Board of Directors - 2023        

                                                                                                                  [Board of Directors – Previous Years]

As an organization of volunteers, ATD NNJ appreciates the hard work of members who give their time, talent, and expertise to make our chapter a success.

David Presley

David’s professional back ground is in Learning and Training Development Operations. David has successfully led teams in the creation of strategic learning solutions that help business develop the necessary skills to achieve their goals and improve performance.  He has provided leadership in problem-solving, financial forecasting, operational streamlining, and program management and has led numerous transformation and change initiatives.  Formerly with Alcatel-Lucent where he has held a variety of leadership positions including, Senior Director - Americas Region- Alcatel-Lucent University, Director Customer Business Strategy, Director Alcatel-Lucent University, currently supporting businesses consulting. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in leadership capacity for an organization dedicated to the performance of workplace learning professionals. ATD provides an opportunity to be involved with an organization that helps further my development in learning and provides an opportunity to network and learn with likeminded professionals.  Board volunteerism history :  Regional Treasurer - Alliance/ABLE Greater North East Region.  Credentials and Degree(s): B.S., Management Science.


Tom Glasscock
President Elect 

Tom is an independent Change Management consultant specializing in helping HR and IT Departments implement Workday. He has been active in the Workday ecosystem since 2012 and focuses on Change Management, Training and Employee Communications. His previous clients include Barclays UK Retail Bank, Kimco, Environmental Resource Management, Eos Energy, S&P Global, Dow Jones, Montclair State University, and He has also worked for two top consulting firms, KMPG and TATA Consultancy Services. Tom started his career in HR with Lucent Technologies, performing a variety of roles and ultimately leading the HR function for Lucent’s operations in the Middle East and Africa.

Tom holds a BS in Business Administration from Ithaca College and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He holds certifications as a PROSCI Change Management Practitioner, SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) and GPHR (Global Professional in HR) by the HR Certification Institute.

Tom’s other volunteer activities have included helping HRCI develop its certification preparation materials and exams. He is also a volunteer with the Black River Theater Group in Chester, NJ.

Kristen Illes

VP, Programming

Kristen brings over 25 years of management and leadership development experience, providing her clients with in-depth industry knowledge and a full scope of tools and processes based on best practices. For the last 10 years, she served in a senior executive role at Coro New York Leadership Center, a premier leadership development organization. She earned her M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Marist College and is a Certified Professional in Talent Development. Kristen is passionate about supporting the development and success of individuals, teams, organizations and ideally contributing to the greater social good.

There is nothing she loves more than partnering with clients to design and implement innovative solutions that engage their people in the work and create the desired impact and results desired from their change initiatives. Kristen also has a special interest in supporting the growth of more inclusive workplaces and addressing gender imbalance on executive teams. In her spare time, you will find Kristen having fun with her family and friends, taking long walks, reading, or relaxing in the sun.

Joseph Alvarez

VP, Membership

Joseph comes to NNJ ATD with 10 years of experience in Learning and Development. For the last six years, Joseph has been with Columbia Bank, where he partners with business lines that are growing to provide training that supports retail, commercial, and corporate offices. His current focus is on technology and increasing capabilities as part of the implementation of Salesforce and the nCino commercial loan origination system. Joseph has also developed training in skills like customer service and has supported culture change as Columbia Bank focuses on “making community banking better.”

Joseph’s favorite part of his work is seeing staff members succeed – seeing them “get it.” He also shared that asking the right questions is one tip that helps him succeed – who is your audience, what is it they are trying to solve, what are you expecting them to do after the training is done? What will make this training successful?

Outside of work, Joseph has visited 5 countries and 20 U.S. states, and he looks forward to traveling again when able to. He also enjoys music and is a drummer. While he hasn’t been to a concert in over a year, he’s seen some of his favorites in the past and his musical influences include the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. 

