Board of Directors


President
John Weidner
Cornell Global

       

 

 


 

 
                                  

As ATD-SCC President, John Weidner provides executive leadership to the Chapter.  He is responsible for working closely with the Chapter’s Board to establish the vision, mission and key objectives that will continue to advance the Chapter’s reputation as thought leader and purveyor of innovation. John is further responsible for assuring that the Chapter meets all ATD National Chapter Operating Requirements.

John is Founder and Managing Partner of Cornell Global LLC, a Human Capital Strategy Consulting firm.  Working with various sized companies across various industry sectors, John strives to drive increased company valuation through leadership development, talent acquisition and innovative people focused programs and processes. John’s corporate career included progressively responsible positions with Price Waterhouse, Bankers Trust, E. F. Hutton, Chemical Bank and later G.E. Capital. Since leaving corporate, John has founded three management and career coaching consulting firms; Cornell Global LLC, Pierway Associates LLC and Heroes in Transition.

John attained his Masters Degree from Boston University and a Bachelors Degree from Westminster College.



Past President 
Ross Tartell

Organizational Performance Group

 

   

As Past President of ATD-SCC,Ross Tartell is responsible for onboarding the new president, Chapter Succession Planning and CARE reporting to ATD National.

Ross specializes in talent development, executive coaching, and leadership development. He is a Senior Associate with the Organizational Performance Group (OPG) and Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D., Consulting LLC.  Earlier, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate. He also spent 18 years at Pfizer Inc. Positions included Regional Learning Leader, Director Team Leader for Instructional Design, and Director Team Leader for Leadership Development.

Ross is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has published articles and made presentations on Leadership, Talent Development, Training Evaluation, and Employee Engagement. He also serves on the editorial boards for Training Magazine and The OD Practitioner.  He received his B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University, and his M.B.A in Management, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University.

Chapter Administrator
Michele Beccarelli 
Corporate Human Resources

mbeccarelli@gmail.com

914-630-0902



  As Chapter Administrator, Michele Beccarelli, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, oversees chapter operations. She serves in a similar role for the Southern CT Chapter of SHRM, with whom we occasionally hold joint events. Michele is also Director, Marketing, Communications and Website for SOCT SHRM, and has served on its board for 16 years, and is a former chapter President.

Professionally, Michele is currently a Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach providing HR, career coaching, and operations consulting services. She has experience as a Human Resource Leader and HR Director in Fortune 500 and private organizations in diverse industries. In addition to being an HR Generalist, her expertise includes communications, change management, project management, organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, and HR for start-up organizations.

Michele holds a BS in Business Administration from Mercy College.

 
Co-Director, Programs
Martha Kramer
VMTurbo

martha@mdkramer.com

Martha Kramer As a Co-Director of Programs, Martha Kramer is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings 

Martha is an Instructional Designer at VMTurbo, which helps organizations manage their IT infrastructure.  Previously, Martha managed a variety of management and communications courses at GE Capital, Sales elearning at MasterCard and software training at Radisphere National Radiology Group and has consulted for Diageo and the Gartner Group.

Martha holds a B.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University and an M.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Claremont Graduate University.

 
Director, Technology
Anne Cheng
Kajesta, LLC


As Director of Technology, Anne Cheng is our Webmaster, and is responsible for the design, maintenance and improvements to our chapter website, using Wild Apricot and NewTek Business Services. 

She is an Instructional Designer and a Technology Education professional with ILT, WBT, online blended-learning and staff training experience. She was a Senior Microsoft Applications Instructor for New Horizons CLC, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Bridgeport, and owned a technology-education franchise. She has taught 100+ technical and soft skills courses, Masters-level educational technology courses, and trained her 55 staff members. 

Anne earned her Master's of Education and Master's of Instructional Technology at the University of Bridgeport. She earned ATD's certificate program "eLearning Instructional Design" in 2015. She is a member of ATD National She is a member of ATD National and ATD Southern Connecticut. 
 
Co-Director, Social Media 
Layne Rodney
P&P Studios  

  lrodney51@gmail.com

       

As a Co-Director of Social Media, Layne Rodney co-manages the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter presence for the chapter.  

As the Vendor Relationships chair, he is responsible for building relationships with vendors to secure sponsorships for monthly chapter meetings. These relationships both support the chapter’s mission and spotlight vendor products and services.

