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Hal Christensen
Co-Chair, Performance Support SIG |  hal.christensen@atdnyc.org

Hal Christensen, President of QuickCompetence, provides strategic guidance and solutions to organizations that seek to accelerate their employees' Time to Competence and to sustain that competence over time.

For over 30 years, Hal has been providing performance improvement solutions to organizations of different sizes in the New York Metropolitan area. He has been an advocate for the innovative use of computer technology to augment learning and working, spearheading the initial introduction and growth of both eLearning and Performance Support technologies. His Performance Support solutions have won several awards, and he has frequently been asked to share his Performance Support, eLearning, and instructional design knowledge and experience at national professional conferences.

Hal co-chairs the ATD NYC Special Interest Group on Performance Support/Informal Learning, which he founded in 2012.

Diane Dean
Chair, Coaching SIG   diane.dean@atdnyc.org 

Diane is a lifelong tech enthusiast, learner and information connoisseur who coaches, consults and trains nonprofit/non-governmental and academic leaders in the respective sectors in which she honed her career. As Founder and Principal of The Dean Consulting Group (TM) she has been at the helm of this firm since 1996. In this role, she provides life transition, executive and ethical leadership development coaching in addition to client-centered organization counsel and outcomes-based training.

Diane has provided extensive hours of coaching to a considerable number of satisfied clients. Their leadership skills and abilities have been unveiled and/or enhanced by Diane’s ability to engage her clients as partners in their self-discovery and capacity to generate solutions.

Diane has a Master's degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta educational honorary. She holds a Bachelors degree with honors from North Carolina A&T State University. In addition, she acquired a certificate in management development from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and received course credits from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Believing that learning, professional and personal development are ongoing pursuits, Diane has learned how to code, having completed phases 1 & 2 of the NY Public Library's Project Program.  This is in addition to completing courses, workshops, and certificate programs in order to remain current with professional best practices and standards. Diane is an avid reader, global citizen (4 continents and 46 states), amateur photographer, mentor and engager in informed thought and discourse.

Joyce Grillo
Chair, Coaching SIG   joyce.grillo@atdnyc.org 

For 20 years, Joyce has coached leaders at global Fortune 1000 companies using a balanced approach to development that doesn’t rely solely on leadership competencies but focuses also on the qualities of executive presence.  She believes that together they are very powerful in having a leader’s talents recognized by key stakeholders who play an essential role in talent reviews and a leader’s career advancement.

She coaches leaders to develop the requisite leadership capabilities and ensures their skills are recognized by demonstrating the gravitas to command a room, and the confidence to express ideas and influence others to act.

Joyce founded an executive presence consultancy traveling the world speaking and consulting to executives on the importance executive presence plays career advancement.

Joyce also has extensive experience as a facilitator, designing and delivering management and leadership development programs and working with executive teams.

Drawing on her knowledge of human behavior and organizational dynamics, Joyce brings an informed perspective as co-chair of ATD NYC’s Coaching Special Interest Group.  Its goal is to bring thought provoking speakers and innovative topics to its members to spark their curiosity and increase their professional development.

Joyce has a certificate from Oxford Brooks Coaching Supervision Program and co-chairs group and peer coaching supervision groups.

She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Social Psychology from New York University.  She has an advanced certification in Organizational and Group Dynamics from the William Alanson White Institute, New York.

Some of her certifications include: Hogan, MBTI Step II (Master Practitioner), Immunity to Change, and FIRO-B.

Kate Gerasimova
Assistant Vice President, Special Interest Groups  |

Kate, is an associate at gothamCulture and is passionate about aligning organizational culture with business strategy and finding creative solutions to today’s organizational development challenges. Kate embraces heading down to unknowns and partnering with clients who are being challenged with day to day complexities and politics. She has over 6 years of consulting experience, has been helping clients improve their business performance through strategy and organizational development, change management, and process improvement. Her interests include looking at how cultures, skillsets, backgrounds, different environments impact diversity of thought in organizations as well as how cognitive group outcomes become affected by biases and perceptions of inclusion. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the concentration in consulting. She is a Russian-native, lived, studied and worked in Russia prior to moving to the U.S., and brings a diverse cultural experience to gothamCulture.  Kate spends her free time playing tennis in Central Park or discovering a new art exhibition in the city.  She enjoys volunteering and has worked with the Lighthouse Guild, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Year Up, City Harvest, and Food Bank for New York City.

