HR Florida had the distinct pleasure of honoring several of its past presidents at the 2011 State Conference and August State Council Meeting. Created in 1978, HR Florida represents over 14,000 individual members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Serving as the chief executive, the president is accountable for managing the daily operations of the State Council, which today is comprised of sixty-four directors representing the executive board, district management, HR leadership focus areas, core services, and chapter leadership.
Without its history of dedicated leadership, HR Florida would not have been successful in becoming the premier HR association it is today. To honor those who have come before and led the way, HR Florida paid special tribute to past presidents who were able to attend the celebration.
Sherell Hendrickson, PHR was the president of HR Florida in 2006. Presently the Associate Vice President of Human Resources with the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Sherell has been involved in HR for over twenty-five years. Prior to joining HR Florida, Sherell served as president of her local chapter, the Greater Pensacola SHRM, and remains an active member today. She was honored with that association’s Member of the Year Award in 2000. Before being elected to the presidency, Sherell served as HR Florida’s secretary, treasurer and president-elect. During her tenure, Sherell established a monthly electronic newsletter for HR Florida, held a successful chapter leadership conference and oversaw the state conference, which attracted more than 750 attendees.
Libby Anderson, SPHR was HR Florida’s president in 2005. She is currently president of HR Now and the Southwest Florida Employer’s Association, LLC, where she provides customized training and HR consulting services. Libby has been involved with HR for over twenty-five years with background in consulting and in the retail and hospitality sectors. In 2006, Libby served on the national Membership Advisory Committee for SHRM and was recently selected to serve on SHRM’s Organization Development Special Expertise Panel. She is the past president and current member of HR Collier. As HR Florida’s president, Libby led the organization in developing a state conference that attracted over 627 attendees.
Jasmine Richards, PHR, CHRE was HR Florida’s president in 2003. Recently retired after more than thirty years as an HR executive, Jasmine is a lifetime member of the SHRM and is an emeritus with the Human Resources Certification Institute. In 2000, Jasmine was awarded the SHRM Capital Award for Legislative Excellence and in 1999, was recognized as Florida’s HR Professional of the Year. After serving as the president of the Central Florida Human Resource Association, Jasmine joined HR Florida. During her presidency with the theme of “Getting Back to Reality,” Jasmine focused on providing innovative HR communitybuilding activities such as the HR Survivor Games in Daytona. There was no state conference in 2003 as SHRM held its annual national conference in Orlando that year.
Donna Horkey, PHR was president in 1997. She is presently a principal with Missing Link Consultants, Inc., a human resources consulting and defense litigation support firm she founded in 1988. Donna is a past president of the HR Association of Broward County, where she has also been a member for twenty-four years. From 1997 to 2002, Donna served as a member of the regional board and national board of directors with SHRM. She was the 2002 recipient of the HR Florida Award for Professional Excellence and the 1993 recipient of the HR Florida Chapter President of the Year Award. During her time as HR Florida’s president, Donna oversaw the nonprofit incorporation the organization and implemented a new leadership succession planning process that is still in use today.
Gina Hall, SPHR was president in 1992. She is presently the principal consultant with Gina Hall HR Consulting, a recruiting and outplacement firm located in Orlando. Gina has more than twenty-five years of experience in HR, having previously worked with companies such as CNA Insurance, the University of Central Florida, and Drake Beam Morin. An active member of the Central Florida HR Association since 1983, Gina also served as the association’s president and is currently on the 2011 Board of Directors as Finance Director. Prior to her tenure as president of HR Florida, Gina served as a district director and as the state conference chair. During her presidency, she helped create the Lake Sumter Society for HR Management and was successful in getting twenty-one out of the twenty-four chapters at the time to volunteer at the SHRM national conference. Gina continues to support HR Florida by volunteering at the state conference.
These volunteer leaders shared a dream to bring HR Florida to the forefront, so it is only fitting that we applaud their many contributions today. Many, many thanks to our past presidents for setting the stage for our current and continued success.