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Speakers

Monday | June 6, 2022 

Keynote Speaker: Kim Becking

kim@kimbecking.com| (800) 871-9394

Building a Momentum Mindset: How to ROCK Change, Boost Resilience & Bounce Forward in an Ever-Changing World

 

10:30-11:30 Breakout Sessions

Robin Wilson

National Education Association

robinehenderson@gmail.com |  (901) 600-6739

Leading Consciously


About Robin:

Educator. Counselor. Speaker. Coach. Mindfulness trainer. These are just a few of the terms that describe Robin E. Henderson-Wilson, Ph.D.’s professional accomplishments. As a recognized leader in the field of education, Robin recently added author to her growing list of achievements. Journey Forward, her first publication, was released in fall of 2021. Robin is a hard-working, tenacious, and inspiring professional who has committed her life’s work to empowering those around her to think big and to dream even bigger. This commitment has led her to serve in both the public and non-profit sectors. She holds an undergraduate degree education from Butler University and her subsequent graduate degrees were earned Indiana University (M.A. in Counseling) and Ball State University (PhD in Education).

Robin is a dedicated and compassionate leader who dares those around her to take risks. Most recently, she has teamed up with Mindful Momentum to develop and direct The Engaged Leader, a program designed to empower leaders to use mindfulness to propel themselves and their organizations forward. Robin’s charismatic personality and innovative ideas have established her as a highly sought-after speaker, consultant, counselor, and educator. She is a forward-thinking, conscientious individual who consistently challenges herself and those around her. Although Robin is a highly accomplished individual, she continues to push herself to keep striving, to keep achieving and to show up as her best self every single day through her “Journey Forward”.


Jack Phillips

Recruiter, State of Oklahoma

jack@roiinstitute.net |  (205) 678-8101

Proactive Strategies to Protect Your Human Resources Budget

About Jack:

Dr. Jack J. Phillips, a world-renowned expert on accountability, measurement, and evaluation, is chairman of ROI Institute, Inc. Former HR executive and bank president, Phillips provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies and major global organizations. The author or editor of more than 100 books, he conducts workshops and presents at conferences throughout the world.

Phillips has received several awards for his books and work. The American Society for Training and Development gave him its highest award, Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Development for his work on ROI. The International Society for Performance Improvement presented Jack with its highest award, the Thomas F. Gilbert Award, for his contribution to human performance technology. In 2019, Jack, along with his wife Patti P. Phillips, received the Distinguished Contributor Award by the Center for Talent Reporting for their contribution to the measurement and management of human capital. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Fortune magazine. He has been interviewed by several television programs, including CNN. Phillips served as President of the International Society for Performance Improvement.


Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Lead Faculty Area Lead, Public Sector, University of Phoenix

harshade@earthlink.net |  (210)-393-4212

Personal Attributes And Job Competencies Needed By Supervisors To Improve Disability Diversity Hiring

About Joseph:

Dr. Harrison retired Chief, Civilian Human Resources Directorate, Recruitment and Retention Division for the US Army Medical Command. Served as Chairman of the Alamo Federal Executive Board's Workforce Opportunities Council. Joseph is a retired US Air Force Medical Service Corps Officer. Joseph held positions as Assistant Director, Human Resources, San Antonio State Hospital, and Director, Human Resources, at Compass/Mission Vista Hospital, and T.R.U.E. Research Foundation in San Antonio, TX. Joseph worked with the USAF Force Development Transformation Laboratory and Reengineering Division, Personnel Process Reengineering Branch, Air Force Personnel Operations Agency.

Joseph currently is Lead Faculty Area Chair, University of Phoenix. Joseph is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Delta Kappa Pi Honor Society, Society for Human Resource Management; served on Diversity Engagement Group. Joseph is a member of the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association. Joseph is Professional in Human Resources Certified and SHRM Certified Professional.

Joseph is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Greater San Antonio Advisory Board; San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness Board Member and former member, Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association. Joseph led the establishment of the Us TOO San Antonio West, a Prostate Cancer support group.


1:00-2:00 Breakout Sessions

Sebastian Duran

RVP Employee Experience, Public Sector, Qualtrics

sebastiand@qualtrics.com |  (801) 699-3239

Evaluations and Upward Feedback at the State of Missouri

About Sebastian:

Sebastian Duran has an extensive history in the Experience Management space, with considerable training around programmatic approaches to employee listening, as well as experience management.  A native of Chile, and as one that has lived in 7 countries across three continents, Sebastian has unequivocally learned this one principle as globally applicable: everybody just wants to be heard.







