Volunteer Recognition 2022

Volunteers are active throughout the year, keeping the the ATD-OC community strong.  We value your participation and dedication to service!

Volunteers of the Quarter

Q1:  Claudia Montoya-Andrews

We recognize Claudia Montoya-Andrews for her hard work and excellent facilitation as Program Manager in January Monthly Learning Event. She played a supportive role with setting our January speaker for success. Her attention to detail in preparing the final presentation deck and technology requests was truly helpful to the Speaker and to our organization. Thank you, Claudia, for your wonderful work of facilitating at the event, despite a variety of technology challenges!

Claudia Montoya-Andrews, M.Ed., is head of Professional Development at Orange Coast College where she is responsible for effective and efficient employee learning for staff, faculty, and leadership. Her work in employee learning is enhanced by serving as Board Chair for the California Community College Staff Development Council where she leads the Board through strategy and practitioner learning for all community colleges in California and the Association for Talent Development-OC as Education Programs Manager. Claudia is the past President of the Classified Senate for Orange Coast College and actively serves on multiple committees to enhance the learning experience for community college students.

Claudia is passionate about issues that impact the wellbeing of people in her community, she enjoys family movie nights that include peanut M&Ms, and lives for family travel where she can bring along her rescue dog, Winston.

Q2:  Greg Cherney, D.C., M.Ed.

We recognize Greg Cherney for stepping up as Program Manager for June MLE. Greg worked closely with Franklin Covey, and connected with Denise Ross and Jamie Crews on the calendar posting, registrations and social media postings. Greg single-handedly organized and ran the dry run and the MLE. This was a well-attended high-profile MLE.

Greg currently works as a Learning and Development Specialist at Thrive Causemetics, and previously held global leadership positions in consumer goods product development for more than 10 years, with extensive experience leading and collaborating across functions and geographies.

Q3:  Jennifer Lares

We recognize Jennifer Lares for playing an instrumental role in helping prepare the coursework for Total Trainer University- Creating Training; as an instructional designer creating eLearning modules, participants handouts, and other resources to enhance our participant experience. During the sessions, she acted as the producer for the sessions and helped enrich the experience by adding resources to the chat and connecting with the participants to clarify their questions. Jennifer, you have been a fantastic asset to the team, and we can't thank you enough for all your support.

Jennifer Lares is an Instructional Designer at CSULB, with 8 years of experience consulting with instructors to convert courses from face to face to online or hybrid. Her experience also includes developing and designing eLearning programs like incoming student orientations to a flipped format, converting soft skills courses to be ADA compliant for campus staff and training and informational programs. She also played a pivotal role in transitioning and training all faculty, staff and students at CSULB from face to face to 100% online during the Covid 19 pandemic quarantine.

Other work experience includes customer service roles with Disneyland, Starbucks and management experience with Target. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University and MA in Educational Technology & Media Leadership from California State University, Long Beach.

2022 Volunteer Teams

SIG Leaders

Jeffrey Hansler  -   BizSIG

Lori Schnaider & Anthony Harmetz  -  Training Manager Meet-Up SIG (TMMU)

Elizabeth Castro, Anthony Harmetz, Britt Wilson   -   Trainer's SIG

Jessica del Rosario Dent   -   California Young Professionals

Total Trainer Creating Training (TTCT) team:

Edward Gardiner

Jeannie Jurado

Jennifer Lares

John Labiento

Marketing Team

Jamie Crews
Bella Castillo

Carolina Castillo-Neale

Samiya Hai


Lynn Nissen

Greg Cherney

Claudia Montoya-Andrews

Gillian Wilson


Michele Bivens

Jason Dreyer


Briana Koeppe

Cyndi Nagel

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