Board of Directors

John Weidner
Cornell Global






As ATD-SCC President, John Weidner provides executive leadership to the Chapter.  He is responsible for working closely with the Chapter’s Board to establish the vision, mission and key objectives that will continue to advance the Chapter’s reputation as thought leader and purveyor of innovation. John is further responsible for assuring that the Chapter meets all ATD National Chapter Operating Requirements.

John is Founder and Managing Partner of Cornell Global LLC, a Human Capital Strategy Consulting firm.  Working with various sized companies across various industry sectors, John strives to drive increased company valuation through leadership development, talent acquisition and innovative people focused programs and processes. John’s corporate career included progressively responsible positions with Price Waterhouse, Bankers Trust, E. F. Hutton, Chemical Bank and later G.E. Capital. Since leaving corporate, John has founded three management and career coaching consulting firms; Cornell Global LLC, Pierway Associates LLC and Heroes in Transition.

John attained his Masters Degree from Boston University and a Bachelors Degree from Westminster College.

Past PresidentVendor Co-Chair
Ross Tartell

Organizational Performance Group



As Immediate Past President of ATD-SCC,Ross Tartell is responsible for onboarding the new president, Chapter Succession Planning and CARE reporting to ATD National.

Ross specializes in talent development, executive coaching, and leadership development. He is a Senior Associate with the Organizational Performance Group (OPG) and Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D., Consulting LLC.  Earlier, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate. He also spent 18 years at Pfizer Inc. Positions included Regional Learning Leader, Director Team Leader for Instructional Design, and Director Team Leader for Leadership Development.

Ross is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has published articles and made presentations on Leadership, Talent Development, Training Evaluation, and Employee Engagement. He also serves on the editorial boards for Training Magazine and The OD Practitioner.

He received his B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University, and his M.B.A in Management, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University. 

Chapter Administrator
Michele Beccarelli 
Corporate Human Resources


As Chapter Administrator, Michele Beccarelli, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, oversees chapter operations. She serves in a similar role for the Southern CT Chapter of SHRM, with whom we occasionally hold joint events. Michele is also Director, Marketing, Communications and Website for SOCT SHRM, and has served on its board for 16 years, and is a former chapter President.

Professionally, Michele is currently a Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach providing HR, career coaching, and operations consulting services. She has experience as a Human Resource Leader and HR Director in Fortune 500 and private organizations in diverse industries. In addition to being an HR Generalist, her expertise includes communications, change management, project management, organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, and HR for start-up organizations.

Michele holds a BS in Business Administration from Mercy College.

Director at Large,
Program Co-Chair
Martha Kramer


Martha Kramer
As Program Co-Chair, Martha Kramer ... 

Professionally, she is an instructional designer at VMTurbo, which helps organizations manage their IT infrastructure.  Previously, Martha managed a variety of management and communications courses at GE Capital, Sales elearning at MasterCard and software training at Radisphere National Radiology Group and has consulted for Diageo and the Gartner Group.

Martha holds a B.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University and an M.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Claremont Graduate University.

Technology Chair
Anne Cheng
Kajesta, LLC

As Technology Chair, Anne Cheng is responsible for the design, maintenance and improvements to our chapter website, using Wild Apricot and NewTek Business Services. 

She is a technology education professional with 15+ years of ILT, online blended-learning & staff training experience. She was a Senior Microsoft Applications Instructor for New Horizons CLC, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Bridgeport, and owned a technology-education franchise. She has taught 100+ technical and soft skills courses, Masters-level educational technology courses, and trained her 55 staff members. 

Anne earned her Master's of Education and Master's of Instructional Technology at the University of Bridgeport.
Membership Relations Co-Chair
Michael Allen


As Director at Large for Membership, Michael is responsible for helping attract new members to the chapter, as well as helping to retain existing membership numbers.

Professionally, Michael works as a Language Coach and Cultural Ambassador at EF Education First, and for Pearson Education in their online Corporate Training division. Michael develops curriculum and delivers instruction and training to international students who are looking to study in American colleges and universities, as well as to international corporate executives looking to do business in the United States. In addition, Michael continues to develop and deliver instructional material to fellow teachers and trainers.

Michael has earned a B.A in Asian Studies from Gettysburg College, and an M.A in Education from Manhattanville College. Currently, Michael is working on completing his first credentialed Instructional Design course.


Program Co-Chair
Steve Gardiner
Gardiner Associates



As Co-Program Co-Chair, Steve Gardiner is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.  

Steve heads Gardiner Associates, a management development firm founded by his grandfather in 1928. He spent 17 years at Champion International/ International Paper, where he was Director of Management Education and 13 years at Purdue Pharma, his last role as Sr. Director of Management & Organizational Development. His proudest achievement was using the “Win/Win” principles, popularized by the Harvard Negotiation Project, to help transform the relationship between unions and management from adversarial to collaborative.

Steve earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and M.A. in Conflict Resolution  from Union Institute & University.

Program Co-Chair
Gavin Pommernelle
Talent Driven Value LLC 

As Program Co-Chair, Gavin Pommernelle is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.

Gavin Pommernelle is the founder of Talent Driven Value LLC, an international human resource consultancy focusing on executive coaching, talent assessment and HR solutions. South Africa. Europe. Asia. The U.S. With 20 years of global leadership and human resources experience across multiple industries, Gavin brings a unique, culturally informed perspective to leadership and talent solutions and is adept at helping companies realize the inherent value of their talent. The creator of the Talent Strategy Scorecard¬© which gives senior executives and HR leaders a diagnostic tool to check alignment between their business strategy and talent management practices - the areas to focus on to achieve their business goals.

