ATD Charlotte 2018 Board

Chapter President Susan Byerly

Susan has over 17 years experience supporting Citigroup and OneMain Fiancial via management and Training and Development teams. She has worked with Leadership Programs and Projects along with delivering Training to many groups throughout the United States and abroad.Susan is a Sales Training Consultant for MetLife and part of the Income and Protection Solutions Group. Her passion is to be an excellent resource for New Hire Training.

Susan has been a member of the Charlotte ASTD Board for 2 years as the VP of Marketing building relationships within the local community. Working with groups to spread the word about our Chapter and creating connections in the industry are one way she helps the Chapter. Susan is a native of Charlotte and attended Appalachian State University. When not working, you can find her playing in her yard with her husband Michael and 2 lab-mix dogs or rooting on the Carolina Panthers.

President Elect Scott Chatelain

Scott Chatelain has a career of helping organizations engage their employees and navigate change -- and helping people find the jobs and organizations that ignite their passion.

With a foundation of talent development and design, Scott has worked in a variety of industries including: telecom, banking, biotherapeutics, and consumer appliances. He has worked with popular global brands including: Electrolux, Wachovia, Sprint, and France Telecom.

Scott Chatelain is the founder and Principal Consultant of Talent Key Consulting working with companies such as North Highland Consulting and Lee Hecht Harrison to serve their clients.

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Scott currently resides in Charlotte with his wife Mary Beth and three children. In his time off he loves to mountain bike, hike, and run trails.

Past President Edward Tonini

Edward has served on the ATD Charlotte Board since 2012, and is an ATD Accredited Master Trainer.  For more than 20 years, he has been an extraordinary educator.  Edward was born and raised in Canada.  He earned an education degree in 1994, and his teaching career brought him to North Carolina in 2000.

From 2004-2015, he was the Director of Education at a non-profit financial counseling and education organization. Edward is an Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Financial Coach. He has authored numerous financial education publications and produced several courses in financial literacy for consumers and professional counselors and educators.  He now has his own practice at

Edward is also an accomplished composer and musician with more than 25 years of experience in music ministry. His music is available at

Director Keith Devoe

Since 1990, Keith has been working in the Learning and Development industry. Initially, he worked as facilitator and designer at Dreyfus Corporation where he designed and delivered courses covering proprietary and non-propriety software applications.After leaving Dreyfus in 1996, Keith worked for a short while at Seligman Data Corporation, the service arm of JW Seligman Mutual Funds as a lead trainer/designer on a small team of training personnel.

A co-worker who was looking for a new job shared a listing with Keith in 1997 and said that he would be a perfect fit for the opportunity, and Keith followed up on the lead and has been employed with TIAA-CREF since then, mostly as an Instructional Designer of online training solutions. Keith has been a member of ASTD’s Charlotte Chapter since 2006 and has been volunteering on the Board since 2007.

Director Lara McKinnon

Lara has been a professional trainer, facilitator and instructional designer since 1994. She started her career with the American Red Cross teaching HIV/AIDS education. She moved into technology training upon the advice of a friend who said, “if you can talk to teenagers about sex you can teach adults to point and click.”While the products have changed over the years, the focus has always been on end user training, as Lara has a unique ability to make the complicated understandable. One of the best compliments she ever received from a student was “you mean you aren’t an accountant?”

Lara is currently employed at MetLife as a Senior Sales Instructional Designer.

VP of Finance Shirell Burris

She is a Program Manager at Duke Energy and serves on the ASTD Board as the current VP of Finance. Shirell has more than 25 years of experience in financial services serving in many roles in retail banking, human resources, finance, and insurance. Experience includes budgeting and financial analysis for Human Resources, training instructor, instructional systems design & development, performance consulting, insurance customer service and finance team manager. In the past she has also served as treasurer for the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for 2 years and 4 years as treasurer for a local Charlotte City-Council-At-Large member.

In her “spare” time, Shirell loves to volunteer in the community, travel, watch football (Go Panthers!), and most importantly, spend time with her family and friends.

 VP of Professional Dev. Dr. Meg Gibson

For more than 25 years, Meg Gibson has been a developer of people and organizations. Focusing on the core issues of personal behavior and individual values- character, communication, empowerment, vision, values, establishing goals, and personal accountability - she provides a comprehensive and personalized coaching and consulting experience for individuals and work groups.

Dr. Meg has been helping people achieve their goals for over 20 years; working extensively with individuals and organizations. During her career, she has presented several training sessions and workshops about leadership development, program development, cultural diversity and sensitivity, women’s issues, motivation, self-esteem and empowerment.

She also has an extensive background working with young people, adults, and organizations, providing assistance in the areas of conflict analysis and mediation, organizational behavior, team building, personal development and personal relationships.

Dr. Meg seeks to inspire people who face challenges in their life; by partnering with them, she provides encouragement and support by creating a space of honesty and truth. It is through this space that people gain greater access to their individual power, make better life decisions and begin to understand the truth within them. She truly believes in helping others achieve the life of their dreams!

