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December 2017 - MVHRA Connections







It’s All About the Journey, Not the Destination


By LaTonia McCane, SHRM-CP, PHR, GBA


I have had the pleasure of serving as your chapter President for the last two years, which includes service on the Ohio State Council (OSC) of SHRM.  This provides me with the opportunity to represent us at the state level and network with other volunteer chapter leaders throughout the state.  MVHRA HR professionals are well represented!  I am so proud to serve as part of the Ohio State Council and MVHRA.  We have a thriving, robust, diverse chapter, none of which is possible without our members and our volunteers as well as an amazing and dedicated group of Board members.


I’ve enjoyed this time of serving as your leader; it has been a great journey.  As many of you know, this association is near and dear to my heart.  There are many people to thank for this opportunity; it goes without saying the members, and previous presidents who have served before me, were all a driving force and security.  Needless to say, I am not an isolated act.  I’ve relied on a team of individuals, our Board, each of whom offered a variety of uniqueness and energetic passion.  Together we have served always remaining mindful and carefully making decisions for the greater good of our members and our profession.  Thank you to the Board for always being there for me offering the wind to keep the many parts of this ship moving forward!


One thing I have realized is if you work really hard to achieve your goals but don’t enjoy the journey, you’re delaying the essence of life.  Committing to your goals doesn’t mean you slave away at work you dislike, celebrating only the destination.  A real abiding commitment means that you love what you do each day.  You are at least as passionate about the path as you are about the results.  If you love the path you’re on, your passion motivates you to keep taking the next step.  Serving as your leader the past two years has brought me joy in many ways.


As we experience things throughout the year, consider allowing time for an end-of-year personal reflection.  Holidays can be a stressful time.  Many people feel pressured to make things “perfect” or to celebrate in the ways that other people do.  To ensure you will enjoy the last few weeks of the year, celebrate in a way that will make you feel content.  Stay organized to get your tasks complete, manage your stress by taking breaks and doing things you enjoy, and spend time with loved ones to make your holiday season the best it can be.


Kindly accept my sincere wishes, filled with hope and prosperity! 


Happy Holidays!

This holiday season our thoughts turn gratefully to you for inspiring us to fulfill our purpose each and every day.


From the Board at MVHRA, we thank you for your membership and wish you a happy and peaceful New Year.

It is my pleasure to present to you the results of the MVHRA Election of Officers for the 2018 Term:


By LaTonia McCane, SHRM-CP, PHR, GBA


Please join me in congratulating MVHRA's 2018 Elected Officers:


Cecilia Vocke, President


Celia Jarvis, President-Elect


Matt Bakota, Vice President (Programming)


Mary Sacksteder, Treasurer


Joyce Whitaker, Membership Director


Beth Mitrousis, Secretary



Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  • Senior Human Resource Business Partner – Mercy Health
  • Human Resources Generalist – Enginetics Corporation
  • Benefits Specialist – Rittal Corporation
  • Leadership Program Manager – The University of Dayton



Member Spotlight:  Simone Stone


“I am a professional optimist and try to see the good in every situation.  I believe in being intentional, being impactful, being positive and being an asset!  Be you, bravely!”  Those wonderful sentiments come from MVHRA member Simone Stone, Workforce Career Advisor for Montgomery County Development Services.  Simone also serves as Co-Chair of MVHRA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and will serve as the Committee’s Chair beginning January 2018.


In the meantime, Simone is seeking her SHRM-CP certification this December.  That is just one of the many items on Simone’s rather full plate.


At MCDS, Simone leads the PROJECT HIRE/On The Job Training Program, where she works with local businesses on their training and development needs.  The program also provides a reimbursement incentive that pays 50 percent of new hires’ wages while enrolled in the training. 


Simone described the best parts of her position at MCDS as working with a diverse group of people every day; helping others to succeed; and being a change agent within the community.  In addition to working at MCDS, Simone teaches as an adjunct instructor at Sinclair Community College.  She also is a certified life coach and a certified work ethics trainer.


Simone obtained a B.A. in Personnel & Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Human Resource Management from Ashford University.  Her advice to those new to HR is as follows:  “Put yourself out there.  Network like crazy.  Surround yourself with good people who can help you grow and mentor you.  Try to learn something new every day, and always keep the ‘human’ in human resources!”


