Board of Directors



St. Paul 


As President, Monique oversees the chapter's operations. She works closely with the board to determine the direction of the chapter. Her passion to build connections and share experiences will expand the chapter’s membership engagement with a focus on innovative programs. Monique holds memberships with the Southern Connecticut Chapter and ATD national.

Monique currently works as an Instructional Designer for ContinuumXR. 

Monique is pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Management with a concentration in Learning and Development from the University of Denver. She received a Graduate Marketing Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Roger Williams University. 
Co-Director, Technology
Anne Cheng
Trigyn Technologies

As Co-Director of Technology, Anne Cheng is the ATD SCC Webmaster, and is responsible for the design, maintenance and improvements to our chapter website, using Wild Apricot and NewTek Business Services. She is an Instructional Designer and a Technology Education professional with ILT, WBT, online blended-learning and staff training experience. 

Anne is an Instructional Designer and Trainer at NYCHA, creating and teaching apps on the Maximo Mobile platform. She was a Senior Microsoft Applications Instructor for New Horizons CLC, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Bridgeport, and owned a technology-education franchise. She has taught 100+ technical and soft skills courses, Masters-level educational technology courses, and trained her 55 franchise employees. 

Anne earned her Master's of Education and Master's of Instructional Technology at the University of Bridgeport and earned ATD's Certificate of eLearning Instructional Design. 


Co-Director, Technology

Renee Bartoo



As Co-Director of Technology, Renee Bartoo looks at the design and maintenance of the chapter website. She is the Training Product Development Manager at RICS.

 She holds a Master's of Science in Corporate and Community Education from Elmira College.


Director, Membership 
Kathleen O'Connell



As Membership Director, she assists with managing and implementing programs to help attract new members as well as engage and retain existing members.

Over the last 18 years, Kathleen has worked with organizations on their training and development needs. She considers herself a lifelong learner and shares her passion for continual improvement with others. She has assisted in the development of curriculum and online resources, created sales and marketing collateral, led focus groups, as well as facilitated training sessions. Kathleen is an active member in her community and volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations focused on children and the arts. Her specialties include: New Business Development, Client Engagement, Strategy & Execution, Team Leadership, and Communication. 

Kathleen holds a BA in Political Science from Skidmore College. 




Rondi Frey 

   Rondi serves on the ATD SCC Chapter as Co-Director of Programming. In this role, she assists with designing, implementing and evaluating programs to help bring relevant and value-added content and learning to chapter members.

Rondi Frey is a Leadership & Organizational Development Professional with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of entrepreneurial organizations.  Her background includes directing and leading  Learning & Organizational Development efforts at American Express, Mercedes Benz Credit Corporation, UNUM/Provident, Peoples Bank and Oxford/UnitedHealthcare.  Rondi joined Norwalk Hospital (now a part of the Nuvance Health) in 2006 as Director of Leadership & Organizational Development, and was accountable for all Employee and Physician Engagement initiatives across the Health system.

Throughout her career, Rondi has been consulting individuals and teams with a focus on building human capital through engagement, leadership development, organization effectiveness, building high performance teams, performance management systems, change management and leadership/professional development infrastructures.  


Director, Sponsorships 

Michael Crystal

Myriad Development Incorporated


Michael specializes in business performance coaching and development for senior-level executives and teams.  He is the managing principal of Myriad Development which he founded in 1996, and a certified master-level coach and facilitator.  His previous experience includes leadership, management and individual contributor roles with Wilson Learning, DDI, Bankers Trust Co. and ITT Corp.  Additionally he was an adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College’s Graduate School for Professional Studies where he taught Leadership Communications and Organizational Behavior, and a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business.

The author of “Succeeding Your Sandbox – A Straightforward Guide to Doing The Right Things Right When You’re In-Charge,” Michael earned his BA from the University of Hartford, his MBA from the University of Connecticut, and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Advanced Management College. 

Director at Large  
Ross Tartell

Organizational Performance Group


As Director at Large for ATD-SCC,Ross Tartell is responsible for Chapter Succession Planning and CARE reporting to ATD National. 

Ross specializes in talent development, executive coaching, and leadership development. He is a Senior Associate with the Organizational Performance Group (OPG) and Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D., Consulting LLC.  Earlier, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate. He also spent 18 years at Pfizer Inc. Positions included Regional Learning Leader, Director Team Leader for Instructional Design, and Director Team Leader for Leadership Development.

Ross is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has published articles and made presentations on Leadership, Talent Development, Training Evaluation, and Employee Engagement. He also serves on the editorial boards for Training Magazine and The OD Practitioner.  He received his B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University, and his M.B.A in Management, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University.


University Student Relations 

Dr. Maurice "Mo" Cayer  

University of New Haven

Mo Cayer is a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist. Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes: 

  • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA).
  • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.
  • GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions.
  • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation.
  • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
  • JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years.
  • Mo continues consulting to private and public sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm.

Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.  Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.


Chapter Sponsors



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