Dr. Meg has a strong belief that people are whole and capable, with their own unique set of strengths. She chooses to focus on the belief that every one of us has a Spirit of Courage – but not all of us recognize it because of limiting beliefs. Rather than focusing on deficits, she adopts a personal growth model, which focuses instead on potential and possibility.

VP of Technology Shawn Barnes, SPHR

Shawn is a Human Resource development professional with over a decade of progressive experience in instructional design and training.  She has combined her love of training and technology by creating innovative learning solutions in the technology, banking, health care and insurance fields.

Shawn has earned a BA in English from NC State University, a MS in Organizational Change and Leadership from Pfeiffer University as well as Technical Communication and Paralegal certificates from Duke University and Meredith College, respectively.

VP of Communications Tracy Chandonnet

Tracy Chandonnet has been in the Training and Development field for over six years following her tenure in education. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has a blended background in Learning & Development and Human Resources.  She currently works at Sherpa as Manager of Organizational Development.  In her role at Sherpa, Tracy wears many hats including instructional design, coaching, leadership development, performance management, onboarding, employee relations, and talent acquisition.  Her background includes design and facilitation experience in a variety of soft skills, management, and sales trainings as well as overall learning and development strategic planning. 

VP of Membership Damika Marshall

Damika has over 17 years of experience in Learning and Development serving as a leadership development trainer, technical trainer, and instructional designer. In addition to her day job, Damika serves as the Program Director and Facilitator for a nonprofit entitled Women In Organizing.

Damika has earned her BA in English from Johnson C. Smith University, a MS in Organizational Change and Leadership Development from Pfeiffer University as well as a MS in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University.

VP of Operations Dr. Shelley Young Thompkins

Dr. Thompkins has been recognized for her leadership in Emotional Intelligence, strategic planning, project management, organizational development and talent development. She has designed, developed and delivered over 600 training programs and seminars. She is a certified Master Coach and works to help people move past their challenges.

She currently works at TIAA as the Program Manager for the Accelerated Advisory Development Program where she leads efforts towards building a pipeline of Wealth Management Advisors. She has over 20 years of experience in market-leading/Fortune 500 organizations such as Wells Fargo, IBM, HP, University of Virginia Health Systems, Coca-Cola and Xerox.

Dr. Thompkins holds a Bachelors of Arts from Howard University, a Masters of Business Administration from American University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University and a PhD in Business Management from Capella University. She has done extensive research in the area of Emotional Intelligence and her dissertation topic is entitled, “A Leader’s Level of Emotional Intelligence and its Impact on Employee Engagement: A Case Study”.

She is the founder and President of the Charlotte Corporate Women’s Network – a partnership with corporate women’s group providing professional development and networking opportunities for women across the Charlotte metro area. She also hosts an online cooking show – Chef Shelley Thompkins on Facebook and YouTube where she demonstrates how to prepare dishes that are delicious, healthy and simple – especially for working professionals.

She loves to garden, cook and travel. She has travelled throughout the world to countries including: China, India, Nepal, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Kenya, Egypt, and throughout the Caribbean. She is a native of NJ and currently resides in SC with her husband, Kurtis. They have two adult daughters.

VP of Programming Kelly Lynn Irons
  Kelly Irons is the Founder/Owner of developUs, a Charlotte based Leadership Development and Team-Building organization that helps leaders be better leaders and teams be better teams. With 20 years of training design and delivery experience, 10+ years in leadership development roles, and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Kelly has a long history of impacting those in the learning and development field, and audiences from a multitude of backgrounds and industries. Today, her roots in human development have remained a core to her business practice, and she operates under a guiding philosophy that in order to impact a group, you have to impact the individuals that make up the group. From this foundation, her work in coaching, mentoring and leadership emerged.   

VP of Marketing

Adria Myers

Adria Myers brings over fifteen years of healthcare, revenue cycle, call centers, and training to her role as the VP of Marketing. Adria made a career out of personal and professional development when she switched gears and dove into the world of training where she works in instructional design and delivery.

Adria is passionate and enthusiastic about learning, people, projects, planning, and anything else she can get her hands on! It is within her most recent role that her marketing skills emerged, as she has been tasked with marketing new internal programs, monthly newsletters, community outreach projects, ideas, and initiatives to her organization. Adria is currently studying for her BS in Business Administration and has various certifications in the learning and development arena. Adria is one of the board’s newest members – joining the Charlotte chapter as a member in 2016 and joining the board in 2016 as well.

Administrator Amy Horne

Amy has been the Administrator for the Charlotte Chapter since 2001. In her role, she supports both the board and chapter members. Amy’s responsibilities include membership tracking and communications, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, liaison between the Charlotte Chapter and National, monthly meeting and other event support, etc.

Amy is an Operations Resource Specialist with LHC Group Home Health and Hospice, where she supports over 80 locations and managers nationwide. She also is the administrator for the company’s Hospice Foundation where she assists with daily grant requests for less fortunate hospice patients and their families with non-hospice related needs.

Amy is a Charlotte native. She is married and has two children. She is very involved in her church and mission projects in the local area.

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