Board of Directors 

The Board is elected by the ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter general membership for terms of one year. Board positions include President, President Elect, Vice Presidents of Finance, Membership, Programs, Communications and Marketing, Technology, and Administration. The Immediate Past President serves in a non-voting capacity to provide continuity of the Board.  All Board positions are eligible for re-election for indefinite terms, except the President and President Elect. 


Link to 2020 Board of Director Job Descriptions:

  President Job Description 2020 APRROVED.pdf

  PresidentElect Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP Admistration Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP Finance Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP MarketingCommunications Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP Membership Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP StudentRelations Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf

  VP Technology Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf


  Member At Large-BoardApprentice Job Description 2020 APPROVED.pdf


Meet your 2020 Board!  Board members can be reached by e-mail or during scheduled events. 



AJ Bussell is the Training Program Specialist at Centrus Energy Corp. serving as a Senior Training and Development Leader with extensive experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan.  

AJ received a B.S. degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and since that time served in the United States Navy and the civilian sector.  His background includes various leadership roles and management experiences in project management, operational planning, training, course development, and occupational health. AJ is a former Naval Instructor and currently certified as a DiSC trainer.  

VP of Finance

Allen Lutz has been a longtime leader on the Board. He has brought experience and stability to the Chapter's Membership initiatives since 2008. In 2009, he spearheaded the Chapter's efforts to implement a Corporate Membership category. He was instrumental in increasing the Chapter's retention rate in 2010 and 2011 by continuously following up with members who needed to renew their memberships. Allen previously served as the VP of Communications, was the editor of the quarterly newsletter from 1996 to 2003, and was responsible for establishing the Chapter's first web site. 

Allen is the Education and Workforce Development Specialist for The Roane Alliance, where he works with the county and region's education and business communities to develop workforce skills, knowledge, and behaviors that are needed to deliver products and services both now and in the future. Allen is a graduate of the Leadership Roane County Class of 2011. In 2013, the Roane Alliance's Education Matters! program, which Allen established and leads, was awarded the "Excellence in Economic Development Award for Partnerships with Educational Institutions" by the International Economic Development Council.


VP of Administration

Leah Graves is the Senior Training and Development Specialist at PerfectServe.  With over 15 years of experience working as a trainer and facilitator, she currently develops client education materials, with a focus on video and eLearning content.  She is also responsible for developing and facilitating leadership and professional development programs at PerfectServe.  Leah is a certified facilitator in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Everything DiSC, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program, and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Foundations Program.

A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s Degree in Communications, emphasis in Public Relations.  Leah has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the UT School of Communication Studies, teaching introductory public speaking and business and professional communication classes.  Prior to joining PerfectServe, Leah worked as a trainer in higher education, healthcare, and the student loan industry.

VP of Communications, Marketing, and Technology

Karen Odell, CPTD is a Learning Experience Designer with a focus on business analysis, training needs assessment, ROI analysis, project management, and e-Learning design.  As a Trainer, Mentor, and Preceptor, Karen uses Face-2-Face, remote and blended learning techniques.  

Karen completed her Instructional Strategy and Design Certification from University of California, Irvine. Tennessee Licensed and Nationally Registered Dietitian with B.S. degree in Nutrition and Institutional Management from Purdue University and M.S. degree in Secondary-Adult Education from Indiana University; Karen has experience training employees and customers, business training analysis, healthcare management, marketing, project management, and sales management. 

For fun, Karen is a Volunteer Puppy Raiser with Canine Companions for Independence. Weekly, she and her current puppy visit different locations, volunteering time to read with “at-risk” children.

VP of Membership and Student Scholarship


   Rachel Clauss is currently the Human Resources Generalist at Centrus Energy.  She is an experienced HR       Professional with over fifteen years of experience which includes the creation and facilitation of various

   training programs.  As a trainer, Rachel has worked with all levels of organizational leadership on topics such

   as onboarding and retention; maintaining a civil work environment; and professional development.  She is

   also an ELI Certified Instructor.

   Rachel has her Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Human Resources Management from

   SNHU and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

VP of Programs

Member At Large - Board Apprentice


  Paul Bettis was born in Millington, TN in November 1965 and grew up in West Tennessee.  He

  graduated from McNairy Central High School in May 1984, and on July 10th of that year reported to

  Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.  He began his Navy career as a Fireman, and was

  designated as a Boiler Technician.  He spent his first 12 years in that designator, before making a

  lateral conversion to Master-at-Arms, spending the next 14 years with Navy Security Forces before

  finally closing out his career as a Navy Officer Recruiter in Knoxville, TN.  Paul attained the rank of

  Master Chief Petty Officer in April 2004.

  Paul served in a myriad of sea duty assignments, and participated in 10 deployments in support of

  Operations El Dorado Canyon, Southern Watch, Joint Endeavor, Assured Response, Desert Fox, and

  Enduring Freedom.  His shore assignments included Senior Enlisted Advisor of Naval Criminal

  Investigative Service Resident Agency Little Creek, VA and Senior Enlisted Advisor of Navy Security

  Force Detachment Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  Paul is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, and has been awarded the Navy

  Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), and various other personal and unit awards.  He was

  transferred to the Navy Retired List on August 1, 2014. 

  Paul holds an Associate’s degree in Marine Engineering Technology from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in

  Organizational Management from Ashford University.  He joined the Tennessee Department of Transportation in July 2014 as the Employee

  Relations Representative for Region 1 in Knoxville.

  Paul and his “crew” of nine dogs and five cats currently reside in Kodak. Paul spends most of his free time heavily involved in animal rescue.


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