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Gretchen Flynn Morris, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, University of Richmond


Gretchen Flynn Morris is an Instructor and the Director of Strategic Management for Academic Programs for the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. In addition to her administrative role, she teaches undergraduate courses in Human Resource Management, International HR and Global Leadership. Prior to her current role, she served as Interim Undergraduate Chair and the Director of the Human Resource Management Academic programs.

Before moving to the University of Richmond, Gretchen held various HR management roles including HR Director for Springbok Services and Senior Manager roles in corporate and International HR for Teletech Corporation. Gretchen has been an active member of Richmond SHRM since 2008 and served on the Board of Directors as the Director of Business Partnerships and as the VP for Professional Advancement. Gretchen is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned her International MBA from the University of Denver. She is SHRM-SCP certified and is also certified as a Global Professional in HR through HRCI.

Reports to: The membership and the Board
Summary: Assures management accountability for the Chapter.

Past President
Ken Robertson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, IPMA-HR, Virginia Retirement System

Ken Robertson, SPHR, IPMA-HR, is Human Resource Director at the Virginia Retirement System. Previously, Ken was the HR Director at the Virginia Employment Commission and also served in various human resources positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Ken spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army, primarily in human resource management. He has a MS from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from the University of Richmond, and his undergraduate degree is from Washington State University. Ken is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has an IPMA-CP designation.

Ken was the Virginia Chapter President of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for three years. He has been an active volunteer leader in Richmond SHRM serving as Vice-President-Community Leadership, Chair of the Sterling Workplace Awards, and in workforce development roles.


Reports to: President
Summary: Provides counsel to the President and other Board members.

Director - Communications/Secretary
Emily Birchfield, Capital One

Emily Birchfield is a member of the Card HR Learning Team at Capital One. Prior to moving to Richmond and joining in 2010, her career background started and grew on the West Coast. Her experience spans a variety of disciplines including Human Resources, Marketing, Employee Onboarding and Referral programs, and Project Management, applied in start up to Fortune Industry Leading businesses including Disney, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Aramark. Emily is active and engaged in social media channels, web design / development, all while embracing new ways / technologies to grow and stay connected in the ever changing digital world we live in. She has facilitated sessions on using LinkedIn and Social Media tools to optimize the Job Hunt in the Richmond community.

Reports to: President-Elect
Summary: Manages internal and external communications activities for the Board and directly responsible for internal communications.

Director - Finance
Brett Sinsabaugh, CPA, Keiter

Brett Sinsabaugh, CPA, is Manager of Business Assurance & Advisory Services with Keiter in Glen Allen, Virginia. He provides audit and business assurance services to privately-held businesses in a variety of industries including real estate and construction, manufacturing, and retail. In addition, Brett works with not-for-profit organizations such as foundations, private schools, and associations. He is a member of Keiter’s Employee Benefits team and works closely with human resource professionals in performing audits of employee benefit plans. Brett is also a member Keiter’s Real Estate and Construction industry team and shares his industry-related accounting insights in the Firm’s blog and e-newsletter. He is actively involved in Keiter’s Future Leaders Group, a group of young professionals that collaborate on business development and personal brand building.

Prior to joining Keiter, Brett spent several years working in the construction industry as an Assistant Safety Director for a large Richmond based general contractor. This role involved management of jobsite compliance with federal and state safety standards, corporate representation with Department of Labor compliance enforcement, and serving as a trainer for industry related safety and health topics. Brett applies his prior experience and understanding of the construction industry, to provide accounting opportunities and insights to his clients in the industry.

Brett is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, concentrating in Criminology, and Virginia Commonwealth University with a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting.

Reports to: President-Elect
Summary: Manages and accounts for all monies received and disbursed to support the Chapter’s operations.

Vice President Member Engagement
Christy Pratt, PHR, SHRM-CP, Powell Orthotics and Prosthetics

Christy Pratt, PHR, is General Manager at Powell Orthotics and Prosthetics. Prior to this, Christy was with Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center, Richmond Tooling Inc., Chesterfield United Soccer Club and McMurry University where she was the head women’s soccer coach. In 2014, Christy served as the Chair of the Conference Committee for Richmond SHRM. She holds a B.S. from the University of South Carolina Aitken, and an MBA from Hardin-Simmons University.

Reports to: President
Summary: Responsible for the strategic oversight of member engagement.

Director Member Experience
Wes Seaton
Business Development Manager, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Wes Seaton works for the workforce development division for the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Wes has worked in the human services field since 1992 and understands that skilled, dependable and productive employees are important to business success. As an agency dedicated to increasing employment opportunities to people with disabilities, DARS serves as a vital link in connecting employers with hiring needs to skilled and talented workers with disabilities who are actively seeking employment. Wes currently markets business services to local businesses in the metro-Richmond area that focuses on: staffing and recruitment, workplace accommodations, disability awareness training, incumbent worker training and financial tax incentives.

