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                            2020 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.

Interim-Past President

Sherry Johnson, SHRM-CP, CAE

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Sherry Johnson, SHRM-SCP, CAE is Field Services Director for SHRM, based in Round Rock, Texas – in the Austin area. She supports the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Sherry serves as SHRM’s staff liaison to the HR Certification Core Leadership Area; and, she is a member of the SHRM Speaker’s Bureau.
Sherry has worked in the HR profession for over 20+ years with industry experience in not-for-profit community organizations, public education, and entrepreneurial experience as owner of a small business. Prior to joining SHRM as a staff member, in 2009, she served as president for her local SHRM affiliated chapter and she held a seat on the Texas SHRM State Council.
Sherry is an active community volunteer. She has served on her local district school board of trustees; she participated on a legislative advocacy group, working with state legislators to address educational issues affecting public school districts in Texas; and, for several years she served as the volunteer coordinator for the regional Special Olympics track meet.
Sherry currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Concordia University-Austin Human Resource Management Degree Program and the South University-Austin School of Business.
Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management; and, she is currently working on her MBA through Tarleton State University. She received her Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) designation from the Society for Human Resources; and, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the ASAE Certified Association Executive Commission. She is a graduate of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Leadership Program, earning Master Trustee designation.
 

President

Rebecca  McPherson, Ph.D., SPHR, APTD

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Hi, I am Dr. Rebecca McPherson the 2020 WilcoHR 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!

President-Elect

Gary Kasper


 

CEO, Identity Theft Solutions

Treasury

Carola Ammer 

MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP


 

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

Co-Secretary

Jodie Gay, SHRM-SCP


Jodie Gay, SHRM-SCP, is a mission-driven Human Resources Management professional.  Currently serving Williamson County in the role of HR Generalist, Jodie employs a consultative approach in providing HR solutions to elected officials and department heads within 15 departments across the county.  Closest to Jodie’s heart is the ability to provide support in all HR matters “from pre-hire to retire” for the employees who make WilCo a great place to live and work.

Jodie holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business and marketing, but shifted gears from corporate operations when she realized her passion for people over products. As a former HR/Training Program Manager, Jodie took a hiatus from the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley to serve in Teach for America as an educator in high-need, low-income communities in Houston, Texas.  When not in the elementary classroom, Jodie further honed her skills in developing and delivering professional development trainings for educators.  Her commitment to serving youth led to volunteering in scouting and provided a path to her former position as HR Analyst for Girl Scouts of Central Texas – the role that merged Jodie’s professional and volunteering interests.  Jodie now lives by the motto “do what you love and love what you do.”

Co-Secretary

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.

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Samantha Fulford, PHR

 

Samantha Fulford, PHR has 25 years’ experience working in the golf and hospitality industry in various roles and capacities.  She is the Administration Manager 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 second year volunteering with Wilco HR.  In her spare time Samantha enjoys reading and spending time with her family. 

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Kerry Garman, SPHR

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Kerry Garman is a Human Resources practitioner with 30+ years of diversified human resources and business experience.  His career has included Fortune 500 and the smaller family owned businesses, in consumer products, retail, agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry. Kerry experience includes different business environments/cultures including privately held organizations and publicly traded companies across the U.S.  He has worked closely with all levels of employees in HR leadership roles. 

Kerry has developed strategic human resources initiatives, which bring about the improvements to address a changing business environment. His contributions include coaching and mentoring people in all areas. He has strengths in creating and delivering change management to organizations through the use of Prosci© Change Management methodologies.

Kerry began his career in a training role and moved through every area of the HR profession. His experience includes Senior Vice President Human Resources for Perdue Farms; Vice President Human Resources for Kalsec Inc.; Vice President Human Resources for Fortune Brands, ACCO Division; Vice President Human Resources for ConAgra Foods, Ingredient Group; and Vice President Human Resources American Pharmaceutical Partners.


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Vienna Lewis, SPHR

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Vienna is a strategic and innovative HR Business Partner with a proven record of building strong partnerships and charting strategic direction that help businesses meet and exceed their goals. 

Vienna started an  HR consulting firm, 360 HR Consultants, www.360hrconsultants.com. With over 12 years of HR experience, Vienna's expertise includes Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, HR Laws, Benefits, Organizational Optimization, Training and Development, and HR Technology Implementation. She has experience in multiple industries that include: Call Centers, Construction, Health Care, Hospitality & Restaurant, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Professional Services, Retail, Start-Ups, Technology, and Warehouse & Logistics.

Vienna earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication from The University of Texas, Austin and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through Human Resources Certification Institute.

Co-VP Communications

Donna Rodriguez


 Human Resources Recruiting Specialist at Quality Innovation (Qi2)

Co-VP Workforce Readiness

Jeff Freitag


Jeff Freitag is the President of RecruitShare, a search firm focused on various employment industries in Central Texas.  Prior to starting RecruitShare, he was the Vice President of Local Offices for Therapy Staff, a national staffing company dealing exclusively with therapy related positions.  Mr. Freitag also served as Branch Manager for LK Jordan and Associates in San Antonio for ten years prior.  He has held various positions in personnel management for the staffing, healthcare and IT industries over the past 20 years of his professional career.

Mr. Freitag has won numerous awards for his leadership.  He has been recognized on three occasions by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).  His San Antonio office was recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of the best places to work in San Antonio multiple times.

Mr. Freitag received a B.B.A. in Management from Angelo State University.   He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Austin Human Resource Management Association, Williamson County Human Resource Management Association, and the Angelo State University Alumni Association.  He donates his time with several community organizations including SAMMinistries, Texas Humane Heroes, and Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Freitag has been involved with SHRM chapters since 2005.  He was an active member of the Austin SHRM chapter (AHRMA, 2005-2007). He served for the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (SAHRMA) as the Program’s Committee Chair from 2008 to 2011, Director of Professional Development in 2012, and Chapter President in 2013. He was also the Co-Technology Chair for Texas SHRM from 2015-2017. He is married and the proud father of one son and two daughters.

Co-VP Workforce Readiness

Martha Roberts, PHR, SHRM-CP




Martha is an enthusiastic certified HR professional with experience recruiting in non-profit, government and healthcare.  She earned the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate, and is an advocate for hiring transitioning military, military spouses and veterans.

Martha has a leadership role with Hired Texas Job Club, providing encouragement and coaching to job seekers through the job search process, including career research, resume review, interviewing tips and LinkedIn profile review.

Co-VP College Relations

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 College Relations

Rahel Ogbamichael

Human Resource Generalist at RRC Power and Energy

 

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