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|Board of Directors|
Julie Gedro (more+), SUNY Empire State College
Laura Bierema (more+), University of Georgia
Past President, 2014-2015
Wendy Ruona (more+), University of Georgia
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 currently adjunct faculty for the College of Architecture, the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Bush School at Texas A&M University.
Jason earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education & Development from Southern Illinois University. Jason is the author of “Agroterrorism, A Guide for First Responders”. He has had articles published on a variety of topics involving training and development, technology acceptance, crisis management, and the work of scholar-practitioners. He also has published a chapter in the Handbook of Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education. He is the past Proceedings Editor (2015) and Conference Program Chair (2016) for the Academy of Human Resource Development’s (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas. He is currently a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Board of Directors. Dr. Moats is also a Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow. (back to the top)
Thomas G. Reio, Jr. is Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. He has also served as a department chair twice during his time at FIU. He earned his PhD in Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is former Editor of Human Resource Development Review and co-Editor of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. He is currently Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly and Quantitative Editor of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. He has authored over 200 articles, chapters and papers centered on adult educational and human resource development issues that include curiosity across the lifespan, self-directed learning, risk taking, socialization-related learning, mentoring, attachment, workplace incivility and violence, and quantitative and emerging research methods. Along with his co-authors and co-editors, he has earned the Journal of School Psychology’s Paper-of-the-Year Award, the Richard A. Swanson Research Paper-of-the-Year Award for Human Resource Development Quarterly, and the Issue-of-the-Year Award for Advances in Developing Human Resources. Further, Tom was awarded an FIU Top Scholar Award in 2012. Four of his former students have been runners-up for the Knowles Dissertation-of-the-Year Award and one won the dissertation award for the Workplace Learning SIG at AERA. Last, two of his former students have recently won the Early Career Scholar Award for AHRD.
Tom has also been active as an evaluator on numerous grants and private concerns and has been awarded over $750,000 in external funding. He uses these evaluations as crucibles for supporting his research and community engagement activities. He was also a manager, chief operating officer, and training director for 16 years in the service industry. He has been a certified professional horticulturist since 1989 and enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, and finding creative ways to challenging and inspiring his graduate students. (back to the top)
Dr. Brad Shuck is Associate Professor and Program Director of both the Health Professions Education and Human Resources and Organizational Development programs in the School of Medicine and College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. His primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. He has given presentations and conducted research in four of the seven continents across the globe and his research featured in refereed journals such as Leadership and Organizational Studies, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Management, Group and Organizational Management, Journal of Children’s Health Care, and the Journal of Management Development. He is routinely cited in US-based international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as international outlets including Business World Online and the Hindu Times.
Shuck was named the 2016 Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development and has received several awards for his applied research, including the AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice (2016), the Child-Life Council Research-to-Practice Award (2015), the E F Holton III Outstanding Article of the Year (2013 and 2015) and the Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue of the Year (2011). Shuck was recognized as a Faculty Favorite at UofL in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and named one of the Top Four Faculty Favorites in 2016.
Shuck is a Commonwealth Scholar and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He holds faculty affiliate status with the Department of Counseling and Human Development (UofL) and has done extensive work with the United States Army Cadet-Command, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
Robert M. Yawson is an Assistant Professor of Management and the Graduate Programs Assessment Coordinator at the School of Business, Quinnipiac University, CT. He is also the Faculty Director of the ePortfolio Across the Curriculum Initiative of the University. Robert has a BS in Chemistry and MPhil in Biochemistry, University of Ghana; Post Graduate Certificate in Food Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MS in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; and PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota. Prior to the appointment to his current position, he worked as Quality Control Officer of S. C. Johnson Wax (Ghana) Ltd.; General Manager of Animens Industries Limited, Ghana; Scientific Secretary and later as Head of Administration (HR) of the Food Research Institute (FRI), Ghana; a Research Analyst for the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota; Instructor at the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota; and a Senior Research Fellow with the International Consulting firm, Partners for Change. Robert has consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and has worked on several multilateral and bilateral projects in Africa. He has several academic publications including peer review papers in leading academic journals such as the Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R & D Management Journal, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Consumer Policy, Human Resource Development Quarterly among several others. Robert is an Associate Editor of the Organization Management Journal and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research. He also served as the Track Chair Editor of the Organization Development and Change Track of the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference in the Americas, the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2016 Conference, the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference and the Program Chair of the 2018 Conference. Robert also served as an Associate Editor of the Social Issues in Management Division of the 77th Annual Academy of Management Conference and the Track Chair Editor of the Business Strategy Track of the 54th Annual Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management. 1n 2015, Robert served as Grant Applications Reviewer for the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current research is on using the "wicked problem construct" for leading organizational development and change and also using a systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies.