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    Statesboro Area SHRM 2017 Chapter Board Members


     

    Board of Directors

     


     

    The President

     

    The President shall provide leadership to the Statesboro Area SHRM that is consistent with state, regional, and SHRM policy, strategies and objectives. Serve as chairperson of the Chapter's Board of Directors. Perform other duties as required by the Statesboro Area SHRM's bylaws such as: monitor the use, accounting, and handling of the Statesboro Area SHRM funds, participate/lead, the development and implementation of short-term and long-term goals for the chapter, actively participate in state council matters, and appoint a proxy to attend state council meetings when unable to attend. The President will oversee each meeting of the members and of the Statesboro Area SHRM Board. He/she shall direct the Statesboro Area SHRM Chapter and have charge and supervision of the affairs and business of the Statesboro Area SHRM. The President will effectively operate the chapter so that the needs of the members are met. He/she will serve as a voting member of the state council. He/she shall act as the official representative and spokesperson of the Statesboro Area SHRM.

    Charlene Powell, PHR

    F. Charlene Powell is an integrity driven Senior Business and Human Resource leader with primary focus on design, development and delivery of effective HR strategies to drive business results.  Ms. Powell has extensive experience in leading and leveraging HR strategic vision with expertise in the areas of workforce and resource planning, talent acquisition and retention, training and development, succession planning, employee and labor relations, compensation and rewards programs.

    Ms. Powell is recognized as a collaborative partner in leading and driving organizational change including business and workflow models and organizational effectiveness.   She is known for building strong business partnerships and has established credibility and rapport with all levels of organizations.

    Ms. Powell’s employment history includes serving as Economic Development and Workforce Issues specialist on the staff of U. S. Congressman Tom Barlow; Government and Public Relations manager for Hudson Foods, Inc.;  Director of Human Resources for Tyson Foods, Inc;  and Vice President of Human Resources for Schwan’s Home Service, Inc.

    Ms. Powell currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources for CRIDER Foods in Stillmore, GA.

     

    The President-Elect

    The President-Elect is the automatic successor to the President after each has served his/her one-year term. He/she assist the president in overseeing all the activities of the Statesboro Area SHRM. The President-Elect participates in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM. The President-Elect upon request assists all officers in performing their responsibilities. He/she shall when necessary executes delivering quality programs which are responsive to the needs of the members, serves in the absence of the president during meetings and functions, and assists the president in providing leadership for the organization.

    Robin Thompson, PHR

           

    Robin Thompson has been a Human  Resources Professional with a progressive 14+ year track record of directly impacting organizational success through the effective delivery of human resource management practices for an integrated Fortune 500 utility company. Career has included direct accountability for managing the talent, culture, and employee engagement of key Strategic Business Units such as Customer Service, Electric Operations, Gas Operations, Corporate Support Offices and Nuclear and Generation Power Plants. Portfolio includes an exhibited mastery of employee and labor relations, talent management systems, and total rewards. Certified as a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) by the Society of Human Resources Management

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Vice President of Membership

    The Vice President for Membership shall serve as Chair of the Membership Committee, reviewing all applications for membership and making recommendations to the Board of Directors. He/she shall encourage membership growth and shall maintain the official print or online annual membership roster  and applicable addendums of the Chapter. Photograph members at meetings to include in the directory or have members submit photos for publication in the directory. Writes notices in each chapter newsletter that members should contact The Vice President of Membership to update any changes to their contact information. Periodically checks with membership clientele whose email address are no longer viable to retrieve updated information. Publishes the membership directory either on the Statesboro Area SHRM website or  in print form. If in print form, work with the chapter marketing committee to sell directory advertising as necessary to help cover the costs of the printing. Make all arrangements to have the directory printed and sent to the membership. The Vice President of Membership participates in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM.

    Niesha Williams, MBA

    Niesha Williams has been employed with the City of Hinesville as a Human Resources Specialist since June 2007. In her role, she is responsible and has strong knowledge in recruitment, employee relations, benefit compensation, processing workers compensation claims, reconciling semi-monthly/monthly invoices and processing payroll. She is truly a passionate Human Resources professional whom enjoys her job and assisting the employees.

    Niesha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management from Strayer University in 2011 and her Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Columbia Southern University in 2014. Niesha has served full terms as the President in 2013 and Treasurer in 2011 for the Liberty-Long Employer Committee and Treasurer in 2008 for the Coastal/Golden Isles SHRM Chapter.  She shall complete her Certified Human Resources Manager Program (CHRM) certification through Georgia Local Government Personnel Association and hope to obtain her PHR certification by December 2016.

