Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council
Affillate of the Society for Human Resource Management
Bloomington, IL

Board of Directors

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President  - Tara Desmond

Tara most recently worked as the Marketing Director at IPI Wealth Management working with small retirement plans and helping increase financial wellness initiatives in the community. Previously she worked at COUNTRY Financial with retirement benefits and in HR for 10 years.  Tara is the current chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mclean County Board.  Tara graduated from SIUC in 2005 with a specialization in Mass Communications/Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications. She began serving on the BNHRC Board of Directors in 2014 as Co-Director of Programming, and most recently served as the Director of Technology and President-Elect.

Past President - Kerry Keller, SHRM-CP, PHR

Kerry is a Talent Management Analyst at State Farm supporting succession planning and talent for the organization. Kerry began working at State Farm in 2010 with prior experience at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Human Resources. Kerry is an Illinois State University alum, having received both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s degrees from ISU. She earned the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2009 and the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2015. Kerry has been a member of BNHRC since 2008 and began serving on the BNHRC Board of Directors in 2012. She has served in the Membership, Secretary, President-Elect and President roles.

President-Elect - Vacant

Treasurer - Shannon Regilio

Shannon is the Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Illinois State University.  She began working at Illinois State University in February 2016.  Prior to moving into Human Resources, she spent 15 years in non-profit / social service administration. Shannon is a two time alumni from Illinois State University.  In 2013, she graduated with a Master's Degree in Technology with an emphasis in Project Management and Training & Development.  Her Bachelor's degree is in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  Shannon became a member of BNHRC and joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2017.

Secretary - Erin DeKnecht, SHRM-CP, PHR

Erin is a Senior Talent Development Analyst at COUNTRY Financial.  She works on a variety of projects and programs designed to onboard and develop employees in all stages of their careers. Erin has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and obtained a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2012 and her SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2015.  Erin joined the BNHRC Board of Directors as Secretary in June 2016.

Co-Director of Programming - Lucas Hellmer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Lucas Hellmer is a Compensation & Benefits Manager for Farnsworth Group.  Lucas has been a BNHRC member since 2005, and began his involvement with the BNHRC Board in 2005.  Since that time, Lucas has held several BNHRC board positions including President, Treasurer, Programming, Webmaster, and Compensation survey chair. Lucas also served on the Illinois SHRM board and on the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois statewide HR Committee. 
Lucas earned a Bachelors in HR Management and Master’s in Business Administration from Illinois State University.  In 2012, Lucas was awarded the Early Career Achievement Award from Illinois State University and the Pantagraph’s 20 under 40 award in 2016. He holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. 
 Co-Director of Programming - Becky Nelson

Becky Nelson joined BNHRC in 2016 and recently joined GROWMARK, Inc. as a Compensation Analyst.  She has eleven years’ experience as a human resource professional in varying roles.  She has served as a recruiter for John Hancock, trainer for HGS and Illinois State University, Facilities Services Department as well as generalist roles with OSF Healthcare and four years as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Hearts at Home.  Becky graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Leadership in Human Service Administration.

Director of Technology - Andee Radliff

Andee is the Assistant Director for Employer Relations in the Career Center at Illinois State University.  She has worked in the Human Resources field in different capacities including training, employee relations, recruitment, employee development, benefits, and marketing since 2001; and has previously worked as the Talent Management Team Lead, Benefits Officer, and Employment Consultant at ISU.  Andee has degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies all from Illinois State University. Andee has been a member of BNHRC since 2008 and has held several positions on the BNHRC Board of Directors, including Director of Membership, President, and Secretary.

Co-Director of Membership - Monica Wilks

Monica is the Human Resources Coordinator at McLean County School District Unit 5. She has been a member of the Bloomington-Normal community for over 20 years and a member of the HR community for over 9 years. She began her membership with SHRM in 2008 and joined BNHRC in 2014. Prior to Unit 5, Monica was the HR Director for YWCA, HR Manager at Four Seasons Association, an Onboarding Specialist for Accenture Inc. and the Director of Talent Acquisition for Baker Hughes Inc. She served as the Coordinator of Advising for University College at Illinois State University, the Associate Director of Admissions & Diversity Recruitment for The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and as the Director of Admissions & Recruitment for Lincoln College-Normal and Methodist College. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science.  In 2016 she was named as a Distinguished Alumni of Illinois State University and the Department of Politics & Government.

