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    Nancy Halbrook, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Environmental Consulting & Technology

    Nancy is a HR Professional with over 20 years’ experience serving employees and employers in the Gainesville area. Industries of interest are Environmental, Research & Development, Engineering & Technical, and Manufacturing. She attended University of Florida, Santa Fe College and graduated from St Leo University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration & Management. Nancy is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, HR Florida State Council, and current President for the North Central Florida SHRM Chapter. Her volunteer interests are related to workforce readiness, talent coaching, environmental and natural resources. Nancy's personal interests include lifelong learning, travel, family & friends, pets, being near water, fast cars and good food & drink.


    Traci Ball, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    President Elect / VP Membership

    Florida Credit Union

    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. 

    Tim Lambert, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    Director, Workforce Readiness for
    R Florida State Council

    Tim Lambert has been a human resources professional for over 35 years and a member of SHRM since 1983. He retired in May, 2015, as the Human Resources  Manager of Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, FL, a subsidiary of Southern Company, based in Atlanta, GA. An active volunteer leader, Tim served as President of Greater Pensacola SHRM in 2012 and serves as the Workforce Readiness Director on the HR Florida State Council.. Additionally, Tim retired in 2010 as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently serves as the State Vice-Chairman for North Florida of the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and as the Gainesville/Ocala Area Chairman for ESGR

    Debra Puckett, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Deb Puckett has primarily worked in the finance sector of the business world for 40+ years.  She accepted a position with NCCER in 2004 as Staff Accountant and Human Resources Manager.  She obtained the PHR Certification in 2006 and the SHRM-CP in 2015.  She has been a member of SHRM National since 2005 and NCF SHRM since 2005.  Deb has also been a member of the Board as Treasurer since JJ was president, i.e. several years.

    Board Members

    Donna Burdge
    Programs Director

    Burgeoning Vine

    Donna Burdge is the CEO of Burgeoning Vines Consulting, and the Global Talent Acquisition Manager for Hyva International. 

    Donna brings her professional experience in global human resources to corporations ready to transform.  Through her use of predictive analytics, organizations can tap into the unique aspects of each employee to optimize the complete lifecycle of their workforce.  As a people consultant, Donna delivers fast end-to-end solutions through leadership coaching, team building, mentoring and organizational strategy.

    Donna is a past global director of human resources for Sandvik Mining where she built a culture of engagement, agility and motivation throughout the leadership and workforce in a global setting.  Her experience in human resources in both the public and private sectors which includes the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Southern Methodist University and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Corporation.  Her passion for employee development has led to awards such as the Davis Productivity Award, Manager of the Future and was appointed Board Member on the Florida’s Workforce Board.

    Donna Burdge holds a BA in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master’s in Human Resources, with honors, from Nova Southeastern University.  She lives in Florida with her husband, Jeff, and beloved Chocolate Labrador, Beaux .  Her son, Blake, is a sophomore at The George Washington University, in Washington D.C.

    Carolynn Buchanan
    Government Affairs Director
    Temp Force

    Carolynn Buchanan is president and owner of Tempforce of Gainesville. With over 37 years of extensive human resource experience in analyzing staffing requirements and providing cost effective solutions, Carolynn provides hands-on management of daily operations, quality assurance, and satisfaction clients and talents. She has been a member of the local NCF-SHRM chapter for over 12 years and has served on the board for the last 10 years. Overall, her experience in staffing and recruiting has provided her the tools necessary to help people with talent acquisition and job placement. She lives in Florida with her family and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


    Lillian Vargas
    SharpSpring, Inc.

    Lillian Caloriaro Vargas is the Talent & Culture Specialist at SharpSpring, Inc., a Gainesville-based marketing automation software company.

    Lillian has been helping recruit and retain talent at SharpSpring since 2016, and has most recently been assisting with other higher-level human resource responsibilites at the small softare company.  While at the University of Florida, she held positions at the College of Medicine as a Research Coordinator, the English Language Institute as an English as a Second Language Instructor, and the Univeristy Writing Program as a Writing Instructor.  Overall, her professional experience has all encompassed a similar function: helping people achieve their academic or professional goals.

    Lillian Vargas holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Stetson Univieraty and a Master's in Language  Education from Rutgers University.  She lives in Florida with her husband, Andréa, and they love to travel around the state, cycling in every town they visit.

     Appointed Leaders
    Suzanne Schiemann, SHRM-CP, PHR
    Website Administrator
    Gainesville Regional Airport

    Suzanne Schiemann has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and 13+ years of experience in recruiting, benefits administration and HR policy development.  She currently works for the Gainesville-Alachua County  Regional Airport Authority as a Manager, Communications & Human Resources.  Suzanne has been a member of SHRM for thirteen years.  She has been a member of the North Central Florida chapter for eleven years and has served as website administrator for 2+ years.