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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/25/2023

    This webinar is scheduled on May 25th.


    Please join us for a lively discussion between practitioners as they discuss their recruitment strategies involving 4-year degrees vs. relevant experience.  Public sector human resources agencies are striving to make their workforce stronger and more diverse.  One way to achieve this goal is to look at your recruitment strategies.  Many agencies are now looking at relevant work experience or job training as an alternative to requiring 4-year degrees where possible.  To learn more, join us on May 25th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.


    ·       Isabela Godina-Vergara, Human Resources Business Partner II, City of Nampa, ID

    ·       Denny Harlan, Human Resources Director, City of Warsaw, IN

    ·       Debbie Hartman, Human Resources Manager, County of Santa Clara Employee Services Agency, San Jose, CA

    ·       Eltaray McCullough, Human Resources Director, City of Westminster, MD

    ·       Samiyyah Jackson, Human Resources Director, Louisville Fire Protection District, Louisville, CO


    Isabela Godina-Vergara

    Human Resources Business Partner II

    City of Nampa, ID

    I am a Human Resources Business Partner II for the City of Nampa, which is the 3rd largest city in Idaho. My career with the City has spanned 17 years, during which time I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Human Resources Management as well as an IPMA-CP Certification.  My experience is focused on employee relations, strategic planning and partnership and public administration.  As a lifelong learner, I'm always pursuing additional education and am currently enrolled in the L.E.A.D Leadership Certificate Program with Northwest Nazarene University.  I have been an active member of PSHRA since 2007 and am very excited to have been recently appointed to the 2023/2024 Awards Committee.

    Denny Harlan

    Human Resources Director

    City of Warsaw, IN

    Denny Harlan is the Human Resources Director for The City of Warsaw, Indiana. He has been in this position for just over a year now. Denny retired as a Master Sergeant with 26 years in the Army with the final 14 years in Recruiting and Retention. Upon leaving the service he began an HR career in the private sector. With 2 years of private sector experience, he went into Operations for 3 years. Once the opportunity opened to be HR Director for his hometown, he jumped at the chance. 

    Debbie Hartman

    Human Resources Manager

    County of Santa Clara Employee Services Agency, San Jose, CA

    30 years Public Sector experience working of the County of Santa Clara as an Analyst and Manager.  

    Career highlights include 8 years as an Administrator and Facility Manager for the Dept of Family & Children’s Department former Children’s Shelter. Three years on the County’s HRIS Implementation Team.  For the past 16 years, my role has been with HR as the HR Manager and Service Center Manager supporting the employees of the Social Services Agency; my duties have included managing the Recruitment and Classification Team, EO Staff,  and the HR Department. In the past 3 years my focus has been as Service Center Manger for the Employee Benefits Department in support of County Social Services Agency employees. We have amazing team who support over 2800 employees with their employee Leaves, workers comp, benefit enrollment and payroll processes. 

    Samiyyah Jackson

    Human Resources Director

    Louisville Fire Protection District, Louisville, CO

    Samiyyah Jackson, HR Director, Louisville Fire Protection District, Colorado 

    • Over 20 years of progressive Human Resources, Leadership, and Compliance Experience
    • Master of Management/Human Resources Management (MM/HRM), University of Phoenix
    • Bachelor of Science/Business Management, Emphasis in Human Resources, University of Phoenix
    • Phi-Theta Kappa Honor Society, Community College of Aurora
    • SHRM-SCP Certified since 2015 (previously held SHRM-PHR from 2011)
    • SHRM Executive Network Member
    • PSHRA Member
      • Professional Volunteer – Recently completed two PSHRA Focus Group Sessions for Bok Review (6 hours total)

    Fun Facts:

    • Denver Native
    • Loves meeting people
    • Avid Bronco fan
    • Loves to celebrate everything
    • Lifelong learner
    • Favorite past-times: watching HGTV, walking, rowing, traveling, family events, and community service activities
    • Enjoys baking during the holidays

