State HR Excellence Awards - Nominees & Winner

The State HR Excellence Award (presented annually at the Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference) is given to recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the field of Human Resource Management. The award signifies a professional who demonstrates the SHRM mission of "STP - Serving the HR Professional" and "ATP - Advancing the Profession".

Candidates should be viewed as role models for the profession, leaders rather than followers, who apply and share their professional expertise and leadership both within and outside of the organization. Help us recognize individuals who have contributed to HR excellence.

The 2009 OK HR Excellent Award winner was Charles Middleton.


2009 Nominees

Mike Daugherty

Profession: Veterans Employment Representative

Employer: Ponca City Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Professional Memberships: SHRM, Vice President of Ponca City Chapter

Community Involvement: SHRM

STP: "Mike has helped keep our Ponca City Chapter alive and going with his management style and helpfulness." "Mike puts together a monthly newsletter for all our membership". "He is on the radio each morning to advise of employment opportunities in the Ponca City area".

ATP: "Mike helped collaborate a Resource Fair for displaced employees to use and brought 25 potential employers to attend the fair". "Mike worked with the Chamber of Commerce to include information about SHRM in their mailings and has also coordinated press released in local papers about SHRM and its mission".

Christy De Pasquale, SPHR

Profession: Director of Human Resources

Employer: Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital

Professional Memberships: SHRM-Director of State Council; previously Director-elect and College Relations Chair, TAHRA-Past President, Vice-President of Programs, and College Relations Committee, current member, World At Work - current member, American Society for Quality (ASQ) member

Community Involvement: Junior Achievement of Green Country - Previously served two years on Board of Directors and served 7 years as classroom liaison, Goodwill of Tulsa, Business Advisory Council - Previously served one year, Meals On Wheels - Previously served two years as delivery liaison

STP: "Christy has been in Human Resources for 25 years, volunteering more than half of those years to the HR Professionals in her community by her involvement on the Boards of the local Chapter and currently the State Council. As Director of the State Council she is the voice and the advocate to represent all Chapters in the State".

ATP: "As prior College Relations Chair of both her local chapter and the state council, she had frequent interactions with a number of the college chapters and often presented to their HR groups on the benefits of employment in the field of Human Resources. As Director-Elect for the State Council she coordinated the Annual State Leadership conference for two years; bringing in quality speakers and receiving approval from HRCI for strategic credit of her own presentation in 2008. In 2009, Christy has promoted a platform for the State Council to advance the profession by focusing on the importance of 'Branding' the State Council and on technological advancements to better serve all HR professionals throughout the State".

      Charles Middleton, PHR

      Profession: Small Business Management Coordinator

      Employer: Great Plains Technology Center, Economic Development Center

      Professional Memberships: SHRM - Secretary/Treasurer for Oklahoma State Council, Great Plains Chapter Member, American Legion

      Community Involvement: Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, Leadership Lawton, Vice-President, Comanche County Chapter of OSU Alumni Association, Past Board member Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Industry's Redcoat Ambassador Committee, Former President of Board for Lawton Community Theater, Former President of CBITS, Former Vice President Cameron Campus Ministry

      STP: "Charles has shared his knowledge with Oklahoma HR Professionals through many different professional seminars he has taught, which have also been approved for HRCI credits". In his role as secretary/treasurer for the State Council he has established professional quality reporting practices which have allowed OSCHRM to better manage and support Chapters throughout the state. In his role as Web Site Chair for the Great Plains Chapter he worked behind the scenes to enhance the organization generating new membership.

      ATP: "Charles has served the Lawton community with his knowledge of HR…his assistance to small business clients in our area has kept many an employer from potentially illegal and harmful employment decisions. His advice is offered both as a volunteer to the many organizations for whom he has served on the board as well as to the members of the Great Plains Technology Center."

            Bryan Wempen

            Profession: Manager, Strategic Alliances

            Employer: PeopleClues

            Professional Memberships: SHRM-State Council Chair of Technology Sub-Committee; 2009 State Conference Vendor/Sponsor Chair; 2010 Conference Co-Chair, TAHRA-Board Member at Large

            Community Involvement: Advisory Board for Recruiting and Retaining Workers with Disabilities-OESC, Prior Board of Advisors for Tulsa Projects with Industry

            STP: "Bryan has initiated several "HR Best Practices" programs …he develops and provides Assessment workshops for both HR and PeopleClues Managers nationwide. He led the Tulsa Chapter in their technology initiatives' by redesigning the website to reach more professionals and generate additional revenue.

            ATP: "Bryan developed a community program to assist both the HR professional and the Economic Development professions measure the job-fit capability of a community workforce. Bryan developed and provides Social Media education programs to drive membership and better understanding of HR and its impact on our profession."