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Judith A Hale. Ph.D., CPT

Principal of Hale Associates and CEO of The Hale Associates Center

9s211 Graceland St,

Downers Grove, IL 60516    

Cell Phone: (630) 235-0195 Email:    

 Judy has been a consultant to the public and private sectors for more than 25 years.  She specializes in the design of evidence-based certifications and the sustainability of major initiatives.  She has written one of the most used texts on performance improvement, the Performance Consultant’s Field Guide, 2nd Edition and the most referenced book on certification, Performance-Based Certification:
how to design a valid, defensible, and costs effective pr
ogram 2nd Edition
along with many other books related to evaluation and performance.  Her latest book, The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide was co-authored by Deb Page.

Judy is known for her ability to explain complex concepts clearly.  She is also known for her practicality and delivering programs and services that produce meaningful results.


  • B.S. Ohio State, Communications
  • M.S. Miami of Ohio, Communications
  • Ph.D. Purdue, Instructional Design and Educational Computing
  • Fellow, The International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI)
  • IIA, Insurance School of Chicago, Management
  • CPT, The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Sharon L. Gander, M.Ed, CPT

COO Hale Associates Center
9s211 Graceland St.
Downers Grove, IL, 60516

 Phone: (816) 589-6566 Email:

Ms. Sharon L. Gander, M.Ed., CPT has twenty five years leading strategic performance improvement projects.  She
specializes in accreditation development, learning solution development and learning/knowledge infrastructures.  She has worked with government, education, heath care, information technology, veterinary medicine, supply chain logistics,
energy sector, and not-for-profits.

She is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) since 2005, has renewed successfully every three years and
participates as an application reviewer in the CPT double-blind application review process for the International Society
of Performance Improvement (ISPI).  In addition, she has been active in the development of three new accreditations 
for ISPI.

Ms. Gander has a special interest in life/bio-sciences that shows in her work with healthcare IT and veterinary medicine. 
One special course was co-developed with a professor of genomics preparing software developers to create
bio-infomatics software that would withstand the rigors of FDA medical devise testing. She was a volunteer docent in 
the “on floor” lab at the Science Museum of Minnesota teaching concepts in acids and bases, chromatography, bubbles,
magnetism, forensics, motion, and more. 

Ms. Gander has significant experience working with international task forces and subject experts.  Recently, she worked with the International Facility Managers Association in the development of accreditation test questions.  This project worked with subject experts in Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, and China. An essential component of this project was special attention to Plain Language/Global English standards in order to create performance-based assessment questions that would be appropriate in all regions of the world.

Ms. Gander has a special interest in learning and knowledge management infrastructures and technologies.  She has integrated non-traditional software for courseware development and deployment via a non-traditional virtual platform, developed courseware design methodologies, developed courses and instructor training for traditional online learning platforms, and promoted learning management solutions for small businesses.   She has been working with technology for learning and development since 1980 and continues to update her skills for emerging tools and practices.


  • BS, Special Education/Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
  • MEd, Educational Administration, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
  • CPT. Certified Performance Technologist
  • CIDD, Certified Instructional Designer/Developer
  • ID(SLG), Certified Instructional Designer specializing in Serious Learning Games
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