About Us
About Us

Industry Leading Experts

Quality Training Systems is the industry expert in applying and providing training on the Systematic Approach to Training, which is also known as the SAT process.

The QTS team combines an eclectic mix of expertise: in-depth knowledge of instructional systems, expertise in the facilitation of small group meetings needed to work with subject matter experts, a working knowledge of system operations, and strong project management.

QTS has designed, developed, administered, and maintained dozens of training programs to satisfy the requirements of standards such as NERC PER-005 and 49 CFR 243. QTS has produced the full range of materials needed to support such standards, including job task analysis (JTA), training designs, training materials, and policy/procedure documents. We work closely with our clients to provide the customized assistance and advice that is needed to make sure that every client’s project is successful.

Our Purpose

Training Makes a Difference. We Make Training Happen.

Our Values

  • Take Pride in What You Do
  • Add Value for Our Customers and Industries
  • Make It Happen
  • Obstacles are Opportunities
  • Own It

Our Process

We know, as you do, that training can make the difference between people making it home at night or not. Effective training keeps organizations out of trouble, keeps people safe, and keeps everything running. Check out Our Process below and what it means to work with QTS.

Working with QTS

Listen

It all starts with a conversation. We ask a lot of questions and seek to truly understand your goals. We take a systemic view to the situation, looking at things from more than one angle to ensure we’re getting at the root of the challenge we’re facing together.

ALIGN

We’ll use 3-part communication to ensure we heard you correctly, and completely. By clearly defining the obstacle, we identify the opportunity ogether. We confirm our understanding of your challenge, provide you with options and our proposed solution, and get to work

PLAN

Once we have your go-ahead, we’ll develop a plan that defines who does what, and what you can expect when. We’ll kickoff the work as a team. We will own this challenge as if our own success depended on solving it (because we believe it does!).

Work

Here’s where we operationalize the solution. We execute using techniques refined over two decades of making it happen for our clients. We’ll keep you informed, working at your side as a partner and regularly checking in to ensure we’re on track and on target.

Complete

The last milestone is met, the final deliverable provided. We’ll have a close-out conversation with you to review what’s been accomplished and ensure it’s something we can all take pride in. Even more, we’ll talk about what you can do to build on this success and sustain it.

Sustain

Our partnership doesn’t end with the delivery of a final report. It’s important to us that this work “sticks” and you’re still getting value. We’ll check-in after awhile to see how you’re doing, and offer additional resources, suggestions, and/or coaching.

Our Team

Consulting Team

Stefanie Pressl, M.S.

President

An Valentino, M.A.

Manager Consulting

Carolyn Zimmerman

Senior Consultant

Jan-Michael Bach, Ph.D.

Consultant

James R. Schaller, M.Ed.

Consultant

Greg Hackett

Consultant

Brian Legg, Ed.D.

Consultant

Timothy McCullough

Consultant

Jessica Cooperstein, M.A.

Implementation and Training Consultant

Nan Castle

Training Coordinator

Software Team

Daniela Petrovic, M.A.

Manager Software

Prabhu Sampathkumar

Senior Software Developer

Stephanie-Lynn Laude, M.Ed

Quality Assurance Analyst

Business Team

Tim Hickey, M.S.

Vice President

Ashley Hammons

Office Manager

Wynter Kaiser

Manager Marketing and Sales

Adam Reisinger

Sales Account Representative

Stefanie Pressl, M.S.

Stefanie Pressl, M.S.

President

As President of Quality Training Systems, Stefanie leads a team of software developers and training and performance consultants who are dedicated to their clients’ success. Stefanie helps clients achieve their training, PER-005 compliance or performance goals. As an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Stefanie takes a holistic approach to solving performance issues. She leverages her unique perspective to help clients achieve their goals in a variety of ways, from developing turnkey training programs complete with all department processes, through development and execution of mitigation plans that return companies to compliance, to creating standalone training courses. Stefanie partners with her clients to help them win executive sponsorship and resources for their departments, and she guides organizations through major change initiatives.

An Valentino, M.A.

An Valentino, M.A.

Manager Consulting

An has her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and nearly a decade of experience in assisting QTS clients in both achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance with NERC’s PER-005 standard. An has expertise in designing and building training programs for a wide range of electric utility customers, as well as developing and implementing innovative solutions to help clients successfully resolve training challenges. An merges technical knowledge with project management strategies to lead the QTS consulting team in coordinating client projects and ensuring delivery of superior and timely results.

