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February 2014 MVHRA Connections

Presidential Ponderings
Volume 3, Edition 2

State of the Union
Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA
President/Servant Leader

Every January we have the opportunity to listen to the leader of our county deliver a State of the Union address. No matter where you fall in the political spectrum, it’s a great time to hear our nation’s leader review where we’ve been and provide his insights to where we may be going.

At MVHRA, we do this periodically in our board meeting updates. But this information doesn’t always pass along to you – our members. So if I were to deliver a State of the Union address, I would say that 2013 was a great year for MVHRA. We had a phenomenal President, Erin Henry, and we went through a year of transition from technology to programming.

For 2014, we’re taking the lessons learned in 2013 and taking action. We know we need to finalize our programming schedule earlier than we did last year. So this year, we are proud to say that our 2014 programming is almost complete and is currently being reviewed by HRCI for PHR/SPHR credits. Be sure to check the calendar of events on our website frequently to learn more about upcoming events. And, please, keep telling us what types of programs you want or speakers you’d like to hear. We want to make sure we meet your needs.

We’re also continuing to update and improve our website and social media. As we all know, technology is ever-changing and we are doing our best to keep up with it. MVHRA is also taking on new and different initiatives throughout 2014. We’re going to try some new things – like new ways to network at our meetings, new ways to work with our local college students and much more. We’re also bringing back some things that worked well in our past, like scholarships for SPHR/PHR courses.

Lastly, we plan to keep some of your favorites – legal updates, Dayton Dragons networking event, collaboration with local HR events and supporting our veterans.

If you want to learn more about what MVHRA is up to, visit or reach out to someone on the board. If you are interested in helping us along the way, your efforts (big or small) are welcomed and encouraged. Let our membership committee know if you have an interest in becoming more active with MVHRA.

Stay warm and thank you for all your work and dedication to the HR profession!

Welcome New Members!

Jennifer Beard - HR Generalist - Greene County Personnel

Jamie Bierman - Professional-in-Transition

Joyce Carter - VP of Human Resources - University of Dayton

Jennifer Duwel - Mgr. of Employment Services - University of Dayton

Lisa Eifert - Business Marketing Director - One Call Now

Bud Holiga - Director HR - Clopay Building Products

Emily Lizon - Executive Assistant - Applied Research Solutions

Debbie Metzler - HR Rep - Senior Lockheed Martin Corporation

Beth Mitrousis - HR Manager - Industry Products Company

Kimberly Pittman - Document Control Coordinator - Veolia Water Solutions

Derek Pryer - Student Wright State University

Chris Sackett - Professional-in-Transition - Retired – US Air Force

Beth Schwartz - Mgr. Of Benefits - University of Dayton

Nicole Sebor - HR Special Projects - Johnson Electric

Mary Spadaro - Regional HR Manager - Employee Management Services

Sharon Wille - HR Director - Mike-Sells Potato Chip Company

Garrett Wimberly - HR Administrator - YMCA of Greater Dayton

Andrea Zavakos - Assistant VP of Human Resources - University of Dayton

Joseph Zurawka - Recruiting Coordinator - Serco

2014 Programming Schedule & Upcoming Events

Last year, a link was added to our website specifically to promote MVHRA events and we have proactively organized happenings for the year. The entire 2014 programming schedule is available to view on our website as well as other upcoming events that you may be interested in attending. There is a link on the left side of the home page called, “Events Calendar”. Or, the calendar of events can be found by clicking the top tab on the home page >MVHRA Meetings> Sub Tab>Calendar of Meetings & Events. A complete 2014 event schedule can be found at so click away!

Topics and speakers are subject to change (depending on speaker availability).

LaTonia McCane, PHR
President Elect

Employment Corner!!

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

• Human Resources Generalist– Greater Dayton Premier Management

• Human Resource Administrator – DRT Holding Co., Inc.

• Human Resources Generalist – SoBran, Inc.

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

Navigating The Course
Setting Sail To Excellence Wednesday, 4/30/14

The HR Collaborative is pleased to announce Navigating the Course: Setting Sail to Excellence scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Click HERE for flyer or HERE to register.


Upcoming MVHRA Survey

As part of our commitment to enhance your MVHRA experience, we ask for your assistance in completing the 2014 Annual Survey.  Your opinion is extremely valuable to us and the information collected from the survey will be reviewed as part of our ongoing improvement efforts.  The survey  will be open from 03.13.14 – 03.24.14. 


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