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Robb
bingham
President
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>
Julie
Padgett
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>
Nora
Laughton
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>
Osiris
Jolayemi
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.
Danielle
Slatinsky
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
Lankford
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.
Steve
Biroschik
VP, Member Services
Coming soon...
Kathryn
Kolencik
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.
Robert
Panetti
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
Chair
<p>Douglas Dell is vice president of Educational Services at Crawford & Company where he manages all online, classroom and virtual training programs and Crawford’s continuing education business serving the insurance industry. His responsibilities include technical development of the learning infrastructure and management of the CE compliance platform supporting professional licensing for Crawford and many of its customers. Prior to joining Crawford, he served as vice president of global learning for NCR, managing NCR University and all learning programs for the company. Before moving to Atlanta, he spent eight years with Philips Healthcare as the global director of learning services, during which time he managed Philips’ continuing education business supporting more than 250,000 healthcare professionals. </p> <p>Doug has contributed to the Greater Atlanta Chapter for the past six years as board advisor, chair of the scholarship committee and supports our community service initiatives by serving on the HR Advisory Council for the United Way of Greater Atlanta.</p>
Cecil
Fricano
Senior Advisor
Cecil Fricano currently serves as a Senior Strategic Relationship Manager at Harvard Business Publishing since 2007. In this role, she works with organizations to achieve their strategic goals around Talent Management, Leadership Development, Change Leadership and People Management leveraging the thought leadership of the Harvard Business School.<br><br> Over the past 20 years, Cecil has worked with many organizations focusing on learning and people development. She began her career at Thomson Learning and moved into the eLearning corporate market in 2000 with companies such as Global Knowledge and SkillSoft. As a Regional Manager at Thomson, she successfully implemented new training and change management programs to help achieve growth in shifting business environments.<br><br> Cecil attended Brevard College and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.<br><br> Being a part of ATD Atlanta has been a great experience for her – having met many talented people, learned more about the impact of our profession and continuing to grow in personal development. As a volunteer leader, she has served as VP Membership, VP Community Involvement, Marketing support as well as Sr. Advisor. She is proud to be affiliated with so many great professionals and shared in the great accomplishments as part of one of the largest chapters of ATD. <br><br>
Marilyn
Bloom
Senior Advisor
Biography coming soon...
Richard
Fletcher
Senior Advisor
Richard Fletcher is a well travelled southerner with an award-winning record of success managing corporate training departments, with special expertise in the retail and restaurant sectors. He excels at building and leading top-performing teams, improving training compliance as much as 300%, and promoting increased employee engagement. His teams have previously saved millions of dollars in training costs, implemented critical learning tools, and oversaw employee education for as many as 20,000 employees.<br><br> Richard has over 25 years of executive level experience in sales, operations, organizational development, training and talent management with other national companies such as Krystal, Wolf Camera, Zaxby’s and Sprint PCS.<br><br> Richard is a member of ATD currently serves as Sr. Advisor for ATD Atlanta. He is a Past-President of the Greater Atlanta chapter and served as chair of the chapter recognition committee for ATD and a national advisor for chapters. <br><br> Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University. He is a certified EQ-I, EQ-360 administrator and has received the Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) certification from CHART. When Richard isn’t busy developing talent, you can find him developing his swing on the golf course, enjoying his passion of photography or traveling. <br><br>
Doug
Samuels
Senior Advisor - Immediate Past President
Doug Samuels is Manager, Organizational Development and Consulting Services at Georgia State University (GSU). He is responsible for the universityís employee development programs including GSUís supervisor/manager/leadership programs. He also contributes to delivering organization development consulting services across the university. His passion is around ensuring that GSUís 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.Dougís 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 USAFís Undergraduate Navigator Training School in Sacramento, CA. He later led a team that created and delivered the militaryís first Ada software engineering training program at the worldís largest military training center. He was selected to direct the Department of Defenseís (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 organizationís 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 lifeÖoh, and his cat Louie. <br><br><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougsamuels" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>
Robb
Bingham
Current Officers - President
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>
Julie
Padgett
Current Officers - 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>

2017 Chapter Directors


Carl Ware
David Adelman
Beverly Litfield

Ray Reyes
Chris Rogers

Chianti Tinsley
TBD
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, MUST Ministries
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 Engagement