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President

Al Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Al is a retired Senior Executive with over 25 years of Human Resource Management experience. He is a certified Strategic Planning and Teambuilding Facilitator. He was the 2014 President of the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter, and a member of the HR Florida State Council. He has taught the HRCI PHR and SPHR Certification Course at the University of West Florida, and has been published in the HR Florida Review Magazine. Actively involved in the community, he currently serves as the Board Chair for the Homelessness and Housing Alliance of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. He also sits on the United Way’s Community Impact Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Panhandle Job Fair. Having previously served on the Board of Directors for Career Source of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, he now sits on the Career Source Business Competitiveness Council and the Career Council.

 

President-Elect 

Shari Bruns, PHR, SHRM-CP

Shari is the Director of Human Resources for the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Memphis State University, which served her well in her TV and Radio broadcast career, where she won multiple Florida Associated Press journalism awards for outstanding radio news coverage. However, the Human Resource field is where Shari found her calling. Since 2003 she was employed in the private sector as an Operations Officer with a concentration in Human Resources before crossing over into the government sector in 2009. Along with serving on the SHRM-ECC board, Shari is a member of SHRM National. She has served in an assortment of roles with non-profits such as the United Way, Boys and Girls Club, PAWS and the YMCA. Currently she is Vice Chair of Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers and volunteers on behalf of Choctawhatchee High School Athletics. Shari is married with 4 sons.

Secretary

GinNeal McVay, PHR, SHRM-CP

GinNeal is the Interim Human Resources Director for Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners. She has 13 years of progressively responsible experience. GinNeal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with an Emphasis in Human Resources from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Certified Professional. GinNeal has been a local and National SHRM member since 2003.

 

Treasurer

Michelle Crocker

Michelle Crocker is the Human Resource Manager at Micro Systems, Inc. Michelle has 18 years of experience in Human Resources and is also currently serving as the President of the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation.  Michelle’s volunteer history also includes serving the Emerald Coast SHRM Chapter as the Workforce Readiness Coordinator, Programs Director, and 2007 & 2008 President as well as holding a seat on the Florida State Council serving as the District Director in 2009 & 2010.

 

Membership

LaVonne Vasquez

 

Hospitality

Aimee Shaw, PHR, SHRM-CP

 

Aimee Shaw is the HR Manager and Physician Recruiter at White-Wilson Medical Center.  She has been with White-Wilson for 3 years and previously worked at Cox Communications for 13 years.  She holds the PHR and SHRM certifications as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management. She is an active member on the Little Black Dress planning committee and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. 

 

 

Accreditation & Government Affairs

Pamela Byrd

Pamela joined the Board in 2018 as the Certification/Legislative Chair.  Pam comes from the Big Bend SHRM Chapter in Tallahassee where she has worked as the Newsletter Chairperson.  She graduated from Valdosta State University many years ago with a B.S. in HR and is currently finishing up her M.S. in employment law from Nova Southeastern University in 2018 and she holds PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.  Pam has worked in HR since 1996 with State Government and private industry. She looks forward to getting to know all the members here in ECC SHRM.

 

College Relations

 Lee Bolton

 

 Workforce Readiness & Diversity

Gabriela Leysath, MSHRM

Gabriela Leysath is a Business Services Representative with CareerSource Okaloosa Walton CSOW (Formerly JobsPlus).  Gabriela’s main role with CSOW is to connect local employers with talented individuals and employment resources, ranging from labor market information, screening and retention tools, training, State incentives and any employment-related matters. Gabriela serves as guidance for local businesses, throughout the Okaloosa and Walton community, in need of workforce information and HR expertise. Prior to employment with CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, Gabriela worked in the hospitality industry as a Sales Manager for a large Hotel Chain with resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University. It is Gabriela’s passion to work in a diverse culture with challenging differences of opinion.

 

Public Relations & Non-Dues Revenue

Teresa Kaliski, PHR, SHRM-CP

Teresa is the Human Resources Manager for Simple HR. She has held her national certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since 2003 and has more than 20 years progressive Human Resources experience. She is a Certified Mediator through the Institute for Conflict Management in the state of California. Her professional experience began as a staffing coordinator with a National Bank, promoted to Benefits and Payroll. She continued her HR career with a non-profit Senior Insurance company in California where she held many leadership roles in key areas such as benefits, training, health and wellness and employee relations. Since joining Simple HR in January 2006, Teresa has been instrumental in developing HR programs and processes to serve the needs of Simple HR Clients. As the Human Resources Manager she is involved in risk management, labor law, preventative employee relations, coaching and training, performance management, and state unemployment. Teresa has served on the board for SHRM-ECC since 2012 as the Membership Director and most recently Public Relations.  She is also involved in numerous community projects and is a member of the national and local HR Associations.

 

Foundation Coordinator/By-laws/Past President

Nina Brink, PHR, SHRM-CP

Nina W. Brink, MHA, PHR, SHRM-CP is currently employed as a Human Resources Manager with Sierra Nevada Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an Accounting Minor from the University of San Diego and a Master of Health Administration Degree from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Nina's background includes comprehensive experience in human resources; defense contracting; marketing; graduate-level education/research; and healthcare administration, credentialing, operations, revenue and compliance.  In the community, Nina has served as a mentor with Take Stock in Children of Okaloosa County and a Loaned Executive for the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  She has also served as the Auction Committee Chair for the White-Wilson Community Foundation's Little Black Dress Party, which raises funds to increase access to health services for women in need. 

 

Website/Social Media

Mallory Whalen, PHR, SHRM-CP

Mallory has been the Director of Human Resources for Bit-Wizards in Fort Walton Beach where she is responsible for all human resource functions, since 2013. Prior to this position Mallory was the Operations Manager for a small business where she established and implemented business processes and operations standards, as well as managed the human resource functions. Mallory graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Human Resource Management in 2011, achieved PHR certification in 2014 and SHRM-CP Certification in 2015. She resides in Fort Walton Beach with her husband, who also works for Bit-Wizards, and their three adorable kitties.

 

 

Walton County Liaison

This position is presently vacant.

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