2024 Board of Directors Election

Voting closes Friday, 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, 2023.
  • 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.  



Lynn Nissen

This is a non-elected position.

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 supported the President in achieving the chapter goals, to 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.

Past President


Gillian Wilson

This is a non-elected position.

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. 



Kim-Khue Chieffo

Dr. Kim-Khue Chieffo (Kim) is a learning and development professional who is passionate about her work in transformational change.  She is a life-long learner with values rooted in the pursuit of self-discovery, servant leadership, and volunteerism; seeking to help build a better tomorrow by creating opportunities for those with whom she comes into contact. 

Early in her career, Kim found that leaders of change practice the art and science of motivational psychology, appreciative inquiry, and mindfulness.  With these goals serving as her “North Star,” Kim went on to complete her Bachelor’s in Psychology at UCI, Master’s in Instructional Technology at Teacher’s College Columbia University, and in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.  She never once dreamt of pursuing any of these degrees, but realized along with her “hands-on” practical “be in the trenches work” that education was the opportunity to the path of transformational change, and that a passion for excellence was the will to engineer impactful change. 

She has also served on the Board of ATD – Orange County as VP Talent Development for the past two years.  Kim has been nominated to serve in the role of President-Elect for ATD – Orange County. She is a proud recipient of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) from ATD National and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI.  Kim loves to travel, cook, and spend 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 CFO and past VP of Marketing for ATD-OC, I look forward to continuing to serve the members as a board member.


Eddie Gardiner

Eddie Gardiner is a Learning and Development professional with 15 years of experience working in non-profit and government sectors. 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 and has most recently been the VP of Professional Development  for the Total Trainer University. He is ready to move into another supporting role as Secretary.

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. 

Vice President, Marketing


 Vice President, Membership


 VP of Professional Development - Total Trainer University

Dina Aman

My name is Dina Aman, and I am interested in running for the position of Vice President of Professional Development-Total Trainer University.  I am an engineer with over twenty-eight years of experience in construction and project management and I fell into training when I volunteered as a Military Resilience Trainer at my organization, US Army Corps of Engineers.  

As a trainer, I found myself captivated by the engagement with the learners and the content being delivered.  Curiosity mixed with a dash of a pandemic-induced world shut down made for the perfect opportunity to dive into the world of learning and development (L&D), coaching, Lego bricks and interior design. Yes, I have a lot of curiosity. 

As soon as the Total Trainer University was back in person, I signed up and am currently enrolled in Creating Training.  Inspired by instructors and learners from the Delivering Training course, I sought out additional volunteer trainer opportunities within my organization.  Training and creating content are areas I am actively working to gain proficiency and experience.  After experiencing the Total Trainer University, I appreciate the great value the courses offer to seasoned trainers as well as people like me looking to transition into the L&D industry. 

The opportunity to serve as Vice President of Professional Development-Total Trainer University will not only support my personal goal of developing myself in the L&D industry, but also introduces perspective from a developing trainer transitioning from a different industry such as myself.

Vice President, Professional Development - Workshops

Anthony Harmetz

I’m a longtime ATD-OC volunteer (including Past President and managing the Total Trainer Programs for several years) with over 20 years’ experience designing, developing, delivering and implementing training and other learning initiatives. As the VP, Workshops, I plan to help the chapter arrange several workshops in 2024—including at least one “In a Box” workshop—a Train-the-Trainer session that would provide the materials needed to lead training on a specific topic (for example, Leading Meetings or Giving Feedback), a demonstration of the training session, and an opportunity for attendees to practice presenting it.

Vice President, Programs

Richa Mukherjee

My love of learning started early when I was at school, reading all of Shakespeare’s work by Grade 7.  My learning continually progressed, as I graduated with a bachelor’s in management and accounting, followed by master’s in business administration majoring in Human Resource Development. My passion for talent management and people's success led me to pursue a career in HR, starting as an HR Business Partner and soon after moving into the Learning and Talent Development role. I now have over 21 years of experience leading, designing, developing, and implementing learning strategy and solutions, working in multiple countries across four continents. I have been fortunate to have worked with great teams and organizations across industries, generations, and geographies.

Vice President, 

Talent Management

Taylor Dickey

I am keen on the VP of Talent Management position, as I am confident that my enthusiasm and expertise in recruiting can greatly enhance the learning and development environment. My well-established network of connections further enables me to effectively connect individuals and foster meaningful collaborations. I believe I can contribute significantly to ATD's success and growth, and I am excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact in this role.

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