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PBC SHRM 2021 President's Message

Dear fellow Palm Beach County SHRM Members:

I am honored and excited to serve as your Chapter President for 2021.

For many of us, 2021 could not come soon enough. The past year presented unforeseen professional and personal challenges. Health and safety became a top priority for our organizations and families. The way we communicate with our colleagues has changed and goals within our organizations shifted. The HR profession has never been more important than it is today.

Palm Beach County SHRM’s mission is to promote organizational excellence through the advancement of the Human Resource profession in partnership with our business community. While many of last year’s challenges may continue to linger in 2021, PBC SHRM’s leadership is dedicated to carry out our mission and to remain the trusted resource for everything HR.

We are excited for the upcoming year. Here is what you can expect:

  • A return to in person dinner and networking events.
  • On May 12th & 13th we will host our annual HR conference at the Marriott in West Palm Beach!
  • A continuation of virtual events. We have received great feedback from our virtual programs and these events have allowed us to expand our reach to connect with more HR professionals.
  • We have been coordinating with our partner Lynn University to host our quarterly Business Breakfast Series.
  • Membership dues will continue to be waived if you designate PBC SHRM as your primary chapter.

I began my PBC SHRM volunteer journey in 2013 under the leadership of Jennifer Gunter. I have served on various committees and chair roles such as membership, conference and sponsorship. I am thankful to the chapter and my fellow members for encouraging me to volunteer. Supporting PBC SHRM as a volunteer has allowed me to grow personally and professionally in ways that I could not have imagined.

The success of PBC SHRM has always been and continues to be a direct result of our volunteer members who donate their time and talents to push our chapter forward. If you want to develop yourself as a leader, give back to your chapter, and network with a talented group of HR professionals, I encourage you to become more involved with Palm Beach County SHRM.

To all of our loyal members, sponsors and Leadership Team, thank you for your continued support of our chapter.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Brian Knapp

2021 PBC SHRM President


PBC SHRM LEADERSHIP 

Aimee Mangold, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is Vice President of Human Resources for Kolter Hospitality and has 25 years experience in the areas of labor relations, talent management, culture change, leadership and learning and development.   She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  Aimee joined PBC SHRM in 2008 and has served as President, Director at Large and Workforce Readiness Chair and is the recipient of the 2018 Human Resources Professional of the Year Award.  She currently serves as Immediate Past President.  For fun, Aimee enjoys spending time with family, traveling, dancing and relaxing at the spa.

Jessica Zehetmaier began her career in human resources in 2013 while working for a locum tenens company, staffing and credentialing physicians. She has a professional background in the Human Resources field and has worked in various industries including staffing and recruitment, healthcare, hospitality management and professional services. She has extensive experience providing support and guidance to operational managers and executive staff for recruitment and employment, training and development, labor relations, benefits administration and the development of organizational cultures.

Jessica joined PBC SHRM in 2016 as a member and volunteer. She has assisted with the annual conference and has also served as the chapter’s Marketing Chair, Government Affairs Chair, and now Director at Large.



Joey Petruzzelli is an account manager for the iTHINK Financial Credit Union. In this role Joey Petruzzelli manages the partnerships with the companies that offer a financial benefits package to their employees, he also volunteers his time to community events for the credit union. Joey Petruzzelli has been in the financial industry for the past 13 years, prior to entering the financial industry Joey Petruzzelli was an owner of a packing & shipping franchise in Boca Raton where he was rated one of the top 50 grossing stores in the Southern region, as a small business owner he took on the roles of HR, CEO, CFO and the friendly face you saw when walking into his store. Joey Petruzzelli is married with three beautiful children, which keeps him pretty busy, he also has a love for the outdoors where he enjoys surfing and fresh water fishing with his family.


Angela Campbell is an HR professional with over 10 years’ experience working with companies to identify and present top talent for their open positions. Angela Holds a PHR. She is very customer focused and works closely to make sure she completely understands their needs and the culture of the company. Her areas of expertise include business development, recruitment and recruitment marketing, employee recognition, compensation, and performance management.  



Luisa Niakan is the President and Director of Talent Acquisition at Touchstone Professionals. As a strategic full-cycle Corporate Recruiting Manager, she specializes in work culture driven matchmaking. With a special focus serving the healthcare industry and legal field, she brings a unique approach to direct-hire recruiting that is customized to each organization s budget and is grounded by her commitment to adding value and success to every team by matching the right candidate with the work culture. Her unique emotional intelligence and adaptability approach has given her a relationship-first reputation, where she expertly matches candidates and employers based on a synergy of core values.

Prior to starting her own recruitment firm, the depth of her professional background spans many years and includes being part of the Human Resources team at WSAudiology-HearUSA as a Recruitment Specialist. There, she obtained her PHR and partnered with the VP of HR as well as other hiring leaders to implement new strategies and processes that improved the overall corporate work culture mindset, reduced talent acquisition costs, and streamlined and expedited the corporate hiring process and recruiting strategy.

