2019 Board of Directors


Current President - Gary Sidoti

In 1978, as a US Marine, I learned the trade of Electronics. In 1982 I used these skills as a Component Engineer, Buyer Planner to develop a streamlined materials management and purchasing system. In 1992 I moved into the world of Electronic Component Sales developing over $1,000,000 [back then that was a lot] in new business. In 2011 I moved from Connecticut to re-open the training department at TTI in Fort Worth.

Today, as veteran TTI employee with over thirty years of experience in the Electronics field my passion is to help others achieve their very best potential through teaching, training, coaching and mentoring. With many hats to wear I lead the talent development of our sales teams by creating eLearning, Webinars, classroom instruction and leadership training. Through ATD I can explore my ambition to learn more about talent development and to become part of an organization that focuses on this craft. By Serving as a volunteer and a board member, I have the opportunity to give part of what I have to others so that they may benefit as I am.

President Elect - 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.

Past President - Brian Melven

Brian Melven is a learning experience designer and design thinking practitioner. He has been designing learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies around the world for over 15 years. Brian designs and develops instructor-led training (ILT), elearning, mLearning, virtual ILT, and performance support solutions. Brian’s passion is helping clients tell their story visually. He has a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Science from Utah State University.

Brian has presented at ATD’s International Conference and Exposition and various other conferences around the country.

VP of Hospitality - Jessica Buhl

Jessica is an experienced leader and consultant with 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 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 Communications - Derrick Pickett 

Bio Pending

VP of Finance - Cindy Alderman

Cynthia (Cindy) Alderman has been a Senior Technical Editor/Instructional Designer-CPE for the Thomson Reuters Business Compliance and Knowledge Solutions team since 2008. Cindy is also a thought leader for Harbinger’s Raptivity product (Raptivity is a robust set of interactivities for online learning). She earned her BBA in Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her 30 years of professional accounting experience includes twelve years for two small local CPA firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area; seven years in controller positions for several small privately-owned businesses in Dallas, Texas; five years as manager of financial and SEC reporting responsibilities for a small closely-held company in Dallas, Texas; and eight years as manager of financial and SEC reporting responsibilities for a large public filer in Fort Worth, Texas.

VP of Programs - Tara Clackler

Tara Clackler has dedicated her professional pursuits to improving the lives of those around her, whether they be clients, potential undergrad students, or internal customers and business partners. Upon graduating Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee) with a Bachelor's in Commercial Music and Music Business, Tara began her 10 year career with The Art Institutes. Tara served the organization through various positions: Director of Admissions, Admissions Training Specialist, brand Learning and Development Manager. Currently, Tara is the Senior Specialist, Sales Learning and Development at Benefitfocus, specializing in professional development, performance development, sales training, and individual professional coaching. When Tara is not managing training projects or facilitating to a group, she is raising her beautiful 18 month old daughter, Abbey, or is leading worship and putting that music degree to good use! 
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 continuously 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 was part of a team that rolled out 3 major software launches, supported HR in New Hire Orientation and helped hundreds of people learn the company's culture, processes and systems.

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 2 years and was elected as VP of Technology for 2019. 

VP of Membership - Jeremy Jameson

Jeremy Jameson has recently started his new career as a Talent Management and Development executive for a Fortune 500 company in the DFW area. Jeremy has demonstrated exceptional cultural and process improvement, talent development and engagement solutions and has excelled as a creative liaison across multiple organizational levels.

Jeremy retired from the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in 2018 where he was qualified as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor for the Navy and Air Force. He has over 2500 hours of flight time in multiple aircraft, a majority of which was during combat in the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq. The highlights of his 20 year career include serving as a tactical leader in two squadrons, teaching Leadership and Ethics to graduating seniors at Old Dominion University, directing Talent Management for the Tactical Support Wing and commanding the Navy Operational Support Center in Cincinnati, OH. 

SIG (Special Interest Group) - eLearning - Steve Moreland

I have worked in the Learning & Development field since 1994, and as an instructional designer since 2000. I have been employed at Abbott Laboratories since 1986.

I am experienced in performance/needs analysis and I design instructor-led courses, e-Learning courses, and structured on-the-job training. I am also a veteran classroom facilitator/instructor.

I have been certified by Langevin Learning Services as a Training Manager/Director. To achieve this certification, I successfully mastered subjects that included Make Your Training Stick, Successful Training Manager, Project Management for Trainers, Marketing your Training Internally and Training Needs Analysis.

I have attended ATD International Conferences since 1995 and credit that attendance to my staying abreast of learning trends, and learning new techniques and methods for the training function.

My overall goal is to leverage learning to create a high-performing organization that moves our business forward.

Volunteer Team

We couldn't do what we do without volunteers!

John Wright

John served as VP of Programs in 2006 - 2007, President Elect in 2008, President in 2009 and currently serves on the Past President's Advisory Council.

John is President of Simple Leadership Strategies®, a management training and consulting firm based in Fort Worth that specializes in leadership development, team building, employee engagement and customer retention.

Having spent over thirty years studying, experimenting, developing and practicing some simple strategies that help organizations create leaders at every level, John is convinced that the world needs a transformation, and that organizations - both profit and non-profit - can play a far bigger role in helping society achieve its potential.

Kim Kozak

Kim Kozak is a Human Capital Management expert specializing in the areas of enterprise-wide Talent data model architecture.  She has been consulting with mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies for almost 10 years, in every aspect of internal Talent Development.

Kim's career arc from HR to technology enables her to help customers of Workday ensure their HR operations, support model, organizational design and system architecture are all aligned to enable smooth change management.  She has a penchant for transformational system adoption.

She holds a Strategic Workforce Planner certification from the Human Capital Institute, and has obtained 7 certifications in the Workday suite of modules. She carries a SHRM-SCP and has obtained an SPHR and certification in Integrated Disability & Absence Management.  Her, and her husband's undergraduate degrees are in Spanish and French. 

Susan Wines

Susan Wines, eLearning Specialist at Thomson Reuters’ Tax and Accounting Division, is experienced in all phases of creating eLearning courses. Thomson Reuters creates 100s of eLearning courses for accountants. Courses include webinars, seminars, online, download, CD, 508 compliant, and mobile. Susan finds authors (subject matter experts), applies instructional design principles to course content, improves courseware processes, trains internal teams worldwide in authoring tools, troubleshoots, publishes, and also engages in social media representing the company’s brand. In 2018 Susan was accepted as an author, Branding Your Firm with LinkedIn. Susan is also a thought leader for Harbinger Corporation for their eLearning authoring tool Raptivity.

Ellen Brisendine

Lisa Grace

Michelle Barrett


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