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Rebecca Hawkins, President

Rebecca has lived in Colorado Springs for 10 years and is currently employed by USAA Federal Savings Bank as a Senior Business Process Consultant / Project Manager for Sales and Service Learning and Practices. She supports short- and long-term strategies for front line employee skill development and continuous learning. She is a Certified Project Manager (CPM), a certified SAFe Agilist, Toastmasters Competent Communicator and Competent Leader, and holds a Bachelor's Degree from University of Massachusetts with a major in English and a minor in French and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado Christian University. She has a diverse career background including multiple small business start ups, various customer sales and service roles, new hire training, and leadership.

Rebecca has served on several non-profit boards as Treasurer, Secretary, and Board Chair. In addition to serving as President of PPATD, she currently serves as the Marketing and Communications Chair for 4word Colorado Springs.

Her vocational passions are employee development, motivational theory, and human centered design. In her spare time she loves hiking with her husband and practicing yoga. She is a HYI-200 hr certified yoga instructor and founder of Unforced Rhythms, LLC, offering restorative yoga classes and retreats.

Kimberli Jeter, Past President

Kimberli Jeter has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of international development and is currently the Chief Learning and Partnerships Officer at PYXERA Global. Kimberli has a broad range of skills, knowledge and professional networks she applies to the successful design and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chain, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development programs. To support in-country capacity building and learning and development initiatives, Kimberli has worked in in Angola, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Russia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine. From Colorado, she also led teams and provided technical support and management oversight to projects across the globe.  

Chuck Herbst, M.Ed., CPLP, Board Member Emeritus

Chuck Herbst serves as a Lead Instructional Designer for USAA. Chuck has been in the training and development field for over 25 years and is responsible for maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences. He earned his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from Regis University. He is CPLP certified and completed the Designing Synchronous Learning Certificate Program through ATD.  In his spare time, Chuck enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. LinkedIn Profile



Cindy Knapp, Board Member Emeritus

A native of Colorado Springs, Cindy has been active in the Pikes Peak Chapter of ATD for over 17 years and has served on the Board in the roles of VP of Membership, President Elect, and President. With more than 20 years in the Training and Development field, Cindy has trained and coached people ranging in age from early teens to post-retirement ages. Her experience includes work with non-profit organizations, government contract organizations, corporate training, and sales and business training and coaching. Cindy has worked both with development and delivery of training. She currently works as an Independent Sales Director and New Consultant Trainer and Coach for The Pampered Chef, Ltd., overseeing a team of phenomenal entrepreneurs.Her other passions include ballroom dancing (which often involves teaching, too!), gardening, and training her paint horse to be a fantastic trail horse. LinkedIn Profile



Clara Akins, MBA, CPLP, VP Finance and Administration

Clara Akins has over 13 years experience in instructing and facilitating corporate specific courses to include curriculum development in the corporate environment. Currently she is a Manager for USAA. She also leads the Excellence Awards Customer Service program for the Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau. Clara has an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Regis University and has her CPLP designation. Clara enjoys being active in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and volunteering in the Colorado Springs community. LinkedIn Profile. 


Dominique Ross, VP Membership

Christina Breiner, VP Programs

Christina is an Education Consultant with Allstate, with a focus on educating new agency owners and their staff, as well as providing education support to current agencies. She loves being in the classroom and excels at helping learners connect content with their real-world needs. Her primary focus has been on delivering and creating sales training, and she also enjoys facilitating manager development and communication courses.

Christina brings a wealth of experience in the non-profit world including volunteer training and management, board membership, budgeting, and recruitment.

Christina enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and her Great Dane, Archie.

VP Applied Technology - OPEN


Sammy Payne, VP Sponsorship 


Samantha Herman, Chapter Relations Manager (CRM)


Krishna Clay, ATD National Advisor 


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