ICF certified coach with an MBA from Heriot Watt University, B.Sc. from University of Natal (Organizational Psychology & Economics) and attendee of Ashridge University (Leading Strategy & Change) and Cranfield University (Project Management).  

Social Media Co-Chair
Sandra Long
Post Road Consulting


 Sandra Long

As Social Media Co-Chair, Sandra Long co-manages the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter presence for the chapter. She is also a member of the chapter's website team. 

Sandra Long is a popular speaker, trainer, blogger, author, consultant and the owner of Post Road Consulting LLC in Westport. Sandra’s new book is called “LinkedIn for Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide.” Her training programs are primarily delivered to corporate sales, HR, and executive teams. Her most popular speaking topics include “Distinguish Yourself: LinkedIn and Personal Branding” and “Remarkable Relationships and the LinkedIn Connection.” Prior to starting her speaking, training and consulting business, Sandra spent many years in various sales leadership roles at Pitney Bowes. 

Sandra graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Rochester.


Finance & Vendor Co-Chair
Layne Rodney
P&P Studios



As the Finance Chair, Layne Rodney is responsible for maintaining the chapter's financial stability. 

As the Vendor Relationships chair, he is responsible for building relationships with vendors to secure sponsorships for monthly chapter meetings. These relationships both support the chapter’s mission and spotlight vendor products and services.

Professionally, Layne is an account executive at P&P Studios, a mid-sized media production company with over 40 years experience that specializes in video production in the training field. Layne has worked in the AV industry for over four decades and has established himself as a solution-oriented service provider.

Layne holds a B.S. in Aviation from Dowling College.

Social Media Co-Chair

Hugh Seaton

Aquinas Training

In addition to his duties in Social Media, Hugh is excited to be able to introduce new technologies to our members, from mobile tech to VR and beyond. As human-centered technologies continue to advance, familiarity with what's out there and useful will be helpful.

Hugh started his career in Taiwan, learning Mandarin Chinese while he helped a Taiwanese steel firm learn to produce new products. Moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Hugh began a career in advertising that included brands such as Sony, AOL, Google, Pepsi and more in both the US and Asia. In 2012, while consulting on internal branding projects, it became clear that training was an even greater challenge and need than branding, and Hugh began working on internal strategy training. This led to the realization that technology could help client companies more effectively train their whole workforces, not just those at the 2015, Aquinas Training was formed, to create the software solutions that enable this broad-based training. Currently offering mobile solutions, with Virtual Reality products on the way, Aquinas Training is dedicated to innovating new ways to provide seamless learning experiences to managers, employees and those in transition wherever they choose to engage with learning content.

Hugh received his BA in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio in 1994, and his MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School in 2004. 

Director-At-Large for
Community of Practice

Denise D’Agostino
Possibilities+ LLC


Denise D’Agostino, Director-At-Large for Community of Practice (CoP), CEC, CPC, is responsible for cultivating and acting as the liaison for CoPs that address the learning, education and skill-enhancement interests of the Chapter.  She will work with those interested in establishing CoPs and provide guidance and support to ensure success. 

Denise uses her authentic style to build trust and to empower others to gain insights that drive change. Her expertise and passion, gained through working and living abroad, include: Individual/Leader and Team Development, Executive and Group Coaching, Women’s Leadership, and Facilitation. She balances passion and practicality with her 25 years’ experience working as an HR Business Partner, both regionally and globally, in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, chemical and staffing industries.  She was responsible for talent management including succession planning, leadership development, engagement and retention strategy.

Denise holds a BS Degree from Bryant University, is a Certified Executive Coach and is certified in Myers Briggs & STRONG Interest Inventory, Everything DiSC Suite of Products, Conflict Dynamics, Prosci Change Management, Lominger Competencies and Situational Leadership.

Program Co-Chair

Anna Samorukova

Edelweiss Group

 As Program Co-Chair, Anna Samorukova is responsible for identifying relevant topics and selecting speakers for monthly meetings.

Anna has over 20 years of experience in teaching and designing learning in business and financial acumen. She founded Edelweiss Group in 1999 to help people learn business finance, advance their business acumen through innovative and engaging learning experiences, to create learning that unleashes potential and support individual and organizational growth. Concepts of active learning, immersive learning, learning by doing are at the core of programs that Anna designs and delivers using interactivity, practical application, games and gamification to maximize learner's engagement at the cognitive and emotional levels that is vital for the successful learning. As an associate of TRI Corporation for over 15 years, Anna designed and delivered business simulations, both virtual and in-person, that focused on business strategy, finance, and leadership. Anna's customers include Praxair, GE, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Microsoft, Praxair, Dell, Hubbell, Exelis, JCPenney, StanleyBlack&Decker, Agilent Technologies, Analog Devices, Electronic Arts. She delivered programs in the US, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, India, UK and has worked with virtual teams located around the globe.

Anna graduated from St. Petersburg Institute of Trade and Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia with a B.S. in economics and received her MBA from Fairfield University majoring in Finance and International Business. Anna completed certificate programs "Designing Learning" and "Mobile Learning" with ATD in 2014. She is a member of ATD National, ATD Southern Connecticut and ATD NYC Chapters. 

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Susan O'Connor

Membership Relations Co-Chair
Suzanne Kelly

Acquisition Intel

Co-Director College Relations
Missy Seymour


Program Co-Chair
Anna Samorukova
Edelweiss Group



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