disasters, and special events.
Karen holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a Masters and Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. Her work experience includes eight years with the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. For two years, she was an internal auditor for the Board of Regents with the University System of Georgia. Her most recent position was the Executive Director of Clayton State University Continuing and Professional Education. She served as the Chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Administrative Committee on Public Service and Continuing Education for three years. With the Georgia Adult Education Association, she held the offices of Vice President for Programs, President, Past President, and Member-at-Large. As a staunch advocate for quality adult continuing and professional education, Karen is a commissioner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and served as the Chair of the Commission. She has facilitated national workshops to help applicants successfully establish solid policies and procedures to meet compliance standards. Her passion is creating excellent educational experiences for adults to help them achieve their professional goals!
To stay relevant on current workforce and economic development issues, she served on the Atlanta Regional Commission Workforce Development Board, and chaired the ARC NextGen (Youth) Committee. She also participated on committees with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, MAX, HDCI, One Henry Workforce, and Clayton County Schools CTAE.
She is now consulting with organizations, companies, universities, and colleges who want to ensure that they are offering quality continuing and professional education programs and have efficient operations.
DesignThinkers Academy Singapore
Daryl Lim brings 15 years of experience in designing and creating a wide range of people related solutions. He has designed and co-created business and people management strategies working around employee career journeys.
His design solutions include skills maps, evidence-based goal management, personalised skills profiles, career progression pathways, training and assessment systems and courseware. He also helps individuals to design and build their own personal branding while enhancing their own career progression.
His current clientele include organisations from various industries such as public transport, education, IT, government agencies, SPA, F&B, hotel, cleaning, manufacturing, defence, etc. He has designed a first-in-the-world digital solution to goal management in organisations while ensuring strategic alignment.
As a Workforce Development Consultant, he co-managed the review of the WSQ Retail Competency Map in 2008, working with over 30 retail organisations. He managed the development of 77 WSQ Retail CS and CTAGs, of which, three were developed by him. In the same year, he also co-developed the WSQ Composite Assessment Plan for the Retail Industry.
As a TRAINER and ASSESSOR, he conducted training and assessments for the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) at the Center for Competency-based Learning and Development from 2008 to 2010, and the WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) at Singapore Polytechnic from 2014 – 2016. Today, he trains the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) at the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) Singapore
Jennifer A. Naughton, MEd, CAE, SPHR, is the Principal and Founder at Naughton Consulting. Her passion is around maximizing learning and performance in organizations and closing skills gaps. She has 25+ years of experience in the testing and training industries and has consulted with 100+ Fortune 500, not for profit, and government organizations.
Prior to Naughton Consulting, she was a human capital and competency modeling consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and HumRRO (Human Resources Research Organization). She also spent more than a decade as a senior leader at ATD (Association for Talent Development) starting up a portfolio of certification and certification prep programs, building industry competency models, and conceptualizing an extensive stackable credentialing ecosystem. She has a unique combination of research and business perspectives, as well as education and testing expertise. She is a frequent contributor to the creation of industry-wide standards and partnerships, a vocal proponent of using innovation and technology to improve current practices and has delivered several dozen industry keynotes and conference presentations during the course of her career. She holds a Master’s of Education (Human Resource Development) from The George Washington University.
J. Kevin Perry is a continuing education & training consultant specializing in the non-profit environment serving technical industries and higher education. His expertise includes growing a continuing education business through effective strategic planning, management, leadership, budgeting, and acquisitions. He also helps training organizations explore and launch open digital badging programs.
At the end of 2018, Kevin retired as Director of SAE International’s Professional Development division, a position he held since 2001. In this capacity, he led a staff that plans and delivers public training courses, in-company training, and a variety of multimedia/distance learning products for engineers who serve the automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle industries. In 2014, he assumed management of Effective Training, Inc., a firm that SAE acquired, which focuses on geometric dimensioning and tolerancing training products. Also in 2014, he established Probitas Authentication, a new SAE business that certifies aerospace auditors and training providers. In 2015, Kevin led an effort to acquire the aerospace auditor and training provider business from the principal competitor to Probitas and in 2018 he led the acquisition of CALISO, an online ISO-standards training company.
