Share some interests, activities, and desires that you have in your personal life.
Some people may not know that my last career was in the performing arts. I was a dancer/instructor/choreographer for competitive dancers, professional companies, and competition adjudicator for 30 years. Therefore, most of my personal time spends are related to creative outlets, or just totally face-planting and sleeping. When not working on my special skill as a professional napper, I do acrylic abstract art, crochet, sewing, glass and bead art, and spending way too much time with the longest standing relationship in my life…my X-Box.
Share some accomplishments, new developments, or pursuits in your professional life.
My most recent accomplishment was getting my SHRM-CP in August of 2020. I am fortunate to have an employer who has supported and sponsored my pursuit of the credential, and I’m also fortunate to have SHRM co-volunteers who acted as pseudo counselors in my recovery from taking the exam through a virtual proctoring portal that apparently hated me. After 9 hours (it was supposed to be 4), 10 proctors (it was supposed to be 1), and 1 massive headache (it was supposed to be 0) later, I was told by the portal (suspect I might add) that I had passed. I did not put stock in that assessment till I got further proof, but I made sure to update my business cards before they could take it back. While I would definitely attest to the benefit of getting certified for various things, I would just as adamantly state that in the future I will have no problem risking Bubonic Plague (let along COVID) taking a test in person at a testing center rather than attempt a virtual proctoring session again. Ahh…the things we do for acronyms.
When did you join SHRM and what aspects of the national and local chapters interested you the most?
After leaving the performing arts industry in 2015-2016, I went back to school and got my MBA. I obtained my current job at Landplan Engineering as the Human Resource Manager (and Marketing Manager and Office Manager) in May of 2018, and attended my first meeting with Jayhawk SHRM as a guest (and promptly thereafter joined) in June. After hearing requests at the meetings for help filling openings on the Board, I offered to help as Website Administrator in March of 2019 and at some point also got the Communications responsibilities iced on that virtual cake. I continued in those two roles on the Board in 2020, and then during the election for 2021, I was written in on the ballot by someone (not myself I swear) as president-elect. Because I am Communications VP and therefore the one who created the voting email and received the results, I knew I could just pretend that the write-in vote never happened and ignore it. However; the more I thought about it, I decided that if the rest of the Board was in favor of it, I would stuff those candles in the icing. Come to find out, another Board member said they almost wrote me in on the ballot too. They expressed agreement that I should accept the position (or didn’t speak up that I shouldn’t) so now you are all stuck with me for 2022 HA! I guess what I am most interested in is finding ways to make everything I touch a little better than I found it. I love the entire process of making good things great, and helping others not just navigate but thrive through change (weather not that actually happens would have to be determined by someone who’s interests are in navigating chaos and cleaning up messes).
Now for fun!!!
If you were able to create your own flavor of ice cream, what would it have in it what would you call it?
My ice cream would have in it all the nutrients necessary for life, zero calories, and I would call it breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.