    Eltaray McCullough

    Human Resources Director

    City of Westminster, MD

    Eltaray is the Human Resources Director for the City of Westminster, Maryland.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration management, a master’s degree in health services administration and multiple HR certifications including her IPMA-HR SCP, SHRM-SCP.  She has held HR leadership positions in both public and private sector organizations for the past 25 years. She has been an active member of PSHRA and SHRM.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/18/2023

    This webinar will be on May 18, 2023


    Please join our panel as they discuss combating burnout!  Public Sector Human Resources practitioners work in a fast-paced environment.  They work long hours and have many hats.  Work can be very stressful and leaves you vulnerable to worker burnout.  Please join us as we learn what other HR practitioners are doing to combat burnout.  Join us on May 18th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.


    Anthony Germano, Director of Employee Relations, NY State Canal Corporation, Albany, NY

    Tammy Nichols, Human Resources Director, Pulaski County, VA

    Anthony Germano, Jr.

    Director of Employee Relations

    New York State Canal Corporation, Albany, NY

    Anthony Germano Jr. has worked in New York State Government for more than 17 years, with 10 of those years in the Employee/Labor Relations field. Prior to working in State Government, he was in Law Enforcement for 12 years.

    He is the Director of Employee Relations for the New York State Canal Corporation and was instrumental in shaping the unit after the Canal Corporation was shifted from the Thruway Authority to the New York State Power Authority. Previous positions in the Labor Relations arena were at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. 

    As part of leading the Canal Corporations Employee Relations Unit, Anthony has worked hard to develop solid working relationships between Management and Union Leadership.  Anthony also represents Management on the Corporations Labor Management and Contract Negotiating teams and is the PSHRA President elect for the Albany NY Capital Region Chapter.  

    Anthony has an MBA from Pfeiffer University focusing in organizational and fiscal management and a B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Empire State College. 

    Tammy Nichols

    Human Resources Director

    Pulaski County, Pulaski, VA

    I have worked for Pulaski County, Virginia for 31 years.  I am a local to the area, graduated from our local high school and took classes at our local New River Community College in Finance/Accounting.  I began my career with the County as a receptionist in the County Administration Office, then was promoted to Administrative Assistant for the same office.    Some years later I began training alongside our payroll clerk and eventually became the payroll supervisor for our Public Service Authority Department. Approximately nine years ago I was promoted to the role of the HR Director for the County.  After beginning this role, I participated in the IPMA program to receive my Certified Professional Certification  and subsequently the Senior Certified Professional Certification.  Before my placement in this role, the County did not have a designated HR Director and most of the required documents, practices and policies did not exist.  I am happy to say that we are now a fully functioning department of two for approximately 375 employees.  The job is very challenging, requires a tremendous amount of hard work, time and dedication; however, I find it to be the most rewarding job that I have ever worked and love being able to provide my services to our employees.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/20/2023

    Webinar: Public Service Motivation: Serving Your Community


    In honor of Volunteer Recognition Day, PSHRA is hosting a discussion of Public Service Motivation.  During this session, participants will learn how to motivate, engage and retain employees by strengthening their connection to the community they serve.  Employees who develop a strong sense of connection and pride in serving their communities are more likely to go above and beyond to support the organization's mission and values. Best practices and employee testimonies will be shared to reinforce the power of connection and highlight how the City of Coral Springs has integrated employee volunteerism into their employee engagement and retention strategies.  Please join us on April 20th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more:


    Dale Pazdra, Deputy City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Florida

    Kathy Reul, Director of Human Resources, City of Coral Springs, Florida

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)

    Dale Pazdra

    Deputy City Manager

    City of Coral Springs, Florida

    Dale Pazdra was named Deputy City Manager in May 2022. He isresponsible for Human Resources, Parks and Recreation, Financial Services, theCity Clerk’s Office and the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Pazdra joinedthe City of Coral Springs management team in 2006 and was promoted to Directorof Human Resources in 2011. He was named Assistant City Manager in March 2021.

