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2018 Conference in the Americas

Conference Committee

Conference Leadership

Julie Gedro

Conference Chair
More About Julie Gedro, Ed. D.

Robert Yawson

Program Chair
More About Robert M. Yawson, Ph.D.

Sunyoung Park

Proceedings Editor
More About Sunyoung Park, Ph.D.

Sarah Minnis

Associate Proceedings Editor
More About Sarah Minnis, Ph.D.

Conference Track Chairs


Assessment and Evaluation
More About Jie Ke, Chair


Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
More About Marilyn Byrd, Chair


Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
More About Katsiaryna Matusevich, Associate Chair


HRD Performance and Strategy
More About YeonSoo Kim, Chair

Dae Seok

International, Global & Cross-Cultural Issues
More About Dae Seok, Chair

Kori Whitener-Fellows

Leadership and Career Development
More About Kori Whitener-Fellows, Chair

Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo

Organization Development and Chang
More About Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Chair

Vishal Arghode

Organization Development and Chang
More About Vishal Arghode, Associate Chair

Marie-Line Germain

Research Methods and Foundations in HRD
More Aoubt Marie-Line Germain, Chair

Eunjung Grace Oh

Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
More About Eunjung Grace Oh, Chair

Leadership Bios

Julie Gedro, Ed. D., SUNY Empire State College
Conference Chair

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.

Robert M. Yawson, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University
Program Chair

Robert M. Yawson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management and the Graduate Programs Assessment Coordinator at the Lender School of Business, Quinnipiac 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. Robert is a member of several professional bodies and has participated and presented papers in over 50 international conferences. 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 Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Consumer Policy, among several others. Robert serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research, and Articles Editor for SageOpen. He also served as the Track Chair Editor of the Organization Development and Change Track of the 2015 AHRD Conference in the Americas, the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2016 Conference, and the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 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. 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. Robert was named the 2014 – 2015 Faculty Scholar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac University.

Sunyoung Park, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Proceedings Editor

Sunyoung Park, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include organizational culture and behavior; learning and performance in the workplace; and research trends in HRD and related fields. Sunyoung served as the Chair of the International; Global & Cross Cultural Issues Track in the AHRD Conference in 2014-2016, and as the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference. Prior to joining academics, Sunyoung worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in the area of human resource development and instructional design. Sunyoung has received several research awards including a 2011 Outstanding Paper Award from Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Cutting Edge Awards at 2011, 2014 and 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas, and Awards for Excellence 2016: Highly Commended Paper Award from European Journal of Training and Development. Sunyoung also received 2017 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award at Louisiana State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Sarah Minnis, Ph.D., Anthology Consulting LLC
Associate Proceedings Editor

Sarah E. Minnis, Ph.D. is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Anthology Consulting LLC. She has over 20 years of higher education, career advising, and organization development experience with ten years specifically advocating for veterans’ education and employment. As a recognized leader in research and practice addressing veterans’ transition and career development, Minnis has published and presented nationally and internationally on her research and expertise. Through her consulting practice, Minnis has developed a program of support and training to help higher education and employment communities better understand the value, and more effectively utilize the talents, of the veterans they serve. Minnis serves as adjunct faculty in the Education Administration and Human Resource Development program at Texas A&M University as well as doctoral advisor and subject matter expert with Grand Canyon University. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in HRD from Texas A&M University, an MA degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and an MA degree in psychology from Central Washington University.

Track Chair Bios

  • Jie Ke, Chair

Jie Ke, Jackson State University
Assessment and Evaluation

Dr. Jie Ke, currently an assistant professor of Human Resource Development with School of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University, obtained her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and MBA from EDHEC in France. Her research interests include Evaluation and Assessment, Diversity Training, International Human Resource Development/Management, Motivations and Needs of Adult Undergraduates, and Effectiveness of eLearning.

  • Marilyn Byrd, Chair
  • Katsiaryna Matusevich, Associate Chair

Marilyn Byrd, The University of Oklahoma
Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd is Assistant Professor of Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma where she teaches graduate courses in Organizational Behavior for the Human Relations Professional, Human Resources for the Human Relations Professional, Diversity and Justice, and Leadership in Organizations. Dr. Byrd earned a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. Her research interests include organizational social justice, organizational ethics, critical workforce diversity/inclusion, intersectionality in the leadership experiences of American Black women, and spirituality in the workforce. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Byrd has co-edited/authored a textbook: Diversity in the Workforce: Current Issues and Emerging Trends (Byrd & Scott, 2014) and a research handbook: Handbook of Research on Workforce Diversity in a Global Society (Scott & Byrd, 2012). She is a co-author of Managing Human Resource Development Programs (Hughes & Byrd, in press).

Katsiaryna Matusevich, Barry University
Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Dr. Katya Matusevich is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Learning and Leadership graduate program in the Adrian Dominican School of Education and an adjunct professor of Human Resource Management at the Andreas School of Business at Barry University. Dr. Matusevich holds a PhD in Leadership and Education with the specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University, an MA in Community Psychology from Sage Graduate School, and a BS in Teaching and Linguistics with the specialization in the English language and literature from Minsk State Linguistic University. Dr. Matusevich has served as a reviewer for HRDR and AHRD for several years. She also holds a Brain-Based Coaching certificate from the NeuroLeadership Institute and is a NLI Results Trained Coach.

  • YeonSoo Kim, Chair

YeonSoo Kim, University of Nevada Las Vegas
HRD Performance and Strategy

Yeonsoo Kim Ph.D., SPHR has been in the human resources field both professionally and academically for more than 15 years. She is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership and a lead instructional designer in the office of Online Education at University of Nevada Las Vegas. In that capacity, she teaches and conducts research in the field of Human Resource Management and Development. Her research interests include human resource development, strategic human resource management, talent management, organization development in both public and private sector.

