Director of Workplace Diversity & Inclusion
Denise has more than 25 years of experience in both operations and staff positions in Healthcare, Business and Industry and the Education Market. Prior to Sodexo, Denise owned a contract foodservice company and restaurant in the NJ area. In her 20 years with Sodexo, her expertise includes training and development, diversity recruitment, talent development, human resources, strategic planning and execution. Prior to her current role, Denise was the District Manager overseeing a 24M dining program at a large public University. Denise’s current role as Director of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion supports the Education Market (college and K-12) where she partners with operations and human resources to align the Diversity and Inclusion strategy with the company’s goals. She travels nationally, meeting with managers to implement the D&I strategy, delivering training, and facilitating meetings with both managers and clients around D&I topics.
She is a founding member and original Chair of PRIDE, Sodexo’s GLBT employee network group. Her passions are making a difference in people’s lives by bringing inclusion to the forefront in the workplace every day. Outside of work, Denise enjoys golf, participating in car shows and is the President of her Homeowners Association. She resides in Naples Florida. She holds a BS in Food Administration and Hotel Tourism from Rochester Institute of Technology.
VP, Sales Strategy & Customer Management
Kristin started her career with PepsiCo 25 years ago as a college hire in sales and has had a multi-faceted career. She’s done many roles in direct customer sales throughout her journey while also holding leadership positions in Operations, Insights and Analytics, and Sales Capability. In her most recent role she led global Sales Capability across PepsiCo charting a global competency approach to selling effectiveness. Currently she leads the sales strategy for the U.S. Top 50 customers to drive PepsiCo cross-divisional effectiveness on all aspects of customer management.
Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Florida State University. She is heavily involved in supporting future female leaders and has been back to FSU as a keynote speaker for the Women in Business. She’s involved in industry diversity councils such as NEW and is also internally engaged in PepsiCo’s diversity programs WIN and Pinnacle. Kristin is also a co-founder of a new wholesome ERG called PepsiGrow focusing on healthy solutions for both internal associates as well as customer solutions. Separately she’s involved with PepsiCorps which is a month-long Performance with Purpose sustainability effort across PepsiCo globally. Kristin will travel to Africa in March to lead project work against Sustainable Agriculture and Empowering Women and Children.
Kristin is passionate about adventure travel particularly when it involves surfing, hiking, or snowboarding. She currently resides in Orlando, Fl. with her husband Mike and her two children Kendall and Mikey.
Regional General Manager
Lee DeVille, a 13-year Walmart veteran, is currently the Regional General Manager for North Florida. Lee joined Walmart in 1999 as an hourly associate and quickly assumed greater responsibility within store operations, later transitioning into Store Management. With an interest in expanding the scope of his experience, he joined the Asset Protection (AP) Division and had AP supervisory responsibility for stores in WY, MT, ND, SD, NE and FL. Continuing to grow, he was the Divisional Director of Safety, supporting 1/5th of the Company out of Atlanta, GA and then later was able to return to Store Operations where he served as the Regional Operations Support Director for the State of Florida out of Miami, FL. Later with an interest to further progress and gather different skill sets, he joined the Walmart Innovations team as a Director of Innovations for the Southeast Division out of Atlanta, GA. In this role, he helped implement new and changing processes and procedures to yield better efficiencies within the business. In 2011, he promoted into his current role, Regional General Manager, where he oversees approximately 19,000 associates and 60 stores across Northern Florida. His responsibilities include store operations, vendor partnerships, talent development, budget management, and business development.
Lee also holds a BS in Finance and a BS in Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University.
Tina M. Eckert is an associate at the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, in the firm’s Naples office. Ms. Eckert is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on the management side of labor and employment law. Her experience includes defending employers on discrimination and harassment matters, providing day-to-day counseling to employers on workplace decisions and practices, and representing businesses and individuals throughout Florida and across the country in complex litigation matters. Ms. Eckert earned her law degree from Rutgers Law School and her undergraduate degree, high honors, from Rutgers University, Douglass College. Ms. Eckert also holds a graduate certificate in labor and employment relations from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and New Jersey.
