Senior Director of Human Resources
What lead you to this career?
Initially I wanted to be an accountant. I loved numbers and analytics, but missed the people aspect. A college advisor told me about HR, and I found my fit! I get to use my analytical brain on metrics, KPIs, and projects, as well as my passion for people on communication and problem solving through diverse styles. Although, I still love a good Sudoku.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
When I show up to a department or site, people think “uh oh, who’s in trouble?!”. There is so much more to HR than performance management, especially as it has evolved over the past 20 years I have been in it. HR drives culture so you thrive, compensation so you can enjoy your hobbies, benefits to support your health, meaningful work to challenge your brain, development for growth, communication to connect, recognition to energize, and leadership to feel an impact. We’re like a Costco!
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
Learn the business. Early on in my career I was energized by the people aspect of HR: coaching, communication, and building relationships. Then a business leader invited me to his weekly business review meeting. From that moment on, I realized to truly be an influential HR leader, I needed more than just good, agile people skills; I needed to understand the business, which allows me to proactively offer HR solutions in the context of business impact.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Anything outdoors! I moved from the Midwest to the West Coast, and the lack of negative 10 degree weather is not lost on me any day of the week! I love the water, hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor concerts, and all things fresh air.
What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
NFL pro football. Having been raised in Wisconsin, I am a Green Bay Packers fan through and through. Go Pack Go!