Get to know the Board of Directors candidates in their own words!

Jonathan Southgate

Jonathan is an instructional designer working with the experiential learning team in the Office of Transformational Learning at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park. For more than six years, he has worked to develop innovative and solutions-driven instructional deliverables that meet the needs of his clients.

Before joining Smith, Jonathan worked for various bureaus at the State Department including Passport Services and the Foreign Service Institute designing in-person and e-learning based courses. Jonathan earned his B.A. in International Relations and a minor in International Business from American University and a M.S. in Instructional Systems Design with a focus on Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jonathan’s expertise and interest centers on the effective and pedagogically sound use of instructional technology to facilitate learning for students. He has extensive experience with blended modalities, needs-driven instructional development, eliciting student motivation, and designing experiential learning environments.

Jonathan's Statement of Interest

Hello DC ATD members! I’ve been a board member for the past two years, first as the director of operations and technology and then the VP of Finance. Through these roles, I have seen the amazing work that our chapter does to further the profession in the DC metro region. I truly owe my career and strong network of colleagues to DC ATD and I hope to give back by serving as your President Elect. Together we can work to strengthen the organization and ensure quality events, opportunities, and support to all of our members.

Jeri Mae Rowley

A master trainer and motivational speaker, Jeri Mae has developed and delivered customized programs for hundreds of public and private organizations. Jeri Mae works with organizations committed to empowering their employees and leaders through education and inspiration.

She has been invited to speak, train, and consult in 39 states, Canada, and the US Virgin Islands. Her clientele includes an intriguing variety of industries and organizations: from the Federal Reserve to National Wildlife Preserves; semiconductors to pet cemeteries; drill bit manufacturing to tropical resorts. Audiences are delighted by her unique brand of “Western Wit and Wisdom for the Workplace” and her unique [dry and quirky] sense of humor.

Jeri Mae has received state and national recognition for her success as a business leader and educator. She has served as President of numerous organizations including: Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Society for Human Resource Managers and the National Speakers Association: Mountain West Chapter. She currently serves on the National Speakers Association D.C. Metro board as Treasurer.

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Jeri Mae's Statement of Interest:

When I moved to the D.C. area from Utah, I was excited to find a vibrant Metro DC ATD Chapter. I joined Metro DC ATD six months ago and appreciate the generosity of members at Chapter and Communities of Practice events. The VP of Finance position would give me an opportunity to fully engage in ATD and connect with members. I'm excited to share the leadership and fiduciary experience I've gained serving other associations and to help an already healthy organization continue to grow and empower our members.

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams is a Manager at The Educe Group where he both conducts talent management system implementations as an Engagement Manager and consults organizations on the best strategies to leverage technology to meet their talent development needs. He has served groups of varying size and complexity that span multiple industries from healthcare and higher education to financial and professional services.

Brandon has worked extensively and spoken on the topic of collaborative learning and the technologies to execute and enable it at conferences hosted by the Society for Applied Learning Technologies, Training Magazine, ATD, and Saba Software. Prior to joining Educe, Brandon coauthored and produced a training program that affected national compliance and sales audiences at Amerigroup Corporation. Over the course of his career, he has supported recruiting efforts and programs for internships, leadership development, and full-time employment positions. Brandon graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary and currently lives in Washington D.C.

Brandon's Statement of Interest

I first scouted the Metro DC ATD Chapter after I moved here in 2010, but I didn’t feel I had the experience to give back to its roughly 500 members. Now that I’ve spent the last seven years immersed in talent development across various organizations – from Harvard to the Chicago Tribune and Weight Watchers to Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers – I feel that I’m ready to serve the population in our area as a volunteer. I’ve read that learning technology is a big interest for you all, and I’m ready to give back as this has been a major focus of my career. I hope you consider giving me the chance to serve you in the DC Chapter!

Treca Stark, CPLP

A 40 under 40 honoree by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance through the Association for Talent Development, Treca Stark gets excited about learning and technology. Stark combines these passions in her work as Manager, Technology Training and Multimedia Development and Part-time Faculty at Prince George's Community College. She has published and volunteered for professional associations including the Association for Talent Development and EDUCAUSE—the foremost higher education technology association. Additionally, "Leveraging Analytics in Community Colleges," an article that she wrote and published through EDUCAUSE, has since been cited in the American Association of Community Colleges’ book, "Generation X Presidents Leading Community Colleges: New Challenges, New Leaders."

Stark completed a dissertation entitled, "A Statistical Analysis Examining the Usability of Community College Online Admissions Applications" for a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Community College Leadership at Morgan State University. She also earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans, a Graduate Certificate in E-Learning from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Political Science with a Minor in Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.

When Stark is not working, she spends time with family, enjoys yoga and spin classes, attends festivals with friends, volunteers in the community, and engages in personal and professional development activities.

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Connie Russell Gorum

An Uprising Voice in Workforce Training & Development|Connie Russell-Gorum is the founder and CEO of C. L. Russell Group, LLC (CLRG) – an industry training and development consulting company. Connie established her training consulting company as a veteran owned small business and within her first year she was awarded the Women in Business Champion of the Year, successfully landed a contract with one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation and was recognized for the Library of Congress Veteran History Project. Within her second business year, she strategically positioned her business for global success as one of seven businesses selected to participate in the U.S. Trade Mission to Azerbaijan and Georgia organized in partnership with ExportDC. This opportunity strategically positioned the company’s goal of becoming a global industry workforce training company. Connie Gorum serves as a judge for the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Learning Elite association that honors the best organizations worldwide for learning and development, a member of the Workforce Magazine Business Intelligence Board, serves as the committee Co-chair for the CoP Career Connections for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and is a contributing writer for the U.S. Veteran, Women Professional and Black EOE international magazine. Among other associations, she also served as a board member of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber where she served as the Chair for the Women in Business Committee. As an upcoming leading female entrepreneur and a strategic small business influencer she is on a mission to create a future ready workforce. Connie is an advocate for women and youth entrepreneurship and enriching professional development for disadvantaged populations.

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