Casey Osterkamp

About Casey:

Casey Osterkamp is the Director of the Division of Personnel for the State of Missouri. In this role, she is focused on improving how the State recruits, develops, and rewards talent to better serve the citizens of Missouri. Prior to joining the State, she served as the Director of the Assessment Resource Center for the University of Missouri’s College of Education. Casey started her professional career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and has also worked in management roles for the Chicago Public Schools and IBM. Casey earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Communication from Northwestern University, her Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and her Master of Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Missouri. Casey, her husband Beau, and three-year-old son Jesse live in Jefferson City, Mo.


David Kitchen

HR Director, Lehi City

davidkitchenhr@gmail.com |  (801) 376-3321

Building Trust and Connection through Confidence and Empathy


About David:

David Kitchen is passionate about empowering employees and managers of the public sector. He has 15 years of experience working at the local and state levels, starting as an hourly Parks Laborer, working as a Payroll Technician, and currently HR Director for Lehi City, Utah. When he is not working, he loves to spend his free time with his wife and three boys working on projects around the home, having family movie nights, doing puzzles, and learning from others through books and podcasts.


Katherine Robinson

Human Resources Director (retired)

krsrq@yahoo.com | 941-356-0947

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Power of Using Exit and Stay Interviews

About Katherine:

Katherine Robinson recently retired from the Town of Bluffton where she served as Human Resources Director for almost 10 years. Robinson holds the senior level Human Resources Certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute. She has a has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida) and earned the certification in Human Resources Management from the University of South Florida.

Robinson has 30 years of Human Resources experience. She formerly held the top HR post for the City of Cape Coral and the Town of Longboat Key, both in Florida. She assisted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the banking crisis in 2008 and 2009 to help staff a satellite office in Jacksonville, Florida to nearly 400 employees. She brings many years of leadership experience with the private sector in banking and teaching at the University of Cincinnati.

Robinson is also an author and oyster artist. She has just written and published her second book which is a children’s book and in her spare time enjoys using her artistic skills to paint and sell oyster shell ornaments.


2:30-3:30 Breakout Sessions

Michael Hurwitz

President/Co-Founder, Careers in Government, Inc.

michael@careersingovernment.com |  (323) 791-9117

The Rules Have Changed: Leveraging New Recruitment Marketing Strategies

About Michael:

As Careers In Government’s Co-founder/President, Michael Hurwitz is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s social media and marketing efforts. Since 1996, Careers In Government, Inc. (CIG) has been an industry leader and innovator in Local Government Job Listings and Career Resources. It counts among its clients, thousands of government and education organizations, as well as executive headhunters, who wish to utilize a niche job board to recruit and hire the best suited and qualified employees. Careers In Government, Inc. was distinguished multiple times by Forbes as the best site on the web dedicated to the public sector. Prior to Careers In Government, Michael Hurwitz was Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for USA Today.


Ryan Denk

Attorney at Law, MVP Law

rdenk@mvplaw.com |  (913) 371-383

Mental Health Claims are Rising - Now What?

About Ryan:

Ryan Denk, a senior shareholder with MVP Law, focuses his legal practice on labor, planning and zoning, employment, and real estate law. For the past 24 years, Ryan has successfully defended public employers in grievance-arbitration proceedings involving discipline, demotion, discharge, conduct, contract interpretation, work schedules and hours, job bidding, overtime, arbitrability, assignment of work, bargaining unit work, holiday and holiday pay, job classification, management rights, past practices, promotions, rate of pay, seniority, shift hours, transfer, work week changes and work performance. He is also recognized for his work in defending public and private employers against claims of discrimination along with adeptly handling real estate transactions. Ryan has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America since 2013.




Katie Clifford

Attorney at Law, MVP Law

kclifford@mvplaw.com |  (913) 573-3321


About Katie:

Katie Clifford is a shareholder at MVP Law. She has been practicing law for 15 years, all of which have been with MVP. Katie litigates workers’ compensation claims and labor and employment matters. She works with many employers, implementing programs and educating employees to limit workers’ compensation and litigation claims. Katie counsels employers on the workers’ compensation process, including compliance with statutory requirements, effective claims handling, investigations, and scene documentation. She assists employers in navigating the effects of preexisting injuries, disciplinary issues, and termination, during pending workers’ compensation claims. Katie has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America.

