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Council Support Services Team

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 |

Conference Chair
Tina Kuga Garrell, MHR

Bio:  Tina Kuga graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Arts in Human Resources from Rollins College. She started her career in Human Resources and Management at Universal Orlando, working in multiple HR departments, including Employee Relations, Employee Benefits, and Training and Development. Tina supported many operational departments there; Food & Beverage, Merchandise, Ride & Show, and Entertainment.

Tina decided to enter the world of Entrepreneurship, and start her own insurance agency in 2006.She focused on building a full-service insurance agency, tailored to the needs of individuals and business owners. Tina has since won many awards in Sales with Florida Blue, including Top Individual and Group sales for the Central Region, and being awarded one of the “Top 100 Agents” in sales for 2008 and 2009. She has built her agency into a Call Center, employing over 50 Agents.

She has continued her interest in Entrepreneurship by helping to create and develop other companies, such as For Better, Not Worse, a clothing company, and EHR Advisors, a consulting company involved in working with Physicians and Dentists, helping to implement Electronic Health Records software for their practice.

Tina has also been involved in multiple leadership roles as a Board Member for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, a non-profit organization, and as the Marketing Chair for the SBSHRM Chapter for 3 years. In 2015, she was recommended for the Marketing Chair role for the HR Florida Conference and Expo, and held that role for the 2015 and 2016 conferences. She then moved into the Operations Chair role for the 2017 conference, and is serving as the Conference Chair for the upcoming 2018 conference.

Home Chapter: Greater Orlando SHRM (GOSHRM)
407.748.4480|| @tinakuga

Council Operations Chair
Barbara Matsumoto, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Bio:  Barbara Matsumoto, SHRM -SCP, SPHR is the Human Resource Manager for Aerosonic LLC.   She is an  HR Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience.  She has served on the board of HR Tampa, and on the HR. Florida conference team in various roles.  Her career has been focused in manufacturing where she has a six-sigma green belt and has championed education through co-op, apprenticeship, and student mentoring programs.   Barbara has promoted community involvement through several different charities, and has taken an active role in employee wellness for the company.   

   Home Chapter: HR Tampa
  727.359.9283 |  | @Matsumotohr

Editor, HR Florida Review Magazine

Katrina (Katie) Piccone Merlini, Ph.D

  Bio:  Katrina (Katie) Piccone Merlini, Ph.D., currently works as an Assistant Professor in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and the Academic Chair of the Organizational Leadership MA program at Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to working at Florida Institute of Technology, she worked as a research analyst at Patrick Air Force Base and as a human performance analyst in Orlando, Florida. She obtained her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a member of South Brevard SHRM. 
   Home Chapter: South Brevard SHRM

Director, Facilities 

Michele Burns

  Bio:  Michele Burns started her new career at CareerSource Okaloosa Walton as Executive Director in April of 2017.  She previously was in staffing in the Okaloosa –Walton area for over 28 years.  Michele is a native of Okaloosa County and holds a Marketing Degree from the University of West Florida.  Michele has been active in many community events and organizations.  She currently is the Facilities Director for the HR Florida State Board, Diversity Chair for the Emerald Coast Chapter of Society of Human Resources, Vice President of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Elks Lodge 1795, Early Learning Coalition, Northwest Florida Manufacturing, Opportunity Florida, Co-Chair of Northwest Florida Forward Talent Committee and member of the Panhandle Job Fair. 
   Home Chapter:  SHRM Emerald Coast


Traci Ball, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Bio:  Traci has worked in the HR field for the past 15 years and has experience in multiple industries working in various roles within human resources disciplines. She joined Florida Credit Union in September of 2015 as their Vice President of Human Resources.  In 2009 she earned her Master's Degree from Rollins College and in 2010 her SPHR certification.   

Currently Traci is a member of North Central Florida SHRM and in 2017 will serve on the Chapter Board as the President-Elect/Vice President of Membership. She has previously served on the HR Florida State Conference Team in 2009 and 2010 and is a published author and an avid runner.  

   Home Chapter:  North Central Florida SHRM
   352.895.9226 |


Director, Social Media

Kate Shockey, MMHRM, SHRM-CP, PHR


Bio: What about me?  Both my parents were in the Navy and I once lived in 11 different places in a 10 year period, giving me an extreme ability to adapt and change, a skill I am thankful for. A baby boomer with Millennial talents. I am an agent for change – no doubt about it!

My previous experiences in healthcare and professional services have molded my understandings in the workplace. As a firm administrator for an accounting firm, I witnessed firsthand how ethics took down industry greats. As a healthcare manager I witnessed the customer centric revolution stemming from government accountability standards.  I am currently brining my talents to a government entity who sought out my experience to create a culture of engagement. 

   Home Chapter:  Greater Orlando SHRM (GOSHRM)  @speakeasymgr

Layla Bonis, SHRM-CP, PHR


Bio:  Layla has worked in the HR field for 20+ years and has experience in multiple industries. She has held positions with Tampa Electric Company, Lazydays and Mushroom Golf in various roles including payroll, benefits, safety, workers compensation, marketing, document control and human resources management throughout her career. She joined Rev1 Power Services in February 2008 and is their Human Resources Director and Business Manager. Layla is responsible in overseeing the payroll, benefits, insurance programs for all employees, employee relations, maintaining compliance, policies and procedures and handles the everyday operation and maintenance of the business domestic and international needs and provides Accounting support with Accounts Payable. She is proficient in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Layla is currently serving the President-Elect of HR Tampa. She has served on the HR Tampa Board of Directors since 2011 in various roles including Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, Communication, as well as serving 4 years in the Webmaster role. She has been serving on the HR Florida State Council since 2017 in the Webmaster Role and on the State Conference Team.

   Home Chapter: HR Tampa | @HRinspired |



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