President & Founder
Dale Ludwig has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992 with the mission to provide the best presentation and facilitation skills training possible. Since then he has worked to do just that. In addition to being one of Turpin’s lead instructors, he also serves as our Chief Learning Architect when tailoring learning engagements for our clients. Dale is a frequent blogger and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. He’s excited about his latest book, also co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger, Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.
Greg Owen-Boger has been with Turpin Communication since 1995, first as a cameraman, then instructor, account manager, and now vice president. Schooled in management and the performing arts, Greg brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the organization. Greg is one of Turpin’s facilitators and coaches. When he’s not with clients, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Greg is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and was the 2015 President of ATD, Chicagoland Chapter. He is a popular speaker, frequent blogger, and the co-author of the book The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined. His latest book, also co-authored by Dale Ludwig, launched in 2017 and is entitled Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning.
Director of Sales/Facilitator/Coach
Dana Peters has spent the past 20 years in leadership roles implementing strategic plans and leading solution-based sales, service, and business development initiatives. After participating in one of Turpin’s public workshops, she became a huge fan of their approach to presentation and facilitation skills training. So much so, she decided to join the team. In addition to her work at Turpin, she owns her own business, Mondo Learning Solutions, and also serves on the board for the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. In her previous life, Dana spent 15 years in the credit union industry as the Executive Vice President of a mid-sized credit union in Milwaukee. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from St. Ambrose University.
Barbara Egel is an experienced trainer and presenter who has worked in a variety of fields from qualitative consumer research to children’s multimedia publishing. In each of her roles, Barbara has specialized in helping people get comfortable in situations that, at least at first, are uncomfortable. This includes helping fiction writers get comfortable with writing code, and enabling marketers and product developers to talk directly with their customers. Most recently, Barbara was Vice President at Primary Insights, Inc., a boutique qualitative research consultancy. At Turpin Communication, Barbara is a workshop coach and account manager and was the developmental editor of The Orderly Conversation. She has degrees from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
Milena Palandech started her career more than twenty years ago as a facilitator for a company that specialized in classroom-based communication skills training. When training started moving online, she went to work for one of the largest eLearning companies, where she helped corporations develop online courses for their employees. Over the years, she has held roles in L&D, sales, sales management, and operations. She is a coach for Turpin workshops and is often called upon for executive coaching.
Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.
Blaine Rada, CSP
Blaine Rada worked as a corporate trainer in the mortgage industry for 20 years. At Turpin, he coaches individuals to be more effective communicators, and he believes all communication, whether it is written, spoken, or in an online environment, begins with proper context setting. Blaine was named “America’s Greatest Thinker” by winning The Great American Think-Off, a national philosophy competition. He holds a Certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University, and has achieved the highest earned designation in the speaking industry, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association.
Susan Plank spent 15 years in academia and corporate organizations developing and training people. She is now a consultant based in St. Louis helping organizations solve people problems by providing a genuine and honest perspective on employee satisfaction and performance. Susan earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Truman State University and a Masters in Communication from Saint Louis University. Searching for a more effective way to offer presentation skills to her clients, Susan discovered The Orderly Conversation book and immediately reached out to the authors. As it turns out, flattery worked. She’s now a trainer and coach for Turpin.
Kevin Vogelsang graduated from Governors State University with a BA in Mathematics. While attending college, and for a time after, he managed restaurants. After learning that restaurant work was not the career for him, Kevin joined the Turpin team in 2016. He focuses on managing the office, getting workshop materials where they need to be when they need to be there, and ensuring nothing is overlooked in the operations of our fast-paced business. From time to time, Kevin runs the camera during some of our more complex workshops.
Mary Vogelsang worked in commercial real estate for over twenty years before joining the Turpin team. It was a welcome change of pace to transfer her accounting skills to a new industry. She has a BS in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Mary participated in a session of Mastering Your Presentations as a learner and appreciated the skills and confidence she gained through that experience. She enjoys working behind the scenes to support the goal of helping clients untangle their business communication.
Britt’ni holds a BS in Music Business and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. She is a creative and composed business-savvy marketing professional with over 10 years of progressive experience across a vast range of marketing functions and industry segments. She joined Turpin in the early part of 2018 and is excited about working to enhance and expand our online presence.
Mary Clare Healy
Mary Clare is an experienced learning and development professional with a strong background in instructional design, facilitation, and coaching as well as adult learning strategy. She started facilitating for Turpin in 1996. After taking a break for about a decade to explore other opportunities, she is back. While on hiatus, she worked as the Global Director of L&D for a multinational data/information company. Her responsibilities encompassed executive and leadership programs, continuous performance, and professional and functional training to help drive the organization’s strategy. She is passionate about helping others grow their careers.