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Board of Directors

President, 2018-2020

Julie Gedro (more+), SUNY Empire State College

President-Elect, 2018-2020

Laura Bierema (more+), University of Georgia

Past President, 2016-2018

Wendy Ruona (more+), University of Georgia

Board Members

Marilyn Byrd (more+ ), University of Oaklahoma

Thomas Garavan (more+), Edinburgh Napier University

Rajashi Ghosh (more+), Drexel University

Tomika Greer (more+ ), University of Houston

Heeyoung Han (more+ ), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

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

Katherine Rosenbusch (more+ ), George Mason University

Brad Shuck (more+ ), University of Louisville

Robert Yawson (more+ ), Quinnipiac University


President | 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)

Past President | Wendy Ruona

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)

President-Elect | Laura Bierema


LAURA L. BIEREMA is Professor, University of Georgia, College of Education, program of Adult Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development. Dr. Bierema’s research interests include workplace learning, career development, women’s development, organization development, executive coaching, leadership, and critical human resource development. Dr. Bierema holds both bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia. She has published over 60 articles and six books, including the award-winning Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice. Dr. Bierema has been elected to the AHRD Board three times and served in a variety of roles. She is currently president-elect (2018-2020).

Dr. Bierema is a Cyril O. Houle Scholar in Adult and Continuing Education and Lilly Fellow. She is the recipient of the Richard A. Swanson Excellence in Research Award and four Academy of Human Resource Development’s “Cutting Edge” Awards.. She is the 2009 recipient of the Highly Commended Award by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; 2012 winner of the University of Georgia College of Education Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award; 2012 recipient of the Sherpa Trailblazer of the Year Award in recognition of innovation application of the Sherpa Coaching Process; 2013 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Outstanding Scholar Award; 2014 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Book of the Year; 2015 winner of the University, Professional, and Continuing Education Association Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature; 2017 recognition as a Master Executive Coach by Sherpa Coaching; 2018 U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar, 2018-2019 UGA Senior Teaching Fellow, and 2019 recipient of the UGA Ira E. Aaron Award for Teaching Excellence and Collegiality. (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 | Thomas Garavan

Thomas Garavan

Bio coming soon! (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 the peer-reviewed section of Human Resource Development International (HRDI), an Editorial Board member of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) and the immediate past chairperson of the India HRD SIG at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). She has been recently honored with the 2016 Early Career Scholar Award at the AHRD, the 2016 Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar Achievement and the 2018-19 Provost Fellowship from the Office of Provost at Drexel University. (back to the top)

Board Member | Tomika Greer

Tomika Greer

Dr. Tomika W. Greer is Associate Instructional Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) and HRD Internships Coordinator at the University of Houston. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in HRD from Texas A&M University in 2011, Dr. Greer worked for 10 years as a training and development professional in several organizations. Dr. Greer has maintained continuous membership in AHRD since 2009 and has served AHRD in a variety of roles. She began her service on the AHRD Board of Directors in February 2018. Dr. Greer’s research focuses on trends and challenges associated with career development for women; implementation and outcomes of "family-friendly" organizational policies and programs; and curriculum, pedagogy, and outcomes of academic programs in Human Resource Development. She is a member of the editorial board for Human Resource Development Review (HRDR), and co-edited the May 2017 issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) for which she received the 2017 ADHR Outstanding Issue of the Year Award. (back to the top)

Board Member | Heeyoung Han

Tomika Greer

Heeyoung Han, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She also earned a PhD in Human Resource Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Han is a medical educator with research and practice background in human resource development, instructional design, curriculum development, educational technology, and program evaluation, with expertise in qualitative as well as quantitative research. She has numerous scholarly publications and presentations, with international recognition for her work. She received a Research Paper Award from the AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) in 2015 and an IMPACT award from the journal, The Clinical Teacher, in 2015. In 2017, she received the “Best of Cool Ideas” award at IME (Innovations in Medical Education). She recently received J. Kevin Dorsey Outstanding Educator Award at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Han serves as a deputy editor of Teaching and Learning in Medicine and an editorial board member of Human Resource Development Review and Korean Medical Education Review. She also holds an elected position as the MESRE (Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation) chair of CGEA (Central Group on Educational Affairs) of AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). She also serves on the Council on Education of AVMC (American Veterinary Medical Association), which accredits all veterinary medical schools in the US and Canada. She serves as a reviewer of numerous journals including Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Medical Education, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Journal of Graduate Internal Medicine, Behaviour & Information Technology, and American Journal of Distance Education. At AHRD, she has taken leadership roles as the Korea SIG chair and the VHRD steering committee member. (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 | Katherine Rosenbusch

Katherine Rosenbusch

Katie Rosenbusch has over 15 years of experience in training and development with private and non-profit organizations, including three years living in Indonesia where she served as the regional manager and corporate trainer for a specialty coffee company. It was this international experience that inspired her current academic interests in cross-cultural adjustment, international human resources, and global leadership development. Katie is the co-founder of the Rosenbusch Institute of Leadership which has provided leadership and personal development training to over 3000 high school students throughout the U.S. She has provided training nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including motivation, leadership styles, followership, and cross-cultural development. She also consults with organizations looking at strategic staffing needs, organizations’ climate and works to assist companies in building a dynamic organizational culture. She is also a certified cross-cultural coach. She teaches courses in: Talent Management; Staffing, Recruiting and Selection; and Managing Organizational Change, International Human Resource Applications, and Leadership Theory and Practice, Cross-Cultural Management and Principles of Management. Her research has been published in Human Resource Development International and Cross-Cultural Management: An International Journal. Katie received her bachelors and masters from Texas A&M University and her doctorate from the George Washington University in Human and Organizational Learning. (back to the top)

Board Member | Brad Shuck

Brad Shuck

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. (back to the top)

Board Member | Robert Yawson

Robert Yawson

Robert M. Yawson, PhD, is an Associate 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. Robert is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and several other professional bodies. Robert is Co-Editor of the Organization Management Journal, Associate Editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research, and Advances in Developing Human Resources. He has 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 was the Track Chair Editor of the Business Strategy Track of the 54th Annual Eastern Academy of Management 2017 Conference and currently serving as the Track Chair Editor for the Leadership Track of the 56th Annual Conference in 2019. He has served on the Wayne R. Pace Book of the Year Committee of the AHRD since 2014. Robert is a member of the Executive Committee of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management as the Chair of the Best Book Award Committee. Robert also serves as an Associate Editor for the Social Issues in Management Division of the Annual Academy of Management Conferences. In 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 using a systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies. (back to the top)

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