Board of Directors



  Johnnie Williams, PHR, SHRM-CP


Johnnie started her HR career in banking in 1979.  She held several positions in that industry until 1996 when she moved into an employee benefit role with Fayette County Board of Education Insurance Department.  She began working at Bluegrass Family Health now Baptist Health Plan in September 1999.  She is currently the HR manager.


She has been a member of Bluegrass SHRM 10 years where she served as Diversity Chair and President-Elect.  She earned her PHR Certification in June 2009, SHRM-CP Certification in February 2015 and is a member of National SHRM.


In her spare time, Johnnie enjoys football, basketball and spending time with family and friends.  She has one daughter and son-in-law.



David Baumgartner, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, SSGB, CNA


David, has been in the HR field since 1995, primarily in healthcare.  Joined Signature Health’s predecessor in 1999 serving in various leadership and special projects roles.  He is currently the Vice President of Spirituality and Sacred Six where he coordinates implementation of the processes that hardwire purpose driven culture driving employee and customer experience.  In 2004 began a HR consulting practice with his wife/partner of 32 years. 

He holds certificates SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Six Sigma Green Belt and a Net Promoter Certified Associate (NPS).  He is a Certified Nursing assistant (CNA), he attended Midway College Business Administration with and Entrepreneur concentration. 

Married to Karen for 32 year, 4 children, two married, two grandchildren

Kelly Tudor
Past President

Kelly is currently the Manager of Business Development with Kentucky One Health in Lexington. 

Kelly lives in Lexington with her children, and enjoys working out and sports.

Angela Keene, PHR
Secretary/Business Manager

Angela has received a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University.   


Angela lived in Louisville for 19 years and worked for various companies from non-profits to start up technology firms. She spent several years in Marketing/ Communication and Training roles before moving into Human Resources. She has been a Consultant to major Universities and Fortune 300 and 500 companies on I-9 compliance, employment verifications, and electronic onboarding systems. While in Louisville she was a member of the Louisville Chapter of SHRM and served on the Communications Committee and maintained the job bank and LSHRM blog.  She moved to Lexington in 2014 to work for Eastern Kentucky University as an HR Consultant for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Marketing and Communications Department.


She is currently employed as a Human Resources Subject Matter Expert for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. She has been a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since May 2012.


Angela currently resides in Lexington with her husband, Joe.

Lee Anne Mantz, PHR

Lee Anne is currently employed as a Human Resource Representtive at 3M in Cynthiana. Prior to this role, Lee Anne has spent the past 20 years in accounting, payroll and human resources at various companies including Hanna Resource Group, Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexmark and Adecco.

Lee Anne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from Midway College in 2009. She has been a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since June 2012.

Lee Anne is married to Russell, has three daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 2 cats. She has many interests; her family is number one, followed by her bible study group, movies, reading and traveling.

Jean-Paul Philippe
Student Relations Director

Jean-Paul is an experienced HR Consultant with a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.  He specializes in developing and implementing solutions to solve client’s talent management, selection, training, organizational development and performance issues.  His passion lies within helping organizations build and maintain an engaged and committed workforce.  


Jean-Paul’s current projects include: developing and implementing a performance management system, recruiting and selecting C and VP level candidates, restructuring an organization currently undergoing a merger and acquisition, and assisting in the development of multiple compensation structures.  


Jean-Paul is currently pursuing his Professional Certification in Human Resources and is an active member in both the Society for Human Resource Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 

Leila O’Carra
Legislative Affairs Director

Leila O'Carra is an attorney with Littler Mendelson, P.C.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment litigation, discrimination, harassment, higher education, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, hiring, performance management, firing, and employment policies.

She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky and her B.S. (Biology) from Vanderbilt.  She is very active in a number of local associations and boards.


Leila enjoys travel, cooking, and having fun with her family.


LaRellen Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP

Co-Membership Director


LaRellen is currently the Human Resources Manager at Family Practice Associates of Lexington.  Out of her 12 years at FPA, 8 years has been in Human Resources where she has gained experience in recruiting, onboarding, benefits, payroll, OSHA, credentialing and accounts payable.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition in 2005 from the University of Kentucky and maintains her certification as a Professional In Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-Certified Professional.  She is also an active member of National SHRM.

LaRellen is a Lexington native and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  For fun, she enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends and family and cheering on the UK Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bengals!


Barbara Aker
Membership Co-Director

Barbara has over 20 years of Human Resource experience in finance, staffing, automotive and electronics manufacturing.   Her experience includes talent acquisition, employee relations, training/development and benefits administration.  She gained her experience at Kemper Financial Services, Manpower, NI Autowindow Systems and Creation Technologies. 


Barbara currently works for More Than A Bakery as the Family Pride Manager.

Barbara is a film enthusiast and has a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in the quaint town of Wilmore with her ballet loving daughter, music loving spouse, and her loyal (and slightly neurotic) dog. 

Paula Tappan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Co-Communications Director

Paula is Manager of Talent Acquisition for Valvoline. overseeing Talent Acquisition for all North America Valvoline and Valvoline Instant Oil Change companies.

