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Board of Directors

President, 2018-2019

Julie Gedro (more+), SUNY Empire State College

President-Elect, 2018-2019

Laura Bierema (more+), University of Georgia

Past President, 2016-2017

Wendy Ruona (more+), University of Georgia

Board Members

Marilyn Byrd (more+ ), University of Oaklahoma

Yonjoo Cho (more+), Indiana University

Rajashi Ghosh (more+), Drexel University

Tomika Greer (more+ ), University of Houston

Kimberly McDonald (more+), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Jason Moats (more+ ), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Thomas Reio (more+ ), Florida International University

Brad Shuck (more+ ), University of Louisville

Robert Yawson (more+ ), Quinnipiac University


President | Julie Gedro

Julie Gedro

Julie Gedro is the Associate Dean and Professor of Businesss at Empire State College / State University of New York (SUNY). She holds a B.A. in Economics and English from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. in Business Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Georgia. Her research has been published in Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development International, Advances in Developing Human Resources, the Journal of European Industrial Training, and others. Julie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Southern Management Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), and its Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) and Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Her book on leadership, entitled Lipstick or Golf Clubs: What Lesbian Leaders Understand About Success, and What You Can Learn from Them (Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Press) was published in March, 2014. At Empire State College, her research and scholarship have earned numerous awards, such as the Jane Altes Prize for Outstanding Community Service, and the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellent in Scholarship and Creative Activities. (back to the top)

Past President | Wendy Ruona

Wendy E.A. Ruona is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) at the University of Georgia (United States). Wendy’s work during the past 15 years has been devoted to developing (1) aligned organizational systems that are poised to achieve strategy, foster optimal organizational effectiveness, and be amazing places for employees to work and (2) the leaders needed to enable that. The key areas that she’s worked in include: strategic planning, alignment, and implementation in organizations, the system that support performance, talent management, organization development and change, and building the HRD profession (foundations and what is required for strategic alignment and contribution). Wendy has published over 50 articles, chapters, and papers and received numerous awards recognizing her scholarship and service in HRD. Wendy served as the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources (2004-2007) and has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Academy of Human Resource Development four times during 2000-current. (back to the top)

Board Member | Marilyn Byrd

Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd

Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd is Assistant Professor of Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Byrd earned a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. She is a former administrator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Byrd is co-chairperson of the Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group and has served as track chair for the Critical Social Justice and Diversity track for the 2015 and 2016 AHRD Conference in the Americas. She is also an associate editor for Advances in Developing Human Resources. Among Dr. Byrd’s publications are two textbooks: Diversity in the Workforce: Current Issues and Emerging Trends (Byrd & Scott, 2014) and Managing Human Resource Development Programs (Hughes & Byrd, 2015). Dr. Byrd's research interests include organizational social justice, theorizing Black American women's leadership, spirituality in the workplace, and organizational ethics. (back to the top)

Board Member | Yonjoo Cho

Yonjoo Cho

Yonjoo Cho is an associate professor of Instructional Systems Technology focusing on HRD at Indiana University. She has worked in business, non-profit, and academic sectors in South Korea for more than 10 years. Yonjoo’s research interests reflect her diverse work experience including action learning in organizations, HRD education, the interdisciplinary nature of HRD, and women in leadership. Her research has been recognized at the 2014 AHRD and UFHRD conferences with the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award and the Best International Paper Award. Yonjoo serves on the editorial boards of HRDQ, HRDR, and EJTD. She is a board member of the Korea Action Learning Association and Korean Association for Educational Technology. Currently, she is leading the book series project on Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership with Palgrave Macmillan. Yonjoo’s vision for the Academy is fourfold. One is to strengthen its vision of “leading HRD through research” based on her research on the interdisciplinary nature of neighboring HR fields such as HRD and instructional technology. The second is to direct the Academy’s attention to teaching and learning in the field by bringing in her expertise in HRD education. The third is to expand the Academy’s international research collaboration based on her research on Korea and Asia. The last is to continue the Academy’s “commitment to diversity” in its membership. To this end, Yonjoo will be a strong advocate for differing voices in the Academy. (back to the top)

Board Member | Rajashi Ghosh

Rajashi Ghosh

Dr. Rajashi Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Adult Education and Organization Development program in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her research aims to explore different factors (e.g., mentoring, coaching, workplace incivility) that can reinforce or hinder workplace learning and development. Prior to joining academics, Rajashi worked in the corporate sector on employee development and performance management. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and has been recognized by many prestigious awards. She is currently the Associate Editor of Perspective section of Human Resource Development International (HRDI), an Editorial Board member of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) and the chairperson of the India HRD SIG at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). Rajashi will start serving her second term on the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Board from February, 2017. She has been recently honored with the 2016 Early Career Scholar Award at the AHRD and the Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar Achievement from the Office of Provost at Drexel University. (back to the top)

Board Member | Tomika Greer

Board Member | Kimberly McDonald

AHRD Board Member Kimberly Mcdonald

Kim McDonald is Professor of Organizational Leadership and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has published a variety of book chapters and journal articles, most of which focus on career development. In 2016 her co-authored book entitled Career development: A human resource development perspective was published. She served as Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Developing Human Resources for three years (2012-2015) and currently serves on the editorial boards of ADHR and HRDR. In her spare time Kim enjoys bicycling and coaching/officiating track and field events with her husband Dave and their sons. (back to the top)

Board Member | Jason Moats

Jason Moats

Jason Moats, Ph.D. is an Associate Division Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute / Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TTEX). He has been with TEEX since 2002. TEEX , a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized, first-responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. As Associate Division Director. Dr. Moats is responsible for ESTI’s Homeland Security National Training Program; the Curriculum Certification, and Evaluation Program; and the ESTI Preparedness Program.

Dr. Moats has nearly three decades of experience in of emergency services. He has served as a firefighter for departments in Kentucky, Florida, and Indiana, as well as an Emergency Medical Technician in Indiana, Florida and San Diego County (CA). He has been decorated for valor on two occasions while serving as a firefighter/EMT. He has also served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman where he served aboard ships as well as in hospitals as an EMT.

In 2000, Moats became the Hazardous Materials Training Officer and the SARA Title III Program Officer for the State of Kentucky’s Division of Emergency Management. Jason managed the state’s hazardous materials training program and built partnerships between response agencies throughout Kentucky. He is

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