FLDC Chair of the Board
Tracey is the Managing Partner of the Tampa office of Ford & Harrison, LLP, a national labor and employment firm representing employers. As a female managing partner in a large law firm, Tracey is dedicated to the inclusion and promotion of women and minorities in the workplace. Internally, she promotes leadership among the female partner ranks through programs like Ford & Harrison’s Leadership Academy and the firm’s LEAP program, which focuses on increasing the number of female equity partners. Under Tracey’s leadership, the firm’s Tampa office regularly sponsors minority and female-driven organizational events and activities and its attorneys are regularly recognized for these efforts. In 2010, Ford & Harrison was the winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards in the corporation/company category. Tracey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend, including being named one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Florida and Top 25 Female Lawyers Central, Northern & Gulf Coast of Florida, and “Florida Super Lawyers” (2006-2010) as noted in the New York Times and Tampa Bay magazine. She was bestowed with the Glass Ceiling Award for exceptional individual efforts in leadership by the 2010 Florida Diversity and Leadership Conference.
Director of Human Resources
Pat Kimberly is the director of Human Resources for Wells Fargo’s Florida Community Bank where she and her team support retail, small business, and business banking with more than 8,500 team members and 670 banking stores. Before assuming her current role in March, 2009, with the Wachovia/Wells Fargo merger, Kimberly most recently served as the director of Human Resources for the Wachovia Wholesale Bank, supporting team members from the Carolinas to the Keys. Prior to that, she served in several leadership roles supporting a variety of business units, where she was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources with a focus on change management, merger integration, diversity and establishing a common culture. Kimberly has 39 years of banking industry experience, 20 of those in Human Resources. She attributes her background in banking to being the key to her success as an HR business partner, consultant and director. Kimberly started her career in a credit training program and followed the traditional career path of a commercial banker: credit analyst, loan underwriter, loan officer and a number of management positions. She gained expertise in change management and cultural integration as a result of working on 56 mergers and acquisitions with Wachovia and its predecessor companies. Within Wells Fargo, Kimberly also serves as a member of the Executive Coaching Group; as a Diversity Practitioner, supporting diversity councils and initiatives; as an executive mentor; and as an advisor to a Team Member Network – Persons with Disabilities.
FLDC Treasrurer of the Board
As the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Sarah King responsible for leading all human resources operations including recruitment and retention, leadership and associate development, employee relations and the alignment of more than 13,300 associates across Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Prior to her most recent position, Ms. King served as vice president of human resources for Wyndham Exchange and Rentals, based in the UK. In that role, she was responsible for all human resources strategies for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI), including nine businesses with approximately 4,000 associates across more than 20 countries. In addition, she also had oversight for EMEAI’s facilities and real estate management and corporate communications. Previously, Ms. King was responsible for overseeing all human resources operations in Australia, Africa and the United Kingdom for RCI. In these roles, she led strategies designed to attract, retain and engage associates and drive business performance improvement through effective people strategies. Ms. King holds a Diploma of Communications from Auckland University of Technology and several Certificates in Workplace Training and Assessment as well one from the Foundations of Human Resources Management. She is a member of the American Resort Development Association’s Human Resources Council, as well as the National Association of Professional Women. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. is the world’s largest vacation ownership company with more than 800,000 owner families and more than 160 resorts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. The company employs more than 13,300 associates worldwide.
EVP, Florida Caribbean
Mary Lallucci is an Executive Vice President and an Executive Coach with Right Management’s Florida/Caribbean Region. Drawing on more than 20 years of human resources experience, Mary partners with our corporate clients to ensure they receive the highest quality organizational consulting services possible. Her expertise in strategic marketing and business development initiatives has fostered trusted relationships and the long-term growth of our clients. As an executive coach, Mary works closely with senior-level executives, assessing skill sets and designing customized programs to maximize their career potential, with resulting benefits to the performance of their entire organizations. She is well versed in coaching executives through both career transition and career management processes. Prior to joining Right Management, Mary was Vice President of WorkSmart Learning Systems, Inc., where she delivered innovative, added-value client services. Mary also held senior management positions with Manpower International, specializing in staffing services, and was an executive with an organizational consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development, assessment, training, and instructional design. Mary holds a degree in Human Services from Nazareth College in New York. She is active in professional and civic groups in the Tampa Bay area, serving on the Board of Directors and is currently the Chair-elect for the St Petersburg Chamber. Mary also serves on the CEO Council for Tampa Bay and is a Board member of the Tampa Bay Workforce, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Business Operations
Jessica Munford is with the Allegis Group of companies, starting with TEKsystems, Inc. in 2003. She served as a technical recruiter for the TEKsystems’ Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale offices, as well as a corporate facilitator, training new recruiters. She was later promoted into TEKsystems Government Services vertical as an Account Manager in Orlando Florida, tasked with providing IT staff augmentation and services to multiple Federal agencies in Orlando and on the Space Coast. In 2012 Jessica was asked to transition to Aerotek, Inc. as the Director of Business Operations in Orlando, FL. She also currently serves as the Southeast Regional Chair for Aerotek’s board of Diversity & Inclusion.