Aaron Meyers

Transcend Employee Engagement, LLC

aaron@transcendengagement.com |  (218) 340-5050

Leadership in the Future Workplace

About Aaron:

People First, People Always! Aaron's priorities, both in the Armed Forces and as Transcend Engagement's General Manager, are nested in the idea that an organization wins at all levels when employees are engaged through servant leadership. Aaron has professionally presented for the last 2 decades throughout the Midwest and was recently inducted to the Minnesota Army National Guard "Hall of Fame" for significant lifetime contributions to recruiting, retention, and foreign nation-building.


3:30-4:30 Breakout Sessions

Josh Dye

President and Founder

josh@convenellc.org|(612) 481-8059

From Boomer to Z: How to Work Effectively Across Generations


About Josh:

Josh Dye is the President and Founder of the Convene Training + Resilience Community. Convene provides high quality training at an affordable price to public sector professionals. In 2010 Josh earned a master’s degree in Public & Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. Since 2010, Josh has provided online training, professional development workshops, in-person training, and presentations at conferences across the country primarily to those who work in the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and agencies serving people in the community. 



John Fennig

Senior Advisor, DRI Consulting

johnfennig@dric.com|(651) 308-8412

The Psychology of Leadership - It's all about the Bike


About John:

Dr. John Fennig has worked with public sector organizations for nearly 40 years as an organizational consulting psychologist. His mission of "serving those who serve others" is well fulfilled in work with HR professionals in public service. Activities of his and his team include: design and delivery of pre-hire assessments, post hire onboarding, job success coaching, work team facilitation, and organization development.




Dr. Makesha Spence

Managing Partner, DRI Consulting

MakeshaSpence@dric.com|


About Makesha:

Dr. Makesha Spence and Rhovine Small will co-present with Dr. Fennig. They are the new owner of DRI Consulting, a firm Dr. Fennig founded 30 years ago, and that they have contributed significantly to for over 5 years each.

Kelly Postlewait

Manager of Employee Relations | Kansas City, MO

kelly.postlewait@kcmo.org|(6816) 513-1920

Gender Identity and Transitioning in the Workplace


About Kelly:

Kelly Postlewait joined the City of Kansas City, Missouri as attorney where she litigated employment and civil rights cases. Prior to joining the City of Kansas City, Missouri she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for New York State Assembly member Jonathan Bing and practiced law in the private sector. Her current role is the Manager of Labor and Employee Relations where Kelly serves the 4000employees of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and works with the City’s three labor unions. Kelly is a certified mediator and conflict resolution trainer and strives to navigate labor relations issues with a focus on solutions that are win-win. She spearheaded many initiatives to promote diversity and equity in the workplace and is a believer in power growth through trainings and education. Kelly developed and facilitated several trainings, including gender identity training. She also conceptualized and established a process for employees to transition in the workplace that respects the employee’s journey and empowers the employee to be their authentic self at work. She is passionate about harnessing the power of relationships to improve the workplace and is a forward thinker who is eager to tackling today’s challenges with creativity and partnership building.


Tuesday | June 7, 2022 

Keynote Speaker: Lauren Schieffer

The Colonel's Daughter, LSE, LLC

lauren@laurenschieffer.com |  9135306673

Being Extraordinary and Finding Significance

About Lauren:

As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Lauren Schieffer, CSP gained an ability to adapt to changing circumstances with grace and humor. She helps build significant leaders by sharing lessons learned from “The Colonel” and 20 years in business with corporations, associations, and non-profits across the globe.

Relatable for everyone from custodial staff to C-Level executives, Lauren is a master storyteller, delivering insightful, and relevant content that empowers people to absorb and act upon what they’ve heard – with a dry sense of humor that keeps them chuckling while they’re learning.

Her enthusiasm is infectious and her passion unmistakable.


