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2022 Board Members

    Tawnya Titus, PHR, SHRM-CP, CSP 

    Vice President
    Remedy Intelligent Staffing
    Daytona/ Deland Offices   |

    Tawnya has been in the Staffing, Management, Recruiting, and Human Resource field in Volusia, Flagler and Seminole Counties for over twenty years.  She started with Remedy Intelligent Staffing in 2004 and worked her way up to Vice President.  Tawnya has been a member of SHRM since 2011.  She obtained her Professional in Human Resources Certification in 2014, her SHRM-CP Certification in 2015, and her Certified Staffing Professional Designation in 2019.  She previously served on the VF SHRM Board in 2018 and 2019 as the VP of Finance and 2021 as President-elect.  She is also an active member of The Volusia Manufacturing Association.  Tawnya is passionate about connecting with people in her community and learning new things.  

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    Immediate Past President Eveline Kraljic, SHRM-CP, PHR, PHRca

    Co-Executive Director
    Council on Aging of Volusia County, Inc.
    420 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
    386.253.4700 x210 

    Having held domestic and international management positions, Eveline has professional experience in a variety of industries, such as non-profit, high-tech, manufacturing, government, and retail. She received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2004, her California-specific HR certification (PHRca) in 2012, and her SHRM-CP certification in 2015. Eveline holds her Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management.  She is also an active board member of Toastmasters at Twelve, a local affiliate of Toastmasters International, serves on the Board of Regents of Duvall Homes, and is a Past President of the Board of PACE Center for Girls - Volusia/Flagler.

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    Serena Fisher, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Organizational Development/Human Resources Dept
    Halifax Health
    303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    Serena has held HR and Leadership Development roles in the hospitality, higher education, and healthcare industries. She earned her PhD in Human Resources Education from Louisiana State University in 2014. Serena holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a certified RightPath facilitator. She is a graduate of the Leadership Daytona Class 38, an active board member in the Port Orange Toastmasters Club, a member of the Boss Lady organization, and a past president of the Daytona Beach West Rotary Club.



    VP of Finance
    Paul Schandel, REBC, CSFS


    Benefits Consultant
    Corporate Synergies
    1540 Cornerstone Blvd., Suite 200
    Daytona Beach, FL 32117

    Paul was raised in Ormond Beach and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.  He has been with Corporate Synergies since 2007 and received the professional designation of Registered Employee Benefits Consultant from The American College and Certified Self-Funding Specialist from Health Care Administrators Association.  He is a graduate of the Daytona Beach Leadership class as well as the Ormond Beach Leadership Class and is very active in the community.  Paul is a past president of the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West, a recipient of the 40 under 40 awards, and is on the Board of Directors of several local organizations.

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    VP of Membership
    Echo Karras. J.D. 


    Business Development Manager
    VISION-HR, Inc.
    Daytona Beach, FL
    386-255-7070 office
    386-214-8904 mobile

    With degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Law and a 25+ year career in insurance, Echo brings knowledge, clearly-defined processes, and creativity to her role as Business Development Manager with Vision-HR, Inc. In founding her own advisory practice, Echo has helped clients form new businesses and non-profits, create their business plans, bylaws, and operating agreements, secure 501(c)3 certification, process SBA loan applications, obtain EDWOSB & WOSB certification and manage their books. As a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Echo has helped her clients manage their bookkeeping and tax-reporting obligations, create budgets, review quarterly financial statements, and generate year-end accounting to make filing taxes a snap. Echo provides unbiased, objective advice to help people pinpoint priorities and succeed in life.