Carolyn Zimmerman

Carolyn Zimmerman

Senior Consultant

Carolyn has been providing documentation and training services to industry and utility clients since 1982. She is a recognized expert in improving the usability of operating procedures. In the training arena, she has more than 15 years of experience in performing job and task analysis and designing performance-based training programs. She also designs and develops operating and administrative procedures; major corporate programs, proposals, reports, and software user manuals. She has served clients in computer technology, defense and national security consulting, manufacturing, and utilities including electric, gas, steam, and wastewater treatment.

Jan-Michael Bach, Ph.D.

Jan-Michael Bach, Ph.D.

Consultant

Jan holds a M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Regional Studies and is specialized on capacity development and organizational reform. For nearly two decades, he worked with governments around the globe to increase their efficiency and efficacy for improved public service delivery. His approach to capacity strengthening draws on his experience that no organization can be served by a one-fits-all solution. Since moving to New York, Jan is supporting the application of the “Systems Approach to Training” to develop custom-tailored training designs for clients from the electric utility industry.

James R. Schaller, M.Ed.

James R. Schaller, M.Ed.

Consultant

James has 40 years of experience in industrial training, technical writing, curriculum design, and training delivery in both public education and private consulting. He specializes in job skills and compliance training design and development, training delivery and management, technical writing, and technical editing. As a member of the consulting team at QTS, James implements the ADDIE process while serving on training development project teams. James taps into his deep experience as well as his M.Ed. to deliver results. James says of his approach to the work: “I believe that fundamental curriculum design paired with the insightful application of learning theory can help solve any training challenge.”

Greg Hackett

Greg Hackett

Consultant

Greg is a NERC-certified Transmission Operator and Senior Technical Trainer with a wide variety of expertise gained through operations, training, and management positions in military, federal, state, local, and tribal organizations. His experience in the US Navy Nuclear Power Program, civilian nuclear industry, emergency management, and the electric utility industry have equipped him with a deep understanding of operational and technical training. Greg’s philosophy to “making training happen” starts with listening, and he believes truly understanding an individual or teams’ training challenges is first and foremost to the development, administration, and delivery of effective training solutions. His knowledge and skill set provide a diverse perspective to address a spectrum of our clients’ training needs.

Brian Legg, Ed.D.

Brian Legg, Ed.D.

Consultant

Brian holds a doctorate in educational leadership and has over 25 years of experience developing training programs for various clients such as the US Navy Nuclear Power Program, electric utilities, and higher education institutions. Brian is a recognized expert in curriculum development, Human Performance Improvement (HPI), and organizational culture transformation. As a member of the QTS Consultant team, Brian uses a Systematic Approach to Training model as a guide to help clients achieve high levels of success in creating and improving their training programs.

Timothy McCullough

Timothy McCullough

Consultant

Timothy is currently completing his Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizations Psychology, and is excited to begin his career at Quality Training Systems. Being early in his career, he has adopted a learner’s mindset in the workplace, leveraging both his knowledge gained in graduate school and experiences at work to gain a better understanding of the electric utility industry, PER-005 requirements, and the Systematic Approach to Training. He is currently focused on learning QTD and its functionalities to improve his ability to offer support to users who are experiencing issues with the software.

Jessica Cooperstein, M.A.

Jessica Cooperstein, M.A.

Implementation and Training Consultant

Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is currently completing her PhD in the same discipline at DePaul University, researching the impact of trainer experience on trainee perceptions and overall training effectiveness. Jessica combines her extensive research knowledge along with her hands-on experience in training design, job and task analysis and organizational processes to help drive effective training for our clients. In her role as Implementation and Training Consultant at Quality Training Systems, Jessica leads training workshops which help clients take their training programs to the next level using a systematic approach to training. Through a blend of collaboration and instruction, she helps customize training solutions that build organizational proficiencies and maximize the benefits of the QTD software

Nan Castle

Nan Castle

Training Coordinator

Nan’s inquisitive and altruistic nature has led her in a career of supporting business operations in various companies and industries. Her skills in communication and organization make her a natural for her role as Training Coordinator. Nan holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Columbia College, Chicago, so it is no surprise that she approaches projects and problem solving with creativity.

Daniela Petrovic, M.A.

Daniela Petrovic, M.A.

Manager Software

Daniela has an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a Certified ScrumMaster®. Since joining QTS, Daniela has provided analysis and design support for numerous job and task analysis projects and has provided training to help clients successfully implement QTD products within their training departments. Daniela uses her knowledge of PER-005 requirements, QTD functionality, and Scrum methodology to lead the QTD Development team in coordinating and planning development timelines in order to ensure on-time releases of QTD products.