Co-Director of MembershipJennifer Hanna, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Jennifer is the Director of Human Resources at Westminster Village where she handles all aspects of human resources for the organization.  She has been there since 2013.  Prior to Westminster, she worked at the Town of Normal in Human Resources for 15 years. Jennifer has a Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Human Resources Management.  She obtained a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 1999, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2008, and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification in 2015.  Jennifer has served on BNHRC Board of Directors since January 2016 and was previously the Co-Director of Programming.

 Director of Communications & Social Media - Taylor Ingram, SHRM-CP

Taylor is a Talent Acquisition Specialist for College Relations at COUNTRY Financial. In this role, Taylor travels to various colleges and attends community events to promote and recruit for college internships and various full-time roles. She is responsible for the coordination of several corporate internship program events and communications, and is also a member of the enterprise social media team. Taylor earned a Bachelors degree in Communication with a Business minor in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began involvement with BNHRC while still in school as an Employment intern at COUNTRY Financial and has been a member since 2014. She joined the BNHRC Board of Directors as the Director of Communications in 2017.
Director of Student Chapter Affairs - Jill Smith

Jill is an Employment Consultant for Human Resources at Illinois State University.  Jill creates partnerships with campus departments in areas of employment, compensation, classification, and employee relations.  She began working at the University in 2008, before transitioning to Human Resources in 2010 where she held multiple positions in employment and gaining expertise in civil service employment.  She graduated from Illinois State University in 2008 with a degree in Organizational Leadership.  She has been a BNHRC member since 2013.

Director of Certification - Kacy Wickenhauser, SPHR

Kacy Wickenhauser is Vice President of Utility Services at Corn Belt Energy in Bloomington, where she’s worked since 2010. In addition to overseeing Communications, Accounting/Finance, Marketing and Member Services she personally handles all HR functions including benefits administration, compensation, labor relations, worker’s compensation, conflict resolution and staffing for the 85-employee electric cooperative with offices in Bloomington and Princeton, IL. She’s served on the BNHRC Board of Directors from 2010-2013 as Governmental Affairs Chair, from 2013-2014 as Program Chair, from 2014-2015 as SHRM Foundation & Certification Director. And is currently serving as Director of Certification. Kacy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA with an HR Concentration. She obtained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2010 and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2015.
Director of SHRM Foundation Michelle Trunnell

Michelle Trunnell is the Branch Manager of People Ready, (formerly Labor Ready) in Normal.  She has been with the company since 2003.  She oversees the branch operations as well as sales, service and recruiting.  She joined BNHRC in 2015, shortly thereafter, applied for a board opening and is now the SHRM Foundation Director.  She also holds the Secretary position in Professional Referral Group that she has been a part of since 2009.
 Director of Workforce Readiness - Sam Lewis, CSP

Sam Lewis and his wife Terri are the owners of Pridestaff, a staffing and recruiting agency located in Bloomington-Normal.  He is also an HR consultant for small businesses.  In his career, Sam has been an HR manager, a factory manager, a General Manager, and a VP of Engineering with responsibility for eight manufacturing plants across the U.S.  He has been in leadership and management roles for over 30 years.  Sam is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) through the American Staffing Association.  He is very active in the community.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Work Force Investment Act for the state of Illinois, he is a curriculum advisor for Heartland Community College, and he is also a board member for Marcfirst.  Sam began serving on the BNHRC Board of Directors in 2012 as a Membership Co-chair.

Director of Legislative/Governmental Affairs -  Veronica ManzellaSPHR, SHRM-SCP

Veronica Manzella, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Vice President of Human Resources at The Baby Fold since 2008.  She has a Master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and has 29 years of HR related experience focusing on training, recruitment, employee relations, benefits, and pre-employment testing. Veronica has held various HR management positions, in addition to her 16 years of experience (both full and part-time) as an Industrial/Organizational Consultant; primarily concentrating on assessment center selection and testing.  Before joining The Baby Fold, she was employed by State Farm in the Enterprise Recruiting and Retention Department.  Veronica also worked for RUSH Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center where she played a key role in both the merger between RUSH and Prudential and then the acquisition of Rush Prudential by WellPoint. She is a certified instructor through Achieve Global, Pritchett and Associates, DDI, and Time Design on a variety of topics. Veronica is actively involved in SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and previously served on BNHRC Board of Directors as the Certification Director, President-Elect, President, and Past President.

 Director of Diversity - Vacant

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