Leadership and Volunteer Team

ATD-LA could not exist without our many knowledgeable, dedicated volunteers. They provide invaluable expertise and support to all aspects of our work. We are always looking for new volunteers. 

We're only a small part of what it takes to run an organization like ours, but we may be your first point of contact.  Whether you're interested in presenting, getting involved as a volunteer, or learning more about us...feel free to get in touch.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Chapter Officers

President 2019

Ben is a leader in talent development and human capital. His experience in talent and organizational development spans several industry-leading national, multinational, and global organizations and iconic brands including Weight Watchers, Guitar Center, Delta Dental, and MUFG (The Bank of Tokyo). Ben has also worked as a strategic HR business partner, led talent management and diversity & inclusion initiatives, and worked in the core HR functions of total rewards, recruiting, compliance, and employee relations.

Ben has served as Chapter President since 2017 and has been a member of ATD Los Angeles since 2013. Before becoming Chapter President, he was the Director of Chapter Meetings in 2016 and the Manager of Sponsorship in 2015. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach, graduate studies in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and certification as a Master Trainer by Harold Stolovitch, Past President of the International Society of Performance Improvement and author of the ATD bestselling book Telling Ain't Training.

President Elect

Kavita has over 20 years of experience in education and training. She was a former corporate trainer, consultant and adjunct, and has expertise in needs assessment and the design, delivery and management of training programs for universities, the private and public sector. Kavita was actively involved with ATD Global and is the original author of A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley, 2014 co-published by ASTD). She is also the recipient of the LA chapter Volunteer of the Month and two ATD Global Share Our Success awards. Kavita has worked with over 2,000 professionals and volunteers, served on numerous boards and chaired over 25 committees. She currently chairs the USC Rossier School of Education Online Master’s Learning Design and Technology Advisory Board. Kavita graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and holds an MA in Sociology from Rajasthan University and a BA in Economics from Delhi University in India.


Annie Liao has over 15 years’ experience as an educator and organizational strategist. She currently serves as an instructional designer at Dine Brands Global developing training for over 1,500 IHOP restaurants. She began her career in museum education and subsequently worked in higher education designing and delivering leadership training. She has also been involved in the book publishing industry and additive manufacturing where she enjoyed the challenge of creating learning solutions for emerging technologies. Annie volunteered on the ATD-LA chapter meeting planning team and holds an M.A. from Wheaton College, Illinois and an undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster, Ohio.

Director of Marketing

Margeaux has over a decade of experience in marketing and management consulting. She has an MBA from Pepperdine University and is active in the alumni program. She owns her own marketing and management consulting firm where she helps executives build and manage their personal brand and creates strategies and implementation plans for companies who are launching new products and services. Margeaux volunteered as the ATD-LA Social Media Manager before accepting this role as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Her passion is helping companies and executives communicate values and create unique brand narratives to engage with their customers. She helps highlight the achievements of the ATD-LA community and connect current and rising leaders with ATD-LA training that will help them achieve the next level in their careers.   

Co-Director of Learning

Danielle Jenkins has 18 years of experience in business management, organizational behavior, and technology. She holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Her expertise is in training and development, human capital management, and EdTech. Danielle is an international speaker and has served as a presenter and facilitator at numerous conferences, workshops, and webinars on topics related to leadership, human capital management, diversity & inclusion, and education & technology. She is passionate about helping people grow and build new skills so they can advance in their careers. Danielle is the founder of Integrity Management & Consulting Group, a management consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA.

Co-Director of Learning

Carol is thrilled to be ATD-LA Director of Learning & Events as she is a very passionate lifelong
learner. Her areas of expertise include instructional design, graphic design, training, and coaching. She is an expert at converting complex information to accessible learning content. Proficient at evaluating client needs and developing custom solutions. Experienced at creating training programs (virtually or face-to-face), on-demand learning, eLearning, training manuals, reference guides, and job aids. She is also an ICF certified coach and enjoys empowering others to move forward in their life and career goals. Her focus in this role is to create avenues where people can connect while enhancing their learning and career success. She earned her BA from Antioch University and her coaching certification from the International Coach Federation. She is currently a consultant at Southern California Edison.

Director of Chapter Meetings

Leigh is Employer Engagement and Internship Coordinator at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), where he helps companies recruit CGU talent and is developing a training curriculum to teach students how to achieve their career goals by leveraging and developing their strengths. He is an expert in business and personnel analysis and has trained and mentored many successful leaders including managers and entrepreneurs. Leigh has more than 20 years of business experience as a trainer, business consultant, district manager, franchisee and unit manager for a leader in the restaurant industry. He received an MA in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University where he focused on learning the science of positive psychology and its relationship to the business world. 

