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ATD - Charlotte Board of Directors

Elected annually, the Board of Directors manages the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the chapter. Here, you can learn more about our chapter leaders, including how to get in contact with any board member when you have questions or feedback.

Scott Chatelain


Scott has built a career of helping organizations engage their employees, navigate change, and helping people find the jobs and organizations that ignite their passion. With experience in talent development, leadership development, and human resources development in a variety of industries, Scott currently works at W.L Gore in their Enterprise Transformation Office as Associate Experience Change Manager. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from WVU and a Master's of Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University. Scott currently lives in Charlotte with his wife Mary Beth and three children. In his free time, you will find Scott mountain biking, hiking, and running trails.

Get in contact with Scott.

Adrienne Thomas

Past President

With 20 years of payroll and human resource management experience, Adrienne considers professional development her second career as she is always studying trends to elevate the knowledge and skills of herself and others. Training is more than her job; it's her passion. Her mission is to promote success through learning. Adrienne holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Marketing Management and Speech Communication. Her time outside of work is spent with friends, family, and her three children.

Get in contact with Adrienne.

Tony Devine


Tony enjoyed working, learning, and leading in the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) industry with over 25 years of leadership in Senior Management, Sales, Marketing, NASCAR, and Training roles for Kimberly-Clark (K-C).  In order to be the best, and successfully compete among Proctor & Gamble and Georgia-Pacific, K-C invested heavily in its people with ongoing formal training and leadership development to consistently upskill and instill a growth-activated mindset. This passion for a well-trained and winning culture led Tony to purchase VisionCor, a Training and Development Corporation, to help organizations and people navigate problem-solving, create opportunities, and manage constant change in the marketplace. Tony’s joy comes from his Christ-centered faith, a wonderfully blessed family, and the enjoyment of the great outdoors with its endless activities.

Get in contact with Tony.

Lara McKinnon


Lara has been a professional trainer, facilitator, and instructional designer since 1994. Her career began with the American Red Cross, where she provided HIV/AIDS education. She moved into technology training upon receiving advice from a friend and, while the products have changed over the years, Lara has a natural talent to make the complicated understandable. Lara is currently employed at MetLife as a Senior Sales Instructional Designer.

Get in contact with Lara.

Dan Black


As the Chief Learning Strategist, Dan provides non-profit, government organizations, and small businesses with strategic consulting and learning development services that leverage the power of their people. He leverages over two decades of talent development and training experience to help the client develop and deliver relevant, provocative, and impactful training solutions.

Dan brings his diverse experience as a business owner and in corporate America to every engagement. As a sought-after speaker, trainer, and facilitator, Dan has delivered programs to over 10,000 people nationally and has given numerous keynote talks with a unique delivery style that both engages and entertains audiences with his energy and expertise.

Visit www.learninginnovationsgroup.com to learn more. 

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Kelly D. Smith, Ed.D.


Kelly Smith brings a broad mix of professional skills to training and development from careers in forensic science, secondary and higher education, and consulting. She is devoted to helping people improve their data and equity skills in the pursuit of data-informed decision making and the creation of environments supporting economic and social mobility. Kelly's education includes a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from NC State University and graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She founded AEWAS Consulting, and currently works with Achieving the Dream, Belmont Abbey College, and the Collins Center for Public Management. In addition to serving with ATD Charlotte, she volunteers with the Charlotte Regional Data Trust, the SouthEast SAS Users Group, and the NC Association for Institutional Research.

Get in contact with Kelly.

Susan Byerly, CPTD

Vice President of Professional Development

Susan has supported various management and Learning & Development teams since 1995, working with programs, projects, and even delivering training to groups internationally. Susan currently supports the Learning & Development team at Brighthouse Financial in Charlotte and her passion is to be an excellent resource for her company, community, and chapter. She has many years of involvement on the Board of Directors, including a term as President in 2018. Susan is a Charlotte native and attended Appalachian State University. When she isn't working, you can find Susan rooting on the Carolina Panthers or playing in her yard with her husband Michael and her 2 lab-mix dogs.

