Meet our leaders

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. <br><br> He has been a member of Greater Atlanta ATD and ATD National for many years. For the past seven years, he have been and continues to be an active chapter leader (three years as Chair, Organization Development SIG - now Human Capital SIG; Vice President, SIGs/GIGs (2012); Vice President, Programming (2013-14); and President-Elect (2015). 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. <br><br> 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. <br><br> 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. <br><br><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougsamuels" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>
President Elect
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>
Chief Financial Officer
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VP, Programming
Dr. Florida E. Starks is an education leader with more than 20 years of experience in achieving organizational performance improvement, change transformation and leadership engagement through specialized learning and development solutions. She has made building learning strategy within corporate higher education organizations her life's mission. Dr. Starks worked with Fortune 100 companies to plan and implement learning programs that promote achievement of employee performance goals, leadership development, and organizational change. She believes that in this global economy, every person on a team must be a leader. Her passion as a professional speaker focuses on inspiring attendees to be effective leaders and develop capabilities to meet changing business demands.<br><br> Dr. Starks served as a member of leadership for several global companies within the technology, retail and sales finance industries. Throughout her career, she has led sales/service strategy development, organized human resource programs, executed training programs as well as measured organizational performance resulting in improved culture, customer experience and reduced costs. <br><br> A proven record of accomplishment of professional accomplishments includes collaborating with clients to develop agile teams and a sustainable L&D environment. Dr. Starks has been integral in implementing programs that reflect increased core performance competencies, leadership acumen and increased knowledge of how to navigate the multigenerational workforce. In addition, she has provided consult to executive leaders to establish team retention programs through coaching and support processes. Accolades include Contributor-Brandon Hall Best Learning Program to Support Transformational Change.<br><br> Dr. Starks holds a PhD in Leadership for Higher Education, a MEd degree in Adult Education Management, and a BA in Human Resource Management. She also has a post-masters certificate in Enrollment Management Noel-Levitz and holds a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) certification from CompTIA. She has conducted a number of workshops and training classes to a variety of audiences ranging from small group to larger interactive sessions with proven results based on the Kirkpatrick model. Training and speaking subjects include the learning and development within the multigenerational workforce, goal planning, adult learners, organizational culture, diversity, critical thinking, change management, public speaking, and a variety of leadership topics.<br><br> An avid community volunteer, Dr. Starks has been a member of ATD for several years and is a current or past board member and supporter of a number of organizations including; Women’s Association of Verizon Employees Board Member and Global Communications Director; Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Robert Fulton Development, Inc.-St. Louis, and Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis.
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, Marketing and Communications
David Lusk brings 20 years of business development, sales training, coaching and consulting experience. His passion is to help individuals within organization apply what they know to better perform in the roles they aspire to play. <br><br> David co-founded Vantage Point Performance LLC, a boutique sales training company, and assembled much of the organizations intellectual property. <br><br> David developed his sales talents in the banking industry (5 years); IT (6 years), and professional services (7 years). He has held various titles in his tenure including Director of Training, VP of Sales and Marketing, and Managing Director, Director of Sales Enablement. He has lead international teams of 5 to30. <br><br> David draws his creative and analytical abilities from a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of the South and a bevy of specialty certifications from Huthwaite, Huthwaite International, DDI, Comaq (HP), Microsoft. He has studied at Universite du Paris, L’Ecole Cantonale a Portunterry and the Cordon Blue. <br><br> When not with a client, David can be found reading, on the soccer pitch, remodeling his house, or carpooling his three active boys from event to event to event. He takes pride in discovering new bands, traveling to ordinary places to discover the extraordinary and volunteering with AFS, HopeQuest Ministries, and his local church.
VP, Community Relations
<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>
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>

2016 Board of directors

Doug Dell

Senior Advisors
Cecil Fricano
Suzie Price

Marilyn Bloom
Sarah Gilbert 
- Immediate Past President

Current Officers
Doug Samuels  - President
Robb Bingham - President-Elect

2016 Chapter Directors

Tracy Haas
Susan Johnson
Jan Gillies
Osiris Jolayemi
Karen Schwind
Reginald Liddell
Chris Rogers
David Adelman
Danielle Slatinsky
Audrey Early
Beverly Litfield
David Adelman
Kathryn Kolincik
Director, Volunteer Services
Director, New Member Orientation and Engagement
Director, CoPs
Director, Professional Development
Director, Chapter Programs
Director, ACE
Director, Senior Learning Leaders Forum (SLLF)
Director, Technology
Director, Social Media
Director, Communications
Director, Employee Learning Week (ELW)
Director, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank
Director, Goodwill of North Georgia
Director, United Way of Georgia
Director, Strategic Partners
Director, Finance