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Council Support Services Team

Director, Awards & Recognition
Josie Gonzalez, SHRM-SCP, SPHR 

  Bio: Josie Gonzalez has more than 15 years of progressive human resources experience. She has had the priviledge of working in different industries (hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and  wholesale distribution) and holding various management positions throughout her human resources career. Currently, she is the Vice President of Human Capital at Intradeco, Inc., a wholesaler distributor of finished apparel consumer goods. She began her career with intradeco in 2001 by developing the human resources department from the ground up. She is accountable for HR results in the US operations and partners with the company's overseas operations in developing ongoing executive leadership and succession management programs.


She enjoys mentoring and coaching new HR professionals and those HR professionals in transition. It's a good way of paying it forward as in her career many professionals took their time to work with her. Josie has been involved with GMSHRM for over ten years. She has served on the GMSHRM Board of Directors for the last 3 years. Josie holds a Master's Degree in Human Relations and Business and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

   Home Chapter: GreaterMiami SHRM

Conference Chair
Troy Clements, SHRM-CP, PHR


Home Chapter: Greater Orlando SHRM (GOSHRM)
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Council Operations Chair
Ana Swiger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR



   Home Chapter: HR Tampa  

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


John Kinloch



   Home Chapter:   Greater Orlando SHRM (GOSHRM)


Director, Social Media

Kate Shockey, MMHRM, SHRM-CP, PHR


Bio: Kate Shockey has a Masters in Human Resource Management and has maintained her professional licensure with both SHRM and HRCI since 2010.  Kate is on the HR Florida State Council as the Director of Social Media and serves on the marketing team for the HR Florida Conference and Expo.  In the local chapter, Volusia/Flagler SHRM, Kate has held the roles as Webmaster, VP of Communications, and is currently the President-Elect for 2019. Working for the Clerk of Circuit Court for Volusia County as the Chief Human Resource Officer, Kate has the opportunity to continue her servant leadership role with a public entity serving the staff and her community with the motto - We Love Helping People. 

   Home Chapter:  Volusia/Flagler SHRM  @speakeasymgr

Traci Ball, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Bio:  Traci has worked in the HR field for the past 17 years and has experience in multiple industries working in various roles within human resources disciplines. She joined the Orthopaedic Institute in October of 2018.  In 2009 she earned her Master's Degree from Rollins College, her SPHR certification in 2010 and her undergraduate degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Central Florida.   

Currently Traci President of North Central Florida SHRM. She has previously served on the HR Florida State Council as Registrar, 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 | @TballHR 



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