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Chapter Leadership Team



Aimee Mangold

As a Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Mangold oversees all Human Resource initiatives to include staffing, benefits & compensation, payroll, employee relations and learning & development.
Aimee brings over 20 years of professional human resource leadership experience having worked with The Procaccianti Group and Interstate Hotels where she held various roles as Area Director of Human Resources, Regional Director of Human Resources and Regional Trainer.
Aimee has been a member Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County since 2006 and has held a variety of volunteer positions including Workforce Readiness chairperson, At-Large Director, and President Elect,  Aimee was award 2018 HR Professional of the Year by the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County.  She currently holds a SHRM-SCP and SPHR designation.
When not working, Aimee enjoys cooking, Zumba,sailing, traveling and spending time with family. 


John Haymore, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, LSSYB

John is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lynn University and owner of HRS Group, an HR and Workplace Safety consulting firm.  He is pursuing a Ph.D. in human resource development (HRD) with a specialization in organizational development and change management (ODC)  from the University of Texas, Tyler.  John's areas of research and expertise include workplace safety and violence, strategic human resource management, organizational performance, talent management and employee development.  Throughout his career, he has supported employees in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.  John has over 15 years of experience with stints in the science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, retail, and non-profit industries.  John earned his MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, OSHA-30, and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

In 2017 and 2018, John served as President of the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC), and was responsible for providing leadership to the local SHRM chapter consistent with state, regional and SHRM policies, strategies and objectives. He led over 500 members and served as a voting member for the HR Florida State Council and the HRPBC Board of Directors.

Brian Knapp
President Elect

Brian Knapp is an Employee Benefits Consultant at CBIZ Weekes & Callaway, and Employee Benefits, Insurance Consulting and Employee Services firm. Brian works with HR professionals in developing, implementing & managing their employee benefits programs.

Brian graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and has been a member of HRPBC since 2012.  Brian joined the Leadership Team as Sponsorship Chair in 2014, and looks forward to taking on this new role.

Karen (Huegel) Badger

Karen has her Bachelor’s in Health Administration and has 20 years of experience in operations and management.  Beginning her career in the elder care industry, Karen realized her passion of working with and helping others.  Streamlining her career into Human Resources has been equally as rewarding.  In her most recent positions as Senior Human Resource Manager and Program Manager, she has an extensive and diverse background in all aspects.

For the past three years, Karen has been involved with the Palm Beach County Special Needs Advisory Coalition; over 200 participants representing more than 80 organizations that have come together to discuss their experiences, concerns, ideas and solutions related to the needs and services for individuals with special needs and/or disabilities.  Her volunteer work also included serving on the Board of Transportation Disadvantaged and as Ad-hoc Advisor to the Board of the South Florida Leadership Network.

Karen has been volunteering with the Workforce Readiness Committee for several years and the work the team accomplished was recognized in winning HR Florida’s 2016 Chapter of Excellence Award! She was appointed Chair in June of 2016. 




Wendy Wiley

Wendy Wiley is the Employee Benefits Department Manager at Marsh and McLennan Agency – Tequesta Office as of 2013.   Although only a few years with Marsh and McLennan Agency,  Wendy brings to the organization a rich background of experience as she has been in Employee Benefits for 20 years.  

Wendy started her career back in 1994 as a Personal Lines account manager for Dorsey Insurance.  Through acquisitions Dorsey became Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Wendy looked to expand her insurance experience by moving to the Benefits department in 1996.   She remained at Wells Fargo Insurance Services for 18 years, moving up from an assistant to department manager in 7 years and was the department manager for the last 10 years.  

Wendy holds a Florida 218 Life and Health license as well as a Florida 220 Property and Casualty license.  

She is the primary point of contact and responsible for the delivery of service and account management for employee benefit clients.  She assists with claims resolution, billings issues, wellness initiatives, enrollments, strategic planning, benefit analysis, and implementation of plan initiatives. 

Wendy is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Batchelor of Science degree.  She is a member in good standing of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) as well as the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is currently Treasurer of the local SHRM chapter – Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County. 

John Muller, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director - Program & Certification

Having built and led teams and performance initiatives, maximizing productivity, and talent for the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County (FL), the United States Department of State and Jon Harvey Associates, Inc.; John Muller now leads all Talent Acquisition/Management/Strategy and People Operations for Gehring Group and Bentek. John is also a certified True Colors facilitator and provides learning sessions to Gehring Group clients.


