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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


2022 Board Members

Jenn Jacovsky

President | jennifer.jacovsky@atdnyc.org | LinkedIn

Jenn is a Learning and Development specialist seeking to leverage—an extensive creative and project management background which includes facilitation, program development acumen, strong leadership skills, both analytical and tactical experience, a good sense of humor, knowledge of strategic planning and implementation, and a unique ability to forge understanding between internal and external clients—in order to drive results in a training and development and human resources role. She strives to help employees be more engaged and successful in their roles and as a result, Jenn approaches the world of learning and development with an incredible amount of energy, high compassion, integrity, and understanding that a person’s emotions are their reality.   So, it makes sense that Jenn loves teaching human skills (often called soft skills). Working in Learning & Development, Jenn supports high potential professionals in their career progress. One benefit of her events background is that it affords her a unique eye when creating learning environments for the learner.

Jenn holds a Masters from NYU in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics, is a Certified Meeting Professional, a trained Coactive Training Institute coach, and a Certified Practitioner of Insights Discovery. 

Lindsay Fletcher
Past President  |  lindsay.fletcher@atdnyc.org | LinkedIn 

Lindsay is an experienced Talent Development professional with a proven track record in the area of Learning and Development. He has experience in a number of roles in the travel, hospitality and insurance industries, where he has been responsible for designing and managing global functional training, leadership development and talent management programs. He has led large teams and run many international projects, having lived and worked in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and more recently NYC.

In his current role as Head of Global Learning & Development at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), Lindsay has responsibility for designing relevant learning and talent strategies, with a focus on strategic capability building to meet the future needs of the insurance industry. He leads a team of 11 learning and talent managers, serving 4,000+ employees, in 30+ countries around the globe.

In his free time, Lindsay can be found hanging out with his two cats, enjoying a Gin Martini, and planning his next adventure abroad.

TBD

Vice President Finance  |  first.last@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn


Jenny Eng
Vice President Marketing  |  Jenny Eng@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Jenny Eng is a strategic organizational development professional and is a huge believer of lifelong learning. In her experience, her best life lessons begin at the end of her comfort zone. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she participated in a work & travel summer program in Yellowstone National Park. She learned the true meaning and mechanics of great customer experience through bussing tables and playing host to patrons of the great Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.  

Jenny then moved to New York City to take on a global talent development role at VMLY&R, a global brand and customer experience agency, serving 13,000+ people in over 100 locations worldwide. It is in this role that she learns how culture plays a pivotal role in shaping the intersection between brand and customer experience. Integrating her experience and education, she designs human-centered talent and learning experiences that elevate business and organizational strategic capabilities.  

Jenny holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham (UK) in management psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in marketing from HELP University, Malaysia. She is a certified coach for EQometer™ and the 4 stages of Psychological Safety of LeaderFactor, a certified change practitioner of Prosci®, a certified coach for Core Drivers Diagnostics of Deeper Signals and a certified professional of Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation.

Elise James DeCruise

Vice President Membership  |  elise.jamesdecruise@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

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Maggie Nelson

Vice President Programs  | Maggie.Nelson@atdnyc.org  LinkedIn

Maggie Nelson is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and is globally leads Talent Strategy of the Consumer business (often referred to as Marcus by Goldman Sachs). She spent 10+ years as a learning and development manager at both Goldman Sachs and Lazard Freres & Co. designing curricula for investment bankers, private wealth professionals, and select corporate functions. Recent career highlights include managing a global, virtual women's conference for 500+ attendees and building the first LMS for a boutique investment bank. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 where she studied Sociology, Human Resources, and Education as a social science. Her credentials include: completion of Langevin’s Instructional Design and Facilitation Skills courses; DiSC Certification; HBDI Certification (pending). Maggie is passionate about animal rescue organizations and has a rescue furbaby from Animal Lighthouse Rescue, and stays involved (as best she can!) in non-partisan voter participation campaigns with HeadCount. 

TBD

Vice President Special Interest Groups | TBD@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Yelena is a dynamic, future-focused, transformational Learning and Talent Development Practitioner on a mission to change how people learn, and how they prepare for the future – starting now.As a Learning & Talent Development Leader of Amazon Robotics, Yelena leads the organization’s focus on advancing performance through learning with human-centered design and unleashing the power of learning technologies and continuously innovating in untapped potential.What motivates Yelena every day is the chance that my work enables others to find their strengths, seize agency, see things for themselves that were previously unimagined, and make a plan to achieve it. 

