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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


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


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

Willie Johnson

Diversity Chair
Willie Johnson

Owner & President - Willie Johnson Communications


Willie Johnson is the Owner & President of Willie Johnson Communications; a Professional Speaking and Training Company dedicated to helping Leaders and Individual Contributors Communicate and Connect.  Prior to 2014, Willie Johnson worked as an HR Training Professional for J.B. Hunt Transport Services in Lowell, AR for 25 years.  While at J.B. Hunt, Willie performed in the HR Roles of Claims Management, EEOC Manager, DCS Training Manager, and Internal Performance Improvement & Training Consultant.  He was also a key player in the creation and establishment of the J.B. Hunt Leaders University.  Prior to serving 25 years with J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Willie served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Willie graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Park College with a BS Degree in Management and Human Resources.   Willie Johnson is a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmaster's International, a John Maxwell Team Speaker - Trainer, an active member of The Black Speaker's Network, and an active member of the National Speaker's Association (NSA).


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

Managing Director, Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC


Kelly Majdan joined Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC (Pensionmark) in 2019 as Managing Director. At Pensionmark, 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 Masters 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.

With two very active teenagers, she spends much of her time volunteering at their school and with their various sports teams. She also volunteers with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance 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


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


Promotes NOARK and its activities within the community.

J Dickey

Public Relations Chair
Jamaikhan Dickey, SHRM-CP

Human Resources - City of Rogers


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


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


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.