    Originally from the Chicago land area, Pazdra relocated toFlorida in 1992. Prior to joining the city, he worked in the private sector formore than 15 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all facets ofHuman Resources operations with an emphasis on leadership, strategic planning,and organizational development.  He has successfully led multiplecross-functional teams and quality initiatives to improve the delivery ofservices. During his career, he has established best practices foremployee engagement and retention. 

    Pazdra has a heart for public service and demonstrates his commitment to ourcommunity by serving on multiple boards and committees.  He currentlyserves as a trustee for the Firefighters’ Pension Board and previously servedas a trustee for the General Employee Pension Board.  Pazdra is a memberof the City’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, staff liaison to the CoralSprings Community Chest, the Florida Institute of Government (FIOG) AdvisoryBoard, and the School of Public Administration (SPA) Advisory Board at FloridaAtlantic University.  Throughout his career, he has served as an officerfor the executive boards of various professional HR associations and otherlocal non-profit organizations, including the International Public ManagementAssociation for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).

    Since 2011, Pazdra has been devoted to growing interest incareers related to public service.  Hefrequently works as an adjunct professor on a part-time basis at  Barry University where he teaches a variety ofundergraduate courses in Public Administration, Quality and ContinuousImprovement and Human Resources.  

    Pazdra graduated from Barry University with a master’s degree in publicadministration (MPA) in 2010 and Elmhurst University with a bachelor’s degreein business management (BS) in 1990.

    Kathy Reul

    Director of Human Resources

    City of Coral Springs, Florida

    Kathy Reul is the Director of Human Resources for the City of Coral Springs. In her role she is responsible for Employee Safety, Health & Wellness, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ADA Compliance, Employee Training & Development, and Community Relations. She also supports the organizational mission of recruiting, retaining, and developing the people who make the City of Coral Springs the premier community in which to live work and raise a family.  She joined the city in 2016, having worked previously in the private sector for more than 20 years. Prior to her promotion to Director, Reul served as the Benefits Program Manager for three years, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources in 2019.

    Before joining the city, Reul held numerous positions in the field of Human Resources, including serving as a Corporate Benefits Manager for a private company in Boca Raton for 10 years.  She has extensive experience designing and implementing benefits and wellbeing programs to align with organizational strategy and provide meaningful benefits to employees. 

    In addition, Reul serves on the General Employee Pension Board. She is also member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM), National Notary Association, and International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR.) Reul holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification, and a SHRM-CP Certification. She is also a Public Notary.   

    Reul holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. She is also a Coral Springs resident who enjoys spending time with her four children.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/13/2023

    Webinar: Recruiting Seasonal Employees


    Please join our panel as they discuss recruiting seasonal employees. The panelists will share with you what their seasonal recruitment looks like including their challenges, successes, and best practices. Join us on April 13th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.


    Shelvia Ashford, Human Resources Director, Greene County Government, Snow Hill, NC

    Jill Madajczyk, Chief Human Resources Officer, City of Birmingham, AL

    Luca Twohie, Human Resources Generalist, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA

    Tina Tate, Human Resources Analyst, City of Hickory, NC

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)


    Shelvia Ashford

    Human Resources Director

    Greene County Government

    Shelvia Ashford is the Human Resources Director and Professional Development Coordinator for Greene County Government. She has spent most of her career in Wayne County Public School systems working 20 Years, with the last four being in the Human Resources field.   

    Prior to her current position, she worked for three years with the City of Clinton as Human Resources Director.

    Shelvia is a 1987 graduate of Goldsboro High; a 2013 Graduate of Mount Olive College with a bachelor’s in Business Administration & Organizational Development. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Human Resource Management at Western Carolina University.  She also obtained the highly regarded Public Sector Human Resources Association, formerly the International Public Management Association- Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) credential. 

    She is the owner of the recently started business, “Led to Lead LLC, a professional development company founded in 2023. Led to Lead provides the necessary tools and resources for employees or individuals so that they may be effective & successful in their roles.

