Ryan is a Senior Learning & Development Partner at UNFI where he helps individuals, teams, leaders, and organizations achieve their goals through effective learning, development, and engagement. His main focus areas include leadership development, enterprise learning solutions, and organizational development. He provides a range of services in these areas including leadership program development and management, in-person and virtual training facilitation, instructional design, consulting, team effectiveness, and more.
Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College. He also holds a certificate in training from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is an Insights Discovery Certified Practitioner. In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of hobbies such as reading, music, concerts, coffee, podcasts, exercise and spending time with family and friends.
Dan has held a variety of roles at Liberty Mutual Insurance over the last eight years and is currently Director of Product Training for Commercial Insurance. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, Dan worked at Allmerica Financial, the former parent company of Hanover Insurance, as Director of Training for both property & casualty and life insurance operations.
In total, Dan has been in the field of training & development for 31 years, beginning as a member of the U.S. Air Force where he held various worldwide positions supporting large scale training initiatives for Air Force and NATO organizations.
Dan holds a B.S. in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Oklahoma.
Dan and his wife, Kathie, are transitioning to the world of “empty nesters” with two children in college and one who has already flown the nest – literally, he’s a pilot!!
Katy Tynan, Director of Technology
Katy Tynan is the bestselling author of practical guides to leadership and career development, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving. In a world where 70% of employees are disengaged, Katy helps organizations ditch out of date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture. Over her 20-year career in talent development, Katy has worked with hundreds of emerging and established leaders to improve their skills and master the art and science of management. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her latest book How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster from ATD Press.
Wendi Braun, MS, CPLP, SHRM-SCP, Director of Partnerships
Wendi Braun is a talent and organizational development leader with a passion to improve the skills and experiences of employees. Recognizing the impact leaders have on employees’ work experience, she focuses on building world class leadership capabilities tied to organizations’ strategy. With over 25 years’ experience, Wendi's expertise includes instructional and curriculum design, performance management, succession planning, coaching, employee engagement and leadership development programs.
Wendi’s career has spanned multiple industries in the Northeast, North America, and globally. She has led learning and organizational development teams at Verizon, Tufts Health Plan, Sapient Nitro, MassHealth, Fresenius Medical Care, and Baystate Health.
Wendi earned her Associate’s degree from Colby Sawyer College, her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Springfield College, and her Master’s degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She obtained her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.
Debra Dexter, Director of Communications
I enjoy connecting with and guiding learners to adopt and master new skills. I cultivate a learning culture where stakeholders engage in process improvements to ensure positive outcomes of adoption and retention. Most of my experience with training is drawn from working in higher education where I designed and delivered software and systems productivity training for employees.
In my current role, I design and deliver a training curriculum for a manufacturing company to employees at two facilities. I hold Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Professional Communication. My education combined with my background of building and delivering training programs, enhances the effectiveness of the production of quality products and services my company provides to our customers.
Anne Barry, Director of Membership
Anne Barry has worked in the technical learning field for 30 years. Within that time, she has witnessed many major technological changes and has successfully lead countless training programs that empowered employees with the necessary skills to perform their duties with minimal interruption and increased productivity. Anne's passion is assisting end users to have that aha moment, and is known as a trusted adviser to the end user community. Anne has been employed at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA since 1996.
Leigh Casillo, Director of Programs
Leigh is a leadership professional with expertise in all facets of people leadership and development, including experience in a wide and diverse range of industries. Skilled in collaborating with all members of the organization to achieve business objectives, balanced with improvements in productivity and employee engagement. In her current role at MAPFRE Insurance she is a manager of the Talent and Performance Management function in Human Resources.
Leigh earned her Bachelors degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and a Master's degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University in Boston.