2017 Board of Directors


Dan Bixby has been a training leader for over 15 years. As an author, speaker and training leader he is passionate about creating training programs that are effective and valuable. He is an expert in helping technical subject matter experts become effective instructors.

Dan is a training director at CommScope, Inc., based in Shakopee, MN. He is excited to return to the ATD board and is looking forward to a year of growth and excitement amongst Twin Cities learning professionals.

Past President

Janet Mancini has over 15 years of experience as a corporate finance and management professional working for several Fortune 500 companies.

Janet has spent the past 3 years as a financial consultant, utilizing her data analysis and project management skills on a variety of interesting projects. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Organizational Development. Her dissertation topic is employee engagement, which is a subject she is passionate about.

Janet joined ATD-GTC in 2008 and has served on the finance committee since becoming a member.


Betsy Bailey has over 20 years’ experience in the field of learning and organizational development. She excels in disciplined learning, leadership execution and corporate fitness.  As a territory manager with New Mexico Dale Carnegie Training, her ability to untangle human potential was a returned investment to large and small businesses. Over the past four years, she has gained invaluable experience working within The Metropolitan Council and owning Right Fit Partnerships, GBC to support a culture of cross-sector collaboration, global engagement and leadership contribution.  

Betsy believes profitabilty is a front-line position shared by everyone and is passionate to take words off paper and put them into practice. With holistic approach to learn as fast as the industry is changing, Betsy achieves high expectations for others and is delighted to become a quick asset as ATD-GTC President Elect.

VP Professional Development

Mary Rapaport
is a business to business (b2b) marketing executive specializing in transforming Marketing in companies that want to accelerate their growth.  A high-energy change agent, Mary helps companies to build growth-oriented marketing capabilities including B2B brand strategy, product launches, go-to-market, voice of the customer, thought leadership and closed-loop demand-generation campaigns.

In her spare time, Mary is an active mentor, speaker, facilitator and instructor. She has always focused on the intersection of marketing and training, knowing Communication, Connection and Knowledge Transfer are each an aspect of growth.

Leveraging over 20 years of experience, Mary works with companies that specialize in technical or complex products and services and who want to become indispensable to the buyers and decision makers in their target markets. Whether it’s persuading prospective customers to buy or helping users learn how to make the most of a product, Mary has built a career helping companies to better connect with their target audience, building marketing programs and helping them better connect with their customers.

Executive Director

Esther Sykora has served on the board since 2008. Where besides completing the president track and now serving as Executive Director, she also served as the Director of Finance, and Regional Conference Director.                        

Esther has extensive, diversified experience with a Fortune 500 company in finance and accounting, and professional training and development. More recently she has been working as a training consultant focusing primarily on financial acumen for small businesses. She draws on her years of experience working directly with business leaders as a internal financial consultant to develop and deliver training in the arenas of financial and general business acumen.

She is a respected facilitator, and accomplished developer who incorporates experiential learning to achieve learning objectives. In this role, she has facilitated both computer and board simulations, she has developed and coached action learning projects, and collaborated on developing computer simulations. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Leadership for 2 years. She is a speaker for the Arthritis Foundation.

Co-Director of Professional Development

Terri Brooks has supported the growth and development of others throughout her career.  Terri currently is the Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist at Dakota County.  Previously, she was the Training and Development Manager at the University of St. Thomas and the Director of Learning and Development at A’viands.  Prior to her career in learning and development, Terri worked in a variety of positions as a Registered Dietitian. 


Terri has a BS in Dietetics and a MS in Training and Human Resource Development.  She also has completed the Mini Masters programs in Project Management and Lean Enterprise at the University of St. Thomas.  She has held several board positions for the Twin Cities and Minnesota Dietetic Associations and is looking forward to serving on the board for ATD-GTC. 

Co-Director of Professional Development

Kristina Wagner has designed curricula and delivered workshops, presentations, and trainings at college, non-profit and government agencies.

Several years ago, Kristina was introduced to professional coaching and welcomed the depth it brought to her work with adult learners. Since then she has earned several coaching credentials and now uses a coaching approach to enhance learning in individual and group engagements. 

Kristina’s enthusiasm involves coaching as a model for learning and development. Kristina holds a MS in Counseling and she is currently a doctoral student, studying Educational Leadership.

Director of Membership
Staci Gilbert, Senior IT Training Specialist, has worked at Medtronic, in the Global IT for the last 9 years on the Organization Readiness team and at Medtronic for 15 plus years. Staci develops and delivers blended learning for global applications at Medtronic.

She completed her Masters of Education, Corporate Training and Knowledge Management, at Jones International University in 2005. Staci’s undergraduate work was completed at University Wisconsin River Falls with BS in Biology, Art minor.

Director of Sponsorship

Fred Badiyan began his film career in his native Iran in 1958 as the head of sound engineering, director, editor in Iran's largest motion picture facility. His talents were used on over one hundred theatrical productions, scores of industrial films, television and radio commercials, and a series of films for the United States Information Agency.

In 1968 Fred came to the Twin Cities and began putting his considerable and unique talents as a motion picture director to work on the production of corporate and public relations films, video, training and marketing programs and television commercials. He incorporated Badiyan Productions in 1976 where he is president, owner, and producer. Eventually, he was involved in the entire spectrum of corporate communications, working for nearly every major corporation in the Midwest including Fortune 500 companies, both state and federal government agencies and many health care facilities. Firms such as 3M Company, IBM Corporation, Cargill, Honeywell, and Deluxe, and medical firms such as Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, and Allina Health have been served well by Badiyan, Inc.

Fred has turned Badiyan, Inc. into one of the most complete Twin Cities corporate training and marketing companies, offering media and training programs in video, interactive media, web delivery and mobile applications. With over 300 industry awards to its credit, including Clios, Badiyan, Inc. has been the most stable force in the Twin Cities video community for over twenty-five years. Fred Badiyan has established himself as a stable leader, technically, creatively, innovatively and with results within the worldwide communication industry.
SIG Co-Chair

Cindy Edwards, Find Your Fit™ LLC., offers Career Development coaching and talent development services for individuals and groups. Cindy has been an active participant in both training and career development communities in the Twin Cities for over 10 years. She is an active member of ATD-GTC; acting as the co-leader of the chapters Coaching Special Interest Group. She holds an M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas, is an AAC -ADDCA Certified Coach, and is currently completing a Brain-Based coaching certification through the Neuroleadership Institute.

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