2021 Board of Directors

Jeremy Jameson



Jonathan Silk


Jessica Buhl


Melanie Crowsey

VP Finance

  Vera Wallace **

  VP Programs

Shawn Johnson **

VP Hospitality

** New Volunteer Nominees

Volunteer Team

We couldn't do what we do without volunteers!

Ellen Brisendine


Michelle Barrett



If you would like to volunteer, please contact our 2020 President, Jonathan Silk or our 2021 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 - 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. 


Past President - Jonathan Silk

Jonathan is an experienced leader and coach with a proven record of leading and developing others to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness. He is the founder and President of Bridge 3, LLC which provides organizational and leadership development services to organizations. He integrates his organizational leadership experiences with insight from his doctoral research at Pepperdine University to provide highly effective programs to Bridge 3 clients. Jonathan has expertise in team dynamics, leadership coaching, design thinking, organizational leadership and development, learning technology, and corporate training.  

Jonathan brings lessons from his experience serving as the Executive Director of Leader Development at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) where he oversaw the leadership development and design thinking programs for faculty, staff, and students to prepare members of the UNTHSC team to lead effectively in higher education and collaborative healthcare team environments. He served as a faculty member in at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before transitioning from the Army. He is a decorated Veteran and established a record of high performance leading a variety of units in complex, volatile, and dynamic environments as a U.S. Army Officer. His combat experience includes serving as a Combat Advisor to the Afghan National Police in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and as a Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Business Administration from Louisiana State University (Alexandria), an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. He has completed both the External Executive Coaching residency program and the Advanced External Executive Coaching program at Columbia University. Jonathan is a design thinker and attended the Design Thinking executive course at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design located at Stanford University.


VP of Finance - Melanie Crowsey

Bio Coming Soon


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 - 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/


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, eLearning Specialist, has over 20 years’ experience creating digital media-based courses at Thomson Reuters. Under the brand Checkpoint Learning, TR  helps CPAs meet their licensing requirements for continuing professional education (CPE). While Susan’s primary focus is agile improvement of tools and processes, she is also the author of four self-study courses for sale: (1) Branding Your Firm with LinkedIn; (2) Retention and Career Development Go Hand-in-Hand; (3)  Technology Add-ons to Increase Productivity; and (4) Trends in Performance Management.


VP of Records - Open



Director of Records - Open


Director of Student Relations - Rochelle Harris

Rochelle is a graduate of Fisk University and has seven years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. She currently works in a sales training specialist role. Rochelle is an engaging presenter and facilitator who values collaborative learning. While working as a career coach at a local university, Rochelle was introduced to the world of talent and development.

She joined ATD in January of 2018 and has enjoyed immersing herself in all things related to learning and development. Rochelle is studying Instructional Systems Design at the University of North Texas to build her skillset as an Instructional Designer. As the Director of Student Relations, she looks forward to being a valuable resource for college students interested in our profession. 


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