Pamela C. Sammarco

VP, Leadership & Talent Development

As CEO, Green Training Associates LLC (2009), Pam develops exceptional people to solve the world’s challenges and build sustainable organizations. We accelerate business growth through Training, Talent, and Coaching Solutions. Pam is a trusted advisor for her clients’ talent development priorities, helping people and businesses perform at their highest potential. Pam's high energy style, courage, and whole-person approach makes every facilitated program feel like a conversation, inviting you to interact with the learning experience.

Pam has deep experience as a strategic leader of complex training strategy to execution, leadership, future readiness capabilities, organizational development, culture change, sustainability and STEM professional development. Pam's strength is to transform learning into business impact with extensive expertise as a solution architect. She designs performance-based learning experiences using a cognitive science-based model.

Pam holds her Certified Professional in Talent Development (2007) demonstrating her lifelong dedication to advancing people's performance. Pam is an NNJ ATD Past President and Board officer since 1999. Past President 2004 (executive 2003-2004-2005); VP, Programs 3 years; current role VP, Leadership & Talent Development where she creates a thriving volunteer community that connects people with activities to run our organization. She joined in 1985 to talk with professionals who are passionate about the work we do. Our community is filled with terrific friends and colleagues.

Pam’s training career: Citicorp, American Express, Alcatel-Lucent and Medco Health Solutions. For leadership development and succession planning, certified to deliver Hogan Leadership Assessment Systems. Pam earned her M.S. degree in Applied Psychology, HR Management, Stevens Institute of Technology; B.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, math and statistics minor, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society, Douglass College, Rutgers University.


Maria T. Rivera

VP, Marketing

Maria Rivera has over 15 years of Management, Sales and Technology Training, Project Management, Web Development, Video Production, and Training & Development experience in Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and professional service organizations. She is currently the Director of Continuing Education at Berkeley College. She led strategic initiatives at NYU The School of Professional Studies as the Associate Director for the Management and Systems Graduate Degree Program & the Management & Technology Continuing Education Programs.

Maria has produced a variety of blended digital media training solutions for various organizations/industries and has spoken at conferences including AT&T's HACEMOS Leadership conference, Youth Conferences, Trenton Computer Festivals, mLearning conference, the 2019 ACE Women's Network Women of Color Conference at Vaughn College. She recently spoke about "The Reality of Extended Reality" at the 2021 International Institute for Learning - Innovation and Leadership conference. In addition, she was a speaker at the ATD Suncoast Event in March 2021: "Women Making a Difference in Talent Development." She co-authored the paper “Using Coding Competitions to Develop STEM Skills in Graduate Education” with Andrés Fortino, PhD . This paper came in second place for the "Best Paper Award"-2021, which was announced at this year's IEEE conference.

Maria is currently teaching an Immersive Media course for NYU SPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport. She is the co-organizer of the XR Learning and Training Meetup. Her industry affiliations include the Association for Talent Development (NYC & Northern NJ), the Project Management Institute (NYC), The Society for Human Resource Management (National & NYC), and the National Speaker Association. Giving back to the community is something that she always makes time to do. She has participated in's Role Model Program and helped design and delivered an App Development Training Program for middle school and high school students in NY and NJ.

Maria's past and present employers include Berkeley College, NYU The School of Professional Studies, CUNY The School of Professional Studies, Baruch College - The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Burgdorff Realtors, ERA/Realogy, and Prudential Douglas Elliman. Maria's passion is her belief in the mission of the NNJ ATD Chapter, and she enjoys connecting and collaborating other chapter members.



Christine Troianello

VP, Corporate Networks

Christine Troianello leads IQVIA Technologies Learning and Technical Writing Solutions, at IQVIA. IQVIA is a 11B life sciences firm, with more than 67,000 people in 100 countries, and a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions and contract research services to the life sciences industry. The company is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey. In her current role, Christine has been standing up a new, best in class training and customer education business, that develops and deploys software training for IQVIA’s pharmaceutical customers, partners, and for IQVIA Technologies global delivery organization. She also manages their externally facing learning and certification management systems.

