2022 Board of Directors


President 

Katja Zurcher


president@tdsanantonio.org


Katja Zurcher is the Senior Learning & Development Facilitator for Abrigo, where she builds learning strategy and designs and delivers learning programs. Prior to joining the Abrigo team, Katja was responsible for managing the award-winning global onboarding program at Rackspace Technology as a Global Trainer, and she served as the Lead College Trainer of the College of Health Sciences at Walden University through Laureate Education.

Katja was the 2021 recipient of the ATD Talent Development One to Watch award and was selected by TD Magazine as one of the Up & Coming column candidates. Additionally, she holds an ATD Instructional Design Certificate and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Katja received her BA from Rhodes College and her MFA from Columbia University.




 

President Elect

Tina Garza


preselect@tdsanantonio.org

Tina Garza is an Instructional Designer at Security Service Federal Credit Union where she is responsible for designing and developing technical training solutions to support the enterprise. Tina has had her hand in all things talent development but her specialty is in instructional design and training evaluation. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville and earned her MA in Human Dimensions of Organizations at The University of Texas at Austin.

 


VP Membership

Kari Hernandez, MBA

membership@tdsanantonio.org

Kari Hernandez is a Training Specialist at Adtalem Global Education, an institution that seeks to provide global access to knowledge that transforms lives and enables careers.  Her experience includes training development, facilitation, instructional design, and coaching. Kari’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from The University of Houston-Victoria and a Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Project Management from Walden University. Kari also holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching and is working to become a Board-Certified Life and Executive Coach.


VP Talent Development 

Donta Watson


talentdev@tdsanantonio.org

Donta was born and raised in the Kentuckiana (Henderson, KY/Evansville, IN) area and has lived in San Antonio, TX since 2007. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Emporia State University where he was a scholarship athlete on the Men’s Basketball team and he has a MBA from University of Phoenix – San Antonio Campus. He has over 10+ years’ experience in Business Development and Professional Development in the Adult Learner education industry where he worked various roles in B2B/B2C sales, national account management, training management, training development and facilitation, and employee coaching. In his spare time, Donta enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, Catalina and Natalina, traveling, basketball, exercising, and sports video games.


Director Talent Development 

Mandy Smith

directortalentdev@tdsanantonio.org

Mandy Smith serves as Senior Vice President of Training & Employee Development at SWBC. She is responsible for providing SWBC employees and clients with learning and development resources, including instructor-led classes, eLearning courses, career development resources, and training programs (Emerging Professionals and Mentoring).

Mandy is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management. In 2016, she was named a Learning! Champion by Enterprise Learning! Under her direction, SWBC’s Training & Employee Development team has earned a number of awards, including the Learning! 100, Brandon Hall Excellence, and multiple Learning Elites!

VP Marketing and Communication

Larnzell Harper

communication@tdsanantonio.org

Larnzell Harper is the Manager, Training and Development for VIA Metropolitan Transit with 20 years’ of knowledge in public transit and training. Larnzell began his career in transportation as a bus operator at Chicago Transit Authority, where he also held positions as a Training Coordinator and Transportation Manager (bus/rail). He gained experience in Human Resources by developing and facilitating training programs for over 32 departments as a Training Specialist at the City of Chicago. He enjoys being a board member of the Association of Talent Development, San Antonio chapter. He is honored to belong to an organization that is focused on providing leadership and resources to subject matter experts in adult-learning and talent development. 

He holds a master’s degree in educating adults from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Larnzell’s current areas of focus are determining and establishing programs, policies, and procedures to improve organizational effectiveness and departmental performance of customers, employees, and the public. His background in adult education, transit operations, and communication has led him to support the implementation of comprehensive training programs that are cohesive and compliant with transportation industry standards, safety procedures, and applicable rules. He enjoys public speaking, roller coasters, transit trains, and DC Comics animation movies when outside of work.


