Program Advisory Board

Students enrolled in the Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) program experience a robust curriculum designed in partnership with leaders from a broad cross-section of industries nationwide in the learning, design and technology field. The LDT advisory board includes professionals from organizations such as American Honda, Boeing, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Farmers Insurance, The J. Paul Getty Trust and the National Archives and Records Administration. The board provides curriculum recommendations, webinars that complement the LDT program and practical field-based experiences to help ensure that LDT students learn the most relevant and current techniques in the marketplace.


Board Members

Helena SeliHelena Seli, PhD
Faculty Chair Advisory Board
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Helena Seli, PhD is an associate professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education and faculty chair for Learning, Design and Technology. Helena’s teaching and research focus on the design of effective instruction, the promotion of student self-regulation to optimize learning and performance outcomes as well as effective implementation of educational technology. At USC Rossier, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that guide students in implementing social cognitive and sociocultural theory and principles to address issues related to learning and motivation. Along with Myron H. Dembo, PhD, she is the author of “Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning” (5th edition) (Taylor and Francis, 2016). Helena earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Kavita GuptaKavita Gupta
Chair Advisory Board
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Kavita is a former consultant, corporate trainer and adjunct faculty member with over 10 years of experience in employee development for public and private sector companies such as Citicorp and IBM. As an adjunct at the University of New Hampshire and Maine, she conducted workshops for professionals and mid-level managers on needs assessment, how to design training programs and the effective use of print. For the past 15 years, she has led numerous large and small-scale trainings, publicity and communications initiatives for USC, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society Midwest Division, private and public schools. Kavita is the original author of the best-selling book, A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley, 2014) and has also served on chapter boards of the Association for Talent Development and presented at national trade conferences. Kavita has overseen thousands of professionals and volunteers, is actively involved with the USC Office of the President Ambassadors and USC Associates and also serves as literacy chair for the Rotary Club of Long Beach. Kavita graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and holds an MA in Sociology from Rajasthan University in India.
Bridget ClementiBridget Clementi
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As vice president of community health, Bridget has over 17 years of experience in improving child health outcomes and has successfully launched and led innovative prevention programs and education initiatives that have gained statewide recognition in Wisconsin. She was instrumental in launching an eLearning health education platform, Healthy Kids Learn More, which offers health education curriculum in a blended approach for students, teachers, staff, and parents in Wisconsin schools. Passionate about building, supporting and maintaining healthy communities that provide the foundation for healthy families, Bridget dedicates her professional time to engaging in collaborative partnerships with government and community-based organizations, community residents, philanthropic communities and elected officials across the greater Milwaukee community. She serves on advisory boards including Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Safe & Sound Inc., Milwaukee Succeeds and Moving Healthcare Upstream Learning Collaborative. Bridget holds a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Kathryn CodyKathryn Cody
The J. Paul Getty Trust
Los Angeles, California
Kathryn has over 20 years of experience in educational technology. At The Getty Trust, she oversees and directs all aspects of enterprise I.T. education for end users using digital materials. She applies comprehensive knowledge of advanced training and web development techniques to manage the most complex communications and education projects and provides support for all I.T. application implementation projects using web technologies. She previously worked as a professional development manager at the First Consulting Group where she developed educational programs for consultants and solutions for clients including programs such as project management, introduction to consulting, and coaching. Kathryn has also developed synchronous and asynchronous e-learning courses, built websites and developed computer based training programs. Kathryn is a member of the Project Management Institute and Association for Talent Development Los Angeles chapter. She is a certified project management professional, and holds an MA in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Phyllis CrandonPhyllis Crandon
Los Angeles, California
Phyllis was formerly the senior vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Pasadena, California where she oversaw wealth management for high net worth clients. She was in the banking industry for over 40 years starting her career at Security Pacific and First Interstate Bank, later moving on to mid level and senior positions at U.S. Trust, Bank of America and Union Bank. Phyllis currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Community Foundation and the program committee of the Rotary Club of Pasadena and previously was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scouts of America. She is also a member of the planned giving committee of the Huntington Library and Gardens where she volunteers as a K-12 student facilitator and docent. Phyllis earned her MBA from the University of Southern California.