Robert Hellmann
Co-Chair, Career Development SIG  |  robert.hellmann@atdnyc.org

Robert Hellmann is President of Hellmann Career Consulting, where he provides career and executive coaching services as well as workshops and consulting on Presentations, Pitches and LinkedIn.  He’s a certified Five O'Clock Club Senior Career and Executive Coach as well as an adjunct Instructor at New York University.

Rob delivers over 50 seminars annually to diverse organizations including Fortune 500 companies, Institutions of Higher Education and associations. He also runs weekly career strategy groups for c-level executives. In his private coaching practice, Rob has helped hundreds of individuals to achieve career and presentation success.

Rob's background includes 20 years of experience in Organizational Development and Marketing at employers including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  He has developed career workshops for higher-education including Columbia University, Harvard Business School, New York University, Fordham University, and more.

Rob’s insights and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, NBC News and ABC News. He also authored the books Peak Presentations: Engage Your Audience, Get RESULTS! and Advanced LinkedIn: for your Job Search Business & Career.

Rob served on the ATD NYC Board as VP of Professional Development in 2015, and chaired the Chapter Webinars Series in 2014.

Rob enjoys singing, songwriting, and playing guitar, and is an avid cyclist. He lives in New York City.

Sy Islam, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, People Science SIG  |  sy.islam@atdnyc.org 

Sy has over 10 years of experience in a variety of corporate, academic, and applied settings. He completed his Bachelors in Economics from Rutgers University, his MBA in Human Resource Management and a Master’s of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He completed his PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. Sy has served in management, consultant and research roles in a variety of organizations. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology at Farmingdale State College. In addition to his role as a professor, he is a co-founder and a Principal Consultant with Talent Metrics. In his role at Talent Metrics, he collaborates with organizations through consulting engagements in his areas of expertise (training and development, selection, survey design, performance management, and team building). He is a passionate advocate for the fields of I-O Psychology and training. He currently serves as the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. When he’s not teaching or consulting, Sy and his wife enjoy films, sports, and music.

Follow him on Twitter (@IOSyIslam) and LinkedIn.

Lyndon Llanes, MS, SHRM-SCP
Co-Chair, People Science SIG  | lyndon.llanes@atdnyc.org

Lyndon Llanes is a high performing, data-driven Industrial-Organizational Psychology professional with exponential scope in human capital management and strategy. He posses a comprehensive perspective of HR analytics, selection, organizational design, and talent management. He has been credited with: driving initiatives impacting 42,000+ employees; supporting Fortune 500 clients’ organizational objectives; and maximizing the use of technological resources to improve training, performance, and profit.

Currently, Lyndon is an HR Consultant on Verizon’s Selection and Assessment Strategy Team. Here he utilitises data and science-based practices to: get talent into the right roles; manage talent/labor market research projects; and develop the team’s knowledge and capabilities around assessment data.Lyndon completed his bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Touro College.

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David Marx
Chair, Webinar Committee | david.marx@atdnyc.org

David Marx is a learning and development professional who has designed and led workshops for organizations such as Walmart, WIX.com, Motorola, Provident Loan, the ATD NYC, and Dress for Success. His passion for productive communication has also led him to become a volunteer mediator for the New York Peace Institute. He teaches improv regularly for ANDTheatre Company. As a performer with multiple stage and film credits, he believes in the power of performing arts techniques to transform the way we connect and communicate.

Barbara Phillips
Co-Chair, Career Development SIG  |  barbara.phillips@atdnyc.org

Barbara is a multi-faceted talent management consultant, transition and executive coach, trainer and facilitator with 20 years of Human Resources and Organization Development experience in world class, global organizations.  

As a professional certified coach, Barbara focuses on career transitions (what’s next, job search strategy, branding, networking, interviewing, etc.)  She also coaches recently outplaced executives in mid-life and/or on the cusp of retirement to help them plan for their “Third Act” (Encore Career and retirement transition).  Her clients span Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and private clients. 