Professionally, Layne is an account executive at P&P Studios, a mid-sized media production company with over 40 years experience that specializes in video production in the training field. Layne has worked in the AV industry for over four decades and has established himself as a solution-oriented service provider.

Layne holds a B.S. in Aviation from Dowling College.

 
Director, 
Communities of Practice

Denise D’Agostino
Possibilities+ LLC

denise@leadership-possibilities.com

As the Director of Communities of Practice (CoP), Denise D’Agostino, CEC, CPC, is responsible for cultivating and acting as the liaison for CoPs that address the learning, education and skill-enhancement interests of the Chapter.  She will work with those interested in establishing CoPs and provide guidance and support to ensure success. 

Denise uses her authentic style to build trust and to empower others to gain insights that drive change. Her expertise and passion, gained through working and living abroad, include: Individual/Leader and Team Development, Executive and Group Coaching, Women’s Leadership, and Facilitation. She balances passion and practicality with her 25 years’ experience working as an HR Business Partner, both regionally and globally, in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, chemical and staffing industries.  She was responsible for talent management including succession planning, leadership development, engagement and retention strategy.

Denise holds a BS Degree from Bryant University, is a Certified Executive Coach and is certified in Myers Briggs & STRONG Interest Inventory, Everything DiSC Suite of Products, Conflict Dynamics, Prosci Change Management, Lominger Competencies and Situational Leadership.

 

Co-Director, Programs
Steve Gardiner
Gardiner Associates



 

     

As a Co-Director of Programs, Steve Gardiner is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.  

Steve heads Gardiner Associates, a management development firm founded by his grandfather in 1928. He spent 17 years at Champion International/ International Paper, where he was Director of Management Education and 13 years at Purdue Pharma, his last role as Sr. Director of Management & Organizational Development. His proudest achievement was using the “Win/Win” principles, popularized by the Harvard Negotiation Project, to help transform the relationship between unions and management from adversarial to collaborative.

Steve earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and M.A. in Conflict Resolution  from Union Institute & University.

Co-Director, Programs
Gavin Pommernelle
Talent Driven Value LLC 

As a Co-Director of Programs, Gavin Pommernelle is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.

Gavin Pommernelle is the founder of Talent Driven Value LLC, an international human resource consultancy focusing on executive coaching, talent assessment and HR solutions.

South Africa. Europe. Asia. The U.S. With 20 years of global leadership and human resources experience across multiple industries, Gavin brings a unique, culturally informed perspective to leadership and talent solutions and is adept at helping companies realize the inherent value of their talent. The creator of the Talent Strategy Scorecard© which gives senior executives and HR leaders a diagnostic tool to check alignment between their business strategy and talent management practices - the areas to focus on to achieve their business goals.

ICF certified coach with an MBA from Heriot Watt University, B.Sc. from University of Natal (Organizational Psychology & Economics) and attendee of Ashridge University (Leading Strategy & Change) and Cranfield University (Project Management).  

Co-Director, Programs 
Anna Samorukova
Edelweiss Group

  As a Co-Director of Programs, Anna Samorukova is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.

Anna has over 20 years of experience in teaching and designing learning in business and financial acumen. She founded Edelweiss Group in 1999 to help people learn business finance, advance their business acumen through innovative and engaging learning experiences, to create learning that unleashes potential and support individual and organizational growth. Concepts of active learning, immersive learning, learning by doing are at the core of programs that Anna designs and delivers using interactivity, practical application, games and gamification to maximize learner's engagement at the cognitive and emotional levels that is vital for the successful learning. 

As an associate of TRI Corporation for over 15 years, Anna designed and delivered business simulations, both virtual and in-person, that focused on business strategy, finance, and leadership. 

Anna graduated from St. Petersburg Institute of Trade and Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia with a B.S. in economics and received her MBA from Fairfield University majoring in Finance and International Business. Anna completed certificate programs "Designing Learning" and "Mobile Learning" with ATD in 2014. She is a member of ATD National, ATD Southern Connecticut and ATD NYC Chapters. 

Co-Director, Social Media
Sandra Long
Post Road Consulting




 


 Sandra Long

As a Co-Director of Social Media, Sandra Long co-manages the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter presence for the chapter. 