Prabhu Sampathkumar

Prabhu Sampathkumar

Senior Software Developer

Prabhu has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M, B.S. from India and is a certified PMP. As our Senior Software Developer, he handles design, development and maintenance of QTS software solutions and delivers vital enhancements to our applications based on client needs. Since joining QTS, Prabhu has played a key role in recent releases, taking our software suite to new levels of performance. Having spent more than a decade in various software development and IT roles, Prabhu draws on his considerable experience to drive continuous improvement for our clients.

Stephanie-Lynn Laude, M.Ed

Stephanie-Lynn Laude, M.Ed

Quality Assurance Analyst

Stephanie-Lynn primarily works with the QTD team in their efforts to continually improve and refresh the available suite of software products. Her daily goal is to create the best user experience possible for clients using QTD and its add-on modules. She additionally assists the team with QTD product support and training. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and draws on this knowledge to incorporate solutions for all learners.

Tim Hickey, M.S.

Tim Hickey, M.S.

Vice President

As Vice President, Tim enjoys helping our clients succeed by providing them with solutions to their challenges. Drawing on his more than 20 years of experience in consulting, manufacturing, and electric utilities, Tim works to understand and then meet clients’ needs, providing the right QTS products and services at the right time. Prior to joining QTS, Tim was most recently a director with Exelon Corporation, where he was responsible for strategy and a multimillion-dollar HR cloud technology implementation. As a certified corporate coach and industrial/organizational psychologist, Tim strives to deliver people-centric, systems-oriented solutions for customers that not only meet today’s needs but deliver sustainable results.

Ashley Hammons

Ashley Hammons

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Ashley keeps QTS running smoothly by tackling compliance issues, bookkeeping, and human resources. Her strong background includes experience working as a Paralegal and Office Manager at big tech companies and boutique law firms. Ashley always puts a positive spin on any obstacle she comes across, and she loves to solve the puzzles which come from running a business, especially when it comes to keeping employees in the know.

Wynter Kaiser

Wynter Kaiser

Manager Marketing and Sales

Wynter has a B.A. in Marketing, Advertising, and Art and over ten years of experience in Marketing Communications. With a background in brand development, professional editing, and web and graphic design, Wynter leads the QTS marketing and sales initiatives, publicity campaigns, and event promotions across all public platforms. Her expertise in strategic messaging, design, and layout is redefining QTS brand positioning to engage and support current customers as well as reach new ones in need of our unique and customized training solutions.

Adam Reisinger

Adam Reisinger

Sales Account Representative

As the Sales Account Representative, Adam splits his time between servicing the accounts of current clientele and pursuing business development opportunities with new organizations and industries. Adam has a double B.A. from Purdue University in Sales Management and Financial Planning. He draws from his previous experience as a mortgage banker and recruiter to offer both a high level of customer service to existing customers as well as critically problem-solving for new affiliates to provide solutions that meet their training needs. Adam thrives on thinking outside the box in the ever-changing arena of highly-regulated training, and focuses on a full understanding of client’s needs when drafting and proposing software and consulting solutions.

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Energy

QTS is known as the “go to” team for PER-005 compliance services. Start with our leading expertise in all phases of the systematic approach to training, our broad knowledge of system operations from collaborating with hundreds of subject matter experts, and top it off with robust tools included in the Quality Training Database – you’ve got the perfect formula for compliance, efficiency, and excellence!

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Railway

49 CFR Part 243 establishes regulations that require railroads to develop training programs for safety-related employees and submit to the FRA for approval. With our deep experience in helping organizations meet stringent training regulations, QTS can help you successfully navigate this new set of requirements, and establish meaningful training programs that yield real results!

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Oil and gas

Quality Training Systems helps with compliance management in oil & gas. Oil and gas is facing critical challenges, increased regulatory pressure and consequences, and larger and more complex facilities and procedures. QTS can help companies enhance their workforce performance.

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Healthcare / Laboratory

Quality Training Systems can help keep practices and laboratories up to date to meet stringent regulatory requirements. QTS’ core business is optimizing the performance of our clients’ workforce, and we’ll provide the expert advice and quality results you need to get it right.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

Manufacturing organizations are tasked to meet safety and other training requirements while keeping a productive and cost-effective workforce. QTS can help develop the training your workforce needs to reduce accidents, cut waste, and stay in line with regulations.