John has a strong background both in Talent Acquisition and Retention as well as in performing the developmental work needed to improve HR programs and personnel policies. Since joining Gehring Group and Bentek, John led many new initiatives that helped transform the Companies' talent, reduce turnover, increase diversity, and improve morale, wellness, and engagement. He plays a key role in Gehring Group and Bentek's award-winning culture, recently recognized by Florida Trend's Best Companies to Work For, placing 5th among mid-size companies.

John served as an executive recruiter as well as leading recruiting and HR teams for Federal and local government agencies. In 2009, John was hired into an office established by the President within the U.S. Department of State charged with hiring professionals in diplomatic services, IT, Education, finance and other key civilian advisory roles to work in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was highly successful in accomplishing the goals set for this difficult task and then identified as a strong HR leader to support the US Embassy Baghdad's mission in Iraq. John volunteered to serve in Iraq for the period of one year introducing important and valued improvements to the office of Human Resources at US Embassy Baghdad.


John earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration majoring in Business Management and Organizational Development from the University of Miami and a MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He holds his SPHR and SHRM-SCP as well as becoming a certified Predictive Index Analyst. John is also an active member of SHRM and SHRM’s local chapter, HRPBC, serving as Program/Certifications Director.


Tanya Vaughn-Patterson, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director - Membership

Tanya Vaughn-Patterson, MM, PHR, SHRM-CP is an HR Practitioner with over 25 years of experience specializing in diversity, inclusive leadership and equal employment opportunity. Tanya is currently a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant with NextEra Energy in Juno Beach, FL. Prior to starting her career in the civilian arena in 1995; Tanya served as an active duty Marine for nine years. She holds a Master’s of Management in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science from Northwood University.

Tanya is an active member of HRPBC and served as Programs Chair in 2014 and 2015 and has been serving as Marketing Chair since 2016.

Delcenia Jones
Director -  Marketing/Social Media

Delcenia “Del” Jones is a native of Chicago, Illinois and has lived in Florida since January 2012. She brings over 10 years of Human Resources experience with her having worked in various capacities that rely heavily on her HR knowledge, most recently being her role as an HR Generalist for the Walgreen’s Distribution Center in Jupiter, Florida.

Delcenia received her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts (Sociology) at Chicago State University, a Masters in Human Service Administration from Spertus College, and most recently a Masters in Organizational Management (Human Resources) from Ashford University.

Her passion and focus for helping others has led her to accept a number of volunteer leadership roles with local organizations such as the Human Resources of Palm Beach County (HRPBC), the American Cancer Society, and the nationally recognized, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. When Delcenia is not volunteering, she enjoys bowling, creative writing, and cooking for her family and friends.

Tammy Lane
Director - Conference

Tammy is an Area Vice President for Gallagher Benefit Services a division of Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) in the West Palm Beach office. Tammy has over 16 years of benefits consulting and risk management related experience.

Tammy’s role at Gallagher Benefit Services involves responsibility for new organic growth by delivering a consultative approach to benefits.  Tammy’s goal is to provide results based outcomes and strategies for long term human capital sustainability.  Tammy’s strength in benefits is her knowledge, energy and creativity to market trends to life and execute strategies with seamless precision.

Tammy’s benefits experience includes Mergers and Acquisitions, Distribution and Manufacturing, Non-Profit and Social Services, Financial Services, Restaurant and Hospitality.

Tammy joined Gallagher Benefit Services from USI Insurance were she held the position of Vice President of the Health and Welfare Division. Her responsibilities included relationship management, implementing benefits strategies for clients and meeting organizational and individual new sales goals. Tammy was designated and awarded the USI Peak Performer Award during her tenure at the company.

Prior to her work at USI, Tammy worked for TD Insurance, a division of TD Bank, NA. USA. Her career at TD Insurance spanned over 14 years with her most recent position of Regional Vice President of the Health and Welfare Practice in the Southeast Region. Tammy held various positions within the firm including the Women In Leadership Chairwoman for the Diversity and Inclusion Council of South Florida. Tammy was nominated numerous times for the TD Bank’s CEO “Wow” awards during her years of service.

Tammy is a member of the National SHRM organization, and Chairwoman of Programs on the Board of the Palm Beach County SHRM Chapter. She is also a member of the Saint Lucie County SHRM Chapter and Martin County SHRM.

Tammy lives with her husband and son in Saint Lucie County.

Zar Roger
Sponsorship Chair

Zar Roger is a Business Development Officer at PNC Bank within the WorkPlace Banking Division. Zar has 20 years of banking experience and 4 years of business consulting. He is responsible of meeting HR professionals within select industry’s and arranging financial seminars, financial benefit packages and overall onsite banking services to the employees of qualified organizations for the PNC group banking program.

A graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and international Studies, Zar is now in his first year membership within HRPBC and has taken on the sponsorship role in 2019. He has a passion in educating others about finance and is looking forward to meeting and networking with various HR professionals and member colleagues.

Jessica Zehetmaier
Government Affairs

Jessica is currently the Corporate Human Resources Manager with Kolter Hospitality and has been with the company since 2016. Jessica has developed extensive knowledge in talent management, workforce planning, recruiting, training, performance management, employee development and employee engagement. She also has significant experience in managing employee relations, payroll, benefits & compensation, and compliance issues.  She is passionate about human resources management and regularly attends trainings and educational sessions that showcase a wide variety of HR topics and trends.

A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Jessica is a proud graduate of Florida Atlantic University, obtaining her BA in Communications with honors. She is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and now proudly serves on the leadership team with the Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County.  

Jessica enjoys traveling, shopping and a good Netflix binge but can mostly be found spending time with her husband and 2 year old daughter.


Katie I. Kato, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Florida Ambassador

Katie has over 30 years of human resources experience serving in leadership roles primarily within the hospital & healthcare industry. She is presently the President/Chief Human Resources Strategist for The Human Resources Factor, LLC, where she provides HR consulting services and assists small businesses with various HR and employment-related compliance issues.  Previously, she was the Senior Vice President-Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer for Promise/Success Healthcare (with 19 facilities in 9 states) whose corporate office is located in Boca Raton, FL. She’s also previously worked as Director HR for HCA Palms West Hospital, Regional Director of HR for Doctor’s Hospital/Miami Rehab/West Gables/Larkin Hospitals/etc. (previously with HealthSouth), Senior Home Care, Parkway Regional Medical Center, and other HR roles/positions.

Katie is currently an At-Large Director for HRPBC, and since 1987, has served in a number of other SHRM Board roles with the NCFSHRM, GMSHRM, and Suncoast SHRM Chapters including Secretary, VP Membership, Non-Dues Revenue, College Relations, Programs, Awards and Past-President of the Student Chapter of ASPA (predecessor of SHRM) at the University of Florida. Katie also currently serves on the Learning & Education Committee for the national American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). She was also previously the President of the ASTD Chapter (now ATD) in North Central Florida. Katie also received her B.S and M.Ed. from the University of Florida. Katie has her SHRM-SCP, and is lifetime certified as an SPHR by HRCI (and certified since 1989).

Katie is delighted to be serving on the HRPBC Board and honored to work with such great HR professionals!


Margie Pierce
Hospitality Chair




Joseph Petruzelli
Finance Chair 

Joey Petruzzelli is an account manager for the IBM Southeast Employees Credit Union. In this role Joey manages the IBM partnerships with companies that offer a financial benefits package to their employees. He also volunteers his time representing IBM credit union at many community events.

Joey has been in the financial industry for the past 12 years. Prior to entering the financial industry Joey was an owner of a packing & shipping franchise in Boca Raton where his store was rated one of the top 50 grossing stores in the Southern region. As a small business owner he took on the roles of HR, CEO, CFO and the friendly face you saw when walking into his store.

Joey is married with three beautiful children, who keep him very busy. He also has a love for the outdoors where he enjoys surfing and freshwater fishing with his family.


Paula Humber
Workforce Readiness Chair

Paula Humber, MBA, SHRM-SCP  serves as President and Senior HR Consultant at West Palm Beach based business consulting firm, P&L  Corporate Solutions, LLC and PL Staffing (WOSB/SBE/MBE).

This polished entrepreneur has over 16 years of human resources generalist experience which she utilizes to impact the workforce through management of functions such as Talent Acquisitions, Employee Relations, HR Compliance and Administration as well as Employee Training & Development. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College where she teaches HR Essentials and SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Prep.

Paula earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She later expanded her knowledge base by obtaining a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She later became certified to practice Human Resources at a Senior level by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). 

Paula is a devoted wife and mother of 4 and is honored to serve alongside Palm Beach County’s finest HR professionals.


Luisa Niakan
Conference Co-Chair

Angela Campbell
SHRM Foundation Chair

Tracey Ellison

Apryl Cowher
Chapter Administrator

Apryl Cowher is currently an Account Manager for HSA Consulting, Inc. She recently got her 2-15 License Certification, has over 5 years experience in human resources and over 20 years’ experience in administrative work from being a Secretary in the US Navy to being an Education/ProServices Coordinator for Dell Corporation. Apryl is working on her PHR Certification, loves football, reading, sewing and spending time with her 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

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