Archive for the ‘Meet Your Chapter’ Category

Meet Your Chapter – Edward (Ed) DeCoursey

March 31, 2012

What organization do you work for? What do they do?

I currently work for Coventry Healthcare in support of their Behavior Health department, MHNet Behavioral Health. Coventry Healthcare is a $14 billion Fortune 500 national managed health care company.  Our MHNet Behavioral Health division improves the well-being of our members through a quality, clinical outcome-oriented model. MHNet provides innovative Behavioral Health and EAP/Work-Life services for health plans, employer groups and public programs.

 What is your role in that organization?

I am a Human Resource Generalist, responsible for soup to nuts human resource process. Recruitment, Employee Relations, HRIS, On-boarding, workforce planning, Training and Development, you name it I do it or I am involved some how.

How did you get to that role? Jobs that led to your current role?

Through hard work, perseverance and dedication to continuous learning. Being a Human Resource professional is actually my second career.  A year after high school, with no way to pay for college, I made the decision to join the United States Air Force.  I spent 12 years in the Air Force as a Security Specialist.  The last year and a half of my service I spent working for my commander performing personnel work. I believe this is where my love for the human resource career field became evident. In 1996 I separated from the Air Force, entered school to complete my Bachelors of Management degree while working in retail management.  With my Bachelors degree completed I quickly realized that being in retail management was not for me.  I decided to continue my education by getting my MBA in Business Administration. In 1998 I entered the world of Human Resources when I was hired by Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) as a customer service agent, answering questions to employees of Fortune 500 companies regarding the benefits.

Have you had any leadership roles within ASTD

I am currently the Director of On-Boarding for CFCASTD.

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Meet Your Chapter – Mike Reardon

February 14, 2012

 What organization do you work for? What do they do?

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney institute. DI provides professional development training and benchmarking for clients all over the world.

What is your role in that organization?

I am a Senior Facilitator. I work to build a relationship with clients and gain an understanding of their culture and their specific needs and challenges, then create tailored solutions for them drawing on the entire catalog of Disney Institute content

How did you get to that role? What jobs that led to your current role?

I started with Disney in the Merchandise Line of Business and, after seven years, was looking for a new challenge. I auditioned for the role of Traditions Assistant, welcoming new Cast Members to the organization on their first day of employment. It was in this role that I discovered my passion for Learning and Development. Following Traditions I had the opportunity to join the Operations Learning & Development Team which eventually led to my current role in Disney institute.

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Meet Your Chapter – Barry Nadler

February 2, 2012

What organization do you work for? What do they do?

I currently work for FIS. I have been there for about six years. I have actually had three stints with this company in those three years. They are the largest provider of banking and payment technology solutions. They are a mixture of two large companies – Fidelity and Metavante (formerly Kirchman Corporation). They currently serve 14,000 institutions internationally. They are a Fortune 500, Barron’s 500, and on the S&P 500 list.

What is your role in that organization?

I am currently an Instructional Designer for the Community Banking Solutions business unit. This covers two core banking products – Bankway and HORIZON. My role is to develop eLearning courses, assist in supporting our Learning Management System (a customer-facing tool), and help our trainers develop the best training solutions they can – including virtual and traditional classroom training. One of the interesting aspects of my role is that I am what I like to call the “experimenter”.

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Meet Your Chapter – Rene Ledford

February 2, 2012

What organization do you work for and what do they do?

 Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS). It is one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit private organizations with 1900 employees and programs throughout the State of Florida.  CHS’ many services are designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.  These services include case management, counseling, shelter care, adoptions, foster care, early intervention and more.

 What is your role in that organization?

 Director of Curriculum Development and Training.

 I develop e-learning and ILT curricula, oversee all activities associated with the learning management system, facilitate training program and workgroups, develop training plans, and provide consultation and support to our operations and functional teams.  In the last year I have also taken a more active role in quality management and innovations including chairing a state-wide clinical practices workgroup.
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