BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL
HUMAN RESOURCE COUNCIL

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BNHRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors provide leadership for the chapter’s programming, networking events, and resources to meet the professional needs of BNHRC members.  Learn more about Board member requirements and position descriptions.  

!! The following positions are open on the BNHRC Board: !!
Programming, Technology, and SHRM Foundation

Contact the BNHRC President at president@bnhrc.org if interested in learning more about volunteering on the Board. 

PRESIDENT

BRANDY O'GRADY


Brandy is currently working as Assistant to the Executive Director for Campus Recreation at Illinois State University. She began that role in August 2020 and specializes in high-level management support to all areas of Campus Recreation operations personnel, planning, communication and special projects. She administers hiring of all full-time staff, Graduate Assistants and Student Workers within the department. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration and Hispanic Studies. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 2021. She has worked for ISU since 2013 and previously worked as a Human Resources Administrator for an employee-owned landscaping company in Idaho for six years.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

BETH HAUCK


Beth has been a professional with an expertise in HR for seven years. Beth is currently an Analyst in Continuing Education Programming at Heartland Community College. This position utilizes many Human Resources skills, including recruitment, retention, communication, and teamwork through collaborating with a team and instructors on course offerings. Beth also uses her Human Resources skills to consult at her church on anything related to job descriptions, interviewing, and other HR related topics. She was previously in Human Resources at Marcfirst for four and a half years. Prior to that role, Beth was at Toys "R" Us for seven years and spent her last year and a half there as the HR Department Supervisor. Beth earned a Bachelor's Degree in University Studies: Psychology from ISU in 2009. She is currently serving on the Board for the Wesley Foundation at ISU, a campus ministry that she attended while in college. She has been a member of SHRM and BNHRC since 2018.

PAST-PRESIDENT

JILL SMITH


Jill is an Employee Relations Specialist at COUNTRY Financial. Prior to joining COUNTRY, Jill gained HR experiences at Illinois State University including employee relations, labor relations, performance management, recruitment & selection, timekeeping, and supervision. Jill earned her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Master's in Business Administration from Illinois State University. She has been a BNHRC member since 2013 and has held several positions on the BNHRC Board including Programming, Certification, Student Chapter Liaison, President, and Past-President.

TREASURER

SAM LEWIS


Sam and his wife Terri are the owners of Pridestaff, a staffing and recruiting agency located in Bloomington-Normal. He is also an HR consultant for small businesses. In his career Sam has been an HR manager, a factory manager, a GM, and the VP of Engineering with responsibility for eight manufacturing plants across the U.S. He has been in leadership and management roles for over 30 years. Sam is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) through the American Staffing Association. He is very active in the community. He serves on the board of directors for the Work Force Investment Act for the state of Illinois. He is a curriculum advisor for Heartland Community College. He is also a board member for Marcfirst. Sam began serving on the BNHRC Board in 2012 as a Membership Co-chair.


SECRETARY


TAMI FOLEY

 

Tami is the Executive Director of Mid Central Community Action, Inc. She has over 16 years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Compliance. Leaving corporate America to join the non-profit sector in 2015, she has since earned her SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional) and CNED (Certified Non-Profit Executive Director). She has worked with all departments at MCCA to ensure MCCA is compliant with all grant regulations. Tami encourages and assists leadership and staff towards their professional development goals. She is on the WIOA Board, a member of the League of Women Voters, Healthy Eating Active Lifestyles, and the Invest Health teams, has served on Heartland Head Start’s Policy Council, and is a member of MCCA’s Board Executive Committee. Prior to becoming Executive Director she served as staff representative on MCCA’s Board Bylaws and Membership Committee and Board Housing Committee.

DIRECTOR OF
PROGRAMMING

RACHEL MAGGIO


Rachel is a Recruiting and Affirmative Action Coordinator for GROWMARK, Inc. Prior to joining the GROWMARK team, Rachel worked in HR at Illinois State University with experiences in recruitment and selection, performance management, and overall people relations experience. Rachel has four years of full time and intern experience in areas like benefits, people relations, training and development, and timekeeping and payroll. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and Psychology, where she was the president of ISU-SHRM her senior year. Rachel is currently working towards her Master’s in Business Administration at Illinois State University. In her free time, you can find Rachel outside taking pictures, working out, or volunteering at her church here in Bloomington – Normal.

CO-DIRECTOR OF
PROGRAMMING


VACANT

Contact president@bnhrc.org if you are interested in the position or want to learn more about volunteering on the Board.

