Our Mission: Elevate the knowledge and skills of talent development professionals by providing highly educational, engaging, impactful and actionable learning experiences.
Damika Marshall, Chapter President
Damika has over 20 years of experience in Learning and Development serving as a Leadership Development Trainer, Technical Trainer, and Instructional Designer. She currently serves as a Project Manager and Scrum Master for a local bank. Damika earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University, her Masters in Organizational Change and Leadership Development from Pfeiffer University as well as a Master’s in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University.
Keith Devoe, President-Elect
Since 1990, Keith has been working in the Learning and Development industry. Initially, he worked as facilitator and designer at Dreyfus Corporation where he designed and delivered courses covering proprietary and non-proprietary software applications. After leaving Dreyfus in 1996, Keith worked for a short while at Seligman Data Corporation, the service arm of JW Seligman Mutual Funds as a lead trainer/designer on a small team of training personnel. Keith has been a member of ATD’s Charlotte Chapter since 2006 and has been volunteering on the Board since 2007.
Scott Chatelain, Past President
Scott Chatelain has a career of helping organizations engage their employees and navigate change -- and helping people find the jobs and organizations that ignite their passion. With a foundation of talent development and Leadership Development, Scott has worked across a broad-spectrum of Human Resources Development disciplines in a variety of industries including: telecom, banking, biotherapeutics, and consumer appliances.Scott currently works for Lee Hecht Harrison as SVP Director of Professional Services where he manages a team of career transitions consultants across 9 offices in the Mid-Atlantic that connect people to jobs through innovative career transition services providing guidance in career planning and job search techniques. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from WVU, and Masters of Organization development from Johns Hopkins University. He currently resides in Charlotte with his wife Mary Beth and three children. In his time off he loves to mountain bike, hike, and run trails.
Lara McKinnon, Director
Lara has been a professional trainer, facilitator and instructional designer since 1994. She started her career with the American Red Cross teaching HIV/AIDS education. She moved into technology training upon the advice of a friend who said, “if you can talk to teenagers about sex you can teach adults to point and click. “While the products have changed over the years, the focus has always been on end user training, as Lara has a unique ability to make the complicated understandable. One of the best compliments she ever received from a student was “you mean you aren’t an accountant?” Lara is currently employed at MetLife as a Senior Sales Instructional Designer.
Tracy Chandonnet, VP Membership
Tracy Chandonnet has been in the HR and Training and Development field for several years following her tenure in education. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has a blended background in Learning & Development and Human Resources. She currently works at Sherpa as HR & Learning Manager In her role at Sherpa, Tracy wears many hats including all aspects of HR, instructional design, coaching, leadership development, and performance management. Her background includes design and facilitation experience in a variety of soft skills, management, and sales trainings as well as overall learning and development strategic planning
Tanya Wells, VP Communication
Tanya Wells is a first time Board member for the Charlotte chapter with over 20 years of experience in Learning and Development across the Telecommunications, Healthcare, and Utility Industries. She has worked as a Technical Trainer (travelling both domestically and internationally), Instructional Designer, Professional Services Consultant, and Training Developer in her most recent role. This breadth of experience includes Fujitsu Telecommunications, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, as well as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Her most recent role has been with Duke Energy.
Tanya has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Central Florida along as various certifications in the Learning and Development arena. Fairly new to the Charlotte area, Tanya enjoys rooting on the Panthers, reading, exercising, adventure activities, and playing with her cats.
Adrienne Thomas, Co-VP Programming
Adrienne brings 20 years of payroll and human resources experience to her role as VP of Professional Development. Professional development could be considered her second career as she is always studying current trends to improve herself and others to improve the craft. Adrienne is a Training Analyst for The Compass Group. She designs and facilitates learning for the Payroll Team.
Training is more than her job. It's her passion. It fulfills her to help individuals maximize their potential. When she realized she could bring her love of creative expression and training together, she discovered her calling as a trainer and instructional designer. Adrienne enjoys using her techie skills, marketing and communication, and facilitation experience to present and design learning that improves the customer experience. Her mission is to promote success through learning. She believes she is not successful unless her partners are successful.
Adrienne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Marketing Management and Speech Communication. Her time outside of work is spent with friends, family and with her three children.
Christine Kostic, Co-VP Programming
Originally from western Pennsylvania, Christine is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1993, she started her retail career at Walmart as an assistant manager, and worked her way up through various positions, such as regional trainer and store manager. In 2005, she accepted a position as the Director of Training & Development for the Sam's Club US Division in Bentonville, AR, where she managed a field training operation for over 600 clubs and 110,000 associates.
