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May2016 - MVHRA Connections




President’s Pen

MVHRA 2016 Annual Survey

A few weeks ago we asked that you participate in our annual membership survey. The survey helps us better understand how we can meet your needs.  

We received feedback from 59 members and I wanted to let you know what we’re doing with your feedback. 

Some of the key learnings were as follows: 

  • We asked why do you attend MVHRA meetings – the responses indicated that most individuals attend 

for professional development purposes but a close second is to earn the HRCI/SHRM recertification credits and

the third highest response was for networking. As a result, we will continue to line up great speakers

and interesting topics for our professional development workshops and luncheons. We will also provide

opportunities for you to meet new people with fun seating arrangements over the next few months. 

MVHRA will continue to offer recertification credits for the HRCI and the SHRM certification. 

  • Most of you felt the greatest benefit of your MVHRA membership was broadening human resource

knowledge followed by networking with other HR professionals. Interestingly, last year’s survey revealed the

greatest benefit was being able to network with other HR professionals. We will continue to provide networking

opportunities in addition to our programs. We’re also looking into new/additional ways to grow and foster our 

local HR community. We hope you will join us and participate in all the networking opportunities available.

  • When asked about improving your experience as an MVHRA member, we received a variety

of responses. The prevalent response was to add more variety to the topics of our programming. We will keep

this feedback in the forefront as we plan our programming for 2017 – which is already in the works! But if you

have any topics you really want to see or know of any talented speakers, please let us know. We want to make

sure you get the most out of our programs. 

  • We also asked about the social media platform you engage in most. The responses were resounding

that LinkedIn and Facebook are most popular.  We have a presence on both of these platforms and we utilize

them to easily post status updates, share news, find volunteers, grow our community, and stay in touch with our

followers.  Please join us!

We appreciate you for taking the time to complete the annual survey. Your feedback is always appreciated – not just with the annual survey but also if you have suggestions or concerns – good or bad.  Please feel free to reach out to any of the board members. We like hearing from you!  

LaTonia McCane, SHRM-CP, PHR, GBA


The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Same-Sex

Harassment Decision

Jeffrey A. Mullins, Esq.

Jessica A. Lordi, Esq.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

40 N. Main Street

Suite 1700

Dayton, Ohio 45423



Most employers are familiar with the possibility of female employees reporting male harassment. But, same-sex harassment is just as real a possibility. In Smith v.Rock-Tenn Servs., the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio’s circuit, found that a jury’s award of $300,000 was reasonable for same-sex harassment. In that case, a male employee alleged that his male co-worker repeatedly touched him inappropriately. The Court found that the award was reasonable reminding us that sexual harassment is not gender specific and that physical invasion or inappropriate physical touching is more severe than harassing comments alone. Accordingly, this case should prompt us to ensure that we have updated non-harassment policies and that we properly train supervisors and managers to help them identify all types of harassing behavior.


Becky Makley Manager Human Resources Avery Dennison 

Chuck Wray Associate Director of Career Miami-Jacobs Career College 

Melisa Egbert HR Manager CESO, Inc. 

Pam Wingler Human Resources Director idX Corporation

Lisa Robertson HR Coordinator / Training Montgomery County Workforce Div

Sherry Burden HR Manager / Business Partner Johnson Electric 

Brenda Lerouge Director of Business Welcoa (Business Partner Membership)

Charles Rucker Senior Associate The Rucker Group LLC

Mervyn Seviwright Manpower Management Analyst USAF (student member - Park Univ)



We are pleased to extend this invitation to submit a presentation for consideration to MVHRA for the

2017 program year. If you would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity or suggest a speaker,

you must complete this form by October 14, 2016.

You may apply to speak for an upcoming MVHRA event by using the following link:

Or, if you know of anyone that you have heard speak and think they would be someone we could


contact, please email

MVHRA at the Dayton Dragons! 

Come join your fellow MVHRAers for a fun night of food, drink, and fun! We have reserved two Suites for MVHRA members and guests. When:  Tuesday, May 31st, 2016  7:00 pm, Gates open at 6:00 pm Early Bird Special!  $15  $20 per person (MVHRA members may register themselves and one guest).  

RSVP and Pay Online at  

Each Ticket includes:
                Entry to Luxury Suite                 Dayton Dragons Hat                 All you can eat & drink menu


Sponsors for the event:

Dayton Business Journal Advisory Board

I wish to thank you all for contributing to the success of the Dayton Business Journal Healthiest Employers & HR Summit Advisory Board.  I have heard nothing but glowing responses from the DBJ Publisher Carol Clark. There would never have been such a positive response were it not for your generous support of time and effort. 

Tamiko Long Melissa Roderick
Jessica Neidhard   Jim Vose
Stephanie Yenn   Erin Henry
Andrea Doolittle Matt Bakota
Jennifer Walling Tiffany Spangler
Melissa Roderick  Anne Haye
LaTonia McCane, President  

Thank You, Gracias, Merci Beaucoup, Grazie, Domo Arigato, Do Jeh, Daw-Dyeh, Danke Sehr

We know that your time is valuable, so we really appreciate you taking the time to complete our online survey.  We are very excited to hear your comments and ideas, and to use your feedback to make MVHRA even better! Topher Bates is the lucky raffle winner.  All participants that self-identified were put in a drawing for a free lunch of their choice.  Congratulations Topher!   

Member Spotlight

If you don’t yet know Hasani Hayden by name, you very likely know him by his warm and helpful demeanor at the registration table for MVHRA luncheons and workshops. 

As a member of the Membership Engagement Committee, Hasani brings coordination, organization, and great ideas for streamlining the registration process at many of our MVHRA events. If it looks seamless and easy when you check-in, that is all thanks to Hasani! (Little secret – it’s most definitely not as simple as it appears!)

Hasani will be earning his Human Resource Management Certificate from Sinclair in May (Congrats, Hasani!). Concurrently he is blazing a path at Project Cure, Inc. where he was first hired as Administrative Secretary in 2012, moved into the Human Resources Assistant position, and was most recently promoted to Human Resources Manager this past February. We are so fortunate to have Hasani as part of our MVHRA team.

SHRM Foundation Scholarships Deadline

Applications are now being accepted for undergraduate scholarships ($2,500), graduate scholarships ($5,000) and SHRM certification scholarships ($750). Those that are SHRM professional members are eligible for these scholarships. For more information visit the SHRM Foundation scholarship page. Application deadline: July 15, 2016.

Michael R. Losey Excellence in HR Research Award

A single award of $50,000 is presented annually to further the field of human resource management. Nominations are encouraged for scholars with a significant body of work in the field of HR. For more information about the nomination process visit the Losey Award page. Application deadline: July 15, 2016.


 Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  • Internship – Graceworks Lutheran Services
  • Lead Talent Acquisition Coordinator – NuVasive
  • HR Generalist – IMC
  • Director of Talent Management and Learning – Wright State University
  • HR Business Partner – Wright State University
  • Recruiting Manager – PSA Airlines
  • Recruitment and Retention Manager- The Dayton Metro Library
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist- Dayton Superior Corporation
  • Human Resources Inter/ Dayton Office- Woolpert
  • Human Resources Director- Dorothy Love Retirement Community

To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities

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