2018 Board of Directors

President:  Retha Youell

VP of Finance:  Ann Gundy, PhD

VP of Records:  Caroline Gallagher, CPLP

VP of Communications:  Christine Shimek, PhD

VP for Membership:  Helen Muyia, EdD

VP for Programs:  Gib Sawtelle III

Past President:  Teresa McGinnis

President-Elect:  Vacant


Retha has been a member of the Brazos Valley Chapter of ATD since 2013. She is the owner and CEO of The Youell Group, a management consulting firm that focuses on human resources, risk management and employee relations issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Retha has extensive experience in state, county and municipal government as both a risk manager and a local elected official. Her private sector experience includes commercial real estate, insurance, and adult education. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University in Journalism, and the Protocol School of Washington, she is a certified trainer in International Protocol and Business Etiquette, and has educated adults on three continents. Retha holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certificate from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is also President of the Brazos Valley Society for Human Resource Management. She is past Austin chapter president of the international Association of Workforce Professionals, and is active in the Public Risk Managers Association and the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment. In 1988, her accomplishments were recognized in the publication, Notable Women of Texas. 



Teresa McGinnis is a Senior Human Resources Professional at the City of Bryan.  She has been in the Human Resources field for over 20 years and has received both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  She is a member of SHRM, BV-SHRM, ATD, and serves as Past-President of BV-ATD.  She has worked for technological and financial companies within Corporate America for 17 years and in local government for five years.  During this time, she also worked as a bi-vocational Music Minister for various church denominations.

 Before joining the HR field, Teresa was an educator within the public school system, with two of those years at College Station ISD.  She is a strong proponent for excellence and change and has high expectations for both herself and others.  She analyzes things naturally and is always searching for the most efficient and impactful way to approach a situation.

 Teresa received her Master’s Degree from Winthrop University and attended Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Indiana University.  Teresa lived in Charlotte, NC for 20 years before moving to Bryan with her two miniature dachshunds, Melody and Harmony.  In her limited free time, she enjoys bible studies, mission trips, movies, and amusement parks!

VP for Finance


Dr. Ann Gundy received her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in 1999.  She joined the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development as a Research Assistant in 1994; has 9 years’ experience as a trainer and ultimately Associate Director of the TAMU Center for distance Learning Research; was appointed an assistant clinical professor in 2002 with the implementation of the Undergraduate Program for Human Resource Development and Technology Management.  Focus areas of teaching included Adult Learning Principles, Career Development, and the academic component of the required undergraduate internship.  She developed new courses as the degree program was initiated as well as updated and converted courses to an online format.  Dr. Gundy received the Texas A&M Former Students Association‘s Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Teaching, College Level in 2007.   Her research interests have focused on program evaluation with nineteen years of experience in evaluation of technology implementation projects and family literacy projects.  She is a Texas State approved Even Start Family Literacy evaluator. In Fall 2013 she taught two sections of a Freshman Learning Community with a focus on leadership; in  Spring 2014 a Transfer Learning Community, and in Fall 2014 a Freshman Learning Community. She was named a Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Faculty Fellow in 2014. Dr. Gundy currently serves as Past-President of Brazos Valley ATD.

 VP for Records

VP Communications, Caroline Gallagher

 Caroline Gallagher, CPLP, has been a member of BV-ATD since 2007 and currently serves as the VP for Communication. 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 Communication

Dr. Christine Shimek earned a PhD in Educational Psychology (the Educational Psychology Foundations group with a research emphasis in Technologies for Learning), an M.S. in Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and a B.S. in Biochemistry. She has been a member of the Brazos Valley chapter of ATD since 2013 (Power Member since 2014) and currently serves as the VP of Communication. Dr Shimek has worked as a bench scientist, professional educator, and instructional designer on several major education outreach programs . She has taught science in high school and college and is currently teaches science methods for elementary educators at TAMU.  Among her design projects are; virtual environments for learning science, a Mario-style video game for learning nutrition science, professional development and training for teachers using that instructional software, and food safety training videos for restaurant employees (adult workforce education). As an instructional designer, Dr. Shimek consults for education outreach and programs targeting students in grades 6 through adult. Her core competencies are; knowledge management, instructional design, learning technologies and evaluation of learning impact. 

VP for Membership


Dr. Muyia is a Clinical Associate Professor of Human Resource Development -HRD in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource development, including Organization Development and Change, Training/Learning and Development, and Adult Learning.

Dr. Muyia received her Ed. D in Workforce Development Education/Human Resource Development and M.Ed. in HRD/Adult Learning from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

 Dr. Muyia’s research focuses on Emotional Intelligence, Adult learning, Organization Development & Change, Virtual Learning, and Training/Learning & Development. She has served as a reviewer for eight top tier journals, co-issue editor of a journal, and a series editor of a book.  She has also authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is a recipient of the Texas A & M Board of Regents Teaching Excellence award, 2011, and the Departmental Teaching Achievement award in 2015.

VP for Programs


Gib is the founding president of the Brazos Valley chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and now serves as the current Vice President for Membership.  Gib is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Training Professional (CTP), and has completed the State of Texas requirements needed to serve as a court-appointed mediator.  Working primarily with public-sector organizations, Gib has more than 30 years of experience in workplace training, facilitation, strategic planning, and management consulting.  He specializes in providing a variety of customized solutions to help organizations develop better human resource management skills, improve leadership competencies, and to chart strategic direction.  Gib received his Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University.  He has managed training operations for the U.S. Army, a Business Week “Top 100” small business, and served as Texas A&M University’s senior training and organizational development consultant.  Currently, he directs human resources operations for the Division of Information Technology at Texas A&M University.

President Elect

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