Sandra Long is a popular speaker, trainer, blogger, author, consultant and the owner of Post Road Consulting LLC in Westport. Sandra’s new book is called “LinkedIn for Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide.” Her training programs are primarily delivered to corporate sales, HR, and executive teams. Her most popular speaking topics include “Distinguish Yourself: LinkedIn and Personal Branding” and “Remarkable Relationships and the LinkedIn Connection.” Prior to starting her speaking, training and consulting business, Sandra spent many years in various sales leadership roles at Pitney Bowes. 

Sandra graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Rochester.

           

Co-Director, Social Media 
Hugh Seaton
Aquinas Training


As a Co-Director of Social Media, Hugh Seaton co-manages the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter presence for the chapter.

Hugh is excited to be able to introduce new technologies to our members, from mobile tech to VR and beyond. As human-centered technologies continue to advance, familiarity with what's out there and useful will be helpful.

Hugh started his career in Taiwan, learning Mandarin Chinese while he helped a Taiwanese steel firm learn to produce new products. Moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Hugh began a career in advertising that included brands such as Sony, AOL, Google, Pepsi and more in both the US and Asia. In 2012, while consulting on internal branding projects, it became clear that training was an even greater challenge and need than branding, and Hugh began working on internal strategy training. This led to the realization that technology could help client companies more effectively train their whole workforces, not just those at the top.in 2015, Aquinas Training was formed, to create the software solutions that enable this broad-based training. Currently offering mobile solutions, with Virtual Reality products on the way, Aquinas Training is dedicated to innovating new ways to provide seamless learning experiences to managers, employees and those in transition wherever they choose to engage with learning content.

Hugh received his BA in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio in 1994, and his MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School in 2004. 

Director, Membership 
Suzanne Kelly
Acquisition Intelligence
 

  As the Director of Membership, Suzanne Kelly is responsible for helping to attract new members to the chapter, improve retention within existing membership, as well as other ad hoc initiatives to drive membership objectives.

Suzanne is the founder of Acquisition Intelligence, a resource for companies interested in minimizing the risk of costly and disruptive hiring mistakes. AI offers a unique combination of deep-dive interviewing, coupled with a comprehensive, external 360 feedback methodology providing extensive insight into a candidates past performance history. This combination of diligence aligns talent objectives with business goals and objectives, empowering professionals to make selections that are best aligned with their culture, more productive, and most likely to drive success in both the role and organization.

Prior to Acquisition Intelligence, Suzanne spent over two decades in talent management helping companies grow and employees thrive by identifying and attracting top talent that best fit the culture and ambitions of her clients. Her expertise as a seasoned recruiter and skilled interviewer brought tremendous value in securing unusually long-term retention among placements. A few of the companies she partnered with were Bridgewater Associates, Millward Brown Digital, and Odyssey America Re.

 
Director, Finance
Jeffrey Stuart
Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP
 
jstuart@citrincooperman.com
 

As the Director of Finance, Jeff Stuart works closely with the Chapter’s Board members to monitor the Chapter’s on-going financial operations. He assists in the completion of year-end tax reporting to document the Chapter’s on-going nonprofit activities. He assists the President in the completion of the year-end Core Compliance report which goes to the national ATD affiliate.

Jeff works at Citrin Cooperman & Company LLP, a top twenty five national accounting and advisory firm. He is a director in the Connecticut office, providing a mix of audit, accounting, and tax compliance services to closely-held businesses. The industries he services are vast. He has extensive experience in the audit of employee benefit plans.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Sociology/Anthropology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Massachusetts and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Director, Sponsorships
Jim Chordas
Discover Video

jimc@discovervideo.com
 

As the Director of Sponsorships, James Chordas is responsible for building relationships with vendors to secure sponsorships for monthly chapter meetings. These relationships both support the chapter’s mission and spotlight vendor products and services.

James also films and webcasts our monthly meetings so members can watch meeting live, or later as video-on-demand. James brings over 20 years of Sales and Business Development experience to the Board. He is currently the Northeast Territory Manager for Discover Video, which helps customers optimize their communications, training, and learning strategies by delivering video simply and efficiently across networks. Discover Video made the INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies in 2016. Previously, James was Sales Director for Get Control!, which offers a suite of World Class online and live time management training.

James holds a B.A in Economics and Philosophy from Southern Connecticut State University.

  

  

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