VP Community Development

Lisa Carter

community@tdsanantonio.org

Lisa Carter is the Principal Trainer at the Academy for Corporate Trainers. She is responsible for helping corporate trainers, educators, and entrepreneurs to successfully deliver focused, results driven, highly engaging, synchronous online virtual and traditional classroom training.

Prior to her position as the Principal Trainer for The Academy for Corporate Trainers, Lisa held both training and training project management positions with some of the largest health care organizations in the U.S.




VP Finance

Sam Caballero, MA, CPTD, STS

finance@tdsanantonio.org

Sam Caballero is a Talent Development professional and co-founder, CEO, and Pivot Coach for Pivotn, a leadership engagement organization providing a variety of learning programs and whole-life coaching support to enhance one’s contribution and value proposition in the workplace. He is Senior Advisor for the Professional Development Center – Air Force Reserve Command, Warner Robins A.F.B., GA.  He is a co-founder and co-creator of the Emerging Leaders Series, a six-session learning event that enhances the leadership quotient of new leaders of various organizations.  Additionally, he is the VP of Finance for the Association of Talent Development – San Antonio Chapter and Director of Strategy for iEmpower, a San Antonio, Texas-based organization with the purpose of promoting, elevating and inspiring women.   Sam is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Professional in Talent Development with the Association for Talent Development. Additionally, he is a certified practioner with both the Myers & Briggs Type Indicator and the Thomas – Kilmann Conflict Mode Indicator.  Sam's passion and purpose is helping people help themselves where he is committed in supporting and assisting those that want to make an intentional pivot for the future.


VP Special Events

Linda Salazar

specialevents@tdsanantonio.org

Linda Salazar is a Client Development Director for the Omnia Group where she uses the proprietary Omnia Behavioral Assessment to help clients attract, select, and develop the right people in the right roles.  Additionally, she serves her community as a Helotes City Council Member. 

A long-time member of ATD-SA, LInda is thrilled to be VP of Special Events this year and cannot wait to work with this brilliant board and bring her 25+ years of experience in corporate training to this role.   




Past President

Vicky Romero

pastpres@tdsanantonio.org

Vicky leads the instructional design, leadership and learning technology teams at University Health System.

She is also the owner of Plumquest LLC, where she develops impactful performance and culture transformation solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and non-profits. Thanks to her proven track record, DEI, and extensive cross-industry expertise, she brings innovative approaches, fresh perspectives, and thought-partnership to her clients.

Over a 26-year career, Vicky has delivered successful solutions and programs for the Facebook, Microsoft, City University of New York (CUNY), Veterans Administration, U.S. Foods, United Nations System Staff College, H-E-B Grocery Retailer, University Health System, Department of Justice, Air Force and other organizations.



Past President

Vicky Romero

pastpres@tdsanantonio.org

Vicky leads the instructional design, leadership and learning technology teams at University Health System.

She is also the owner of Plumquest LLC, where she develops impactful performance and culture transformation solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and non-profits. Thanks to her proven track record, DEI, and extensive cross-industry expertise, she brings innovative approaches, fresh perspectives, and thought-partnership to her clients.

Over a 26-year career, Vicky has delivered successful solutions and programs for the Facebook, Microsoft, City University of New York (CUNY), Veterans Administration, U.S. Foods, United Nations System Staff College, H-E-B Grocery Retailer, University Health System, Department of Justice, Air Force and other organizations.


Director of Technology

Joey Caruana

dirtechnology@tdsanantonio.org

Joey Caruana is a U.S. Navy veteran and Master Training Specialist in Adult Learning with more than 20 years of experience in Instructional Systems Design, Technical Instruction and Training Program Development.  During his career he has established and managed technical training programs, developed a train-the-trainer course for task-based instruction and produced computer-based training.  He has on-the-job experience with Articulate Storyline, LMS, SharePoint, Teams and other collaboration applications. 

Joey is currently the Sr. Manager of L&D for Delek US Holdings, Inc. at Big Spring Refinery.  He has been a member of ATD for more than 12 years.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with God & family, taking part in local veterans’ organizations, and expanding his knowledge of L&D.



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