IACET Board of Directors

The IACET Board of Directors provides governance and oversight in furthering the mission and vision. The Directors reflect IACETs constituent groups with 60% of the thirteen-member Board elected by eligible voting stakeholders. The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chair of the IACET Council on Standards Development serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

Kristopher Newbauer Chair
October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023

Rotary International
Evanston, IL

Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is Chief Human Resources Officer/Head of Global People & Talent at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organization in the world. Mr. Newbauer holds a Masters of Education (EdM) in Global Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM). He holds certificates in human resources from Cornell University, DePaul University, and the American Management Association. Newbauer serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Newbauer has a long history of service with IACET.  He was first elected as an IACET Board Member in 2009 and served as IACET President in 2013-2014.  He has served on the ByLaws Committee, the Personnel Committee, and currently chairs the Nominations and Elections Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. In 2018 IACET recognized his valuable contributions, exceptional service, and major leadership to the association by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award.

Laura Foxx Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair
October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC

Laura is Innovation Manager at Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Laura served as the IACET primary contact for Atrium Health from 2016 - 2020 and is currently an individual member of IACET (2020 – Present). 

Laura was recently named a 2021 Fellow of the University of Oxford (UK) Saïd School of Business Social Impact Investment Measurement Programme. She earned the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Laura holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, is research certified by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), and is certified as an executive and organization leadership coach from Columbia University/Teachers College.

Committed to life-long learning, Laura initiated and led the processes to gain workplace education and training

Paula Horwitz Secretary/Governance Chair
October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025

The Climbing Wall Association
Centennial, CO

Paula currently serves as the Executive Director with the Climbing Wall Association (CWA), partnering with the board of directors to strategically meet the needs of the indoor climbing industry. With over 15 years in management and executive leadership, Paula has built and lead diverse teams on the grounding principles of building strong relationships, respect, and individualized support.

Paula is the former executive director of education and events for the National Association of RV Park and Campgrounds where she leads the development and implementation of online and blended learning opportunities for members of the outdoor hospitality industry. She also served as the executive director of the ARVC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Foundation offers educational scholarships to promote growth and learning in the outdoor hospitality industry and Disaster Relief grants to those in theindustry impacted by natural disasters.

Passionate about providing opportunity for others to find success, Paula’s work over the past 20 years has focused on providing accessible learning that is immediately applicable and leaves a lasting impact. Paula earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Denver. Paula will begin her Doctoral studies in 2020.

Paula has served on the IACET Board of Directors since 2019; has served as the Nominations and Elections Committee Chair for three years; is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee 2022; and has served as Board Secretary substitute when needed.

Maria Diaz Member
October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2023

Site Safety, LLC
New York, NY

Maria is currently the Director of Training and Development for Site Safety, LLC , one of the top safety consultants in the United States, which offers site safety management, safety plans, safety programs, training, and fire safety. Their firm specializes in high-rise construction and major construction projects such as hotels/resorts, airports, commercial complexes, and stadiums.

With over 10 years of experience in the construction safety industry, Maria transformed their entire training department into a state-of-the-art facility and is responsible for the professional development of the organization's workforce and general public. She is responsible for the research, design, and development of the training courses to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal agencies. Maria and Site Safety's passion for adult learning in the construction safety industry extends across the nation, where they work with local community groups and non-profit organizations to offer free training for their members.

Maria attended the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where she majored in Business Administration and Marketing, and obtained a Human Resources Certification from PACE University. She is an active member of the NYC Chapter of The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and serves on IACET's Finance Committee. In addition to serving on the Finance Committee, she collaborates with other Board, Committee, and Council members, contributing her input to the growth of IACET.

Leigha Jansen Member
October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2023

Continued
Houston, TX

Leigha Jansen, EdD, CPACC, is the director of educational technology for continued, a national provider of continuing education in the fields of early childhood education, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Her 20+ year career has spanned from clinical care to education. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests focus on the use of emerging technologies and effective continuing education methodologies for adult learners. She recently earned the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential and is passionate about website accessibility relative to learning.

Dr. Jansen serves on the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Board of Directors and is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University School of Business and Technology in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Jansen resides in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with her husband and the family dog, Wilson. 

Daryl Lim Member
October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2023

DesignThinkers Academy Singapore
SG

Daryl is responsible for the implementation and advocacy of design thinking training and consultancy services for Asia. Daryl Lim brings over 15 years of experience in designing and creating a wide range of people related solutions. He has designed and co-created business and people management strategies working around employee career journeys.

His design solutions include skills maps, evidence-based goal management, personalised skills profiles, career progression pathways, training and assessment systems and courseware. He also helps individuals to design and build their own personal branding while enhancing their own career progression.

His advocacy of design thinking extends across  organisations in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Uganda, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, etc; with multi-national companies including Daimler, S-Three, Coca-Cola Company, Myanmar Breweries, Hewlett Packard, Great Eastern Life, Manila City Government, Bloomberg Philanthropies, AIG, BECA, etc. 

He represents the DesignThinkers Academy in strategising and implementing design thinking initiatives, trainings and projects in Asia. 