    When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, relaxing on the beach, building relationships, and spending time with family. She is married to Thomas Ashford, Assistant Director of Operations for Wayne County Public Schools. She has three children, two grandsons that she absolutely adores, 4-year-old Landyn, and 3-year-old Aiden.

    Jill Madajczyk

    Chief Human Resources Office

    City of Birmingham

    Jill M. Madajczyk serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer for the City of Birmingham. Ms. Madajczyk was appointed to this position by the Honorable Randall L. Woodfin in April, 2018 and continues in this role.

    Ms. Madajczyk previously served as the Deputy Chief Human Resource Officer for the City of Memphis. She was appointed under Mayor AC Wharton and continued under Mayor Jim Strickland.

    Ms. Madajczyk attended Indiana University from 1983-1987. She obtained her Bachelors of Science with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice. As a side note, Ms. Madajczyk was the first member of her family, on either parents’ side, to graduate college. After attending Indiana University Ms. Madajczyk entered Valparaiso Law School and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

    Tina Tate

    Human Resources Analyst

    City of Hickory

    Tina Tate is a Human Resources Analyst with the City of Hickory.  In this role, she leads the organizations recruitment efforts, is responsible for performance management and HR analytics.  Tina has more than 20 years of Workforce Development and HR experience.  Her career expands over several industries including local government, nonprofit and higher education.  For over a decade, Tina worked to expand access to greater career opportunities for individuals through the federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).  

    Tina is an educator and facilitator.  She serves Catawba Valley Community College as an Adjunct Instructor.  She is a member of a SHRM and PSHRA.  Tina is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She holds a Master’s in Higher Education and Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  Tina has also earned an advanced certificate in Equitable Leadership (DEI) from Lenoir-Rhyne University.  

    When not working to recruit and retain top talent, Tina can be found at home whipping up a delicious meal for her family or at a driving range trying to perfect her golf swing.  Tina’s most important job continues to be mother to her daughter, Kennedy.

    Luca E. Twohie

    Human Resources Generalist

    Fairfax County Park Authority

    Luca Twohie is an HR Generalist with the Fairfax County Park Authority. In his role, Luca is responsible for implementing and managing an agency-wide recruiting program for over 2,500 part-time and seasonal positions. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/30/2023

    Webinar: Women in Leadership


    In celebration of Women’s History Month, PSHRA is hosting a discussion with a dynamic group of public sector HR leaders. Panelists will discuss their personal journey to leadership in HR, the attributes of a good leader, and the future of women leaders from their own unique perspective.  This webinar will help you understand how you can determine your own path on your leadership journey.  Please join us on March 30th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.


    Gabriella Bommer
    Director of Human Resources
    City of Arvada, CO

    Sheila Esparza
    Human Resources Officer, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, CA
    PSHRA Southern California Chapter President

    Kisha McDonald
    Director of Human Resources, Gorman Learning Charter Network, Redlands, CA
    PSHRA Western Region President

    Shanton Fountain
    HR Director, City of St Charles, MO
    PSHRA Greater St. Louis, MO Chapter President

    (This webinar is open to members/non-members.)

    Gabriella Bommer

    Director of Human Resources

    City of Arvada

    Gabriella Bommer is the Human Resources Director for the City of Arvada, which is the 7th largest city in Colorado.  She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and multiple HR certifications, including her IPMA-HR SCP and SHRM-SCP. Gabriella has been working in the field of Human Resources for over 25 years and has held strategic and operational leadership roles in both the private and public sector.  She is a life-long learner who enjoys helping others grow and reach their best potential.  Gabriella has a passion for public service and her goal is to make local government a cool place to work for the next generation.   When she is not working, she can usually be found traveling with her family, which includes her husband, her daughter and her two fur-babies.  

    Sheila Esperaza

    Human Resources Officer

    Inland Empire Utilities Agency, CA and PSHRA Southern California Chapter President

    Sheila Esparza is a Human Resources Officer with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) where she serves the Agency in Training and Development, Performance Management, and Employee Engagement focused on providing a positive and fulfilling employee experience for the Agency. Before joining IEUA, she served as a Human Resources Analyst with the Port of Long Beach where she provided service in Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, Performance Management, and Succession Planning. She holds a Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She currently serves as President of the Southern California Chapter. 

