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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The BNHRC Board of Directors provide leadership for the chapter’s programming, networking events, and resources to meet the professional needs of our members. Learn more about Officer & Director positions and meet our current Board of Directors below!
OFFICER & DIRECTOR POSITIONS
In general, candidates for Officer & Director positions must be Professional members of BNHRC in good standing at the time of nomination or appointment and for the duration of the term of office, as defined in Article VI, Section 2 of the Chapter By-Laws. To be successful volunteer leaders, candidates for BNHRC Officer or Director positions should also possess the following qualities: Leadership skills, Creativity/innovation, Ethical professional behavior, Motivates, inspires, empowers others, Represents the values and views of BNHRC and SHRM, Presents a professional image, Strong communication skills, Recognized by peers, Ability to work in teams, Sound judgment, Past history of involvement and high performance, Ability to identify and develop future leaders, HRCI certified or SHRM certified preferred, SHRM member preferred (required for President and President-Elect), Regular attendance at Chapter meetings and Board of Director meetings, HR professional experience, and Company support (financial and time).
2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jill is the Assistant Director of Employment and Timekeeping for Event Management, Dining & Hospitality at Illinois State University. She is responsible for developing and monitoring processes for employee recruitment, selection, evaluation, timekeeping and corrective action for full-time and student employees. She began working at the University in 2008 after graduating from Illinois State University in 2008 with a degree in Organizational Leadership. Jill earned her Master's in Business Administration in 2020 from Illinois State University. She has been a BNHRC member since 2013.
Lisa is the Director of Executive Search Services at Illinois State University supporting executive level searches, dual career programming, and enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of search practices. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She began working at Illinois State in 2013, bringing with her 13 years of experience in both public and private sectors. She earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP) in 2014. Lisa joined BNHRC in 2015 and began serving on the BNHRC Board of Directors in 2018.
Ashley is the Human Resources Manager at Four Seasons Health Club. She began her role in 2016 where she serves as part of the Management team with focus areas in benefits and compensation, employee relations, recruiting, compliance and managing employee performance. Prior to that, she spent almost 10 years at Commerce Bank as a Talent Acquisition Specialist focusing on recruiting, compliance and training. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from ISU in 2002. She obtained the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)certification in 2018. Ashley has been a member of BNHRC since 2017.
Lucas 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.
Brandy is currently working as Assistant to the Executive Director for Campus Recreation at Illinois State University. She began that role in August 2020 and specializes in high-level management support to all areas of Campus Recreation operations personnel, planning, communication and special projects. She administers hiring of all full-time staff, Graduate Assistants and Student Workers within the department. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration and Hispanic Studies. She's currently working on a Master's in Business Administration with a planned graduation date of May 2021. She has worked for ISU since 2013 and previously worked as a Human Resources Administrator for an employee-owned landscaping company in Idaho for six years.
Becky works at 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.
Angie is the Manager of Human Resources and Administration at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. She has been with Pinnacle since 2015 and manages nearly all aspects of human resources for Pinnacle’s employees in addition to managing the administrative staff. Angie entered the human resources arena in 2014 while working at Kahuna Payment Solutions where she transitioned from Executive Assistant to Human Resources Manager. Angie is a graduate of St. Xavier University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She obtained her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification in 2018 and has been a member of BNHRC since 2015.
Katie is a consultant in the Employee Benefits Practice at Cottingham & Butler working in Central Illinois. She talks to and supports HR professionals daily. As a business owner herself, Katie has a great deal of business expertise and values strong relationships. Katie attended Illinois State University and graduated with degrees in Political Science, Psychology & Business. She has been a Central IL resident her entire life, and actively participates in BN Sunrise rotary. She is also an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and spends a great deal of her free time volunteering in the community. Katie also loves to play golf and travel.
Kerry is a Talent Management Analyst at State Farm supporting succession planning and talent for the organization. Kerry began working at State Farm in 2012 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 in 2012. She has held several roles on the Board, including Membership, Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past-President and Social Media.
Taylor has worked at COUNTRY Financial for over six years and is currently an HR Generalist where she is responsible for HR project management, recruiting and employee relations for several states throughout the Midwest. She previously held the position of College Relations and Internship Program Coordinator. Taylor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Business minor in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2018. 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 in 2016 and previously held the position of Communications, and Marketing & Technology Director.
Tara is currently the Marketing & Communications Director at Core 3 handling marketing and human resources including social media, website management, SEO, PR, internal and external communications, benefits, onboarding, training and recruiting! She embraces the gig world by continuing her own consulting company (Desmond Digital Designs and Marketing Consulting) part time. Previously she worked as Marketing Director at IPI Wealth Management and at COUNTRY Financial in HR for 10 years. Tara has served on several committees and boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mclean County, YWCA RSVP committee, Women of Distinction committee and ABC Counseling and Family Services board. She began serving on the BNHRC Board in 2014 as a Program Co-chair, and has been in several other roles including Technology Director and President. Tara graduated from SIUC in 2005 with a specialization in Advertising Integrated Marketing Communications.
Andee is the Assistant Director for Employer Relations in the Career Center at Illinois State University (ISU). 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, including Membership Director, President, and Secretary.
Sam 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 GM, and the 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. He is also a board member for Marcfirst. Sam began serving on the BNHRC Board in 2012 as a Membership Co-chair.
Michelle is the Branch Manager of People Ready, (formerly Labor Ready) in Normal. She has been with the company since 2003 where she started as a staffing specialist and promoted up. She oversees the branch operations as well as sales, service and recruiting. She joined BNHRC in 2015, shortly thereafter, applied for a board opening of SHRM Foundation Director and is now the Director of Technology. She is a member of Professional Referral Group that she has been a part of since 2009.
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. Prior to joining COUNTRY in 2017, Erin worked at 1st Farm Credit Services for nearly 10 years. 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
Beth is the Director of HR at Marcfirst. She began the role in 2018, after starting at Marcfirst in 2017 as the Associate Director of HR. As the Director of HR, she is responsible for employee relations, benefits administration, compliance, and oversees payroll, recruitment, and onboarding, among many other tasks. Prior to this, Beth was at Toys "R" Us for seven years and spent her last year and a half there as the HR Department Supervisor. Beth earned a Bachelor's Degree in University Studies: Psychology from ISU in 2009. She is currently serving as Secretary on the Board for the Wesley Foundation at ISU, a campus ministry that she attended while in college. She has been a member of SHRM and BNHRC since 2018.
Sherrilyn Thomas is a multiple graduate of Illinois State University. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education in 1996, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration & Foundations in 2000 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Administration. For the past 24 years, Sherrilyn has worked for Bloomington Public Schools - District 87 as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal and Principal at Bloomington Junior High School. On July 1, 2020, Sherrilyn began her new position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for District 87. Throughout her tenure at Bloomington Junior High, Sherrilyn Thomas served as a mentor and worked to foster and develop leadership skills in young women. Sherrilyn has also consistently promoted women in leadership throughout her 28 years as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and YWCA Women of Distinction Committee.
Sherrilyn lives in Bloomington with her husband Bryan, who teaches and coaches football and track at Normal Community High School. She is also a proud stepmother to Angelique Taylor, Breanna Thomas and Jamal Thomas, grandmother of Madison Thomas, and Godmother to Miraynda Wilks.
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VOLUNTEER WITH BNHRC
Depending on your interest and current needs, there are small and large ways to make an impact as a BNHRC volunteer or Board member. If you're interested in volunteering with BNHRC, contact the BNHRC President or any Board member to learn more about current opportunities or Board positions.