SVP, Human Resources, and Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer

College/University attended?

  • Denison University, BA Liberal Arts
  • Xavier University, M.Ed. Human Resource Development

Tell us a little about you… 

As EPB’s Vice President of Human Resources, I lead initiatives in corporate culture, HR administration, compensation, employee training, and development. I joined EPB in 2009 after working at the Staples Corporation, the Social Security Administration, and Premier Manufacturing. Originally from Ohio, I received my BA degree from Denison University and my Master’s in Human Resource Development from Xavier University. I was previously a board member for First Things First and the Public Education Foundation (PEF). I currently serve on the boards of See Rock City, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, The Lillian Colby Foundation and as a Trustee on the UC Foundation at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

What does leadership mean to you?  

Leadership means identifying and communicating a vision that benefits those you serve. It also means you work to earn the trust of those around you and take responsibility for making that vision a reality.

What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?

Don’t count yourself out. Too often, we disqualify ourselves for fear of rejection. When we take healthy risks, we learn and grow from the experience—regardless of the outcome. The best leaders have wins and losses that provide knowledge, experience, and perspective.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?

I can’t name one person–It must be my parents equally! My father modeled hard work, humility, and a love for business. On the other hand, my mother was an unwavering optimist who knew the power of prayer. Growing up in our household, my sister and I believed we could do anything. So, my mother’s optimism and my father’s servant leader attitude gave me the support and confidence I needed to step out and become a leader.

What has been your proudest moment in your career?

The proudest moment in my career was when I worked alongside my coworkers at EPB to watch the growth of our first graduates of EPB’s Future-Ready Institute. The development of these students was nothing short of remarkable. I want to believe that the time and work given by myself, and others played a small part in encouraging and motivating our students.

What strides do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?

Get involved in the community. Volunteer or lead groups in our community that you care about. As women, we offer a unique perspective and can represent the interests and perspectives vital to women and girls. We can also partner with organizations passionate about women’s and girls’ needs.

When you’re not working, where and how do you spend your time?

I cook, read, and plan travel when I’m not working.

What benefit do you hope to gain/or have gained by joining this organization?

Personally, I enjoy greater access to other women who are on a similar journey. We often feel isolated or that our experience is unique. However, CWLI provides a platform to learn and grow from the life and journey of other women.