Jessica has a BA degree from the University of Central Florida was a charter member of the Central Florida Chapter of Women in Defense, serving as the Director of Awards and Recognition. She currently lives in Oviedo with her husband and two daughters and volunteers as a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts.
Vice President Human Resources
Caryl Lucarelli joined Tech Data in 2007 as the Vice President and leader of the Human Resources organization. In her role she is a member of the Global Executive team (GEC) and serves as a management representative to the Board of Directors. Caryl is responsible for the development and implementation of all Human Resource strategies and leads the department in the areas of diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, organizational design, leadership development, change leadership and team dynamics. Additionally, she oversees other areas of Human Resources including employee relations, compensation, benefits, education, and employment.
Ms. Lucarelli has over 25 years’ experience with multi-national companies in global leadership roles for a variety of industries. Prior to her current position, Caryl was Vice President, Human Resources for Home Depot Supply (formerly Hughes Supply). The scope of this position was company-wide and serviced the 26,000 employee population of the fastest growing division within The Home Depot. Prior to this role, she held progressive leadership positions at Brambles Industries, Volvo and Dresser-Rand Corporation.
Ms. Lucarelli is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community and actively supports organizations particularly dedicated to providing opportunities and services for children and young adults. As such, she currently serves as a Wish Grantor through Make-a-Wish and sits on their advisory board, a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, sits on the advisory board for INROADS and is active with local community and school performing arts.
Caryl Lucarelli earned her Bachelor of Economics from Clemson University and a Master of Science Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven. She holds a Six Sigma Greenbelt and is a certified Employee Relations Specialist and Compensation Professional.
|Lorrie McGovern, D.B.A.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies in Business
Saint Leo Unviersity
Dr. Lorrie McGovern is the Director of Graduate Studies in Business and Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Saint Leo University. She is responsible for all graduate business degree programs which currently include Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Accounting. Before joining Saint Leo in the Fall of 2010, Dr. McGovern served as Dean of the School of Business at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Prior to that appointment, she served as Director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Bachelor of Business Administration programs. Dr. McGovern has owned three successful businesses and served as Director of Community Development for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Dr. McGovern holds a Bachelors of Science from Virginia Intermont College, Masters of Arts from Tusculum College and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University. In addition, she earned the SPHR credentials.
Brittany is currently the Diversity Manager at Bright House Networks, where she is responsible for partnering with business leaders to develop and implement the organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Prior to joining Bright House, Brittany worked in training and consulting roles at Berkshire Associates, specializing in helping federal contractors across the country meet their unique affirmative action and equal employment opportunity compliance needs. Prior to that, Brittany held HR and diversity support roles at Altegrity and Comcast Cable.
Brittany occasionally contributes to HR and diversity related blogs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, DC, and is working towards completing her Masters of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management, with a concentration on Diversity and Inclusion Management, from Georgetown University.
Melissa Mickle is an Executive Vice President with PNC Financial Services Group. Currently she services as the Market Manager for Florida in the Retail Banking Division. In her role she oversees the 11 regions totaling 200 branches.
Melissa joined PNC in 1997, and prior to being named to her currently position, was the the Area Manager for Central and West Florida. She has also served as Regional Manager in the Tampa Bay Region and the Space Coast Region, as well as the Market Executive in the West Michigan Market (National City) after starting her career in the Louisville Market where she held various management positions (National City).
Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Finance.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Regional Director for the Southern Florida Region since the commencement of the MSSB joint venture in 2009. In nearly 20 years at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Craig has served in a variety of roles including Associate Divisional Director for Southern/Western U.S., Florida District Manager, Ft. Lauderdale Complex Manager, Tampa Complex Manager, Plantation, FL branch manager, and Financial Advisor. Craig graduated from Villanova University in 1992 with a B.A. in economics and currently resides in south Florida with wife and three children.
HR Manager, Market Diversity Leader
Pam joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in 2011, as part of the National IFS Recruiting team where she has been supporting the US IT organization. Her experience includes some to the largest financial service and staffing firms in the industry; spending over 15 years as a Corporate Recruiter for such companies as KForce, SunTrust Banks and Raymond James.
Originally from the Tampa Bay area, Pam earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Pam also holds the position at PwC as the Tampa ESC Diversity Leader. Her involvement in external organizations, highlights the importance of networking in the community to collect and share best practices around diversity. Pam also recognizes the need for cultivating and encouraging an inclusive workforce.
VP, Organizational Effectiveness
Olesea Azevedo is Florida Blue’s vice president, Organizational Effectiveness. In this role, Azevedo has accountability for strategic business partnership, change leadership, organizational development, cultural inclusion and diversity, employee relations and the employee value proposition/employee engagement.
Azevedo brings to her leadership role deep human resource experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2014, she served as assistant vice president, Human Resources and Employee Communication, for Baptist Health South Florida. Prior to that, she held HR Leadership roles in both the Consumer and Commercial business units at ConAgra Foods. Azevedo also brings a unique multi-cultural perspective to her work and speaks five languages.
A compassionate leader, Azevedo takes great pride in developing employees and strengthening her teams. She also is very committed to making a difference within the community through organizations that include Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Miami and the School to Work program.
A member of the Society for Human Resource Management, she is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence including recognition for her work in leadership and business impact.
Azevedo holds a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University as well as a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Andrews University.
Senior Vice President, Staffing and Diversity
Betsy is responsible for global staffing for Nielsen, which provides clients the most complete understanding of what consumers watch and buy in over 100 countries. She is a member of the Nielsen Diversity Council and has co-led the Nielsen FL Diversity Council. Previously, Betsy was responsible for all HR functions as the SVP, HR for Nielsen Media Research, where she started the NMR Diversity Council and ERGs. Under her direction, NMR won a Diversity Inc. Top 50 award and several Computer World awards. In her previous role, Betsy was the VP, HR at Bayfront Medical Center responsible for all HR functions, several additional functions and served on the Ethics Committee. BMC won Working Mother’s Magazine Top 100 award several years. She has also worked for First Tennessee National Corporation, a statewide banking system, with responsibilities in organizational development and commercial credit. Betsy has a Masters degree in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in Personnel Management from Memphis State University. She holds both SPHR and CCP certifications.
Director of Human Resources
Kim Williams, who celebrates a 40-year career milestone this year, is director of Human Resources for UPS Florida. He leads a district with over 12,500 employees and has more than 50 employees who report directly to him within his function. Kim began his UPS career in 1973 as a part-time employee in Jacksonville, FL. He was promoted to full-time management in 1979 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of North Florida. He relocated to Central Florida to open the Orlando hub in 1982. He held various supervisor positions in the district in Health and Safety, package and hub operations, and Industrial Engineering. In 1987, Kim was promoted to the Orlando Hub manager and in 1990 accepted an assignment in the Human Resources Department where he gained valuable experience in Learning and Development, Workforce Planning, and Employee Relations. He supported the opening of the Pleasantdale and Burtonsville hubs in Georgia and Maryland. He also helped develop the Corporate Affirmative Action Training Program and the Impartial Employment Guide. In 1999, Kim was promoted and relocated to Baltimore, MD, as Director of Human Resources. In 2002, he returned to Florida as the Director of Human Resources.He holds a Professional in Human Resources designation from SHRM as part of his continuing education and is actively involved with the local United Way through volunteerism and leadership level giving.
