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Responsible for promoting the benefits of the professional certifications by planning and conducting Certification Review Courses, and providing access to other materials and programs that assist Chapter members who seek certification and/or re-certification.

For information contact Cathleen Hoffman at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.

Advisor to the local student chapters and liaison between NOARK and the student chapters. This committee monitors the NOARK scholarship endowment at the University of Arkansas for appropriate funding.

College Relations Chair Taylor Womack

College Relations Chair
Taylor Womack

Employee Benefits Consultant - GBS Northwest Arkansas

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As an Employee Benefits Consultant, Taylor’s primary focus is working with employers on strategic plan design and analysis, compliance consulting and making data-driven decisions. He works with clients of all sizes, both fully and self-insured. Taylor’s extensive benefits and technology experience has allowed him to create a broad depth of understanding in the benefits field.

Taylor received his B.A. in Finance from The University of Arkansas. He frequently serves as a guest speaker for professional organizations covering the topic of employee enrollment and using technology to create efficiencies.

Taylor Womack joined the Gallagher Benefit Services Fort Smith office in 2016. He began his career in Employee Benefits in 2010. Taylor’s background consists of an ancillary benefit specialist for Unum, and as an Account Executive for Liazon’s private exchange enrollment technology.

Educate chapter members on the benefits of the SHRM Foundation. Coordinate annual fundraising drive for the Foundation.

SHRM Foundation Chair Jamie Ponce

SHRM Foundation Chair
Jamie Ponce, SHRM-CP

HR Manager – American Tubing International

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Responsible for promoting an environment that recognizes, values, and celebrates the unique contributions and differences within the chapter’s membership and their organization.

Tina Gilbert

Diversity Chair
Tina E. Gilbert

Senior Organizational Development Specialist - Arkansas Children’s Northwest

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Tina E. Gilbert currently serves as a Senior Organizational Development Specialist for Arkansas Children’s Northwest.  After serving on the hospital’s staff for more than 11 years, she was tasked with being part of the grand opening team for the Northwest hospital.   Her job includes training, designing, developing implementing and evaluating training solutions. She is very passionate about the adult learning process with more than 20 plus years of experience in this area.  She received a Masters of Arts degree in Management Leadership from Webster University, and she has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas. 

Her special interests include spending time with family, especially her two grandsons, reading, and traveling.  She is the founder of Next Level Training Solutions Group, LLC which is a training consulting organization, and she is an author and blogger.  Her mission is to be a leader who adds value by teaching, motivating and coaching lifelong learners to accomplish their goals, dreams, and desires.

Provide Chapter members with information on current legislative and regulatory issues that affect the Human Resources Management profession via Chapter publications and legislative seminars and workshops. This committee also conducts limited lobbying activities as authorized by the Board.

Kelly Majdan

Legislative Chair
Kelly Majdan, MBA, AIF, QPFC, CRPS

Director of Institutional Retirement Plans - Cabana Retirement Solutions

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Kelly Majdan joined Cabana Retirement Solutions in 2018 as the Director of Institutional Retirement Plans. At Cabana, she specializes in helping plan fiduciaries navigate the complex world of retirement plan benefits. Her more than 22 years in the retirement plan space, has led her to focus on sound fiduciary best practices, investment due diligence processes, retirement plan design, and participant education. Her vast experience in everything from corporate retirement plan administration to mutual fund and record keeper sales teams, as well as trust department retirement plans, has provided her with unique insight into how retirement plans truly operate.

In recognition of her expertise, Kelly was recognized two years in a row by The Financial Times as one of the Top 401 Financial Advisers in the 401(k) field and by NAPA as a 2017 Top Woman Advisor All-Star in the retirement plan industry. She has also been invited to Capitol Hill to listen and advise top Congressional leaders about the future of the retirement savings industry and how proposed laws and regulations could affect American workers' retirement security.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFS®), and the Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®) designations and has completed the Dave Ramsey Financial Counselor Training Program.

Kelly, her husband, and two children reside in Northwest Arkansas. With two very active children, she spends much of her time volunteering at their school and with their various sports teams. She is also a Girls on the Run Coach and enjoys participating in obstacle course challenges with her husband and children.

Responsible for recruiting, member services, and "Member Connect".

Cindy Ruffing

Membership Chair
Cindy Ruffing

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Responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating programs and seminars for the membership.

Programs Committee Chair Tammie Edrington

Programs Chair
Tammie Edrington, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resource/Executive Services

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Promotes NOARK and its activities within the community.

J Dickey

Public Relations Chair
Jamaikhan Dickey, SHRM-CP

Human Resources - City of Rogers

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Coordinates the Chapter's Wage and Benefit Survey of selected positions and arranges for its sale to members and nonmembers. The Wage and Benefit Committee also serves as a resource to Chapter members on compensation issues.

Wage and Benefits Chair Tiffany Barnes

Wage & Benefit Chair
Tiffany BArnes, APHR

Payroll/Human Resources Manager

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Tiffany started out as the payroll manager in July of 2015 and then became the HR Manager in May of 2016. 

She used to have free time, but now her 9 year old son is heavily involved in soccer and swimming all year. 

Seeks to partner with community educational organizations to promote workforce readiness needs.

Workforce Readiness Acting Chair Judith Tavano.

Workforce Readiness Acting Chair
Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Managing Director - TRAINIQUE, LLC

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Judith Tavano, LERN-CPP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder of TRAINIQUE, LLC, a boutique training firm, former University of Arkansas Global Campus director of professional development and adjunct instructor in the human resource development program in the College of Education and Health Professions, and a generations scholar. Judith was named NOARK HR Professional of 2015.  Her current committee commitments include Director, Workforce Readiness, Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Acting Workforce Readiness Chair, Northwest Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Chair, Certification Committee, Northwest Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Chair, Speakers Committee, BizCon2016.  Judith is a graduate of the Simmons College, Boston, MA, and the daughter of two extraordinary members of the Greatest Generation.

Helping the next generation of HR professionals get involved in NOARK and in our community. 

Tammy Sexton

Tammy Sexton

Global Business Leader with Expertise in Strategic Planning, Change Management, and Operational Effectiveness In Finance and Human Resources.

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