Board of Directors



St. Paul 

Immersive Health Group

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 Immersive Health Group. 

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. 

Past President 

Hugh Seaton
The Glimpse Group

As Past President, Hugh provides executive leadership to the chapter. He is responsible for working closely with the chapter’s board to establish the vision, mission and key objectives that will continue to advance the chapter including introducing new technologies from mobile tech to VRAs human-centered technologies continue to advance, he will encourage the chapter to explore these with its programming.

Hugh started his career in Taiwan, learning Mandarin Chinese while he helped a Taiwanese steel firm learn to produce new products. Moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Hugh began a career in advertising that included brands such as Sony, AOL, Google, Pepsi and more in both the US and Asia. In 2012, while consulting on internal branding projects, it became clear that training was an even greater challenge and need than branding, and Hugh began working on internal strategy training. This led to the realization that technology could help client companies more effectively train their whole workforces, not just those at the 2015, Aquinas Training was formed, to create the software solutions that enable this broad-based training. Currently offering mobile solutions, with Virtual Reality products on the way, Aquinas Training is dedicated to innovating new ways to provide seamless learning experiences to managers, employees and those in transition wherever they choose to engage with learning content.

Hugh received his BA in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio in 1994, and his MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School in 2004.

Director, Technology
Anne Cheng
Trigyn Technologies

As 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. 


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. 


Co-Director, Programming 

Mary Esser 

Mary serves on the ATD SCC Chapter as Co-Director of Programming. In this role, she assists with understanding the goals and needs of members, designing, implementing and evaluating chapter programs to help attract new members as well as engage and retain existing members. 

Mary is an agile Talent Development professional with 10+ years of experience in shared services consulting roles for global organizations including Philips, FactSet and MetLife. Four years in Sales and Client Service roles for global professional services firms. Recent experience pivoting to modern digital and virtual learning modalities and selling Software as a Service. Client service focus on understanding your challenges and delivering relevant and personalized solutions and services that achieve your desired outcomes. High involvement, inclusive change leader. Collaborative, approachable, creative, flexible style.   

She earned a Master’s in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. 


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.

Open Board Positions:
    Co-Director, Marketing



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