    Additionally, in her leisure time, she enjoys Motorsport racing with her husband, traveling, and spending fun times with her family and friends. She is also her kids biggest support fan in all of their extracurricular activities. 

     

    The Treasurer

    The Treasurer acts as the financial officer and advisor to the Statesboro Area SHRM board of directors. He/she must be a responsible member of the Statesboro Area SHRM board by taking part in any discussion and actions on all business of the chapter. As the financial advisor of the Statesboro Area SHRM, the treasurer must be in a position to assess the financial implications of proposed ideas and actions by the board of directors and inform the committee prior to final decisions being made. The office of treasurer must take heed of the financial direction of the chapter as well as recognize possible financial problems that may arise, and bring such problems to the attention of the Statesboro Area SHRM board of directors for action. He/she will receive, hold, and safeguard in the capacity of trustee and financial agent, all funds for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. The individual holding the office of treasurer shall disburse such funds only for normal and usual uses unless the chapter's board of directors shall otherwise direct. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. The treasurer shall maintain the chapter mailbox and distributes mail to the appropriate officer, director, or chair. Sends dues notices and other invoices to the members. These responsibilities shall include financial reports to the Board and the Board may require arrangements for the annual examination/audit of the accounts. The position of treasurer is responsible for filing the appropriate forms, documentation, and information with the Internal Revenue Service. 

    Heather Patronis

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Secretary

    The secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings of Statesboro Area SHRM and shall be responsible for making all members aware of such meetings. He/she will maintain the Statesboro Area SHRM records and history. Upon the advice of the president, the secretary should issue notice of officer and board of directors' meetings. After consultation with the president, the secretary shall prepare copies of the agenda for these particular meetings. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. The secretary will maintain a record of attendance and prepare the minutes of all officers' and directors' meetings as well as regular chapter meetings. Keep an accurate and up-to-date roster of names and addresses of all chapter members. If and when addresses are changed, the secretary will notify SHRM headquarters. Distribute to the membership all meeting announcements, newsletters, and other information. Transmit all necessary annual election information to the membership and advise SHRM through the use of the online Chapter Leader Information Form (CLIF). Chair the telephone committee, organizing members to call other members, informing them about meetings, speakers, events, changes, etc. Maintains and updates the chapter library (books and references). File all personnel information, job opportunity letters, and other pertinent information. Handle all correspondence in relation to SHRM membership applications and forward all applications to SHRM upon receipt. File in the Statesboro Area SHRM Procedures Manual or other permanent record:

    • The original Statesboro Area SHRM chapter bylaws and dated copies of each amendment to those bylaws.
    • A list of current officers, committee members, and general membership.
    • Copies of all Statesboro Area SHRM chapter publications.
    • Approved and signed minutes of all board of directors and membership meeting.
    • Statesboro Area SHRM Charter.
    • Legal documents such as Internal Revenue Service Letters of Determination, Articles of Incorporation.

    Tammie Bishop

     

    Director of Technology

     

    The Director of Technology will procure and maintain a third party web server and domain name registration if one is not in use currently. He/she shall be responsible for developing and maintaining set up, layout, updates, uploads the website to the web server as well as creating or maintaining merchant accounts for Chapter information and communications on the website and all social media sites as governed by the President and the Board of Directors. The Director of Technology must execute the duties of editing web pages, posting any PDF files, creation of new web links, post SHRM and chapter information as needed for the purpose of keeping the website's information current. The Director of Technology will address all questions and queries regarding the website, social media, current and future technological innovations of the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. He/she performs the routine monitoring of the websites to ensure stability and functionality. Creates as needed all web-based response forms for surveys, etc. The Director of Technology has final deciding vote on who shall be chosen as a social media administrator of whatever social media platform/venue the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter decides to utilize during the current year. In the event that no one runs for any office of social media administrator and no one within the chapter volunteers for the social media administrator position the Director of Technology may appoint a social media administrator. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. Statesboro Area SHRM requires the Director of Technology to be a current member in good standing with SHRM and attend all monthly Chapter and Board of Director meetings.