    VP of Marketing & Social Media
    Mercedes Mahaffey, SHRM-CP

    HR Generalist
    Comoto Holdings 
    4020 S 26th Street 
    Philadelphia PA 19112

    Mercedes was born in Cleveland, Ohio but has just recently celebrated her 20 year anniversary as a Florida resident. Mercedes is a graduate of Santa Fe College with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Human Resource Management. She obtained her SHRM-CP this past June and has been an active Volusia/Flagler member since 2016.  Currently working for Comoto Holdings (Holding company for Revzilla, J&P Cycles, & Cycle Gear), as the Office Division - HR Generalist. Mercedes has over 5 years of experience in various HR roles including Recruiting & HR Management and is also a self-taught small business owner of 6 years. She prides herself on empathetic leadership and hard work. Throughout her HR career, she has taken an interest in all things marketing & social media taking on 4 years of volunteering as the Marketing & Social Media Chair for local wedding professionals as well as managing her own business pages.

    VP of Programs
    Samuel Green, SHRM-SCP

    Senior Corporate Recruiter
    Designs for Health
    Palm Coast, FL
    860-623.6314 ext. 4229

    Samuel is the Senior Corporate Recruiter at Designs for Health, a manufacturer and distributor of supplements and vitamins considered best in the industry and headquartered in Palm Coast, Florida. His professional background includes HR roles in healthcare and light industrial manufacturing and business operations roles in higher education and non-profits. Sam is passionate about connecting with people and understanding what motivates individuals to achieve great things. This passion drives him to assist people with finding their higher purpose and landing their dream jobs.

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    VP of Community Outreach & Engagement
    Sommer Sherrod, M.A., M.Ed

    Vice President, Healthcare Strategist
    Insurance Office of America
    Longwood, Florida

    Sharing my passion, creativity, and twenty years of experience in Human Resources with organizations that want to position Employee Benefits as a true differentiator and driver of the Employer Value Proposition. Helping companies realize the power of a healthy and engaged workforce impacts the bottom line as well as the culture. Selecting meaningful plans, communicating offerings in a meaningful way, and supporting change and culture makes the difference.

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    At Large
    Special Projects Chair

    Brian Pinkalla, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca

    Director of Team Resources -
    Employment Practices, Brown & Brown, Inc.
    220 S Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    With over sixteen years of combined Human Resources and management experience, Brian has had assignments in large format retail, construction, and government contractor/manufacturing firms prior to coming to Brown & Brown in 2008.

    Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has maintained the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation since 2006 and SHRM-SCP since 2015.

    SHRM Foundation & Community Philanthropy Chair
    Cheryl Shaw, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Director of Human Resources 
    Council on Aging of Volusia County, Inc.
    420 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
    386.253.4700 x233 

    Cheryl has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Management.  She recently transitioned to her new position as Director of HR with Council on Aging. She’s been a member of SHRM National since 2009 and the local chapter since 2018.  Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management Degree from Saint Leo University.  She received her PHR certification in 2010 and her SHRM-CP certification in 2015. She is very active in volunteering within her local community and also serves on the Board of Southern States Rescued Rottweilers.

    HR Florida Chapter Ambassador
    John Kirkman, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Spherion Staffing - Volusia/Flagler/St Johns/Putnam 
    1450 N US 1, Suite 200 
    Ormond Beach, FL 32114 

    3100 US Hwy-1, Suite 4B 
    St Augustine, FL 32086 

    Seasoned executive Human Resources leader with multi-industry experience. Past Volusia/Flagler SHRM President and board member for 10+ years.  Owner of Spherion Staffing in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, and St John's counties.  

    Meeting Engagement Chair
    Lisa Stephan

    Branch Manager/Vice President of Operations
    Spherion Staffing
    1450 N US 1, Suite 200, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

    Lisa has a combined 17 years of experience in Management and Human Resources. She has a degree in Business and has been a member of the Volusia/Flagler SHRM since 2014. Lisa began working with Spherion Staffing over 12 years ago. With experience in Recruiting and Human Resource Management, she provides staffing services to small and large businesses to include Fortune 500 companies. Working with manufacturing, administrative executives, medical, sales, IT, management, engineering, and customer service which are just a few of the specialty areas serviced.