    Shanton Fountain

    HR Director

    City of St Charles, MO and PSHRA Greater St. Louis, MO Chapter President

    Experienced Leader in the Human Resource Field, with a demonstrated ability in Strategic Planning at the Executive Level. A champion in government administration to include Employee Relations, and structured Compensation Planning. Skilled in Labor Relations, Benefits Administration, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Performance Management.

    Kisha McDonald

    HR Director

    City of St Charles, MO and PSHRA Greater St. Louis, MO Chapter President

    Kisha McDonald is the Director of Human Resources at Gorman Learning Charter Network, a public K-12 Charter School.  Kisha obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CSU San Bernardino, her master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Azusa Pacific University and she is PHR Certified.   Kisha has held leadership positions in both public and private sector organizations for the past 20 years. She has been an active member of PSHRA since 2013, serving as Vice President and President of the Inland Empire Chapter, and she is currently the President of the Western Region.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/23/2023

    Webinar: Seven Steps to Effective Communications


    Please join us as we learn how to be an effective communicator in seven simple steps. In this presentation, you will obtain real-life strategies you can use to get your point across most effectively and efficiently. You’ll also use your creative thinking to consider your communication style and how you can impact your HR communications and employee experience.  Join us on March 23 at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.


    Patty Pergl, Director of Communications & Special Projects, Georgia Department of Audits & Accounts

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)

    Patty Pergl

    Director of Communications & Special Projects

    Georgia Department of Audits & Accounts

    As the previous Director of Communications & Human Resources for SAO, Patty has been responsible for strategic communications planning, web-based initiatives, and creative communications solutions internally and for agency customers. She is the Director of Communications, special projects, and the intranet for the Department of Audits.

    Before joining the state, she served in a communications consulting role and as HR Communications and Work-Life Manager for Cingular Wireless.  She has earned certifications as SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) through HRCI and is also an SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Patty is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and possesses in-depth experience in employee engagement, work-life benefits, and communications.

    Patty has been a Georgia Council for Human Resources (GCHR) member for many years and is currently the Communications Chair for GCHR.  Previously Volunteer Communications Chair for SHRM Atlanta. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from Kennesaw State University. She has an HR Generalist certification, an Executive Certificate in Strategic Business Planning, and a nursing degree. In her spare time, she teaches cycle classes and can often be found at Jazzercise.

  • Contains 11 Component(s)

    This course will start on July 18, 2023 and end on August 25, 2023.

    Syllabus:  Public Sector HR Executive Leadership Certificate Program


    Start Date: July 18, 2023

    End Date:  August 25, 2023


    Instructor:  Mary Rowe,


    PSHRA Contact:  Debbie Tankersely-Snook,



    Welcome to PSHRA's Public Sector HR Executive Leadership Certificate Program. This course will enhance your HR public sector leadership skills and help you develop targeted initiatives to improve your agency.


    Course Outcomes

    This course is designed to help you build your HR competencies and help you strategically position HR as a transformative business partner and leader in the organization.

    To achieve this, the course focuses on 3 related areas:

    • Your skill set in the 4 HR Lenses: business acumen; innovation; strategic orientation; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. As part of this course, you will build a personal development plan for these competencies. 
    • Your skill set in the HR Areas of Focus: leadership, culture, talent, technology, and communication. You will build a personal development plan for these competencies as well.
    • Finally, you'll learn strategies for building, presenting, and gaining buy-in for the initiatives you develop to improve how HR is positioned within your agency.

    You will finish this course with:

    • a personal professional development plan,
    • actions you will take to improve how HR is positioned within your agency.


    You will earn a Certificate of Executive Leadership from PSHRA with your successful completion of both the online lessons and cohort session.

