Sara Madsen, President
Instructional Designer - Border States

Sara loves empowering others to grow. She would like nothing more than to visit with others about their talent, skills and career aspirations and then lead them on a path to success. At a company with a nationwide footprint that means partnering with the business to provide professional and essential skill curriculums with online learning as well as virtual and classroom opportunities. She has never really thought of herself as a techy sort of person, but she is! Sara uses technology tools to engage remote audiences in learning. Sara knows that being a board member for ATD ND is a fantastic opportunity to share what she knows and learn from all of you too.

Sarah Johnson, President Elect
Talent Development Specialist, ELO CPAs & Advisors 

Sarah has worked in the field of Learning & Development for 10 years. She is passionate about helping people learn & grow. In her current role, Sarah works with onboarding new hires, she developed, launched, and oversees the mentor program, and she works with leadership of the firm to streamline processes and procedures. She has also designed and implemented various soft skills training courses.  In her spare time, she keeps busy by teaching yoga classes at her own studio: Be You Yoga, and spending time with her husband and children. In 2021, she earned the credential of CPTD. 

Braden Ashworth, VP of Finance
Support and Training Coordinator - American Federal Bank

Hello there! My name is Braden and I have been in the banking world since 2008. My career started in downtown Minneapolis shortly after college with Wells Fargo. I then transitioned over to US Bank where I spent 7 years as a Branch Manager and Commercial Business Specialist. In December of 2021 I made my way over to American Federal Bank as a Support and Training Coordinator. I spend my days offering internal Associate support along with training development and delivery.

I enjoy what I do very much and look forward to training for many years to come. I live in North Moorhead with my wife Kylie, and our three children Taran, Rowan, and Beckett. We have two delightful dogs Belle, and Sonny.

Additional activities include Playing in an acoustic duo with my wife called “Lonely Pines”, drumming for various local acts, and attempting to play golf. My family and I are also avid campers and love to travel and visit new places.

Kari Harwood, VP Communications and Marketing
VP, Retail Training Manager - Border Bank

Kari Harwood has been in bank leadership roles for 15 years, and most recently leads training initiatives for retail employees at Border Bank. In this role, she creates effective content, executes virtual trainings on initiatives, and partners with other departments to identify and implement efficiencies in processes. Kari is a graduate of the Dakota School of Banking and the ND Center for Technology Women's Leadership Program. She graduated from Concordia College with degrees in Business Management and Spanish. In her free time she is usually spending time with her husband and kids, or planning their next adventure. 

Danielle Smith, VP of Programming Administration
Learning & Development Systems Administrator – Western Bank

Danielle is responsible for building, creating, and delivering engaging and effective learning paths for coworkers throughout retail banking. Her passion lies in having the opportunity to be involved in each person's development in their own career. She is a Certified Bank Training Professional (CBTP) and enjoys opportunities to learn from others and continue her own professional growth. Danielle is active in volunteering with Junior Achievement and in her spare time she soaks up all the things tied to being a BoyMom!  

Katie Larson, VP Programming Recruitment
Organizational Development Manager - TrueNorth Steel

Katie has been employed with TrueNorth Steel since 2015 in various roles and currently serves as their Organizational Development Manager.  Her main role is to continuously improve their internal people processes, along with creating and facilitating leadership development opportunities. With her experience at TrueNorth Steel in the Safety and Quality departments she works closely with those departments in an effort to ensure an accurate database of training records are maintained to meet external Quality and OSHA standards. She holds certifications such as OSHA 10 General Industry, Certified DiSC Practitioner, and ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate.

Brent Johnson, VP Special Programs
Manager, Learning Experience Facilitators - WEX

I currently serve as the Manager of the Learning Experience Facilitators at WEX, where I have worked for 2 years. In my role, I lead a team focused on supporting new hire onboarding, upskilling, and cross-training across mostly call center, service, and operations roles. Prior to my time at WEX, I worked in higher education for nine years, focusing on student development, leadership, involvement, campus programming, and conferences and events. I am an active member of the ND ATD chapter, where I have been engaged for the past two years - most recently volunteering with the current VP of Special Programs to help organize and plan the 2023 Fall Mini-conference. I greatly value ND ATD and the opportunities it offers for professional growth and meaningful networking opportunities.

Elizabeth Barton, Board Member at Large - Fargo Area 
Talent Development Consultant - Noridian 

Elizabeth Barton is proud of her 26-year career at Noridian where she has gained experience with customer service, technology, and training. She spearheaded the implementation of their first Learning Management System as well as implementation of their current website Content Management System. Most of her career was focused on public-facing education through webinars, mailings, and the creation of job aids. With her transition in February 2023 to the Talent Development team, she’s enjoying being immersed in an internal training culture where she supports the company onboarding program, eLearning, and Instructor Led Training.

Lorelei Anderson, Board Member at Large - Bismarck Area
Training Coordinator/HR - Bravera Holdings Corp.

Lorelei Anderson has worked in training and development for over 20 years, and has a passion for helping others. Her role with Bravera since 2015 has included managing online training and the employee intranet, and coordinating employee training events. She joined ATD several years ago to connect with others in her field, and enjoys the networking opportunities and access to additional resources the organization provides. When not working, she enjoys time with family and friends, singing in the local Civic Chorus, and finding ways to make a positive impact for others. 

North Dakota ATD is comprised of a number of elected board positions. When applicable, board vacancies are announced to ND ATD members, and voted on each fall for terms beginning the following year. 

If you have interest in a future board position, please email us at

PO Box 10261
Fargo, ND 58106-0261

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