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Brett Campbell serves as a Facilitator and Content Specialist for Converging Solutions, LLC. He regularly engages in the instructional design of online courses. Brett also creates and facilitates live leadership development workshops. Prior to his work at Converging Solutions, Brett operated in a leadership role with The Home Depot. He honed his skills in public speaking, leadership training, life coaching, and conflict resolution during the two and a half decades he served as a pastor in several medium-to-large churches from Georgia to Virginia. Brett’s commitment to equipping others for both personal and professional growth is fueled by his passion for lifelong learning. Employing a model of servant leadership, Brett provides individuals and organizations with the tools they need to both overcome obstacles and excel in their pursuit of success. In addition to serving as the chapter President, Brett also facilitates computer classes, as part of ATD’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity: Atlanta. He is a certified practitioner for the Lumina Spark, part of Lumina Learning, USA division. As a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course, as well as High Impact Presentations, and Leadership Blind Spots (also provided by Dale Carnegie) Brett regularly uses these skills to equip others to be effective in public speaking. Brett graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Business Marketing. He put that degree on hold while he served in the United States Army, as an Infantry officer and an Airborne Ranger with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He also holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University School of Divinity. Brett and his wife have been enjoying the dance for 34+ years. With two kids out of the house and one still at home, life for them in Atlanta continues to be a fun-filled adventure!
VP, Programming-Prof. Dev. and Events
Cornelius “Neil” Dowdell is a sought after global high potential leadership development, career progression, and leadership branding consultant. He has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership and management leading operational and program management teams, human resources, corporate learning and career planning. Cornelius is renowned for his ability to develop potential leaders, streamline operational processes and create value within organizations. He believes that we all have inspired strengths and gifts that we should maximize in our life’s work.<br> <br> Immediately before following his passion t share his consulting gifts on a more global scale, Cornelius held influential roles at CGI Federal, Louisiana State University and Emory University partnering with corporate learning officers and human resource teams to develop High Potential Leadership Development Programs, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system integration and Corporate Branding standards.<br> <br> Cornelius also manages corporate learning for higher educational institutions and collaborates with Fortune 100 company for 10 years. He and his staff provide a full range of services and offerings for 10,000+ employee organizations including needs assessments, curriculum design, conducting training programs, program assessment, and organizational development. He also provides coaching services for all levels of management. His priority is to align all programs with the corporation’s business goals and strategies.<br> <br> Cornelius has conducted hundreds of employee learning programs in such areas as improving interpersonal effectiveness, time management, leadership development for managers and high potential employees, effective oral and written presentations, delegating, career planning, train-the-trainer, motivation and dealing with difficult people.<br> <br> Cornelius earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Capella University. He is certified in in Leadership and Management Development, Lean Six Sigma, Professional Coaching, Career Coaching and several leadership assessment tools such as DiSC and Emotional Intelligence. <br> <br> Cornelius is involved in numerous professional and non-profit organizations, serving in the Association of Talent Development (ATD), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Project Management Institute (PMI), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and March of Dimes.<br>
VP, Special Events
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President Elect
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VP, Communities of Practice
Allison is a seasoned Learning & Development professional, focused in the LMS Administration and technology space. She is an eLearning Content Specialist with the Home Depot, and collaborates with her Design & Development and Data & Analytics partners to provide a valuable user experience for learners. Allison is passionate about personal development, and over the years she has been a member of organizations like Cool Girls Inc, and a mentor in University and Corporate mentoring programs. As Allison started mapping out the blueprint for her personal development plan, she joined the Greater Atlanta ATD chapter. As a volunteer, Allison connected with other advocates of learning who have insight into the future of learning. Last year she served in a leadership role, Director of the Learning Technology Communities of Practice (CoP). The Greater Atlanta ATD Chapter has provided many opportunities for Allison to step out of her comfort zone and gain knowledge in other areas of Talent & Development. This easily motivates her to cultivate a similar experience for others who are passionate about developing themselves and others. Allison earned a bachelor's degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations, from Kennesaw State University. In addition to her formal education, she also has project management and event management experience. She is a proud wife and mother, and enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling with her family in her free time.”
VP, Strategic Partnerships
<p>Zack Hudson is a leader that has a heart for developing others. He is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development.</p> <p>Zack heads the talent management, leadership development and culture pieces for Kindred at Home's 50,000 employees across the United States. He is also the founder of Passing the Baton Leadership Resources where his weekly content and Passing the Baton podcast is picked up in over 100 countries weekly. In 2020 he launched the Leaders of Atlanta podcast that focuses on the stories of the city's top leaders while giving listeners practical advice to grow in their own career. </p> <p>Striving for and modeling a healthy work-life balance, Zack enjoys the adventures of life. He has skydived, survived a running of the bulls, chest bumped a whale shark and is an ultra-marathon runner among other things. He also works in the Atlanta film industry with some notable projects including, Avengers: Endgame, Stranger Things 3, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. </p>
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VP, Community Relations
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VP, Technology
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VP, Member Services
Buddy has been in the Atlanta area for 30 years and is currently the Territory Account Manager at Electro Rent/Rush Computer Rentals. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University, he has worked with technology within the hospitality, healthcare and human resource industries. When not traveling around the Southeast and Midwest, he spends time rooting on the Kentucky Wildcats. He has two daughters attending UK and a son who’s a high school sophomore with plans to attend Kentucky. Buddy's wife is a second grade teacher and a Kentucky alumni.
VP, Marketing and Communications
It is a privilege and honor to serve as the VP of Marketing and Communications for 2020. In my profession as a Marketing Manager, I lead a team that implements on-air strategy for linear promotion. I have a passion for orchestrating human performance improvement techniques for my team. My belief is that every area of an organization thrives when it is using all its resources to garner success. My 14 years of work experience has provided the opportunity to implement my own innovative training curriculum used in the area of Sales and Marketing for WarnerMedia. I have recently earned my Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Georgia State University. While attending GSU, I served as the Corporate Relations Representative for the Graduates in Instructional Design and Technology Organization. While serving as the Corporate Relations Representative, I provided information to students that help them in their transition to professional roles after college. My goal is to utilize my creativity to promote the values, events and goals of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ATD. I began my involvement with ATD as a marketing volunteer in 2019.

