TAHRA Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Michelle Lehman
Michelle Lehman has over 20 years of experience in human resources including employee relations, consulting, performance improvement strategies, leadership and employee development training programs. She has partnered with hundreds of successful Oklahoma companies to help them with staffing, recruitment, and executive searches.
Michelle is the Managing Partner of STAFF2000 | Millennium Personnel, Inc., a certified Woman-Owned Recruiting and HR consulting firm based in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, specializing in Human Resources, Administration, Medical and Accounting. Recruiting is a great way to stay current on the ever-changing employment laws and trends in the staffing and talent acquisition arena.
She joined the TAHRA Board in 2012 and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She also serves on the Board of the Oklahoma Human Resource Conference (OKHR) as the Vendor Chair currently and for the past three years.
2012 Hospitality Chair
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Heidi Hartman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
With over 20 years experience in the human resources and organization development field, Heidi has facilitated and led people through all types of change. She has a Master's degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Heidi Hartman is currently CEO of LunaSol Consulting, a firm that is committed to helping unleash the human potential of their clients. Some of the industries she has worked with include; oil and gas, retail, architecture, insurance, engineering, government and not for profit. LunaSol has designed and delivered learning and human resources solutions for executives, managers and employees. Heidi incorporates a passion for people with the desire to see organizations grow and improve.
Her expertise covers a broad spectrum of strategic planning, leadership development, coaching, organizational development, employee relations, change management, communication, EEOC claims, career transition/outplacement services, and teambuilding. Her customized interactive learning solutions provide clients with tools and key concepts for growth. Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Insights Learning & Development accredited facilitator and American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) coach, Heidi has the tools and resources to help your firm succeed.
PAST-PRESIDENT: Billie Fisher Callahan, SPHR
Billie Fisher Callahan has been a human resource professional for over twelve years. Billie holds a B.S. in business administration with concentration in accounting and human resource management. Billie joined Whirlpool Corporation in May of 2002 and has had the opportunity to work at three different manufacturing facilities over her career with the world's leading appliance manufacturer. As director of human resources for Whirlpool's Tulsa, Oklahoma operations facility, Billie partners with leaders and employees to drive strong business results. Billie is an avid supporter of United Way and Susan G Komen and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
VICE PRESIDENT- PROGRAMS: Nancy Gunter
Nancy started with the YMCA in 1984 as a volunteer basketball coach for 2nd and 3rd graders. After graduating from Mississippi University for Women she worked for YMCA's in North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, California, and now Oklahoma. Nancy is the VP of Leadership for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa and handles HR, Risk Management, and staff development. Her passion lies in staff development and specifically developing young staff into great leaders.
In May 2008 Nancy finished her Master's Degree from Springfield College in Organizational Management & Leadership. Her graduate project was on retaining the generations through supervision where she did research for two years on the four generations at work, specifically in the YMCA.
Due to her love for adventure and activity, Nancy has traveled extensively reaching 5 continents and helping to establish YMCA partnerships in Zimbabwe and Latvia. Nancy also enjoys all types of sports and continues to play softball and participate in sprint triathlons.
2013 Hospitality Chair
VICE PRESIDENT- MEMBERSHIP: Kristi Spaethe, PHR, SHRM-CP
Kristi Spaethe has been in the Human Resources profession for over 8 years. Kristi earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Human Resources Development option from Northeastern State University. Her past experience includes companies such as QuikTrip and NORDAM and she currently serves as the Human Resources Manager for SBS Industries where she is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function. Kristi earned her PHR in December, 2014.
Kristi is very active with the Family and Children's Services program, Women in Recovery, where she regularly performs training and employment related services. Most recently, she has served as an At Large Member for TAHRA on the Membership Committee.
VICE PRESIDENT- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Brandon Brazeel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Brandon has more than 15 years of experience in HR and Business Management and is currently the HR Manager at SPX Corporation. Previous roles included Sr. HR Generalist for Whirlpool's Tulsa division and VP Branch Manager for BOK. Brandon is a certified Senior, Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM member.
