Board of Directors

Hugh Seaton
The Glimpse Group

As ATD-SCC President, Hugh Seaton will introduce new technologies to our members, from mobile tech to VR and beyond. As human-centered technologies continue to advance, familiarity with what's out there and useful will be helpful.

Hugh started his career in Taiwan, learning Mandarin Chinese while he helped a Taiwanese steel firm learn to produce new products. Moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Hugh began a career in advertising that included brands such as Sony, AOL, Google, Pepsi and more in both the US and Asia. In 2012, while consulting on internal branding projects, it became clear that training was an even greater challenge and need than branding, and Hugh began working on internal strategy training. This led to the realization that technology could help client companies more effectively train their whole workforces, not just those at the 2015, Aquinas Training was formed, to create the software solutions that enable this broad-based training. Currently offering mobile solutions, with Virtual Reality products on the way, Aquinas Training is dedicated to innovating new ways to provide seamless learning experiences to managers, employees and those in transition wherever they choose to engage with learning content.

Hugh received his BA in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio in 1994, and his MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School in 2004.

Past President
John Weidner
Cornell Global



As ATD-SCC Past President, John Weidner provides executive leadership to the Chapter.  He is responsible for working closely with the Chapter’s Board to establish the vision, mission and key objectives that will continue to advance the Chapter’s reputation as thought leader and purveyor of innovation. John is further responsible for assuring that the Chapter meets all ATD National Chapter Operating Requirements.

John is Founder and Managing Partner of Cornell Global LLC, a Human Capital Strategy Consulting firm.  Working with various sized companies across various industry sectors, John strives to drive increased company valuation through leadership development, talent acquisition and innovative people focused programs and processes. John’s corporate career included progressively responsible positions with Price Waterhouse, Bankers Trust, E. F. Hutton, Chemical Bank and later G.E. Capital. Since leaving corporate, John has founded three management and career coaching consulting firms; Cornell Global LLC, Pierway Associates LLC and Heroes in Transition.

John attained his Masters Degree from Boston University and a Bachelors Degree from Westminster College. 

Business Manager, Administrator
Michele Beccarelli, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Association Management and Human Resources



As Chapter Business Manager, Michele Beccarelli, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, oversees chapter operations. She served in a similar role for the Southern CT Chapter of SHRM, with whom we occasionally hold joint events.  Michele was also Director, Marketing, Communications and Website for SOCT SHRM, and served on its board for 18 years, and is a former chapter President. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and know-how to our chapter.

Michele has been a Human Resources Consultant and Career Coach providing HR, career coaching, and operations consulting services. She has experience as a Human Resource Leader and HR Director in Fortune 500 and private organizations in diverse industries. In addition to her background as an HR Generalist, her expertise includes communications, change management, project management, mergers and acquisitions, and HR for start-up organizations. 

Michele holds a BS in Business Administration from Mercy College.

Director, Technology
Anne Cheng
Trigyn Technologies

As Director of Technology, Anne Cheng is the ATD SCC Webmaster, and is responsible for the design, maintenance and improvements to our chapter website, using Wild Apricot and NewTek Business Services. She is an Instructional Designer and a Technology Education professional with ILT, WBT, online blended-learning and staff training experience. 

Anne is an Instructional Designer and Trainer at NYCHA, creating and teaching apps on the Maximo Mobile platform. She was a Senior Microsoft Applications Instructor for New Horizons CLC, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Bridgeport, and owned a technology-education franchise. She has taught 100+ technical and soft skills courses, Masters-level educational technology courses, and trained her 55 franchise employees. 

Anne earned her Master's of Education and Master's of Instructional Technology at the University of Bridgepor and earned ATD's Certificate of eLearning Instructional Design. 


Co-Director, Programming 
Lynn Colafrancesco 
Deloitte, LLP


As Co-Director of Programming, Lynn is responsible for providing professional development, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for ATD SCC members. 

Lynn is a highly motivated and results-driven business professional with experience in change management, learning and development (technical, compliance and soft skills) and increasing productivity --- within the reinsurance, financial services and non profits. Lynn helps make the workplace a better place for everyone involved. With her enthusiasm and expertise, Lynn motivates teams to innovate and perform. Using a variety of creative problem solving techniques Lynn helps teams turn problems into opportunities and achieve results.

Her background is technical training, documentation and organizational transformation. Helping improve morale and increase productivity is a passion
of hers.

Lynn earned her MBA at UCONN, and her MS in HR and OD from Manhattanville College. 


Co-Director, Programming
Mark Lassoff 
Framework Television


Mark Lassoff joined the ATD-SCC board as Co-Director of Programming. He has been active with ATD on an international level, teaching certification programs and speaking at ATD's International Conference and Expo and TechKnowlege on multiple occasions.

Mark and his company, Framework Television, have taught over one million people web and mobile development online, in corporate classrooms and in secondary schools across the country. Framework Television produces a post-cable television program that focuses on digital skills, such as web and mobile development. The company also produces online video courses on technology for those who want a more formal learning experience. 

