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Director, College Relations 
Bernie Currie, SHRM-CP, PHR

Bio: Bernie Currie joined the world of Information and Communications Technology two years ago
as the Director of Human Resources for Building Industry Consulting Services International
(BICSI) after leaving a tenured career with Health Service Advisory Group (HSAG), Florida’s
Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. Bernie is the current HR Tampa Director of
Workforce Readiness serves on the Advisory Board of Argosy University and is also a member
of the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) and the Greater Tampa Chamber of
Commerce Military Affairs Council.

Bernie is a United States Air Force veteran with a significant military network and is highly regarded as a leader, speaker and subject matter expert in veteran-to-civilian transition.  He has a diverse HR background and is BICSI’s Affirmative Action Plan Officer and Staff Liaison to BICSI’s Ethics Committee.

    813.624.9681 |


Director, Diversity 
Eve Sweeting, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR 
  Bio:  Eve Sweeting, HR Analyst with Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners, has over a decade of experience as an HR professional in private and public sector organizations. Her current duties include performance management, succession planning, and workforce metrics. She holds an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University and an MA in Adult Education with a concentration in Human Resource Development from the University of South Florida. Eve is an active member in the HR community having served on the board of Charlotte County SHRM for five years including a term as President in 2012, and completing a two year term on SHRM’s Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) in 2013-2014. She is also a proud volunteer for many organizations in her community including Charlotte County Young Professionals, Leadership Charlotte, and Meals on Wheels. 
   941.743.1259 |

Director, HR Certification
Linda Willey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Bio:  Linda Willey, MHR, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the Director of HR for Nextran Corporation, with 15 locations spanning three States and 800 employees. Linda has over 15 years of experience in  organizational development, training and development, employee relations, staffing,  compensation, AAP, EEO, and employment law. She holds an MHR from Oklahoma University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with a BBA in Corporate Finance.   Ms. Willey is an active SHRM volunteer, having served in multiple Chapter volunteer roles, including President of SHRM Jacksonville.  To further serve and advance the HR profession, Linda was selected to be a member of the SHRM Special Expertise Panel responsible for subject matter expertise in the field.  Since 2011, she has volunteered her time to work on the HR Florida State Team in a variety of roles. 

In her spare time, Ms. Willey loves to spend time with her family, horseback riding, training her 3 German Shepherds and quilting.

   904.207.0065 | 

Director, Legislative Affairs - Federal 
Adriana Barnette, Esq.


Bio: Bio Coming Soon

Director, Legislative Affairs - State  
Amanda A. Simpson, ESQ


Bio: Amanda Simpson is an Associate in the Orlando, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Simpson is part of the firm’s class action practice group. Since joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Ms. Simpson has handled a number of class and collective actions including wage and hour claims alleging claims of misclassification and off the clock work. Ms. Simpson has also worked with clients on Department of Labor audits as well as voluntary self-audits as to exemption status of hundreds of positions.

She devotes the majority of her practice to counseling and defending employers regarding employment-related matters. Ms. Simpson’s primary practice includes representing clients on a broad array of employment litigation, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination based on disability, race, age, national origin, sex, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract actions.

While attending law school, Ms. Simpson was a teaching assistant for legal research and writing and began her career by clerking in the area of general commercial litigation. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Simpson practiced commercial litigation in Orlando and South Florida in federal, state, and appellate courts covering a vast number of practice areas, including employment litigation. Ms. Simpson has successful trial experience both in the state and federal court levels and argued in front of the District Court of Appeals. 

   407.246.8408 |

Director, Membership 
Janelle Doharty, MS, SHRM-CP,PHR
  Bio:  Bio Coming Soon

Director, SHRM Foundation 
Holly McKay Burnette, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR 


Bio: Holly holds her M.B.A. with specialization in HR Management. Her undergraduate degree is in Healthcare Administration graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. Holly is a certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute. With over 35 years of experience, Holly has demonstrated continual growth in her career including roles as HR Director and the Chief Operating Officer. Holly's educational background combined with her years of work experience in both the private and non-profit environments equips her with the ability to understand the special challenges faced by today's HR professionals. Holly currently works as the HR Director for Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. in North Venice, FL. Holly also shares her HR expertise as a consultant with various businesses in the manufacturing and printing industries.

Holly maintains membership in local HR Florida chapters and is a long-standing member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Holly has demonstrated her leadership ability both in her employment roles and in volunteer efforts by holding multiple board positions including that of President of the Charlotte County Society of Human Resource Management in 2006 and 2018. Holly is the only HR professional since the society's creation in 1992, to receive the honor of HR Professional of the Year for two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006 and a third honor in 2018. 

In her spare time, Holly enjoys time with her husband and family. She and her husband enjoy camping, kayaking, and travel.

Director, Workforce Readiness 
Mike Owens

  Bio:  Bio Coming Soon


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