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 of providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. Since then he has worked to do just that. In addition to being one of Turpin’s lead instructors, Dale is our Chief Learning Architect when tailoring learning engagements for our clients and holds a Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coaching certification. Dale is a frequent blogger and the co-author of two books The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined and Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide to Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning, both written with Greg Owen-Boger.
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 and holds a Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coaching certification. 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 two books The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined and Effective SMEs: A Trainer’s Guide for Helping Subject Matter Experts Facilitate Learning, both written with Dale Ludwig.
Director of Sales/Facilitator/Coach
Dana Peters has spent the past 22 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 our approach to presentation and facilitation skills training. So much so, she decided to join the team as Director of Sales and coach. Dana is our in-house virtual delivery expert. She is also a certified Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coach. In addition to her work at Turpin, Dana owns her own business, Mondo Learning Solutions, and also served 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.
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 working for Turpin in 1996. After a few years, she took a break for about a decade to explore other opportunities. Now she is back as a coach. While on hiatus from Turpin, she worked as the Global Director of L&D for a multinational data/information company. Her responsibilities included executive and leadership programs, continuous performance, and professional and functional training to help drive the organization’s strategy. Mary Clare also holds a Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) coaching certification.
Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she worked 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. In addition, Sarah supports the operations, sales, and marketing functions at Turpin, and she is instrumental in the management of eCoach, our blended learning platform.
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.
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 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. She currently is on the faculty of Harold Washington College in Chicago, where she teaches writing. At Turpin Communication, Barbara is a workshop coach and was the developmental editor of The Orderly Conversation. She has degrees from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
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.
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. With Kevin’s can-do attitude, he wears many hats at Turpin. He manages the office and workshop logistics, keeps the books, researches and implements SEO strategies, and runs the camera for some of our more complex workshops. Generally, Kevin ensures that the lights stay on and nothing is overlooked in the operations of our fast-paced business.