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Board of Directors

President, 2016-2017

Wendy Ruona (more+), University of Georgia

President Emeritus

Darren Short (more+), GoDaddy

Past President, 2014-2015

Ron Jacobs (more+), University of Illinois

President-Elect, 2016-2017

Julie Gedro (more+), SUNY Empire State College

Board Members

Ross Azevedo (more+), University of Minnesota

Marilyn Byrd (more+ ), University of Oaklahoma

Yonjoo Cho (more+), Indiana University

Rajashi Ghosh (more+), Drexel University

Robin Grenier (more+), University of Connecticut

Jessica Li (more+ ), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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

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

Thomas Reio (more+ ), Florida International University


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)

Past-President | Ronald L. Jacobs

Ronald Jacobs

Ronald L. Jacobs is professor of human resource development and director of international programs in the College of Education. Ron’s current research topics of interest include formal learning in the work setting, employee competence, and adapting HRD practices to the societal level. Ron has written over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and has authored or edited six books that address a broad range of topics in the human resource development field.

Ron is particularly known for his research and development work on structured on-the-job training (S-OJT), a training approach that he first introduced to the HRD literature in 1987. He is the author of the book, Structured On-the-Job Training: Unleashing Employee Expertise in the Workplace (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd edition), which has become the standard guide to help managers and national policy officials to implement this training approach. There are now Chinese-Complex, Chinese-Simplified, Korean, and Arabic language editions of the book. Much of his research on this topic has been on determining the financial benefits of using S-OJT, information that has been critical for making more informed training decisions.

Ron is also known for his writing and perspectives on the HRD research process, system theory applied to HRD, performance consulting, and introducing the ISO 10015 training guideline to the field.

Since 1980, Ron has been responsible for the graduate training of over 300 HRD professionals. More than 30 of his Ph.D. graduates now teach HRD and HRM-related subjects in universities globally. Ron has been an invited professor at numerous international universities, including the University of Utrecht, National Taiwan Normal University, and he was the Shaw Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at Nanyang University, Singapore. He currently holds an adjunct professorship in human resource development at East China Normal University, Shanghai. He is professor emeritus of workforce development and education at the Ohio State University.

Ron has extensive consulting experience in global organizations including General Motors, KLM Airlines, Abbott Laboratories, Seagate, Morton Salt, Rohm and Haas, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Biomet, ARAMCO, Hyundai Motors, among others. Common across all projects is the goal to help develop and improve workplace performance systems that respond to changing demands on employee competence. Dr. Jacobs actively integrates information from these various projects into his scholarship through partnership research projects and to his university instruction.

Ron enjoys sailing, golfing, and spending time at his summer home on Lake Erie. (back to the top)

President-Elect | 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)

President Emeritus | Darren Short

Darren Short

Darren Short has been on the AHRD Board since 2006, and was VP of Membership & Marketing from 2006-2010. Darren has worked in HRD for 18 years in the public and private sectors, and in both the US and the UK. He is currently Director of Global Learning & Development at Avanade Inc, a global company based out of Seattle, USA. Previously, he chaired the ASTD Research-to-Practice Committee for three years, and also the AHRD Scholar-Practitioner Committee. His research and writing focuses on links between research and practice, and defining the HRD scholar-practitioner. (back to the top)

Board Member | Ross Azevedo

Ross Azevedo, University of Minnesotais, is emeritus from the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Carson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. A member of the AHRD since the mid-1990s, he has been on the Editorial Boards of both Advances in Human Resource Development and Human Resource Development Review, reviewed for the AHRD journals and conferences over the years as well as for economics journals, journals in industrial relations and has served as proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ross’ research interests include compensation systems, methods of conflict resolution, patterns of collective bargaining, training and development, disparate impact in discrimination, learning styles and academic performance, and applying theory in HRD. In the latter case, together with HRD colleagues, he has introduced the issues of patterns of lags in training and development, agency theory, transaction costs, and broad principle-agent problems to the field of HRD.

Given his background in business schools, Ross’ interest as a board member is ensuring the long run existence of the Academy of Human Resource Development as it moves through difficult economic times. (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 | Robin S. Grenier

Robin Grenier

Robin S. Grenier is an Associate Professor of Adult Learning in the Department of Educational Leadership within the Neag School of Education, at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Grenier received her Ph.D. in Adult Education, and Certificate in Qualitative Inquiry from the University of Georgia. She currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Advanced Academics, and as a reviewer for a number of adult education and HRD journals. In addition to her role on the AHRD Board, she is a founding member and Co-chair of the AHRD Qualitative Inquiry SIG.

Dr. Grenier works with graduate students, faculty, and organizations as a qualitative methodologist, and conducts research, writes, and presents on museums as sources of adult learning, informal and experiential learning, and expertise redevelopment. Prior to becoming a professor she worked as a high school English teacher and a training and educational consultant for school districts and non-profit organizations. (back to the top)

Board Member | Jessica Li

Jie Li

Jessica Li is an associate professor at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she serves as the HRD online Masters’ program coordinator and Dean’s Fellow of Faculty Development and Diversity Initiatives at the College of Education. Jessica has been an active member of AHRD since 2003, in addition to participate, present and review for each of the conferences, she has also chaired the China HRD research SIG (2009-2013), Cutting Edge Award committee (Associate chair 2010-2011, Chair 2012-2013). She is also an associate editor for Human Resource Development International, a regional editor for the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, and a senior research fellow for The Conference Board. Prior to becoming a professor, Jessica also worked as a business executive for corporations like Motorola, Raytheon, and Nokia. She also taught at University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, and North China University and Technologies. Her research interests include work ethic, international HRD, and emerging technological applications for learning in the workplace. Her Ph.D. is from the Pennsylvania State University. (back to the top)

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 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)

Board Member | Thomas Reio

Thomas Reio

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)

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