2021 Board of Directors

Jeremy Jameson


Samuel Apata


Melanie Crowsey

VP Finance

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  Vera Wallace

  VP Programs

Shawn Johnson

VP Hospitality

Jess Buhl

VP Professional Development

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Ellen Brisendine

Director of Virtual Engagement

Volunteer Team

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If you would like to volunteer, please contact our 2021 President, President Jeremy Jameson or any of our board members.


2021 Board Member Profiles

2021 President - Jeremy Jameson

Jeremy Jameson is a leadership development coach and consultant, a Resilience-Building Leadership Program instructor, and a HeartMath Add Heart facilitator. His purpose is to help all types of leaders become more self-aware, more effective at building resilient teams and more content in life. 

Jeremy retired as a Naval Flight Officer in 2018 after a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. During his military service, he qualified as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor for the Navy and Air Force and logged more than 2,500 hours of flight time in multiple aircraft, most of which were during combat in the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq. Jeremy also served as a tactical leader in two squadrons, taught Leadership and Ethics to graduating seniors at Old Dominion University, directed talent management for the Tactical Support Wing in Fort Worth, Texas and commanded the Navy Operational Support Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Today, Jeremy works with various companies to improve their business resilience and to establish strong leaders and strong teams. He supports the learning and development profession by serving as a volunteer leader of the Association for Talent Development Fort Worth/Mid-Cities Chapter, an organization which champions professionals in talent development through outstanding programs and opportunities to build relationships.  



President Elect - Samuel Apata

Samuel is a dedicated instructional designer with over 6 years of experience developing and retaining talent for organizations like T-Mobile, American Airlines, and currently GM Financial. Samuel has a graduate degree in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is well versed with creating motivational, meaningful, and memorable learning that deeply engage learners, develop skills, and inspire better performance. Samuel is also a regular contributor to the Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community where his projects have been featured multiple times. He currently leads a Special Interest Group (SIG) session on Instructional Design.  Also, check out his website and portfolio at http://samuelapata.com/


Past President 



VP of Finance - Melanie Crowsey

Melanie is an innovator with a unique background.  She has a BBA in marketing, a Masters in Accounting and her CPA license.  She is the Learning Technology and Digital Media Lead where she has been an instructional designer, a director/producer for the video production studio in the Thomson Reuters Dallas office, and the subject matter expert for live streaming and virtual conferences.


VP of Hospitality - Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson is a speaker and trainer whose passion is working with emerging leaders from younger generations. As a baby boomer, she uses her many years of experience teaching and coaching people from younger generations to bring understanding to a multi-generational workplace.   Shawn’s experience in a variety of industries has prepared her to help organizations embrace diversity and build strong collaborative teams.   Her motto is “Happy People; Happy Organization!”

Shawn is a member of the John Maxwell Team and recipient of the John Maxwell International Certification Scholarship. She is also a Certified DISC Behavioral Analysis Consultant and has completed courses in Positive Psychology.   Recently, she completed her certification as a “Next Generation Facilitator” and looks forward to working with Gen Z as they become the next generation of leaders in the workplace.


VP of Programs - Vera Wallace

Vera Wallace is a Senior Technical Writer and Trainer with over 18 years’ experience. She has a background of improving operations by developing. informative documentation and training materials. She strives to share information, whether in written, verbal, or digital format, in a manner that others can receive, retain, and implement. 

As the daughter of a career Army officer, she lived in and traveled to a variety of states and countries. She credits these experiences with instilling in her an appreciation for meeting new people and learning about different cultures and customs. Being comfortable meeting new people and respecting diversity helps her research programming ideas from a myriad of people and sources.

Vera has been a member of ATD for over seven years. She has been involved in our local ATD chapter, ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities, for more than four years. She appreciates how the resources provided by the local and national organizations helped her to enhance her facilitation skills and adult learning knowledge. 

She has created and/or facilitated over 900 training classes on numerous topics including computer training, soft skills, and mortgage industry topics. Her soft skills course “Keeping It Professional,” while originally developed for one division, was deemed so useful it was changed to required training for the entire company in all three divisions.

Vera graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA degree. In her free time, Vera enjoys playing the piano and singing (especially with choirs and Praise teams). She is an avid reader and movie fan. She enjoys being outdoors and appreciating the beauty of nature.


VP of Marketing - Open


VP of Communications - Kristina Rogers

Kristina is an advocate for all things of the adult learner; always pushing for clarity of communications and interactive learning opportunities to enhance skill and knowledge. Her work incorporates her understanding (and fascination) of the growth mindset and mindfulness as a whole to better lead her learners to success.  She structures, creates, develops, and teaches curriculum that helps learners build from their past experiences, relate to their immediate present work, and authentically assess their efforts so they align with meeting future goals. 

