2022 Emerging Training Leader Winners

Training magazine announces the 25 winners of its 2022 Emerging Training Leaders Awards.


Lorri Freifeld



Minneapolis (August 30, 2022)Training magazine named the winners of its 2022 Emerging Training Leaders awards, recognizing 25 training professionals who inspired and engaged their organizations with exceptional leadership skills, business acumen, and innovation. The winners have been in the industry for two to 10 years and have demonstrated stellar leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts.

These professionals will be profiled in the March 2023 issue of Training magazine and online at www.trainingmag.com. They also will be honored at an awards ceremony on February 13, 2023, at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort during the Training 2023 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL.

All Emerging Training Leader candidates had to be nominated by co-workers or industry peers. Training Editorial Advisory Board members and the editor/publisher judged the 66 nominations and chose the 25 winners based on the following factors:

  • Has been in the training industry for a minimum of two years but no more than 10 years
  • Took on at least one new responsibility in the last year
  • Successfully led a large-scale training/learning and development initiative within the last year that required management/leadership of a group of people and resulted in the achievement of a business/business unit goal (with results provided for Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4)
  • Demonstrates specific leadership qualities
  • Has the potential to lead the Training or Learning and Development (L&D) function at an organization in the next one to 10 years

In addition, Training created an “Emerging Training Leaders to Watch” list, which features five up-and-coming professionals who didn’t receive an award this year, but who are well on their way to becoming future Emerging Training Leaders.

The judges included:

Diane August, Chief Learning Architect, Nationwide

Brent Bloom, Founder, Brent Bloom Consulting

Douglas Bryant, VP, Training Sonic Automotive

Alison Bundgaard, AVP, Training, United Wholesale Mortgage

Tina Claure, Senior Learning Strategist and Curriculum Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jessica Edgerton, VP, Operations/Corporate Counsel, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Daniel J. Goepp, Managing Director, Learning & Development, PwC

Vicente Gonzalez, CLO/Director, Enterprise L&D, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jim Harwood, former VP, University of Farmers, Farmers Insurance

Glenn Hughes, Senior Director, Learning & Development, KLA Corporation

Graham Johnston, Leader, Talent Development Strategy & Innovation, Deloitte LP

Bruce I. Jones, former Senior Cast Development and QA Director, Disney Institute

Meredith Maples, Senior Director, Training, Keller Williams University, Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Hanna Neal, Learning Project Specialist, Americas Learning, EY

Michael Orth, Senior Director, KPMG Business School – U.S.

Robin Renschen, Director, Learning and Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Debra Ross, AVP, Learning & Development, BNSF Railway

Ross Tartell, Ph.D., former Manager, Learning & Development – North America, GE Capital Real Estate

Catherine Rickelman, Manager, IBM Learning

Emily Steinkamp, Senior Director, Learning & Development / Human Resources, Capital Blue Cross

Lou Tedrick, Vice President, Global Learning & Development, Verizon

Amanda Worrell, Senior Manager, Training and Development, Dollar General Corporation

Lorri Freifeld, Editor/Publisher, Training magazine

“Despite continued turbulent times, the 2022 Emerging Training Leaders steered their organizations to optimal employee performance and business success,” says Lorri Freifeld, editor/publisher of Training magazine. “Their ability to navigate under pressure; adapt and respond to change; and inspire their learners, direct reports, and colleagues is impressive. We salute these leaders who put their hearts and souls into training and charting new courses for learning and development.”

Training magazine’s 2022 Emerging Training Leaders are:



Bob Clark, Senior Manager, Training and Implementation, Autonation

Nicole Delinski, Director, Educational Operations, Jump Simulation

Autumn Scisciani, Director, Instructional Design and Organizational Development, Sonic Automotive

Emanuela Vasileva, Senior Manager, Learning, PPD, a Thermo Fisher Scientific company

Karel Wagner, Senior Instructional Designer, Prime Therapeutics


2022 20 WINNERS

Felicity Abreu, Training Specialist, AAA Northeast

Alexa Bacchi, Manager, Learning & Development – Systems & Tools, Indeed

Nika Ray Bennett, Director, Sales Effectiveness, Packsize

Kurt Bruce, Senior Sales Training Manager, Teleflex Medical

Kenya Collier, Learning Generalist, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

Ashley Davis, Senior Learning & Development Specialist, Thor Companies

Vanessa Delgado, Senior Manager, Training and Delivery, Verizon

Nikki  Gibbon, Leader, Learning & Development, Arizona Public Service

Josh Habig, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Paycor

Paul Irby, Team Leader, Williams & Fudge, Inc.

Lawrence Lanzetta, Senior Learning and Organizational Development Consultant, UNC Health

Todd Larson, Director, Simulation and Innovative Technologies, AdventHealth

Debbie Marino, Regional Learning and Development Advisor, Greystar

Craig Murrell, Senior eLearning Curriculum Developer & Facilitator, Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Will Reynolds, Director, Training, Mike’s Carwash

Damitha Senadheera, Specialist, People Development, Dialog Axiata PLC

Tyranny Smith-Yancey, Senior Director, Learning Capabilities, Change Healthcare

Radu Daniel Tomoiaga, Learning and Development Technical Consultant and Senior Business Program Manager, Microsoft

Michael Verrigni, Director, Leadership Development & Training, Sonic Automotive

Susan Wells, Regional Learning and Development Advisor, Greystar



Elizabeth J. Blanchette, Training and Development Specialist, AAA Northeast

SharLena Fonville, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Verizon

Maria Mondaca, Client Education Manager, FIS

Jennifer Starkes, Learning Generalist, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

Gabrielle Rodman, Global Program Manager, Top Talent Programs, Dell Technologies


About Training magazine

Training is a 58-year-old professional development magazine written for training, Human Resources and business management professionals in all industries that advocate training and workforce development as a business tool. Trainingalso produces world-class conferences, expositions, and digital products that focus on job-related, employer-sponsored training and education in the working world. Training is published by Lakewood Media Group.

Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.