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Kevin Clarke, President

Kevin comes to the Board with over 15 years of management experience with a passion for Training and Development. For the past 10 years, Kevin has had the opportunity to work as a Senior Manager for CarMax in the roles of mentor, facilitator and trainer.  

He recently moved to the Richmond area to join the Talent Management group at CarMax as the Principal Leader. 

Kevin holds Masters’ degrees in  Business Administration and Human Resource Management.

Kelli DeBellis, Past President

Kelli DeBellis is an Associate Director of Learning and Development and EAB. She has a demonstrated history of providing excellence in coaching, instructional design and delivery, facilitation, eLearning development, and more. A passion to always learn, improve, and evolve both for those she works with and herself is evident. Her non-traditional background allows her to build out-of-the box ideas into powerful solutions for personal and professional development.

David Younce, VP of Programs

David Younce is Regional Business Development Officer, AVP with Chesapeake Bank in the Richmond region. David brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in business leadership, organizational development, and financial industry expertise. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with partners, and customers. In addition to his direct responsibilities, David has been tasked with developing and implementing strategies, which have facilitated growth within his company. In that scope of responsibility, he and his team have been able to support the strategic plan for the company by translating business goals into successful actionable performance initiatives to ensure the skill set of his team.

David has served as the Director of Event Planning for the Greater Richmond ATD, and as the Speaker Chair for the 2018 TDPC (Talent Development Practitioner’s Conference). Prior to ATD, David served as Chair and Co-Founder of the Patterson Avenue Business Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bizworks, an economic development and business incubation organization. David has worked within a wide range of clients in Fortune 500 companies, in multiple locations within the United States.

Alicia Arrington, VP of Operations

Alicia is a Career Consultant who joined Lee Hecht Harrison in 2016.  Her professional expertise is in operations management with line experience in human resources. She has led teams of up to 20 multi-disciplinary employees with accountability for seven figure client portfolios. She has extensive leadership experience in training, employee engagement, workforce development, P&L management, contract service management, and customer service.

 Alicia’s career was spent primarily in the hospitality industry working for a FortuneĀ® 500 provider of global food, facilities, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business, sports, leisure, and corrections clients

 Alicia’s blended professional background also consists of tenures within Human Resources and Recruitment. Her leadership experience in these arenas included performance management programs, talent sourcing, coaching and development, as well as onboarding. Her customer base was comprised of clients in the pharmaceutical, housing, financial services, and tobacco industries. Alicia also serves as a SHRM Certified Professional and Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Sandra Smith, VP of Membership

Sandra brings over twenty years of teaching, training, coaching, instructional design, technical writing, content development, and editing experience with her to our Board.  Sandra is a former chemist and science teacher.  Presently she is the CEO of Cognicata -- a professional development organization that focuses on e-learning. In this role, she partners with Fortune 500 organizations and textbook publishers to provide personal and professional development.

Sandra has a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Katisha Kersey, VP of Marketing

Since 2007, Katisha has served as the Training Coordinator and Course Developer for a private property management company that owns and operates thousands of residential units around Richmond and several other states. In her current role, she creates and conducts both live and online training courses. As a former Spanish Teacher at Tidewater Academy, Katisha was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce after her first year. Outside of the office, Katisha provides in-home tutoring to middle and high school students.

As a University of Virginia alumna and resident of Richmond for more than 30 years, Katisha is passionate about enjoying and giving back to the thriving local community. She is active in her church and volunteers with the Junior League of Richmond.  For the 2017-2018 League year, Katisha served as Chair for the committee that organizes the successful annual Touch a Truck fundraiser. Katisha is thrilled to continue her endeavors by supporting the Greater Richmond Chapter of the ATD.

Joanne Even, Director of Event Planning

Joanne has 20+ years of experience in business, marketing communications, and adult learning that she draws on when working with her clients. Working with the Executive Education group at the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business, she offers a practical approach to creating meaningful learning experiences,  and she enjoys working with management teams to help them solve the workplace challenges that keep them up at night.

Joanne's professional experience includes training, project management, and marketing roles in a variety of industries including financial services, management consulting, healthcare, state and local government, and human services.  In addition to her Board position with Greater Richmond ATD, she is on the Board of the Metropolitan Business League and an active volunteer with Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training. 

Lauren Philip, Director of Community Relations

Lauren is a driven and dedicated certified HR Professional and is currently the Principal Consultant at LP Consulting, having worked with various clients in the Caribbean.  She has been instrumental in implementing HR strategies, managing employee relations, developing HR policies and processes and establishing positive working relationships with all stakeholders.

She graduated with honors from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and holds dual degrees in Human Resource Management and Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Lauren is an advocate for continuous learning and is currently in the final semester of the MEd. Program in Adult Learning at VCU.

Tom Coltrain, Director of Technology

Tom has been working in learning management system implementation and administration since 2014.  He has worked with a variety of clients in diverse industries consulting on human resources, training, strategy, software implementation, and project management.  

Tom teaches night classes in human resources management and organizational behavior & leadership.  He enjoys providing guidance to students through application of learning to real-world work experiences.

Tom received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Human Resources Management from the University of Richmond.

Jennifer James, Director of Member Experience

Jennifer has 15+ years of experience in business, human resources, and adult learning.  She currently works for the Virginia Community College System as a Human Resources Consultant.  Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Vice President/Director of Human Capital Development within the financial services industry.  Jennifer exhibits strong leadership skills and a true passion for helping others grow and develop.  In addition, she is personally committed to continuous learning. 

Jennifer holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Credential from the Society for Human Resources Management.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with a minor in Human Resources from Mary Baldwin University and her Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Capital from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Mary Crawford, Director of Social Media

Mary has been working in the field of learning & development and higher education since 2010. In her current role as Learning Institute Associate at CA (formerly Commonwealth Autism), Mary consults with key stakeholders to develop innovative learning solutions implemented both online and in-person. She enjoys the creative process of instructional design and developing e-learning courses for both internal and external stakeholders the most. 

She earned her Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and her Master's degree from VCU.

Darla Ludwig-Bolton, Director of Program Execution

Darla is currently a Human Resources Coordinator with Hanover County Government.  She has over twenty years of experience in organizational development and has worked with small, start-up companies as well as Fortune 500 companies.    Darla is a results-oriented and process driven individual. Her passion is to partner with and empower employees to gain their full potential through learning and development, while contributing to the overall success of the organization. 

Darla earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from St. Paul’s College and her Master of Art in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University. 

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