2018 Board of Directors

Kimberly Douglas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPF (2017-2018 Board Chair)

President, Firefly Facilitation, Inc.

Kimberly Douglas, 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.

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 Rhodes, PhD (Board Development Chair)

Chief Human Resource Officer, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

DeRetta Cole Rhodes, PhD, 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 PhD 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 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment.  She currently serves as a board member to the Urban League of Atlanta and Co-Chair of the Personnel committee, Chair of the Leadership Development MIG of International Leadership Association.

Robert P. Collins (SHRM-Atlanta 2019-2020 Board Chair-Elect)

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.

Yvette Cook Darby

President & CEO, Usher’s New Look

Prior to joining Usher’s New Look as President, Yvette Cook Darby served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for the United Way of Greater Atlanta. She is a highly accomplished visionary executive with an outstanding record of leadership and success, spanning over 20 years, in both not-for-profit and profit organizations.  Yvette received her BA in Public Affairs and Political Science and a MA in Mass Communications from the University of Denver. She is a Leadership Development Graduate from the Center for Creative Leadership and holds a Certificate in Professional and Personal Coaching from CAPP Institute.  Today, Yvette serves as the second president in the 15-year history of Usher’s New Look.

Barbara M. Dondiego (Marketing

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 several Fortune 100 organizations and lately in the non-profit space. He 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 (Board Finance Chair)

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.

Catherine Jefferson

People and Culture Leader, The Krystal Company

Catherine began her career in the hotel industry serving in several leadership roles with Intercontinental Hotels Group over 14 years. She designed award winning global internal branding engagement programs, oversaw diversity and inclusion strategy, supported the launch and opening of several hotel brands and was part of the leadership team recognized as The Best Training Organization by American Society of Training & Development in 2012. In 2014 Catherine served as the Vice President, Strategic Human Resources Business Partners at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Catherine was responsible for directing the brand's people strategy and initiatives. Catherine and her team worked closely with leaders in the restaurant support center and restaurants in the areas of talent management, leadership succession and total rewards. She enjoyed partnering with Operations and Marketing to transform the employee and guest experience.

Most recently, Catherine was appointed Chief People Officer at The Krystal Company. Catherine leads a dynamic team of HR professionals serving over 250 restaurants and 6000 employees; focusing on company culture and career development. Catherine's personal purpose is to help individuals and teams rock it! Catherine fuels her purpose by serving on the School of Hospitality Industry Board at Georgia State University, the Advisory Board for VOX Teen Communications and mentors emerging leaders for LEAD Atlanta. Catherine is an advocate of continuous development; earning her master degree in business administration in 2010 and is a proud member of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014.  In 2016, Catherine was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council. Catherine loves adventures with her two teenage daughters. She enjoys Zumba, is a wine aficionado and aspires to explore every spa experience that exists in the world.

Dan Stotz, M.S.

Executive Director, Executive Education Programs 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 People Officer, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Lynne Zappone joined Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen as Chief Talent and HR Officer in April 2011.  In this role she is responsible for the development and implementation of Popeyes talent management strategy and Servant Leadership culture initiatives.  She also partners with marketing and operations on the development and execution of guest and employee experience initiatives.  Lynne has over 25 years of extensive experience in global human resources, talent development and learning, and business management.

Prior to joining Popeyes, Lynne served in a number of senior human resources positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) from 1998 to 2011, including her last role as Senior Vice President, Global Learning and Americas Human Resources.  During her tenure at IHG, she was responsible for human resources business support and global talent development and learning.  She managed the design and implementation of a “self-funded” training business model which resulted in topline revenues of $12M and delivered operating profit for reinvestment within 2 years.

Lynne volunteers on multiple industry boards and committees and served as board chair for the Georgia Council for International Visitors. She has been recognized by the Georgia Diversity Council and Dress for Success for her commitment to developing woman. In 2011, her team was awarded ASTD’s #1 Best Company for Learning. They also received the CLO Business Impact Award and ASTD’s Excellence in Practice.

Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Flagler College and Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Lynne has been featured extensively in media and print publications and as a speaker at regional and national HR and Training conferences.  A thought leader dedicated to attracting and developing high performing teams, she was profiled in CLO Magazine selected as a Rising Star in HR by HR Executive Magazine, and is the first CHRO featured on Undercover Boss. In her free time, she enjoys international travel and cheering on the University of Arizona Wildcats Basketball team with her daughter. Bear Down!

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.

2018 SHRM-Atlanta Advisory Board Members (HRLF Co-Chairs)

Keith D. Jackson

CHRO, DirecTV Latin America - 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 graduate certificate of specialization in International Business from Nova Southeastern University.

Virginia Hughes Means, SHRM-SCP, SPHR (2015-2016 SHRM-Atlanta 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 Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Post Properties, Inc. Her responsibilities involve management of all human resource areas, including health and welfare benefits, retirement services, payroll, compensation, employee relations, performance management, learning and development, and recruitment. Virginia is a board member and Executive Director of Post HOPE Foundation, Inc. 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.