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Chair, State Conference 
Jim Gallo, SPHR 

Bio:  Jim Gallo, SPHR has over 20 years of practical and executive management experience in the areas of human resources, marketing, and operations in the service and healthcare industries.  Jim has been teaching human resources at the collegiate level for over 15 years at various universities including Barry University, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and Broward College.  Currently, he is the Associate Director for The Center for Organizational Effectiveness, a consulting company that provides human capital measurement and talent management strategies to organizations.  An active volunteer leader, Jim has served on both local and state SHRM-affiliated boards.  In January 2011, he was inducted into the Human Resource Association of Broward County's Hall of Fame and in 2013 was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the HR Florida State Council.

Home Chapter:  HRABC

954.815.8400 | 

Director, Facilities 
Michele Burns


Home Chapter:  SHRM Emerald Coast



Director, Awards & Recognition 
Jenna Dobbins, SPHR 

Bio: Jenna Dobbins, SPHR has been practicing her out-of-the-box problem solving skills in human resources for over 10 years for industries such as manufacturing, construction, transportation and solutions outsourcing. She’s a self-described builder by nature, having a true passion for rolling up her sleeves and developing stronger, leaner, and more effective processes to impact the human resource needs of an organization. She received a masters degree in education with an emphasis on instructional leadership and organizational development from Jacksonville University, was recognized as HR Professional of the Year by SHRM Jacksonvilleand currently serves on the HR Florida State Council. She works with Pontoon Solutions, a workforce solutions provider, as a human resources manager and can frequently be found cheering on and photographing her kids at their flag football games.

Home Chapter:  SHRM Jacksonville

904.360.2757 |

Director, Public Relations 
Kara Palmer Smith 

Bio:  Kara Palmer Smith joined the staff of WORKFORCE plus in July 2013 and currently works as the Director of Client Services & Advancement.  She also serves as a regional project manager for the Startup Quest Tallahassee program.  Prior to joining WORKFORCE plus, she spent six years at the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Tallahassee/Leon County.  An active volunteer leader, Kara has served in multiple roles on the board of her home chapter, Big Bend SHRM.  She joined HR  Florida in 2013 as Director, Public Relations.  In addition, she was named the 2003 Business Associate of the Year awarded by the American Business Women's Association Capital Chapter and has been featured in the Tallahassee Democrat's STYLES community profile.  Kara is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sority, Inc. Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter.

Home Chapter:  Big Bend SHRM

Director, Social Media & Webmaster 
Jenni Stone, MHRM, SHRM-CP, PHR

Bio:  Jenni Stone joined the staff of HR Shield in July 2011 and currently serves as their HR Director, and Partner.  Jenni held several leadership roles for leading companies where she developed talent acquisition and selection, organizational and leadership, and recruitment process outsourcing solutions.  An active volunteer leader, Jenni has served in multiple roles on the board of her home chapter, HR Tampa, and is currently serving as the Past President, and SHRM Foundation Director.  She joined HR Florida in 2015 as Webmaster and Social Media Director.

Home Chapter: HR Tampa | @hrflorida |

Editor, HR Florida Review Magazine
J. Lenora Bresler


Home Chapter: Mid Florida SHRM 


Teresa Aguiar, SHRM-CP, PHR, CPM 


Home Chapter:  Florida Keys SHRM

305.395.1373 |

Executive Summit  Co-Director
Brian Altschuler



Executive Summit  Co-Director
Olga Otero-Brown,

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