2016 Workshop Speakers 2016-10-14T19:32:25+00:00

2016 Workshop Speakers

Below you’ll find a biography for each speaker featured in the Workshop sessions, categorized in alphabetical order for your convenience. Should you need further direction or find yourself unable to locate what you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to Lori Jo Goff, customer service manager, at lgoff@kychamber.com or 502-848-8727.


Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR
Consultant, Gregory & Appel Insurance
Karl Ahlrichs is a professional presenter in the Strategic HR and CFO markets and is a “Thought Leader” for the Business Learning Institute. He has learned from the masters in the speaking profession and has developed his presentation skills over several decades. He has developed and presented complex presentations for multiple industries and has facilitated challenging meetings with tough audiences. Karl has a proven understanding of the motivation and psychology that enables behavior change, and he has achieved the Senior Professional, Human Resources certification from the HRCI.

Sandy Allgeier, SPHR
Consultant, Allgeier Human Resources Consulting
Sandy Allgeier is a consultant, speaker, trainer and author who assists organizations best maximize their human potential.  Sandy is known for engaging her audiences with a high degree of participation.  Prior to beginning her consulting and speaking business in 2000, Sandy’s experience included corporate HR leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations within several industries including hospitality, financial services and assisted living.  Sandy’s background brings a strong focus on helping individuals and organizations in building personal credibility and communication capabilities.  Her book “The Personal Credibility Factor;  How to get it, keep it, and get it back (if you’ve lost it)” has been featured in O Magazine and USA Today.

Adam Argullin
Speaker/ Trainer/ Drug Recognition Expert Instructor/ Drummer, Adam Argullin
Adam graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000, studying both Police Administration and Music Merchandising. Shortly thereafter, Adam began his law enforcement career in 2001. During his career, Adam has been assigned to patrol, traffic, investigations, and spent over 2 years undercover. Adam is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Instructor, Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Instructor, and an instructor through the KY School Boards Association/ Kentucky Center for School Safety. Aside from law enforcement, Adam has been a working musician since he was 5 years old. He’s a private drum instructor, clinician, and public speaker who frequently speaks to schools, private organizations, businesses, etc. Adam offers his program called Stay Tuned – a drum infused, motivational, anti-drug experience. This program draws upon everything Adam has done through his personal and professional ventures! Adam also operates Adam Argullin Mallets, a custom percussion mallet company since 1996.

Charles Baesler, Attorney
Partner, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1994. He serves as chair of the firm’s Immigration practice. He represents clients before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor and US consulates overseas to obtain employment authorization for engineers, scientists, professors, doctors, business managers and equine workers.  Charles has experience representing companies based outside of the United States to obtain investor visa status to facilitate direct investment and transfer of personnel to US markets. He also has experience in advising employers on compliance with federal laws against hiring undocumented workers.  Charles is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Kentucky and American Bar associations. He is an officer in the Kentucky Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Section.  He is the past chair of the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Angela Bailey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP, MBA
Manager Human Resources Outsourcing, HR Affiliates
Angela Bailey, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP, is Manager of the Human Resources Outsourcing team for HR Affiliates.  Angie has served human resources for more than 20 years and her experience has crossed many industries including manufacturing, higher education, consulting, non-profit, retail and healthcare.  Her expertise includes benefits design and planning, compensation analysis, training and development and HR project management.  Angie’s passion for wellness began early in her career when she realized the negative impact health issues had on employee engagement and effectiveness.   Recognized as one of the Top 20 HR People to Know in 2014 by Business First, Angie dedicates much of her non-work time to mentoring others in the areas of professional development and wellness.   Angie serves as the Wellness Co-Chair for KYSHRM, and Wellness Chair for LSHRM and on several local and state-based worksite wellness councils.

Jenny Banner, SPHR, CPC
Consultant, FlashPoint
Jenny Banner is a high-achieving developer of leadership solutions who understands the human side of organizations and change. She has more than 15 years of experience supporting clients with organizational development, leader and employee development, strategic planning, technology implementations, talent acquisition and onboarding, performance management, and establishing company culture. Jenny has served in human resource roles in the technology and transportation industries. She’s also consulted on talent management projects at Fortune 500 companies such as Anthem and Eli Lilly and Company. Jenny graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in English. She also completed coursework for a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Jenny is an Achieve Global certified trainer, an AMA certified Myers-Briggs administration, and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is also Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Candra Bryant, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Senior Consultant, Hanna Resource Group  Mrs. Bryant has a strong background in leading and supporting HR initiatives with a specialized focus on compensation programs. She has served as both a consultant and compensation practitioner for the corporate headquarters of Total Quality Logistics, and her experience with compensation program design and administration spans numerous industries and several continents. Mrs. Bryant holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University and the European Summer School of Advanced Management, and she is also affiliated with WorldatWork.

