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.
Stan Skrabut is a card carrying lifelong learner who has spent his career helping people and organizations achieve improved performance. He is a scholar, teacher, author, veteran, martial artist, and avid reader. Throughout his working life, he has changed roles and responsibilities countless times. He worked as a guard, organizational trainer, instructional technologist, webmaster, systems programmer, lecturer, and director. He uses informal learning, especially reading, as a way to improve himself and subsequently his teams. His interest in informal learning inspired his dissertation topic, Study of Informal Learning Among University of Wyoming Extension Educators.
He lives with his wife and two dogs in Rhode Island. Nomadic in nature, he loves to travel and has lived in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Turkey, and various locations across the United States. His number one passion is helping others achieve their goals. He has been a member of ATD for over ten years and this is his third chapter.
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.
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.
Joe has worked in the learning and development industry since 2012, with a focus primarily in physical retail. As a newcomer to CMATD, he’s focused on learning as much as he can from his peers, and to eventually earn his CPTD certification. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and playing hockey. Joe is an alumnus of Western Governors University, having earned his MBA in 2018.
Kwaku is a dedicated Instructional Designer with a passion for technology. He believes that being an Instructional Designer is the perfect career for him because he loves being creative and learning new things. Kwaku joined CMATD in 2019 and has enjoyed immersing himself in all things related to learning and development.
In his leisure, he enjoys relaxing and spending time with family. Kwaku's hobbies include photography and video editing.
He is a proud alumni of the University of Akron where he graduated with a master degree in Communication.
As a strategic HR partner focusing on learning, talent development and talent management, Amol Mandalaywala has partnered with corporate and educational leaders as well as individuals to develop initiatives that have shaped organizational culture through the professional development of individuals, leaders and teams. He started his career in talent development and management as an external client-facing learning consultant and facilitator at Kaplan, Inc. He is skilled in identifying talent gaps and root causes of curriculum gaps to design, develop and deliver learning strategies and journeys to develop employees’ capabilities, skills and competencies to maximize talent, engagement, experience and performance, which, in turn, positively impacts organizational effectiveness. Recently, Amol has transitioned to an internal client-facing role at EY (Ernst & Young, LLP) as an Assistant Director of Learning for the Strategy and Transaction (SaT) practice.