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CHiP Code:  CH2007

President Candidate:  Phyllis Metzler

Phyllis Metzler recently celebrated 16 years with the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) where she started as a telephone representative in State College and quickly transitioned into a role where she was responsible for training new employees in the department. This included conducting one-on-one coaching, authoring eLearning courses, and facilitating classroom programs.

Two and a half years ago, Phyllis moved to the Harrisburg area and joined the PSECU Learning & Development team where her responsibilities cover nearly all aspects of L&D functions.  This includes research, planning, organizing, developing, and facilitating learning programs for the Credit Union including the design and facilitation of New Employee Orientation.

Phyllis has been part of the Central Pennsylvania ATD Chapter’s Programs team since 2018 and is eager to move to the next phase of leadership to support Central Pennsylvania ATD Chapter members.

What drove you to run for President?

I believe in the vision the leaders before me have created.  They have built a culture of collaboration, innovation, and mutual respect. It would be an honor to keep that vision alive and to continue to offer quality service to our membership. Being part of our chapter’s history, especially as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, while looking toward an even brighter future is an opportunity that I, quite frankly, don’t want to miss.

Vice President of Marketing Candidate:  Amanda Hoover

Amanda Hoover is the trainer at Belco Community Credit Union where she has been drinking the credit union Kool-Aid for 15 years (training for 8 of those). Being the only L&D professional for a majority of that time, Amanda has experience spanning from developing and facilitating in-person training to self-directed online modules on a wide variety of topics.

An ATD member since 2013, Amanda took a more active role in the Central Pennsylvania Chapter by joining the Marketing Committee in mid-2020. She is also proud to share her recent completion of the ATD Master Trainer Program. Next step: CPTD!

In her personal time, Amanda serves on the Big Brother Big Sister of the Capital Region board of directors, is an active den leader for Cub Scout Pack 279 and can be found Saturday mornings volunteering at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s vaccine clinics.

How will you collaborate with our fellow board members to increase our chapter’s marketing efforts?

I look forward to the opportunity to continue collaborating with my fellow board members to ensure everyone is on the same page working towards common, outlined goals with clear expectations. Utilizing new tools to improve our social media presence and marketing efforts will tap on the expertise of volunteers creating an engaging experience for our members.

Vice President of Membership Candidate:  Mike Lovell

In mid-career I left a senior line-management position as Commercial Systems Controller for a large Power Generating Company and took a leap-of-faith into the world of consulting.

Over the next twenty years I built and led successful consulting practices for several international consulting companies. This experience includes Public Utilities, airlines, banking, postal services and the public sector. 

My consulting career opened the door to a world of possibilities and career experiences that went way beyond what any single regular job could ever have offered.

I am now returning to the world of consulting after some years of running my own publishing business. My new business is to teach and coach people to how to be Great Consultants.

Throughout my career I have always been active as a board member/office holder in professional associations as a way of “giving back.”

What steps will you take to grow member engagement within our chapter?

My vision for the role of VP in ATD Central Pennsylvania is to focus on building member value through active engagement with members—listening to their’ needs, and  using the ATD Capabilities Model as a platform to promote learning and professional development.

Connect with Mike via LinkedIn here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikelovell777/.

Vice President of Programs Candidate:  Jeff Kahler

After beginning my career in the restaurant industry when I was just 15, I convinced my parents to partner with me to purchase our first pizza shop when I was just 18. Over the next 20+ years, we expanded to a multi-unit operation. I quickly learned that my success was directly tied to the performance of my staff. Improving my internal training and employee development programs became my key focus. In 2005, I pulled together a team of experts to implement technology-based training at my own company. During the first meeting, it became clear how much the entire service industry needed a solution for high quality and streamlined online training.

This realization was the springboard for what is now Ready Training Online (RTO). As CEO and President, I was determined to work with my team to offer a complete content and software solution for not only my own company, but for others as well. That challenge led us to expand and evolve our online learning management system, trainingGrid™. With content and delivery going strong, we turned our attention to further developing our in-house production studio, MotionGlass, in ways that would allow us to efficiently produce real-world training modules with best-in-class video and audio. Produced in the MotionGlass studio, my podcast “Culture of Convenience” is designed to collaborate with other business leaders to share our collective lessons learned with anyone willing to listen. 

As a company owner and leader, I trust my team to look at each challenge we face together not just as an opportunity for innovation, but also as an opportunity for exponential growth. Our clients, in turn, trust us to solve their challenges in the same way.

How can we continue to provide virtual programs while also bring in person programs back to our members?

Understanding there will be risk, safety protocols will need to be established/followed to provided our members in person options similar to a hybrid learning approach. We could limit the number of in person attendees while allowing the members that are not quite ready to come out and join us to zoom in.

ATD Central Pennsylvania

PO Box 23

Hummelstown, PA  17036

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