Member Connections

Many current Chapter members are business owners or consultants. These local professionals can provide resources for learning and performance or meet your training needs when you contact them. All communications and negotiations are between you and the member business owner or consultant. 

ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter does not endorse or guarantee the work of any specific business.

How It Works

  1. Check out the areas of expertise to find a match with your need.
  2. Check out the member's organizational website for more detailed information about services provided.
  3. Connect by phone or email to make arrangements.
Business owner members can find new clients and grow their business by joining the Member Connections Network. Upon joining the network, member information will be listed below.



 Contact Information

 Areas of Expertise


Donald Barkman,
The Business Center

Phone: (865) 483-5850

Consulting and training for clients globally.

Areas of expertise: team design and development; business literacy; DiSC profile; communications and leadership; employee engagement; conducting on-the-job training; conducting better meetings; start ups


Susanne Dupes, 

Dalton Dupes Agency

Phone: (865) 896-9665


Building leadership and communication excellence.

Areas of expertise: Motivators; DISC; develop individual and team communication skills. 


Jeff Burleson, Assistant Professor of Education, HRD
Tusculum College

Phone: 423-367-8083

Tusculum College HRD graduates are prepared for careers as entrepreneurs, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts, and performance improvement consultants.

Areas of expertise: Web-based instruction, instructional design/technology, assistive technology for individuals with disabilities

Brian Etters, Staff Development Specialist
East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Phone: 865-936-038

East Tennessee Children's Hospital specializes in the treatment of children from birth to the age of 21.

Areas of expertise: Instructional design, consulting, time management, computer skills, technology

Yvonne Hart,
Certified Coach
A Focused Purpose

Phone: (866) 220-0415


Improving performance of 35-50 year olds, via strengths-based coaching.

Areas of expertise: performance and transition coaching, priority management, life balance


Stacy Myers,

Advanced Management, Inc.

Phone: (865) 483-9500


Consulting, Training

Areas of expertise: leadership, management



Bryon Ownby,
Human Performance Improvement Professional

Bryon Ownby

Phone: (865) 356-1911



Areas of expertise: change and conflict management


Mary Ryba Knepper,
Ryba Associates, Inc.

Phone: (708) 738-8178

Supporting human performance by promoting excellence in technical, scientific, and professional communication.

Areas of expertise: stand-up training in human communication, including story-selling for technical presenters; writing technical reports for clarity and impact; editing; rolling mill technology

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