2018 Executive Leadership

Christine C. Browning, SHRM-CP, PHR | Year Up

2018 SHRM-Atlanta President

Christine Browning serves as partner development manager for the Atlanta office of Year Up, a national non-profit workforce development program for urban young adults.  Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing high school graduates ages 18-24 with the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Christine is responsible for establishing new partner relationships, as well as growing current partnerships. Christine has over 17 years’ experience in partner relations in various disciplines, including marketing, advertising, talent management and the non-profit sector.  Christine works closely with partner organizations to find solutions that add overall value to the organization and its workforce.    Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from the University of South Carolina and has received her Professional in Human Resources certification.  She is a graduate of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Leadership North Fulton Class of 2012. Christine has served as ambassador and vice president of GEMs with SHRM-Atlanta. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chapter of NAAAHR and was vice president of fundraising for three years.

Dwight Thompson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | AT&T HR Services and Solutions


Dwight has over 35 years' experience in the HR Profession. His breadth of knowledge encompasses Employee Relations, Training & Development, EEO, Compensation, Benefits, and more. In his current role, Dwight directs a team of Employee Relations Managers for AT&T HR Services and Solutions supporting nearly 22,000 of the AT&T Mobility employees. Dwight has his undergraduate degree from Boston College and graduate degrees from University of Georgia and University of Toledo. Having been a key player in SHRM-Atlanta's Geographical Emphasis Meetings (GEMs), Dwight will be growing within the chapter and assuming the role of EVP, Professional Development (formerly Programming). This area defines and delivers overall professionals development that serves our members' needs.

Lisa Goodman Hughes M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR | Tommy Nobis Center

Past President

Lisa Goodman Hughes,Vice President of Human Resources, joined Nobis Works, Inc. in March 2014. Serving businesses throughout Metro Atlanta and 16 states, Nobis Works helps individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment, and to enjoy productive and independent lifestyles while contributing to the greater business community.  With a goal of providing professional HR leadership to all in the organization, Lisa oversees Nobis Works’ HR strategy.  She is a member of the executive management team working with the Board of Directors.  She desires to positively impact the strategic goals and business success of Nobis Works and to demonstrate the value of the HR function by interacting with employees at all levels throughout the organization.  Lisa is a progressive, senior-level HR professional with 20 years comprehensive HR experience, including organizational design and effectiveness, talent acquisition and management, cultural modification efforts, M&A assimilation, location start-up/closure, compensation and benefits, employee relations, recruitment, legal compliance, payroll, and other related areas. Lisa received her B.S. in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology with certificates in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Economics. She received her M.S. in Personnel and Employment Relations from Georgia State University. She obtained PHR designation in 1996; SPHR designation in 2003 and GPHR in 2005. Lisa is an Instructor in the College of Professional & Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University teaching in the Human Resource Certification program.

Holly Bail | Talent Manager, OneSpring

EVP Professional Development

Holly Bail is the Talent Manager at OneSpring, an Atlanta based consulting firm who specializes designing innovative software solutions for enterprises who create exceptional outcomes in design experience, retention, and adoption. Holly is passionate and curious about all things recruiting such as recruiting strategy, performance based hiring, career coaching, workforce planning, technology, and personal branding. With over 20+ years of experience in the recruiting, Holly has worked with varied business maturity models from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations leading operations, sales, and talent management. Over time she has developed a reputation as a "stakeholder" because of her dedication to excellence, servant leadership philosophy, and commitment to community. In addition to volunteering at SHRM-Atlanta over he past five years, Holly also actively serves on the steering committee at Tech400, a mentor for GNFCC Women inBusiness, and Small Group Leader for middle school students at Gwinnett Church.