10:10-11:10 Breakout Sessions

Tom Daniels
Assistant Director, Bowling Green State University
tdanie@bgsu.edu|  (419) 372-8823

Coaching for Career Development: Engaging Employees in THEIR Career

About Tom:

Tom Daniels is the Assistant Director for Graduate & Executive Program in Business at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with a focus on admissions and advising for the students earning their master’s and doctorate degrees organization development & change. Prior to BGSU, Daniels was the Director of the Executive Interviewing Center at MRops and Vice President of Learning & Development at TNS North America. He is actively involved in his community and serves as the Workforce Readiness Chair for the Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association (Toledo SHRM), Chair of the Alumni Connections Committee with the Owens Community College Foundation Board, and a member of Avenues for Autism board of directors. When he’s not working or in a board meeting, you can find him running or biking around town. Tom lives in Northwest Ohio with his wife and two teenage sons.


Jess Olsen

Recruiter, State of Oklahoma

jessica.olsen@okdhs.org |  (405) 982-1377

How to Care For Employees with Previous Trauma

About Jess:

Hello, my name is Jessica Olsen and I work for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in HR and get to hire every level of employee for OKDHS.

I was born in Germany as a military brat and traveled around different regions of the US. I finally landed in Texas and after high school, I left to become a missionary in China. During my time there, I learned various types of lessons that still serve me well today.

Months before the pandemic, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and during the pandemic, I was diagnosed with PTSD due to previously unsupported traumas.

I speak from a place of trauma, disability and empathy with an HR voice.


Jerry Balistreri

Trainer

balis@acsalaska.net|(907) 830-5258

Reading the Tells - Learning How to Read Body Language for the HR Profession


About Jerry:

        • Professional educator, administrator, trainer, speaker, and author
        • B.S, M.S., M.Ed., DTE
        • Twenty-five years experience in public education
        • Twenty years experience in training
        • University department chair
        • HS Principal
        • State Supervisor with two state education departments
        • ASTD certified trainer
        • Over thirty years experience with non-verbal communication

1:10-2:10 Breakout Sessions

Kevie Mikus 
Regional Area Vice President, Gallagher
Kevie_Micus@ajg.com | (615) 585-7505 

Surviving the Great Resignation

About Kevie:

Kevie Mikus supports Gallagher's Human Resources & Compensation Consulting practice, serving HR and compensation need of Gallagher clients for the Heartland region. She is a trusted advisor to clients in the areas of aligning HR strategy and supporting initiatives, programs, and practices to organizational goals and culture. Kevie and her team of HR and Compensation Consultants provide expertise and guidance to clients in the area of Organizational and Employee Wellbeing.

Areas of expertise include HR Assessment & Optimization, Compensation, Compliance, Talent Management, and Organizational and Leadership Development. Kevie's role includes supporting each client's goals and objectives and collaborating with the service team to ensure project deliverable alignment and the highest level of customer satisfaction.


Chris Baldwin
Business Development Leader, Gallagher HR Technology Consulting
Chris_Baldwin@ajg.com | (214) 405-9160 

About Chris:

Chris is a public speaker with a passion for People Technology, and how it can simplify and streamline some administrative tasks. But with so many options in the HR & benefit technology market – and more entering every day – the process of selecting the best technology service provider for your organization is more complicated than ever. Gallagher’s HR & Benefits Technology Consulting team dives into the details and can help you identify, design, and secure a technology solution that supports your organization’s goals.


Karen Naccarato

Vice President of Business Development, Sherrill Morgan


Putting the FUN in Self-Funding


About Kevie:

Karen Naccarato is the Vice President of Business Development for SHERRILL MORGAN. Before joining SHERRILLMORGAN, she was the Employee Benefits Supervisor for Bartlett City Schools in Bartlett, TN. She has over 27years’ experience in Employee Benefits field. In addition to her duties for SHERRILL MORGAN, she is the Plan Administrator of a 40M Health Trust for the Municipal School Districts of Shelby County in Memphis, TN. Karen has experience in self-funded governmental insurance programs, online enrollment platforms, budget preparation, and the planning, implementation, marketing, and communication of benefits. She has an MBA from Keller Institute of Management and has served in leadership roles on a number of committees and boards in the area of benefits.

During her tenure with Shelby County Schools as the Director of the Employee Benefits Department, she oversaw the implementation of several health plans and the conversion to “online” enrollment. During the merger of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, which became one of the largest school districts in the US, she was one of the “key” employees to plan and communicate the new benefits package to 13000 employees and 12000 retirees. A year later, during the demerger of the Municipal School Districts, her experience was essential in the development of the benefits package forthe6 municipal school districts. In addition, she assisted in the creation of a “Trust” for five of the six school districts and three municipal cities for the purpose or providing benefits. At this time, she was hired by Bartlett City Schools to be the Benefit Supervisor of a “Shared Service” department which oversaw the benefits of the six school districts.