She has remained an active member of SHRM since 2012 and served on the leadership team as Palm Beach County SHRM Facilities Chair. Later, she continued to support the organization as Conference Co-Chair in January of 2020. Currently, she works directly with the Conference Chair to help successfully launch all aspects of the Palm Beach County SHRM Annual Conference.

Luisa believes strongly that while we spend the majority of our time with our work families, having the best possible fit for the role not only supports and enhances the workplace culture, it also creates a sustainable connection and synergy that improves overall productivity and contributes to greater satisfaction across the board. It s why she always puts the relationship first!



Tanya Vaughn-Patterson is a learning and development manager with over 20 years partnering with leaders in their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys. Tanya holds a SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. She absolutely loves helping others learn and grow. Tanya enjoys meeting new people and discovering their stories. She is passionate about the importance of having conversations to discover all the many stories that shape us. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and her two Rottweilers, Kahn and Dallas. In her spare time you may catch her writing poetry or short stories.


Tammy is an Area Vice President and Health and Welfare Consultant for Gallagher in the West Palm Beach office. Tammy’s career as a Consultant spans over 20 years of global benefits and risk management experience. Her role at Gallagher includes strategic business growth and account retention. Tammy consults with clients to reduce operational spend that impacts company performance and success

Her duties include forecasting, mitigating and budgeting for plan costs, forensic claims review and creative plan design. Tammy also consults on population health and human capital challenges. Her consultative focus is Hospitality, Restaurant and Entertainment Industries along with Healthcare, Not for Profit and Social Service organizations among others

She joined Gallagher from USI Insurance were she held the position of Vice President in their Health and Welfare Division. Her responsibilities included relationship management, strategic benefits guidance and meeting organizational goals.

Prior to her work at USI, Tammy worked for TD Insurance, a division of TD Bank. Her career at TD Insurance spanned over 14 years on the east coast in New England, with her most recent position as the southeast region’s Vice President of Health and Welfare.

Tammy serves as a Board member for Palm Beach County SHRM and SHRM-SCP Certified through the Society of Human Resources Management. Tammy speaks for local SHRM Chapters on HR and Benefits related topics assists with monthly and annual programs for the Chapter. Tammy was recently nominated in 2020 as President-Elect for Palm Beach County SHRM.

Tammy holds the professional designation of Group Benefits Associate (GBA) with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Professionals. Tammy has also served as Women in Leadership Chairwoman, Diversity Council of South Florida for TD Bank.



Past Presidents 

2019-20 - Aimee Mangold, SHRM-SCP, SPHR 

2017-18 - John Haymore, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, LSSYB
2016 - Katie Beirne, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
2015 - Darron Davis, PHR
2014 - Tim Garman
2013 - Jennifer Gunter, M.S, PHR
2012 - Eric Gordon, Esq.
2011 - Brian Altschuler, M.S., SPHR
2009-10 - Lara Donlon, Esq., SPHR
2008 - Dominique Cultrera, GPHR, PHR
2007 - Olga Otero, PHR
2006 - Roy Lantz, CCP, SPHR
2004-05 - Karen Roberts, SPHR
2004 - Paul Hederman, SPHR
2003 - Michele Dobos, PHR
2002 - Daivd Huntley, SPHR
2001 - Ellen Finnerty, SPHR
2000 - Robert Francis, SPHR
1998-99 - Rita Craig, SPHR
1998 - Ronald Dias
1997 - Kathryn Schmidt, SPHR
1996 - Debra Laster, SPHR
1995 - Kristina Steffer
1994 - Mona Christie, SPHR

1993 - Susan Napolitano, PHR
1992 - Sandra Lamb
1991 - Joan Slaughenhaupt
1990 - Vicky Porter
1989 - R. Ricky Hyre
1988 - Kenneth Kirby, SPHR
1987 - Toby Cohen
1986 - Jacqueline Cassady
1986 - Marc Yanchura
1984 - William Crouse
1983 - Frank Angerame
1982 - Jeanne Brannon
1981 - Eldene Spriggs
1980 - George Anderson
1979 - Louis Benson, PH.D.
1978 - Donald Stephens
1977 - D. Allen Strickland
1976 - George Nale
1975 - John Girardeau
1974 - Charles Camus, Jr.
1972-73 - Malcom Smith
1971 - Thomas Boyd
1970 - John Green
1969 - Earnest Nelson
1968 - Norma Good

ABOUT PBC SHRM

PBC SHRM is the premier resource for human resources and SHRM members in Palm Beach County. 

CONTACT US

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P. O Box 17016, West Palm Beach, FL  33416-7016


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