Board of Directors

President

Leslie Moore

 

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 HR recruiting field since 2011. 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 37 years. As business development manager, Leslie applies her recruiting background and expertise in psychology and human resources to provide consultation, education, and recruiting services to business in the Central Kentucky region.

 

Leslie enjoys running, cooking, and enjoying life with her husband, Adam and beagle, Trusty 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.

President-Elect

Amanda Sutton, SHRM-CP


Amanda relocated from South Bend, Indiana to Lexington in June 2014. Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Purdue University [2010] in Communications/Human Relations.  Prior to relocating to Kentucky, she was employed by the Sterling Group (a property management company) for 4 years and served in several roles including Recruiting Coordinator and Human Resources Coordinator. She is currently employed at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government as a Human Resources Generalist.

 

Amanda is a National SHRM member, served as the College Relations Director for the Michiana SHRM Chapter in Indiana, and previously served as the Co-Communications Director for Bluegrass SHRM from 2015-2016 and in 2018 (3 years).

 

Amanda was member of the Purduettes, a Purdue all-women’s chorale ensemble at Purdue University.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, baking, traveling, and anything to do with her golden retriever, Oakley. 

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Past President

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


David began his HR career in 1995. David's primary focus is working coaching organizations and leaders that are naturally resourceful, creative and whole achieve desired results through aligning efforts to organizational or personal vision.

 

In his current role as Vice President of Spirituality and Sacred Six at Signature Healthcare, he works with peers to implement processes that hardwire purpose-driven culture across 115 locations. In 2004, he began an HR consulting practice with his wife/partner of 35 years, where he works with a small number of organizations and individuals.

 

He holds the following certificates: SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Six Sigma Green Belt and a Net Promoter Certified Associate (NPS). He is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), completed Co-Active Coach Training (CTI) and he attended Midway University.

 

David has been married to his wife Karen for 36 years, has four (4) children, and four (4) grandchildren.

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Treasurer

LaRellen Jones, PHR, SHRM-CP


LaRellen is the Human Resources Manager at Family Practice Associates of Lexington, PSC where she has gained 10 years of Human Resources 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 has been a member of Bluegrass SHRM since 2014 and previously served as the Co-Membership Director from 2017 thru 2018.


LaRellen is a Lexington native and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she enjoys serving the community. She also volunteers as an Advisor for the Mu Epsilon Chapter of her Sorority at the University of Kentucky. For fun, she enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends and family and cheering on the UK Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bengals!


Secretary & Business Manager

Angela Keene, PHR, SHRM-CP

Angela 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 verification's, 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.

She is currently employed as the HR Manager for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. She holds the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.

Angela currently resides in Lexington with her husband, Joe.


Programs Director

Beverly Clemons


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 University.


Membership Director

Kriste Harness Blumetti, PHR, SHRM-CP

                                                                                                               

Kriste Harness Blumetti, PHR, SHRM-CP, is currently the Employee Relations Coordinator for Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Medical Group. She has served in various positions within the Human Resources department over the last 23 years of her career with Baptist Health. Kriste has also served as Faculty for BCTCS teaching both the HRCI and SHRM certification prep courses.


Before her employment with Baptist Health, Kriste held Operational Management positions with Crothall Healthcare and Marriott International.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Institutional Administration from Western Kentucky University and her graduate degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Kriste is native of central Kentucky and is very active with various charities in the community. She has a passion for volunteering and has held several past and current leadership positions with the Junior League of Lexington, Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization and Kentucky Society of Healthcare Human Resources. Kriste has a husband, Mike, whom she has been married to for 14 years and they currently reside in Nicholasville.


Donna Carter, PHR, SHRM-CP



Donna was hired into Carhartt in 2016 as a Senior HR Business Partner and also held the role of Affirmative Action Specialist before being promoted to her current role of HR Operations Manager for Domestic Manufacturing. Before relocating to Kentucky and joining Carhartt, Donna held roles of HR Manager, HR Director, and HR Administrator over the previous 16 years.


As the HR Ops Manager for Domestic Manufacturing, Donna supports Carhartt’s US Sewing Facilities and the SC Operations Center. Donna led the development and execution of the organization’s Affirmative Action strategy and continues to oversee and lead Affirmative Action as it moves into a broader diversity and inclusion practice at Carhartt.


With her PHR and SHRM-CP certification, Masters of Education in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers University, and BS in Human Resources Management from DeVry University, Donna's educational background provides a wealth of knowledge.


Internal Communications Director

Michael Hooper, SHRM-SCP

                                                                                                             

Michael is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Lexington in 2003. He graduated Cum Laude from Sullivan University with a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Leadership and completed his Masters of Business Administration at Midway University in 2012 with honors.


During the first 7 years of his career, he held various operations leadership positions and decided to make the transition into Human Resources in 2007. He is currently the Human Resources Director at Catalent Pharma Solutions, located in Winchester, KY and has previous held various human resources and training and development leadership positions with Amazon.com, Galls / Aramark Uniform Services, and The Ridge Behavioral Health Systems.


Michael is a member of the the Site Based Decision Making Committee at his children's school, Huntertown Elementary in Versailles, KY, and is the Treasurer for his daughter’s Girl Scout Troop 5012.

External Communications Director

Amanda Plakosh


Amanda Plakosh began her career as a Chemical Engineer after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. After working in research and development and manufacturing support roles for well-regarded consumer brands including Sony, Rubbermaid, and Lexmark, Amanda transitioned into business support roles that bridge the gap between customer needs and product development. 


