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Kimberli Jeter, 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, Past President

Chuck Herbst serves as a Sr. Instructional Designer for USAA. Chuck has been in the training and development field for over 20 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. Chuck is also an Affiliate Faculty Member for the College for Professional Studies at Regis University. 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. 



Kitty Wooley, VP Communication/Marketing 

Kitty Wooley worked at the U.S. Department of Education for 19 years until her retirement in 2013. Through Senior Fellows and Friends LLC, she creates conversational containers that energize and encourage capable federal employees to significantly enhance the scope and impact of their work by building collaborative networks across organizational boundaries. LinkedIn Profile.





Beth Graham, VP Social Media/Marketing

Beth Graham works as the Social Media Coordinator for Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Beth is responsible for analyzing data and trends to develop social media goals, strategy, standard operating procedures and staff training. She is a Colorado native and earned her Bachelors in Communications from the University of Colorado. When not working, Beth enjoys traveling, kayaking and skiing. LinkedIn Profile




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Barbara Maroney, MM, M.Ed., VP Programs

Barbara Maroney is currently working with Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Senior Instructional Designer.  Barbara has been working in Instructional Design about 7 years but has experience as the “elected in-house” trainer for multiple industries that include Finance, Insurance, and Medical. Barbara has a Master in Management from the University of Phoenix and went on to get her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from Kaplan University.  She completed a Designing Learning Certificate and a Media for Learning Certificate through ATD. Barbara spends her leisure time reading, watching movies and playing with her three dogs. LinkedIn Profile



Ann Rush, VP Programs

Jill Brown, VP Applied Technology 

Jill has been involved in the learning and development field as an instructional designer in industries including telecommunications, finance, bio-technology, and insurance. She is passionate about designing interactive learning environments through the utilization of educational technologies in virtual and face-to-face settings. Jill currently works from her home office in Chicago for USAA as an instructional designer focusing on technology and media. Her most recent degree is a Master's in Educational Technology from California State East Bay and she is currently working toward a certification in information technology from The Institutes. You can find more information about Jill's professional milestones on her LinkedIn Profile.


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Sandi Ruther, ATD National Advisor 


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