IOA Professional Development Committee (PDC)

About this Committee & Their Mission

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for developing and providing coursework that supports the mission of IOA and the training and development needs of IOA members. 



  • Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, University of Tennessee
  • Tessa Byer, Clemson University

Board Liaison

  • Jennifer Mahony, Boston Children's Hospital

DEIB Liaisons

  • Sonja Trent-Brown, Hope College

Committee Members

  • Alvinette BrooksGeorgia Southern University
  • Dr. Ernestine AW Duncan, Norfolk State University
  • Donna Louden, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Kristine Paranica, North Dakota State University
  • Hannah Pilla, Consultant
  • Sylvie Richard, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Lee Twyman, Rochester Institute of Technology (Retired)


  • To ensure proper marketing of all IOA training.
  • To ensure Foundations coursework is offered multiple times annually and in appropriate geographic locations.
  • To ensure six new online and relevant courses are offered on an annual basis.
  • To ensure the development of replicable courses that enhance the skillset for new and tenured ombuds.
  • To establish an infrastructure that will support future trainings in non-US regions.
  • To ensure that new Foundations facilitators are certified each year.
  • To ensure that course content is updated as needed.

Accomplishments 2019-2020

  • Held many successful programs including 2 core courses, 1 specialized course, 6 webinars, and 6 sold-out Foundations Courses
  • Partnered with International Outreach Committee to hold a sold-out Foundations Course in Colombia 
  • Assessed educational needs and gaps and
  • Launched online speaker and facilitator interest forms

To Join the Committee

If you are interested in joining this or any other committee, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more about available positions and complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

Volunteer Interest Form