She's an ever-growing student of all things regarding the English language, communications, and teaching/learning. She takes on the challenge of serving financial, aviation/aerospace, and technology companies by refining their external and internal instructor led training and systems training content, and technical documentation.
Presently Kristina is a Curriculum Specialist at Elevate and a weekend Adjunct Professor at Tarrant County Community College (teaching Business and Professional Communications).  Additionally, she has a small business, Letter and Marques, to which she transcribes audio (English and Spanish), translates documents (English/Spanish/Portuguese), edits and writes copy/content (English), and tutors (English).


VP of Membership - Lara Azcona

My purpose in my career is to help others to expand their vision of what is possible so that they may reach their fullest potential. My career has allowed me to teach algebra at the University of Kansas, enable manufacturing as a software engineer at National Semiconductor, develop quality systems and train consultants at Ernst & Young, teach math, computer science and business to teenagers, and most recently to prepare employees of a Fortune 500 energy company to embrace progress in the form of a major technology upgrade.

Last year as I prepared to return to my corporate career, leaving the public-school classroom, I found ATD. Because I live midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, I chose to join both ATD Dallas and ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities. I met fantastic people in both organizations and had the opportunity to co-chair SWLS, the ATD Dallas conference for learning professionals. At ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities, I attended every chapter meeting and special interest group (SIG) meeting that was offered from the time I joined in January through October and was never disappointed. The speakers at this group are among the absolute best of any professional organization in the metroplex. As a continuous learner, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year at ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities!


VP of Technology - Lorie Brown 

I came to Texas to go to college and spent many years in the fashion industry in Dallas, Seattle, Florida and New York. Training and mentoring co-workers was a running theme in all aspects of my career. After working in New York City for 10 years, I moved to northern California to officially begin my career in Talent Development at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. I learned so much and know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

I am happy to be back in the land of Y'all and look forward to continuing my career in Talent Development. I've been a member of the Fort Worth/Mid-Cities chapter for 3 years and a board member for 2 years. I'm excited to see what 2021 brings.


VP of Special Projects - Susan Wines

Susan Wines has worked at Thomson Reuters for almost 25 years and is aligned with the product brand, Checkpoint Learning, which is one of the leading providers of continuing professional education (CPE) for certified professional accountants (CPAs) and enrolled agents (EAs). One of the most exciting aspects of working at Thomson Reuters is the opportunity to innovate. A self-admitted geek, Susan is often researching or implementing process changes that simplify workflow or adapt to new technology. She is the sole or co-author and the instructional designer for five courses are currently for sale on their website, cl.tr.com. The titles reveal the passion that Susan has for learning and has shared in her 6+ years involvement with ATD Fort Worth / Mid-Cities chapter.


  1. Branding Your Firm with LinkedIn
  2. Retention and Career Development Go Hand-in-Hand
  3. Trends in Performance Management
  4. Technology Add-ons to Increase Productivity
  5. The Internet of Things and Its Impact on Business


VP of Professional Development - Jessica Buhl

Jessica is an experienced facilitator and consultant with areas of focus in leadership development and sales enablement.  She has over ten years of experience in leadership and talent management for a Fortune 500 third-party logistics provider.  Throughout her career, she has led organizational change management programs and maintained leadership development programs in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  In 2018, she obtained her Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certification from ATD.  She is passionate about developing programs that empower and motivate others to perform at their very best.

Jessica is originally from Philadelphia, PA and now lives in Fort Worth with her husband and three children.  She enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and spending time with her family. 


VP of University Relations and Student Mentoring - Sandy Robinson

Sandy Robinson is a Global Human Resources Leader, Speaker, Coach and Consultant with experience at multiple Fortune 500 corporations and mission-critical nonprofit organizations.  Sandy has significant experience propelling individuals, teams, and organizations to success. Her passions include developing empathetic and empowering leaders, cultivating talent and driving talent initiatives, and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where everyone thrives.

Sandy is currently a Human Resources Consultant with Thomson Reuters and has previously held HR Leadership roles with American Express, Honeywell and major nonprofits.  A few highlights of Sandy's background include coaching and consulting senior leaders on strategy achievement through people initiatives, organization design and transformation, optimizing business models, leading mergers and acquisitions, and leading the development of a comprehensive eLearning curriculum for leaders.

Sandy holds a Bachelor's in Business from Indiana State University and a Master's in Human Resources Management from Concordia St. Paul University.  She is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner and holds the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation.  She has also been a long-time member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and is a member of DallasHR. 

Sandy loves nature, and enjoys biking, hiking, public speaking, and book clubs.


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