2020 Board of Directors

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>
Current Officers-President
Brett serves as a facilitator, content writer and client relations manager for Converging Solutions, a consulting firm that provides learning, communication, and performance solutions for medium to large organizations. Prior to his work at Converging Solutions, Brett served as a department head with The Home Depot. He also spent numerous years in a non-profit space specializing in public speaking, leadership training and development, life coaching, and conflict resolution. Brett’s commitment to equipping others for growth (both in their professional and personal lives) is fueled by a passion for learning and driven by his ideal of servant leadership. ATD has been a huge catalyst in his professional development which easily motivates him to cultivate a similar experience for others who choose to participate in ATD.<br><br> Brett graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Business Marketing. He put that degree on hold while he served in the United States Army, as an Infantry officer and Airborne Ranger with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Nowadays, he enjoys listening to most genres of music, reading a good book or exploring new productivity apps. <br><br> Brett (classic “type A”) and his wife (classic “type” B) have been enjoying the swirl for many years. With two of their three children having grown up, and moved out, they live in Holly Springs with their youngest daughter.
Senior Advisor
Don Bolen has been a Greater Atlanta chapter member since 2004. As a volunteer leader, he has served as VP Programming, Professional Development, Finance, President-elect, President, Senior Advisor and other roles. <br><br> At dBolen and Associates, he focuses on instructional design, learning strategy and project management. Previously Don was a learning leader at Delta Air Lines and WellStar Health System. Don has a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication and BA in History from the University of Georgia. As a lifelong learner, Don embraces the maker mindset as a woodworker and DIYer. <BR><br> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/donbolen/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/dbolen" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br>
Current Officers-President Elect
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Senior Advisor
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>
Senior Advisor - Immediate Past President
<p>Dave has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter since he moved to Atlanta in 2008. He has served the chapter as VP Community Relations, Director of Employee Learning Week, and various Director roles within Community Relations including: Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Atlanta Community Food Bank, United Way, and Strategic Partnerships.</p> <p>Dave is the Director of Training Services for Leadership Strategies, the Facilitation Company. In his role he teaches and certifies trainers on the company’s courses, manages the Core Team of Instructors and Facilitators, leads the Product Development Team, serves as a consultant for various clients, and is part of the Leadership Team.</p> <p>Dave has more than 25 years of experience as a Training Leader, Instructional Designer, Facilitator, e-Learning Designer, and Project Manager with world-class companies including Disney and Merck. He is an experienced consultant to senior leadership with deep experience in assessing training needs, identifying performance improvement opportunities, and delivering performance improvement interventions. Dave's experience includes creating comprehensive, branded, measurable training processes for the organization that are integrated with the talent management process, address performance gaps, and minimize costs while maximizing return on investment.</p> <p>When not working, Dave is a Brother in the Knights of Columbus, and is a member of the 2018 Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class. He is also an award-winning home brewer and Certified Beer Judge. Dave enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and traveling.</p>

2020 Chapter Directors


William Franco

Stacey Goldstein
Sonia Matthews
Carol Smith
Fausto Zamorano
Mannett  Foster

Sonia Matthews
Lakisha Graham
Stephanie Smith
Consuela Wilson
Joumelide Pascal
Noelle Allen

Jim  Hogan

Kathryn Kolencik
Deborah Covin Wilson
Director, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Director, MUST Ministries
Director, Marketing
Director, Communications
Director, Social Media
Director, Volunteer Services
Director, Member Services
Director, Member Services
Director, Member Engagement
Director, Organizational Membership
Director, Student  and Young Professional Membership
Director, Chapter Programming
Director, Professional Development
Director, Senior Learning Leaders Forum (SLLF)
Director, Professional Assn. Partnerships
Director, Business Partnerships
Director, Website
Director, Collaboration
Director, Finance
Director, CoPs
Director, Learning Technology CoP
Director, Learning & Development CoP
Director, Sales Enablement CoP
Director, Human Capital CoP
Director, Independents Networking and Collaborating (INC) CoP
Director, Strategic Business Partnerships Liaison
Director, Strategic Association Partnerships Liaison
Director, Strategic University Partnership Liaison