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.
Ben is thrilled to lead the chapter in his second term as ATD-LA President, having previously served the chapter as Director of Chapter Meetings and Manager of Sponsorship. He is currently Director of Human Resources at Guitar Center, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, where he leads the HR function supporting more than 2500 associates at almost 100 work sites across the western United States. Ben joined Guitar Center as Manager of Learning Programs in 2016, following several years working in the global talent development teams at MUFG Union Bank and Weight Watchers International.
Director of Workshops
Laurie volunteered as the ATD-LA Manager of Events before accepting this role as the Director of Events & Workshops. She helps organizations cultivate effective leaders, increase employee engagement and improve business results. Her areas of expertise include organizational effectiveness, talent mobility, performance management and employee engagement. In this role, she will lead the management and coordination of chapter learning events, workshops and conferences.
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.
Director of Chapter Meetings
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 the private and public sector. Kavita has been involved with ATD for over 8 years, previously served on two ATD boards and is the original author of A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley, 2014 co-published by ASTD). She has worked with over 2,000 professionals and volunteers, served on eight boards and chaired over twenty-five committees. She is very actively involved at USC and currently chairs the Rossier School of Education Learning Design and Technology Advisory Board. Kavita holds a Masters in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University (Magna Cum Laude), and Masters in Sociology from Rajasthan University and Bachelors in Economics from Delhi University in India.
Social Media 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.
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.
Conejo Valley GIG Leader
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
Organizational Development SIG Leader