Vice-Chair of the Board
Chief Human Resources Officer
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Kim graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology/Sociology, and began her career in management through the Executive Management Training program at May Company. As a Human Resources professional, her career has taken her to Blue Cross/Blue Shield and later to PharMerica, where she served as Vice President of Human Resources before joining Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, (formerly MacDill Federal Credit Union), in 1999. In her position with Grow Financial, Kim is responsible for the implementation of and compliance of all human resource policies, as well as payroll management, staffing and employee training. Kim has earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is a member of the national Society of Human Resource Management, (SHRMA). She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Diversity Council. In addition to speaking on diversity, Kim has co-chaired the annual Young Women’s Leadership Symposium in Tampa. She currently resides in Tampa with her husband and three daughters.
HR Operations Manager
Florida Virtual School
Mr. Richard Montes believes his life’s mission is to help develop others to fulfill their potential. Mr. Montes is able to help drive his mission through his professional career in Human Resources. His background in the discipline spans 10 years in many diverse environments including corporate and site level manufacturing. He currently works at a leading innovator of education, Florida Virtual School as an HR Operations Manager. Mr. Montes is able to leverage his relationship building tools and apply to the business concepts to realize operational improvements that impact his customers; the people of his organization. Mr. Montes earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Human Resources track) from the University of Central Florida in 2006; his Master’s in Business Administration in Management and Leadership from Rollins College in 2012; is actively certified as Professional in Human Resources, and is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt practitioner. In his spare time, Mr. Montes routinely volunteers with local community groups and was the previous President of the local chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Mr. Montes is happily married to his wonderful wife Natasha and together they have an awesome feline friend named Coco.
Chief Talent Officer/CHRO
Cheryl G. Brown is a capable and confident hands-on Senior Executive with exceptional experience in Human Resources in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Change Management, Organizational Development, Performance Management, Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, and Succession Planning. She is a champion of creating a “Praise” culture® in the workplace, which fosters performance synergy and employee development that inspires engaged employees to excel to their fullest potential while ensuring the organization builds a pipeline of future leaders and employee bench strength that are “best in class.” Cheryl has won numerous awards for her leadership in business and her community outreach such as a finalist for “Best Places to Work”, a finalist for Healthiest Employer, The “Ruby Class” Volunteer Award, a finalist for Business Woman of the Year, and a recipient of the Florida Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award.
Cheryl has earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from North Carolina Central University and her MBA from Walden University in addition to earning her Professional Human Resources (PHR) credentials in 2002 and earning her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) credentials in 2012. She is also a partner with her husband as the Founder and President of Demonstrative Truth Ministries International where they travel to bring Zoë life, healing, and encouragement to people all over the world. (www.dtmi.us).
Community Partnership/ALF Liaison
Ann D. Sherman-White currently serves as the Community Partnership/ALF Liaison for Suncoast Hospice. As a liaison, it is her duty to coordinate and facilitate activities that further the mission of Suncoast Hospice as it relates to generating new partnerships and maintaining current affiliations with individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. Her duties include cultivation, development, and procurement of contractual and care relationships with non-traditional organizations and community agencies which service multicultural communities. She is also charged with conducting extensive research for the purpose of supporting access, dispelling myths, and the creation of educational programs, partnerships, and activities that further the mission of the agency. Ann builds and sustains relationships with community leaders, senior management level executives, political figures, and municipal administrators for the purpose of establishing partnerships and collaborative interactions.
Ann is a native of St. Petersburg. She is a graduate of Lakewood High School. She is delighted to say that she attended Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. This Historically Black College/University is also the school of choice for her mother, her grandmother who is South Carolina’s first black author/playwright, and son. She received her Master’s from Argosy University in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Cultural Diversity. It is her goal to complete work towards a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration is Post Civil Rights African American Culture.
She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the largest African American Sorority in the world, The St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links, Inc., a 2008 graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg, and a member of the 2013 St. Petersburg Re-districting Committee.
This married mother of four is on the Board of Directors for Community Health Centers of Pinellas, The Florida Diversity Council Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Suncoast Hospice Diversity Task Force, as well as other community-based organizations and groups.
