ATD Chattanooga Chapter 2022 Board Members


Donna Christian Lowe

Donna serves as the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Human Resources of MSi Workforce Solution, LLC, a Human Resource & Workforce Development firm based in Chattanooga, Tennessee and serving clients throughout the USA. Donna is the daytime radio personality known as “The Queen Connector” on WPTP 100.1 FM and has been a friend on the radio airways for five years. Donna also serves as a local TV host and Producer on WDEF TV 12’s Point of View, the longest running local Public Affairs show in the world.

As a native of Chattanooga, Donna has held executive and senior management positions as an HR professional for the last 20 years. An energetic and dynamic leader of human resources experience spanning healthcare, logistics, government, manufacturing, healthcare, dentistry, accounting, and finance and more. Donna has partnered with stakeholders and decision makers at all levels of organizations and is known for her ability to bring people together and achieve RESULTS!

Donna served as the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce - Ooltewah Collegedale Council and served on the D9 (District 9) Education Foundation Advisory Board for Hamilton County. Donna was one of the founding members of the Chattanooga Mayor’s Women Council and has served on the economic development committee and co-chair for the Family Friendly Workplace initiative. Donna was appointed by House of Representatives Joann Favors to serve as Co-Chair for The Mayor's Council for Women before her retirement.

Donna serves on the Chattanooga Connected leadership team and cofounded Chattanooga Speaks, where programming is focused on race, culture, community, equality, and equity. Donna works diligently with city and county officials and community leaders to build programs that will bring workforce development, job readiness, and employment opportunities to the underserved in our city.

In her spare time, Donna serves on various boards and commits time to mentoring young women through her involvement with The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program and other organizations focused on informing, engaging, and elevating young women.

PAST President

Maddie Hollis

Maddie’s professional experience spans over 15 years in Human Resources including Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Development, and general oversight of the Human Resources function. She is currently the head of Human Resources for a multi-unit Financial Services company with locations throughout the state of Georgia. Maddie believes in contributing to the business partnership through innovative recommendations, providing executable candid and empathetic feedback aligned with the company’s strategy in order to effectively impact the bottom line.

Maddie is the creator and founding contributor of the site and the "Get There with You" business philosophy.

In her spare time, Maddie enjoys volunteering with her husband. She also enjoys preparing “gifts in jars” and sharing those with various local and regional non-profit agencies.


Tammie Long

Tammie’s passion comes from watching someone’s eyes light up when they finally understand what you are teaching them. That applies whether she is training at work or teaching a Zumba class. For the past 6 years she has been Director of Operations at Coast2Coast in Chattanooga. She worked with training the Architectural Services side of the business for 5 years prior. She also spent 28 years as a Structural Steel Draftsman. When not working, she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband. She also has four grandchildren that enjoys when they are in town. She also donates her time to the Georgia State Parks and the National Park system.


Robin Nunley

Robin Nunley is an experienced Human Resources professional who has a demonstrated history of working in the fast moving consumer packaged goods industry. Robin has 15+ years of experience working in manufacturing for companies ranging from a small one site operation to a global multi-site, multi-segment, Fortune 500 company. Robin is passionate about helping organizations realize their full potential through continuous improvement, employee engagement and employee development.

Robin is currently Plant Administrator at Mars Wrigley Confectionery., and her education includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The College of Charleston.

Robin is a Sustainer of the Junior League of Chattanooga, and serves and volunteers in numerous other capacities through her church and other community organizations. She is committed to using her gifts and talents to positively impact others, both in her professional life and her personal life.


Cori Barber

Cori works at Unum as a Learning Manager. She is currently utilizing her instructional design skills to deliver learner centric eLearning, blended learning, and performance support tools that broaden the skills and knowledge of users and improve operational effectiveness. She started at Unum working in their Leave Management Center and quickly transitioned to training employees to administer FMLA and State leave as well.  From there, she leveraged her education and learning background to move into Unum’s HR organization to support the entire enterprise.  She has a BS in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Cori enjoys using her technical acumen to provide performance support to her business partners.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel; and son, Alex, as well as her pets Walt and Rigby. The Barbers love to travel and show Alex the world.


Doug Dillard

Doug had his first exposure to training as a Naval Instructor, facilitating courses in communications and Naval Rights and Responsibilities. While working at Shaw Industries Inc, for over 20 years, Doug earned an AAT degree Computer Support Specialist and a BSBA degree in Marketing. Doug has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Canada to facilitate courses focused on all forms of technology and For the last seven years, Doug has worked in the Shaw Learning Academy. Doug is passionate about incorporating technologies to design, develop and deploy online training content.

When not at work, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, biking, and continuously learning new skills.

Director, Programs

Jonna van Thiel

Bringing nearly two decades of experience in individual, organizational and group development, Jonna connects people with the right tools to grow and forge essential partnerships.  She has demonstrated proven results in leadership development, coaching, and facilitation.  As a thought-provoking facilitator, Jonna helps others process issues affecting individual and organizational growth.  

Jonna holds a Master of Science as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a life-long learner and continues to research focusing on leadership, development, emotional intelligence, and more. When she is not working or learning, she focuses on her family, especially her three kids.

Director, Marketing & Communications



Erica Thurman

Erica Thurman is a dynamic and collaborative leader with over 15 years of varied human resources experience spanning utilities, government, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries, and is currently the Program Manager, Human Resources Compliance for American Water. In this role, she ensures compliance of the country’s largest publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company, as well as identifying opportunities for implementation of best practices and increased efficiency. Erica is proud to support the committed water professionals whose daily operations provide the most precious of life's critical needs: clean, safe water for families, public health, businesses, and fire protection.

Erica’s education includes a Master of Science in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory & Henry College. She is also a sister of Chi Omega fraternity. She resides in Chattanooga with her husband, their two children, and their three Goldendoodles, who make frequent appearances on video calls.

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