    You may have attended an Executive Leadership in-person course.  Welcome! This learning experience will complement and enhance the material from that program and provide additional support as you build your leadership expertise.


    Course Design:

    This course includes six lessons that you'll take online and three cohort sessions where you'll meet with peers also taking this course. The online lessons will give you an opportunity to assess your development opportunities; teach important concepts, principles, and practices; and will help you begin planning improvement initiatives. Explore the course interactive elements and links to outside references to get the most out of the course.  The cohort discussions will give you an opportunity to share ideas and learn from your peers. In the cohort discussions you will further develop and refine the improvement plans you draft in the online sessions.


    Time Commitment:

    The more dedicated time and effort you put into this course the more you will get out of it.

    To read the material, complete the activities, and prepare for the cohort discussions, consider scheduling 60 - 90 minutes for each lesson. Try to take the lesson at least several days before the cohort discussion - to give yourself time to reflect on what you have learned and the plans you have developed.

    Cohort Schedule (subject to change):

    Cohort # 1 - Wednesday, June 14th at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Cohort # 2 - Wednesday, June 28tth at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Cohort #3 - Wednesday, June 12th at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


    Week 1:

    Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 1: Introduction

    Course Introduction.


    Week 2:

     Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 2: Assess Your Skills Through the Critical Lenses

    Learn more about business acumen; innovation; strategic orientation; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


    Cohort Session (virtual)

    Session 1: Introduction and Assess Your Skill Set

    Reviewing and discussing the content from the first two lessons.


    Week 3:

    Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 3: Assess Your Skills Through the Areas of Focus

    Learn more about leadership, culture, talent, technology, and communication.


    Week 4:

    Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 4: Your Role as a Trusted Advisor

    Learn about executive presence, leading with empathy, and how to build trust to drive collaboration.


    Cohort Session (virtual)

    Session 2: Area of Focus Skills and Being a Trusted Advisor

    Reviewing and discussing the content from the third and fourth lesson.


    Week 5:

    Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 5: Creating a Personal Development Plan

    Take all that you've learned in the online lessons and cohort sessions and create a personal development plan.

    Week: 6

    Online Lesson (self-paced)

    Lesson 6: Leveraging Your Skills

    Create a plan to influence agency strategy and short-term projects based upon the skills learned in this course.


    Cohort Session (virtual)

    Session 3: Personal Development Plan and Leveraging Your Skills

    Reviewing and discussing the content from the fifth and sixth lessons.


    Course Workbook:

    The course includes a workbook.  You'll use the workbook throughout the course to reflect on what you're learning, record ideas, plan for future personal development, and plan activities for your agency. There are two versions:

    • a PDF version - if you'd like to print it and write your answers and ideas and
    • an MS Word version - if you'd prefer to work electronically.

    The files have the same content - just differences in page layout. You will use the workbook while taking the online lessons and while attending the cohort sessions.

    The workbook is available by selecting the Course Materials tab and then Executive Leadership Workbook

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/16/2023

    Webinar: Managing Up!


    Please join us as we discuss Managing Up.  Learn how fellow HR practitioners have developed and nurtured a productive working rapport with leadership.  Explore what managing up means to the panel and their work culture.  Join us on March 16th at 1:00 pm EDT to learn more.

    Webinar Panelist:

    Sarah Donovan, Human Resource Manager, City of Chaska, MN

    James Henderson, Human Resources Director, City of Wausau, WI

    Byron McCoy, Assistant Director of Human Resources, University of Florida

    Mary Siwierka, Human Resources Director, City of Avon Lake, OH

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)

    Sarah Donovan, IPMA-SCP, MO

    HR Manager

    City of Chaska, MN

    Hi my name is Sarah Donovan and I am the HR Manager for the City of Chaska, Minnesota. I graduated from MN State Mankato with my Bachelors in Business Management, specializing in HR. I went on to obtain my Masters in Organizational Development and completed that in 2016. I have worked in HR for 9 years, with 8 of those being in public sector, a large corporate environment, a school and now for a local government. All have presented unique opportunities and have assisted in giving me a wide range of experience, and I love what I do!

