Janna Dorman, President

Janna Dorman is a team leader of instructional designers at Allina Health. The team helps create eLearning, instructor-led, and just-in-time training for the entire organization. 

She loves learning new skills, techniques, and topics, which is probably why she loves learning and development! She is especially interested in content management strategies and writing content for reuse. In her free time, you can find her with her two corgis or at a restaurant, trying new food.

Stacy Salinas, Vice President

Stacy was invited to join PACT in 2020, and has served on a variety of roles on the board, and is a Learning Experience Designer focused on sales enablement as a Training Manager of Retail at Hormel Foods. Stacy has a passion to create learning that inspires. Using creative and strategic thinking, she has a knack for developing training that is on brand and connects employees with the overall persona, value, and key messages that keep them truly engaged and passionate about the work they are doing today and inspires them for the work they will be doing in the future. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Bethel University and specializes in adult-learning theories, content management, talent development strategies, sales enablement, user engagement, and the digital experience.

In her spare time, she is an advocate for many youth organizations in her community, loves to read, golf, is captain of her USBC Women’s Bowling league team, and dedicated fur mama to her 3 dachshunds.

Scott Spethman, PAST President

Scott is a Client Services Leader, Key Accounts with GP Strategies Corporation. His professional role includes expanding relationships with new and existing customers, overseeing account operations, workstream management, and supporting global client initiatives. Scott has a passion for helping organizations achieve key initiatives with innovative, impactful, and insightful approaches. His industry experience includes Professional and Technical Skills Development, Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, HR Technology, SaaS, and Professional Services with Global Corporations across Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Technology industries.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys golfing, motorcycling, cooking, reading, and spoiling his niece and nephews as much as possible.

Nicole Mccoy, Communications Chair

Nicole is a new PACT member and is excited to connect with other PACT members, learn more about a non-profit organization, and practice her communication skills as Vice Communications Chair. Nicole is currently a student at the University of Minnesota, finishing her Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication this August. 

She is also currently a Tech Communications Intern at Jamf and her side hustle is freelance and contract photography .

Nicole is new to the Tech Comm field, so is excited to learn more about the many opportunities and future paths that she may be able to take. Outside of work you can usually find Nicole doing an array of outdoor activities, and spending time with her significant other.

Paula Anderson, Vice Communications Chair

Paula is new to PACT and to the industry. In her role as a Learning Consultant with Allianz Life, she is creating learning modules on an Agile team. Paula is taking advantage of a variety of professional development opportunities that include being OPEX Blue Belt trained and becoming a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) through the Scrum Alliance, along with the completion of many courses and webinars. She looks forward to getting to know many of you and learning from and with you.

Paula holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy and was formerly a school counselor in a small private school. In her current work she finds volunteer opportunities that connect her with youth and families.

In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, breweries and travel, including visiting her adult daughters in Chicago and La Crosse.

Asha Mohamud, Membership Chair

Asha is a new member of PACT and recently joined Fredrickson Learning as an Instructional Designer/ E-Learning Developer. In this role, she creates custom learning experiences that achieve business results on a team of talented designers/developers. Asha is passionate about inclusion within the field of Learning & Development and advocates for diverse learners. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical communications from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in design.

In her free time, Asha enjoys traveling, listening to music, and visiting dark sites to stargaze.

Karl Noot, Vice Membership Chair

Karl has been a PACT member since 2016 and joined by invitation of a member. He is currently working as an instructional designer for Baxter, Inc. on a team of learning professionals solving learning challenges at medical manufacturing plants worldwide.  He is passionate about increasing learner engagement in his learning solutions and being able to demonstrate learning effectiveness using data.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Music from Gustavus Adolphus College.  

Heidi Gordon, Program Chair

Heidi Gordon is a new PACT member and is excited to learn from the professionals and presenters at each meeting. 

She is currently an Instructional Designer for Children Story Time, a start up ed-tech company. Heidi has a degree in Music Education and a background in teaching and management. She has led the professional development programs for large and small organizations; updating onboarding, compliance, and upskilling trainings. 

For six years, Heidi chaired the Conference Planning Committee for a state-wide child care association, evaluating and recruiting keynote speakers and workshop presenters for over 60 sessions during a two-day conference each year. 

Outside of work, Heidi enjoys reading, knitting, and walking her dog, Casper.

Sarah Driver, Vice Program Chair

Sarah is a newer member of PACT and has experience working in non-profit, education, and corporate settings. After teaching Spanish for 12 years, Sarah is now working as a Learning Experience Facilitator for WEX Health, where she designs and facilitates learning experiences for new employees.

 

Sarah received her BA degrees in Business Management and Spanish Language and Literature from Taylor University in Indiana. She has a Master’s degree in Education from Bethel University, and acquired her Instructional Design certification from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.  

 

Sarah loves to travel, and has spent time living in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and China. In her spare time, she also enjoys singing, baking, yoga, biking, and spending time with friends and family. 

Kris Nagy, Career Enhancement Chair

Kris has worked in the learning realm since 1996, when she started teaching college German. She holds a Ph.D. in German Studies and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on instructional design and e-learning technology. She is also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Currently, she works at Fredrickson Learning with a talented group of people who create fun and meaningful learning experiences while also being generally awesome to be around. Her own work ranges from design and development to project management.

 

In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and daughter (8), educating people about Delawarian culture, and trying not to kill her plants.

Brie Cohen Vlach, Technology Chair

Brie has been a PACT member for eight years. She is a global instructional designer in healthcare at 3M. She is a collaborative and creative multimedia storyteller and visual communicator.
 
Brie joined the eLearning world in 2014, after years working in multimedia within newspapers and children’s book publishing. She loves incorporating photos, videos, audio, multimedia, technology, and interactivity into learning. 
 
In her free time, Brie enjoys being with her family, walking, eating at independent restaurants, art viewing, watching documentaries, reading newspapers, and picnicking at Lake Harriet. 

Charissa Tjon Affo, Vice Technology Chair

Charissa joined PACT after she relocated to Minneapolis from the Netherlands. She is an Instructional Design Lead at Fredrickson Learning and works with her colleagues to create and facilitate a range of learning experiences for a diverse client group.
Charissa is passionate about learning to drive impactful performance. In her work, the focus is not only on learners acquiring new knowledge but on applying and continuously improving their skills. Much of her work links to delivering learning experiences at scale, using technology and tools as enablers.
 
She loves experiencing the world through travel, food, new technologies, and connecting with others in her free time.

Walt Jones, Treasury Chair

Walt has over two decades of experience working on elearning, technical writing, user experience, and accessibility projects for Fredrickson Learning. He has previously served on the PACT board twice in the Treasury roles and before that in the Communications roles. Outside of work, he fills his time with car repair, home improvement, and outdoor activities (the first two seldom by choice).

Mark Cunningham, Vice Treasury Chair

Mark is currently Fredrickson Learning’s project management lead, and has contributed to project management, business development, and sales and marketing functions for small businesses for the last ten years. He believes that empathy is the key to productive partnerships, that maintaining a healthy sense of paranoia is critical to managing work, and that spreadsheets can solve most problems (but understands that those solutions won’t work for everyone).

Mark has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and is happy to have found the Learning & Development industry and the people in it.

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