CO-DIRECTOR OF
MEMBERSHIPS




KATIE RIFE


Katie is a consultant in the Employee Benefits Practice at Cottingham & Butler working in Central Illinois. She talks to and supports HR professionals daily. As a business owner herself, Katie has a great deal of business expertise and values strong relationships. Katie attended Illinois State University and graduated with degrees in Political Science, Psychology & Business. She has been a Central IL resident her entire life, and actively participates in BN Sunrise rotary. She is also an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and spends a great deal of her free time volunteering in the community. Katie also loves to play golf and travel. 

CO-DIRECTOR OF
MEMBERSHIPS



TAYLOR INGRAM


Taylor is a Talent Development Specialist at COUNTRY Financial. Taylor has been employed at COUNTRY for over 8 years and has previous experience in Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition including contact center and college recruiting, and HR Project Management. Taylor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Business minor in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2018. She began involvement with BNHRC while still in school as an Employment intern at COUNTRY Financial and has been a member since 2014. She joined the BNHRC Board of Directors in 2016 and previously held the position of Communications, and Marketing & Technology Director.

DIRECTOR OF
CERTIFICATION

 

KERRY KELLER


Kerry is a Talent Management Analyst at State Farm supporting succession planning and talent for the organization. Kerry began working at State Farm in 2012 with prior experience at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Human Resources. Kerry is an Illinois State University alum, having received both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s degrees from ISU. She earned the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2009 and the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification in 2015. Kerry has been a member of BNHRC since 2008 and began serving on the BNHRC Board in 2012. She has held several roles on the Board, including Membership, Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past-President and Social Media.

DIRECTOR OF
COMMUNICATIONS


VACANT

Contact president@bnhrc.org if you are interested in the position or want to learn more about volunteering on the Board.

DIRECTOR OF 
DIVERSITY

MONICA WILKS


Monica is the Human Resources Coordinator at McLean County School District Unit 5. She has been a member of the Bloomington/Normal community for over 20 years and a member of the HR community for over 10 years. She began her membership with SHRM in 2008 and joined BNHRC in 2014. Prior to Unit 5, Monica was the HR Director for YWCA, HR Manager at Four Seasons Association, an Onboarding Specialist for Accenture Inc. and the Director of Talent Acquisition for Baker Hughes Inc. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science. In 2016 she was named as a Distinguished Alumni of Illinois State University and the Department of Politics & Government. She received her Senior Certified Professional designation from SHRM in August 2019.

DIRECTOR OF
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS




ANDREA "ANDEE" RADLIFF 


Andee is currently the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement in Career Services at Illinois State University (ISU). Throughout her career, she has worked in the Human Resources field in different capacities including recruitment, training, employee relations, employee development, and marketing since 2001; and has previously worked as a Talent Management Director, Benefits Officer, and Employment Consultant at ISU. Andee has degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies all from Illinois State University. Andee has been a member of BNHRC since 2008 and has held several positions on the BNHRC Board, including President, Membership Director, Director of Legislative/Governmental Affairs and Secretary.

DIRECTOR OF
WORKFORCE READINESS

SAM LEWIS


Sam and his wife Terri are the owners of Pridestaff, a staffing and recruiting agency located in Bloomington Normal. He is also an HR consultant for small businesses. In his career Sam has been an HR manager, a factory manager, a GM, and the VP of Engineering with responsibility for eight manufacturing plants across the U.S. He has been in leadership and management roles for over 30 years. Sam is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) through the American Staffing Association. He is very active in the community. He serves on the board of directors for the Work Force Investment Act for the state of Illinois. He is a curriculum advisor for Heartland Community College. He is also a board member for Marcfirst. Sam began serving on the BNHRC Board in 2012 as a Membership Co-chair.

DIRECTOR OF 
TECHNOLOGY



VACANT

Contact president@bnhrc.org if you are interested in the position or want to learn more about volunteering on the Board.


STUDENT CHAPTER
LIAISON


ERIN DEKNECHT


Erin is a Talent Management Analyst at State Farm, focusing on performance enablement at an enterprise level.  Prior to joining State Farm, Erin gained HR experiences at COUNTRY Financial and 1st Farm Credit Services, now Compeer Financial.  Erin has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in I/O Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.   She holds the PHR and SHRM-CP designations.  She has been a BNHRC member since 2013 and served in numerous leadership roles on the board.

DIRECTOR OF
SOCIAL MEDIA