Outside of her many professional endeavors, Simone enjoys spending time with her three daughters; family; church; trying new experiences; volunteering; and being a top-notch bargain shopper.  Just us in wishing Simone luck at being top-notch on her SHRM-CP exam as well!

True Success - A Night of Networking Event for Senior HR Majors at Wright State University


By Betsy Brown


Night of Networking event was held for the Senior Human Resource Management (HR) majors at Wright State University on November 1st.  The officers of the University’s Human Resource (HR) Club worked in collaboration with their faculty advisors, Dr. Kim Lukaszewski and Dr. Yongjun Choi, and Betsy Brown, Chair of MVHRA’s College Relations Committee (CRC), to make this event a true success.


The networking event provided the senior HR majors an opportunity to hone their networking skills in a comfortable environment and interact with various HR professionals representing many different organizations.  The students were able to ask questions about the HR profession and about their own career interests from seasoned HR professionals.


There were 20 HR professionals, 40 Senior HR majors, and 2 HR Wright State faculty in attendance for this event.  The HR professionals represented various companies which included:  Beltone Hearing and Audiology, Cintas, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, Cornerstone, Dayton Foundation, DMAX, The Dupps Company, ItsHRc, Kettering Health Network, Liberty Health Bank, McGohan Brabender, Paycor, Right Management, VineBrook Homes, VRI, and Wright State University. The HR professionals also varied across different HR positions.  Titles included:  HR Administrator, CEO, Director of HR, Executive Director of HR, HR Business Partner, HR Generalist, HR Manager, Executive Director of HR, Senior Consultant, Senior HR Manager.


The feedback received from both the HR professionals and HR students was very positive.  The students felt it was very easy to approach and speak to the professionals in the room about the field of HR.  The HR professionals thought the students were well prepared and had great questions. 


Both the students and HR professionals believed this a valuable experience and hope it will continue in the future.


A very special thank you to all who participated and to MVHRA for sponsoring this event.  It would not have been possible without your support.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


By Tammie Wright


December is the month that we as HR professionals wind down just a tab bit, things are not as hectic, and we have a moment to complete some of our yearly tasks that we didn’t quite get finished.  Your office maybe getting prepared to get all decked out for the holidays with beautiful lights, music, and decorations.  To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” perhaps, unless you are in HR1.


Just about every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season.  The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start to go up and culminates with the office holiday party1.


However, especially during Christmas, we have to be mindful and remind employees of religious, cultural traditions, and decorations can spark complaints.  Combined with increased levels of absenteeism, online shopping sprees and office parties with alcohol (what two-drink maximum?), and you have got the perfect HR holiday storm, and that’s even before the snow starts falling1.


We have a very diverse staff of employees so when it comes to holiday decorating, especially Christmas we keep things very simple within our company.  We have a small display that consist of Christmas bulbs, miscellaneous holiday décor, ribbons, and a pile to depict a snowy setting at the entrance and a larger display in the developer’s area.  We do not include any items that would prompt any questions in terms of religion or culture.


For small companies as ours it quite easy to communicate with the employees as to the Do’s and Don’ts around holidays.  However, for much larger companies it may require a policy being in place or reaching out your diversity and inclusion team.  The most important aspect is creating an atmosphere conducive to all employees.

Thank You!


We would like to thank you for taking the time and energy to donate clothing to the Clothes That Work Interview and Workplace Clothing Program.  We appreciate your time and effort to help those who are less fortunate. 


MVHRA also made a $500 contribution!  We hope this will not only make them feel good, but help them to go to work prepared to learn, feel like they are valued members of our community, and help them to rise above the difficult circumstances of their lives.


Thanks again for your generosity!


Be like Dave, be a member of MVHRA!

Dave Castel
HR Generalist

“Why do I renew my membership?  To gain access to discounted educational workshops, free webinars, and legal services.  These things are not only current but relevant to my role as a HR Generalist.  To share knowledge amongst my peers and for networking purposes.



With MVHRA membership, I gain a deeper understanding of the changes with employee relations, benefits related issues, and build strong relationships with other professionals.  I value the opportunity to volunteer for Miami Valley Human Resource Association.”


Don’t forget – join/renew by year end and be entered into a drawing to win a registration for the 2018 Ohio Human Resource Conference!


Save the Date:  September 18-21, 2018


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