David Ortner Member/Personnel Committee Chair
October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025

Individual Member
Brookfield, WI

David Ortner is a learning, organization development, talent management, and human resources professional with fifteen years of related experience, including global practice. Currently working for Pentair as an HR Manager, Ortner holds a Master of Education (EdM) in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ortner previously served as the lead accreditation specialist for Rotary International's Global Headquarters (an IACET accredited provider), where he led professional development activities, including a comprehensive management development certificate program. In addition to his experience working with an IACET accredited provider, Ortner also served on the IACET Board of Directors, IACET Council on Standards Development, IACET Commission, and served on the IACET Communications Taskforce. Previously, Ortner was also an adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern College.

Steven Villanueva Member
October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025

NCG

Steven Villanueva serves as Vice President, Director of safety for Noble Construction Group, LLC. A leading Construction Management firm in the NY/NJ/FL residential and commercial real estate markets. Steve is responsible for the daily oversight of comprehensive occupational safety and health programs on New York City and New Jersey construction projects. Steve works closely with Developers, company ownership, corporate executives, project teams, and trade partners to ensure proper safety planning & worker training is incorporated into each phase of the development process. As an industry consultant, Steven has supported clients in developing predictive models toward incident prevention and instructed numerous tradespersons in topics associated with safety on the jobsite.

Steven has spent the last 12 years of his career, focused on injury and illness prevention in construction. Projects such as the World Trade Center reconstruction, Hurricane Sandy Rapid Repairs program, Hudson Yard Platforms overbuild, the AMTRAK Gateway Tunnel, as well as numerous residential building sites presented an opportunity to develop world class safety performance and training standards. Collaborating with Americas blue collar workforce, real estate developers, and governmental agencies granted him the unique experience necessary to impact adult education within this sector. Training needs analysis, instructional design, and site-specific orientation training development were key in ensuring a safe start to these mega-projects.

In 2017, New York City’s mayor signed local law 196, which set forth some of the most stringent construction safety training regulations in the country. One key aspect of the new legislation, was the designation of a site safety training taskforce, in which Steven was appointed. This 15-member group was tasked with advising the NYC Department of buildings on course curriculum content, duration, and rollout for 40 and 62-hour construction safety training required in all 5 boroughs of New York city. It was during this experience, Steve discovered IACET and its’ capacity to take safety training and education to a higher standard. In 2018 Steve officially joined IACET as an affiliate member, and was recently appointed as Co-Chair of IACET’s Construction Safety Advisory board. Their current objective is to bring the committee together and work towards the development of an IACET Construction Standard.

A first-generation New Yorker, Steve literally watched the city being built around him in his childhood years. Raised by a hard-working single mother, Steven developed a passion for education and a strong work ethic, which led him to attaining construction experience at a young age within the trades. Inspired by the message of “work safe, work smart” by his mentors in the industry, the importance of safety training and education became evident, leading him on a path of self-study and professional development within the field of construction safety.

Steve spends much of his time mentoring the next generation of construction professionals. He has recently completed 6 years of service on a Manhattan Community Board, where he advocated for budget inclusions toward workforce training and focuses on ensuring equitable pathways to training and workforce development. He has also served in leadership roles within the Economic Development and Land use committees. Having a son on the Autism spectrum has led Steve to become passionate about broader advocacy efforts for the special needs community, and a think-tank on pathways to support inclusive training for those with special needs.

Steve spends most of his “off-time” with his wife and children in New York.

Amie Brock Member
October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025

The American Institute of Resuscitation
Medina, OH

DAVID KAMEN Member
October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024

The Culinary Institute of America
HYDE PARK, NY

I am currently the Director of Consulting for The Culinary Insitute of America where I have been since 1999.  My first 12 years were on faculty teaching a variety of courses in the culnary arts AOS degree program as well as in the Continuing Education department.  In 2011 I moved full time to CIA Consulting where we create and execute custom training programs for a variety of industry clients such as college and university, healthcare and senior living, hospitality, and food manufacturing.

I have been on the IACET Board of Directors since April 2022

Sandheep Menon Member
October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024

IBIS Educational Services
IN

Sandheep Menon is a Partner and the Executive Director of Ibis Educational Services. He holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering from Government Engineering College, Kerala, India.

The growth of Ibis as a training provider was propelled by the implementation of ANSI/IACET standards. Securing IACET accreditation was instrumental in gaining not just the confidence of learners but also our hiring partners. The standards implemented in the design, development, delivery and assessment of our courses ensured that learners are not only proficient but also competent to face the challenges of real world. The joy of providing a second chance to thousands of learners and playing a pivotal role in reaching their goals is beyond words to articulate. Truly this delight is the obsession for CET industry and the adulation for IACET. 

It is true that the CET Industry is growing rapidly across the world. However, outside US, this growth is not calibrated by authentic quality systems. This presents a unique opportunity for IACET. For example, a 1.3 Billion market like India is also one world’s biggest human resource exporter. However, there is not a single authentic and trustworthy accreditor here. Hence, this truly a virgin market for a quality CET accreditor like IACET and I believe that I am uniquely placed with my academic and professional experience from both sides of the globe to support IACET brand.

I am confident about the endless possibilities of IACET across the world and the positive impact it can bring in the lives of millions. I yearn to be part of this wonderful movement and contribute to my best in educating the world to bring out the best in each individual and develop global citizens that the world can be proud of. 

Kelly Morin Member
October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2024

 
 

Learning and Development professional with 20+ years of experience in instructional design, training facilitation, and educational leadership
Gulf Breeze, FL

 

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