Board Biographies

Denise Ammaccapane

Director of Workplace Diversity & Inclusion
Sodexo

Denise Ammaccapane

Denise Ammaccapane

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.

Tina Eckert

Associate
Quarles & Brady LLP

Tina Eckert

Tina Eckert

Tina M. Eckert is an attorney at the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, in the firm¹s Naples office. Ms. Eckert is a member of the firm¹s 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. Ms. Eckert was named a 2015 Florida Rising Star in employment and labor law by Super Lawyers.

Tracey Jaensch

FLDC Chair of the Board
Regional Managing Partner, Florida Offices & Managing Partner, Tampa
FordHarrison

Tracey Jaensch

Tracey Jaensch

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.

Patricia Kimberly

Director of Human Resources
Wells Fargo

Pat Kimberly

Pat Kimberly

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.

Sarah King

FLDC Treasrurer of the Board
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Sarah King

Sarah King

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.

Mary Lallucci

EVP, Florida Caribbean
Right Management

Mary Lallucci

Mary Lallucci

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.

Jessica Munford

Director of Business Operations
Aerotek

Courtney Lesley

Courtney Lesley

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.

Calvin Jackson

Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Tech Data Corporation

Calvin Jackson

Calvin Jackson

Cal Jackson is the Diversity & Inclusion leader at Tech Data Corporation and a certified NTL Diversity Practitioner. He joined the global technology distributor in 2014. Cal is most known in the Diversity and Inclusion community for his design, development and delivery of engaging and thought-provoking cultural competence workshops. Topics include generations, gender, lookism, self-awareness, discrimination, bias, classism and enhancing the cultural competence of managers.

He has received various accolades for his work from Centers for Disease Control, FL Blue, The Florida Diversity Council, the Conference Board, Jacksonville Business Journal, Indo-USA Chamber of Commerce (Jacksonville, FL), and the First Coast Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Cal Jackson has been an advocate for social justice through his many associations which include the board of directors of the Florida Diversity Council, Hispanic Institute for Life & Learning, OneJax’ Project Breakthrough, Blueprint for Prosperity, Jacksonville Diversity Council, Northeast FL United Negro College Fund Advisory Board, and Community Hospice of Northeast FL Board of Directors.

 

Lorrie McGovern, D.B.A.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies in Business
Saint Leo Unviersity

Lorrie McGovern

Lorrie McGovern

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 Harris

Diversity Manager
Bright House Networks

Brittany Harris

Brittany Harris

Brittany is a self-described journalist turned HR Professional fascinated with the nuances of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and all those things that make us, US–and how those things can bring value to organizations.

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

Area Manager
PNC Bank

Melissa Mickle

Melissa Mickle

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.

 

Craig Norton
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Craig Norton

Craig Norton

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.

 

Pam Sibley
HR Manager, Market Diversity Leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Pam Sibley

Pam Sibley

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.

 

Olesea Azevedo

VP, Organizational Effectiveness
Florida Blue

Olesea Azevedo

Olesea Azevedo

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.

 

Betsy Williams

Senior Vice President, Staffing and Diversity
Nielsen

Betsy Williams

Betsy Williams

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.

Kim Williams

Director of Human Resources
UPS

Kim Williams

Kim Williams

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.

 

Kim Woollard
Vice-Chair of the Board
Chief Human Resources Officer
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Kim Woollard

Kim Woollard

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.

 

Richard Montes
HR Operations Manager
Florida Virtual School

Richard Montes

Richard Montes

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.

 

Cheryl Brown

Chief Talent Officer/CHRO
USF Federal Credit Union

Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown

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).

 

Ann Sherman-White
Community Partnership/ALF Liaison
Suncoast Hospice

Ann Sherman-White

Ann Sherman-White

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

Jil Jordan

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.
Bloomin’ Brands is the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Roy’s Restaurants. Today, it is one of the world’s largest casual dining companies with approximately 90,000 domestic Team Members and more than 1,500 restaurants throughout 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 21 countries. Most recently, BBI was named FORTUNE’s 2014 “WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES”.

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.
She has held strategic senior leadership and human resources roles with various companies and organizations. Some of these companies include ARAMARK Corporation, a leader in professional management services. She worked with YUM! Brands Inc., the largest fast food restaurant company in the world where she created the first Youth Internship Program for the company’s Southern Market.
Greene is also the President of the National W.Y.E.N (Women’s Youth Empowerment Network) organization, an organization that hosts women conferences around the country that are designed to empower women spiritually, mentally, and financially.

 

Deena DeThomas

Executive Director
USAA

Deena DeThomas

Deena DeThomas

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 Wilcox

SVP, HR
Orange Lake Resorts

Barbara Wilcox

Barbara Wilcox

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.

 

Jennifer Gudenkauf
Vice President, Leadership Development and Learning
Bloomin’ Brands

Jennifer Gudenkauf

Jennifer Gudenkauf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Sinclair
SVP & CHRO
Southeastern Grocers LLC

Rebecca Sinclair

Rebecca Sinclair

Rebecca Sinclair is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie. Bi-Lo Holdings is the nation’s fifth-largest grocery retailer based on store count with more than 800 stores and 70,000 employees throughout the Southeastern U.S. The company is based in Jacksonville, Fla.

In this role, Sinclair is responsible for all aspects of Bi-Lo Holdings’ human resources strategy, programs and policies, including talent acquisition, talent management, organizational development, training, leadership development, diversity platform, employee relations, compensation and benefits.
She joined Bi-Lo Holdings in 2014 and has a broad and impressive human resources background in the retail, radio and restaurant industry. Rebecca has held senior positions at highly branded and global companies including executive vice president of human resources at Clear Channel Radio, divisional vice president of human resources at Starbucks and director of human resources at Victoria’s Secret. Most recently, she served as chief human resources officer at Hooters of America, LLC.

Sinclair received a Masters of Business Administration in international management from the University of Texas at Arlington; a graduate certificate in Asian business studies from Tongji University, in Shanghai, China; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Iowa State University.

 

Dennis Kennedy
Founder & CEO
National Diversity Council

Dennis Kennedy

Dennis Kennedy

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.