Prior to his role as Director, Kevin worked as an Education Program Developer where he invented SAE’s Engineering Academy format, which earned the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Before joining SAE, Kevin worked in the continuing higher education field for nearly 12 years at both Penn State University and Duquesne University where he held positions as program developer, administrator, and marketing director. His educational credentials include a B.S. in Education and M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Penn State University, and Ed.D. in Administrative and Policy Studies from University of Pittsburgh. He also holds an MBA Essentials Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Digital Badges from IACET.
His service work includes Board of Regents member for Baker College’s Graduate School and Online College, Governing Board Vice-Chair of the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA), and Education and Training Track Committee member for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). From 2014 to 2018, he served on the IACET Board of Directors during which time he also chaired their Awards Committee and helped develop their Digital Badging Taxonomy. In 2019, he became an IACET Commissioner.
US Army Installation Management Command, G 357 Training Division, MG Robert M. Joyce School for Family and MWR
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX
Dr. Kathleen Carroll is the Chief, Learning Solutions at the US Army Installation Management Command, Major General (MG) Robert M. Joyce School for Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (SFMWR). The SFMWR provides training to approximately 30,000 US Army Civilian Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) and Family Program employees world-wide. Dr. Carroll has been with the SFMWR since September 2011. She has a multi-faceted background with more than 37 years serving the US Army, both as Active Duty (24 years) and as a Department of Defense Army Civilian (13 years). Dr. Carroll has served in various position during her tenure: medic, licensed practical nurse, training instructor, instructional systems specialist, and educator. She continues to introduce innovative and effective ways to improve efficiency and productivity through curriculum revisions, quality management, and training.
Education: AA: Paralegal, San Antonio College; BS: Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University (Magna Cum Laude); MED: Organizational Learning, University of the Incarnate Word; EDD: E-Learning, Northcentral University.
Memberships: ATD, E-Learning Guild, IACET Commissioner
Certifications: Conflict Management (MTI), Instructional Design and Delivery (Langevin), Master Training (Langevin), Performance Consultant (Langevin), Test Design and Delivery (ATD), Tom Peters WOW!, and ROI Methodology
Society of Women Engineers
Valerie is an accomplished education strategist with 15 years' experience creating quality-learning strategies and programs for live and online events using adult learning principles, technologies, and processes to support multi-generational learners.
Ms. Schnaider is a seasoned talent development professional with experience building programs that meet business objectives: growing leaders, improving performance, and increasing engagement all built on best in class structure. She helped her organization create a corporate university which first achieved IACET Accreditation in 2009. She has over eighteen years of experience in corporate, higher education, non-profit and research.
Keith Ussery is the Training Project Manager and Ethics & Compliance Officer (ECO) for Automated Logic and AdvanTE3C organizations. Keith has been with Automated Logic for 18 years. Starting in engineering, he designed Building Automation/Energy Management solutions and provided technical training to customers world-wide. With his current role, Keith is responsible for managing projects that enhance and expand the growth of Automated Logic’s learning and development initiative, such as implementing e-learning solutions, providing quality assurance, and managing onsite and international training programs. Keith is also a United Technologies certified instructor for quality assurance courses and provides training/certification for those seeking to be corporate trainers. As the ECO, Keith provides employees with guidance, support, and training on any ethics and compliance policy related subject matter. This role also incluldes performing enterprise risk analysis, as well as, implementing risk mitigation programs and strategies.
Prior to Automated Logic, Keith worked for Siemens Building Technologies as a project engineer. In this role, Keith designed, implemented and trained on building automation and energy management solutions for SBT’s southeast region.
Keith holds an Electrical Engineering Technology degree from Southern Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Shorter University. Keith is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and Sigma Beta Delta international honor society for business, management, and administration.
Outside of work, Keith spends his time with his beautiful wife, playing with his four wonderful daughters, and hanging out with friends.
Assistive Technology Industry Association
San Rafael, CA
Caroline Van Howe is Chief Operating Officer with the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and is responsible for the organizational aspects of the ATIA international conferences and online education programs; partner and alliance programs with national and international assistive technology organizations; member support including overall management for the association web site; production support for ATOB - ATIA’s online, open-source research journal and providing technical assistance to federally awarded grant programs.
