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National Advisors for Chapters (NAC)

The NAC are distinguished ATD chapter past presidents who serve as national volunteer advisors to the chapter services team and chapter leaders.

The mission of the NAC is to serve as advisors, advocates, and mentors in partnership with ATD staff on matters of chapter management and operations to ensure high-quality service to members. NAC members are charged with providing strategic direction and leadership in the development and support of ATD chapters and members.

Elected NAC members serve three-year terms, while the chair of the Chapter Recognition Committee (CRC) serves a one-year terms on the NAC. The chair of the NAC also serves on the ATD Board of Directors.

How the NAC can work with your chapter:

  • Link chapters with common needs
  • Identify and share best practices
  • Assist chapters with facilitating board retreats
  • Connect chapter leaders with ATD resources
  • Advise and coach chapters about ATD initiatives
  • Identify and examine future roles for chapters
  • Provide guidance about items related to the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE)
  • Bring issues of interest to chapters to the attention of the ATD Board of Directors
  • Advise ATD staff about issues of importance to chapters
  • Ensure that the needs of chapters are recognized by ATD

If you are interested in serving on the NAC, Chapter Recognition Committee (CRC) or ALC Program Advisory Committee review the committees-at-a-glance document.

2023 National Advisors For Chapters
  • Kristine Ellis
    Kristine Ellis - NAC Chair
    [email protected]
    Jacksonville, FL
    Home Chapter: Northeast Florida
    Tenure: 2023-2024
  • CHAP-2024: Michelle Baker Headshot
    Michelle Baker
    [email protected]
    Home Chapter: Central Indiana
    Indianapolis, IN
    Tenure: 2024-2025
    Chapters: Hawaii, Treasure Valley, Cascadia, Puget Sound, Greater Las Vegas
  • Jennifer Buckley
    Jennifer Buckley, CPTD
    [email protected]
    Lutz, FL
    Home Chapter: Florida Suncoast Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Buffalo Niagara, Capital Region, Central New York
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    Cornelius "Neil" Dowdell
    [email protected]
    Brookhaven, GA
    Home Chapter: Greater Atlanta
    Tenure: 2022-2024
    Chapters: Central Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Mid New Jersey, Northern New Jersey
  • Colin Hahn
    Colin Hahn
    [email protected]
    Wauwatosa, WI
    Home Chapter: Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Central Ohio, Greater Cincinnati, Greater Cleveland, Greater Toledo, Cuyahoga Valley
  • Juliet-Hart
    Juliet Hart
    [email protected]
    Hillsborough, NJ
    Home Chapter: Mid-New Jersey Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2026
    Chapters: Ann Arbor, Detroit, West Michigan, Chicagoland, Central Indiana
  • Rob Hoitt, CPTD
    Rob Hoitt, CPTD
    [email protected]
    Martinsburg, WV
    Home Chapter: West Virginia Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Madison Area, North Dakota, Arkansas, Southeastern Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin, Nebraska
  • Gwen Navarrete Klapperich
    Gwen Navarrete Klapperich, CPTD
    [email protected]
    Home Chapter: Hawaii Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Golden Gate, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego
  • Katie Pagano-Gerwitz
    Katie Pagano-Gerwitz
    [email protected]
    Westminster, CO
    Home Chapter: Rocky Mountain Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Charlotte Area, Research Triangle Area, South Carolina, Southeastern Virginia
  • Wendy Picard
    Wendy Picard
    [email protected]
    Cumberland, RI
    Home Chapter: Rhode Island
    Tenure: 2023-2026
    Chapters: Central Florida, Florida Suncoast, Northeast Florida, South Florida, Greater Atlanta, Puerto Rico
  • CHAP-2024: Sarah Schillen Headshot
    Sarah Schillen
    [email protected]
    Everett, WA
    Home Chapter: Puget Sound Chapter
    Tenure: 2023-2025
    Chapters: Austin, Brazos Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth/Mid-Cities, Houston, San Antonio
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    Jenn Stangl
    [email protected]
    DeForest, WI
    Home Chapter: Madison Area
    Tenure: 2022-2024
    Chapters: Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, Maine, Bay Colonies, Vermont, Southern Connecticut
  • Bessie Tan
    Bessie Tan
    [email protected]
    Birmingham, AL
    Home Chapter: Birmingham
    Tenure: 2023-2026
    Chapters: Valley of the Sun, Rocky Mountain, New Mexico, Central Oklahoma, Tulsa, Utah
  • Lisa Torreano
    Lisa Torreano, CPTD
    [email protected]
    Houston, TX
    Home Chapter: Houston
    Tenure: 2023-2026
    Chapters: Kansas City, St. Louis, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentuckiana
  • Dana Vogelmeier.jpg
    Dana Vogelmeier, CPTD
    [email protected]
    Pickerington, OH
    Home Chapter: Central Ohio
    Tenure: 2022-2024
    Chapters: Lake Superior, Twin Cities, Hawkeye, Central Iowa, Mississippi Valley, Kansas City, St. Louis
  • Amber Watts
    Amber Watts
    [email protected]
    Gretna, NE
    Home Chapter: Nebraska
    Tenure: 2023-2026
    Chapters: Chattanooga, Smoky Mountain, Appalachia, Greater Richmond, Maryland, Metro DC
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    Adam White
    [email protected]
    Hummelstown, PA
    Home Chapter: Central Pennsylvania
    Tenure: 2022-2024
    Chapters: Memphis, Nashville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Birmingham