Student Officers 2019

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Kayla O’Leary

President
Kayla O’Leary

President

Kayla is 28 years old and from Albuquerque, NM. She has two children. Her son, Camael is 5 and my daughter, Demi, is 2. Kayla currently resides in Alamosa, Colorado, where she formally played Soccer for Adams State University, prior to enlisting in the United States Navy. She is now focusing on her Bachelors in Business administration and is part of the Ashford University Honors College and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

Narcissa Turner

Vice President
Narcissa Turner

Vice President

Hi everyone my name is Narcissa Turner; I’m enrolled in the Human Resources Management Master’s program at Ashford University. I’m a member of the Society of Human Resource Management; I’m a native of Columbus, Ohio O-H-I-O of course. I received my bachelor’s from Ohio Dominican University also located in Columbus, Ohio in Business Administration; I’m currently an assistant Volleyball coach with a local club in the Cincinnati area. My hobbies are working out and playing my piano. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Once I complete my Master’s program my goal is to go on and study to get my SHRM certification and become a human resource manager. Welcome to our chapter.

Faculty Advisors

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Dr. Katie Thiry

Chapter Founder and Faculty Advisor
Dr. Katie Thiry

Chapter Founder and Faculty Advisor

Dr. Katie Thiry is the Program Chair for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM)  degree programs in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. (HRCI) and Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). She is also a Master Trainer for the MHI Global (formerly Achieve Global, Inc.) leadership development system. She holds a PhD in Education, with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has over 19 years of experience in Human Resources and Training & Development, where she has held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training & Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams, reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization, and designed, developed, and delivered custom training.

Leah Westerman, JD

Faculty Advisor
Leah Westerman, JD

Faculty Advisor

Leah Westerman is an Assistant Professor with Ashford University, where she teaches courses in Human Resource Management. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Dickenson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and International Business from Drexel University. She has been licensed to practice law since 2004. Westerman first started in defending clients against medical malpractice lawsuits, and later practiced civil litigation, family, and business law. For over five years she has taught courses online. Dr. Westerman lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two young children.

 

Dr. Catherine Frost

Associate Faculty Advisor
Dr. Catherine Frost

Associate Faculty Advisor

Dr. Catherine Frost, Associate Faculty, Ashford University, Forbes School of Business began teaching with Ashford in March 2015. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and the Central Iowa Society of Human Resource Managers (CISHRM). In addition, she has an HRM Consulting firm and does freelance writing. She has worked to design on-line classes and has had as much experience designing curriculum as teaching. Dr. Frost has a Bachelor's Degree in Business with an emphasis in Human Resource Management in 2004, continued with completing her MBA in 2008 and received her PhD in 2013 in Organizations and Management, with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Capella University.

Past Officers & Advisors

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Myke McCune

2017 Founding President
Myke McCune

2017 Founding President

Myke McCune is employed as a Fabrication Supervisor at The Harloff Company, which manufactures innovative and high quality carts and storage products for the Healthcare world. He credits his promotion and being well prepared to lead his organization through change to the knowledge he has gained at Ashford University. Myke obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a specialization in Project Management and completed the Master of Arts in Organizational Management degree program with a specialization in Organizational Leadership at Ashford University. He obtained his Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences in Welding Technology from Pike’s Peak Community College located in his home state of Colorado. Myke is a former President of the AU FSBT SHRM Chapter, and now serves as an Alumni Advisor.

Myke is currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Development with a specialization in Organizational Diversity at University of the Rockies. With new degrees and increased experience, he is fielding offers for higher positions from other manufacturing companies in Colorado Springs. Myke has returned to Ashford University as Associate Faculty in the BAHRM program.

Janet Horton

2018 President
Janet Horton

2018 President

Janet Horton is employed as a Senior Talent Acquisition Associate at Bayer US LLC, a life science company, in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Everest Institute in Pittsburgh, PA and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management, from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA in 2011. Janet is working towards her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, specializing in Human Resource Management, at Ashford University. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 331 and is passionate about causes surrounding veterans, active duty military and their families. She grew up in a military family and appreciates the challenges military families deal with day to day. Janet is also a student member of SHRM.