     


     

     

    Core Team Leaders

     

     


    Workforce Readiness Director

    The Workforce Readiness Director shall serve as an appointed member Statesboro Area SHRM Board of directors. Monitors and evaluates on a continuing basis local activities concerning workforce readiness issues and plans and encourages chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness venue. Presents a report or update to the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter president and fellow chapter members while fulfilling the role of advocate for educational programs that benefit the workforce community. Provides leadership to the chapter on educational issues that affect the current workforce readiness environment. Acts as an advocate and program coordinator for workforce readiness chapter activities. Works in cooperation with the state-level workforce readiness advocates. Partners with local schools to exchange information. Contacts local workforce readiness coordinators within the schools to discuss initiatives. Identifies and evaluates issues that impact workforce readiness and develops goals/objectives for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter workforce readiness strategy. Develops, supports, and implements workshops and seminars that address workforce readiness topics. Displays special recognition for chapter members and for local programs that promote improvement of the local workforce through educational process. Responds to any other requirements of the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter president and state workforce readiness director. Executes full participation in SHRM Workforce Readiness Core Leadership Area volunteer leader conference calls and webcasts. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. If applicable he/she shall prepare submissions for chapter Pinnacle Award nominations.

     

    Curtis Woody, MBA, SHRM-SCP, CCT

     

    A high energy, service-oriented, and goal-driven professional, Curtis Woody approaches each new challenge with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking. With over thirty–five years of cross-industry experience, Curtis has founded and managed multiple corporations providing strategic direction and management oversight. Curtis combines expertise in organizational design, business modeling, professional and workforce development training, entrepreneurship, marketing communications, and teaching university business and communications classes. Curtis earned his M.B.A. degree from Georgia Southern University, holds his SHRM-SCP certification, and is a Certified Contract Trainer with the Learning Resources Network (LERN). He is also a graduate of The Learning Resources Network’s Executive Leadership Institute and is a member of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. Curtis is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Concepts Unlimited, Inc., a business solution services company providing communications training and workforce solutions to business and industry.

     

    College Relations Chair

    The College Relations Director shall manage the scholarship program, internship program, and college outreach efforts. Develops scholarship application evaluation criteria and designs the appropriate materials. Promotes the scholarship programs and internship programs to local colleges and universities. Evaluates applications and recommends recipients. Makes recommendations on alterations or changes to scholarship program such as: scholarship account, number of recipients, etc. Oversees the internship program. Sends out requests to local HR professional/chapter members requesting internship postings. Forwards openings to members of local student chapters or to faculty members. Communicates with local faculty/colleges to provide classroom visits to discuss HR topics, the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter, internships/scholarships, SHRM membership, etc. Executes the role of mentor to college students seeking a career in Human Resources or Human Resource Management. Recommends community service projects to be supported by the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. Serves as liaison between members of the college relations committee. Executes full participation in SHRM Workforce Readiness Core Leadership Area volunteer leader conference calls and webcasts. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter.

    Steven Charlier

     

    Certification/Professional Development Chair

    The Certification/Professional Development Director shall manage the chapter's SHRM certification program. Increase the number of Statesboro Area SHRM chapter members who are certified as SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP by the SHRM Certification Commission. Encourages members of the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter to become certified and recertified. Coordinates with the lead instructor and/or lead, plan, and arrange for speakers and materials at the SHRM certification study group meetings. Elaborates about the benefits of SHRM certification and/or provides newsletter copy or website text on these benefits. Provides information about the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter's SHRM certification study group at membership meetings, on chapter website, chapter social media sites, and in the chapter newsletter (if applicable). In the event of no chapter study group existing then the Certification/Professional Development Director  shall provide all relevant information to the membership about alternative study methods that the membership can pursue. Delivers reorganization at meetings of those who have become SHRM certified through the pathway process or pass the test. Forwards a list of known SHRM certified members to the chapter Vice President of Membership and newsletter chair for publication and recognition. Provides information about recertification Professional Development Credits (PDCs) to the membership including online tracking programs. Updates the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter about any changes or alterations on the recertification requirements. Works with the chapter Program Director to secure and maintain the SHRM Certification Preferred Provider status for applicable chapter programs. Maintains communication with the state council certification director and SHRM staff as needed. Participates in SHRM Certification Core Leadership Area teleconferences/webcasts. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter.

     

    Deborah Weidman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Deborah Weidman is a results driven, Human Resources Professional who has successfully executed practices and principles to multi-sized/multi-location companies for more than 20 years. Provides strategic partnership initiatives with the senior management team in areas of staffing, training and development, process integrity and brand management in an ethical environment. Maintains employee engagement efforts at all levels; sustained training percentages at 100%; and enhanced internal promotions, which resulted in improved internal and external customer satisfaction scores, thus increasing revenue for the business. A conscientious executive, who participates in professionally-based environments to remain current and compliant in the ever-changing spectrum of employment and labor law.

