Based on the results of our member elections, It is my esteem pleasure to introduce you to ISPI Potomac Chapter’s leadership for 2017-2018. These fine professionals represent the best of our field and I am extremely confident that under these leaders the Chapter will continue its momentum and succeed in every way.
President Peter Baverso
Peter Baverso is an experienced coach and trainer, active in the Performance Improvement community since 1996. Peter leads the human performance practice for Marine Corps Acquisition; serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Phoenix, John Sperling School of Management; and is Vice Dean/International Director for Organizational Transcendence for the International Organizational Change Management Institute.
President-Elect & Session Chair David Rudd, CPT
David Rudd is the Director, Training & Development for the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General. Currently, he is the Vice President of Membership for the Potomac Chapter. After retiring from the Navy in 2006, Dave held various government positions in Adult Education and Development. He is an Adjunct Professor at UMBC teaching a course in Human Performance Technology in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Program. Dave earned a MEd in Adult Education and Development from Strayer University and a MEd in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University. He also has a Masters Certificate in Return on Investment Methodology (ROI). In addition to being a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), he is also a Certified ROI Professional (CRP) through the ROI Institute and Certified Trainer/Human Resource Development Consultant (CT/HRDC) through the International Board of Certified Trainers.
Vice-President of Administration Lenz Bayas
Lenz currently works as an Instructional Design Consultant and developer of courses across a variety of domain areas, including Financial Management, Program & Project Management, and Leadership & Management. He has design courses for instructor-led, virtual, and blended training deliveries.
Vice-President for Finance Jim Govoni
James K. Govoni is General Manager Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A. Annapolis-Galesville-Gambrills. Jim joined the firm as general manager in 2000. He started his career in funeral service after a four year tour of duty in the United States Navy. While stationed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, he worked part time for the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, P.A., Bethesda, MD where he became an apprentice mortician in 1982. He attended the Catonsville Community College, graduating in 1984 and obtained his morticians license in 1985. In 1987 he joined the then Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, MD where he and his partner Jeffrey Jorney reside. The firm was sold in 1989 and became the Beall-Evans Funeral Home, changing in 1993 to the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home. He became manager in 1997. Jim is a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Dignity USA/Washington, and West Annapolis Business Association where he was treasurer for seven years.
The new officers will take over on July 1. In the interim, lots of things are happening highlighted by the International Conference in Montréal in late April and Potomac Chapter sessions in May and June. Looking beyond, we are still seeking additional members who would like to volunteer some time in support of Chapter programs such as membership, marketing, and session planning. For those who left their names on the ballot—thank you! For others who wish to volunteer an hour or two a month, please let me know by email. Volunteering at ISPI Potomac is a great way to give back to our HPT community. For those of you not yet and/or considering a membership with the ISPI Potomac Chapter, I recommend you take a look at all the great professional benefits the Chapter has to offer. Navigate to: www.ispi-dc.org and take a look.
As I look back on my tenure as President, I took over the Chapter from Storm's very capable hands and certainly hope I leave incoming President Peter Baverso with a Chapter that is on par (if not better than) what was given to me. I am committed personally and professionally to the success of the Chapter and will continue to support our mission into the future. That said, there are two members I would like to thank for helping me through my tenure as President: Molly Wankel, who is our foundational rock and the gatekeeper of our Chapter history; and Storm Freeman, who as Past-President met with me periodically to be of great assistance and a sounding board for current and new initiatives.
I would also like to extend a hearty thank you to all of our Chapter members who contribute to our collective successes. You all made my tenure a breeze.
Yours, in performance.
Bill Yeager, CPT
President, ISPI Potomac Chapter