Talent Development Facilitators

Julie Miller
Talent Development Facilitation Supervisor

julie.miller4@la.gov
(225) 219-9427

Julie Miller originally joined State Civil Service’s Talent Development team in September 2015 as a facilitator. In her role as a facilitator, she worked closely with state agencies to tailor trainings to address the unique needs of each agency. She used her prior experience of supervising, coaching, and training employees to fuel her passion for assisting agencies. In March of 2019, Julie accepted the opportunity to expand her knowledge of state agencies’ Human Resources departments as a member of POD B. In March 2020, Julie accepted the opportunity to become Talent Development’s Facilitation Supervisor. In this role, Julie hopes to combine her experiences within State Civil Service to expand the ways in which training can support human resources departments.

Kaelysia Cooper
Talent Development Program Manager

kaelysia.cooper@la.gov
(225) 342-8526

In 2017, Kaelysia transitioned from seven years in the private sector to the Talent Development Division of State Civil Service. As a Talent Development Consultant, she works with agency leaders and uses competency modeling to identify and support needs relating to the employee life cycle. Prior to working with State Civil Service, she earned her Master’s in Human Resource Education and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. Her passion for community service and education and has led her to serve in various roles, such as a volunteer youth mentor, CASA advocate, and Adult Basic Education Instructor. Currently, she is a student in the Executive and Professional Coaching program at UT Dallas.

Christee Atwood
Talent Development Consultant

christee.atwood@la.gov
(225) 342-8539

Christee Gabour Atwood joined the CPTP Training Team in 2015. She’s been a training and development professional for over 25 years and is the author of five books from the American Society for Training and Development. Her books have been translated into Chinese and Japanese and are used in universities in the U.S.A. and abroad. Her background also includes work in radio, television, newspaper and magazines, as well as association management and independent consulting. In 2014, Christee was awarded the Knowledge Management Leadership Award by the Global Knowledge Management Congress in Mumbai, India. In her role with CPTP, Christee will develop and facilitate training workshops to help State employees take their professional skills to the next level.

Kymberlie Broussard
Talent Development Consultant

kymberlie.broussard2@la.gov
(225) 342-8510

Kymberlie Broussard is a Talent Development Specialist with extensive experience in creating, promoting and delivering training solutions to all organizational departments. After receiving her MBA from the University of Phoenix, Kymberlie served several departments in designing and delivering successful training programs in management development, team building, customer service, sales, and performance management for financial institutions. Kymberlie is very passionate about fostering a supportive and enjoyable learning environment for all participants.

Tara Gallope
Talent Development Consultant

tara.gallope@la.gov
(225) 342-8085

Tara Gallope joined State Civil Service’s Talent Development Team in 2020. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication with two minors in Leadership and Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a background in Marketing and Communications. She has proven experience with public speaking, interpersonal relations, customer service, and emotional intelligence. Tara’s people-oriented personality drives her passion for training and talent development, and she strives to help others grow both personally and professionally through encouraging environments.

Marya Grayson
Talent Development Consultant

marya.grayson3@la.gov
(225) 342-8085

Marya Grayson joined the Talent Development Division at State Civil Service in October 2020 as a Talent Development Consultant – Workforce Development in October 2020. Prior to working at State Civil Service Marya worked in the Human Resources Departments at Louisiana Workforce Commission as well as the Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally she worked in the private sector in various roles in the healthcare, travel, and call center industries. In her role as Talent Development Consultant – Workforce Development, Marya will partner with agencies to develop strategies and technologies to support performance improvement and change management. Marya’s previous work experience in both the public and private sector provide unique insight on how to coach staff and evaluate program outcomes.

Monica Smith
Talent Development Consultant

monica.smith4@la.gov
(225) 219-9430

Monica (Below) Smith has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. For over 10 years, Mrs. Smith has been a highly successful Civil Servant for the State of Louisiana. She is known for her work as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer throughout Northern Louisiana; subsequently, Monica has also contributed countless hours of community service. Also, she has been honored twice with the Probation and Parole, Director's Award of Excellence, in appreciation for extraordinary services and selfless acts of time and dedication in 2010 and 2011 for her commitment to the State of Louisiana and contributions to local communities though fundraisers and scholarship awards. Later, Monica transitioned into Staff Training and Development as a Training and Development Specialist; she trained employees to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to return to a community living settings and to assist young men with criminal backgrounds to become productive law-abiding citizens. In 2017, she completed the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service, Professional Trainer Certificate. As a result, she is very passionate about using those skills to help others to gain tools to become better employees.