At American Express and Pfizer, she specialized in company-wide talent management, talent reviews, leadership development, competency frameworks and executive succession planning.  She designed and implemented strategies for identifying and developing high potential leaders to build bench strength for critical organization roles.  Barbara also designed and launched executive mentoring programs, candidate slating and career/development roundtables. 

Barbara delivered end-to-end HR and OD services to multiple businesses in client-facing roles to develop individual and organization capability: performance management, change management, team effectiveness, talent and leadership development, career and succession planning, feedback and coaching, mentoring, organization effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and compensation. 

She earned a B.A. in Biology from Williams College, and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  She is certified as a Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

Personal interests include: acting and improvisation, public speaking, photography, “off-the-beaten track” travel, bicycling, yoga, and personal growth. 

Andrew Sellon
Co-Chair, eLearning SIG  |  andrew.sellon@atdnyc.org

Andrew has been co-chair of the eLearning SIG since 2013, and has been in the learning and talent development field for over 20 years. He keeps busy with his solo consulting firm, Sellon Solutions LLC, through which he advises on and creates a wide range of creative learning materials, with a specialty in eLearning. His client list ranges from small non-profits to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies to the City of New York.

He also coaches executives, managers, and staff on presentation skills.  Since 2016, Andrew has been on the faculty of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Western State Colorado University, where he teaches summer intensives on presentation and performance skills to graduate student writers.  He is also Stage Director for the Opera Libretto Workshop at Writing the Rockies.

Prior to starting his own business, Andrew was a key player on MetLife’s Learning & Development team for many years. His accomplishments there included acting as primary author for their EasyPath documentation template process, and project managing the final phase of their enterprise-wide PeopleSoft LMS implementation—while also creating over 50 interactive simulations across three job tracks to train associates on the new system.

Andrew is also a professional actor, and offers voiceovers and narration for eLearning and film/video projects. In 2019, he returns in the recurring role of Mr. Penn in the final season of Fox's hit Batman prequel drama, Gotham. Other recent film and TV appearances include Begin Again, The Smurfs, The Good Fight, The Blacklist, The Mysteries of Laura, and Divorce.  He narrated the audiobooks Black Sails, White Rabbits: Cancer Was the Easy Part, The Kevin Show, and Turncoat, a new examination of Benedict Arnold.  All are available on Audible.com and on Amazon.com. He also recorded The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for Learning Ally, a non-profit organization providing audiobooks to the visually impaired.

He holds a B.A. cum laude in English and American Literature from Harvard College, and an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Andrew lives in Westchester, NY with his husband, Tim.

Malu Schloss
Co-Chair, Performance Support SIG |  malu.schloss@atdnyc.org

Malu Schloss is a Relationship Manager with TrainingPros, Inc and a Learning Consultant. She is delighted to serve with Hal as co-chair of the Performance Support SIG.

As a Relationship Manager for TrainingPros, Malu collaborates with managers in organizations to identify the best talent for their staffing needs in the areas of learning and technical communication.

As a learning consultant, Malu specializes in instructional and content strategy, design and delivery of custom training, eLearning, performance support and communications, all focused on improving the user or client experience.  Sample engagements include OTG Management, Success Factors, Bank of America, US Trust, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Marsh, Inc., Thomson Reuters/Lipper, Prudential Insurance and Fordham University.  Previously, Malu was Training/CBT Manager at Dreyfus Corporation and Training Director at Rizal Bank (RCBC) in Makati, Philippines.

Malu has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines, M.A. in Social-Industrial Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University and advanced M.S. courses in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

David Truzman

Co-Chair, eLearning SIG  | david.truzman@atdnyc.org

David Truzman is joining Andrew as SIG Co-Chair this year (2019). He is a Learning and Development professional with a background in Social Work.  Over the past 10 years, he has collaborated with several government-funded organizations throughout New York City, to create and execute training programs for front-line staff.  David specializes in improving communication skills, particularly regarding health management. Most recently, David served as a Training Manager for a high volume behavioral health call center, spearheading efforts to revamp a comprehensive training program, leading to the securement of the largest contract in agency history. 

In 2018, David served as our VP Membership where he worked to find innovative ways to attract new members while continuing to engage current members and growing the Chapter in the process. 

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