With more than 20 years of experience in the HR field, Paula has also served as Corporate Director of HR, Corporate Director of HR Information Systems and Plant HR Manager for Affinia Group Inc., HR Manager and Director of HRIS for Dana Corporation, as well as District HR Manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement. Paula served as both President and Vice-President of the Central Kentucky SHRM chapter. She served as a National Baldrige Quality Examiner, as a board member and judge for the Kentucky Quality Council, and as a Global Advisory Board member for the Dana Quality Council.


Paula holds a Master's of Business Administration from Walden University with a specialization in HR Management, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University with a specialization in HR Management. She has held her SPHR certification since 1996 and her SHRM-SCP since 2015.

Paula lives in Lexington and enjoys her time in the gym and supporting the University of Kentucky Wildcats.


Samantha Jones
Co-Communications Director

Samantha began her Human Resources career as an intern at Richmond Auto Parts Technology (RAPT) while seeking her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon graduation, from EKU Samantha was hire on full-time as the Human Resources Administrator and then moved into the Human Resources Generalist role. In May of 2013, Samantha joined the Forcht Group of Kentucky, located in Lexington where she is currently is serving as the Human Resources Generalist. She has been a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since December 2013.


Kayla Atwell
SHRM Foundation Director

Kayla Atwell has been in the Human Resources field for over 12 years, first obtaining her experience in staffing, then moving on to hospitality, retail, and finally in the medical field.  Kayla is the 2016 recipient of the National SHRM Foundation Committee’s SHRM-CP/SHRM-SP certification scholarship, and will be obtaining her certification in the Summer of 2017.

Kayla is currently the Human Resources Generalist at Credit Solutions.  She has 3 teenage daughters, loves Heavy Metal music, horror movies, and loves watching NFL Football!

Beverly Clemons
Professional Development Director

Beverly Clemons has more than 20 years experience in Human Resources Consulting specializing in outplacement and career transition services, professional search and recruitment, employee climate and attitude surveys, behavioral assessments, hourly and salary compensation design and analysis, wage and benefits administration, and general human resource consulting. She has worked with many companies and clients in various industries including manufacturing, non-profit agencies, financial institutions, health-care providers, internet-related companies, and many others. In addition, Beverly is involved with a number of charitable causes and served on the Entrepreneurial Committee for the Governor’s Task Force on the Economic Development of Women in the state of Kentucky, and recently served on the Business Advisory Board for Midway College.

 Jennifer Taylor
Best Places to Work & State Conference Promotions Director


Jennifer (Criggall) Taylor has over 17 years of Human Resource experience in the professional services, construction, and manufacturing industries.   Her experience includes employee relations, benefits administration, payroll, recruiting, and performance management.

She is currently the Director of Human Resources at AMR Management Services, a 2017 Best Place to Work in Kentucky.

Jennifer has been an active member of Bluegrass SHRM as both a member and past volunteer leader (Secretary, Foundation Chair, and Best Places to Work / State Conference Chair).

She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.    and received her PHR Certification in December 2000.

Jennifer lives in Lexington with her husband, young daughter, and golden retriever.   She enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends.  


Leslie Moore
Wellness Director


Leslie C. Moore is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky who moved to Lexington in 2003. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Masters degree in Psychology, Leslie has been in the recruiting field for 6 years. While working as an adjunct psychology professor for the Sullivan University system, Leslie began headhunting for a national recruiting company. Leslie is currently employed by Precision Staffing, Inc. – a locally owned, independent staffing and recruiting agency serving the Bluegrass Region for 35 years. As business development manager, Leslie applies her recruiting background and expertise in psychology to provide consultation, education, and recruiting services to business in the Central Kentucky region.


Leslie enjoys running, cooking, and enjoying newlywed life while residing in downtown Lexington. A

member of the Junior League of Lexington and involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts with several non-profit groups, Leslie strives to bring together a variety of local organizations to collaboratively build a strong, enriched, and robust Lexington community.


Michael Gilbreath
Workforce Readiness Director

Michael is a subject matter expert in technical staffing and talent acquisition with a record of success in Fortune 500 and agency environments and is currently working with an industrial services provider to the automotive industry based in Lexington, KY.


With over 20 years of experience consulting with senior leadership to define and execute strategic workforce plans and coaching senior management, Michael’s expertise spans a career working with companies including McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, SAIC, BAE Systems, Deloitte & Touche, Conexant and Tesoro.


Michael holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A from the University of Phoenix.

Jaime Horne
Co-Diversity Director

Jaime Horne is a consultant on staff at Hanna Resource Group, a Lexington-based company which delivers human resource management strategies and solutions for organizations. Prior to  joining HRG, Jaime served as Director of HR for a long-term care management company in Kentucky, as well as carrying out projects and consulting work for a variety of healthcare organizations.  Her experience includes benefits administration, engagement, training, change management, compliance and survey administration. She earned a Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Georgetown College. For fun, Jaime loves to spoil her Newfoundland, go to concerts, and spend time with family and friends.

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