Jeff Calabrese, Attorney at Law
Practice Group Leader – Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Group, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Jeff Calabrese is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office.  He serves as practice group leader of the firm’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice group and is also part of the firm’s Privacy & Information Security team.   Jeff has substantial experience litigating in state and federal courts, representing clients large and small in employment matters.  He has presented at seminars across the country about various workplace topics.  He also regularly counsels employers on workplace issues.  Jeff has obtained successful results for firm clients throughout his career, and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyer” list.

James Cockrum
Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Since 1987, Cockrum has represented a wide range of employers ‐ from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors getting their first start. He has successfully defended lawsuits involving employment discrimination, the application of collective bargaining agreements to the construction of $100,000,000 facilities and wage and hour claims of all shapes and sizes. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in peer and professional groups, including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” and Kentucky Superlawyers. Cockrum lectures throughout Kentucky and the region, including Labor and Employment Law Updates sponsored by local and district associations of Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, the Mid‐American Human Resources Symposium, various private agencies and employers, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and at the annual meetings of our Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers. Cockrum speaks annually for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers by seminar attendees.

Beth Davisson, MBA
President/Director of Career Services, LSHRM/Sullivan University
Beth is President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), serves as the Community Liaison for Bridging the Talent Gap, and is a Director of Career Services for Sullivan University. Beth is a proven human resources strategist and consensus builder, with over 10 years of experience in the areas of change management, recruiting, professional coaching, and community planning, with over 5 years of experience advocating for workforce needs in both the KY State and US Capitals. Beth was awarded her bachelorette degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky, and her Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University. She was also named to the inaugural class of “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources” by Business First Louisville. Previous employers include The Oliver Group and Greater Louisville Inc.

Reed Deshler
Principal, AlignOrg Solutions
Reed is a principal in AlignOrg Solutions, a leading strategy, organization design, and change management firm. He is an organization effectiveness practice leader who has led numerous organization redesigns and large-system change efforts in some of the most complex organization in the world. Additionally, he has trained hundreds of human resource executives in how to support their businesses in making strategic trade-offs and leading transformative organization design discussions. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and is co-author of the recently published book, Mastering the Cube: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks and Building an Organization that Works. Reed holds a Master’s degree in Organization Behavior from Brigham Young University.

Cynthia Effinger
Attorney, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
Cynthia L. Effinger, an Associate of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, is in the Louisville, KY office. She has a broad range of legal experience gained through 15 years of practice throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky where her clients conduct business. Ms. Effinger’s practice in concentrated in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. Her employment law practice is focused on drafting employment manuals and policies, social media, wage and hour, non-compete agreements and workplace discrimination. Ms. Effinger is frequently asked to present seminars on employment law topics for various news publications and businesses. She is the author of several employment articles and a frequent blogger on the McBrayer Employment Law Blog (www.mcbrayeremploymentlaw.com).

Tim Findley, EdD, MBA, CCDP/AP
System Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Norton Healthcare
Tim Findley is the system director of Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Healthcare. In the position Findley creates, cultivates and communicates the organization’s vision of diversity and cultural inclusion.  He develops and manages strategic and tactical initiatives with the goal of enhancing the quality of services provided to patient, improving the quality of work life for employees and insuring broad-based participation in purchasing of goods and services.   Dr. Findley has a doctoral degree from Spalding University, an MBA from Webster University, and a bachelor degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Findley is certified as a diversity professional/advanced practitioner by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he is also a member of the adjunct faculty teaching leadership, diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency.  Dr. Findley also is or has been an adjunct instructor at Webster University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, the University of Phoenix, and Jefferson Community College.

