Get to Know Your Board of Directors and Support Staff
Board Roles & Responsibilities | Pikes Peak Chapter By-Laws

PresidentPast President  President Elect

VP ProgramsVP Finance VP MembershipVP Marketing

Board Member EmeritusVP TechnologyVP SponsorshipCO-VP Programs

Samantha Herman, Chapter Relations Manager (CRM)

Krishna Clay, ATD National Advisor

John Kostek, President

John Kostek manages an international team of Learning Portfolio Managers for Hitachi Vantara. Prior to joining a technology company, he was a research associate in a joint position between the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience at Rutgers Medical School and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

John’s evidence-based training programs have won praise from Chief Learning Officer, Brandon Hall Group, and the Association for Talent Development and his work has been published in Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Gambling Studies, Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Computers in Human Behavior, Handbook of personality at work, Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology and TD Magazine.

John lives and hikes in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Amanda Stewart, and two German Shepherd Dogs.

Rebecca Hawkins, Past-President

Rebecca has lived in Colorado Springs since 2008 and is currently employed by USAA Federal Savings Bank as Senior Culture Enablement Consultant in HR, where she supports organizational health and effectiveness through culture reinforcement activities. Her past roles at USAA include contact center leadership, internal communications, and Sales strategy.  She is a Certified Project Manager (CPM), a certified SAFe Agilist, Toastmasters Competent Communicator and Competent Leader, and holds a Bachelor's Degree from University of Massachusetts with a major in English, a minor in French and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado Christian University. She has a diverse career background including multiple small business start ups, various customer sales and service roles, new hire training, leadership and has served on multiple non-profit boards.

Her vocational passions are neuroscience, employee development, motivational theory, and human centered design. In her spare time she loves hiking with her husband and practicing yoga. She is a HYI-200 hr certified yoga instructor and founder of Unforced Rhythms, LLC, offering restorative yoga classes and retreats.

President Elect - Open Position
This position assists the chapter president in performance of chapter management duties, spending the year learning about board governance and observing best practices. The President Elect automatically succeeds to president in their second year. This role participates in the recruitment of board members to lead the chapter in the succeeding year. Learn more about this position.

Dominique Ross, VP Programs 

Isabelle Dominique Ross is a Human Resources Consultant supporting the Learning and Organizational Development (L&OD) function at Washington State University. She actively seeks out, develops, designs, coordinates, and implements new programs and more effective methods to provide learning opportunities to WSU's employees. She also collaborates with team members and University partners in the review, facilitation, and delivery of employee L&OD programs, policies, and procedures. Dominique has over 10 years of experience in Talent Development, to include competencies in instruction and facilitation. She completed a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and a graduate certificate in Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language. She also earned her CPTD, PHR, and PMP certifications. Dominique’s interests and passions include spending time with her son, Latin Ballroom and social dancing and coffee. LinkedIn Profile

Christina Breiner, VP Finance and Administration 

Christina describes herself as a 'learning development dynamo'. She loves being in the classroom (both virtual and in person) and excels at helping learners connect content with their real-world needs. Her primary focus has been on delivering and creating sales training, and she also enjoys facilitating manager development and communication courses. Christina brings a wealth of experience in the non-profit world including volunteer training and management, board membership, budgeting, and recruitment. Christina is a Senior Trainer with Coldwell Banker Realty and works with affiliated brokers and and agents. 

Christina enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and her Great Danes, Archie and Presley.
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Sheila Hixon, VP Membership

Kim Knoche, VP Marketing and Communications

Kim Knoche has over 20 years experience in learning and development, instructional design, and implementation. She is currently an IT Trainer at Optum. Kim has a Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Kim has served as Volunteer Chapter President and Board Director with other non-profit organizations. In addition to serving as VP of Marketing and Social Media of PPATD, she currently serves on the Pikes Peak Challenge committee for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.

In her free time Kim enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family. Kim lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, David, Labradoodle and Goldendoodle. LinkedIn Profile

VP Sponsorship and Partnerships - Open position
The VP of Sponsorship and Partnerships recruits and manages relationships with local and regional companies/organizations that provide mutual benefit to both the company and the chapter. Learn more about this position.

VP Technology - open position
The VP of Technology maintains our chapter website. This role ensures content is up-to-date and looks for ways to improve how information is communicated via the site. Learn more about this position.

Cindy Knapp, Board Member Emeritus

A native of Colorado Springs, Cindy has been active in the Pikes Peak Chapter of ATD since 1994 and has served on the Board in the roles of VP of Membership, President Elect, and President. With more than 30 years in the Talent Development field, Cindy has trained and coached people ranging in age from early teens to post-retirement ages. Her experience includes work with non-profit organizations, government contract organizations, corporate training, and sales and business training and coaching. Cindy has worked both with development and delivery of training. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and New Consultant Trainer and Coach for Pampered Chef, overseeing a team of phenomenal entrepreneurs. She also serves in HR for Entrust, a worldwide leadership development organization. Her other passions include ballroom dancing (which often involves teaching, too!), longbow archery, gardening, and training her paint horse to be a fantastic trail horse. LinkedIn Profile 

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