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Jenna Dobbins, SPHR Named HR Florida’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Written by Kara Palmer Smith


The HR Florida Council could not be successful without the hard work and support of its volunteer leaders. Volunteer leaders are chapter presidents and board members who make up the HR Florida State Council. The Volunteer of the Year is an annual award that recognizes a volunteer who actively supports, promotes, and develops the human resource profession through volunteerism. The winner is selected by chapter presidents and based on the nominees’ overall contributions in supporting local chapters, advancing the profession and driving council effectiveness through outstanding approaches, innovative ideas and promotion of the Society and Council.

Jenna Dobbins, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year during the 2014 annual conference. Jenna has been a council volunteer for five years, contributing significantly to the HR Florida State Council through her leadership as facilities chair; a role she began in 2010. However, in 2014, she took on additional responsibilities in support of HR Florida initiatives. Throughout her with the service with the Council, she has always embodied the overall mission of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and HR Florida to serve the professional and advance the profession.

“Jenna is that rare individual that consistently delivers outstanding results. I’m thrilled she’s a part of our team”, said Joyce Chastain, president, HR Florida. “Her tireless contributions are what enable our state Council to carry out its mission in support of our profession and make her well-qualified for the honor of 2014 HR Florida Volunteer of the Year.“

Volunteer highlights include:

• Assuming the labor-intensive role of chairing the committee that planned and executed the first-ever Council members’ recognition event at the SHRM Annual Conference, held in Orlando in June 2014. It was attended by over 400 Florida-based HR professionals and other VIP guests.

• Excelling as the facilities chair, which is one of the most visible positions on the Council. Jenna is responsible for selecting the menus for events, managing the A/V and room setting and assuring that Council members get registered for hotel rooms, as appropriate, at each event. There are a lot of components to oversee. Throughout Jenna’s years of service in this role, the results have been excellent.

Jenna’s commitment and leadership of various projects and roles qualities her as the Volunteer of the Year. The HR Florida State Council is proud to honor Jenna Dobbins, SPHR with the HR Florida 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. She is HR Manager with Pantoon Solutions, serves as Secretary for the SHRM Jacksonville Chapter and resides in Jacksonville.

“Being recognized for this award is such a privilege”, said Jenna Dobbins. “It means so much, because HR Florida is an amazing organization with an elite group of leaders who I look up to.”

Kara Palmer Smith is the Director of Client Services & Advancement at CareerSource Capital Region in Tallahassee, FL. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in Sport Management. She served as a Big Bend SHRM board member for many years and is the volunteer Public Relations Director for the HR Florida State Council.