  • Dae Seok Chai, Chair

Dae Seok Chai, Western Michigan University
International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues

Dae Seok Chai, Ph.D., G.P.H.R is an assistant professor in Organizational Change and Leadership at Western Michigan University. Dae Seok was involved in designing and delivering various training programs for various types of employees in a large Korean conglomerate and later consulted several public and private sector organizations for the development of hybrid cross-cultural training programs. Dr. Chai has three research interests: expatriation effectiveness, organization change and development in an international context, and leadership in diverse cultural contexts. Within the research interests, Dae Seok has engaged in publishing multiple articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.
  • Kori Whitener-Fellows, Chair

Kori Whitener-Fellows, KWF Solutions, LLC
Leadership and Career Development

Kori Whitener Fellows is currently the owner of KWF Solutions, LLC, a Human Resource Development (HRD) consulting firm specializing in organizational, career and leadership development. As a corporate consultant, trainer, executive coach and career and organizational development professional, she has facilitated, designed and developed career and leadership development programming, as well as programming focused on organizational communications. Kori’s main research focus is in the area of leadership and organizational culture. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science degrees in HRD from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of industries from telecommunications and software development to hospitality, retail, energy, entertainment, and healthcare.

  • Rita Kowalski, Chair
  • Keba T. Modisane, Associate Chair

Rita Kowalski, Work Life Consulting LLC
Non-refereed Track

Rita Kowalski is an organizational development consultant and an adult educator. She is the owner of Work Life Consulting LLC. Her practice and research focus upon action research, human resource development, positive organization development, workplace learning, and collaborative inquiry. She has presented her work at both academic and professional conferences. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. Advances in the Developing Human Resources recently appointed her as an Editorial Board member.

Keba T. Modisane, BA ISAGO University, Gaborone, Botswana
Non-refereed Track

Keba T. Modisane is a Research Manager – School of Graduate Studies and Research at BA ISAGO University, Gaborone, Botswana. Previously, for 16 years she worked as an HR Practitioner and also worked as a teacher for five years. Her research interest areas are in HRD, Leadership Development, Innovation Management, Strategic HRM, Ethics and Morality, Gender Studies and Diversity as well as Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Management (Human Resources) from Renmin University of China, Beijing, and a dual M. A. degrees in HRM and HRD from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Chair
  • Vishal Arghode, Associate Chair

Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Georgia Southwestern State University
Organizational Development and Change

Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management at Georgia Southwestern State University, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and an MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests include positive organizational behavior, organizational culture, leadership, coaching, career satisfaction, and international human resources management. He has published research papers in such journals as Career Development International, Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, and Personnel Review.

Vishal Arghode, Gannon University
Organizational Development and Change

Vishal Arghode, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Organizational Studies at Gannon University and teaches graduate courses in the organizational learning and leadership, business, and public administration programs. Dr. Arghode's research focuses on organization culture, leadership, and learning within organizations. He has published in reputed journals: European journal of training and development, International Journal of pedagogies and learning, and Journal of the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduate degrees in Management and Education. He received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in 2013.

  • Marie-Line Germain, Chair

Marie-Line Germain, Western Carolina University
Research Methods and Foundations in HRD Track

Dr. Marie-Line Germain is a research, teaching, and service award-winning Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University (The University of North Carolina System). Her Ph.D. is in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development. She is the author of two dozen research articles in refereed journals and book chapters. Her research focuses on employee expertise, mental health in the workplace, and dysfunctional leadership behaviors. She has been the recipient of several national research awards and competitive grants. She holds several leadership roles at research and professional associations nationally and internationally and has presented internationally. She has provided pro bono HR consulting to over 73 organizations across the country since 2011. She has been a visiting scholar in Finland, Japan, and South Korea and will soon be in Ghana, Africa. Dr. Germain is a Fulbright Specialist scholarship recipient.

  • Eunjung Grace Oh, Chair

Eunjung Grace Oh, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Technology, E-Learning, and Virtual HRD

Eunjung Grace Oh, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Grace has diverse professional experiences in Korea and the United States. Her research interest includes teaching and learning in online and technology-enhanced learning environments to facilitate meaningful learning and engagement, different generational groups of workforce in terms of their learning, use of and perspective about technology, and design-based research. She teaches courses on Training Systems Design/Instructional Design, Learning Technologies, Online Teaching and Learning, Adult and Professional Education, Program Evaluation, and Management of eLearning. She is also a coordinator of undergraduate Workplace Training and Development Concentration of Learning and Education Studies. Her Ph.D. is in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia.

  • Gertrude Hewapathirana, Chair
  • Katherine Yeager, Associate Chair

Gertrude Hewapathirana, San Diego State University
Workplace Learning

Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana, an Associate Professor, author, presenter, and a reviewer for several journals and conferences, has served the Academy as the associate track chair of the Global HRD track for the 2017 conference. She is now serving as a track chair of the Workplace Learning track of the 2018 AHRD International Conference of America. She has published a book, several book chapters and eight peer-reviewed articles. She has been a member of the Academy of HRD since 2007. She possesses practical industry and workplace experience for nearly 15 years in addition to her academic teaching career at the Suffolk University and San Diego State University.

Katherine Yeager, Texas A&M University
Workplace Learning

Katherine Yeager received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in educational administration and human resource development and is currently an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University and part-time faculty in Abilene Christian University’s School of Educational Leadership. Research interests include leader identity development, women and leadership, team development, and team performance. Her dissertation work was recognized as second runner-up for dissertation of the year at the 2014 AHRD Conference of the Americas. She is the faculty member-at-large for AHRD’s Leadership SIG and a reviewer for HRDQ and HRDR.

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