Amanda has served in environmental sustainability, product marketing, and communications roles.  She has served as Global Sustainability Analyst at Lexmark where she was responsible for communication and outreach efforts including design and publication of the annual corporate social responsibility report and website, engagement with analysts including award applications, relationship development,  and event planning and public relations with business and community partners.


She recently joined Valvoline as a member of the Organizational Development team at the company’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky.


Amanda is Vice President of the steering committee for Reading Camp, a local non-profit dedicated to helping elementary-age children become proficient readers.  She has also served as Director of Alumni and External Relations at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy; responsible for communication and outreach efforts including design and publication of the alumni magazine.


Certification Chair

Heather Humphreys, SHRM-SCP, CCP


Heather is a native to Middleport, OH but relocated to Lexington in June 2014 due to her husband transferring to TMMK. Heather received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources and completed her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University.


She has experience in both private sector and higher education, having gained her experience at Ohio University as a Senior Compensation Analyst; and, Hanna Resource Group as an HR Consultant.


She now serves as the Director of Employment, Compensation and Operations at KCTCS.


SHRM Foundation Director

Tiffany Yarbrough, PHR, SHRM-CP


Tiffany is a native of Lexington, graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently employed by Avis/Budget Rent A Car. She has almost 20 years of HR experience, obtaining her PHR Certification in 2002 and SHRM-CP Certification in 2016. Before settling into Human Resources, Tiffany worked in Accounting, Sales/Marketing, and Operations Management.


She is currently serving on the Avis Advertising and Policy Committee and Convention Site Selection Committee. She is a past board member of the Bluegrass Tourism and Marketing Association and Lexington Hotel Motel Association. She also has completed the Citizen’s Police Academy (created the CPA’s Officer of the Month program,) Citizen’s Fire Academy and Citizen’s Government Academy.


Legislative Affairs Director

Kelly Bolton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


Kelly Bolton serves as Director of Human Resources for the United States Equestrian Federation.  As a former Department of Defense employee, Kelly is a workforce strategist and has experience in both the public and private sectors.


Kelly completed degrees in Business and Human Resources Management, achieved professional certifications as Senior Professional of Human Resources - SPHR, Society of HR Management Senior Certified Professional - SHRM-SCP, and is a certified lean six sigma green belt.


Prior to working in Lexington, Kelly worked as a Human Resources Manager in the Elizabethtown area and served as President-Elect for the Southern Kentucky SHRM chapter, Diversity & Legislative Director for the Elizabethtown SHRM chapter, and President of the Elizabethtown Industrial Foundation Training Consortium.


Kelly is a military spouse and maintains a proud alliance with the United States military, residing on Fort Knox with her husband and daughters. Kelly considers Batman to be her hero, and loves a cold Big Red soda (in a can)!


Best Places to Work & State Conference Promotions Director

Jennifer Taylor, PHR

 

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. 


Student Relations Director

Amanda Huddleston

Amanda is Executive VP of People Plus Inc – a local, family owned staffing and recruiting firm, has over 15 years of human resource experience.  Amanda has served as Secretary, President-elect, President and Past President of the BGSHRM chapter in recent years.  She currently holds the role of Membership Director for KYSHRM.  Her additional board experience includes:  The Rotary Club of Lexington (former board member), Rotary Club Endowment Board (current member) and the Kidney Health Alliance of KY (former board member).  

Amanda has also volunteered with Junior Achievement and assisted multiple local colleges with mock interviews and resume building.  She believes her passion for students, her HR knowledge and her previous board experience will make her successful in the Student Relations role for BGSHRM.  

 

Amanda currently resides in Richmond KY with her husband, two boys and one furry four-legged son named Gibson. 


Wellness Chair

Flo Campbell
 

Flo Campbell is a Consumer Experience Consultant in Humana’s Lexington, KY Sales Market office. She came to Humana in 2005 and has served in several roles in operations and sales. She has her MBA and multiple AHIP designations. Prior to working at Humana, Flo worked in Management in the Payroll/HR/Benefits area for many years and understands the client perspective. 


As a Consumer Experience Consultant she helps employers create a culture of wellness. She is faculty certified with WELCOA and uses their resources to help groups set up wellness committees, bring in speakers, create wellness events including health fairs, 5ks, lunch and learns, and biometric screening events. She provides guidance on Humana’s Wellness Offerings to her Brokers, Groups, and Members. Her client list includes such accounts as KMSF, CMWA, Pepsi, Hilton, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare. She has achieved Platinum Status with Go365 for multiple years and is passionate about the program. She is a licensed health agent with the Kentucky Department of Insurance. 


Workforce Development Director

Elodie Dickinson


Elodie earned her MSW from the University of Kentucky, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College. She is currently the Workforce Development Manager for the city of Lexington, a position that was created in October of 2016 in the Mayor’s Office.  Elodie identifies and promotes strategic partnerships between industry, education, and workforce training providers. One of her primary roles is to also administer the city’s workforce training grants. These grants are awarded to various local non-profit agencies that provide training and job placement for members in the community who are entering or re-entering the workforce.


Previously, Elodie was the Regional Manager of Program Services for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, where she managed all Goodwill workforce development programs in Lexington and the surrounding service areas.


Elodie is a current member of BGSHRM, a current Board member of Commerce Lexington’s Business and Education Network, and a current board member of the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission. She was previously a board member of the Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative, and has also served on several conference committees for the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association.  
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