Meet our leaders

Robb Bingham, Learning & Communications Strategist, Converging Solutions<br> (M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida) holds multiple awards for helping companies get strategic with training – especially in the space where learning intersects with communications and performance improvement. One company estimates a measurable savings of $3.7 million within the first year of implementing one of Robb’s design solutions.<br><br> Mr. Bingham has served organizations in a number of different roles, from Trainer, Designer, Developer, and Producer, to Team Lead, National Curriculum Manager, and External Consultant. However, he most enjoys helping start-up and new initiative teams work together developing new, creative solutions to relevant business problems using a framework he coined the Converging Solutions Problem Solving Model.<br><br> Robb also spent several years (back in the dark ages) performing and directing on the dinner theatre circuit. Now as a training and communication coach, he talks practically about ways to apply communication and theatre arts practices, to improve one’s authenticity, credibility, and relevancy when presenting to audiences of 1 to 1000.<br><br> He is honored to be serving the Atlanta ATD chapter on the presidential track, and looks forward to helping the chapter be successful for years to come.<br><br> A partial list of Robb's clients include: <br> <ul> <li>Ameriprise Financial</li> <li>Baptist Hospitals</li> <li>Boston Scientific</li> <li>Cargill</li> <li>Caterpillar Financial</li> <li>Deloitte</li> <li>Hutchinson Technology</li> <li>International Dairy Queen</li> <li>Mercedes Benz</li> <li>Optum</li> <li> Sentry Insurance</li> <li>T-Mobile USA</li> <li>UnitedHealth Group</li> </ul> <br><br><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/rbingham" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Converging/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> <br><a href="https://twitter.com/converging" target="_blank">Twitter</a>
President Elect
<p>Julie Padgett is Manager of Learning Execution with The Home Depot and has been with the company 14 yrs. Julie and her team are responsible for the Distance Learning program which she helped launch in 2010. Through this program, the trainers reach thousands of associates a month across the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, totaling 47,000+ associates receiving Distance Learning training in 2015. Julie has received many awards during her yrs. with the company including 2 of The Home Depot’s highest award, the Executive Homer Award, for going above and beyond. <br><br> Julie is a passionate facilitator, manager, project manager and coach who thrives on helping others reach their potential. She has facilitated classes to a variety of learners, some of which include Coaching, Developing Teams, Branding Yourself, Leadership Acumen along with several other classes. She is MBTI certified and has a Project Management certification from Franklin-Covey. <br><br> Volunteerism is a passion for Julie who has been a member of several organizations and teams throughout the years. She has organized events for Boy Scouts with over 400 attendees, is a member of The Home Depot’s Women’s Link, and was on the Women’s Link Board in 2015 for their annual Forum which hosted 500 Home Depot associates. Julie has been a member of the Greater Atlanta ATD and ATD National for several years. After serving as a facilitator, Instructor Coordinator and then Director of the Goodwill Project for ATD, she is excited about the opportunity to serve in her new role and is looking forward to an exciting year.<br><br> Julie spends most of her free time reading, watching movies, and enjoying her family time. </p>
Chief Financial Officer
Nora Laughton is a Development Operations Project Manager with Infor Global Systems, where she helps develop and administer the processes that support organizational readiness, enabling software to be released for customer use. Nora has been a member of the Great Atlanta Chapter of ATD for several years, joining originally when her day job was in the talent development field. Nora continues to participate in the chapter as she enjoys the people and the volunteer opportunities, particularly being able to help at the Atlanta Community Food Bank occasionally, and assist with the introductory computer classes taught to Habitat for Humanity homeowners. <br><br> Over the last few years, Nora has been involved at varying levels of producing the Atlanta Conference and Exposition (ACE), the largest annual event for the chapter, pulling from previous marketing, management, and meeting management experience. During 2017 Nora plans to support the chapter delivering fiscally responsible guidance as the chapter continues to develop and deliver professional development opportunities for its members.<br><br> On a personal note, having been craft-shamed by colleagues early last year, Nora is showing a renewed interest in both sewing and knitting, and managed to deliver handmade gifts to her family this past holiday. In additional, she is passionate about sustainability and recycling, and is happy to explain to anyone who wants to hear how she cut her water bill by about a third. <br><br>
VP, Programming
Osiris Jolayemi, M.Ed., served as the Director of Programs, for the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and now serves as Vice President of Programming. She looks forward to an exciting year with the Greater Atlanta Chapter. Osiris and her team are geared up to plan programming that is enlightening to the Learning professionals who attend Chapter events. Osiris works with AdvancED’s Innovation Division as a Senior Innovative Learning Specialist, which allows her to design and deliver instruction for teaching and learning professionals. <br><br> She began her professional career as an elementary school teacher. During her professional tenure she taught various grade levels, ranging for Pre-Kindergarten to Fourth grade. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to touch so many lives in the school setting. Teaching and learning has been her passion all of her life. <br><br> Osiris transitioned from teaching in schools to the corporate world. She worked as a Corporate Trainer, and Training Consultant in Learning and Development for Verizon. Working in this organization helped to hone her skills in the adult education arena. Osiris holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Development. <br><br> Osiris and her husband Stephen live in Atlanta and enjoy spending time with family and friends, and travelling.
VP, Community Relations
