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2024 Board Members

    Serena Fisher, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Director - Organizational Development & Learning
    Halifax Health | Human Resources
    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), SHRM-SCP, Project Management Professional (PMP), and is a certified RightPath facilitator. She is a graduate of the Leadership Daytona Class 38, a member of the Boss Lady organization, and a past president of the Daytona Beach West Rotary Club. She also serves on multiple Workforce Development Taskforces and in various district support roles for Rotary.

    Immediate Past President 
    Tawnya Titus, PHR, SHRM-CP, CSP 


    Director of Human Resources
    Teledyne Marine - Daytona Beach

    Tawnya has been in the Human Resources, Management, Staffing and Recruiting fields in Volusia, Flagler and Seminole Counties for over twenty 23 years.  She is currently Human Resource Director at Teledyne Marine in Daytona Beach.  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, 2021 as President-elect, and 2022 and 2023 as Chapter President.  She is also an active member of The Volusia Manufacturing Association.  Tawnya is passionate about mental health awareness, connecting with people in her community and learning new things.  

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    President Elect
    Samuel Green, SHRM-SCP

    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    Samuel's 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.

    VP of Finance 
    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 

    With a background in both 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.  An avid community advocate, she supports numerous local charities, serves on the Board of Regents of Duvall Homes as Secretary, is a Past President of the Board of PACE Center for Girls - Volusia/Flagler, and earned her Distinguished Toastmaster designation from Toastmasters International.

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    John Kirkman, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Franchisee Owner

    Seasoned executive Human Resources leader with industry experience in multiple complex industries. Utilizing my career experience to build full-service talent solution programs for our clients and aide skilled talent to find their dream jobs.



    VP of Programs
    Mechele Davis, SHRM-SCP


    Manager of Talent Acquisition
    Synovus Bank

    Mechele has been in the financial industry for over 30 years in a Human Resource capacity which includes the State of FL, GA, NC, TN, AL, SC and NY.  She started her banking/HR Career in 1992 and worked her way into a SVP/Director of HR position for 16 years.  She also has experience in all aspects of HR, including benefits, employee relations and Learning and Development. She currently works for Synovus Bank as a Talent Acquisition Manager for the Community, Customer Care, Consumer and Operations lines of business.  She obtained her SHRM- SCP certification in 2023 and will be joining the board for the first time in 2024.

    VP of Membership
    Melissa Schmidt, PHR


    Melissa has 9 years of varied HR experience with a background in light industrial manufacturing, supply chain/distribution, and technology.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management and has been a member of the Volusia/Flagler SHRM Chapter since 2016. She obtained her PHR certification in 2018 and also has a certificate in D&I in HR Management, obtained in 2023. Melissa is passionate about employee experience and overall wellbeing. She takes pride in creating positive work environments in support of increased engagement and retention.

    VP of Marketing & Social Media
    Pamela Wu

    Human Resources Director
    Flagler County BOCC

    Experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated history of working in government. Experienced in Leadership, Culture, Compensation, HR Policies, Recruiting, Benefits, and Employment Law. Bachelor's degree focused in Public Administration from Flagler College.

    VP of Sponsorships &
    Company Relations

    Mercedes Mahaffey, SHRM-CP

    HR Generalist

    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. 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 Community Engagement and SHRM Foundation 
    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.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
    College Relations Chair
    Sunnie Rice, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Sunnie is an HR Leader, Business Partner, and Skilled Recruiter with over 10 years of progressive experience across multiple areas of HR. She is SHRM-CP and PHR certified, and actively pursuing her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a specialization in Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice through the University of Oklahoma’s virtual campus. 

    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.

    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 20 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 16 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.


    Legislative Updates Chair
    John Calvo, SHRM-CP

    Regional Employment Practices Specialist 
    Brown & Brown Insurance
    Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    John has been in the Human Resources field for over 24 years where he mostly specialized in Employee Relations.  John currently works for Brown & Brown where he created and leads the Leave of Absence program for all U.S. employees.  Before Brown & Brown John work for Hertz car rental for 15 years where he specialized in employee relations and union avoidance.

    John received his BS in Human Resources Mgmt from Florida Southern College and is currently pursuing his Juris Masters in HR and Employment Law from Florida State University.