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Keith Devoe

Vice President of Finance

Keith has worked in the Learning and Development industry since 1990. Initially employed as a facilitator and designer at Dreyfus Corporation, he designed and delivered courses covering proprietary and non-proprietary software applications. In 1996, Keith left Dreyfus and began working for Seligman Data Corporation, the service arm of JW Seligman Mutual Funds, as a lead trainer and designer on a small team of training personnel. Keith has been a member of ATD - Charlotte since 2006 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Get in contact with Keith.

Catrina Murray

Vice President of Membership

Catrina is a versatile training and development professional with expertise in successfully managing training projects, facilitation, and instructional design for complex technical and professional development topics. Her degree in Human Resources Management from Florida State University and a variety of work experiences led her to this fulfilling career. In addition to ATD, Catrina volunteers with Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, ensuring college students have opportunities for professional development. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Kevin, a filmmaker, and their cats Dartanyan and Banshee.

Get in contact with Catrina.

Pete Lafferty

Vice President of Technology

Pete has spent over 20 years in higher education administration where he mentors students in leadership development, group dynamics, personal and professional development and assists with orientation, technical training, and student retention.

Pete joined ATD in October 2019 and has enjoyed his experience and the learning and networking provided by ATD.

Pete earned a masters in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State, an MBA from La Salle University, and an HR graduate certificate from La Salle University.

In his spare time, Pete enjoys keeping up with current events, reading, volunteering and enjoying time with his wife Holly and their dog Vivian.

Get in contact with Pete.

Sylvia Yarborough

Vice President of Marketing

Sylvia Yarborough is a training and development professional with over 20 years of experience in building training and development programs in the public and private sectors. Her mission is to help others achieve the lives they want to live through sustainable careers. She currently manages the Advanced Information Technology training program for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. 

Get in contact with Sylvia.

Natalia Muller

Vice President of Communications

With 20 years learning and development and performance consulting experience coupled with her passion to positively impact others, Natalia is ready to “talk shop” anytime! She has accumulated vast experience from numerous roles with companies in multiple countries. Natalia considers herself a lifelong learner: she has her graduate degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University, holds both CPTD and PHR professional certifications and has been published in the national T&D magazine. Natalia supports the learning function as a Senior Business Execution Consultant in Wells Fargo. She enjoys leading strategic initiatives, developing learning, executing and evaluating programs to enable people to do their best. She spends her personal time with family and friends, spoiling her Siberian cat, reading, gardening and travelling.

Get in contact with Natalia.

Oscar Cuellar

Vice President of Operations

Oscar’s leadership experiences encompass a variety of executive education, military, retail, and manufacturing industries. With over 25 years of corporate management and educational experience, his focus is on operational and educational excellence. Oscar has a Master of Science in Management from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the University of Washington. Oscar is a retired U.S. Navy Reserves Commander after serving for 23 years. He has served on various ships and lived in Japan, Spain, and Peru during his naval career. He holds a teacher’s license with the state of North Carolina and has served as a NROTC Instructor at North Carolina State University.

Get in contact with Oscar.

Chris Arline

Vice President of Programs

As the Director of Client Engagement at Dale Carnegie, Chris has been a trainer/coach for 10 years. His specialties are presentations, human relations, communications, stress, personal effectiveness, getting buy-in and employee engagement. He has worked with numerous industries including Automotive, Tech, Grocery, Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retail with US based and Multinational companies.

Prior to joining Dale Carnegie, Chris was in the television/media industry for 17 years and held roles ranging from intern to General Manger. He was known to build bridges across departments to get things done.

If you find Chris on the weekend, there is a very high chance he will be in his backyard grilling with his oversized Kamado Joe grill. After many years of practice, he is staring to get it right. Oh, he hasn’t lost any weight over that time.

Chris holds a BS, Business Management from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He also obtained his MBA from Wake Forest.

Get in contact with Chris.

Amy Horne


Amy has been the Administrator for ATD Charlotte since August 2001. In her role, she supports both the board and chapter members. She is responsible for the bookkeeping/finances, managing the membership, providing general communication for all members and serves as liaison between ATD National & the local chapter. Amy works as an Executive Administrator for BrightSpring Health Services. She is a Charlotte native, is married and has two adult children, and is very involved in her church and community mission projects.

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