Jeanne Fisher
Financial Advisor, Retirement Plan Specialist, ARGI
Mrs. Fisher is a Certified Financial Planner™ with ARGI Financial Group, a comprehensive wealth management firm.  She serves as a 401k and retirement plan specialist for ARGI and designs and manages a range of employer-sponsored retirement plans.  She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, and is a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor from the National Association of Plan Advisors.  Jeanne was honored to be selected as Kentucky’s Ambassador for the CFP® Board.  As an ambassador, she is frequently interviewed for national publications, including: NPR’s “Here and Now”, Forbes, Investor’s Daily Business, The Guardian, “Women Rocking Wall Street” Podcast, etc.  She’s presented financial seminars to more than 50 associations in the Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee area.

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
The Business Book Strategist, Cathy Fyock, LLC
Cathy Fyock is an employment strategist and the author of numerous articles and seven books. In her current role she helps professionals write their books as a business development tool.  She also coaches HR and business leaders.  Cathy is the past chair for KY SHRM, and has served in a number of leadership roles with SHRM at the national and local levels.   Cathy has also served as editor/project leader for three HR and leadership anthologies: What’s Next in Human Resources, Rethinking Human Resources (September 2015), and Lessons in Leadership (November 2015). In these projects she identifies HR and business thought-leaders and provides them with coaching so that they contribute a chapter based on their expertise and become published. Featured in the November issue of HR Magazine, Rethinking HR is sold on Amazon with all proceeds benefiting the SHRM Foundation.

JC Gibson, MSOD, Case Western, Weatherhead School of Business
North American EVP, Human Resources, Firstsource
JC Gibson joined Firstsource as Executive Vice President of North American Human Resources in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of Human Resources experience to his role.  Most recently, he with the private equity group, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, where he was the Executive HR Leader for Healthcare Technology portfolio companies such as MedE America/WebMD and SHPS.  Prior to that, Mr. Gibson was the Global Director for Ferro Corp Chemicals Group, serving 5,000 employees in 20 countries.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Business.

China Gorman
Consultant, Speaker and Writer, China Gorman
China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation, and strengthening the business impact of Human Resources. Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work® Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. She chairs the Globoforce WorkHuman Advisory Board and the Universum North America Board. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Boards of Elevated Careers, the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and WorldBlu. China is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, HR Magazine and many others.

Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President, Hanna Resource Group
Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Hanna Resource Group, Lexington, KY  With over 35 years of human resource experience, Mr. Hanna helps HRG’s clients with strategic design and implementation of a wide range of programs and solutions including compensation systems, recruiting talent, HR assessments, and outsourcing. He has traveled and worked in over a dozen countries on five continents for companies such as Palmer & Cay, Mercer, Texas Instruments, and Jerrico, Inc. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and has been extensively involved with numerous community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Best Places to Work in Kentucky, The Board Authority, Lexington Rotary, and United Way of the Bluegrass; he is also active in SHRM at all levels.

Jennifer Hoert, Ph.D, SHRM-CP, PHR
Patient Experience Manager, Norton Healthcare
Dr. Hoert is Manager of Patient Experience at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. She has a doctorate in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. She has diverse experience in human resource development, non-profit management, and health coaching. Jennifer serves as the Wellness Co-Chair for KYSHRM, and the Wellness Director for LSHRM.

Demetrius Holloway
Member, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Demetrius Holloway is a Member of Stites & Harbison PLLC.  Demetrius’s primary focus is on the representation of employers in employment litigation.  He is a member of the Employment Law Service Group and is also an affiliated member of the Business Litigation Service Group and Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group. He has both first and second chair trial experience in employment matters. Demetrius represents employers in the defense of a variety of state and federal civil suits including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and common-law tort claims related to employment. He has extensive experience in litigating non-compete and other restrictive covenant cases in both federal and state court. In addition to his litigation practice, Demetrius provides training in compliance and investigation of all major areas of employment law, and also assists with the drafting and implementation of employment policies.

Wendy Hyland
Attorney, Fisher & Phillips
Wendy Hyland is Of Counsel in the Louisville office. She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, handling claims involving the full complement of employment statutes, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and related tort and contract claims. Wendy also works with clients on effective policies, investigations, and training.    Wendy is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville program geared toward the leadership development of young professionals. She is also a member of the University of Kentucky Law Alumni Board of Directors.   In law school, Wendy was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and authored the article, “Equal Opportunity for Employers: Elevating the Adverse Employment Action Standard to Allow Only Meritorious Retaliation Claims.” 90 Ky. L.J. 273 (Fall 2001/2002).

Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President/Owner, Essential HR Partners, LLC
Lynn Ingmire, SHRM-SCP; SPHR has over 30 years of human resource management experience. She has worked in various types of organizations including associations, manufacturing, distribution/transportation, food processing and education, in small and large companies, in both union and non-union environments. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for the full range of human resource functions. In June 2014, she established her own consulting business, Essential HR Partners, LLC providing training and consulting in human resources and leadership. She received her BS degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville and holds the designations of SHRM-SCP and SPHR. She teaches on-line HR classes for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and has been a presenter at their national HR conferences. She is a past president for LSHRM and is now Chair of KYSHRM state council.

Lauren Johnson, APA, CFC
Partner, McGregor & Associates, Inc.
Lauren Johnson is a partner with McGregor & Associates, Inc., an employee benefits administration and consulting firm.  In her role with McGregor & Associates, Inc. she is responsible for the development strategies and day-to-day operations of the Firm’s division devoted to the Affordable Care Act, flexible benefits, COBRA and other health and welfare benefit issues. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and has over 15 years of technical expertise in the employee benefits industry.   She is the past president of the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters and the Lexington Employee Benefits Council. She is Certified in Flexible Compensation through the Employers Council of Flexible Compensation and is a Chartered Benefit Consultant through The National Association of Alternative Benefit Consultants.

Mauritia Kamer
Member, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Ms. Kamer counsels employers on an extensive range of labor & employment issues, including Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA and the ADEA, and defends employers in state and federal court litigation as well as at the administrative level. Ms Kamer has a local, regional and national employment defense law practice that is exclusively focused on legal issues in connection with the employer-employee relationship. She counsels management clients regarding a wide spectrum of day-to-day personnel issues including discipline and discharge matters as well as questions regarding medical leave issues, wage and hour issues and disability accommodation. Ms. Kamer has a strong record of success in defending employment litigation, including claims of alleged discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She provides invaluable legal assistance to employers regarding employee investigations, development of employment policies and advice regarding non-competition issues.

Debra Keller, FCRA Advanced Certified
VP of Operations & Compliance, Reference Services, Inc.
Debra Keller is VP of Operations at Reference Services, Inc. (RSI), one of only 58 background screening firms in the U.S. (out of 2000) to be nationally accredited. Deb is a national authority on background screening, regulatory compliance, the FCRA, the use of criminal records in employment and the EEOC ‘New’ Guidance of 2012. She’s a frequent speaker at State SHRM conferences across the country & is speaking at the NATIONAL SHRM Conference in DC in 2016. Deb is also one of only 77 people in the U.S. to hold the FCRA Advanced Certification credential, which designates an advanced expertise in the FCRA & background screening. It’s equivalent to passing the bar for her industry. Deb leads an internal team of background screening professionals & leads a top industry compliance team. She and her firm care for clients in all industries, of all sizes, in all 50 states & internationally.

Laurie Kemp
Attorney, Kightlinger & Gray
Laurie Kemp, a partner with the lawfirm of Kightlinger & Gray, focuses her practice on assisting and defending employers in  workers’ compensation and employment law matters. Laurie assists clients with implementing proactive strategies for handling day-to-day employment issues. She also works with clients to develop and conduct in-house trainings on such topics as harassment, ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour issues. Laurie regularly responds to EEOC, KCHR AND ICRC charges, as well as unemployment matters, DOL audits, and OSHA investigations. Laurie routinely practices in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Indiana, handling a variety of employment litigation cases. Laurie is an active member of SHRM, primarily the Kentucky, Louisville, and Southern Indiana Chapters. Laurie has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015 and Indiana Super Lawyers 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the area of Employment Law.

Cynthia Knapek
President, Leadership Louisville Center
In 2012, Cynthia was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center. The Center has been recognized as a national best practice in community leadership development by the Center for Creative Leadership. Before joining Leadership Louisville, Cynthia worked for Mayor Jerry Abramson as Executive Director of Brightside, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Under Cynthia’s leadership Brightside won two Center for Nonprofit Excellence Pyramid Awards and was a National President’s Circle Award winner with Keep America Beautiful. Cynthia was named Business First’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2001 and received the Citizen Laureate award in 2013 from the Younger Women’s Club. In 2014 she was included in Louisville Magazine’s ‘Power 50’ influential leaders. Cynthia was a founding member and the first President of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). She has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville as well as several certifications in leadership training and organizational development.