<p>Danielle Slatinsky is an Instructional Designer with The Home Depot. She develops engaging instructor-led and eLearning courses that help associates become more competent and confident in their roles. She is passionate about creating simple, relevant, and effective training solutions that produce results and align with the goals of the business.<br><br> Danielle has published several articles on learning and development topics, including one for Learning Solutions Magazine. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has a Project Management for Learning Professionals certificate from ATD. She also won the APEX Award of Excellence for a training guide she developed.<br><br> Volunteering in the community has always been a passion for Danielle. She has volunteered with several organizations, including Junior Achievement, Year Up, and Habitat for Humanity. Danielle has been a member of Greater Atlanta ATD and ATD National for many years, and she thoroughly enjoyed serving as the Director of the Habitat for Humanity partnership for Greater Atlanta ATD. She is really looking forward to her role as VP of Community Relations so she can continue serving ATD and the Atlanta community. <br><br></p>
Leigh Anne
VP, Marketing and Communications
Leigh Anne Lankford has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of instructional design, project management, performance consulting, eLearning, and facilitation. She specializes in blended learning solutions designs. Previously, as a learning professional at the Federal Reserve System, ADP, National Vision, and GE Capital Card Services, Leigh Anne held a wide range of roles including National Trainer, Instructional Writer, Training Project Manager, Performance Technologist, and Performance Development Manager. She has led the development of many performance improvement projects. As a training project manager, she has managed diverse teams, vendors, and turn-key operations. As a consultant, she has worked with clients in government, homeland security, finance, software development, telecommunications, healthcare, and service industries. She founded Activity Spice – an online eLearning activity generator that was sold to an Authoring Tool Company. She also founded revuuIT – an online storyboard feedback gathering tool. <br><br> <ul>Leigh Anne’s areas of specialty include: <li>Consulting with clients to determine the best overall learning solution. <li>Designing and developing learning for multiple media formats. <li>Designing non-learning solutions for performance or development initiatives and leading the development of the solutions through technology. <li>Design of large-scale leadership programs that include high potential learning programs, performance management, 360 feedback, and self-service learning systems. </ul><br><br> Leigh Anne has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She has won three bronze Telly Awards for her work in training video development. She has been published in ISPI’s PerformanceXpress several times. She has served as a Brandon Hall Learning Award Judge. She has also been awarded the Georgia State University award for Distinguished Contribution to the Application of HRD in the Workplace. Leigh Anne served several years as co-chair for the Atlanta ATD Technology-Based Learning Special Interest Group and one year as the ATD Atlanta VP of Member Services. She served two years as the Vice President of Marketing for ATD and received a Share Our Success award for her work in 2012. She served three years as a Senior Advisor for Greater Atlanta ATD. She is honored to be serving as the 2017 VP of Marketing and Communications.
VP, Member Services
Tracy Haas is passionate about learning. It has been a huge part of both her professional and personal life. She has over ten years’ experience in curriculum development, facilitation and assessment. Her entry into this field was as a trainer for a proprietary medical office package where she trained office managers on how to integrate this product. She then moved onto Compaq computers responsible for training their Southeast region resellers. She continued her foray into the technical field where she became the National Sales Training Manager for Toshiba America. Here she was responsible for product, new hire and sales training for over 200 sales representatives. It is this penchant for taking extremely technical information and making it accessible to a wide variety of users that really drives Tracy. When she is not learning for work Tracy is passionate about reading how to be healthier and happier. She puts that into practice by running, lifting and swimming or cheering on her beloved Auburn Tigers (which as of late have really challenged her happiness objective!). But her main love in life is her family. Tracy has a loving husband and amazing senior that she is helping to prepare to start his own life journey.
VP, Strategic Partnerships
Kathryn Kolencik is an engineer, an educator, a designer, and mostly an enthusiast of all things learning. As Manager of eLearning and Content Development for Primrose Schools Franchising Company, she provides support for a variety of initiatives. She is involved in the design, development, and implementation of eLearning, instructor-led training, and a variety of online learning experiences for franchise owners, leadership team members and teachers. Her training efforts reach 12,000+ learners in over 300 schools coast to coast. <br><br> In 2013 Kathryn earned an Ed.S. degree from the University of Georgia in Learning, Design, and Technology. She came to the instructional design field with an education background and a M.Ed. degree from Mercer University. If you ask her, though, her blood runs orange – she earned her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. As a Tiger Engineer, Kathryn had extensive experience in telecommunications before following her passion for education. Hoping to bring together her love for learning, technology, and design, she discovered the field of instructional design. <br><br> In her free time…well, Kathryn really has no free time. She enjoys her busy life with her husband, two grown stepsons, and two toddler boys. She is enthusiastic about building strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial to our local ATD chapter and the corporations, universities, and organizations in the Greater Atlanta area.
VP, Technology
Robert Panetti has been a Learning and Performance Strategist in the Atlanta area since 1999. He has done work for IBM, Beazer Homes, Amdocs, NCR and others. He is currently a consultant with Slalom and focuses on clients in the Financial and Public Sectors. He firmly believes that the human mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. That learning how to learn, unlearn and learn again is the most valuable skillset one could possess. <br><br> Robert is a proud graduate of Florida State University and an avid follower of their football program. He is also a big fan of the UFC, yoga and improvisational comedy. <br><br> When he isn't geeking out over some new technology or posting on Twitter, Robert enjoys chasing his lovely wife and two daughters around the backyard of their home in Canton. <br><br><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/panetti" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <br><a href="https://twitter.com/rjpanetti" target="_blank">Twitter</a>

