Our Team

Susan "Sue" Drake

Susan "Sue" Drake

Compelled by the belief that “The truly educated never graduate,” Sue stepped away from a successful career in corporate training to plant a new seed for even greater success as an entrepreneur. Sue’s passion for lifelong learning, her personal approach, and business savvy fueled Drake Resources growth. The company blossomed. Today it is a thriving venture that exceeds client expectations by providing creative impactful learning solutions. While the need for gainful employment is usually the main attraction for internal staff as well as consultants, it is the infectious nature of Sue’s enthusiasm and positive leadership style that roots highly qualified professionals in a long term relationship with the company. Modeling in word and deeds the famous quote by JFK, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” ensures that Sue will always be surrounded by a loyal talented team with a wide variety of clients to serve and delight.

Nicole De Falco

Nicole De Falco

Hailing from Dobbs Ferry, NY with 20 years of experience in the training and development/OD industry including performance consulting, instructional design, facilitation, marketing and sales, Nicole is responsible for the strategic vision and organizational direction for the Ascendis Learning Connection. She serves as the primary point of contact for the Experts whose learning solutions are at the heart of ALC’s value proposition.   Nicole came out to Illinois to attend Northwestern University. She decided to stay until the Cubs win a World Series. While waiting, she found a lovely husband; earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, had two boys, and developed a fanatical love of all things NFL.

DonnaLee Caringella

DonnaLee Caringella

DonnaLee taps into over twenty years of business experience in human resources, learning solutions and project management to source top-notch skilled and motivated consultants for Drake Resource client projects and internal business needs. A woman with many talents, she also serves as an instructional designer, facilitator, project manager and relationship manager for the company. The variety and challenge of wearing different hats give her energy and creative inspiration. DonnaLee lives by the saying, “Variety is the spice of life!” An avid dog lover, DonnaLee volunteers with K9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore; a program where children’s reading levels sky-rocket and all those dogs rejected by Laurie’s cats gain renewed confidence.

Denise Flack

Denise Flack

They say that behind every great leader, sits a genius with an abacus. If that’s true, then Denise Flack is Drake Resources brilliant behind-the-scenes bean-counter. Denise deals with the day-to-day accounting activities for Drake and supports the business’s client and consultant information requirements. Denise came to Drake with more than 20 years of accounting experience and helped structure the company for continued growth. With a sharp mind and infinite amount of patience, she keeps us all organized, on track, and well equipped to make fiscally sound decisions. Denise’s fantastic organizational skills come in handy on the home front as well. She’s the mother of two teenagers determined to keep her busy at all times. Denise enjoys watching her son bowl and her daughter dance.

Robbin Miller

Robbin Miller

Robbin has over 20 years of administrative experience in many different industries working with many talented and creative people. Robbin has an incredible work ethic and excels in relationship management and development. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are instrumental in her role at Drake Resources as our Talent Management Coordinator. Robbin, a Colorado native, now calls Connecticut her home with her two active children, husband and their dog, Miley.  She enjoys kayaking, hiking and practicing yoga.  

Diane Kreuscher

Diane Kreuscher

Diane joined Drake Resources with 30 years of experience in the newspaper and magazine industry serving as editor and assistant editor. Diane enjoys meeting and working with creative people, which is why the Client Communications and Public Relations position remains an ideal fit. She volunteers for the Westosha Kiwanis Club by participating in several annual fund-raising events. Diane was born in Chicago and currently resides in Paddock Lake, WI. Although labeled a “Cheesehead” simply by her location, Diane is and always has been a devout Chicago Bears fan. Diane relishes time spent with her four grandchildren.

Suzie Ama

Suzie Ama

Suzie forms the West Coast coalition for Drake Resources. Suzie is responsible for the development and maintenance of our Learning Management System. Thanks to her over 20 years of experience in graphic design and 16 years as a web designer/developer, our LMS is aesthetically pleasing, well organized, and extremely user-friendly. In addition to her work with Drake Resources, Suzie is a tenured community college faculty member and teaches web design online, using Moodle. She also serves as an instructional designer for the college’s new renewable energy program. Her passion is using technology to help others communicate more effectively. In her spare time, Suzie enjoys vegetable gardening, hiking, and skiing.

Susan Meismer

Susan Meismer

Susan’s extensive experience in human resources, instructional design and organizational development, plus recent work in eLearning make her the perfect person to assist DonnaLee in her communications and data management efforts for consultants.  She plays a vital role in the interviewing and on-boarding processes and is often the first person perspective Consultants meet when interviewing for an internal or consulting role with the company. We definitely have our best foot forward! Susan has worked for several years as an independent consultant and has served in leadership roles at Abbott, Morton International, and ITW and other large companies.  She and her dog are a Pet Therapy team for Memory Care centers and Susan is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. She is also currently designing a pro-bono eLearning program to assist family members and caregivers in communicating with persons with dementia.  

April Hayman

April Hayman

April Hayman lives in the Mojave High Desert of California.  She’s been an instructional designer for over ten years, with an emphasis on Learning Management Systems and e-learning. While working primarily with educational institutions, April has experience with such diverse industries as manufacturing, human resources, and occupational safety. She and her husband  have three boys all of whom are homeschooled with curriculum April designed. April and her family live on a micro-ranch with two dogs, two kittens, and 18 chickens! April is active in her church, with teaching preschoolers being a favorite ministry. An avid reader and writer, April participates in the National Novel Writing Month yearly. And, if that weren’t enough, she practices calligraphy and writing to her many pen pals around the world.