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ATD St. Louis Board of Directors: 2021

Management of the ATD St. Louis chapter is vested in a Board of Directors. It is the board's responsibility to carry out the chapter's objectives and to establish policies and procedures that facilitate management of the chapter. The Board of Directors acts for and on behalf of the membership. Board members are chapter members in good standing who volunteer to serve two-year terms. 

If you are interested in serving on the chapter's Board of Directors, please email us at

Chapter President

Julio Govreau

Julio Govreau is a Talent Management professional with over 15 years of diverse work experience.  He is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations aspire to their full potential.  His background focuses on executive coaching, talent management, consulting and project management.  Currently, Julio is the Chief Talent Officer for Strategic Leadership Consulting, LLC.  He earned his BA in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.   

As Chapter President, Julio provides executive leadership for the chapter. He establishes the vision, mission and key objectives, and ensures resources and structures are in place to meet established goals. He sets agenda for and presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors. He executes policies and directives of the Board of Directors and has the authority to sign all documents. As President, Julio is the chapter liaison to the ATD National Organization. He has the responsibility for monitoring the performance of the ATD St. Louis Board of Directors and its members and acts in all other respects as is the custom and responsibility of the President of the organization. Julio can be reach via email at 


Dr. Mary Kay Taylor

Dr. Mary Kay Taylor, MBA, APTD, GTML is President of Pole Star Consulting, an Experiential Learning and Strategic Talent Management consulting firm based in the Greater St Louis, MO area. Dr. Taylor is a full-time professor as well as a strategic talent management advisor and learning development strategist for organizations nationally. With over 20 years' experience creating learning & development business plans, Mary Kay has made exceptional contributions to talent management, training and development, workforce development, and leadership programs. Mary Kay received her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Human Resource Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Management (HIM). She is credentialed as a Global Talent Management Leader (GTML) and an Associate Professional of Talent Development (APTD). Dr. Taylor has consulted for numerous organizations nationwide, published management focused articles, and previously served on the board of directors of various non-profit organizations.

The President-Elect, prepares to be Chapter President by staying abreast of ATD compliance requirements. She serves as the Chapter ATD CARE recorder and is responsible for submitting the Chapter CARE report to ATD by the required due date. The President-elect can be reached via email at

VP, Finance

Katie McDuffie

Katie is an energetic Talent and Development professional with over 20 years experience as either an instructor or leader. Currently, she provides quality training programs, classes and 1:1 coaching opportunities for all employees throughout Safety National. She is goal oriented and focuses on increasing company productivity, employee knowledge, engagement and purpose in every session she designs or delivers.  Her professional skills include: Instructor Led Training, Public Speaking, Team Coaching, Employee Mentoring, Leadership Development, Communication, IT, Human Resources and Microsoft Office. 

As Vice President for Finance, Katie manages the operational finances of the chapter. She creates an annual operating budget and coordinates the budget and operational issues with other board members, as well as administrative services. She assures that chapter operations are in compliance with ATD's Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE). Katie audits income/expenses and cash-flow on a monthly basis to ensure chapter's sound financial status and ensures that the chapter follows state and federal reporting requirements. She also reconciles chapter bank accounts on a regular basis. Katie can be reached via email at

VP, Administration

Michelle Camden

Michelle is an outgoing Talent and Development professional with 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and education sectors. She is responsible for developing and implementing onboarding training, as well as professional development opportunities for Kemper Corporation. She is bilingual and specializes in connecting with employees and helping them develop skills that will accelerate their careers.

As Vice President for Administration, Michelle provides administrative support to the chapter. She records meeting minutes, writes chapter correspondence, and ensures communication of chapter proceedings and records. Michelle collects data and tracks key performance metrics for the chapter such as membership, meeting attendance, budget compliance, etc. She is the main contact person for the chapter and handles general inquiries or refers inquiries to appropriate board members. She coordinates and oversees registration and check-in at chapter events. Michelle can be reached via email at

VP, Membership

Christine Kostic

Christine Kostic has a long career in training, leadership development, and as a leader herself. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, she started her career as an assistant store manager for Walmart, and spent the next 15+ years working her way up to store manager, regional trainer, and eventually as the director of Field Training for the Sam’s Club US Division. Christine spent the next eight years as a store manager for Giant Eagle, a supermarket chain based in Pittsburgh, PA. She then spent over a year at Lowe’s corporate office in Mooresville, NC as a Sr. Program Leader in Leadership Development (supporting merchandising and women’s initiatives) before moving to St. Louis in February, 2020 to join the Centene University team. She is now a Sr. Learning Consultant specializing in the areas of Leadership and Professional Development. Christine has a passion for developing leaders, and enjoys helping others achieve success.

