ATD - Oklahoma City

  • 03 Feb 2020 2:52 PM | Macy Garcia (Administrator)

  • 25 Aug 2019 12:37 PM | Betty Merritt



    OK Dept of Mental Health 2000 N. Classen Blvd.  (east/middle buiilding) 6th floor 


    Call to Order

    •   ATD Quarterly Board Meeting
    •   Attendee Names
    •   Macy Garcia, Betty Merritt, Kyle Suchy, Marina Knoll, Joy Dyer, Beverly Glover, Jeremiah Shaw, Carrie Folger, Susan Donnelly
    • Attendees Not Present
    • Paula Hanger, Michael Dickerson, Jodi Hinkle

    Approval of Previous Minutes
    No previous minutes

    Membership – Carrie provided report 7 new members this month

    Finances – Marina provided report – Stable financials

    Programming – Jeremiah provided report – Will have info on September speaker by Monday.  Has speakers lined up through January after that.

    Volunteer & Outreach – BJ provided report.  Got quite a few toiletries donated at last meeting.  Will take pictures when she delivers

    Technology – Macy reports on new job listings and need to take over access to the administration of all ATD email accounts etc…


    ATD Board Title Change and Role Definition Change -Macy Proposed, Susan seconded, unanimous approval

    VP Finances – Financial/Operational role

    VP Membership – Takes on the financial side of membership

    VP of Engagement – Replaces director of technology role. Does outreach to build membership and add value for members.  

    2020 Slate - BJ Proposed, Susan seconded, unanimous approval

    President – Joy Dyer

    President Elect – Jodi Hinkle

    Past President – Betty Merritt

    VP Finance – Marina Knoll

    VP Technology – Macy Garcia

    VP Membership – Susan Donnelley

    VP Outreach and Volunteer Development – BJ Glover

    VP Communication – Michael Dickerson

    VP Programming – Jeremiah Shaw

    VP Engagement – Dwain Stark

    New Business
    Hire to clean up back side of Wild Apricot?  Will review and discuss at next board meeting

    Auto Renewal for membership notices not going out – Macy will look into Wild Apricot settings and try to fix

    Carrie would like 5 new plastic totes to hold all swag and keep it clean

    Other Business
    2020 Conference – Joy presented some information.  Will discuss at next board meeting

    Homework for board – Look at last year’s member survey and email Joy edits for this year.

    List out all duties and prepare to share at next board meeting.

    Joy will email possible dates for early November board meeting.



    (Signature & Date)

      Betty A. Merritt   8/25/2019

  • 22 May 2018 1:34 PM | Macy Garcia (Administrator)

    “Carys has been doing the job for 10 years now. I bet she could teach that class no problem.”

    “Ahmet is really good with computers. We should ask him to put together that e-learning module on Excel.”

    Comments like these kick off solutions to training needs in the corporate world all the time. Carys and Ahmet really are great at their jobs, but does that make them instructional designers?

    If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re responsible for creating training because you have relevant technical skills, good writing ability, teaching experience, computer savvy, etc. Or let’s face it, maybe there was nobody else to do it.

    So, what does it take to create effective training? If you’re doing the entire thing from beginning to end, you need to be able to analyze the training need, design the solution, develop the materials, implement the training solution, and finally, evaluate both the learning solution AND learner mastery. (Yes, I just referenced ADDIE.)

    That’s a condensed, incomplete version of the process. There’s more to it than that. It’s a blend of analytical ability, creativity, emotional intelligence, project management, proficiency in various applications and authoring tools, graphic design, and other capabilities too numerous to list here.

    If you’ve come to the instructional design world unintentionally, welcome! So did I. Lacking any formal ISD training, at first I felt overwhelmed, and maybe even a little like a fraud. I wasn’t confident that I would be effective in the new role and I know for sure that I’ve made some mistakes. But I did two things right:

    • 1.      I became a Certified Professional in Learning and Development (CPLP) through ATD. While you might think that only the Instructional Design, Training Delivery, Learning Technologies and Evaluation areas of expertise apply, you’d be wrong. Exploring other areas of expertise and competencies aside from instructional systems design helped me to see the bigger picture in developing effective training.
    • 2.      I read The Accidental Instructional Designer by Cammy Bean (available on the ATD store). It’s written in a conversational tone and provides a lot of practical, common-sense advice about the world of instruction design for those of us who ended up here on our way to somewhere else.

    This isn’t intended to be a pitch for ATD programs and products – although I personally find them helpful. This is intended to offer encouragement to anyone else who may feel a little bit overwhelmed or a little bit like a fraud. Whatever skills brought you here, you can build on them, augment them, and bring your unique perspective to whatever instructional design challenges are thrown at you.


    Lisa DelCol is a board member for ATD’s Central Oklahoma Chapter and a Lead Instructional Designer at OG&E. She also holds CPLP and PMP certifications from ATD and Project Management Institute respectively.

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