Each year, ATD Baton Rouge membership elects members to lead the organization. All chapter leaders are volunteers that help the organization to provide programs and services to its members.
Mechelle Roberthon is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD). She is currently serving as the Vice President/Director of Talent Development at Home Bank. This is Mechelle's 4th year serving on the board of directors for the ATDBR chapter. Her background includes training delivery, performance improvement, managing learning programs, and interpersonal/business/personal skills. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. She holds a Masters of Science in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Mechelle is also an experienced career and professional development instructor. She has taught over 500 corporate courses with her evaluations consistently rating above average. Her dynamic teaching style has become a favorite amongst learners.
Jennifer Schuelke is the Talent Development manager at Louisiana State Civil Service where she oversees the talent development and workforce development teams. Jennifer and her team help fulfill the State Civil Service goal to ensure the state is equipped with innovative workforce solutions designed to meet the unique needs of each state agency’s mission. Jennifer specializes in improvement science, competency modeling, and information management.
Jennifer, a former LSU student-athlete and certified teacher, earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resources Development and a Bachelor’ s degree in English Education from LSU. Prior to joining the SCS team, Jennifer worked to design and implement competency-based programs in secondary education, in NFL sponsored non-profit academic programs, and in higher education. Accordingly, she has conducted workshops, served as a consultant for school districts, and presented on the national level. Jennifer’s passion for continual improvement along with her varied experiences designing competency-based systems, allows Jennifer the ability to develop flexible performance development and management solutions.
Burgundy Cummings is responsible for the Training and Development program at the Secretary of State’s office. She creates and delivers eLearning and facilitator-led training on various soft skills and leadership development topics. She manages the LMS for the Department and is responsible for the Department's philanthropic projects.
Burgundy has over 10 years of Human Resources experience and has transitioned into a training role within the last 7 years. She has previously served as the VP of Marketing and Communications at ATDBR. She is excited about serving in her new role as the Secretary of ATDBR and looks forward to meeting more members!
Julie Miller currently serves as the Talent Development Facilitation Supervisor at Louisiana State Civil Service. Julie and her team assist Louisiana State Civil Service in fulfilling their goal of attracting, developing, and retaining a productive, diverse, and engaged workforce by creating, designing, and delivering training.
Julie has been involved in training in varying capacities for 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Latoria Williams is currently a Talent Development Officer at b1BANK in Baton Rouge, LA. Latoria is an experienced Training and Development Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the professional and financial industry. Latoria's background includes training delivery, instructional design, managing learning programs, interpersonal skills, and coaching. She is an alumna of Southern University and A&M College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Education in Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies. Latoria served as the VP of Technology for the ATDBR chapter from 2016-18 and will be serving as the VP of Marketing for 2021. Outside of her professional responsibilities, she has volunteered with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women where she served on the Economics Committee. In her free time, she enjoys attending professional development events, experimenting with recipes, spending time with her loved ones and developing her new podcast.
Latishia P. Anderson, MBA is a Senior Director of Customer Care Operations with Magellan Health Services. She has over 15 years of professional experience managing teams in various leadership roles. She focuses on team building, customer service operations, management rules of engagement and leadership awareness. Latishia has experience working for Fortune 500 companies and is known as a results-oriented leader with knowledge across multiple industries serving as a middle-level manager and internal consultant to other leaders. In addition to her role with Magellan Health Services, she is a certified motivational speaker, teacher and transformational coach with the John Maxwell Team. Through the study and practical application of John Maxwell’s proven leadership methods, she uses her corporate experience to add value and empower others to maximize their effectiveness in today’s consistently changing world.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and English Literature from Louisiana State University along with a Masters in Business Administration. She is a volunteer mentor for Pass the Torch Foundation which is an organization that focuses on helping young aspiring professionals to achieve their goals. She is the founder of Empowered Minds Consulting Group, LLC, a Leadership Training and Personal Development consulting business.
In her spare time, she enjoys working in ministry, volunteering in the local community and spending quality time with her family.
Nicole Payne-Jack, Ed.D. is currently the Training and Development Manager of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC). She has served as a Professional Development Instructor/Trainer, facilitated national training workshops, professional development speaking engagements, created and facilitated organizational training modules, and led the expansion of volunteer and leadership development programs throughout the gulfcoast region. Nicole has served as BREC’s Toastmasters International VP Education for its chartered club. Prior to her role at BREC, she served as a Professional Development Trainer at Lantec Corporate Training Center where she facilitated soft skills trainings for hundreds of employees from a variety of industries/organizations throughout Louisiana. She holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with concentration in Human Resources Development, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, is a Certified Green Belt through the International Association for Six Sigma Certifications and holds over 20 years of experience in leadership and organizational development, training delivery, program development, and performance management. Over the past decade, Nicole has enjoyed developing programs in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation and the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services and local organizations throughout Louisiana. Above all, Nicole is a lover of learning with a passion for people. It is through that passion that fuels her purpose in life…to make a positive impact on the lives of others, whether they expect it or not! Outside of her work life, Nicole is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and enjoys any opportunity to volunteer in service to others. In her spare time, traveling and spending time with her family are top priorities, well at least pre-COVID.
She is a member of a Service Team that participates in community service activities at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Louisiana State University and is actively involved in the Young Professional Network through the Louisiana Credit Union League
When she is out of the office you can find her hosting parties, traveling and spending time with her two children and husband.