As Vice President for MembershipChristine manages the design and implementation of policies, programs or initiatives that ensure membership growth and engagement; sets appropriate goals and performance measures for membership; ensures updated and appropriate membership records; invoices membership dues; maintains new member materials/brochures; and processes membership applications. Christine can be reached at

VP, Professional Development

 Kathleen Young, Ph.D.

Kathleen Young is Vice President, Next Gen Talent Liaison at Wells Fargo and adjunct business faculty at Webster University. Kathleen was the recipient of the chapter's 2019 Member of the Year award to honor the significant contribution she made to our chapter. She was responsible for all aspects of our 2019 Learn event and lead the Facilitator Special Interest group. The chapter is very fortune to have Kathleen's enthusiasm, education and experience.

As Vice President for Professional Development, Kathleen is responsible for planning chapter events of value to our members that also reflect the vision of the Chapter.  Kathleen communicates and coordinates with speakers, event site staff and collaborates with the board members to manage all aspects of each event.  In addition to regular chapter events, she is also responsible for special events to provide additional value and development to the members’ experience including the annual chapter conference, special interest groups, workshops/seminars, etc.  Kathleen collaborates with the VPs of Communication to promote events.  Kathleen collaborates with the Chapter President to set appropriate goals and performance measures to ensure the chapter is meeting goals and providing meaningful events for members’ Professional Development. Kathleen can be reached at

VP, Communications

 Currently Open

The Vice President for Communications provides communication support to the chapter. Brad develops and executes a comprehensive annual communications plan that supports the mission and image of the chapter and sets goals and performance measures for the chapter’s communications plan. He ensures the consistency, relevance, timeliness, and accuracy of the chapter’s public messages. The VP for Communications manages the chapter’s website and social-media channels.  Please reach out directly to the President or President-Elect if you are interested in this role.

Director of Technology

Currently Open

As Director of Technology, you will work closely with the VP of Communications to maintain and update the website and email notifications for ATDSTL, ensuring that the website is up-to-date and maintains quality standards. Please reach out directly to the President or President-Elect if you are interested in this role.

VP, Operations

Houston Southard

Houston comes to ATD with 5 years of experience in Corporate Learning, where he has implemented job-specific training programs in the real estate, transportation, and healthcare sectors. He likes making interactions meaningful and flushing dormant employee skills to the surface so they may thrive in their positions.

As VP of Operations, Houston is the data analyst for the organization.  He will manage all incoming metrics for systems such as: Wild Apricot, Google Earth, and membership surveys to help us provide the most targeted solutions to the St. Louis Learning Community.  Houston will also manage all Chapter volunteers.  He can be reached at

Immediate Past President

Thomasine Joyce

Thomasine Joyce is a Talent Development professional with over 18 years of experience who has a track record of inspiring others to achieve excellence.  She has combined her global and sales experiences with her learning & development background to create and execute innovative training programs targeted to a range of personnel from leadership C-suite to new employee onboarding .  Her experience includes industries with similar customers as an Anheuser-Busch InBev legacy employee and currently with Hussmann Corporation. 

As Immediate Past President, Thomasine serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors, acting as a steward of past practice and Board historian. She can be reached at

Past President -Advisor

Danielle Buscher, CPTD

Danielle Buscher, CPTD® is a learning and development professional with 10 years of experience. As the training director at Facilisgroup, Danielle is responsible for designing and delivering a variety of learning programs related to sales and software training. She is a Certified Professional of Learning and Performance. She earned a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development with a focus in Workplace Learning from the University of Louisville.  

Danielle has served as VP of Communication in 2017 and President Elect in 2018 and Chapter President in 2019.

Past President - Advisor

Anthony Palazzolo, CPTD

Anthony Palazzolo, CPTD® is a learning and development professional with over 18 years of experience. As the Organizational Effectiveness Manager for Moneta, Anthony is responsible for building curriculum, training new hires, facilitating classes, and coaching teams and individuals. He is a Certified Professional in Talent Development

Anthony has served as VP of Community Engagement, President Elect and Chapter President.

As Advisor to the Board,  Anthony acts as a steward of past practice and Board historian. 

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