2020 Board of Directors
President Elizabeth Roumell PhD
President Elect Simeon T. Gates
Past President Retha Youell
VP for Records Gloria Conover, PhD
VP for Finance Caroline Gallagher CPLP
VP for Communication Warren Lanphier
VP for Membership Elaina Ross
VP for Programs Dea Polk
Dr. Elizabeth Roumell is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. She received her PhD in Adult and Postsecondary Education from the University of Wyoming in 2009, and has been working with a wide range of graduate students in the areas of adult education and learning, workplace learning, instructional technology and distance learning, and educational administration, and training and development. Liz teaches graduate classes in Methods for Teaching Adults, Adult Learning, Distance Learning, International and Comparative Education, and evaluation and research design. She has also worked and taught in the areas of International Studies and Political Science, English as a foreign language, German, substance use prevention programming, and program implementation and evaluation. Liz’s research areas include the adult learner in the distance learning environment, adult and workforce education policy development, and intercultural competencies and inclusion strategies. She is the Chair of the Workplace Learning Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association, the Colleges & Universities SIG Chair for the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Co-Editor for the academic journal Adult Education Quarterly, and has recently joined Brazos Valley ATD to build local professional networking and a community of learning and inquiry.
Simeon T. Gates is the Assistant Director of Transportation for Bryan Independent School District.
VP for Communication
Warren Lanphier is a transportation professional with 20 years of leadership experience in the military law enforcement and civilian sectors. Warren was an Idaho P.O.S.T. certified instructor where he taught law enforcement officers in firearms, defense tactis and arrest techniques. Warren graduated from Texas A&M University with a Masters of Science in Human Resource Development and from Lewis Clark State College in Idaho with a Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on psychology and criminal justice. Warren is a certified mediator and a member of the Texas Association of Mediators. Warren works as the director of transportation for Bryan Independent School District.
VP for Records
Dr. Gloria Conover is the Director of Medical Student Research at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine.
VP for Finance
Caroline Gallagher, CPLP, has been a member of BV-ATD since 2007 and currently serves as the VP for Finance. She has been working in the learning and development field for more than 16 years. Her areas of expertise include curriculum design; instructional design, for both instructor-led (ILT) and web based training (WBT); technical writing for end-user application documentation; and 508 accessibility. In her instructional design experience, she has gained extensive knowledge and experience with applying the principles of adult learning theory and leading her team to also apply them to produce content that is both engaging and ensures knowledge transfer to the adult learner. In addition, she has also played a key role in performing needs analysis, design, development, implementation, scheduling, and quality control for both ILT and WBT courseware. She has also led the development of multiple learning and development projects, building curricula for both federal and commercial clients. Ms. Gallagher is also experienced in working with federal clients to develop learning content that is compliant with Section 508 requirements.
VP for Membership
VP for Programs
Dea Polk has been a member of the BV-ATD for two years and is now serving in the capacity of VP of Programs. She is the Dual Career Program Coordinator for the Texas A&M University Dean of Faculties Office. She began this role in 2015. Dea is responsible for assisting the partners of potential and existing faculty members find non-faculty employment opportunities. She has placed over 60 clients within TAMU as well as the Bryan/College Station community. This San Antonio native holds a BA from Angelo State University in Journalism with a Communications minor. She has over 20 years of expertise in Professional Development/Training and Facilitation. She is currently undergoing her re-certification for Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP). Ms. Polk is also a Writing Tutor for Blinn College (Brenham Campus). She is a member of Brazos Valley Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and the College of Science Diversity Committee.