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    Read more about our members in our monthly Bulletin Board.

    Want members to know more about you and your company?  Complete our Member Spotlight form and email it to rrhrpa@gmail.com or contact our Membership Chair, Tamie Jones at tamie.jones@compliancesigns.com.  

    Member Spotlight! 

     

    January 2020

    Welcome to a new year and a new Member Spotlight!  This month we feature Alisa Wolf, who is the Executive Director of the Lee County Housing Authority based in Dixon.  Their mission is to provide quality affordable housing where individuals can live and work in the community they serve.  They also work with individuals to learn skills so they can buy their own homes.

    Alisa has an interesting career past: she is actually a licensed clinical social worker.  She made a career change a year or so ago into management of the housing authority.  She states, "I am still able to use my social work skills in the work with tenants and I can use business skills to make sure we have all the resources to provide housing in Lee County."  In her spare time, she enjoys refinishing furniture, junking with her bestie, gardening, and attending her child's sporting events.

    Alisa joined RRHRPA because, now that she is in charge of HR, she believes the education RRHRPA provides is invaluable.  Thanks for that, Alisa, and we're glad you're here!

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    November/December 2019

    The final Member Spotlight for 2019 is on Tamie Jones, SHRM-CP.  Tamie has worked for ComplianceSigns in Chadwick, IL for the last 14 years, and has been the Human Resource Manager for the last six years.  Tamie is also the newest member of our Board of Directors, serving as our Membership Chair.  

    ComplianceSigns is a leading manufacturer of regulatory-compliant safety signs and labels, parking signs, no smoking labels, Braille restroom signs and a wide variety of other workplace identification signage.  They manufacture signs and labels at their Chadwick plant.  Their clients span a wide range of industries and public agencies that depend on well-designed signs and labels to protect their employees and customers, military and government agencies, industrial and chemical manufactures, retailers, schools, physician offices and health care facilities, professional buildings, churches and many others.

    Tamie has been married for 36 years, and she and her husband have three sons, two grandsons and another grandchild arriving in May 2020.  Congratulations!!

    Tamie loves to cook, trying new recipes and spending time with her family.

    Tamie says she appreciates her membership with RRHRPA because it "challenges me to get out of the office and meet new people.  It also gives me the opportunity to learn and expand in the profession and provides me with great networking options which is so helpful because I am an HR Department of 1."  Tamie also earned her SHRM-CP in December 2018.  Congratulations, Tamie and we're so glad you are a part of RRHRPA.

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    October 2019

    Anna Garcia is in our Member Spotlight this month. Anna has been the Administrative Manager for Steel River Systems, LLC (SRS) in Rock Falls since May.  SRS is responsible for federal student loan collections.  Anna previously worked for 16 years at VeriFacts, Inc., where she held many roles including the Director of Recruitment and Onboarding.

    She lives in Sterling with her husband Alberto and their son, Alex.  She is on the Board of Directors for Sterling Main Street and is the co-leader of a women's shooting group called Tri-County Women of Caliber, based in Polo, IL.  She is also a certified pistol instructor and range safety officer.

    Anna is happy to be part of RRHRPA and is hoping we can be a resource for her in her new role as a one-person HR department for SRS.  We're glad to have you, Anna!! 

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    September 2019

    To start our fall off right, Jodi Haeffner of KSB Hospital is in our Member Spotlight.  Jodi is a Senior HR Generalist with KSB in Dixon, which obviously puts her in the healthcare field.  Jodi has over 35 years experience in Medical Imaging with the last 20 being in management.  She has always enjoyed the Human Resource side of her job, so when she and her husband moved to the Dixon area, she looked for a position outside of Medical Imaging but still within a hospital setting. Hence, her new position with KSB Hospital.   

    Though she has only been a member of RRHRPA for a short time, she is looking forward to the networking opportunities we have to offer.  Welcome to Dixon and to RRHRPA, Jodi!   We're glad you're here.

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    May 2019

    Our final Member Spotlight for this spring is on Stephani Chandler, CSP, who has been the Branch Manager of Hughes Resources since 2015.  Stephani says, "We are the People Professionals."  Hughes Resources is a locally-owned staffing company serving Southern Wisconsin and Northwestern Illinois. Their mission is bettering the communities they serve by connecting local businesses with hardworking employees and connecting people with job opportunities.  As a company, they have two customers: businesses seeking to hire employees, and job seekers looking to get hired.  For area businesses, they aim to serve as an extension of the HR department, offering a flexible and supportive partner to connect the organization with the employees and solutions they need. For those seeking employment, Hughes Resources works to find them work.Stephani truly enjoys working for Hughes Resources and with her work family!

