2017 Board of Directors

Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPF (Board Chair)
President, Firefly Facilitation, Inc.

Kimberly Douglas,SHRM-SCP,  SPHR, CPF, is an internationally recognized team effectiveness and innovation expert. Over the past 25 years, she has collaborated with hundreds of leaders – at organizations such as Coca-Cola, Home Depot, McKesson, AT&T, and even the U.S. Marine Corps – to dramatically improve their business performance. Kimberly holds a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Prior to founding FireFly 17 years ago, Kimberly was an organization effectiveness manager for Coca-Cola, a Director of Consulting with the Hay Group, and served in HR leadership roles in the hospitality, telecommunications and healthcare industries. She also wrote The Firefly Effect, published by Wiley in 2009.  She was the 2003 president of SHRM-Atlanta, during which time the chapter received a Pinnacle Award for its innovative “Lunch with a Leader” program. In 2010 Kimberly was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the chapter for over 25 years of volunteer service to the chapter and the HR profession. 

Lisa Hughes, M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR (2016-2017 President)
Vice President, Human Resources, Nobis Works

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.


Christine C. Browning, PHR (President Elect)
Partner Development Manager, Year Up

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.

Camry Blaising, RHU, REBC
Vice President of Consulting & Sales, Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia

Camry has worked in the employee benefits field for the past 14 years in a variety of roles. Her current position is vice president of consulting and sales with Northwestern Benefit Corporation. In this role Camry provides strategic direction, coaching and oversight of the sales team and the employee benefit consulting teams, to include consulting, account management, wellness and analytics roles. Camry speaks frequently throughout the state on the Affordable Care Act and other aspects of employee benefit planning. Camry was recently recognized by Employee Benefit Advisor magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising. Camry holds the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC) professional designations. Camry is a member of SHRM and ISCEBS. She currently serves on broker advisory councils for BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia, CIGNA, Kaiser, United Healthcare and Humana.  Camry is a former board member for the Georgia Chapter of ISCEBS, serving as program director in 2012 and 2013.


DeRetta Cole

YMCA Metro Atlanta

DeRetta Cole, Ph.D., is the Chief Human Resource Officer for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. In addition to human resources responsibilities like compensation and benefits, compliance, training and development, and employment policies, DeRetta brings an expansive, strategic talent management philosophy to the Y. She supports strategic board level initiatives and is a thought leader and contributor to the leadership team. Prior to being with Y, she was the VP of Human Resources for First Data. Previously, DeRetta was Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting Systems supporting Global Technology Operations. Before joining Turner, DeRetta held leadership roles with Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand. DeRetta received her undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, her Master’s in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership and is a qualified facilitator for the MyersBriggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment.

Robert P. Collins
Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Zep, Inc.

Robert P. Collins is the former senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Zep Inc. where he was responsible for human resources, organizational development, business development, which includes international expansion, product innovation, legal, information technology and mergers/acquisitions. He was also the company’s chief spokesperson on all labor relations matters. Mr. Collins retired from Zep on July 3, 2015. Prior to his current role, he was vice president and chief people officer of the company. Prior to joining Zep, Robert was corporate vice president and chief human resources officer for Serologicals Corporation, where he participated in a five-year transformation of Serologicals that produced 600% revenue growth, eightfold increase in market capitalization, 3 times market share expansion and an EPS CAGR of 32%. Before Serologicals Corporation, he held several executive level positions, including partner, Ray & Berndtson, president and COO, Vision Twenty-One, Inc., and he spent 13 years with Magellan Health Services holding various positions. Robert is a member and on the Board of Directors of the Human Resource Leadership Forum – Atlanta, member and on the Board of Directors of Society for Human Resource Management and a member of MAPI. Formerly, he served on the Executive Committee of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and was also the past chairman of the Board of Directors of SHRM-Atlanta. Robert received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Rollins College.



Barbara M. Dondiego
Chief Marketing Officer, AVOXI

Barbara M. Dondiego, chief marketing officer of AVOXI is responsible for all aspects of marketing functions, including product management, marketing communications, brand management and segment marketing. Barbara has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and product management in the competitive telecom and technology service sector, and a deep knowledge of the industry. Prior to joining AVOXI, she served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Fairpoint Communications, Inc & EarthLink. She also has served as senior vice president of marketing at Level 3 Communications and was marketing director at WilTel, acquired by Level 3, and director of product management for McLeodUSA, now part of Windstream. Barbara holds an MBA from the University of Tulsa and a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University.

Vince Eugenio, PhD, HCS, CCMC

Vice President, Talent Management, Post Properties, Inc.

Dr. Vince Eugenio is a senior level HR professional with over 25 years of experience in Talent and Leadership Development. He has held senior level positions with several Fortune 100 organizations and lately in the non-profit space. He is currently the VP of Talent Management at Post Properties. Vince’s training and development programs have touched tens of thousands of employees over the years. He has personally coached and developed hundreds of professionals. Vince holds a MS and PhD in Adult Education. He also holds multiple coaching, leadership development and assessment certifications.

Julie Goldberg

Retired National Director, Finance & Administration, Deloitte Services

Julie has over 30 years of experience as a Finance and Operations leader for Deloitte, a $15B National and Global professional services firm.   Her experience has spanned the Audit, Consulting and Shared Services businesses where she has led multiple operations and programs in the United States and India serving 60,000 professionals.  Julie has deep knowledge and expertise in the areas of business transformation, organizational design, process/performance Improvement, service excellence and financial management.  Formerly, she led Deloitte’s Woman’s Initiative for the Operations organization where she developed programs to promote the advancement and retention of women.  Julie is the Board Chair and President of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club and Foundation.  She also serves as Treasurer and Director on the Board of the Fine Arts Alliance at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.  Julie received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Auburn University and earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant.