Wes has been involved with workforce development and programming for more than 25 years. A graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Wes obtained a double major in Anthropology and Sociology in 1992.Wes is a graduate of the Commonwealth of Virginia Skills for Leadership Program, Chesterfield County Total Quality Improvement Program, and Chesterfield County Institute of Leadership. Wes also serves as the Business Solutions Coordinator for the region IX workforce board. Wes also serves on community boards and steering committees for organizations in the Richmond area (Virginia Business Leadership Network, Commonwealth Workforce Network and the Society for Human Resource Management.)

Reports to: Vice President Member Engagement
Summary: Manages services and engages members and potential members of the Chapter.

Director Member Interests
Dana Clark, SHRM-CP, PHR

Previously, Dana was the Human Resources Director for Mango Salon where they achieved 2015 Finalist for Sterling Workplace Award, 2015 & 2017 Top Workplace Awards and the 2014 Sloan Award. She has a MS from VCU in Counselor Education and a BA from Guilford College. Dana’s specialties are coaching, talent management, engagement, and serving others through skill development. As a Richmond SHRM Volunteer, Dana has served as Co-Chair of both the Sterling Workplace Awards Committee and the Volunteer Registration Committee.

Reports to: Vice President Member Engagement
Summary: Responsible for the management of Richmond SHRM’s SIG’s (special interest groups).

Vice President Professional Advancement
Jessica Powell, HCA

Jessica Powell is currently HR Business Partner at HCA, Chippenham Hospital. Prior to joining HCA, she was HR Director at Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle PC, Manager HR Business Solutions at Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Center, and corporate recruiter with Apex. Jessica has served on the Richmond SRHM board for the past three years, and as the Chair of Richmond SHRM’s Social Media committee and the Sterling Workplace Awards committee. She received her BS from Indiana University South Bend where she served as President of the Student Chapter of SHRM.

Reports to: President
Summary: Coordinates all professional development activities for the Chapter and promotes professional certification.

Director of Collaborative and E Learning
Vivian Addotey

Vivian Addotey is a transplant in Richmond. After graduating from the University of Windsor (Canada) she worked in the news media with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), in advertising, and as a freelance writer. She was published in The National Post. In Richmond, she worked in Finance (Wells Fargo, Bank of America), and then in Human Resources at AECOM, Virginia Retirement system, Virginia State Police and most recently at VDOT. She is currently pursuing the PMP certification. Vivian serves on the board of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water in rural villages in developing nations. No stranger to Richmond SHRM, Vivian previously served on the Richmond SHRM Board of Directors as the Director of Finance, and on the Strategic Planning team for RADR (Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable).

Reports to: Vice President Professional Advancement
Director Professional Development & Certification
Dena Wengert, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Williams Mullen

As Director of Human Resources at Williams Mullen, Dena oversees strategic HR initiatives and helps sustain an employee-oriented, high-performance culture. In 2015 she was named an “HR Strategist of the Year” by Richmond SHRM for her work in applied engagement strategy to “build culture, increase diversity of thought and connect all these elements to performance and rewards.” Dena earned her B.S. in business management from Penn State and holds SPHR® and SHRM-SCP™ certifications. She is an active member of Richmond SHRM, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and the Council for Human Resources Executives (CHRE). Dena also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Business Leadership Network (VABLN), an organization dedicated to providing businesses with resources and advice on employing people with disabilities.

Reports to: Vice President Professional Advancement
Summary: Liaisons with all areas of the chapter to manage plan and execute special events.

Director Monthly Learning Events
Pamela Bradley, Keiter

Pamela Bradley is a Human Resources Manager at Keiter CPAs, responsible for driving Keiter’s Learning and Organizational Development Program. In her current role, Pamela builds and manages the Succession Planning, Executive Performance and Compensation, and Performance Management processes. She developed an award-winning program on Business Networking Skills, and launched an executive coaching program at the Firm. Pamela has co-authored the article “Raising Rainmakers” for the Journal of Accountancy, and regularly speaks to groups on the topic of business etiquette. Prior to joining Keiter, Pamela was an accountant at Circuit City Stores. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from The George Washington University.

Reports to: Vice President Professional Advancement
Summary: Manages all aspects of developing and planning programs for Richmond SHRM monthly membership meetings.