It is these distinction, the work and community involvement that she witnessed by members in her family, coupled with the work that she has done in the community, that motivates her to be cognizant of cultural diversity and inclusion.
|Jil Jordan Greene
Sr. Director, Human Resources
Outback Steakhouse, Inc.
Jil Jordan Greene is a strategic business leader, coach, and mentor. She is the Sr. Director of Human Resources for Outback Steakhouse a part of Bloomin’ Brands Inc., where she partners with the company’s President and Vice President of Operations supporting over 700 restaurants nationwide.
Greene is the former Human Resources Vice President of Caesars Entertainment with the Harrah’s New Orleans Division. Caesars Entertainment is the largest entertainment company in the world. In this role, she provided strategic leadership to employee relations, corporate communications, staffing and retention, organizational development, succession planning, training and development, compensation, benefits and regulatory compliance.
Deena DeThomas is the Executive Director, Human Resources Region Operations for the Tampa Region. She joined USAA in July 2012. Deena has over 20 years of Human Resources experience with 16 years in leadership roles.
In her current role, she is accountable and responsible for delivering integrated HR strategic solutions for the Tampa regional market. She is also a member of the expansion team for the Tampa regional office. In addition to this role, she recently was the Human Resource Business Partner supporting the Local Market organization (Wealth Management/Financial Centers) and the distributed workforce.
Prior to joining USAA, Deena was the Principal/Owner of ECM HR Consulting, LLC in the Orlando, FL area where she was a strategic business partner providing executive level leadership through consulting services and programs designed to add value and increase organizational effectiveness in HR strategy, culture development, program development, talent management and executive leadership consulting.
Prior to ECM HR Consulting, she was the VP, Human Resources for Access MediQuip in Lake Mary, FL, where she was responsible for building the HR function from the development and to the implementation of the HR corporate strategy, infrastructure and programs.
Deena has crossed many industry lines as a Human Resources professional to include, healthcare (Orlando Health), technology (Symantec Corporation), cable (Adelphia Communications), consulting (Mountain States Employers Council), education (Colorado Technical University) and DOD (Lockheed Martin).
She graduated from Warner University with a B.A. in Human Resource Management and graduated magna cum laude from Webster University with a M.A. in Management and Leadership.
She also holds a Professional in Human Resources certification.
Deena is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force.
Barbara is an accomplished senior HR executive with more than 25 years in the HR field within the hospitality industry’s domestic and international markets, joining us in January 2013.
In her role as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Barbara is responsible for building a comprehensive employee structure and team environment that attracts and retains the talent necessary for Orange Lake Resorts to meet its operational, growth and financial targets. This includes recruiting, training and organizational development, compensation and benefits, recognitions and rewards, employee relations, resources systems and reporting, corporate events and diversity/inclusion. Today, her team supports more than 3,000 corporate and resort employees throughout North America.
Prior to joining Orange Lake Resorts, Barbara worked for Marriott International, where she was serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Caribbean and Latin America markets for both Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels. She worked in many divisions of Marriott, including Marriott Vacation Club where she worked both in Human Resources and later on as a sales Project Director.
Barbara is a graduate of the University of Maryland University School with both a B.S. in Business Management and a M.S. in Business and International Marketing. She is also a Florida certified mediator.
Vice President, Leadership Development and Learning
Founder & CEO
National Diversity Council
Dennis Kennedy has an unwavering passion for people and works to ensure that all individuals receive equal opportunities in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. In 2004, Mr. Kennedy walked away from his job to start the Texas Diversity Council (www.texasdiversitycouncil.org). He realized the need to create an organization that would champion Diversity & Inclusion across the state. Four years later, Mr. Kennedy found himself launching the National Diversity Council (NDC) for the exact same reasons he started the state council. NDC is currently active in more than fifteen states. His vision is to have state and regional diversity councils across the United States (www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org). Mr. Kennedy spent several years as a college professor at the following universities: University of Houston Downtown, Texas Southern University and University of Texas at San Antonio. Courses he taught include: Business Statistics, Economics, HR Management, Compensation Management and Diversity Management. He also spent 5 years working in a corporate environment in the field of Human Resources. Mr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Houston with undergraduate degrees in economics, business management and political science. He earned a MBA from University of Houston as well.