2020 Board of Directors

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President - Mary Jane Riccardi

Mary Jane has talent management expertise with over 30 years experience providing training and development and organization development services, managing learning systems and programs, managing performance management systems, developing and facilitating talent review and succession processes. She currently works at Kleinfelder, an engineering, science, and construction firm. Previously she worked for Bose Corporation in various T&D roles. She teaches Training & Development at UCSD San Diego Extension and has previously served on the Board as Co-Programs Director (2011/12) and Secretary (2013/14).


President-Elect - Bridget Randall

Hands-on experiential activities are what sets Bridget's talent development apart from the rest. She provides tools to navigate change management and targets developing strong teams. Her unique style focuses on improving communication to strengthen interpersonal relationships, resolve conflict and set the bar high for team morale. As a result, teams move forward and achieve their goals.

Recognized for her ability to tap 'into an individual's leadership potential, Bridget brings enthusiasm and engagement to the learning environment. She has been recognized for her utilization of the ADDIE adult learning theory model including developing curriculum, facilitation workshops and creating job aids. Her workshops include: Using Creativity & Innovation to navigate Change Management, Write to be Remembered and Acing the Interview.

Her training experience spans Southern California, Central Africa, West Africa and Southern China where she has coached adult and youth learners in for-profit and non-­governmental organizations. Recognized as an educator in San Diego and Riverside Counties she most recently facilitated professional development workshops for Sharp Grossmont Hospital nurses and the North County Business Chamber.


Past President - Annette Weinstein

Annette Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Cal Poly Pomona and spent 6 years working in the hospitality industry for major hotels. Annette's career in corporate training, her true passion, began 16+ years ago at the La Palma office of ADP. She is responsible for delivering instructor-led classroom (physical and virtual) training on technical features and functional aspects of the ADP products to both clients and  associates. She currently serves as a Learning Specialist at ADP here in San Diego.


CFO - Norma Hernandez

Norma Hernandez is Director of Operations & Organizational Development for Child Development Associates. She believes organizations must actively and tenaciously pursue progressive change to achieve their goals. Norma relishes creative approaches to problem­ solving that integrate the development of people, processes, and systems. Throughout CDA's extensive growth spells and program changes, Norma enjoys strategizing for individuals, groups and programs to achieve and sustain their maximum potential.

Norma is an avid life-learner and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kaplan University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. At industry conferences and events, Norma has spoken on topics such as emerging best practices in leadership, human resources, business management, operations and administration.

Norma enjoys spending her time with family, traveling, attending local and regional concerts and cultural events. She loves animals and supports humane and ethical treatment of all living creatures.


Director of Marketing - Sharon Lo

Sharon Lo is the Digital Learning & Development Manager at Helix Electric, where she leads the digital learning strategy of the organization. Day-to-day, Sharon designs and develops blended learning solutions on topics including new hire, compliance, product, software, and management training.

Her passion is to integrate instructional design, graphic design, UI/UX, technology, and neuroscience to create a fluid and immersive learning experience. Sharon holds double BS and BA degrees in neurobiology and psychology from the University of Washington.


Programs Co-Director - Gwen Franco

Gwen Franco is a Learning & Development Manager for Hyatt Hotels supporting 6 hotels in the San Diego and Park City region. She focuses on designing and facilitating leadership development trainings, offers performance coaching and created a podcast with over 30 episodes posted and 2000 downloads. Her performance coaching business is forthcoming where she will work with people to illuminate and invigorate their self-development. 

Gwen is a native Southern Californian and has lived in San Diego for 4 years.  She studied Philosophy at the University of La Verne and is currently working towards her CPTD certification.  Gwen describes herself as follows:  I am inquisitive so I love to ask why and I love tacos!


Technology Director - Tom Velasquez

Tom started his professional career by enlisting in the Marine Corps. He worked as a Legal Services Support Specialist. In addition to working in the legal field he deployed twice to the Middle East. After being promoted to Corporal, and then to Sergeant, he was responsible for developing and leading Marines during their career. He left the Marines in 2002 and continued his public service at the District Attorney's Office for the County of San Diego.

While a paralegal at the District Attorney's Office, he joined the DA's Office Paralegal Training Advisory Committee (PTAC). As part of the Committee, he was responsible for working with the committee to develop and deliver training to the paralegal community and the office. After volunteering with ATD San Diego and working the 2018 conference, he became more interested in transitioning into the Learning and Development and supporting people who want to grow in their career and leadership capabilities.


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