DallasHR and The HRSouthwest Conference Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our outstanding and dedicated volunteers!


2019 Volunteers of the Month

November DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Jeffrey Gonzales
Manager HR Strategy

"Jeffery has served in the Member Engagement Committee for 2 years now; continuing his 3rd year this year.  We are so lucky to have to him as he is always willing to help out when needed.  Jeffrey is one of those people that you can always depend on and always does it with a smile.  He is a large part of our success for member engagement and we are lucky to have him on the team.  His roles have varied over the years.  This nomination is largely due to his efforts with the DallasHR Mentor Program to facilitate new ideas and match relationships.  Thank you Jeffery for all of your hard work and efforts."  – Courtney Dewitt, Member Engagement Director- Elect 

November HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Gina Heppel
VP Associate Director of Human Resources
Southside Bank

“This was Gina's first conference to volunteer and she stepped up and did whatever was needed.  You would have never known she was a first time volunteer. Gina’s friendly personality and welcoming smile was instrumental in making our attendees feel welcomed at check in.” – Carolyn Boyles, On-Site Director  

October DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Glynnis Swan

SR. Global Operations Lead/Equity
Cap Relo 

Glynnis Swan has been a member of the Community Relations Committee at Dallas HR for 2 years now.  We are so excited to honor her in the work she has put into her latest event supporting Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, where 110 families were served through her efforts and those of the DallasHR volunteers.  As Director and Director-Elect, we’ve enjoyed seeing Glynnis step outside of her comfort zone to grow both personally and professionally.  Glynnis is a shining example of how getting involved in an organization (DallasHR) can serve as a ripple effect, impacting us individually as well as our professional community and our community at large.  Congrats Glynnis and Thank you! -Kelley Barringer, DallasHR Community Relations Director & Chris Chaillot, DallasHR Community Relations Director-Elect 

October HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Mary Williams

Human Resources Manager
Niagara Bottling, LLC

“Mary Williams has been a member of the Special Events Committee for several years and she really helped serve as the backbone and stability mechanism for both Jennifer and myself during the 2019 HRSWC.  Mary was the go-to committee member who could anticipate our needs, step in and get various tasks accomplished and who supported us with a great attitude and willingness to do whatever was necessary to make us successful as a group.  She really stood out to me, among a group of stellar committee members, because of humble spirit, go-getter attitude, and hilarious wit.  Always up at the early-morning meetings, helping us stay organized, helping us to clearly communicate among the committee, and other invaluable tasks that she helped with during the conference, are all reasons why I nominated her for VOM.  She is truly someone who I will count as a close personal friend for years and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her on the SE committee.” – Brian Hayes, HRSWC Special Events Director

September DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Kelly Simants

Senior HR Consultant
Nevada HR Team 

Kelly brings an arsenal of skills and experience that have elevated the operations of CCHR.  As a former event planner, she knows all the tricks of the trade and has used them over and over again to help us throw entertaining and successful networking events this year.  That is matched with her servant’s heart, dependability, and get it done attitude.  Her sweet and fun spirit coupled with her trade has made her an invaluable asset to CCHR.  Thank you, Kelly!  We appreciate everything you have done for CCHR! – Lauren Truelove, Collin CountyHR Director

September HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Cat Schlueter

Human Resources Manager
City of Azle

Cat Schlueter is our nominee for HRSWC Volunteer of the Month.  Cat has been a member of the Special Events Committee for the past 2 years.  She has stepped up her game and really produced some great results having recruited 13 gifts that were donated for the Silent Auction.  This is a huge accomplishment and we are so very excited about the Silent Auction as a result of the hard work and efforts of our committee members.  Cat is also one of the kindest people to work with and she has been a strong contributor to the Committee for the past couple of years. -Brian Hayes, Director, Special Events Committee 

August DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Lisa Harris

Manager, Client Relations
Thorn Network, Inc. 

Lisa serves as a Talent Management member of our DallasHR Education Committee. She has been an incredible asset to our committee, going above and beyond by offering numerous speaker and topic ideas for our monthly Education events. Her connections, organization, and dedication to our committee helped make every single event a success, specifically the August Education event, where three of her contacts presented on leadership. Lisa also stepped up to partner with the Career Support Committee and helped plan the Sharpen Your Search event, which was a huge success. It is our pleasure to honor her as the Volunteer of the Month! -Kjersten Faseler, DallasHR Board of Directors, Education Director-Elect

August HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Kris Gallant

HR Administrator
Unity Hunt

Kris Gallant is a shining star on the Special Events Committee. She’s diligently worked to solicit items for our Silent Auction and most recently, she wowed us all by securing a dance troupe for a surprise performance during Conference. Kris is committed to creating an amazing Conference and consistently goes above and beyond to ensure our committee’s success. She’s a pleasure to have on our team and we’re excited to honor her as the August Volunteer of the Month. – Brian Hayes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HRSWC Board of Directors, Special Events Director

June DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Tyra Bremer 

Founder & CEO 
Thrive Hive Solutions 

Tyra is a valuable volunteer on the Career Support Committee.   The committee’s focus is to assist HR professionals find their next job.  Her main focus is to secure presenters for the monthly Job Link meetings.   Tyra successfully created a tool that makes it easy to ensure we have presenters confirmed; and that we have their bio, photo, and other items ready to promote each meeting.    Through her efforts, we had our calendar of presenters complete for the year in Q1, which makes for a smooth year.   Tyra’s energy and enthusiasm makes her an asset to the Career Support Committee. – Angela Bell, Career Support Director – Elect

June HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Rhonda Clemente

Manager, HR Services

Rhonda has been very diligent with the legal exchange. She worked with two other volunteers to select the speakers and the topics.  When Rhonda is presented with a problem she always, bring solutions.  For instance, one of her speakers was not comfortable with a topic.  Rhonda was able to find another topic that the speakers was comfortable with presenting and brought forth the information for discussion.  When education sessions need a volunteer, she is always one of the first to offer her assistance. -Shirley Johnson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Education Sessions Director-Elect 

May DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Brandon McCormick

Qualified Plan Consultant
Qualified Plan Advisors

"We are pleased to announce Brandon McCormick has been voted as the DallasHR Volunteer of the Month for May 2019! The Community Relations committee started the year with a new approach and very lofty goals.  As a new member, Brandon has consistently proven that he is a dependable and engaged member of the team since day one. This was Brandon’s first year to volunteer with DallasHR, and has taken this role very seriously. Brandon is engaged in every committee meeting, attends and actively participates in nearly every event and opportunity presented to the committee, and he has most recently taken full ownership and successfully organized and executed his first major DallasHR community service event with the North Texas Food Bank! Brandon has shown time and again that he brings value to everything he participates in, and he is never hesitant to offer assistance in whatever way possible. We have truly enjoyed watching Brandon grow within this group, and are excited to continue to watch him continue to add value to the DallasHR community through his future service. Thank you Brandon!" - Kelley Barringer, Community Relations Director & Chris Chaillot, Community Relations Director-Elect

May HRSouthwest Conference Volunteer of the Month

Peter Novick

Human Resources Coordinator
CnStaffing Inc.

“Peter returned to Ed Sessions for a 3rd year and is a great asset to the committee.  Peter is very diligent in completing all of his actions very timely and providing the needed level of updates back to the committee leaders.  This year for reference checking, all of Peters references were the first to be completed and we attribute that to his quick action in sending communications, following up with references and reaching out to speakers as needed to drive this process forward. “ – Kay Bumgarner, Educational Sessions Director

April DallasHR and HRSWC Volunteer of the Month

Madison Weaver

Associate, Global Talent Acquisition
Bain & Company

"Madison Weaver is currently serving his 2nd year as a Member of the Student Engagement Committee for DallasHR and the HR Southwest Conference. Madison coordinates student sponsorship's for HRSWC, pairing student attendees with their sponsor for an engaging and rewarding conference experience.  Madison was a member of his university SHRM chapter at Texas Tech University and I recruited him to join our committee when we were both speaking at another university SHRM chapter event and discovered we shared the same passion for helping students to navigate the many waves of their educational career and transition from academia to the business world. Madison has always lent a helping hand to pick up additional tasks and is very dedicated to this committee's purpose. Madison is a valued member of this team and we are proud to honor him for this month's Volunteer of the Month!"  -Paige Lueckemeyer - Student Engagement Director

March DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Amanda Novakovic

HR Specialist

"Amanda serves as a Talent Management member of our DallasHR Education Committee. Amanda helps set up speakers and topic ideas for the DallasHR Education Events, and has been a large factor in our success this year. She is always so positive, proactive, eager to help, and engaged in her duties on the committee. She is someone who will offer up help or ideas before she’s asked, and is an incredibly reliable member of our team. Before our first meeting of the year, she had already brainstormed topic ideas for Education Events in 2019, and has continuously brought additional topic ideas and speaker suggestions to the table, helping to make each event a success. Amanda is an invaluable asset to the Education Committee." -Kjersten Faseler, Education Direct- Elect

February DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Becky Buttermore, PhR, SHRM CP, CASP
Director, Business Development
Aureon HR

"Becky is one of those people that is always positive, and you want her on your team!  She goes above and beyond to help and does it with a smile.  Becky oversees the non-member outreach; where she makes outreach to non-members that attend DallasHR events to give them a call to tell them thank you for attending and share the opportunity to join DallasHR.  This is a very important role in Member Engagement.  As the head of non-member outreach for Member Engagement Committee in January she went above and beyond and made all the calls herself since we are staffing up with project volunteers for 2019.  She consistently beats expectations and volunteers to help in other areas of DallasHR and Member Engagement Committee.  We appreciate you Becky; keep up the great work!" -Courtney Dewitt, Member Engagement Director-Elect 

January DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Seth Nell 
Business Performance Advisor/Territory Director
Windsor HR Services, Inc.

“Seth Nell serves on the Collin CountyHR committee and is an active member of DallasHR.  Seth is a team player who always comes with solid ideas for growth, is a problem solver, and who is always willing to offer a helping hand no matter what the request may be.  While he made an impact in many ways throughout 2018, he has already started off 2019 as a networking champion!  He lined up the amazing Collin County networking events last year and teed us up for our February 7th event at Lazy Dog in Plano.  Seth, thank you for the time, energy, and expertise you add to DallasHR and CCHR.  We appreciate you!” - Lauren Truelove, Director of Collin CountyHR Committee

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