Meet Our Leaders

President - Vanessa Carey

Vanessa CareyVanessa Carey serves as the current President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. 


She most recently served as Director of Organizational Development for the West Corporation.  Prior to West she served at Cox Communications as Manager of Leadership Development.   

During her time with these companies Vanessa launched Corporate Universities,  led Enterprise initiatives, implemented formal succession planning processes,  and many other developments.


Vanessa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling with twenty years’ experience in adult education, counseling, training and development, and leadership development. If she is not developing people she is performing for them. She is active in music and drama and has a passion for travel. Antarctica is on her destination list in order to complete her goal of visiting all continents.

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President-Elect - Sarah Gilbert

Sarah GilbertSarah Gilbert is a workplace learning professional in instructional design, facilitation, and implementation. She specializes in custom mobile and elearning development, creating unique learning experiences that improve retention, influence behavior, and impact productivity. Her company, meLearning Solutions, has been featured by Adobe®.

Sarah has over 12 years of experience in training and development, project management, and call center consulting. She has a BSBM, MBA, and was published in ASTD’s The Book of Road-Tested Activities by Elaine Biech for her innovative technical training concepts. Sarah regularly contributes to various conferences as a session speaker. She loves to read, travel, run, bike, and hike.

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Chief Financial Officer - Steve Maul
Steve Maul






VP of Community Relations - David Adelman

David Adelman

David Adelman is a Relationship Manager with TrainingPros, serving clients in the Southeast region, especially the greater Atlanta and Florida markets, with his unique blend of learning and development expertise. David has a strong background in the hospitality, healthcare/pharmaceutical, and insurance industries. He has honed the skills that make him a seasoned learning and development professional and leader including training vision & strategy, corporate initiatives, training organization development, and curriculum development. He is also a talented instructional designer, facilitator, eLearning designer, and project manager.

Prior to joining TrainingPros, David worked for The Walt Disney Company; Merck; AmerisourceBergen Solutions Group; International BioResources, LLC; and Assurant Specialty Property. He is an active member of the American Society for Training & Development and serves the Atlanta chapter as the VP of Community Relations.

David is also an award winning homebrewer and certified beer judge. Through he provides homebrewing lessons, parties, and team building sessions.

David’s passion in life is helping others succeed.

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VP of Communications and Marketing - Priscila Mattingly

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VP of Technology - Marilyn Bloom

Marilyn Bloom

Marilyn Bloom is a learning and organization development professional with a proven track record for producing targeted, results driven training programs strategically aligned with organizational goals. Recognized for leadership with integrity and building strong relationships with staff at all levels. Marilyn demonstrates astute and decisive leadership with a commitment for employee development, while producing winning teams to maximize performance and increase revenue.

Prior to her current role at Cbeyond, marilyn has worked for Ricoh Americas, Santa Fe Community College and Texas Tech University. Marilyn has committed her life’s work to learning and organizational development in technology related environments. She has provided her skills of design, delivery and leadership to a variety of academic and corporate environments and takes pride in being a lifelong learner.


Marilyn has achieved a MA in Organizational Management, BS Psychology and MS in Music Therapy and received a Certificate in Native Plants from UGA in 2012. In her spare time, Marilyn serves with a number of community organizations including the Georgia Native Plant Society and Happy Tails Pet Therapy.

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VP of Member Services - Shelia Matthews

Shelia MatthewsShelia Matthews is the newest member of our 2014 Leadership Team. She is a self-professed nerd who enjoys learning new things, scary movies, and her Boxer, Vinny. She works as a Training Development Supervisor with UPS and actively volunteers for several organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity,, and Greater Atlanta ASTD. Some of her recent projects include creating a cultural on-boarding training program for non-domestic call center locations and a mini-video series about e-commerce in the U.S.

Shelia has a B.S. in Psychology and an MBA, which she vows to use one day. She loves to explore and has spent time in several countries around the world. Whenever Shelia is in her car, she is usually singing along with the radio or arguing with her GPS. If you’re thinking about getting more involved with the Chapter, then Shelia is the person to talk to!

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VP of Programming - Doug Samuels

Doug Samuels is Manager, Organizational Development and Consulting Services at Georgia State University (GSU). He is responsible for the university’s employee development programs including GSU’s supervisor/manager/leadership programs. He also contributes to delivering organization development consulting services across the university. His passion is around ensuring that GSU’s vision, mission, and strategic plan are well-understood and embraced by all GSU employees. He speaks regularly to the employee base about these important aspects of the university.

He has been a member of ASTD Atlanta and ASTD National for many years. For the past five years, he have been and continues to be an active chapter leader (three years as Chair, Organization Development SIG - now Human Capital/Workforce Development SIG; Vice President, SIGs/GIGs; and this year Vice President, Programming. His chapter work has introduced him to lifelong friends, excellent professional associations, and much fun. He plans to continue supporting the chapter for many years to come.

Doug’s professional career in learning and development has taken him around the world. After flying KC-135s (Boeing 707) for many years visiting Asia, Europe, and Australia, he served as a Master Instructor at the USAF’s Undergraduate Navigator Training School in Sacramento, CA. He later led a team that created and delivered the military’s first Ada software engineering training program at the world’s largest military training center. He was selected to direct the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Ada Software Engineering Education and Training Program, created to ensure the Ada programming language was used in all mission-critical software across the military. He received the DOD Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts.

More recently, as Director, Training and Development in a Fortune 50 company, he traveled the US, Europe and South America ensuring employees received training on its new enterprise resource planning software system. As Director, Organization Development in a burgeoning Fortune 1000 company, he created and delivered a leadership development program that significantly improved the performance of the organization’s leadership team. A lifelong learner, he holds a BS, Mathematics from Valdosta State College, a BS, Computer Science from Chapman University, an MEd, Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA, Psychology and MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University. He plans to complete his doctorate within the next several years.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys reading professional books, traveling and spending time with his best friend, Candace, with whom he shares his life…oh, and his cat Louie.

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2014 Board of Directors

Cecil Fricano

Senior Advisors 
Leigh Anne Lankford
Douglas Dell
Don Bolen
Richard Fletcher - Immediate Past President

Current Officers   
Vanessa Carey - President
Sarah Gilbert - President-Elect


2014 Chapter Directors

Shelia Matthews, Director of Volunteers
Rupinder Kaur, Director of SIGs & GIGs
Demetria Bilbrew, Director of Professional Development
Mary Kay Wilcox, Director of Chapter Programs
Patsi Turner, Director Senior Learning Leaders Forum (SLLF)
Lashundra Hill, Manager CPLP Study Group
Stephanie Smith, Director of Technology
Christy Vallance, Director of Marketing
Julie Thomas, Director of Communications
Christopher Jack, Social Media Manager
Lashundra Hill, Manager CPLP

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