Barbara Bell-Dees, SHRM-CP, PHR | NASCO

EVP Member Relations

Barbara Bell-Dees is the Vice President of Human Resources & People Services at NASCO. Barbara is charged with formulating the company's strategy for ongoing integrated talent management. She is focusing on developing NASCO's major competitive differentiator - its people.  She has over thirty years of experience in HR management and administration.  Barbara has been with NASCO for nine years and has overseen the company's exponential growth from 239 to 700 associates.  She attended DeKalb Community College in Clarkston, GA and has earned her PHR as well as her SHRM-CP designations. Barbara has chaired the When Work Works initiative for SHRM-Atlanta for the past 2 years.  Through her efforts and dedication, NASCO was named as a local winner of the When Work Works award recognizing exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success in both 2014 and 2016.

Dr. José A. De La Cruz, J.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Travelers

EVP Organizational Effectiveness

Dr. José A. De La Cruz is an accomplished, certified, and award-winning human resources executive with a background spanning over 40 years in human capital management solutions, organizational effectiveness strategies, and diversity/inclusion initiatives.  His executive track record encompasses building HR capabilities, leveraging change, transforming cultures, impacting results, and driving compliance.   Over his career, Dr. De La Cruz and his HR teams have been recognized by employers and professional/business organizations with numerous individual and team awards for HR operational excellence, innovation, and service delivery.  For the past five years, Dr. De La Cruz has been a HR Director - USO at Travelers. Dr. De La Cruz is an Adjunct Faculty at Gwinnett Technical College and Saint Leo University.  He teaches undergrad and graduate courses in HR management, leadership, organizational behavior, and law (business, employment, and healthcare).  His volunteer track record includes: EVP - Organizational Effectiveness, Society for Human Resources Management, Atlanta Chapter; Chair - League of Men @ Usher's New Look; Chair, Business Management Program Advisory Board at Gwinnett Technical College; Member, Launch Pointe Committee at Gwinnett Technical College; Military Mentor - American Corporate Partners; and Facilitator of employment transition workshops for the unemployed for 10+ years at WorkSource Georgia.  Also, Dr. De La Cruz has been published in various community, HR and business journals and newsletters. Dr. De La Cruz earned a B.S. Degree in Labor Relations from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor Degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago - both degrees were earned as a night student over a 17-year period.  

Karan Ferrell-Rhodes, PHR, MBA | Shockingly Different Leadership

EVP Workforce Readiness

Karan Ferrell-Rhodes is the Founder of Shockingly Different Leadership, an international leadership development and human capital consultancy, which provides contract project support for Talent Development, Human Resources, and Organizational Development teams. Karan and the SDL family is renowned for both helping organizations develop their high potential talent, as well as for providing on-demand support when the scaling of “people-related” initiatives is mission-critical. She holds a Bachelors in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and a MBA with a triple concentration in Organizational Development, Human Resources & Marketing from Florida State University.  She is also certified as a High Potential Leadership Coach, a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Master Facilitator from the World Institute of Action Learning, and is also certified in several leadership assessment tools such as MBTI, DiSC, and the Fascination Advantage.  Karan is involved in numerous professional and non-profit organizations, including SHRM, SHRM-Atlanta, ATD, the Best Practices Institute, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the American Cancer Society. 

Mark Myette, MBA | WhatAreYourGifts.com

EVP Awards & Recognition

Mark is Principal at ECC, Inc. and chief curator of www.WhatAreYourGifts.com, independent business owner and a GALLUP / CliftonStrengths & TotalSDI-Certified conflict resolution coach. He helps individuals and teams identify, understand, and leverage their strengths, discover how they can maximize performance and personal contentment, and "How to have a nice conflict." In 2016 he wrote "Wantrepreneuer: Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur" with the intent to educate a would-be entrepreneur about going down that road. Throughout his business career, which began in 1983 and where he spent 24+ years within Fortune 500 companies, he has always loved being an advisor, catalyst, coach, connector, influencer, pioneer, stimulator and teacher. One of his favorite philosophies is around the concept of karma. Sowing positive seeds will, over time, produce positive outcomes as evidenced by his frequent appearance for career-focused webinars created especially for Emory alumni by the EAA. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University, an MBA from Emory's Goizueta School of Business, his Certified Professional in Learning & Performance from the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

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