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.
Dr. Conover received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University School of Medicine. After completing her postdoctoral research at the University of Arizona, she moved to Texas A&M University and was awarded a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association while she was a Research Assistant Professor. She has 25-years of research experience in infectious and cardiac disease. As a graduate student, using a forward genetic screen in the respiratory microbe, L. pneumophila, she discovered the first mutant for an effector protein translocated inside macrophages. Using state-of-the art methodologies she defined the kinetic binding assembly of several pairs of cytoskeletal proteins. Her studies gave important insights for the molecular etiology of familial cardiomyopathy. She is an author of 30 poster papers, and 11 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Conover has delivered 24 invited talks at national and international conferences, and has mentored 30 undergraduate and graduate students. She now directs the Medical Scholar Research Pathway Program. One of her office’s key goals is to match medical students with research opportunities that enhance their education and future careers as physicians.

 VP for Finance

VP Communications, Caroline Gallagher

 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

Elaina Ross

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.



Retha Youell 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. 

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