2024 Board of Directors



Danielle Eisenach-Reichel

President


 

  Zohra Samji-Bell

  President-Elect


 

  Lara Azcona

  Past President

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  VP Programs


Shawn Johnson

VP of Finance


Taresa Scott

VP Mar/Comm


Sharon Duong

VP Membership



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2024 Board Member Profiles

2024 President - Danielle Eisenach-Reichel

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President Elect - Zohra Samji-Bell

Zohra Samji-Bell is a seasoned professional with a diverse background spanning graphic design, teaching, instructional design, and project management. In her current role, she shapes the curriculum for Southwest Airlines’ technology department, focusing on designing and delivering training programs. Previously, at Navan, Zohra aligned rebranding and training initiatives, showcasing her versatility in instructional design. Her journey from high school math teacher to instructional designer reflects her adaptability and commitment to learning and development.With the support of her local ATD chapter and leveraged connections, Zohra seamlessly transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In her role as ATD Fort Worth President Elect, Zohra not only fulfills her official duties but also takes pleasure in guiding professionals towards careers in learning and development. She utilizes her experience to assist others in finding their path in this field, demonstrating a strong commitment to mentoring in career progression.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zohrasamji/ 

Past President - 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!


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VP of Finance - Shawn Johnson

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VP of Hospitality - 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.


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VP of Programs - Open

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VP of Mar/Comm - Taresa Scott

Taresa is an EdTech Strategist and founder of Bleuprint, where she is focused on delivering customized e-learning experiences to onboard, upskill, and reskill professionals in the workplace. With a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Communication, Taresa has a strong background in instructional design, e-learning development, and learning management systems.

Taresa has been a member of ATD for one year, and has a passion for learning and talent development. She has trained over 200k professionals across global organizations on topics that range from leadership development, sales, customer service, software, and systems. Through her company, Taresa is on a mission to empower modern learners to own their skill development so that they can learn, grow, and thrive in their careers.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taresa-scott/

Website: https://www.bleuprint.design/

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VP of Membership - Sharon Duong

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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 found my calling. I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

I love being back in Texas. I joined ATD Fort Worth/Mid-Cities in 2018 and joined the board in 2019 as the VP of Technology. I am a lifelong learner and continue to learn in my current role as the Chief Learning Officer of Simple Leadership Strategies based in Fort Worth. My passion is instructional design and eLearning development. Giving back to our community of Talent Development continues to be my mission.

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VP of Cultivate Conference - Open


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