Under Ms. Van Howe’s leadership, the educational program has expanded its content leadership with international organizations including: ACVREP, AOTA, ASHA, CEC, g3ict, IAAP, JAN and RESNA. The Continuing Education program has also expanded with ATIA becoming an approved CE Provider for: Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Prior to joining ATIA, Ms. Van Howe worked in the assistive technology K-12 industry for six years and was responsible for professional development and marketing programs. She joined the ATIA Board of Directors in 2001 holding positions of Conference Chair and President before joining the Executive Staff in 2006.
Ms. Van Howe has worked in international software for over 15 years in both the UK and US and held management positions in sales, training and marketing. Ms. Van Howe originally trained as a teacher of students with learning disabilities in the U.K. She obtained her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Certificate in Software Product Marketing from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann is President of EdJIT a mobile training platform and consultant in strategy, curriculum development, and competency-based learning. She has worked in education for 30 years in educational strategy, instruction, instructional design, program direction, and assessment. She works across the private and public sectors in continuing education. She teaches across the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in academia. She currently serves as a consultant to Defense Acquisition University and numerous federal agencies and commercial clients. She is professor at the University of Phoenix, UMUC, and Strayer. She holds an Ed.D. from The George Washington University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the University of Maryland. She has authored 15 textbooks. Previously she served as one of 12 fellows at EDS (a global IT company); product line manager for Management Concepts; developed project/program management competencies for the federal government; and started the company GovWin.
Onslow County Partnership for Children
LaWanna has over 15 years experience in the field of Professional Development and Training. She is currently serving in the Non Profit world with a focus on supporting early educators with their delivery of high quaility learning opportunities for the children and families they serve. LaWanna has served as an IACET Commissioner since 2014.
Tim Azbill is the Director of LJB University (LJBU), with Dayton Ohio based LJB (https://www.ljbinc.com/). He has been delivering organizational learning and development solutions to the public and private sectors since 1989. Tim has built and led learning programs for the U.S. Air Force, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and many commercial organizations. He has led teams ranging from 5 to 125 personnel. Tim also served our country for 28 years as an aircraft maintenance officer and technician in the 178th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, retiring in 2012.
Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts (WDPR)
Jessica is a Worldwide Safety and Health Principal Safety Professional at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where she works with a team of professionals to manage safety of Disney Cast Members and millions of guests each year.
In her more than 10 years of experience, she has developed experience in quality, safety, and learning management systems. Specific accomplishments spanning her career include:
City of San Diego Public Utilities Department
La Mesa, CA
Professional/Educational Background on William (Will) Curcio
I am originally from Nesconset New York (Long Island), moved to Queens after high school and now reside in San Diego California. My education consists of a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Forensic Psychology and English from John Jay. More information about my alma mater is available in the Links section of this Profile.
I have an extensive background in teaching a variety of different levels from high school, to college to ex-felons getting ready to re-enter society. Regardless of background and social status, I treat each student with the same level of respect and academic prowess.
While teaching at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I spent a lot of time instructing adult learners and was a consultant to the development and design of using the online Blackboard platform (similar to how Instructure and Canvas are used by AU). I am proud to say that I have been an instructor for AU since April 2009 and love every minute of it. It is my firm belief that if an instructor is not passionate nor motivated, they should not be in the field.
Currently, I am the Manager of Safety, Training & Security for the City of San Diego - Public Utilities Department. In short, I oversee all things related to protecting the critical assets of our infrastructure as well as staff development. On the Security side, this includes electronic surveillance systems, a variety of access controls and working with local law enforcement officials as needed. We are proud to say we have been an IACET AP since the early 2000's and were recently re-certified under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2018 standard! Seeing the true value in what IACET brings to an organization, I have recently been appointed as a Site Supervisor! This is a great honor to me as I look forward to assisting other agencies in their quest for (re)accreditation and educational advancement!
I am also an Adjunct Instructor at Ashford University in the Social and Criminal Justice Program (2008). In July 2010 I was truly humbled by being selected into the "Provost Circle" at AU. In order to qualify for the Provost Circle, an instructor must meet the following requirements: Quality activity in discussion boards, Response time to student questions and issues, and Provide timely, quality feedback.
Although well-rounded in the field, the emphasize of my research was the relationship between prison accession rates and the decline of the military population. In addition I have participated in studies on the use of less-than lethal weapons.
