Sabrina Olsen, 2020 President
Sabrina has a passion for learning and an energy for people. She loves that learning and development combines both purposes. Sabrina manages a team who develops and implements learning strategies and programs including e-learning courses as well as virtual and in-person workshops. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from MSUM.
Jodi Stende, VP Special Programs
Jodi guides a team of online learning designers to create courses that are meaningful, memorable, and motivational for learners. She has over 10 years of experience in training, content writing, instructional design and online learning. She also advocates for people and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and serves on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Autism Center.
Mary Schoenborn - Immediate Past President (2019)
Mary has over 20 years of experience in leadership and employee development, as well as consulting and sales experience. She has worked in the hospitality, healthcare, higher education, and technology industries. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from MSUM, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their two children.
Jess Almlie, VP Communications
Jess Almlie has over 20 years of experience working in learning and development. Over the course of her career she has focused on leadership development, employee skill development, customer education, measurement and assessment of learning, and learning strategy. Jess completed her bachelor’s degree at Concordia College in Organizational Communication and her Master’s degree at NDSU in Educational Leadership where her thesis focused on the impact of leadership workshops on behavior change.
Jeanne Masseth, VP Membership
Jeanne is known for growing leaders and igniting professional potential while driving business results. Her wheelhouse is crafting high-impact mentoring programs and peer coaching groups in the workplace. Jeanne’s a certified facilitator and professional coach, in addition to maintaining her SPHR and SHRM-SCP. When she's not working, you’ll find her cheering on her children’s activities, traveling, and running.
KaraLee Brendel, VP Finance
I am a Training and Development Specialist at Capital Credit Union where I conduct initial systems training for new employees. In addition, I develop ongoing training materials and procedures for our staff. I have a passion for helping others succeed and I enjoy problem-solving activities. In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors and with family.
Wade Carlin, VP Programming
Wade Carlin has worked in Talent Development at Noridian Healthcare Solutions since 2016. Prior to that he held positions in EDI Support Services, Provider Enrollment, and Provider Outreach and Education in the same organization. He has a passion for teaching and a desire to help others be their best. Wade completed his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from the University of North Dakota. He enjoys golf, fishing, FM Redhawks baseball and Fargo Force hockey.
Kirsten Peterson, VP Technology
Kirsten is an Instructional Designer at Wanzek Construction, Inc., where she designs digital content for company training and development. Her goal is to create content that is innovative, engaging, meaningful and memorable. Kirsten has been a member of ND-ATD since moving back to Fargo in 2016.
Mary Bommersbach, VP Special Programs
Mary has over 20 years of experience working in learning and development. Her experience includes training and developing employees in a classroom or virtual training environment, mentoring new trainers, project management and supporting LMS systems. Mary is passionate about training and team building. Mary has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from MSUM.
Paula Graner, Board Member at Large - Bismarck Area
Paula has served in the talent management and development sector for more than two decades. She travels the region working with organizations ready to have crucial conversations and cultural transformation, and more importantly harassment-free environments. Graner, mother of three, is active in the community. Most recently she founded the Masters Network Chapter in Bismarck.
Tina Lemi, Board Member at Large - Fargo Area
Tina is responsible for improving the productivity of bank employees through the effective development, coordination and presentation of quality training and development programs. Tina is a graduate of the FMWF Chamber Leadership program. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dickenson State University.