    James Henderson

    Human Resources Director

    City of Wausau

    I am a highly organized, performance-focused, and challenge-driven professional with wide-ranging experience in human resources operations. Over the course of my career, I have handled a wide array of HR initiatives including staff recruitment, staffing needs assessment, employee relations, labor negotiations, benefits administration, onboarding and orientation, and grievance processing. In addition, I have spearheaded classification and compensation plans, employee assistance programs, and special projects; as well as facilitated educational training sessions on key issues such as sexual harassment, cultural diversity, benefits, and compensation. Furthermore, I have expedited the evaluation and resolution of complex issues, decreased Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints, as well as enhanced city-wide compliance with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Armed with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, I have established and maintained positive working rapport with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

    Byron McCoy

    Assistant Director of Human Resources

    University of Florida

    Byron’s experience touches on both the public and private sector, with the last several years of his career being spent in service to the University of Florida, ranked in the Top 5 Public Universities, supporting the mission of their Cancer Center.

    As an HR professional, leader, and specialist in organizational development, he focuses on building strong relationships at all levels of the organization, providing expert consultation and coaching to staff and leadership, improving the talent acquisition process to effectively reach top talent, ensuring equal access to learning and development opportunities, as well as ensuring equity and fairness in all policies and initiatives.

    With senior certifications from both the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Certification Institute as well certification as a workplace mediator and mediation trainer from the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College, his ultimate goal is to create an environment and culture which drives exceptional performance with engaged, fulfilled people at its core by applying industry best practices and novel approaches to delivering essential HR services and strategic business partnership.

    Mary Siwierka

    Human Resources Director

    City of Avon Lake

    Mary Siwierka has held various positions in local government for nearly 40 years. During her career of service, she was elected to Elyria City Council, served on the Civil Service Commission, served as the Office Manager for the Mayor's office and was the first female in Elyria's 200 year history to serve as Safety Service Director. In that role, Mary oversaw the day-to-day operations of Ohio's 14th largest city with a workforce of over 400 delivering services to a population of over 55,000.  Her leadership extended into the world of medicine when she became a Regional Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic. In this role she reported the Clinic's newly established Chief Experience Officer. Mary has completed several leadership development programs including the Deep Dive at Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School, Leadership Lorain County, and recently received Certified Public Manager certification through Cleveland State’s Certified Public Manager Program. In addition to her work and service -  she has participated in the FBI's Citizen Academy and serves on many local and one national board. She currently serves as the Human Resource Director for the City of Avon Lake and recently received her credential from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources as a Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP).  She is a graduate, later in life, of Tiffin University and feels strongly that women in leadership roles must support other women.  Mary and her husband, Gary are the proud parents of one adult son and enjoy traveling. They haven't made it to all 50 states...but that's the goal. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/27/2023

    Webinar: Interrupting Unconscious Bias


    Unconscious bias is that silent culture killer, that can usurp your employee engagement. Leaders who understand bias are better able to address it in a way that creates a workplace that is conducive to collaboration, and employee engagement. 

    This interactive webinar will discuss the most common types of bias that can impact decisions and culture, as well as tools to recognize and interrupt it in yourself and others.  Please join us on February 27th at 2:00 pm to learn more.

    Speaker:  Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu, CEO/Founder, Precision Talent International, Allentown, PA

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)

    Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu, MBA


    Precision Talent International

    Meloney, Sallie-Dosunmu, CEO/Founder, Precision Talent International is a seasoned HR professional with decades of experience leading HR is a variety of industries.

    A highly skilled facilitator and organization development expert, she has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement human capital initiatives that deliver results.  

    In addition to her MBA and municipal involvement, Meloney has a sharp understanding of people related needs, acquired through years of HR experience in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, distribution and non-profit organizations.  Her most recent corporate role was Global HR Director for Thermo Fisher Scientific in the Biopharmaceutical Division.

