Board of Directors

Kara Dogali



As President, Kara oversees the chapter's operations. She works closely with the board to determine the direction of the chapter.

Kara is currently using her MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Belimo. Kara focuses on Talent Management processes and innovative learning practices to ensure impact and engagement on learning and development. She partners with executives and leaders around the world to create programs to upskill talent.

Kara is an end-to-end Talent leader who can think strategically, develop and execute on learning initiatives. She is a proven instructional designer who applies adult learning theory to every project and program, helping to grow talent. Kara brings experience in project management, Learning Management System (LMS) implementation, content development and online training. Prior to joining Belimo, Kara served roles of increasing responsibility at Information Services Group and Terex Corporation, in Global Learning and Development.  

Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and a Master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Past President,


St. Paul

As Past-President, Monique oversees onboarding new board members and shares her position insight with the new President. Her passion to build connections and share experiences will expand the chapter’s membership engagement with a focus on innovative programs. Monique holds memberships with the Southern Connecticut Chapter and ATD national. Monique worked as an Instructional Designer for virtual reality simulations in healthcare and currently works at Community Health Center as a Program Training Specialist.  

Monique holds a Master’s degree in Communication Management with a concentration in Learning and Development from the University of Denver. She received a Graduate Marketing Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Roger Williams University. 

Director, Technology
Anne Cheng

As Director of Technology, Anne Cheng is the ATD SCC 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. 

Anne is an Instructional Designer and Trainer at NYCHA, creating and teaching apps on the Maximo Mobile platform. 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 franchise employees. 

Anne earned her Master's of Education and Master's of Instructional Technology at the University of Bridgeport and earned ATD's Certificate of eLearning Instructional Design. 

Director at Large,  
Ross Tartell

Ross Tartell, Ph.D. Consulting LLC


As Director at Large for ATD-SCC,Ross Tartell is responsible for 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.


University Student Relations, 

Dr. Maurice
"Mo" Cayer  

University of New Haven

Mo Cayer is a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist. Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes: 

  • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA).
  • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.
  • GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions.
  • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation.
  • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
  • JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years.
  • Mo continues consulting to private and public sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm.

Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.  Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

 Director of Membership,
Jessie Gagnon

As Director of Membership, Jessie Gagnon oversees the member experience, from welcoming new members to engaging with current members to ensure the chapter is meeting expectations. She shares feedback and collaborates with the Board to incorporate suggestions and enhance the member experience. She also ensures that members remain in good standing and works with ATD National to keep chapter memberships current. Jessie is a member of ATDSCC and ATD National.

Jessie combines her prior experiences in marketing and business analysis with adult learning principles to identify with her audience, uncover upskilling opportunities, and design and deliver in-person, remote, and hybrid trainings tailored to meet learners where they are and engage them. As the Training and Development Manager at Robinson+Cole she oversees the design and implementation of training programs and curriculum for the firm’s 400 plus attorneys and staff, collaborating with firm leaders to manage the rate of change and oversee user acceptance for new technology.

Jessie is a Board member of the Mandell JCC, volunteers with the Junior League of Hartford and Girls on the Run Greater Hartford. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communications with a focus on Public Relations from Florida State University.

     Open Positions: 
     Director of Marketing
     Director of Sponsorship
     Director of Finance


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