2023 Board Members
Slavica Hansbrough, President
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.
Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, M.Ed., CPTD®, Past President
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.
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.
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, VP of Finance
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.
Sookie Kang, VP of Records
Sookie Kang is currently Director of Human Resources at Standard BioTools, Inc. Her professional experience is deeply steeped in the life sciences industry having worked at small to large pharmaceutical companies in global leadership roles. With 14+ years of experience, she has served in trusted HR business partner roles with a focus on talent management, engagement, individual and team development strategies. She enjoys collaborative partnerships in work environments that is focused on creating organizations where employees feel and perform their very best! Sookie holds a BS in Biological Sciences and MBA from the University of San Francisco. She is originally from South Korea, raised in Honolulu, and lived in the SF Bay Area for 17 years. She is back on the islands with her husband and two young children. She finds joy in exploring old and new local spots as she gets to experience them with her little ones!
Christy Matsushige, VP of Membership
Christy has experience in a wide range of sectors including information technology, start-ups, green tech, insurance, healthcare, non-profits, and government. Her Computer Science degree and innate organizational and problem solving skills have been best utilized in Information Technology, Project Management, Leadership, Account Management, and Training and Development positions. Personal accomplishment highlights are completing the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and several marathons in her heyday.
Krys Zyak, VP of Marketing
Krys Zyak (goes by “Zyak”) is a life-long learner whose entire career has been centered around adult learning and education, starting when he was a freshman at Quinnipiac University. He has held various roles in Higher Education, Insurance, Banking, Airlines, and in his own marketing company called Unboxed Social. He finds joy in making lasting change through adult continuing education and is also passionate about fitness and personal development. “My real drive”, he says, “is learning and teaching everything I can, so can spread joy and awareness to the world.”
Ricardo “Ric” Xavier, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ricardo (Ric for short) is originally from Brazil and started his professional journey as a language teacher, moving on to teacher trainer a few years later. After 10+ years in education, he wanted to see what else was out there. Ric got a business degree and further education in HR. The highlight of his career was when he could merge both the educational and corporate worlds: he learned about ATD in 2017, became a member, and dove into Learning & Development. Ric has been a facilitator since his years in education and added instructional design to his portfolio last year. He is currently a Learning Experience Designer for Studio 5 Learning, a consulting company in the L&D space.
Sonia Ibrahimkhail, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Sonia is a Senior HR Specialist at Kumabe HR, the leader in executive recruitment, temporary staffing, and HR consulting in the state of Hawaii. She is a key member of the Staffing Division and is also responsible for delivering engaging and effective presentations to jobseekers and assisting with payroll services. Sonia transitioned to Oahu in 2018 to establish her career in Human Resources and has been a passionate HR professional since then, continuously expanding her network in the local community. In addition to ATD Hawaii, Sonia is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals program and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Hawaii Chapter. She earned an Executive Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Hawaii and a BA in Communication and Women’s & Gender Studies from Santa Clara University.
Vickie Corraro, National Liaison/Chapter Advisor
Vickie is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and provides consultation for strategic leadership for learning and development initiatives. She works globally with key stakeholders to assess, identify, prioritize, and measure results of learning deliverables. Her areas of expertise include managing Instructional Design and delivery (e.g., Safety, Compliance, Leadership, On-boarding, Technical, Sales, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Customer Service, and Change Management).
Additionally, she has collaborated with ATD National on various projects including ATD Learning Systems, CPLP competency model, Work Product scoring, categorizing, and indexing ATD books, and peer-to-peer and coaching. Prior to discovering a passion for talent development, she was a public speaker in various forums, including television, stage, radio, associations, and group functions. Vickie has a BA from the University of Langston.
Interested in joining the board? We are still looking for people for 2023!