The votes have been counted and your voice has been heard. The results for your International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) 2013-2015 Board of Directors are in! On April 17 at THE Performance Improvement Conference in Reno, NV, join us in welcoming our three newly elected officials to the Board of Directors:

  • Mary Ellen Kassotakis, CPT, EdD, President-Elect, Corporate Representative
  • Bonnie Beresford, MBA, Director, Practitioner/Consultant Representative
  • Janet Buckenmeyer, PhD, Director, Academic Representative

Mary Ellen Kassotakis, Bonnie Beresford, and Janet Buckenmeyer will join the other elected board members (Lisa Toenniges, President; Jack Phillips, Past President; Cathy Brown, Treasurer; Lucy Newman, International Director; Brett Christensen, Director, and April Davis Executive Director) on the 2013-2015 Board of Directors to make up the nine-member ISPI Executive Committee.

Serving on the Board of Directors for ISPI provides individuals with an opportunity to participate in setting policy and direction for the organization that represents our profession. Those who have previously served on the Board found the experience to be rewarding, challenging, and fun. Past appointees have gained a great deal from the experience.

President-Elect, Corporate Representative
KassotakisMary Ellen Kassotakis, CPT, EdD,
serves as the director of the Leadership & Professional Center within Oracle’s Global Organization and Talent Development Group (Human Resources). She has more than 20 years of experience in large, global companies; her areas of expertise include leadership development, organization development, talent management, consulting, diversity, leadership coaching, change management, and strategic planning.

Mary Ellen’s academic background includes a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, an MBA from San Francisco State University with a focus in international business, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Certified Performance Technologist. Additionally, she earned the Co-Active Professional Coach Certification from the Coaches Training Institute and maintains the Associate Coach Credential from the International Coach Federation. Mary Ellen is the co-author of Social Media at Work: How Networking Tools Propel Organizational Performance (2010, Jossey-Bass).

She has been in the field of field of human performance technology (HPT) for more than 20 years. Mary Ellen’s first introduction to HPT was in 1987 when she learned of Donald Kirkpatrick’s Training Evaluation Models, Joe Harless’s An Ounce of Analysis, and Robert Mager’s Criterion Referenced Instruction. Since that time, she has been fortunate to work in a wide variety of HPT arenas in the corporate world where she can apply the latest thinking, research, and best practices.

Mary Ellen has volunteered with Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, the Sacramento Professional Business Women of California, Roseville Joint Unified High School District, Girl Scouts of Tierra del Oro, Families First, the Junior League of Sacramento, and the National Charity League. 

Director, Practitioner/Consultant Representative
BonnieBeresfordBonnie Beresford, MBA,
has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human performance technology. She specializes in measurement, process improvement, training, and performance support. Her hallmark is ensuring any investment in people is tied to measurable business outcomes. A seasoned practitioner and consultant, Bonnie has led cross-functional client teams through process improvement engagements including needs analysis, alternatives evaluation, solutions development, implementation, and measurement.

She has served on the Michigan ISPI Board of Directors for the past six years as VP finance (twice) and president (including president-elect and past president) and volunteered at the international level as a conference track chair, proposal reviewer, and member of the Chapter Partnership and Honorary Life Member Award committees.

Bonnie co-authored “The Development and Evolution of Human Performance Improvement” with Harold Stolovitch (in Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology) and was a contributor to Fundamentals of Performance Improvement, 3rd edition.

She is vice president of client services at Capital Analytics, a consultancy specializing in measuring the impact and optimization of human capital investments. Her ROI and business impact work earned the Excellence in Practice Award and three Chief Learning Office Business Impact awards for her clients. Bonnie is currently a PhD candidate in human capital management at Bellevue University.

Director, Academic Representative
BuckenmeyerJanet Buckenmeyer, PhD, has been an educator for more than 15 years, including the last nine years as program chair of Instructional Technology and Design at Purdue University Calumet where she is the chair and founding member of the Instructional Technology Program Advisory Committee. Her areas of expertise include effective instructional design and technology integration and research and measurement.

She is a national and an international presenter, with invitations from Vienna, Austria; Beijing, China; Penang, Malaysia; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; Seville, Spain; Venice, Italy; and Lisbon, Portugal. Janet has authored and co-authored numerous publications on effective instructional design in the online and digitally enhanced environments. Articles have appeared in such journals as the International Journal Learning of E-Learning, The Internet and Higher Education, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, and Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning.

Over the years, a major focus for her has been introducing her graduate students to human performance technology and ISPI through guest presentations by leaders in our field. In addition, Janet works closely (and successfully) with her local ISPI chapter to encourage students to join and attend programs.

She holds leadership positions at Purdue University Calumet, including an appointment by the chancellor to the University Forum–a leadership team comprising faculty and administrative leaders. Janet was elected by her peers to be a member of the university-wide Faculty Senate. She was also elected to be chair of the Faculty Senate’s Affairs Committee (representing and advocating for nearly 300 full-time faculty members). Her accreditation experience includes serving as a member of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (regional university accreditation) Committee. Janet also has significant national accreditation experience with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For more information on your current elected officials please visit Board of Directors.