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2018 Election Nominees

The election for the 2018 President-Elect and Senior Advisor positions is open from Aug 28 – Sep 8. Results announced on Sep 15. The candidates are as follows:

 President - Elect:

  • Susan M. Johnson
  • David Adelman

 Senior Advisor:

  • Don Bolen
  • Anne Power
  • Deborah Covin Wilson

 Chief Financial Officer:

  • Polly Trombley

Please see below for more information about each of the candidates.  Voting is open from August 28th to  September 8th: Place your vote here.


President-Elect Nominees

Susan M. Johnson


Susan M. Johnson

Learning Business Partner


Susan M. Johnson is an accomplished Executive with more than 15 years experience shaping and executing strategies for businesses and individuals.

Susan’s personal mission is to maximize individual and organizational capabilities to increase performance, profitability, and personal growth.

Susan has experience in leadership and organizational effectiveness with expertise in talent management, action learning, executive performance coaching, training and leader development. A seasoned, results driven leader, Susan has advanced her professional career at Fortune 100 Companies such as American Express Financial Advisors, Ameriprise Financial, MetLife, and Cox.

Susan received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with an emphasis in Organizational Development and T & D.

When not being in the moment, enjoying time with family, Susan might be found mastering golf, gardening, photography or traveling off the beaten path to experience life and the authenticity of different cultures.

David Adelman

I have been a member of ATD National and local chapters most of my professional career. I joined the Greater Atlanta chapter immediately after moving to Atlanta in 2008. Right away, I started volunteering with our Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Computer Training project as a Tech Partner, and soon began training the classes and working on the workshop updates as needed. This led to my designing and delivering a Customer Service workshop for Atlanta Habitat Restore. In 2012, I partnered with two other members to “tri-chair” the Atlanta Habitat project.

In 2013, I was asked to be the Director for our United Way of North Georgia project, managing the instructional design and teaching of several basic computer courses in four United Way Career Centers.

Starting in 2014, I served on the board for two years as VP of Community Relations managing the directors leading our partnerships with United Way, Atlanta Habitat, Goodwill, and Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). In the second year, down two directors, I also acted as director for our partnerships with ACFB and United Way. The Food Bank projects included organizing volunteer food sorting shifts for our chapter and Atlanta ATDs participation in the Hunger Walk. In 2016, I was honored to become a Hunger Walk Champion. With United Way I assisted with reviewing United Way’s leadership curriculum and suggesting improvement. I was thrilled when our Atlanta ATD Chapter was awarded the ATD National Strategic Partnership award for our work with our community partners.

After two years on the board as VP of Community Relations, I stepped down to work exclusively with our United Way partnership. Up until this year, when they completely changed the program, I taught a Job Readiness workshop for the Substitute Teacher Certification Program. I also worked with UW’s head of Talent Development to identify and fill other volunteer training needs.

Last year, I was Director of Employee Learning week. Working with a great team, we managed to drum up a lot of interest and enthusiasm for ELW and had a record number of Champion’s of Learning. I’ve volunteered to direct ELW this year as well, with the caveat that I have someone to learn the ropes so that they can run it next year (thanks Lena and Cindy!)

My day job is Director of Training Services with Leadership Strategies. I manage our Core Team of Contractors, train and certify them on our courses, work on product design and development, and am a member of the leadership team helping to create and implement our corporate strategic initiatives.

Throughout my tenure as an involved member of the Greater Atlanta chapter, I have worked with, learned from, and been inspired by a great number of fantastic people, and I have been able to give back to my profession and my community. I hope to continue this “run” as president elect. As always, thank you for your friendship and support.

Warm regards,


Chief Financial Officer

Polly Thombley

Hello! My name is Polly Thombley and I have been nominated for the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the ATD Greater Atlanta Chapter.   I am an Instructional Design contractor with Converging Solutions.  My love for training, my background as a math educator, and my experience as a small business owner, make me uniquely suited for this position. 

I have been a member of the local chapter since 2014 and a faithful attendee of Chapter Meetings and Communities of Practice.  I have volunteered with Community Relations, Programming and for ICE. 

In 2014, I was the scholarship recipient, which enabled me to take the Designing Learning Certificate from ATD national.  Recently, I also took another certificate at ICE, an opportunity that came my way just by volunteering.  I have learned so much from ATD by attending regularly. I have met so many inspiring people in the talent development industry.  It’s time for me to give back to this great organization.  I would be honored to serve ATD Greater Atlanta as CFO.


Senior Advisor Nominees


Don Bolen

I've been a Greater Atlanta chapter member since 2004. As a volunteer leader, I’ve served as VP Programming, Professional Development, Finance, President-elect, President and Senior Advisor. As President, I worked with many talented leaders in many great accomplishments including implementing the Wild Apricot web platform, sound financial management, simplifying membership and marketing programs.  As Senior Advisor, we updated our governance documents and rationalized leadership structure around a blend of elected and appointed roles.  These changes removed barriers to give chapter leadership flexibility in meeting chapter needs with Board of Director approval.

I'm asking for your support for a full three-year term as Senior Advisor. Should I be elected, I would urge a continued strategic planning process as our chapter continues to evolve in serving member needs.  Secondly, I’d study other volunteer-based organizations for leading practices for member engagement, growth and leadership development. As a volunteer, I firmly believe that I receive much more than I give in my time.

At my day job at dBolen and Associates, I focus on instructional design, learning strategy and project management. I'm a Project Management Professional (PMP). I have a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication and BA in History from the University of Georgia.  As a lifelong learner, I’m embracing the maker mindset as a woodworker and DIYer.

I appreciate your support and would be honored to serve again as Senior Advisor. 

Deborah Covin Wilson

Deborah Covin Wilson, CPLP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Why Vote for Me?

I seek your vote for me as Senior Advisor of the Chapter.  Why should you vote for me?  I am passionate and committed to the success of this chapter!  I have been involved in the chapter for more than 20 years.  I have served the chapter as: President, Chair, Senior Advisors and most recently, Volunteer Chair for the ATD ICE 2017 Conference. I also have strong connections with National ATD, where I have served as a National Advisor for Chapters and on several national committees.  I would like to build our succession plan and strategic plan for the chapter.  I would like to work with other Past Presidents to mentor our current officers and committee chairs.


Anne Power

Anne M. Power

ATD-Atlanta Ballot Position - Senior Advisor 2017

In the Senior Advisor role, Anne will bring her 30 years of expertise and perspective from serving both in corporate talent development positions and currently as a business owner and consultant for both private sector and public organizations.

In addition, Anne brings her comprehensive understanding of ATD and the important role it plays in its members' professional development and growth. Throughout her tenure in the talent development profession, Anne has been a member of ATD-Atlanta as well as a member of National ATD. She has also been involved with the local Atlanta chapter in various capacities.

Her involvement includes:

• VP-Professional Development, 2011

• Chair-Leadership Academy, 2010

• VP-Marketing and Community Involvement, 2008

• VP- Marketing and Community Involvement, 2007

In 2011, she supervised and implemented a regional web-based CPLP Study Group. In this initiative, Anne and her team collaborated with 10 chapters and their members across the Southeast. She also enlisted CPLP Certified facilitators from across the country to work in tandem with Subject Matter Experts to lead the various sessions.

Anne has been recognized for various professional contributions to the organization.

Outstanding Contributions - Programs, 2012

President’s Award - CPLP Study Group, 2011

Outstanding Contributions - Professional Development, 1993

She has a M.Ed. in Adult Education and a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education.

Voting is open from August 28th to  September 8th: Place your vote here.