In 2010, she found her way home to Pittsburgh and a regional supermarket chain called Giant Eagle. For the next eight years, she worked as a store manager in nine different grocery stores all over Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. In October 2015, she met the love of her life, Brian, and they were married in May 2019. In October 2018, they moved to North Carolina where she now works as a Sr. Program Leader for Leadership Development at the Lowe's corporate office in Mooresville.
Dylan McKenzie, VP Technology
Dylan is a returning board member to ATD - Charlotte, previously serving as AVP Marketing. As VP Technology, he works to create and maintain exceptional virtual experiences for chapter members.
Dylan is also the Director of Member Development for the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity National Headquarters, where he creates uncommon opportunities for undergraduate members to learn, grow, and meet their potential as leaders. Dylan is a 2016 graduate of Kansas State University, where he studied Human Resource Management and Leadership Studies. When he isn't working, you will find Dylan reading a good book or writing short stories.
Brian Kostic, VP Operations
Bran has spent the past 20 years as an entrepreneur, trainer, project manager, and retail store manager. Throughout his career, he helped develop and train all levels of management and employees in job preparation, food safety, customer service, and Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) certification. As a project manager, he managed safe kitchen equipment installations for large companies such as McDonalds, Wendy's, Giant Eagle, and Kroger's.
He is currently a Full Real Estate Broker for Allen Tate and has been a real estate investor for almost two decades. Brian has a Bachelor of Science for Computer Information Systems from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. He has just moved to Mooresville from Pittsburgh in December of 2018 with his wife, Christine, and his four cats. Brian is an avid DIYer and enjoys cooking, gardening, and murder mystery theater.
Cathy Cloud, VP Finance
Cathy Cloud is a first time board member of ATD and was a past member of Charlotte ASTD chapter in the early 80’s. Cathy rejoined ATD in 2018 and later accepted the role of VP of Finance. She is committed to helping the chapter continue a great record of fiscal excellence, stability and accountability. Cathy holds an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management and a graduate degree in Management and Leadership. For more than 30 years, she has contributed to dynamic growth and change in Charlotte based in a Human Resources capacity. She is a member of the local chapter of CASHRM and the National Society for Human Resources Management. She maintains the designations of SPHR and SHRM-SCP. In addition, she has served as a visiting instructor of management and supervisory skills at Carolina School of Broadcasting and Gaston College. After nearly 20 years in the broadcast industry, Ms. Cloud joined Thompson Child & Family Focus in 2005. In 2019, she transitioned to the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. A Charlotte native, Cathy and her husband enjoy life with church family, children and grandchildren.
Aeren Richardson, VP Marketing
Aeren is a first-time board member with experience in K-12 Education and Technology. After teaching for 3 years, she joined the ATD-Charlotte chapter and now works for Lowe's Corporate as a Learning Designer. She enjoys exploring innovative technologies as she continues to research online learning trends and practices to improve the workforce.
As the VP of Marketing, Aeren is bringing her graphic design, social media, and communication skills to continue chapter progression. Her role includes maintaining sponsorships & partnerships, social media accounts, volunteer events, and member rewards.
Aeren has a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. She is excited to serve on the 2020 board.
Susan Byerly, CPLP, VP Professional Development
Susan has supported various management and Learning and Development teams since 1995. She has worked with Leadership Programs and Projects along with delivering Training to many groups throughout the United Sates and abroad. Susan currently supports the L&D team at Brighthouse Financial in Charlotte. Her passion is to be an excellent resource for her company, community, and Chapter.
Susan has been a member of the Charlotte ATD Board for several years in various positions including serving as President in 2018. Susan is a native of Charlotte and attended Appalachian State University. When not working, you can find her playing in her yard with her husband Michael and 2 lab-mix dogs or rooting on the Carolina Panthers.
Amy Horne, Administrator
Amy has been the Administrator for the Charlotte Chapter since 2001. In her role, she supports both the board and chapter members. Amy’s responsibilities include membership tracking and communications, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, liaison between the Charlotte Chapter and National, monthly meeting and other event support, etc. Amy is an Operations Resource Specialist with LHC Group Home Health and Hospice, where she supports over 80 locations and managers nationwide. She also is the administrator for the company’s Hospice Foundation where she assists with daily grant requests for less fortunate hospice patients and their families with non-hospice related needs. Amy is a Charlotte native. She is married and has two children. She is very involved in her church and mission projects in the local area.