Donnie Bond is the Director of Learning and Performance at Coast Electric Power Association. He researches, plans, organizes and facilitates various training programs, including new employee orientation, skills training, supervisory training and leadership training. He ensures optimum learning experiences for each participant. Donnie ensures that all compliance training, both annual and special, is completed utilizing appropriate and knowledgeable external vendors when required. He also coordinates and schedules employee training ensuring facility setup, audiovisual setup and employee notification. He conducts follow-up studies of completed training to evaluate and measure results and modify programs as needed. Donnie identifies skill gaps and assists in developing individual training plans to eliminate gaps. He assists in developing career development programs to develop higher skills from within the existing workforce, and he maintains individual employee development records to include monitoring progress of required courses.
Susan Bush is the Student Services Coordinator at Gulfport High School’s Technology Center (GHSTC). She has been with the Gulfport School District (GSD) for 17 years. Susan’s current responsibilities include identifying and assisting students who may have barriers to achieving success in their Technology Center program. Susan has served in leadership positions at GHSTC; most recently as co-chair of the SACS/AdvancEd and Office of Civil Rights committees. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently a student in the Human Capital Development Ph.D. program.
Michelle Fleming is the Academic Advisor in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. Her mastery project, Working on Wellness (WOW!), was to develop a worksite wellness program for USM Gulf Coast. Michelle is a 2011 graduate of the Master of Science in Workforce Training and Development. She also completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems in 2004 at USM. Michelle was in the 2010 - 2011 class of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities for USM Gulf Park Campus.
Michelle is in her third year as a member of the ASTD Mississippi Gulf Coast Lighthouse Chapter, where she currently serves as Coordinator on the Group Leadership Team in a two-year term.
Janea McDonald is the owner of Edge Consulting, LLC, a human capital consulting firm. The firm provides human capital management and development services to organizations. She has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of Human Resources. Janea’s extensive Human Resources experience allows her to fill HR voids for companies that might not be large enough to have their own HR departments and for companies that have HR requirements that cannot be achieved with current staffing. In addition to Edge, Janea teaches Business Communication and Organizational Development at William Carey University. She is also a graduate assistant at The University of Southern Mississippi where she is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Capital Development.
Janea is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a certified training professional through The Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute. She has been on the Gulf Coast Lighthouse Chapter of ASTD for three years. She spent two years as meeting planner and is currently in Public Relations.
John Kmiec, Ph.D., CRP
Background in Workplace Learning and Performance:
John serves as Research Associate at the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS. He is a 27 year veteran of the United States Air Force, having retired in the highest enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in 2005. John has broad experience training, educating, evaluating and developing human capital resources in order to improve work processes, products, services, productivity and performance. John’s performance improvement accolades include the United States Air Force Chief of Staff Team Quality Award and the Rochester Institute of Technology/USA-Today Quality Cup. John was the first graduate of the USM Ph.D. in Human Capital Development program in 2010. John also holds a Workplace Training and Development Master of Science Degree and he is a graduate of the Training and Development Certificate Program, both from USM. John is a Certified ROI Professional with the ROI Institute. He has published articles for the International Society of Performance Improvement’s Performance Improvement Journal, and he recently authored a book chapter for The American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD’s) Measuring ROI in Learning and Development: Case Studies from Global Organizations. The case study featured in Measuring ROI in Learning and Development: Case Studies from Global Organizations won the ROI Institute’s 2011 award for Best Published Case Study. John facilitates the Workplace Training and Development Master of Science Workforce Analysis course, and he facilitates the Training and Development Certificate Program Evaluation segment. He is a featured facilitator for the 2012 ROI Institute Evaluation Week, held on USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS.
John was the ASTD Mississippi Chapter Gulf Coast Lighthouse Group President in 2012. He served on the Lighthouse Group Leadership Team as Administrator/Coordinator from 2005 to 2010, when he was elected to Lighthouse Group President. John made an ROI Methodology presentation to the ASTD New Orleans Chapter in 2010, and in 2012, at the annual joint meeting of the ASTD and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters in Jackson, MS. John is a featured speaker at two panel discussions during the 2012 ASTD International Conference and Exposition in Denver, CO: Measuring the Success of Coaching Panel-An ROI Approach and Global ROI Studies-Reports from the Trenches. In 2012, John and the rest of the Lighthouse Group Leadership Team are working towards the following objectives: (1) expand our representation and influence to a wider, more diverse group of business and professional organizations in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson Counties; (2) increase individual memberships by 10-percent; (3) incentivize ASTD membership over non-membership; and (4) implement business process improvements to improve member service and our Leadership Team’s efficiency and effectiveness. Our goal is to be sought out for our reputation as the premier network of learning and performance professionals serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Lighthouse GIG meets the second Thursdays of February, April, August, October, and December. All Mississippi Chapter locations meet together in June, with the date and location changing each year.