    She received her CSP (Certified Staffing Professional) in February 2016 and obtaining her SHRM certification is her next work-related goal. She is a current ambassador for the Dixon Chamber of Commerce & Main Street, as well as a current board member and secretary of the Dixon Rotary Club. She enjoys getting involved and volunteering for community-related events and activities.   

    Prior to Hughes Resources, she was an Office Manager with the GENCO Return Center from 1999 until the Dixon location's closure in 2013. While there, she received her Lean Certified Process Manager certification. 

    "Working in the manufacturing and warehousing industry is my passion which is why I enjoy the work that I do with Hughes Resources. This position gives me the opportunity to work with many different clients and candidates!" 

    Stephani doesn't work all the time.  She says, "Troy and I have been married since 2003 and together we have 3 children. Riley is 22 years old and will be graduating from Iowa State University this May, getting married in June, and then leaving for the military in August. Bryce is turning 16, and getting his license this May, and will be traveling to Alaska for six weeks in June. Ms. Emma is 12, going on 27, and very much keeps us on our toes. We have a busy year ahead filled with many adventures and milestones! We enjoy camping, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with our close-knit extended family." 

    Stephani says her membership with RRHRPA gives her a great source for HR related information and she enjoys the ability to network.  We're glad you are a member, Stephani!

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    April 2019

    Kerri Pierceson, aPHR, is in our April Member Spotlight.  Kerri works for VeriFacts, Inc. (VFI) in Sterling.  VFI has been a trusted partner to the financial industry for over 25 years, bringing their clients a competitive edge to gain market share, increase revenue and stay ahead of their competition by providing location services based on the client's needs. The VeriFacts name is synonymous with quality in their industry and their information is verified and 100% accurate.

    Kerri has been with VFI since October, 2003 performing various jobs, including:  Skip Tracer, Team Leader, Production Manager, Finance & Compliance Specialist, and finally, her current position of Director of Human Resources.  Even though they are growing, Kerri loves the family atmosphere VFI continues to maintain.  She has worked closely with the management staff over the last year changing their company culture to keep up with the rapidly changing times.  

    Outside of work, Kerri enjoys spending time with friends and family . . . especially enjoying time with her 2-1/2 year old twin grandbabies.  She says they absolutely have her wrapped around their fingers!!  Kerri is a huge Cubs and Bears fan, and she loves hanging out in the pool in the summer, visiting wineries, playing cards and watching movies during the winter months.  She also gets to Hot Springs Village, AR, whenever she can to visit her parents.  

    Kerri obtained her aPHR certification in November 2016, and is taking steps to achieve the next step this fall.

    About her membership with RRHRPA: Kerri says, "since joining RRHRPA, I've been introduced to many new faces and have gained so much knowledge from the many learning opportunities I have taken advantage of that I probably would not have known about [had I not been a member].  I love that we all want to learn together and are able to learn from each other as well!!"  Thanks for being a part of RRHRPA, Kerri!

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    March 2019

    Our March Member Spotlight is on Tammy Nehrkorn, Business Relations Representative for BEST, Inc. (Business Employment Skills Team).  BEST, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency administering federally-funded programs that assist youth and adults in obtaining meaningful employment through training, job search, and work experience.  BEST, Inc. assists businesses in a wide variety of areas to help them thrive in today's competitive and ever-changing economy.

    Tammy enjoys painting - pictures, not walls - in her spare time, and other artistic activities.  She says that although she is a new member, she has found the information in the RRHRPA emails  to be both informative and helpful.  We're glad you are a part of RRHRPA, Tammy!  Welcome!!

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    February 2019

    Janice McCoy, County Director for the University of Illinois Extension, serving Lee, Carroll and Whiteside Counties, is our featured member for February and a newer member of RRHRPA, having joined later in 2018.  University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of Illinois and far beyond.  Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside counties' focus on 4-H/Youth Development, Family Life,  Adult Life and Aging, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. The Extension's mission is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work.

    Janice has spent her career working with educational and not-for profit organizations. She worked for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley for nine years as the Director of Crisis Services where she was responsible for supervising the domestic violence and sexual assault programs. This experience made her very familiar with the needs of at-risk families.  She spent 14 years as a Family Life Educator with University of Illinois Extension demonstrating expertise in family living content and program development.  She has held the administrative and supervisory role as a County Director for the past five years.

    Janice has been honored with the State and National program excellence awards for the Your Young Child curriculum and Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Scientists.   She has also presented curriculum and research findings at numerous national conferences.

    McCoy's bachelor's and master's degrees are both from Western Illinois University and her professional affiliations include Illinois Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Epsilon Sigma Phi, and now RRHRPA. Janice is a native of the Sauk Valley area and graduated from Dixon High School. She and her husband Jim live in Dixon with their daughter Charlotte.

    Janice appreciates RRHRPA for the networking and educational opportunities provided.  Janice, we welcome you to the group!