In his career, Brandon has a gained wide breadth of knowledge and experience working with business leaders and their employees. Some of his responsibilities include organizational development, communications, talent acquisition, training and talent development, benefits and compensation analyses, and employee relations.
Brandon received both his MBA and BS in Management from Oklahoma State University.
2014 Past President
2011 At Large Member: Golf Tournament Chair
VICE PRESIDENT- LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Rachel Crawford, J.D.
Rachel is a shareholder in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Law Firm of Newton, O'Connor, Turner & Ketchum, where she represents clients in all areas of Labor and Employment Law, including providing litigation, counseling and training services. Rachel has been named a "Rising Star" in Oklahoma by Super Lawyers magazine.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, and her Law Degree, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of TAHRA and the Oklahoma and Tulsa County Bar Associations, and has served in leadership positions in other Human Resources associations.
Rachel is admitted to practice law in all State Courts in Oklahoma, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rachel and her husband, Robert, are blessed with 3 children, are active in their local church and reside in Broken Arrow.
VICE PRESIDENT- PUBLIC RELATIONS: Dixie Agostino, SPHR, CPC
Dixie Agostino is an OSU graduate with her SPHR & CPC certifications. She has spend most of the last decade in recruitment and the sourcing, evaluation & preboarding of the top level of talent. Dixie is currently the Chief Talent Officer at Switchgear Search & Recruiting, which specializes in finding amazing candidates for Tulsa's best companies. She and her husband Anthony have three whip-smart, sassy daughters and a brilliant teenage son.
2014 HRCI Chair
2013 HRCI Chair
VICE PRESIDENT- DIVERSITY: Justice Waidner Smith, MA
Justice Waidner Smith is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for ONEOK. Prior to joining the ONEOK team, she worked for five years as the Director of Human Resources at YWCA Tulsa, and as the Co-Director of the Inclusion Institute, YWCA Tulsa's diversity and community education arm.
Professionally, Justice has worked for inclusion efforts for more than a decade. She brings to her work experience in the implementation of strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives; background in organizational development, change management, intercultural communication, and training design and facilitation; as well as subject matter expertise on a multitude of diversity issues. In 2013, Justice completed her Master's degree in Intercultural Leadership and Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont. Her thesis was entitled, "Diversity and Inclusion: Laying the Foundation for Successful Organizational Culture Change."
Justice's involvement with TAHRA dates back to 2009 when she co-facilitated the Diversity Committee's year-long initiative, "Beyond Diversity 101: A Journey into Hard Conversations." She also served on the Steering Committee for the 2010 Return on Inclusion Summit. Most recently, she has served TAHRA as a member of the Board of Directors. From 2011-2013, she was at the helm of our Community Relations initiatives. Through her work in that role, Justice greatly grew our mock interview partnership with Goodwill Industries and was selected as their inaugural "Hero Award" recipient in 2011. In 2014, Justice became TAHRA's Vice President of Diversity and chaired our largest Return on Inclusion Summit in the event's five year history. Justice received TAHRA's "Outstanding New Professional Award" in 2013.
Named by Tulsa People and Tulsa Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 recipient, Justice is active in community initiatives throughout the city. She serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Fire Green Country and The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. She also is a member of the Goodwill Business Advisory Council and the YMCA HR & Leadership Advisory Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, and a member of SHRM, American Society of Training and Development, Tulsa Young Professionals, United Way Women's Leadership Council and United Way Emerging Leaders Society.
2013 VP-Community Relations
2012 VP-Community Relations
2011 VP-Community Relations
VICE PRESIDENT- EDUCATION: Shane Norrid
Shane Norrid is an Account Executive in the corporate relations division at Apollo Education Group. Shane works collaboratively with Learning & Development and Human Resource professionals of corporations, using creative solutions, to improve upon individual and organizational performance through employee and leadership development.
Before entering the human asset development environment, Shane worked previously in the banking and finance industry selling financial products for both Bank of Oklahoma and Merrill Lynch in Tulsa, OK. He received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from University of the Ozarks and later, earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Outside of work, Shane enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and their young daughter. His personal interests include golf, basketball, baseball, skiing, and traveling to new places with his family.