Gerri Wilson

2017 Founding Vice President
Gerri Wilson

2017 Founding Vice President

Gerri Wilson is the Chief of Staff at Perkins Management Services Company, and an Associate Faculty in the BAHRM Program at Ashford University.  She is a member of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Human Resource Management Program Committee, and one of the founding officers of the Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology Society for Human Resource Management (AU FSBT SHRM) Chapter. Wilson’s experience spans over 20 years in multiple disciplines that include Public Relations, Information Technology, Human Resources, Corporate Administration, and Entrepreneurship.

She is a current PhD student at the University of the Rockies in the Organizational Development and Leadership program with a specialization in Organizational Diversity. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership from Ashford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing, also from Ashford University.

A member of the board of directors for the Brewerville Civic Association, Inc., a non-profit, she has been the recipient of several awards of recognition for humanitarian services for her work within the organization; is the recipient of the only "Corporate Employee of the Year" award at Perkins Management Services; and received an award for superior leadership for her role in the AU FSBT SHRM Chapter from Ashford University. In addition, she is a member of several honor societies to include, Golden Key International, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and Sigma Beta Delta. At the 2017 Ashford University Commencement Faculty Meet and Greet, Wilson was invited to participate as one of the speakers.

In the community, she assists the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Charlotte in its fund-raising activities, is a strong supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and the Red Cross. Wilson and her sister co-own Wilson & Wilson Catering in Columbia, SC.

John Hawk

2018 Vice President
John Hawk

2018 Vice President

John Hawk is a Staff Sergeant and a Petroleum Supply Specialist instructor at the Petroleum & Water Department at Fort Lee, Virginia. John earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Central Texas College; a Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management & Analysis from Ashford University; and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organizational Management degree program, with specializations in Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management. John has held several leadership and management positions over the past seventeen years of military service. John was recently invited to and joined the Golden Key International Honour Society due to his academic performance.

Tanisha Neal

2017 Founding Secretary
Tanisha Neal

2017 Founding Secretary

Tanisha Neal. I am a graduate of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship degree program and currently hold the position of Secretary for SHRM. She was so impressed with the program structure at Ashford University, she obtained her Master of Arts in Organizational Management with a specialization in project management in April 2017. She is currently enrolled at the University of the Rockies to obtain her Ph.D in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Tanisha was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio but lived in Atlanta, Georgia from 2009-2017. Recently she relocated back to her hometown a little less than a year ago. Currently, Tanisha is a manager for an insurance company. Tanisha has a passion for training and exploring new ways to enhance performance in the workplace. She loves to think outside of the box and utilize innovation whenever possible. Tanisha is also an associate faculty member at Ashford University teaching courses in the BAHRM program.

In her spare time, Tanisha loves to cook, bake and travel and aspires to open a restaurant in addition to her other career goals. Tanisha is mother to a 19-month-old son named Rashad who keeps her very busy with sign language and swimming lessons. Tanisha is also active in her church and love working with the children's ministry. Finally, Tanisha is an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes football team as well as the Atlanta Falcons.

Tanisha previously held the title of secretary for the AUFSBT SHRM Chapter and helped create the Chapter as a founding officer. Tanisha is honored to serve the Chapter as an Alumni Advisor and hopes to aid in taking the Chapter to the next level.

Dr. Cathy Nguyen Sin

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Cathy Nguyen Sin

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Cathy Nguyen Sin is an Assistant Professor for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Dr. Nguyen Sin holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership & Development with a specialization in Training and E-Learning from the University of Rockies, an MBA with a specialization in Finance and a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Ashford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Prior to joining Ashford University, Dr. Nguyen Sin worked almost 10 years for one of the largest banking and financial institutions in the world that serve millions of customers across 70 countries and territories. Over the past several years, she has contributed to the planning, design, and development of new and revised online programs at Ashford University, in addition to teaching college-level online courses. Dr. Nguyen Sin lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and four young children.