Alisa Henley

Lead Consultant, Destiny Consulting, LLC

ajhenley@destinyconsulting.net | (816) 678-8067

Wins for the Authentic Leader

About Alisa:

Dr. Alisa J. Henley, Ph.D. is an author, international speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Destiny Consulting, LLC and The Sunshine Organization. Dr. Alisa J. have over 25 years of experience in human resources and organizational development. She has empowered leaders of organizations to regain their focus and fulfill their mission through training, leadership development and strategic planning. She is called upon to deliver dynamic keynote addresses on leadership, business growth, diversity & inclusion, and etc. Dr. Alisa J. holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Development. Clients include Quintiles, City of Overland Park KS, City of Lenexa, KS, University of MO Kansas City & St. Louis, Park University, Kessinger Hunter, H & R Block, City of Springfield MO, City of Cameron MO, and many others. She is committed to helping organizations, business owners & their employees reach their fullest potential; and she believes in continuous development and focused results. She has authored five books to help others ignite their vision with the first leadership book(7 Wins for the Authentic Leader) scheduled for release Spring of 2022. Dr. Alisa J. is called to rebuild lives and organizations!


2:20-3:20 Breakout Sessions

Yolanda Howze

Senior Consultant, Gallagher

yolanda_Howze@ajg.com | (314) 685-6716 

Leverage Compensation Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Public Talent

About Yolanda:

Yolanda Howze is a Senior Consultant with Gallagher's Human Resources & Compensation Consulting practice. Ms. Howze brings more than 18 years' public sector Human Resources experience - primarily in municipal government. Prior to joining Gallagher she served as Assistant to the City Manager/Director of Human Resources for University City, MO. Her professional experience includes eight combined years as Director of Human Resources for University City, MO (2005-2010 and 2018-2020) and more than six years as Director of Human Resources with the City of Bellaire, TX (2012-2018). She was selected by her peers as the 2015 Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA) Human Resources Professional of the Year.

Ms. Howze earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University St. Louis, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Ms. Howze is also a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional-SPHR, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP-through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), respectively.

Erik Henry-Smetana

Principal Consultant, Gallagher

Erik_HenrySmetana@ajg.com | (314) 494-4849 


About Erik:

Erik Henry Smetana serves as a principal consultant with Gallagher's Human Resources and Compensation Consulting practice. In this role, Erik provides high-quality consulting services by leading projects specific to client needs and managing relationships between Gallagher experts and clients.

Erik's 20-plus year work history has led him to serve in a variety of diverse roles across human resource management, particularly in compensation and benefits, talent management and organizational development, people analytics, and employee relations and policy development. Erik has extensive experience in both private and public sectors, working with an eclectic mix of dynamic organizations including Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, international not-for-profit organizations, membership associations, media outlets (including NPR and NBC affiliates), institutions of higher education and research, and others. Before joining Gallagher, he served as the enterprise-wide deputy chief human resources officer with the University of Missouri System and for Vanderbilt University as the executive director of People and Engagement, leading, designing and implementing compensation and people-focused programs and initiatives.

Erik has a bachelor's degree in psychology, a Master of Business Administration and master's degree in Writing. He has previously earned professional certifications with the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and the Human Capital Institute (Strategic Workforce Planner and Human Capital Strategist).


Joellen Cademartori
Chief Executive Officer | GovHR USA, LLC
jcademartori@govhrusa.com| (847) 380-3238

Succession Planning in the Public Sector

About Joellen:

Joellen J. Cademartori is the chief executive officer and co-owner of GovHR USA, and has nearly 30 years of cumulative experience working in the public sector as a municipal leader, and in human resources and management consulting. Joellen’s exceptional communication style has enabled her to develop and maintain strong relationships with her peers, elected and appointed officials, and related local government partners.


Throughout her career, Joellen has been privileged to serve on numerous local, state, and national committees. A personal and professional highlight for her was being on the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Executive Board as a representative from the Northeast Region. Joellen regularly speaks in front of groups and writes about a variety of local government topics, which include organizational analysis, generational diversity, succession planning, performance management, resume development, and interviewing skills and techniques. She is dedicated to developing the next generation of managers and remains passionate about excellence in local government.  She holds a BS in Economics from Worcester State University and an MPA for Northeastern University in Boston.


