2019 Board of Directors

 

 President

Debbie Howard


Deb has led a Level 1 Research University Training and Organizational Development organization and Organizational Development Division efforts for a Fortune 500 company.  She is also the Principal for Connect Solutions.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of adult learning, experiential learning, leadership development and change management.  Deb has business experience in manufacturing, high tech, and higher education and has held various leadership and management roles in IT, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness and Change Management.


Deb earned her B.B.A. in Management and an M.S. in Organizational Development and Change Management. Her professional certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


Deb has served on the board of the New Mexico Association for Talent Development in various roles.  She has served on the board for American Business Women’s Association in various roles including Chapter President and has served as an HRMA Conference Committee chair. She is also member of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 

Vice President of Communications

Sara Sanasac


Sara Sanasac obtained her Master’s degree in 2016 from the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program at the University of New Mexico.


She received her B.B.A. in Organizational Management from UNM in 2005. Sara has a diverse background working in performance improvement, organizational development, training, and instructional design.


Sara has worked with the Pueblo of Laguna, Lovelace Health Systems, U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Indian Health Services (IHS), and the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM Resources).

She was on the team who was awarded the 2016 International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Award of Excellence for Outstanding Human Performance Intervention for its customer experience project. She currently works for Presbyterian Healthcare Services as an Organizational Development Consultant.

Sara also facilitates for the National Issues Forums.

Vice President of Programs

Bill Meador


Bill Meador is currently an adjunct faculty member at Central New Mexico Community

College. He teaches U.S. History both online and on-ground. Bill moved to Albuquerque in 2001 after more than 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He’s a graduate of the Master’s track of the Organizational Learning and Instructional

Technologies (OLIT) program at The University of New Mexico. Bill is also a board member with TEDxABQ, an independently organized TED event, and he has been a volunteer with TEDxABQ since 2011. 

Vice President of Membership

Laura Suazo


Laura is a CAD Specialist in the Advanced Technologies support group at Bohannan Huston, with over 29 years of support experience in virtually every aspect of land development, engineering and surveying consulting. 

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology and Training from University New Mexico, and holds an AAS in Computer Aided Drafting. 


Laura leads the BH CAD Users Group and is an active member and officer of Journal Center Toastmasters.  In addition to her responsibilities for Help Desk support to the BHI technical staff, CAD standards implementation, data management, and production workflows for CAD and GIS applications,

Laura is the technical lead for the BH Institute, Bohannan Huston’s internal workforce development initiative, and coordinates all aspects of technical learning solutions for the BH technical staff.

Vice President of Technology

Ryan M. Baltunis


Ryan Baltunis is an accomplished Instructional Designer and experienced educator with an array of skills technology, curriculum design, eLearning, consultation, and customer service. He has a masters degree in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences through the University of New mexico.

Vice President of Social Media

Greg Casaus


Greg Casaus brings over 20 years of experience in many facets of change and transition management, training and organizational development. He has worked in manufacturing, higher education, and healthcare, and has just embarked upon a new path in software implementation consulting. 


A native New Mexican, Greg demonstrates a passion for servicing and supporting his community, having served on numerous school district committees and judging science fairs at local elementary, middle, and high schools.

Greg earned his Associates degree in engineering from UNM, his BS in business management from University of Phoenix, and his MA in Organizational Design and Effectiveness from the Fielding Graduate Institute.

Vice President of Operations/Finance

Charles Hinson


As a seasoned Learning, Performance and Organizational Development leader, Charles’ diverse background includes more than 20 years experience as a global learning and development executive, IT QA/Testing manager, business technology consultant, instructional designer, instructor, and facilitator.


As Global Head of Training for a leading financial services firm in New York, he built the learning infrastructure for and led a team of learning & development professionals responsible for global deployment of learning initiatives.

Prior to that, he led the IT QA/Testing Team at a major insurance carrier managing quality assurance and testing across multiple software applications.


Currently, he is Organizational & Professional Development Specialist at University of New Mexico Hospitals aligned with patient safety and quality of care initiatives.

Charles has a B.S. in Business Management, a M.A in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) from the University of New Mexico, and a certificate in Adult Learning from Teacher’s College, Columbia University of New York. 

Member at Large

Ken Everingham 


Ken Everingham, president of KFE Consulting (Santa Fe, NM), provides training and organizational

development services in the areas of management/leadership, team effectiveness, performance,

creativity and innovation, process improvement, Myers-Briggs, and strategic planning. He has more than

30 years experience in training, organizational development, and human resources.

After completing a Master’s degree in Counseling from George Mason University in Virginia, Ken began

his career as a counselor and instructor at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona. Returning to

the Washington DC area, he counseled students at American University and George Washington

University on their career decisions and job search strategies.


Earning a second Master’s degree in Human Resource Development lead Ken into the training, OD, and

human resources field, where he worked in the financial, telecommunication, defense, and consulting

industries. Moving to Tucson, AZ Ken worked in a variety of training and organizational development

capacities in the judicial, medical, defense, and higher education fields.

Ken served 2½ years as a Board of Directors member with the Greater Tucson Chapter of the American

Society for Training and Development (ASTD), including the position of president.

President Elect

Mary Farias



With more than 20 years’ experience in learning and development, Mary brings a diverse perspective based on experience as training director of a global accounting/consulting firm, roles as a training managers in both accounting/consulting firms and in academia, and multiple past appointments managing various leadership development initiatives. She has also held roles in instructional design, communications, facilitation, instruction, and curriculum design.


Mary spent most of her career in her hometown of Chicago working in the fields of accounting, consulting, and global banking. She moved to New Mexico in 2015 and has worked at UNM as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant. She is currently Senior Training Manager at Project ECHO, a part of UNM’s Health Sciences Center.




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