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                            2021 Volunteer Leaders  


District 5 Director TexasSHRM

Steve Collier

Steve Collier serves Texas SHRM as a District Director.  In that role, Steve advises and supports 7 of 32 SHRM chapters across the State of Texas.  Steve has served on the Board for Tri-State SHRM, as President (2008 & 2013), and for several years as Certification Director.

 Steve has served as the Director of HR for BWI Companies, Inc. for 14 years.  The company is based in Texarkana and is a wholesale distributor of lawn & garden products, with 600 employees and operations in 15 states.  Prior HR work experience includes Procter & Gamble (Oglethorpe, GA and Cincinnati, OH) and H-E-B Grocery Company (San Antonio, TX).  He plans to retire from BWI in April and begin working as a self-employed HR consultant.  He’ll be based out of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, just outside of Austin and Marble Falls.

 Steve’s education background includes a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, and an M.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station.  He is a certified HR professional at the SPHR and SHRM-SCP levels.  Steve has served a number of years as an Adjunct teaching a senior-level course in Human Resources Management at TAMU-T, and currently serves as the instructor of the TAMU-T SHRM Certification Prep. Course.

 Steve has been married to Patty Collier for 40 years, and they have 3 grown children and 5 wonderfully fun grandchildren, spread out from Texas to Virginia.

Immediate Past President

Rebecca  McPherson, Ph.D., SPHR, APTD



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Email becca.mcpherson@tamuct.edu

Cell Phone 254-780-2242

Hi, I am Dr. Rebecca McPherson the 2021 WilcoHR Past President. I am an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM), with the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. In 2012 I received my Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development (HRD) with a focus in Adult Education from Texas A&M University-College Station. My previous experience includes a variety of HRM roles in the work environment spanning from 2001 to 2009 along with faculty teaching and research roles in higher education beginning in 2012.
At the moment, I have eight publications in peer-reviewed journals. My research interests include recruiting, developing, and retaining a qualified workforce with particular emphasis on talent management, workforce development, and job mobility as well as access and persistence issues impacting higher education completion.
I have been a guest speaker at CTHRMA, WilcoHR, HR Southwest 2018 & 2019, Texas Association of Risk Management's HR Consortia, and upcoming in 2020 Texas Association of Counties. Topics included ADAAA, service animals in staffing and employment, employer brand management, and the job mobility puzzle. 

I am the faculty advisor for the SHRM-aligned BBA HRM and MBA HRM emphasis programs at A&M-CT. Please send an email to becca.mcpherson@tamuct.edu if you have questions about WilcoHR, speaking requests, or career development advice. Thank you!


Gary Kasper

Email gykasper@gmail.com

CEO, Identity Theft Solutions

Gary Kasper is a 4th generation Texan, born right here in Austin, Texas. Graduated from Travis High on the south side of Austin in 1976, he joined the United States Air Force and became Recon Ranger. Stationed in Germany. During his tour he was selected to play professional basketball for the Air Force All-Star team. In 1983 he was deployed where a severe injury forced him to retire from both his military duties and basketball.

 He relocated to Fresno CA. Where he attended Fresno City College earning degrees in Business and Food. He spent the next 20 years in the hospitality Industry managing restaurants, retail and hotels. In 1994 he met his now wife Yulanda Arnold and married in 1999. They have two children and one grandchild.  In 2004 Gary began his career in network marketing where he successfully built team of  associates in a Health product company Via Vente.

From there he assisted his wife, Yulanda Kasper in launching a shirt line design company, Design By KYA, where he focused his attention on building sales and marketing. It was during this time he was introduced to Identity theft by way of receiving basically a flyer from the state of Texas stating there was a warrant for his arrest for bad checking writing from 1983. In order to resolve this he was arrested, processed, jailed and had to post bail. Resolving this incident led Gary to establishing Identity Theft Solutions. It’s mission, to create an educational program so people could learn what Identity Theft really is and why they need protection.

Identity Theft Solutions, Powered By IdShield was established in 2008, and is currently in sixteen states. Since then the company has assisted more than 800+ clients, 125 small businesses, and 2 major companies in monitoring, protecting and restoring their identity.  Gary has been an Identity Theft Expert for more than 9 years conducting Identity theft seminars nationwide, for companies, small businesses, families  and individuals educating them on all aspects of Identity Theft. He is a keynote speaker and published author.


Samantha Fulford, MSHRD, PHR, SHRM-SCP




Samantha Fulford, MSHRD, PHR, SHRM-SCP has 25 years’ experience working in the golf and hospitality industry in various roles and capacities.  She is the Director of Business and HR for The Golf Club Star Ranch in Hutto, Texas.  In this role she manages the accounting and human resource management administration for the golf course.  In addition, Samantha oversees the training and development for the golf course’s food and beverage staff.

Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and recently completed her Master of Science in Human Resource Development from The University of Texas at Tyler.  This is Samantha's third year volunteering with Wilco HR.  In her spare time Samantha enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 


Carola Ammer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-CP, sHRBP


Director, Human Resources & Benefits Management at Pro-Sphere Tek, Inc.


Ellen Lo

Raised on a farm in the Peru, Indiana area, she is married to her husband of 13 years with one adult daughter in the nursing field. Currently a resident of Killeen, TX, she is an alumni of Tarleton State University – Central Texas where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management in 2008. She presently occupies her time with Toastmasters International community projects and her hobbies include travel, playing piano, and snorkeling.

During her undergraduate studies she was awarded an HR Southwest Conference Scholarship, served as the SHRM Student Chapter President and organized the first statewide HR Games team from Tarleton State University. An avid volunteer she has given of her time as the acting CTHRMA Student Liaison officer and later held the office of Program Manager.

She is currently a member of the following SHRM Chapters: SHRM - National, HOT SHRM (Heart of Texas), and WILCO SHRM (Williamson County).

During her post graduate years, Ellen co-published “Colors in China”, National Association of African American Studies (2006).  She presented her article at the National Association of African American Studies, 14th Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.  In addition, she co-chaired the Tri-Area Diversity Conference in Waco.

Ellen has international HR experience working in the States of Qatar & Kuwait as a government contractor. Domestically she has held positions in government contracting, manufacturing, and consulting. She is currently seeking her next HR role in the Central Texas Area.

Co-VP Membership

Gemma DeLeon

Gemma is a native of Austin and young professional pursuing a M.S. in Human Resource Development with a B.S. in University Studies and a minor in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University. She is a member of SHRM and Williamson County HR with a position in college relations. Gemma is also an active volunteer with CASA of Travis County. Her future plans include acquisition of SHRM-CP certification and pursuance of a PhD. 

Co-VP Membership

Helen Alger, SHRM-CP

Vice President Human Resources at First Texas Bank

Co-VP Communications

Tamara Chhay