Prior to joining IQVIA, Christine held global executive roles in learning and talent development at Prudential, Research in Motion, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya and AT&T where she was responsible for major restructuring, learning transformation, global strategy, organizational development, managing global training development, delivery and technical writing operations, and outsourcing and off-shoring learning, translations and other operations.

Christine holds her MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, her B.A. in French and German and a Marketing Certificate from the Wharton School. She has been an adjunct faculty member and mentor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, worked as an executive coach and consultant at the Lead Life Institute and has been a facilitator in their women’s leadership program, WELL (Women’s Effectiveness in Leadership and Life). She is a contributing author of the leadership book, “How Women are Transforming Leadership” by Mary Lou Dècosterd. She is also a member and ATD Past President and long-time member of the ATD the Board of Directors.


Paul W. Nichols

VP, Communication

Paul Nichols is a seasoned instructional designer with 25+ years of experience in developing training solutions in the consulting and cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) / Payroll industries. He brings the knowledge and perspective of numerous years as an instructional design professional who specializes in designing and developing attractive and instructionally-sound training solutions including self-paced eLearning, microlearning, blended instructor-led training, instructor-led conference workshop sessions, publications, and job aids. His background includes designing and developing training solutions for the sales, client, and associate training divisions of ADP, Realogy’s ZAP CRM app, the STAR (System for Tracking and Administering Real-property) space management software for the Public Buildings Service (PBS) / US General Services Administration (GSA), the sales divisions of Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals and IMS America (now known as iQvia), and Energy Transportation Corporation.

Paul’s areas of interest include fully leveraging technology in training solutions, integrating social media into training deliverables, and designing and developing training deliverables so they can be utilized in multiple ways for multiple audiences. Paul earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts and an M.A. in Communication and an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  Paul also holds the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification designation from (formerly known as the American Payroll Association (APA)). 

Tim Tyler
VP, Finance

Tim Tyler pursued and achieved the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) after ten years in the field because he came to see learning as more than just a corporate function. Tim believes learning is a profession, even a calling. Since then, he has relentlessly developed his own skills and applied them to provide engaging and effective training for technicians, sales professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs in manufacturing and real estate. 


Tim delights in learning challenges that involve organizational and transformational market changes, engaging a learner network that is either directly employed or independent and entrepreneurial.

As a corporate learning professional, Tim engages in conversations to both learn and share with like-minded learning, sales, and marketing professionals. As a mentor he has assisted younger colleagues to clarify their career goals and take concrete steps to pursue them. As a local learning leader, Tim has assisted the chapter to identify learning audiences and develop programming to attract a wide variety of learning professionals to the chapter, while maintaining a focus on member value.

Nancy Cattle
Member at Large (Acting VP, Administration) 

Nancy Cattle has enjoyed a career in Learning and Development, IT, and software implementations.  As Director of Training at several fast-paced software companies, she helped those companies grow by training staff and customers.  She then led a 6-year global training program at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to increase productivity using IT tools such as SharePoint and social tools. Currently on the global learning team at IQVIA, she continues to make learning enterprise software easier to learn and use. Her enthusiasm for e-learning and micro-learning tools led her to create an online platform called, where she created guidance for busy professionals on how to stay well while being a family caregiver. Her enthusiasm for the industry has led her to serve on the board as VP Membership, VP Technology, VP Administration and in 2016 as President.


Tony Irace

Member at Large

Over his 30-year career, Tony Irace has held positions in instructional design, project management, and people leadership. He has extensive experience in business transformation initiatives, including building and restructuring learning organizations, learning system selection and procurement, and rollout of large corporate initiatives.

Tony has a clear mission – helping others improve their performance at work. He has spent his career designing, delivering, organizing, and implementing learning solutions aligned to his clients’ business objectives. He is a strategic, collaborative, and innovative business partner who works with Senior Business Leaders to help them achieve their goals.
Tony is a founding member and was recently co-chair of the NNJ ATD Executive Advisory council. He is a long-time member of the NNJ ATD chapter and served as President Elect in 2018. Tony earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Linguistics from New York University. He has completed graduate work in Adult Education and Workplace Learning at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.


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