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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.
Damika has over 20 years of experience in Learning and Development, having served as a Leadership Development Trainer, Technical Trainer, and Instruction Designer. She currently serves as a Project Manager and Scrum Master for a local bank. Damika earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University, her Masters in Organizational Change and Leadership Development from Pfeiffer University as well as a Master's in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University.
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.
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 for Lee Hecht Harrison as SVP Director of Professional Services. There, he manages a team of career transition consultants spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic. 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.
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.
Vice President of Membership
Tracy has several years of experience in human resource management and training & development following her tenure in education. With a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Tracy currently works at Sherpa as the HR & Learning Manager. There, she wears many hats: human resource management, instructional design, coaching, leadership development, and performance management. Her background includes design and facilitation experience in a variety of soft skills, management, and sales trainings as well as strategic planning for learning & development teams.
Vice President of Programming
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.
Vice President of Technology
Dylan is a returning board member, having previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing. In his current role as Vice President of Technology, Dylan strives to create and maintain an exceptional virtual experience for chapter members and guests. A 2016 graduate of Kansas State University, Dylan studied Human Resource Management and Leadership Studies. In his professional role, he works to help college students learn, grow, and meet their potential as leaders. When he isn't working, you will find Dylan reading or writing short stories.
Vice President of Finance
With her ATD - Charlotte experience beginning in the early 1980's, Cathy returns to the Board of Directors for a second term as Vice President of Finance. She is committed to helping the chapter maintain a great record of fiscal excellence, stability, and accountability. Cathy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and a Master's Degree in Management and Leadership. With professional experience in higher education, radio and broadcasting, and family wellness, Cathy currently works at the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. A Charlotte native, Cathy and her husband enjoy life with her church, family, children, and grandchildren.
Vice President of Marketing
A first-time board member with a background in K-12 education and technology, Aeren currently works for Lowe's Corporate as a Learning Designer. As the Vice President of Marketing, Aeren is bringing her graphic design, social media, and communication skills to help the chapter achieve its mission. Her role includes maintaining sponsorships & partnerships, managing social media accounts, and coordinating volunteer events. Aeren has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University.
Susan Byerly, CPLP
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.
Amy has been the Administrator for ATD - Charlotte since 2001. In her role, she supports both the board and chapter members. She is responsible for tracking membership and communications, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, serve as liaison between ATD - Charlotte and the International Organization, and support the planning and execution of meetings. Amy also serves as both Operations Resource Specialist for LHC Group Home Health and Hospice as well as Administrator for the company's Hospice Foundation. Amy is a Charlotte native, is married and has two children, and remains very involved in her church and in community mission projects.