2017 Board of directors

Doug Dell

Senior Advisors
Cecil Fricano
Suzie Price

Marilyn Bloom
Sarah Gilbert 
- Immediate Past President

Current Officers
Robb Bingham- President
 Julie Padgett- President-Elect

2017 Chapter Directors

Carl Ware
David Adelman
Beverly Litfield

Ray Reyes
Chris Rogers

Chianti Tinsley
Steve Biroschik
Jennifer Williams
Susan Johnson
Selena Adkins-Richardson
Jan Gillies
Justin Hackney
Martha Smith
Karen Schwind
Paul Terlemezian
Latrese Ferguson
Tom Kuhn
Michael Smith
Stephanie Smith 
Terry Mohammed
Jon Thompson

Director, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Director, United Way of Georgia
Director, Community Relations Project - TBD
Director, Marketing
Director, Communications
Director, Social Media
Director, Volunteer Services
Director, ATD Membership Health
Director, New Member Orientation and Engagement
Director, Chapter Programming
Director, CoPs
Co-Director, Professional Development
Co-Director, Professional Development
Director, Senior Learning Leaders Forum (SLLF)
Director, Professional Assn. Partnerships
Director, Medium Business Partnerships
Director, Large Business Partnerships
Co-Director, University Partnerships
Collaboration and Content Manager
Media Manager
Director of Online Enagement