Gwen is Chief Learning Consultant of Klapperich International Training Associates (KITA) LLC, a talent development consulting firm that specializes in employee training & development, diversity & inclusion initiatives, performance consulting, and American Red Cross health & safety training.. She holds over 20 years of experience in training & development, customer service supervision, and quality assurance initiatives, and has worked in various industries such as retail, call centers, healthcare, government, hospitality, nonprofits, and continuing education. Gwen earned her CPTD® (Certified Professional in Talent Development, formerly Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) from the Association of Talent Development and holds a master’s degree in education specializing in Training & Performance Improvement from Capella University.
Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, M.Ed., CPTD®, President
Dr. Summer Van Pelt, VP of Membership
Dr.Van Pelt is the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Dr. Van Pelt has been in the Higher Education field for over 17 years and is a strong proponent of education. Before leading the Hawaii Campus, Dr. Van Pelt was the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus in Northern California. Prior to that, she spent 11 years is Asia, where she helped establish the Overseas Military Campus for the University of Phoenix and served in a variety of roles from Campus Director and Area Director, Enrollment. The learning centers were located on military bases in Okinawa, Mainland, Japan, Korea, and Guam. The campus served our military members who were stationed in the Asia/Pacific region. In addition to her administrative position with the University of Phoenix, Dr. Van Pelt also serves as an Associate Faculty member for the University of Phoenix, where she teaches classes in Critical Thinking and Foundations for University Success. Dr. Van Pelt earned her Doctorate in Management in 2009, her dissertation focused on and is entitled, “The Complexities of Leading Virtual Teams”. Dr. Van Pelt has served as the President for the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Overseas, President of the Bay Area Diversity Council and served on the Board of Directors for the Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Having a black belt in a martial art, she has served as a volunteer instructor for women’s self-defense, this is a cause Dr. Van Pelt is passionate about. In her spare time, Dr. Van Pelt, enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling, and running marathon.
Andrew is an Instructional Design Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, currently working with government agencies to support their training program initiatives. He has 11 years of experience in the learning and development field, working on various instructional design projects for government agencies. Andrew received his Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Information Technology (IT) from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction from George Mason University. He received his CPTD® (Certified Professional in Talent Development) certification from the Association of Talent Development. Andrew truly enjoys applying an instructional design methodology that marries robust learning theory and research to meaningful training delivery vehicles.
Andrew Muccio, VP of Records
Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura, VP of Strategic Partnerships
Sarah is the co-founder of TH!NK® LLC, an award-winning talent development company that has partnered with more than 300 companies since 2000 to deliver workplace solutions that are helping businesses achieve their goals while keeping employees engaged, productive and happy. Passionate about lifelong education and learning, Sarah serves as an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business, teaching graduate-level courses focusing on Organizational Behavior and Learning and Development. Sarah holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University. She has earned multiple certifications including Everything DiSC Facilitator®, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitator™, PXT Select, and the New World Kirkpatrick Model Bronze Level. Sarah is also passionate about helping Hawaii families thrive as aNu’uanu YMCA Board Member.
Slavica is Project and Marketing Manager at the Center for Human Systems. Through her work, she helps design and promote programs that help organizations increase productivity and employee engagement. Previously, she worked in the fields of journalism, marketing, and event planning. Her recently found passion for organization development led her to earn a Masters of Arts degree from Hawai‘i Pacific University in Organization Development and Change. Slavica was born and raised in Serbia and has lived in Hawaii for the last 12 years. Also a longtime military spouse, her career led her to work in the government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Her diverse background gives a diverse perspective on organization culture, conflict management, performance management, effective communication, and more.
Slavica Hansbrough, VP Marketing
Brian Madamba, VP Technology
Brian Madamba is a Talent Development Specialist at HawaiiUSA FCU. He works with the company to produce materials needed for learning plans and internal projects. He is heavily versed in the financial industry with a focus in economics, stock markets, and real estate. On the side, he has multiple businesses built all across Asia, the United States, and Canada. His hobbies include watching the news, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, going to concerts, and shopping. Brian is also experienced in the retail industry having completing certificates is fashion styling, retail management, and business essentials form multiple educational institutions around the US. He also serves as Secretary on the FEAH Board (Financial Education of Hawaii).
Julianne Odo is an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Consultant with Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Her work is focused on creating a more equitable, socially just, inclusive, and diverse healthcare system, workforce and community. Julianne has over 12 years of experience in the Learning and Organizational Development field; prior to working in health care, Julianne worked in the hospitality, banking, and retail sectors. Her contributions include leading organization-wide internal cultural rebranding initiatives; developing and facilitating programs for various levels of the organization, from front-line staff to the C-suite; and administering leadership and talent reviews. Julianne has an MBA from the University of Hawai’i, a BS in Communication from Southern Oregon University, and holds PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Julianne Odo, VP of Finance