Jeff Kortes
Founder, Human Asset Management LLC
Jeff has more than 25 years experience in human resources.  He has worked at companies that specialize in manufacturing, construction, textiles and software development.  During his entire career he has worked to recruit, retain and develop employees, at all levels, at companies including ConAgra Foods, industrial equipment supplier SPX, and automotive retailer Midas International, and more.    Jeff runs his own company, Human Asset Management LLC, which helps organizations to recruit, engage, develop and retain their best people.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a frequent speaker on the topic of retention, engagement, and recruitment to human resources departments, associations and business groups.  Jeff is the author of Employee Retention Fundamentals…No Nonsense Strategies to Retain Your Best People and Welcome to Dodge…Tales from the Frontiers of Business.

Scott Lesnick, Professional Speaker
Speaker, Author, Trainer, JD Enterprises
Scott Lesnick is a high content speaker who is motivational/educational in style and tone. He presents powerful keynotes and breakout sessions and is a consultant and author. Also, Scott is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. He is a graduate of The University of Miami, Florida. His memoir, “Kidjacked – A Father’s Story” was recently published to critical acclaim. In addition, Scott has 28 award-winning sales and management years at Shaw Industries a Berkshire Hathaway Fortune 500 company. Scott’s motivational and inspirational messages center around topics including, human resources, leadership, maximizing operational performance and excellence, managing change through great leadership, focusing on what’s truly important and useful tools in overcoming adversity and stress both professionally and personally.

LaToi Mayo
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
LaToi D. Mayo has advised, counseled and defended employers in regard to labor, employment and immigration matters for the past nine years. She has successfully litigated in both state and federal court and in proceedings before:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • The Department of Labor
  • The Workers’ Compensation Board
  • The Kentucky Unemployment Commission
  • The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

LaToi also has expertise in Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation issues, including benefits claims disputes. Working most frequently with financial institutions and local city governments, LaToi has notable expertise with discrimination issues arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

LaToi routinely presents at seminars focusing on labor, employment and immigration topics for a variety of professional organizations in Kentucky. She also conducts training for managers, supervisors and the general workforce and provides compliance counseling.

Allison Moreman
Attorney, Jackson Kelly PLLC
Ms. Moreman is an attorney with the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC practicing in the Lexington office, where she is a part of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law practice groups. She is experienced in representing clients before both state and federal courts and is admitted to practice before the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Moreman holds a B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee). Ms. Moreman received her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky. She is a co-author of “Overview of Federal and State Constitutional & Statutory Provisions Affecting Employment in Kentucky,” UK/CLE’s Employment Law in Kentucky Practice Handbook, 4th ed. (2013). Ms. Moreman was recognized as a Rising Star in the 2015 list of Kentucky Super Lawyers.

Elizabeth Muyskens
Attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Elizabeth is an Associate in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2008. She is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. Elizabeth’s practice includes counseling employers, litigating employment law disputes and representing employers in administrative proceedings. Elizabeth is honored as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers and recognized by Chambers USA for her many legal accomplishments. Elizabeth worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky while pursuing her undergraduate degree. While attending the University of Kentucky College of Law, she served as the Business manager for the Kentucky Law Journal. Elizabeth is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Jeff Nally, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PCC, RPCC
President, Nally Group Inc.
Jeff Nally is an executive coach, speaker, author, and leader developer who brings expert neuroscience applications to HR professionals and organizations. He is the president of Nally Group Inc., a practice that brings results to leaders and organizations with the brain in mind. Jeff created the executive coaching practice in a Fortune 70 company and led HR in Fortune 500 companies, including Kentucky-based manufacturing and healthcare corporations. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He is a certified coach and HR professional through various credentialing agencies. Jeff is a past chair of the KYSHRM State Council and a past president of Louisville SHRM.  He is a co-author of the anthology Rethinking Human Resources and a guest writer in the book Hope for Leaders.

