CTHRMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chapter officers’ nominations and their election shall occur each August at a regular meeting. Annually a President-Elect shall be nominated and elected. The President-Elect position upon completion of one year term automatically moves to President, which is a one year term. Upon completion of one year term as President, President moves to Past President, one year term. Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected for two year terms. Nominations for Treasurer shall be made in odd numbered years and nominations for Secretary shall be made in even numbered years. Staggered elections allow for continuity within the board from year to year. The current elected officers are noted below.
PRESIDENT - STEPHANIE BRANHAM, SHRM-SCP
Stephanie Branham is the Human Resources Manager of Allumed, Inc. She handles all HR duties for both locations, in Temple and Grand Prairie, to include recruiting employees, composing and maintaining policies, administering benefit programs, responding to employee concerns, and handling unemployment cases. She has been employed with the company since 2002, during which time she has also managed the Accounts Receivable Department, all company contracts, and assistance in accreditation compliance.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is pursuing a Master's in HROD online through the University of Louisville. More recently, she attended the inaugural Human Resource Management Academy through Temple College in order to prepare for the first round of testing for the new SHRM certification exams. She obtained her SHRM-SCP credentials in July of 2015.
In addition to her board role with CTHRMA, Stephanie is also a member of Leadership Temple’s class of 2020 through the Temple Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Belton Council of PTA’s, and Parliamentarian of a Belton Elementary School PTA. Stephanie is also in the finalization process of publishing a children’s book on punctuation. This will be her first book in a “Grammar is Fun!” series.
Stephanie has two children who are very active in extracurricular activities.
PRESIDENT ELECT - HEIDI POWELL, PHR, SHRM-CP
Heidi has been a member of the Central Texas Human Resource Management Association since 2012. She currently holds the position of President-Elect 2021. Heidi has served in past years as the Program Chair, Conference Chair, Communications Director and the President-Elect of the Chapter. Heidi is a business professional with expertise in Human Resources, Market Development, Talent Acquisition, Account Management, Sales and Marketing, Project Management, as well as, Operations Management. Heidi has 17 years of HR experience and over 23 years of management experience providing services and support to companies in the healthcare, telecommunications, retail, IT, administrative, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Heidi obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Heidi also holds her Professional Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute and her SHRM-CP from the Society of Human Resources Management. Heidi is passionate about the chapter providing opportunities for HR professionals to network, obtain PDCs on current, relevant, and actionable monthly trainings, as well as, the opportunity to grow professionally.
TREASURER - APRIL METCALF, SHRM-SCP
April Metcalf currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for Bell County in Belton. With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, April has held positions responsible for recruiting, benefits and compensation, employee relations, operational excellence, strategic planning, as well as training/performance development. April is very passionate about Human Resources and ensuring that we provide value to our internal customers.
April has her Bachelor of Science, Business - Human Resource Management and was able to obtain her SHRM-SCP credentials in May of 2019. April is a SHRM member, and also currently serves as the Director – Membership for the TX SHRM chapter.
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR - ANNA MUSULIN, PHR, SHRM-CP
Anna Musulin is currently the Human Resources Manager for Omega Builders in Temple, TX. She has over ten year’s experience in the HR field in healthcare and construction, and has loved every year of it! She currently handles all human resource duties for Omega, including recruiting, benefits, employee relations and satisfaction, payroll and more. She received her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from Texas A & M Central Texas in 2010. She earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute in 2013 and her SHRM-CP in 2015.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR / WEBMASTER - AMY HAYES, PHR, SHRM-CP
Amy Hayes is currently the HR Director of Wellness and Benefits Temple Independent School District in Temple, TX. She is an experienced Human Resources (HR) professional with over 17 years in the field. She received her degree in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University, earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) in 2009 and her SHRM-CP from SHRM in 2015.
Amy has worked in all areas of HR to include, but not limited to: Employee Relations, Staffing and Recruitment, Leadership and Employee Development, Benefits/Compensation, and Training/Performance Development.
Amy is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent and helping employees make the most of their role in the organization.
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR - AMANDA EADS
Amanda Eads has an Associate Degree in Business Administration, two Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration and Business Management, and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. She has been employed there since June 2011. Amanda mostly teaches Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development and Business Communications, but also has experience teaching in Recruiting, Compensation and Business Ethics. Amanda is also the sponsor for the SHRM student group on campus, HR Warriors Leadership Team. Amanda has a passion for making sure people know their worth and capability of greatness.
SECRETARY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAIR - SHIMIKA BURK
Shimika Burk has been in the HR field for over 5 years. She previously worked in the Criminal Justice and Social Work field for 11 years. A native of the Kansas City area, she has now been in Texas for almost 3 years. Shimika graduated from Wichita State University with an undergraduate in Criminal Justice. She received her Graduate degree from Friends University in Business Administration. Shimika has held previous roles in Human Resources as an HR Specialist, HR Generalist, and an HR Manager with duties such as recruitment, employee relations, benefits and compensation, payroll, training, and compliance.
Shimika is currently serving a dual role on the Board as Secretary and since 2019 she has served as the Professional Development Chair. She is passionate about helping and assisting others within their career growth.
PROGRAM CHAIR - MARI PEREZ
Mari Perez is the current Business Services & Career Center Supervisor for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas in Killeen. She has over eight years of experience in human resources management, education and administration. Throughout her work experience, she has ensured employee retention, training, and development in Japan, China, and USA. She has had the opportunity to manage a multicultural work environment by understanding key differences of over 15 different nationalities represented within the company. Mari obtained her Master’s degree in International Studies, which opened opportunities for her to live, study, and work abroad. She is passionate about serving the community by bringing people and jobs together.
COLLEGE RELATIONS CHAIR - JULIE ESCAMILLA
Julie Escamilla is the Director of Workforce Education for the Business and Continuing Education (BCE) Division at Temple College. She began working at Temple College in 2015 and has served in various roles in BCE. Julie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University - Central Texas. . She is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Leadership at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Julie has a passion for helping others learn and grow!
CONFERENCE CHAIR - OPEN
CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR - ALANDRA PARKER
Alandra Parker is employed with the Armed Services YMCA and has an Associate Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, and is a recent MBA graduate with a concentration in Human Resources from Texas A&M University – Central Texas. She is very active in the SHRM Student HR Warriors Leadership Team student organization at TAMUCT, where she serves as Alumni Representative. Alandra is very passionate about student success in the HR field.
Alandra’s volunteer affiliations also include the Disabled American Veterans Associations where she serves as an intake processing specialist for Veterans. She also holds a position on the TAMUCT Alumni Board assisting in Alumni Recruitment.
PAST- PRESIDENT - JODY ASKINS
Jody Askins is a consultant in organizational learning and performance. She has served as Executive Director of Business and Continuing Education Division at Temple College, Director of Professional Development for the Investment Management Division of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and Director for Human Resources, Sales and Marketing for Wilsonart International. She has a Master’s degree from Mary Hardin Baylor, and maintains her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) from the Association of Talent Development.
Jody’s passionate about personal and professional growth! That’s her love for HR; people!