Skills Bank & Speakers Bureau

Valleys of Virginia members may post on this website, their professional profile, skill sets, and training programs offered to fellow members and the community.  This is also a venue where members can find others in the Chapter with beneficial expertise to assist with their endeavors.


Please download and complete the Microsoft Word form below and e-mail it to

Skills Bank Directory Form


 Kristina R. Barkhouser, CPLP, Excelen Performance, Inc.   |

Excelen is an innovative provider of superior business training, process, and performance solutions based upon current learning and performance best practices and experiences.  Solutions are collaboratively developed and implemented in order for clients to experience sustainable performance improvements.


Kristina R. Barkhouser is the founder and President of Excelen Performance, Inc.

Kristina has over 20 years of experience in technical and interpersonal skills development with a background in presentation skills and instructional design, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and active learning techniques. With nearly ten years of direct training experience in the pharmaceutical industry, she specializes in designing training to meet the needs of a variety of educational levels and learning styles, while ensuring regulatory compliance. Kristina has a background in Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Education, and Instructional Design and has earned the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) credential. Kristina has a talent for designing interactive learning experiences to improve employee effectiveness and increase organizational performance. Kristina is also a frequent speaker and presenter at regional, national and international conferences. In addition, she is the author of numerous published articles on effective training and development and a book on Leadership Communication.

Expertise in the following areas: Leadership, Customer Service, Train the Trainer, Presentation Skills, Change Management, GMP Training, Communication, Compliance, Creative Thinking/Problem Solving, Education, E-Learning, Goal Setting, Instructional Design, Management, Organizational & Performance Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Time Management, Workforce Development

Current hot topics and books are:  "Leadership Communication:  Straight from the Horse's Mouth" - What the human/equine relationship can teach you about being a better leader and "The 7 Social Graces of STANDOUT Customer Service" - Rediscover the 7 social graces necessary to make your service culture shine!

 Jennifer Leake, CMC, Assessment Pros LLC   |  Email Jennifer Leake

Jennifer Leake is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) and a leading authority on Employee Selection, Engagement and People Results. Using Employee Assessments and Employee Engagement, she works with HR professionals, Sales Leaders and Executives seeking to transform their organization into a place where employees LOVE what they do, ENJOY who they work with, and RESPECT who they work for. 

She developed the Get Engaged People System™ to give companies a system to HIRE the right people, ENGAGE them for higher performance and retention, and LEAD with managers who people want to work for.  The result is you have the right people - engaged and motivated - and led by SMART™ leaders. 


Expertise in the following areas: Certified in several Pre-Employment Skills and "Job Fit" Assessments, DISC Behavioral styles, and Emotional Intelligence. She has expertise in Leadership, Performance Management, Talent Management, Teambuilding, and Workforce Development. Click here for Speaking Topics. 

 Kim Novak, LPN, Friendship, Inc.
Geriatric Certified Licensed Practical Nurse since 2003. Employed with Friendship Retirement Community since 2002. Works in Human Resources as a Training Coordinator. Cross trained in various HR roles. Orientation. Corporate Compliance. Occupational Health. Risk Management

Relias Learning Specialist. Course creation and attendance monitoring.  Monitor and support e-learning. Assisted Living Regulations and Health Care Oversight. Nursing Re-Engagement designer to help support and educate current nursing staff. Design and monitor training calendar. Chair of the President’s Forum of the National Gerontological Nurses Association. 

Expertise in the following areas: Assessments, Compliance, Diversity, Education, E-Learning, Human Resources, Organizational

Laura Francis, Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia
 Volunteer Coordinator at a nonprofit educational organization, teaching students in Kindergarten through 12th grade financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.

 Expertise in the following areas: Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Creative Thinking/Problem Solving, Education, E-Learning, Goal Setting, Instructional Design, Leadership, Organizational Communication, Project Management, Technology, Workforce Development

 Laura Croft, Community Housing Partners
 Director of Learning and Development. Community Housing Partners (CHP) works with private and public partners to design, preserve, construct, manage, and sell award-winning homes in the southeastern United States. Building on a long-standing tradition of environmental, economic and social responsibility, CHP’s programs encourage community revitalization, foster financial stability for our residents, and promote a healthier planet for future generations.

Laura began her professional career in the banking industry in 1996 and joined Community Housing Partners in 2013.  Laura began working in professional development in 2004 and has developed and trained many programs since that time.  She has held several roles including Manager of Professional Development, Senior Manager of Leadership Development and her most recent role with CHP as Director of Learning and Development.  In her role, she oversees all professional development for the organization.    She is certified to teach several training programs including programs from FranklinCovey, DDI, Blanchard, Vital Smarts, and Achieve Global.  She has been teaching the Quest team building program since 2008.  Laura received her BS in Organizational Communications from Freed-Hardeman University and her MBA from Virginia Tech.

 Expertise in the following areas: Coaching, Communication, Customer Service/CRM, Emotional Intelligence, Goal Setting, Leadership, Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Time Management

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