Jessica DeCanioJessica DeCanio
Farmers Insurance
Los Angeles, California
Jessica DeCanio is director, University of Farmers, claims. In this role, she is responsible for leading the training team, which develops the technical expertise and leadership capabilities for more than 11,000 Claims employees. Jessica has on-boarded new account managers and changed the mindset around individual development plans. In 2011, she took on an enterprise learning role within the University of Farmers on the learning and organization development team. In this role, she focused on building professional, management and leadership development programs for the company. With more than 17 years in the learning and development field, Jessica first started her career as a public relations manager for a training company. She specialized in developing communication and leadership skills where she received a deep immersion into learning and consulting by filling roles in marketing, operations, sales and coaching. Jessica holds an MBA from Grand Valley State University.
Susan Friedman Susan Friedman
The Boeing Company
Los Angeles, California
Susan is a senior instructional systems designer at The Boeing Company. In her current role, Susan supports enterprise-wide initiatives in the areas of continuous improvement, legal, regulatory and compliance, and on-boarding. Prior to this, Susan applied her experience and education to develop learning solutions and analyze global instructional content at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. She has more than 20 years of combined experience within legal and manufacturing companies and her legal experience began after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she became a litigation paralegal at a large global law firm specializing in intellectual property, securities, and insurance. Her responsibilities also included a mentoring role where she led a team that developed monthly interactive workshops. Susan has a strong desire to know how people learn, how to know what needs to be learned and how to know that learning occurs. She holds an MEd and an EdD with an emphasis in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.
Janie HoneycuttJanie Honeycutt
American Honda Financial Corporation
Los Angeles, California
Janie is currently responsible for the development and implementation of large-scale change initiatives and transition management strategies designed to support organization-wide performance excellence at American Honda. For the past 20 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies serving the entertainment, government, healthcare, education, hospitality and financial services industries with expertise in change management, coaching, workshop facilitation, instructional design, performance improvement, project management, conflict management, problem solving, goal setting and executive coaching. She has also served as director of Special Divisions for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Los Angeles and currently volunteers as an advisory board member for home ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc. and a member of the Miracle of Living committee at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Janie received a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University were she guest lectured in the school of communication and provided course instruction and counseling to undergraduate students in Advanced Consulting Practicum and Communication Theory. She is currently earning a Master of Communication Management (MCM) in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Jeff MillerJeff Miller, PhD
Cornerstone
Los Angeles, California
Jeff is the senior director of talent management at Cornerstone, a global human capital management technology company. In this role, he creates and drives strategy around global learning and development, employee engagement and talent mobility. Jeff also provides management and leadership training and coaching to create unique, different and fun learning experiences for over 1,900 employees globally. He is a contributing author for Inc.com on “The Science of Workplace Motivation.” He also writes for the Cornerstone blog and speaks globally on leadership issues and challenges. Prior to Cornerstone, he was the global head of learning and development at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Anna’s Linens. He has also spent nearly 25 years in public education as an educator at the Foshay Learning Center and Santa Monica College and is a formerly tenured professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Jeff has also held positions as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University. He also earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Gary RauchfussGary Rauchfuss, PhD
National Archives and Records Administration
McLean, Virginia
Gary is the director of records management training at the National Archives and Records Administration in McLean, Virginia. Over the past 20 years, Gary has held public and private sector positions focused on the application of evidence-based learning science to modernize training and education programs. His interests include application of evidence-based learning strategies, effective uses of educational technology, and acceleration of expertise development. He has served in diverse instructional design, training, and management positions including working with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Command, Intelligent Decision Systems, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Gary has worked on a variety of initiatives including development of training program strategic plans, implementation of learning technologies, and improvement of the training and development workforce. Gary serves as a volunteer with the Partnership for Peace Consortium and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies working on international curriculum and faculty development projects. He earned his PhD in Education from Capella University and an MS in Education from the Old Dominion University.