Professional Trainers

Sharleen Smith

SmithMs. Smith understands the needs of organizations and the challenges of today's workforce.  As she leads the Professional Development Division on all Troy campuses, her goal is to collaborate with government offices and businesses to increase the professional capabilities of leaders and employees.   She is an expert in more than 200 training topics including leadership, team work, communication strategies, management, and employment law. She is one of the most sought after executive coaches in Alabama, whether mentoring C-level leaders, developing younger leaders, or growing business strategies.   She has vast experience in these areas serving over 300,000 people in over 8,000 seminars and conferences.  Her organizational consulting has touched almost every industry in the public and private sector.



Jane Goodson

Jane Goodson has over 30 years of consulting and training experience in both public and private sector organizations.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and a PhD. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the College of Business at the University of Alabama. During her career at Auburn University at Montgomery, she was Director of the MBA program, Head of the Department of Management, and Dean of the College of Business, serving 12 years in that role before returning to the classroom and retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2014.

As Dean, she created and implemented the Executive MBA programs at Auburn University in Montgomery and East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Under her leadership, the College achieved reaccreditation of both its undergraduate and graduate programs and earned special accreditation of its accounting program, placing the College of Business among the top 1% of universities worldwide. Among other achievements during her tenure as Dean, the College was recognized in 2006 as a Best Business School by Princeton Review for the first time and received that recognition every year during the time she was Dean.

Dr. Goodson specializes in the area of management consulting and has extensive experience in organizational change efforts.  She has developed and conducted a survey feedback processes to tailor change efforts to needs of the organization; performance management and compensation systems; assessment center and rating processes job search and selection for executive directors and top level managers; strategic planning; and organization-wide diversity programs.  Additionally, she has conducted training in the areas of leadership, performance management, change management, strategic management, communication, conflict, team leadership and organizational culture.

Her greatest passion is researching topics that support her consulting, training, and teaching interests, and she has been published over 50 applied articles - including top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Managerial Issues. She has been recognized four times for distinction in her research accomplishments and advancements in the management area. Across all topics, she uses her research findings to bring leading-edge practices to her consulting and training endeavors.


Lee Vardaman

VardamanDr. Lee Vardaman serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Support with oversight of Continuing Education.  As an experienced consultant and trainer, Dr. Vardaman specializes in working with leaders to increase productivity and efficiency through improved human resource and leadership practices and policies.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Vardaman spent nine years leading the Human Resources Department for TROY after serving as both Human Resources and IT Manager for the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.

Dr. Vardaman earned a bachelor’s degree in management and master’s in human resources from The University of Alabama and earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership, policy and law from Alabama State University. In addition, Dr. Vardaman holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP national certifications.  Dr. Vardaman has held local, state, and national leadership positions in human resources professional organizations and has numerous national and international publications.

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