Previous to founding Framework, Mark started several companies, and continues to promote entrepreneurship and computer science.  He is an in-demand speaker and has traveled the world to teach programming techniques and technologies. Mark has authored eight books on programming. He was named to the 40 under 40 in both Austin, Texas and Hartford, CT.  In 2017, Mark was awarded the prestigious eLearning Guild Guildmaster Award.


Director, Marketing 
Monique St. Paul 

Penny Publications, LLC


As Marketing Director, Monique oversees the Chapter’s communications. She works closely with the board to distribute timely notices to members and the public about upcoming events. Her passion to build connections and share experiences will expand the chapter’s engagement efforts to include online and offline networking opportunities to continue discussions between monthly meetings. Monique holds memberships with the Southern Connecticut Chapter and ATD national.

Monique currently works as the Assistant Marketing Manager for Penny Publications. Her experience involves direct mail, email marketing, sales enablement, and website administration. In a volunteer role, she serves as the President of her Toastmasters club, an organization dedicated to public speaking and leadership. In her career, she’s participated in non-profit organizations focused on youth leadership, personal development, and marketing.

Monique is pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Management with a concentration in Learning and Development from the University of Denver. She received a Graduate Marketing Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Roger Williams University.


Co-Director, Membership / Partnerships
Kathleen O'Connell



Kathleen joins the board this year as Chapter Membership Director. In this role, she assists with managing and implementing programs to help attract new members as well as engage and retain existing members.

Over the last 18 years, Kathleen has worked with organizations on their training and development needs. She considers herself a lifelong learner and shares her passion for continual improvement with others. She has assisted in the development of curriculum and online resources, created sales and marketing collateral, led focus groups, as well as facilitated training sessions. Kathleen is an active member in her community and volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations focused on children and the arts. Her specialties include: New Business Development, Client Engagement, Strategy & Execution, Team Leadership, and Communication. 

Kathleen holds a BA in Political Science from Skidmore College. 


Co-Director, Membership / Partnerships 
Timothy Seats 
Coaching 2 Inspire Group, LLC 


Tim serves on the ATD SCC Chapter as Co-Director of Memberships/Partnerships. In this role, he assists with managing and implementing programs to help attract new members as well as engage and retaining existing members. 

Tim is currently the Principle at the Coaching 2 Inspire Group, LLC in Norwalk, CT which specializes in leadership coaching and development and HR Consulting. He has over 20 years of business & Human Resources experience in Fortune 500 companies such as Sara Lee & Campbell's Soup Company, as well as privately held wine & spirits distributor & supplier companies such as Diageo, Brown Forman (Jack Daniels), J√§germeister, & Breakthru Beverage Group (distributors for Diageo & Moet Hennessy). Tim is a certified Executive Coach, & holds various certifications in Leadership, Self Awareness & Emotional Intelligence assessments & facilitation.

Tim received his Master of Science in Communication at Southern Connecticut University and his Bachelor of Science in Management & Marketing at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

Director at Large  
Ross Tartell

Organizational Performance Group


As Director at Large for ATD-SCC,Ross Tartell is responsible for Chapter Succession Planning and CARE reporting to ATD National. 

Ross specializes in talent development, executive coaching, and leadership development. He is a Senior Associate with the Organizational Performance Group (OPG) and Principal at Ross Tartell, Ph.D., Consulting LLC.  Earlier, Ross was North American Learning Leader for GE Capital Real Estate. He also spent 18 years at Pfizer Inc. Positions included Regional Learning Leader, Director Team Leader for Instructional Design, and Director Team Leader for Leadership Development.

Ross is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has published articles and made presentations on Leadership, Talent Development, Training Evaluation, and Employee Engagement. He also serves on the editorial boards for Training Magazine and The OD Practitioner.  He received his B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University, and his M.B.A in Management, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University.


University Student Relations 

Dr. Maurice "Mo" Cayer  

University of New Haven

Mo Cayer is a career-long applied industrial/organizational psychologist. Mo has extensive industry and corporate experience improving organizational and human resource effectiveness. His corporate/consulting career includes: 

  • Training Portfolio Leader at the American Management Association (AMA).
  • Head of Organizational & Leadership Development for Bayer Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical, NA.
  • GE Capital Corp. (the financial services business within General Electric) for six years, Mo was the Leader, Best Practices & Program Development, designing and consulting on a wide variety of Organizational and Leadership Development interventions.
  • R.H. Macy & Co., as its Vice President, Leadership, Organizational Development & Executive Compensation.
  • Development Dimensions Int’l., Consultant for Service Excellence; and KRC Research and Consulting, VP Organizational Research & OD Consulting.
  • JC Penney Co in various Human Resource leadership roles over 10 years.
  • Mo continues consulting to private and public sector organizations, sometimes collaborating with Pivotal Resources, Inc., a global change leadership firm.

Mo is a full-time faculty member at the University of New Haven, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and Management Department, and teach courses to MBAs, and graduate students in I/O psychology: strategic management, human resource management, HR development, psychological testing in industry, performance management, and talent management among others.  Mo earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Open Board Positions:
Director, Vendor / Partner Relations
   Director, Communities of Practice (CoP)




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