Vice President Community Leadership
Suzanne Etherington, Mercer

Suzanne has over 20 years’ combined experience in corporate, government, and higher education leadership identifying strategic business drivers, building high performance teams and leaders, and creating solutions to enhance workforce productivity, reduce costs, and improve profitability. In her current role as a Principal and Senior Client Manager for Mercer, Suzanne partners with clients and her Mercer colleagues to identify, design, and implement innovative solutions to clients’ most complex human capital and strategic business challenges. She is an expert in change acceleration, aligning human capital efforts to business strategy and systems, executive coaching, organizational development and design, mergers and acquisitions, recruitment and movement, creating learning cultures, sales strategy and management, customer experience, and global project management. Prior to joining Mercer, Suzanne held leadership roles at CCWA, Wells Fargo, Lighthouse Real Estate, and Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

At Richmond SHRM, she served as co-chair of the Sterling Workplace Awards, participated on the Employer All Star task force, and is a member of RADR. Active in the community, Suzanne has served on the Board of Directors for the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce and the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board. She received her M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change as well as her Executive Coaching Certificate from Northwestern University, and completed her bachelors work at the University of Richmond.

Reports to: President
Summary: Coordinates the community relation functions of the Board.

Director Strategic Alliances
Denise Laman, Collam Consulting

Denise Laman is Managing Principal at Collam Consulting, a firm that provides services to clients in various industries, including federal and state government, who are engaging in a transformation initiative such as a complex program rollout, organizational change, or business process improvement effort. Most recently, she served as the regional Economic Liaison for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She was responsible for strategic community outreach and engagement with employers, educators, government and community service organizations to build an integrated network of support for hiring transitioning Service members, Veterans and their families. Prior, Denise worked for IBM in their Global Business Services’ consulting practice. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Systems Engineering from UVA.

Reports to: Vice President Community Leadership
Summary: Responsible for setting strategy for community partnerships with non-HR related groups.

Vice President Business Development
Eva Hartmann, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, Trellis, LLC

Eva has more than 15 years of experience as a strategic, results-driven and innovative leader with significant expertise in human resources strategy, talent and leadership development, training, performance management, and organizational effectiveness. Eva has acquired experience in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to Fortune 500 consulting. She has been recognized as a change agent who has developed strategic programs and talent development initiatives in multiple challenging environments, and is passionate about enhancing both individual and organizational performance.

Eva is the founder and President of Trellis, LLC, a firm specializing in Organizational and Human Performance consulting. Prior to Trellis, Eva was the Global Human Resources Director for Tredegar Film Products, a global manufacturer of plastic film products, and was responsible for the HR Strategy and Operations for a $600 million global division. Before working in the Films Division, Eva served as the Corporate Leader for Talent and Leadership Development for Tredegar Corporation. Eva has also held a variety of leadership and manager roles in Human Resources and Quality functions at several nationally and globally-recognized companies including Wachovia Securities, Genworth, Sun Microsystems and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Eva holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Eva has held a number of community leadership and/or volunteer roles with the Junior League of Richmond and the First Book Greater Richmond Local Advisory Board. Eva is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2009.

Reports to: President
Summary: Responsible for all aspects of fund development and related activities to maintain the financial stability of the Chapter.

Director of Business Partnerships
Kyle Wiggins, Aerotek

Kyle Wiggins joined Aerotek in the fall 2008 after graduating Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Economics. He started with Aerotek’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction vertical. Over the last 7+ years he’s moved from supporting A&E companies to Manufacturing Firms and now heads up Aerotek’s Engineering Staffing & Services division here in Central, VA (Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Tri-Cities, Winchester, and Harrisonburg). His primary focus is Process Manufacturing, OEM’s, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Packaging, Aerospace / Defense. Kyle’s specialties are business development, talent acquisition, and account management.

Kyle is also a member of Aerotek’s Mid-Atlantic D&I Board and is involved with RADAR, and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Reports to: Vice President of Business Development
Summary: Responsible for developing a strategy to develop partnerships with leading employers in the Greater Richmond area.

Vice President Diversity & Inclusion
Teri Miles, Altria Client Services, Inc.

Teri Miles is a Compliance Manager with Altria Client Services responsible for internal compliance investigations, reporting and analysis across all the Altria Companies. Previously, she was with the Office of the Virginia Attorney General and prior to that, at Circuit City as Manager of Labor and Employment. Teri received her J.D. from the University of Richmond Law School and her undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College. She is a longtime member of Richmond SRHM, graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, former past president of the MRWBA, past Chair of the READ Center, Chair of the 59th Book & Author Dinner for the Junior League of Richmond, and a former vice president and board member of SPARC.

Reports to: President
Summary: Responsible for the strategic oversight of the chapter’s diversity program.

Director of Inclusion
Danielle Gilbert, SHRM-CP, PHR, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Danielle Gilbert is currently the Administrative Director for St. Francis Medical Center Hospital of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Her experience over the past fifteen years in Human Resources has included Consulting, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, Entrepreneurship and Recruitment.

Gilbert holds a BS in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and two masters in Human Resources Management and Public Administration from Strayer University. She has certifications from HRCI (PHR) and from SHRM (SHRM-CP). Gilbert is currently pursuing her Ph.D.

Reports to: Vice President Diversity & Inclusion
Summary: Manages the chapter's diversity and inclusion programs.

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