DallasHR and The HRSouthwest Conference Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our outstanding and dedicated volunteers!


2022 Volunteers of the Month

October Volunteer of the Month

Chance Lyde
Talent Acquisition Partner, NCH Corporation

“Chance is a first time volunteer for Dallas HR/HRSW Conference, but was previously very active volunteering in the Lubbock SHRM arena. As an Attendee Experience Committee Member, Chance was very dedicated to making everyone's experience a positive one. When we ran out of badges very early on the first day, he greeted all participants with a smile and kept a positive attitude, regardless of the complaints he was getting. He was always upbeat and willing to help however he could. Chance was a valued member of our committee and was noticed by everyone, and everyone noticed that he ALWAYS had a smile.” – Beth Grover, Attendee Experience Director


August Volunteer of the Month

Wendy Chance
Vice President Human Resources, Evins Group, LLC 

“Wendy’s passion for human resources and the HR Southwest conference is unmatched! Her energy and enthusiasm shines through in every committee meeting where she has consistently gone above and beyond sharing her expertise and bringing really good questions and ideas to the to the table. The Ed Sessions committee would absolutely not be the same without her as she’s the heart of the committee. The committee and conference are lucky to have such a ROCKSTAR committee member!” -Lisa Harris, Ed Sessions Director

July Volunteer of the Month

Jim Tam
Vice President, Market Lead at Keystone Partners 

“Jim is a first-year volunteer both for DallasHR and the Career Support Committee.  In a very short time, he has organized and redefined the way we share job openings with our members.  He is also the first person to step up and volunteer whenever we have a need.  He is smart, fun to work with, and has an incredible attitude towards everything.  We are lucky to have him. “ – Krystal Yates, Career Support Director 

June Volunteer of the Month

Kris Gallant
HR Administrator
Unity Hunt 

“I nominated Kris Gallant for Volunteer of the Month for her ambition and the way she stepped up after our last meeting. After the committee decided on the theme of Denim & Diamonds for the HRSW Conference Closing Reception on Tuesday, Kris took the ideas that we discussed regarding the decorations and presented designs and a list of items required for them. She sent them to the director, director-elect, and staff liaison. With our approval, it was sent to the committee for further input. Everyone loved her designs and the supplies were ordered and most have already arrived. Her initiative and enthusiasm deserve to be recognized.” -Beth Grover, Attendee Experience Director

May Volunteer of the Month

Ryan Fridborg
Executive Vice President
IMA Financial Group

If you do not know Ryan; you should.  I have nicknamed him Mr. Congeniality based on his genuine nature and the way he goes out of his way to make sure everyone feels welcome at an event.  He is new to DallasHR and the area, but he has gone above and beyond to help the Member Engagement Committee with anything he is asked and more.  I am truly grateful to Ryan and his passion he has shared with DallasHR and our committee.  Thanks, Ryan, for your hard work and truly making a positive impact in Member Engagement. -Courtney DeWitt, Member Engagement Director-Elect

April Volunteer of the Month

Rebekah Zetts

Human Resources Manager
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

“Rebekah has a way of making everything she does look easy -- while it is not! She spearheads Career Support's social media campaigns with enthusiasm and consistency as well as is a regular contributor to our Job Link events. Additionally, Rebekah inspires at each meeting with her great ideas. Rebekah, thank you for always taking the lead!” – Tomi Morriss, Career Support Director- Elect

March Volunteer of the Month


Joann Stokes
Human Resources & Administrative Manager at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Education Committee

“Joann has been a long time volunteer of the Education Committee. She participates and contributes during every meeting, and more amazing, Joann has NEVER missed an Education Event! Her commitment and contribution to DallasHR is appreciated greatly. We’re lucky to have you Joann, thank you!” – Dennie Laney, Education Director 

February Volunteer of the Month

Ivory Williams Hopkins

Talent Attraction, Legendary Brands
Student Engagement Committee 

“Ivory Williams Hopkins joined the 2022 Student Engagement Committee. She immediately volunteered to take on new school outreach assignments, speak at the DallasHR February Education Event, and took the initiative to tackle the mentor program in collaboration with the Membership Committee. Ivory is also one of the volunteers that is coordinating with the  Career-Support Committee to help with the HR Student Workshop on March 25th. Her commitment to helping the next generation of HR professionals and the HR community is what helps make DallasHR great!” – Heidi Torres, Student Engagement Director

January DallasHR Volunteer of the Month

Mark Gooch
Founder & Results Partner at Strategic People Ops

“As a new member of the Education Committee, Mark has already made a tremendous impact. As the co-leader of the Employee Engagement Round Table Mark has taken the initiative to reach our volunteers via compelling and creative video posts, creating a huge buzz for this already popular and valuable Round Table. Do NOT miss his next Employee Engagement Round Table on April 6!” Dennie Laney, Education Director

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