We are proud to say the City of San Diego - Public Utilities Department Training Section has been an IACET Authorized Provider (AP) since the early 2000's and were recently re-certified under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2018 standard! In 2013, our Program won the Exemplary Internal Training Program Award (Honoree).
Seeing the true value in what IACET brings to an organization, I have recently been appointed as an Commissioner - Site Supervisor! This is a great honor to me as I look forward to assisting other agencies in their quest for (re)accreditation and educational advancement.
On a less formal level, I remain a kid at heart as I have virtually every episode of The Simpsons committed to memory and try to bring some humor into the classroom as well (when appropriate of course). Then again, I am from NY so not all may get it.
Additionally, I am a huge baseball fan and have visited every current Major League Ballpark! It is with great joy this journey culminated on a Fourth of July as I watched the Yankees clobber the Twins at Target Field in 2013. I still make trips every year to some of my favorites stadiums, and am always hoping for expansion; can't wait to check out the new SunTrust Park in Atlanta!
As a dog lover and nature enthusiast, I try to enjoy all life has to offer and travel whenever possible. There are 10 states that I have yet to frequent, but I hope to change that soon as well.
DDM Professionals LLC
INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY WORLDWIDE
The Multitude Experience
Cypress , TX
It’s not unusual to find this pastor/professor participating in liturgy during worship services, praying, visiting, teaching, preaching, administering sacraments or completing ministry projects in various locations. Rev. Lawton preached the baccalaureate worship service at Piney Woods School (MS), was the commencement speaker at Boley School (OK) and planned/facilitated a citywide Juneteenth worship service in San Antonio TX. While serving as Executive Administrative Assistant to Bishop (then Pastor) Sarah Davis she actively worked in the successful campaign toward Episcopal service.
Education, especially faith based education, is her passion. Since earning a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Oklahoma in Adult and Higher Education Dr. Lawton has continued making contributions within various educational arenas. This pastor/professor specializes in “sweet beginnings”:
A part of the team that provided teacher education training in Southern Africa led by Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Dr. Lawton shared lesson-planning strategies with teachers at faith-based schools in Swaziland and Lesotho. She supervised an Oblate School of Theology intern and currently trains clergy and lay ministry leaders. LaPrensa Foundation, Inc. has named Rev. Lawton “Outstanding Woman in Action” (Religion Award - 2008). Dr. Lawton received a ministry grant from Inspire Women to create teaching materials for training clergy in Ghana. As a Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAA) consultant she worked with Gulf Coast shrimpers to assist them in completing business plans which enabled them to improve their current endeavor or launch a new venture.
Ordained in 2004, Rev. Lawton has served churches in Kerrville and San Antonio. This Methodist minister speaks at Christian conferences/retreats and is a lifelong learner who continuously completes seminary courses and theological workshops.
LaJoyce is married to Billy Lawton, Program Leader (AGNR), Cooperative Extension Program, Prairie View A&M University. Their daughter, Kimberly, and grandson, Ke’Mar, live in Mansfield TX.
Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development
During my career I have been involved with Nursing Approved Provider Units, Accredited Provider Units, Accredited Approver Units and currently a Joint Accreditation Provider Unit and an IACET Authorized Provider Unit. I have served as a nursing appraiser who functions in the role of TL and TM; a Joint Accreditation surveyor serving as TL and TM; additionally I am an IACET commissioner .
My masters is in Adult Education which provides me with a theoretical base for continuing education. I have honed my skills by working in the continuing education world for the majority of my career as a nurse educator.
Escuela de Empresas USFQ
Professional experience in talent development with a focus on training, continuing education, research, and leadership. Ph.D. in Education with specialization in Training & Performance Improvement and Master in Technological Administration. With 16 years of experience in corporate education, I lead individual and organizational projects through training and human performance. With strong achievement orientation and team leadership, I have the skills to analyze systems, visualize goals agilely, negotiate expectations, identify opportunities for improvement, align performance with strategies, and creatively implement results-oriented projects. I believe in self-leadership and constant change, and my purpose is to create professional wealth through the passion for learning, self-management, and personal growth.
City of Detroit
Information Security Pro
St. Louis, MO
Hands On Early Childhood Consulting
Florida Association for Child Care Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency