2022 Board of Directors Election

Voting closes Wednesday, September 29, 5pm

Exercise your right to vote for those who should lead the
ATD-Orange County Chapter! 

Voter Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Must be an ATD-OC member in good standing who joined on or before September 29, 2021.
  • Each member is allowed to submit a single ballot. (If more than one ballot is submitted by a member, the last ballot received will be counted as the official ballot.)
  • You may write in candidates. Any write-in candidate(s) must meet the qualifications as stated in the bylaws to be elected.

Candidates and Statements

Listed below are the open positions and slate of candidates with their statements.  



Gillian Wilson

This is a non-elected position. Gillian will be continuing for a second term as President.

As the President for the ATD-Orange County Chapter, I will collaborate with and also support the board in order to achieve chapter goals.

I have been an ATD-OC member and volunteer since 2015, VP Technology 2017-2018, and President-Elect 2019-2020.

I have a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and relocated from the UK to Orange County over 10 years ago. Since coming to this wonderful area I have diversified career-wise, and have been involved with IT, HR and Corporate Compliance training and training systems for large healthcare and technology organizations. 

President Elect

Lynn Nissen

Lynn will be continuing for a second term as President-Elect.

Lynn Nissen is a Learning and Development professional with 10+ years’ experience in Bio Tech, Manufacturing, and High-Tech organizations.  She has been a member of ATD-OC since 2018.

As President Elect, she hopes to support the President in achieving the chapter goals, prepare for the position of President and learn new ways to contribute her skills and abilities.

As VP Talent Management, she was able to meet many new members and volunteers.  She has been passionate about helping volunteers find an opportunity that makes them happy.  This understanding of what motivates our volunteers and chapter members will inform her viewpoint as President Elect.

Lynn believes that ATD-OC provides Learning and Development professionals with a broader understanding of their profession, through its programs and learning opportunities, through the interaction with other members and through an investment in their own skill development and growth.

The benefits of a professional network can be challenging to quantify. For members of ATD-OC, the professional enrichment is enhanced, by a sense of community and professional relationships. 

Her question for every chapter member is, “What are your career goals and how can ATD-OC help you achieve them?” 

In addition to all things training and learning, she also enjoys reading, visiting gardens, and spending time with her family.


 Chief Financial Officer

Michele Bivens

Hello! A little about me. I have been in the training field for the majority of my working life, and I have a passion for developing others. I have a history of volunteering in various capacities from mentoring students at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Speaking at the Human Resources Association at CSULB, participating in job fairs and mock interviewing, and serving on the board of the Professionals in Human Resources Association for over eight years.

During my tenure on the board of PIHRA Long Beach, I served as Treasurer for four years. Further, as a prior business owner, I understand the importance of timely financial reporting and annual forecasting. I will use my experience to ensure a thoughtful plan is developed utilizing what is currently in place while bringing my ideas to make it better. I have a knack at getting work done while collaborating with others to ensure a positive outcome.

Furthermore, as the current VP of Marketing for ATD-OC, I look forward to continuing to serve the members as a board member in this new capacity.


Jessica Del Rosario

Hi, I’m Jessica Del Rosario (she/her) and I’m so honored to be nominated for the Secretary position! I’ve volunteered on several projects, and I’m currently the ATD-OC Representative of the Southern California Young Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG). 

I found the training world when I was the student training manager for the tech department on my college campus. I loved it so much I researched into the industry and found instructional design. I'm currently an Instructional Designer in the HealthCare industry. 

My colleagues and friends describe me as detailed and organized. If elected, I will use my skill set to ensure accurate documentation of board discussions, decisions, and strategic planning. 

When not working or volunteering, you’ll find me at hot yoga!

 Vice President, Membership

Brenda LeGault

Continuing my role as VP of Membership, I hope to grow the ATD OC membership, as well as retain tour current members. I am very focused on making sure the members find value and have a voice on what programs work for them and what they would like in the future. In the past, I have been the lead membership chair for IAMCP and we were able to grown the LAOC chapter by 30%. My hope is to grow our corporate membership in 2022, by adding technology companies, so they can share their best practices and help develop more value add to our community. I am currently the Director of Sales & Client Services at ISC Resources; a long-time supporter of ATD-Orange County.

Co-Vice President,
Professional Development - Training Institute

Eddie Gardiner

Eddie Gardiner is a Learning and Development professional with 15 years of experience working in non-profit and government sectors and currently works with the Learning and Organizational Development team with the County of Orange. Before coming to the County, Eddie worked with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach for 13 years. He had many responsibilities while working with the YMCA, including working on a national training team delivering best practice training for expanded learning professionals. He is an experienced instructional designer, training facilitator, and OD practitioner. Last year Eddie earned his CPTD.

Eddie has participated in ATC-OC’s Total Trainer University and has been an active volunteer on the Total Trainer revamp group during this past year. So it is fitting that Eddie is excited to support the development of the Total Trainer programs, as VP of Professional Development. He is excited to work with like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic about elevating professionals in the field.

Eddie has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Long Beach and a Master of Public Administration from National University focusing on organizational leadership. He is married to his wife Dana, a 7th-grade teacher, and has two children: Lucas who is six, and Mia, who is one. 

Co-Vice President,
Professional Development - Workshops

Briana Koeppe

Briana Koeppe is the Learning and Development Manager for McCarthy Building Companies in Newport Beach. Briana’s primary role includes managing the Southern California Region’s training program including needs analysis, instructional design, content delivery, workshop facilitation, LMS administration, communications, and SME coaching. She works with both regional and company-wide teams to ensure that learning solutions and resources tie back to the business goals.   

Briana has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in Human Resources. She looks forward to sharing her passion for professional development and is honored to have the opportunity to work with those outside of her organization who share similar passions. 

As Co-VP, Professional Development, Briana will continue to bring experience, passion and leadership to ATD-OC (ATD). She is eager to provide insightful and relevant professional development for all chapter members. When not working, Briana is a volunteer resume coach and likes board games, dancing, and participating in obstacle course runs.

 Vice President,
Talent Management

Kim-Khue Chieffo

Kim is a learning and development professional with over 20 years of experience facilitating and developing technical and professional training programs for corporate clients.  She is the Founder and Principal of Sustainable Inner Power, where she and her team partner with small to medium-sized clients to develop interventions for improving individual and team performance, conflict resolution, and leadership capacity.  Kim is also the owner of Challenge Island, a top-three STEAM and common core based after-school program for students ages 4 to 14.  The goal here is to set the stage for developing 21st-century leadership skills using STEAM concepts.

Kim has held several volunteer roles with ATD National and ATD-OC since 2012. She is currently co-leader of the Change Leadership SIG and is excited to continue her role as VP of Talent Management.  Kim is passionate about sharing her experiences as an ATD member and volunteer with prospective and new members, connecting volunteers with the right opportunities, and recognizing volunteers who continue the “esprit de corps” of ATD-OC.

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