Meet Our Leaders
President - Vanessa Carey
Vanessa 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 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
VP of Community Relations - 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 RentABrewer.com 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 is a learning and organization development professional with a proven track record 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.
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.
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VP of Member Services - Brian Womack
Brian Womack is currently a senior learning and development specialist at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, Ga. Gulfstream designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft, and employs more than 12,500 people at 12 major locations around the world. In his current role, Brian is responsible for managing leadership development for the company’s middle to senior management team members. He has spent the majority of his career developing talent within various industries, including federal government, finance and public education. At Gulfstream, Brian specializes in facilitating leadership skills using the Situational Leadership II
© model developed by the Ken Blanchard Companies, Inc. Additional professional specialties and responsibilities include redesign and facilitation of the Certified Manager© program, developing training strategies in alignment with the leadership competency model, instructional design and training evaluation and analysis. Brian also specializes in the delivery of several additional tools to build leadership and team skills, such as the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI®), Championing Diversity, Franklin Covey® and delivery of the company’s Leadership Competency Model.
For more than eight years, Brian has been a member of the national American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) organization and currently serves as the vice president of member services. During his years as a member, Brian has received several certifications through ASTD, such as the Creating Leadership Development Programs certificate and the National Trainers certification.
Brian was born and raised in the Virginia-Washington, D.C. area. In 1997, he graduated from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, and in 2011, he completed his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. His interests include spending time with family and friends, travel, good food, reading and physical fitness.
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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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2013 Board of DirectorsChair
Leigh Anne Lankford
Richard Fletcher - Immediate Past President
Vanessa Carey - President
Sarah Gilbert - President-Elect
2013 Chapter Directors
Shelia Matthews, Director of Volunteers
Florida Starks, 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)
Vacant, Director CPLP Study Group
Stephanie Smith, Director of Technology
Christy Vallance, Director of Marketing
Julie Thomas, Director of Communications
Christopher Jack, Social Media Manager