Bob Nelson, PhD
President, Nelson Motivation Inc.
Dr. Bob Nelson is one of the world’s leading authorities on employee motivation, engagement and performance. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems; an Executive Strategist for HR Issues; and an international best-selling author with over 4 million books sold on management and employee motivation, including: Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies (new), 1501 Ways to Reward Employees (1.7 million copies in print), The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook and The Management Bible. He received an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley, worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (co-author, The One Minute Manager) for ten years, earned his PhD in management with Dr. Peter Drucker (The Father of Modern Management), and serves as a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1-ranked executive coach.

Jean-Paul Philippe
Consultant, Hanna Resource Group
Jean-Paul Philippe is an experienced HR Consultant who specializes in gathering and analyzing data. He earned a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a B.S. in Psychology from East Tennessee State University.  Jean-Paul’s passion is to help organizations create a work environment and culture that truly engages each employee.  In order to do so, he relies on data to guide and support his company-specific solutions.  When he’s not creating assessments and surveys, he enjoys fishing for large-mouth bass in Kentucky’s beautiful waterways and exploring national parks with his girlfriend and two dogs.

David Pumpelly
Regional Sales Director, Avature
David Pumpelly is a champion of technology integration and innovation in HR and recruiting. Drawing from his two decade career spanning from technology consulting with Accenture to  President and Chief HR strategist of a regional healthcare company, David is uniquely positioned to offer insightful and credible insight on the next generation of HR. As Regional Sales Director of Avature, he is regularly consulting with and serving clients such as Walmart, Accenture and AT&T as well as several emerging healthcare, financial services and RPO companies.   David received his BS in Business/Computer Science from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He and his family live in Huntsville, Alabama and enjoy traveling, skiing, and golf. David enjoys sharing his experience and insight in a comfortable and engaging manner and welcomes questions and audience engagement.

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT
President & Chief Performance Officer, ProFormance Health and Wellbeing, LLC
Carlos Rivas holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Health Promotion and Counseling, and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos is highly regarded by the medical community for his creation of outcome-based programs. Carlos is currently the lead researcher in the Healthy U Program. The Healthy U program is a collaboration with the University of Louisville, ProFormance and local companies to help prevent major diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Carlos is also a highly sought presenter, a health and wellness consultant, and is recognized as one of the top health and wellness coaches in the country. He has helped many corporations, teams, and individuals reach their optimal level of health and well-being through outcome based programs. He is currently one of the leaders in the Bingham Fellows program charged with “Empowering Our Citizens to Live Healthier Lifestyles”.

Mitzi Root, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Consultant, Integrity HR, Inc.
Mitzi Root, PHR, is a Senior Consultant for Integrity HR, Inc., a human resources consulting firm headquartered in Louisville, KY. In her role at Integrity HR, Ms. Root provides clients with a variety of HR Services. Ms. Root’s work experience and education have given her expertise in the following areas:

  • Human Resource Management & Strategy
  • Compensation/Total Rewards plan design and administration,
    including market pricing, analysis and salary structure development
  • Payroll & benefits administration
  • Company-wide training and development
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Law, Affirmative Action Plan development,
    and EEO complaint investigation and resolution
  • Recruitment of key staff and management
  • Personnel policy development, handbook and position
    description composition
  • Human Resources Audits

Ms. Root is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and currently serves as the Legislative Director for the Kentucky SHRM state council.  She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Josh Salsburey, Attorney
Attorney, Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC
Josh Salsburey has established a successful education and employment practice, both as general counsel and as a litigation defense attorney. He represents and advises companies, boards, municipalities, state agencies, school districts, colleges and universities in litigation, governance, regulatory and employment matters, including discipline, employee policies, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), open records, open meetings, records management, board governance, institutional contracts, and immunity challenges. Josh has served as a special investigator of employee misconduct when circumstances require the investigation be handled by an outside party.

Bill Schiemann
CEO, Metrus Group
Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. Dr. Schiemann and his firm are known for their pioneering work in the creation of the People Equity (ACE) talent optimization framework, strategic performance metrics and balanced scorecards.  He has consulted extensively with corporations on the development and implementation of business and people strategies; HR measurement; strategic employee surveys; internal value assessments; and creating high performance cultures. He also founded the Metrus Institute, which supports research and publications in the human capital arena.