    Her experience includes HR Business Partner, Diversity Inclusion and Equity leadership, leadership development, coaching, and leading OD projects for executives, middle managers, leaders, technical experts and frontline employees from the plant floor to the executive office.

    Meloney is the published author of Using Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, published by ATD Press, Alexandria VA. She has also published several articles on leadership, management, communication and learning & development for a variety of print and digital publications.

    In addition to business leadership, Meloney is a community leader. She served as a Chair and Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission of Allentown, PA, helping ensure fair treatment for citizens who felt that they had been discriminated against within the city. She was a Founding Parent and continues as Board President for Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School.

    Most recently, Meloney has been a highly sought after facilitator in the areas of Diversity Inclusion and Equity, Eliminating Racial Bias and Inclusive Leadership as well as a plethora of other leadership development and professional effectiveness topics.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/23/2023

    Webinar: Remote Hiring Practices


    Please join our panel of HR practitioners as they explore remote hiring policies and practices.  They will explore how recruitment and retention practices differ with remote employees.  Describe what remote hiring in practice will look like and what are the pros and cons?  Please join us on February 23rd at 1:00 pm to learn more.


    Malena Murray, Human Resources Director, City of Draper, UT


    Trinija Martin, Deputy Director of Human Resources, Wake County, NC

    David Parker, Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance - Title IX Coordinator, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

    Yuri Zaich, Personnel Director, City of Los Angeles, CA

    (For National PSHRA Members Only)

    Malena Murray (Moderator)

    Human Resources Director

    City of Draper, UT

    Malena Murray has more than 20 years HR experience in both private industry and public sector arenas, including higher education. She is an educator and facilitator. For the past five years she has worked in municipality as an HR leader focusing on change management initiatives and HR strategy development. She is a supporter and exhibitor of transformational leadership, i.e. inspiring and motivating others to make HR a great place for all employees. She is a life-long learner, believing that we all learn from each other. “Never stop learning.”

    Trinija Martin

    Deputy Director of Human Resources

    Wake County, NC

    As Wake County’s Deputy Human Resources Director and Sponsor of the DEI Committee, Trinija leads the organization’s HR operations strategy at a time of growth and transformation. Trinija oversees a team that manages work streams ranging from recruitment, organizational effectiveness to culture, diversity, equity and inclusion. She has 20+ years of strategic HR experience and has worked in both public and private industries for startups, local government, and fortune 500 companies.

    She is a proven thought leader and serves on the Wake Invests in Women (WIIW) Steering Committee, Cigna’s Health Disparities Advisory Council, and the Local Government Credit (LGFCU) Union Advisory Council. She has served on GA Local Government Personnel Association (GLGPA) and GA Public Employer Labor Relations Association (GAPELRA) boards. 

    David Parker

    Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance - Title IX Coordinator

    Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

    David has worked to further the practice of public risk management for over 30 years as a risk manager, regulator, and practice leader, and by actively supporting and serving on the boards of directors of national and local associations. David has championed management of risk for state and local government, higher education and special districts, and has worked with and supported public entities across the country in many different types and sizes of organization and leadership philosophies. He has been recognized several times for his commitment to the practice of public risk management including a fellowship to Kennedy School of Government, an international exchange, and as a recipient of PRIMA's Public Risk Manager of the Year and Pioneer Excellence awards.

    Yuri Zaich

    Personnel Director

    City of Los Angeles

    Yuri has served the City of Los Angeles since June 2006. She has over 15 years of HR experience working in the public sector. She currently serves as a Personnel Director with the Personnel Department, providing liaison HR services to the Information Technology Agency and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. She manages a team that is responsible for providing guidance related to personnel matters, which includes: hiring - recruitment, selection, onboarding; employee relations; employee development and education; discipline; advising on City policies, provisions, and rules; grievances; and arbitrations. Yuri is also a trainer in the City’s CORE Supervisory Skills program. Her focus is on assisting supervisors and managers to successfully navigate the City’s disciplinary process. She is a member of PSHRA (IPMA) and maintains the certification as a Senior Certified Professional.