Emily Crouch

Vice President Technology  | Emily.Crouch@atdnyc.org  LinkedIn

Emily Crouch is passionate about Technology and Learning and Development. She blends both skills in her 25-year career in Property Management. By applying modern learning models to meet end-users where they are and in their moment of learning need, she has developed and delivered hundreds of successful software trainings aiding in high end-user adoption and comprehension. 

She has overseen the design, development, project management, and facilitation of over 25 enterprise-wide technology rollouts and training for the past decade. Understanding that software adoption requires more than just great training, she champions change management, so users buy into the benefits and actively develop their proficiency.

In her current role, she is developing an organizational IT Change Management Strategy and Process to provide a consistent, predictable framework for driving change, providing alignment on the Lifecycle of a Project to produce centralized visibility into status, timing, ownership, and capacity needs across the organization for all types of projects.

Emily served as the ATD NYC AVP Technology in 2021. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, taking in shows, game nights with friends, all while taking advantage of the many things NYC offers!

Sonali Goel

Vice President Talent Management  |  Sonali.Goel@atdnyc.org  |  LinkedIn

Sonali Goel is the Director of Talent and Development for Macmillan Publishers. Prior to joining Macmillan, Sonali has worked with MediaMath, Samsung, McAfee and Dell. Sonali's expertise lies in partnering strategically with business leaders to define, articulate, and sustain a high performing, inclusive culture, where people are excited to learn and do their best work. As a people practices leader, Sonali crafts and executes forward thinking development, engagement and retention strategies that align with company values and address immediate and emerging talent needs. 

Sonali is certified in Change Management, Hogan Assessment Systems, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Predictive Index, Professional Coaching and Insights Discovery.

When she's not working, Sonali enjoys reading, going on long walks with her dogs, and learning about life from her teenage daughter. Sonali volunteers time with her town's Ambulance Squad, and is a certified EMT in the state of New Jersey.

Mary Sarkissian

Webmaster  | Mary.Sarkissian@atdnyc.org  LinkedIn

Mary Sarkissian is an Instructional Designer at Kustomer, Meta with over a decade of professional experience varying in K-12, Higher Education, and corporate settings. Mary has supported organizations in varying sizes in educating and developing target audiences through tailored instructor-led training (ILT), computer-based training (CBT), and leadership development programs. An enthusiast for education, Mary has recently earned her Master of Science in Instructional Design and has passed the Associate Professional of Talent Development (APTD) Certification.

Gregory Simpson
Chapter Advisor |  gregory.simpson@atdnyc.org |  LinkedIn


Greg is Managing Director at Agent in Engagement. He helps company leaders provide talented individuals with compelling reasons to join, engage, and stay with their organizations. Whether in a corporate or consulting environment, he's created award-winning workplace experiences for people at all levels of Fortune 150 companies such as Accenture, State Farm Insurance Cos, Deutsche Bank, and Microsoft. He believes an engaged workforce is the foundation of organizational success. That is why he's on a mission to help companies and their employees succeed by creating more meaningful, productive, and engaging workplace experiences.

Greg served as the ATD NYC Chapter President for 3 years. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Graham, and their cats, Griffon and Granite.

Art Weiss
Chapter Administrator  |  contact@atdnyc.org

Art Weiss began administrative work with ASTD in 1998; a time when member service was mostly by telephone and fax. Within a few years, records were shifted from typed lists to spreadsheets and email came into use as a primary means of communication. Hired because of his strong organizational and computer skills, Art has assisted the chapter in a variety of ways, including providing input to the Board about the requests from chapter members and those inquiring about membership. He also maintains information about our various events and serves as a welcoming presence at chapter events.

A native of New York City, Art left Pre-Medical studies to become a piano and music theory major at the Manhattan School of Music. A major musical and organizational achievement was his fourteen-year tenure as Entertainment Director at the New York Playboy Club.

Art is currently active as an accompanist to several singers on the New York cabaret circuit. He combines an active career as a musical conductor, vocal coach and performing pianist with musical composition. 


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