Virginia Hughes Means, SHRM-SCP, SPHR (2015-2016 Board Chair)

Chief People Officer, United Distributors 

Virginia brings over two decades of senior human capital leadership and consulting experience on behalf of global and domestic organizations. She aligns people solutions with business strategy by evaluating, designing and implementing optimal human resource partnerships and service delivery models. Companies for which Virginia has led human resources have been recognized as premier employers by a number of external organizations including Fortune magazine, Working Mother magazine, Training Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Currently, she serves as Chief People Officer at United Distributors. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and attended the Wharton School where she was awarded the HR Business School certification. She also serves on the Human Resources Leadership Form (HRLF) Board of Directors, Parents at Westminster Board and teaches Sunday school to adolescent girls.

Tom Spahr
Vice President – Learning and Development, The Home Depot

Tom graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and has had a distinguished career serving as HR director and then VP of HR for The Home Depot, where he has been employed since 2000. Since 2008, Tom has lead the Training and Development team, including all aspects of learning, design and delivery for 275,000 associates in 2,000 locations.

Dan Stotz, M.S.
Director, Online Executive Education and Faculty Member, Management and Entrepreneurship, Kennesaw State University, Michael J. Coles College of Business

Dan Stotz is Director of Online Executive Education and a member of the faculty at the KSU Coles College of Business. He has 32 years of higher education experience as both a teacher and an administrator. For the past 20 years he has been working in the executive education area where he has dedicated his professional life to helping individuals achieve their fullest potential as leaders, innovators, and change-makers. Dan's past and current executive education clients include GE, the FBI Crime Labs, Cox Enterprises, Panasonic, Regions Bank, and the NASA Johnson Space Center--to name just a few. Most recently, Dan has developed an expertise in using gamification online learning techniques to deliver high-quality, research-validated executive education content to the business community. He leads a KSU team that develops online programs that provide business professionals with both the skills they need to succeed and a credential (Digital Badge) to prove to others that they have those skills. Dan is currently developing Digital Badge programs in  several areas including; adaptive leadership, business innovation, critical thinking, data analytics, entrepreneurial mindset, financial savvy, global awareness, HR Excellence, information security, lean six sigma, and project management.


Lynne Zappone

Chief Talent and HR Officer at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Lynne Zappone has 25 years of extensive experience in global human resources, talent development and learning, and business management. Prior to joining Popeyes, Ms. Zappone served in a number of senior human resources positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) from 1998 to 2011 and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Learning and Americas Human Resources. During her tenure at IHG, Ms. Zappone was responsible for business management, human resources business support and global talent development and learning strategies. Before joining IHG, Ms. Zappone enjoyed 10 years of strategy and leadership experience including consulting with Phillips Associates and organizational development and training roles with Fidelity Federal Bank and Sheraton Universal Hotel. Ms. Zappone sits on the board for Georgia Council for International Visitors and is also a member of the HR Leadership Forum, American Society Training & Development, Co-chair of Women’s Foodservice Forum HR Advisory Council and ATL Learning Leader Forum. Ms. Zappone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Flagler College and Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Jeanne Artime
SHRM-Atlanta CEO

Jeanne Artime brings over 24 years of experience in leading organizations, programs and key initiatives in both the non-profit and for-profit business arenas. As CEO of SHRM-Atlanta, Jeanne leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to design and deliver quality member and resource partner experiences, drive business development and execute the organization’s mission. Prior to joining SHRM-Atlanta, Jeanne was the founding executive director of PowerMyLearning-Atlanta, where she established and scaled local program operations, business development activities, volunteer management and computer refurbishing for the local chapter of the national non-profit, PowerMyLearning. Previously, Jeanne held various leadership roles in alliance management, software product management and software sales at organizations including Pitney Bowes MapInfo, Broadvision/Interleaf, and IBM. Jeanne holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Art Design from Duke University. She currently serves on the PowerMyLearning-Atlanta Board of Directors, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Council and is an Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow.

2017 Advisors


Brad Cummings

Chief Human Resource Officer, Hospitality Staffing Solutions

Brad Cummings is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS). HSS is the largest staffing / outsourcing company in the US with exclusive focus on the hospitality industry. In this role, Brad has full responsibility for the Human Resource function, overseeing talent management, learning, leadership development, employee and labor relations, compensation, benefits, risk, compliance, communications and community affairs. Prior to joining HSS in June 2015, Brad was with Tarkett Group, a publicly traded designer, manufacturer and distributor of flooring products headquartered in Paris, France. Brad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and completed his Master of Arts course work in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at New York University.  He currently serves on the Board and Executive committee of the Atlanta HR Leadership Forum, and has also worked with a number of non-profits including Junior Achievement, United Way and Catholic Charities Atlanta over the past ten years.


Keith D. Jackson
Vice President of Human Resources, AT&T

Keith D. Jackson is Vice President of Human Resources for AT&T, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He is responsible for managing HR functions for AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. This responsibility includes support for approximately 72,000 employees and $100B in revenue.

Keith joined BellSouth in 1989 as a premise sales representative in BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation (BAPCO), the directory publishing and Yellow Pages sales division of the former BellSouth. He held numerous sales management positions including Vice President Sales before moving to Atlanta to join Human Resources in 2002.  Within BellSouth Keith had responsibility of managing labor relations, training, compensation, staffing, and healthcare/benefits.

Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech. He also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and a graduatecertificate of specialization in International Business from Nova Southeastern University.