Chapter Managers

Social Media Manager

Phil B. Potter is an instructional designer, e-learning specialist, and founder of Kinetic Instruction; a company that creates educational experiences for schools, corporations, and non-profits.

Phil earned his Master’s degree from USC Rossier in 2016 as part of the first graduating class of the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program. He currently serves as Alumni Representative to both the USC Rossier Advisory board and the USC LDT Student Organization. He has over 15 years experience as an educator in a variety of environments; from K-12 classrooms to the corporate boardrooms of international companies.

Office Administration

Association Manager

Denise is the ATD-LA Association Manager and has been with the chapter since 2008. She handles the day-to-day operations, reporting, and compliances; and is your contact through email and phone. Her business, More than Just Words, is an association management and virtual assistance company. She also manages the ATD-Orange County Chapter and serves as a bridge for the two chapters. 

Office Administrator

Grant is the ATD-LA office administrator. He manages email communication, the ATD-LA website, and event planning. He is an editor and instructor at Eucrest Writing where he improves the communication of organizations by designing and delivering writing training seminars, writing and editing business documents, and coaching professionals on improving their writing performance. He also proofreads and edits resumes, cover letters, and academic writing. He earned his BA in history from the College of William & Mary.

Communities of Practice (COP) Team

South Bay GIG Leader

Sue Gabriele is an innovator and consultant in systemic school and workplace renewal. After a twenty-year career as a high school teacher and university instructor, she returned to graduate school seeking answers to problems in public education and urban workplaces. In 2002, she earned her PhD in Human Science: Social and Institutional Change. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Gabriele and associates have been exploring a new super power tool, the “GEMS RoundTable,” excellent for enriching, transforming, and increasing communication in workplaces, schools, and professional societies.  She continues writing, working and consulting in her expertise.

South Bay GIG Leader

For the past 15 years, Anthony Markovich has collaborated with clients to deliver innovative and engaging learning experiences, first as an external consultant with Accenture, then as an internal consultant with Teradata.  He has led and contributed to the design and development of numerous web-based, in-person, and blended learning solutions, focused on enhancing the capabilities of sales professionals and people leaders.  In his current role as a Sr. Manager of Learning & Development at ZipRecruiter, Anthony is focused on elevating the organization’s onboarding experience and providing people managers leadership development opportunities.  Anthony completed his MBA at Loyola Marymount University and is now a part-time lecturer in LMU’s College of Business Administration.

Westside GIG Leader

Angela Anable is the Director of Training for Landmark Theatres. She is responsible for leading the learning and development department for over 1100 employees across 17 states and in 54 locations. Angela has been with Landmark Theatres for 30 years, progressing from working in field operations to the corporate office.  Angela has effectively partnered with the field by aligning her training strategies with the field's needs and objectives. Angela is also responsible for coordinating technology implementations across the company and building the training strategies and programs to familiarize all users with new processes and procedures. Angela has been a member of National ATD since 2007 and a local chapter member for the past 3 years. She currently leads the Westside Geographical Interest Group which hosts monthly informative sessions on a variety of topics.

Organizational Development SIG Leader

Jonathan Troper is director of the Center for Innovation and Change (CIC), a consulting unit at Alliant International University. He has led a highly inclusive strategic planning process that engaged all stakeholders over a two year development period. The strategic plan acts as the university’s north star. Implementation is actively underway. At Alliant, he and his colleagues launch careers. He teaches Training and Development, Business Principles, and Professional Practice. Jonathan has a background in OD, program evaluation, tech executive recruiting, and fundraising. He has co-chaired the ATD-LA OD special interest group with Scott Wimer since the turn of the century. He earned his PhD at UCLA and Bachelors at Amherst College. 

Nonprofit Trainers and Instructional Designers SIG Leader

Esther Ramirios-Mathews has over 18 years’ experience as a learning strategist. She
has worked as a learning and development leader in academia, the franchise industry,
healthcare, and the non-profit field. She founded Adult Learning & Workplace Education
Group, LLC, and helped healthcare clients engage in change management initiatives
to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirements and served clients including
Manhattan Physicians Group, LAC-USC Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente.
She has helped organizations develop Coaching Academies for Front Line Supervisors,
institutionalized Professional Development Systems, and developed SME Training
Workgroups. Esther holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a
second Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Adult Learning and
Curriculum Development.

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ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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