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Volunteer of the Month

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  • 03 Mar 2014 4:46 PM | Lorraine Zank (Administrator)
    Michelle was selected as February’s Volunteer Of the Month for her contributions as Volunteers Manager since 2012. In this role, she has worked closely with Board members to develop plans, processes, and tools for recruiting, on boarding, and recognizing Chapter volunteers. In November 2013, Michelle helped organize and co-host ASTD-OC’s First Annual Volunteer Thank-You Party. Recently, she participated in the Board’s 2014 strategy session, for which her perspective as a professional new to the field has been invaluable.  
    As a recent graduate from California State University, Fullerton, in psychology and business, she is designing and developing her position as Patient Liaison at Los Angeles Community Hospital to integrate her passion for learning and OD. Congratulations, Michelle. 

  • 01 Feb 2014 9:24 PM | Lorraine Zank (Administrator)

    Janine McDonald has served for more than two years as Co-Chair and facilitator of the Organization Development Special Interest Group, which attracts professionals from ASTD-OC, the National Human Resources Association, and other professional associations. Thanks to Janine’s constant outreach to the Orange County business community, the OD SIG’s featured speakers include a wide range of internal OD practitioners, which are a major factor in its popularity.

    She is actively involved with Make-A-Wish and other nonprofit organizations and helps match nonprofits in need of L&D services with professionals seeking to expand their resumes and grow their skills.

    Janine is a previous ASTD Board member and Vice President of Marketing. She mentors professionals new to the field and spreads the word about ASTD-OC as a public speaker and as an instructor at Brandman University.

    Janine is founder and CEO of J9 Leading Solutions.


  • 23 Dec 2013 12:12 AM | Lorraine Zank (Administrator)
    Aaron took an active role in the 2013 Leadership Recruitment Committee, which is responsible for seeking out candidates for the ASTD-OC Board of Directors and manager-level volunteer positions. He also played a key role in ensuring elections for the 2014 Board were completed on a very tight schedule. In addition, he served on the Website Team for the first half of this year, helping to generate ideas for the site's improved "look and feel." Aaron is a Training Specialist at Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
  • 23 Dec 2013 12:07 AM | Lorraine Zank (Administrator)
    Christopher has served the Chapter in several roles for Programs and Marketing. This past summer, he delivered a two-day workshop for ASTD-OC, "Crucial Conversations," which focused on practical applications from the best-selling book by the same name, and received high reviews from all who attended. Christopher is a Training & Development Administrator with the Orange County Transportation Authority, and Co-Founder of Dare Consulting. He joins the Board in 2014 as Chief Finance Officer.
  • 04 Nov 2013 3:58 PM | Kathleen Ashelford (Administrator)
    Michele Schwab is a member of ASTD Orange County and a volunteer on the Social Media team. Last summer, Michele supported the Western Area Leadership Conference by setting up equipment, welcoming conference attendees, and assisting the speakers. Her talents helped make the conference a success!

    Michele works for THINK Together, a non-profit organization and one of the largest extended learning providers in California. THINK Together serves over 100,000 young people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, as well as in the Bay Area and Sacramento.  Michele is responsible for training and development of those who support and operate its programs.

    Michele also has over 12 years of experience in various Human Resources roles with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in Florida, New Mexico, and California.

    Michele is passionate about opening doors for others and connecting them with opportunities or resources to level the playing field for all. 
  • 27 Sep 2013 8:09 PM | Lorraine Zank (Administrator)
    Lore has taken an active role in chapter leadership as Outreach manager, working with other chapters, non-profit professional organizations, and corporate organizations to bring awareness of, develop relationships with and recruit members and volunteers for ASTD-OC. Behind the scenes, Lore makes connections between L&D professionals around our community, talking about value of ASTD Orange County, and OC chapter leaders, to get them engaged with everything the chapter does to bring value.  

    Lore is the Learning and Development Director at AETHRE, where she "inspires movement to activate change."  Her holistic training and facilitation approach, backed by decades of research and analysis, leads to long-term improvement in communication, engagement, and change management. Lore's primary focus is in guiding sole proprietors, individuals in transition, and corporations in the throes of dramatic change and flux.

    Thank you, Lore!
  • 23 Aug 2013 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    Lorraine Zank is recognized as this month’s Volunteer Of the Month for her contributions to the ASTD-OC website. Lorraine joined the Website Team last spring, posting content and making improvements to the site’s look and feel. Using a photograph taken by fellow member Richard Daugherty, Lorraine designed the new website banner, which went live earlier this month.

    Lorraine is a consultant specializing in Instructional Design, Performance Technology, eLearning, and Rapid eLearning, Needs Assessments, and Program Evaluation. Her online portfolio can be view here:

           Many thanks for your contributions to our chapter!

  • 26 Jun 2013 8:13 PM | Jason Dreyer
    Joyce has been a member of ASTD Orange County since August 2012. After completing the Fall 2012 Powerful Presentation Skills Workshop, she volunteered enthusiastically for the project team responsible for the Spring 2013 Total Trainer series. As a member of the project team, Joyce performed many planning and administrative tasks behind the scenes, which were essential to Total Trainer’s success. Many thanks for your contributions!
  • 23 May 2013 10:40 AM | Kathleen Ashelford (Administrator)
    Anthony Harmetz is recognized as this month's VOM for his many contributions to our Chapter’s Programs. Anthony has been instrumental in planning, promoting, and overseeing ASTD-OC’s two signature courses, Total Trainer and Powerful Presentation Skills. Also, he helped launch the Trainers Special Interest Group in 2013, and the Training Managers Meet Up in 2011. 

    Anthony served as ASTD-OC President in 2009, and remains involved in many Chapter activities, jumping in wherever his expertise is needed. For this reason, he was honored in 2011 with ASTD-OC's most prestigious award, the Belisle Chapter Leadership Award. Anthony is a consultant with JAS Training, Coaching, and Recruiting. Many thanks for your invaluable contributions to our chapter!
  • 29 Apr 2013 10:23 PM | Jason Dreyer

    Janine has been a member of ASTD Orange County since 2008. As the 2011 Vice President of Marketing, she established a corporate sponsorship program that allowed companies who sponsor ASTD-OC events to advertise on and in chapter announcements. In addition, she took over leadership of the Organizational Development Special Interest Group (OD SIG). Janine continues to lead this dynamic and popular SIG by hosting consistent meetings and recruiting a variety of excellent speakers. Janine is founder and CEO of her own consulting firm, J9 Solutions, and offers her clients the benefit of more than 20 years of experience in operations, human resources, training, and organization development. Thank you, Janine, for your dedication to the chapter!

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