Wendi Shufflebarger, PHR, SHRM-CP, CSP, and MSHRL
Human Resources/Corporate Recruiter, Computershare
Wendi Shufflebarger is a member of the Corporate Recruiting team at Computershare – the largest stock transfer agent in the world. She is also an adjunct professor for Sullivan University where she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including Professional Development and Human Resource Management. Wendi brings almost 25 years of technical and executive recruiting and human resource experience to Computershare’s internal clients with a deep understanding of the recruitment life-cycle process. She is an expert in sourcing and recruiting passive candidates in Engineering, Executive Management, Sales, and IT, and she is also well-versed in global recruitment. Wendi has a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource Leadership, and multiple certifications including her PHR, CSP, and SHRM-CP.

Jim Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PCC
President, The Executive Happiness Coach
Jim Smith, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PCC, is an executive coach, international speaker, author, and change strategist. Jim has coached leaders from 27 countries and 6 continents to achieve greater leadership effectiveness and personal balance, and has touched the lives of 16,000+ leaders through his work on positive workplace culture.

Pete Smith
President, SmithImpact
Pete Smith, SmithImpact, Arlington, VA International speaker and coach Pete Smith is president of SmithImpact, a development company focused on elevating the performance of individuals and teams alike. Recently being referred to as “one of America’s leading personal and professionals development coaches,” Pete is asked to speak and train supervisors, managers and leaders in organizations throughout the world. He is a board member of the HR Alliance DC, and a director in the Association of Talent Development DC Chapter. He is the creator of multiple management development programs, meeting the needs of those in entry level positions through executive level leadership.

Lisa Stamm
VP Consulting Division, SHERILL MORGAN
Lisa Stamm, Esq., Vice President, Consulting Services SHERRILL MORGAN, Covington, Kentucky Lisa is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law.  She has been with SHERRILL MORGAN since 2005, and manages health and welfare benefit plans, particularly in the self-funded arena.  As a licensed attorney, she is able to consult clients regarding applicable state and federal laws regarding health plans.  She is also available to answer questions regarding compliance with applicable laws, including federal health care reform, COBRA, ERISA, and HIPAA.  Lisa is also an expert and featured speaker on regulatory issues, particularly as they relate to health care reform.  She has been a member of the Kentucky Bar Association since 1992.

Alison Stemler
Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Cynthia Thompson
Principal, The Thompson HR Firm LLC
Cynthia Y. Thompson is Principal and Founder of The Thompson HR Firm LLC, a human resources consulting company in Memphis, TN. She is a senior human resources executive with more than twenty years of human resources experience concentrated in publicly traded companies. She is also the Publisher | Editor of HR Professionals Magazine, an HR trade publication distributed to HR professionals in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Cynthia is a Preferred Provider of recertification credits for SHRM and HRCI. Cynthia has an MBA and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI and SHRM. She is on the faculty at Christian Brothers University in Memphis teaching Human Resource Management. She is also a faculty member of Bethel University. In addition, she teaches online HR certification exam prep classes for SHRM and HRCI. Cynthia was recently appointed by Tennessee Governor Haslam to a six-year term on the Tennessee Board of Appeals. She is a sought after speaker on HR strategic leadership.

Shelly Trent, SHRM-SCP, CAE
Field Services Director (DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, TN, VA, WV), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Shelly Trent, SHRM-SCP, CAE, is a Field Services Director for the SHRM where she has worked since 2000. Shelly’s background includes human resources, college career services, and business and industry training. Shelly is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and obtained her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in HR. She completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Louisville in human resources development and career counseling.  She also earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification in 2014.

Mitzi Wyrick
Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Mitzi D. Wyrick, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP Wyrick counsels employers about hiring, discipline, internal investigations and compliance with local, state and federal laws. She also defends employers against charges and lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, alleged violations of statutes such as the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA and other employment-related claims. Wyrick has conducted seminars and training in personnel policies, wage and hour law, discrimination, the WARN Act, military leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment investigations, drug testing and other employment topics. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Hope Zoeller, Ed.D.
Founder and President, HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC
Dr. Hope Zoeller is Founder and President of HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC, a firm that specializes in leadership development for leaders at every level of an organization. For over 13 years of her professional career, Dr. Zoeller worked at UPS in various roles including Customer Service, Training and Development and Employee Relations. For the past 10 years, she has been consulting with organizations on leadership development. Dr. Zoeller is also a Professor at Webster University instructing in the Master of Human Resource program and Spalding University instructing in the Master of Business Communication program. She has a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Spalding University, a Master of Education in Training and Development from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology from Bellarmine University.