Dave Ryan

Rogers HR Consulting

davethehrczar@gmail.com | (217) 971-1144

DE&I - That Too

About Dave:

Dave Ryan, is the newest independent consultant to join Roger’s HR Consulting. Dave retired from Mel-O-Cream at the end of 2021 after 45 years of service. Dave was Director of Human Resources for Mel-O-Cream Donuts International in Springfield, IL. Mel-O-Cream is a medium-sized unionized manufacturer of bakery goods supplying the grocery industry. Dave received his SPHR in 2007, and his SHRM-SCP in 2014. In his long-term employment with Mel-O-Cream Dave has undertaken many roll outs, project implementations as well as dozens of compliance initiatives.

Away from work, Dave referees ice hockey at various levels. He has served in many volunteer roles with his local CIC-SHRM chapter and many roles on the Illinois State Council, including being State Director in 2017-2018. Dave speaks at local colleges and at SHRM events on both HR and Social Media matters regularly

Dave is also an avid cyclist and rides with his two sons and a wife of 41 years. Dave maintains a presence in Social-Media, and has participated on the SHRM Blogger squad from 2014 to 2019 at the SHRM National Conferences. You can find him in cyberspace on Twitter as DaveTheHRCzar or on LinkedIn.

He is excited to transition to role of consultant, where he can apply his years of practical experience and help small to medium size entities create better organizations by providing HR solutions to complex problems.


Albert Foster

President, Express Evaluations

albert@expressevaulations.com | (385) 301-2122

Why Employee Evaluations SUCK: The Keys to Making Them Great!

About Albert:

Albert Foster is the co-founder and CEO of Express Evaluations. He has been in the HR realm for 15 years as both a consultant and HR director. He cares more about performance and engagement than probably anyone you’ll ever meet! He believes that all employees need to know these few things 1) They are wanted, 2) Their career path, 3) How to do their job, and 4) Who they can turn to for help. He would love to eradicate the concept that performance evaluations are a “gotcha!” to expose the employee’s deficiencies, or to create a paper trail towards termination. Employee reviews should be a process where the employee is able to talk about their career with their manager, receive feedback, gain assistance, and be recognized.


Albert earned a masters in human resource management from Utah State University and considers himself to be an avid mountain biker, marginal golfer, and a devoted husband and father.


Caitlin Humrickhouse, MPA

Director, Baker Tilly Human Capital Advisory

caitlin.humrickhouse@bakertilly.com | (312) 729-8098

Don't Leave! Keeping Employees in a Tight Labor Market

About Caitlin:

Caitlin is a Strategic Workforce Planner with a deep understanding of succession planning and strategic human capital management. Caitlin guides Baker Tilly's Public Sector Advisory team to help public entities across the country build a strategic approach to meet their workforce needs. Baker Tilly provides management consulting services with a focus on resource optimization, assisting governmental entities in their efforts to ensure the resources available (people, processes and technology) are utilized in the most efficient manner.



Jada Kent, MPA

Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Classification and Compensation

Jada.kent@bakertilly.com | (972) 748-0514


About Jada:

Jada leads Baker Tilly's classification and compensation consultants, providing comprehensive market benchmarking and job description development services to public sector organizations across the country. Baker Tilly uses a point-factor evaluation framework, enabling practitioners to introduce new positions while maintaining internal equity. Prior to this role, she provided other management consulting services within Baker Tilly, such as organization management and executive recruitment. Before joining Baker Tilly, Jada served in the United States Army and the Texas Air National Guard, respectively, as a public affairs specialist.


Wednesday | June 8, 2022 

Matt Gist

Attorney, Ensz & Jester

mgist@enszjester.com | (816) 743-7951

Employment Law Update


About Matt:

Matt Gist is a trial attorney and shareholder at Ensz & Jester, P.C., who defends public entities in administrative actions and lawsuits involving alleged employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, civil rights violations, and police liability. Every day, Mr. Gist supports public entity HR departments and managers with coaching regarding general employment law questions and counsels them through employment situations that could potentially result in litigation. When litigation results, Matt further defends pubic employers through trial and appeal. Annually, Mr. Gist presents at various conferences and provides group training regarding legal developments and best practices to avoid litigation and minimize losses.


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