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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.   

The Chapter President, provides executive leadership for the chapter. They establish the vision, mission and key objectives, and ensures resources and structures are in place to meet established goals. They set agendas for and presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors. They execute policies and directives of the Board of Directors and has the authority to sign all documents. The President is the chapter liaison to the ATD National Organization. They have 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. They can be reach via email at 


Dr. Mary Kay Taylor, APTD

Dr. Mary Kay Taylor, MBA, APTD, GTML is a HR Project Leader at Edward Jones and 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 an adjunct professor as well as a strategic talent management advisor, learning and development strategist and project manager 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. They serve 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, CPTD

Katie McDuffie, CPTD® 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. 

The Vice President for Finance, manages the operational finances of the chapter. They create an annual operating budget and coordinates the budget and operational issues with other board members, as well as administrative services. They assure that chapter operations are in compliance with ATD's Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE). They audit 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. They also reconcile chapter bank accounts on a regular basis. They can be reached via email at

VP, Communications

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.

The Vice President for Communications provides communication support to the chapter. They develop and execute 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. They 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.  They 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.

The Vice President for Membershipmanages 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. They can be reached at

VP, Professional Development

Jess Mader


Throughout her life, volunteering has been an integral part, and she even earned a college scholarship for impact in the community. She continues to look for opportunities to volunteer with co-workers, her husband Matt, and her three children: Finley, Riley, and Wesley. Through this new role, Jess looks forward to connecting with other training professionals who are passionate about facilitation and developing others.

The Vice President for Professional Development plans events of value for our members that reflect the vision of our Chapter. They communicate and coordinate with key note speakers, event site staff and collaborate with the other board members to manage all aspects of each event.  In addition to regular chapter events, they are 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.  The VP of Professional Development collaborates with the VPs of Communication to promote these events. They also collaborate with the Chapter President to set appropriate goals and performance measures to ensure the chapter is meeting their goals and providing meaningful events for members. They can be reached at


Jess has a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and       has worked as a Senior Trainer Development Specialist at Edward Jones for the past 14 years. She has a Practitioner Badge in Design Thinking through IBM and enjoys facilitating through Design Thinking.  She’s been a long-time member of ATD St. Louis Chapter and most recently volunteered as the Lead for the Facilitator Interest Group. In that role, Jess was responsible for organizing speakers and coordinating ongoing events.

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.

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

VP, Administration

 Currently Open

The Vice President for Administration, provides administrative support to the chapter. They record meeting minutes, write chapter correspondence, and ensure communication of chapter proceedings and records. They also collect data and track key performance metrics for the chapter such as membership, meeting attendance, budget compliance, etc. They are the main contact for the chapter and manages all incoming general inquiries. The VP for Administration directs inquiries to the appropriate board members and oversees registration and check-in at all in-person chapter events. Please reach out directly to the President or President-Elect if you or someone you know is interested in this role.

Director of Technology

Currently Open

The Director of Technology, works 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  interested in this role.

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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