Each year, ATD Baton Rouge membership elects members to lead the organization. All chapter leaders are volunteers that help the organization to provide programs and services to its members. Click on a link to see information about current chapter leaders.
Through the years, Susana has been able to gain great experience in various areas of talent development while leveraging the use of technology when necessary. The majority of her career has been spent in government, from the State of Louisiana to LSU, but has afforded the opportunity to lead several training and eLearning initiatives that have positively impacted several departments and agencies across the United States. Susana's current opportunities are now allowing her to grow in areas such as organizational development, leadership development, needs assessment, performance management, employee onboarding and orientation.
Susana has received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Human Resource Education, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate for the Human Resource Education and Leadership Development degree, all from Louisiana State University.
Regina Leingang, Ph.D.
Patrice is a Senior Learning Specialist at Neighbors Federal Credit Union. She is an alumna of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in English. Patrice began her career at NFCU as a teller in 2008 shortly after college and now has nine years experience in the credit union industry. Becoming a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor along the way, she is also a member of the Louisiana Credit Union League's Young Professionals Network.
Patrice prides herself on contributing to the success of NFCU's expansive legacy of providing premier banking services to the Greater Baton Rouge area for more than 60 years. There she facilities products, ethics and compliance courses as well as member service training. In addition, she designs e-learning courses for the credit union and assists with department with maintaining the learning management system and serving the staff in any way possible.
Patrice has a passion for writing, and her other hobbies include traveling and listening to music. She enjoys horror and mystery genres of movies, television series and books. She love a good "who done it." Her interests include art, museums, documentaries and expanding her knowledge and skill-set within the talent development industry.
First Year Experience Director
Louisiana State University
Burgundy has over 10 years of Human Resources experience and has transitioned into a training role within the last 5 years. She is excited in her new role as the VP of Marketing and Communications and looks forward to meeting more members of ATD!
Liesel is a Learning and Development Facilitator in the Office of Human Resource Management at LSU. She began her career in Human Resources at LSU in 2007. As of 2014, Liesel has been in her role as a trainer delivering participant-centered training in classroom setting to the faculty and staff in the LSU System to develop and improve their professional and managerial skills. Liesel's method of instruction is energetic and engaging, increasing participants transfer of learning in the workplace. Her primary goal is to provide a broad spectrum of training options through consulting and assessment services to ensure continuous individual and organizational performance improvement. Her work has also included delivering training on a variety of supervisory and managerial topics to governmental civil service employees throughout the State of Louisiana through the Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP).
Liesel earned a Master's of Science in Human Resources & Leadership Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology both from LSU. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, learning about financial wellness, helping friends with their budgets, reading, and playing co-ed soccer.
Melanie Dupard has been an Ambassador for the credit union industry over 15 years. She is currently the Member & Guest Relations Officer for Pelican State Credit Union. A former New Accounts Representative, Member Service Representative, and Corporate Trainer, Melanie truly has a passion for people. She empowers employees and members to soar to higher heights.
Melanie is a former Motivational Speaker. In her current role, she succors with Employee Onboarding, Orientation, and Coaching, Corporate Culture, and Administrative Responsibilities. Melanie is a graduate of Southern University here in Baton Rouge, LA.
She has an Attitude of Gratitude. She relishes spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys attending church and traveling.
Latoria Williams is currently a Senior Learning Specialist at Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, La. Her primary responsibilities consist of developing and delivering member service training that are aligned with strategic priorities, maintaining the company’s learning management system and coordinating and facilitating other learning activities as needed. Latoria created a program to assist in developing the talent of internal employees, SYNC Mentorship. In addition to those roles, Latoria supports the Neighbors Way culture by being involved on a special team to assist with increasing employee morale.
Latoria completed her undergraduate studies at Southern University A&M College earning a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies. Latoria frequently attends seminars and conferences to stay up to date on the latest T&D tools.
Latoria recently started a concierge business, On The Geaux Errands. Her company assists people who are busy or unable to run their own personal or business errands. Her new venture definitely is something that she enjoys. In addition to growing her brand and business, Latoria enjoys reading all genre of books such as self-improvement, spiritual and mystery. Latoria's other activities she enjoys are playing tennis, cooking, attending church and spending time with her family/friends.