2014 Workforce Readiness Chair
2013 Workforce Readiness Chair
TREASURER: Donna Fletcher, PHR, CCP
Donna is the Compensation Analyst for T.D. Williamson, Inc. In her current role, Donna researches, analyzes and administers compensation programs. She has over 15 years of human resource experiences. She previously held the roles of Senior Compensation Analyst at Helmerich & Payne, Inc. and HR Consultant III - Compensation at ONEOK.
She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), WorldatWork (The Total Rewards Association), and TAHRA. She has served on past TAHRA Board of Directors as SHRM Foundation (2013) and Treasurer (2011, 2012 and 2014). Donna holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and has completed her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certifications.
2013 SHRM Foundation Chair
AT LARGE MEMBER- COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Nikki Parker
Ms. Parker began her career at Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in the Human Resource department as a Recruiter in 2006. From there she moved to Dallas, TX where she worked in the High Tech industry as a Human Resource Generalist at i2 Technologies until 2009. At i2 Technologies her primary responsibility was to identify the area's highly skilled workforce based on education, experience, ability and desire. In 2010, she took a position at Volunteers of America working primarily in Training. While at Volunteers of America her goals were to train employees quickly, efficiently, and contribute to the business bottom line. Ms. Parker accepted her current position with the Tulsa Metro Chamber in November 2011.
As the Human Resource Manager for the Tulsa Metro Chamber, her objectives are to recruit, maintain, and support staff and their development and the overall strategic business plan and objectives of the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Parker also plans, directs, and coordinates human resource management activities of the organization to maximize the strategic use of human resources and maintain functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, personnel policies, and regulatory compliance.
She completed her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 2006 from the University of Tulsa, with a double major, Human Resource and Management Information Systems. In 2010 she completed her Master's program at Dallas Baptist University with a focus on Human Resource Management.
2014 VP-Community Relations
2013 VP-Community Relations
AT LARGE MEMBER- FUNDRAISING: Sarah Phelps, J.D., PHR
Sarah Phelps is currently an HR Advisor with QEP Resources with primary responsibilities in managing the College Recruiting and Technical Development Programs and supporting internal groups in employee relations matters. Sarah's professional background includes work as a college recruiter in the oil & gas industry, and as an advisor and adjunct assistant professor at a comprehensive state university.
She has served as the College Relations Committee Chair for TAHRA for two years, is a member of the University of Oklahoma Division of Management & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is a member of the Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPRos) Advisory Council.
Sarah earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor's Honors Degree from Oklahoma State University and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, TAHRA, SHRM and NACE.
2014 VP-Leadership Development
2013 VP-Leadership Development
2012 VP-Leadership Development
2011 College Relations Chair
2010 College Relations Chair
CHAPTER LIAISON: Denise Reid
Denise Reid is the Director of Talent Strategies with the Tulsa Regional Chamber and possesses 15+ years of experience including recruiting and workforce development and previously managed recruiting for Vanguard Car Rental USA, a 9,000+ employee company. Denise's role with the Tulsa Chamber focuses on the talent pipeline to include growth, retention and the attraction of a diverse and skilled workforce ensuring the success of the business community and growth of the economy. She also manages the Chamber's diversity business program; Mosaic. She collaborates with community leaders to develop program initiatives tied to business, education, workforce training, diversity, inclusion, sustainability and leadership development.
Denise is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA), CEOs for Cities and Tulsa Area Diversity Professionals Network and serves on several boards to include Tulsa Area Human Resource Association, Leadership Tulsa, Sustainable Tulsa, Community Service Council and Workforce Tulsa. She was also named one of Tulsa Business Journal's Women of Distinction in 2010 and received the 2012 TAHRA President's Award.
CHAPTER MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL: Julie Odom
Julie joined TAHRA in 2008 as our Chapter Management Professional (CMP). Julie provides administrative support to the members and Board of Directors of TAHRA. This includes maintenance of financial records and membership information as well as the day to day responsibilities of a volunteer lead organization. Her most important job, however, is to serve the membership of TAHRA and assist them with any questions or needs they may have.