    Conference Chair

    The Conference Chair manages the activities of the conference committee to provide conference programs for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter membership.  Chair meetings of the conference committee to select topics and speakers for programs and to provide information on topics of broad interest to the membership. Recruit members to serve on the conference committee. Selects the site/location for the conference and meet with site personnel about services, etc. Negotiate contracts with site personnel, vendors, hotels, caterers, etc. Develops a timeline and a budget for the conference. Coordinates efforts with state chapters and state council to best serve the membership. Acts as a resource to committee members in arranging periodic/regular meetings of the committee. Contacts potential speakers and makes arrangements for selected meetings. Writes articles for newsletters describing the programs. Provides information regarding programs and services to the administrative office, newsletter editor, members, and others through presentations, written communications, and personal contact. Promotes the conference to chapter members, state council members, and at-large members as well as any other possible attendees. Obtains mailing lists from chamber of commerce, and other associations, etc. Reviews final preparations to assure that the conference runs smoothly. Reviews program evaluations for feedback to be used in planning future events. Serves as a liaison between the members of the conference committee.   

     

    Position Open

     

    Program Chair

    The Program Chair shall manage the activities of the program committee to provide monthly and satellite programs for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter membership. Chair meetings of the program committee to select topics and speakers for monthly program and satellite meetings in order to provide information on topics of broad interest to the chapter membership. Recruits membership to serve on the program committee. Coordinates efforts with other members of the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter board of directors to best serve the membership of the organization. Serves as a resource to committee members in arranging monthly meetings. Contacts potential speakers and make arrangements for selected meetings. Write articles for newsletter describing the programs. Provides information regarding programs and services to the administrative office, newsletter editor, members, and others through presentations, written communications, and personal contact. Conducts final preparations for meetings to assure that all meetings run smoothly. Review program evaluations for feedback to be used in planning future events. Serve as liaison between the members of the program Committee. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter.

     

    Position Open

     

    Immediate Past President

    The Past President shall serve as an advisor to the President and other officers regarding past-practices, general operations in accordance with chapter bylaws, and fulfill such duties as requested by the President and/or Board of Directors. He/she will serve as chair of the Bylaws Committee and Nominating Committee. As chair of the Bylaws Committee, he/she will review bylaws annually and recommend any needed changes to the board of directors. Serving as the chair of the Nominating Committee, he/she will develop a slate of qualified candidates for open positions on the board of directors in accordance with the bylaws of the chapter. Present the nominees to fill the open positions to the membership for a vote. Accumulate information all year about the chapter and compile it for the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) Year-End Report submitted to SHRM by January 31 each year. This submission of the year-end report is required by SHRM and covers the previous calendar year. He/she will participate in the development as well as the implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the Statesboro Area SHRM chapter. If applicable he/she shall prepare submissions for chapter Pinnacle Award nominations.

     

    Curtis Woody, MBA, SHRM-SCP, CCT

     

    A high energy, service-oriented, and goal-driven professional, Curtis Woody approaches each new challenge with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking. With over thirty–five years of cross-industry experience, Curtis has founded and managed multiple corporations providing strategic direction and management oversight. Curtis combines expertise in organizational design, business modeling, professional and workforce development training, entrepreneurship, marketing communications, and teaching university business and communications classes. Curtis earned his M.B.A. degree from Georgia Southern University, holds his SHRM-SCP certification, and is a Certified Contract Trainer with the Learning Resources Network (LERN). He is also a graduate of The Learning Resources Network’s Executive Leadership Institute and is a member of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. Curtis is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Concepts Unlimited, Inc., a business solution services company providing communications training and workforce solutions to business and industry.

     

    Committees

    Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee reviews all applications for membership and making recommendations to the Vice President of Membership. The membership committee recruits and communicates with new members; recommends and implements activities designed to attract and retain members.

    Program Committee

    The program committee provides quality programs which are responsive to the needs of the members; plans and arranges for speakers at monthly meetings. Encourage local businesses to sponsor meetings.

    College Relations Committee

     

    Workforce Readiness Committee

     

    Professional Certification Committee

     

    For FAQ's on professional certification go to http://www.shrmga.org/certification.htm

     

    For Any Inquiries

    If you have questions about the Statesboro Area SHRM, if you would like to volunteer, if you have suggestions, or ideas that you think would be beneficial to the Chapter please contact any member of the Statesboro Area SHRM 2015 Board listed below.