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2019 SHRA Board of Directors
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President - 

Stephanie Deiter, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

VP of HR, The SKY Family YMCA

2018 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year

Vice President of Human Resources for The SKY Family YMCA, Stephanie Deiter attains great personal satisfaction and reward in her role as a Senior Human Resources Professional. Beginning her career in 2001 in human resources with The SKY Family YMCA, she possesses nearly twenty years of extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Her broad skill set includes strategic planning, acquisitions, employee relations, risk management, training & development, and benefits & compensation.

Stephanie is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP). She holds an MBA from Springfield College as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and possesses multiple facilitator certifications from Y-USA

"I am thankful for the opportunities that being a SHRA member has afforded me to grow both personally and professionally. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President of SHRA in 2019." 



SHRA member since 2009

President-Elect -

Renee Hood, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

VP, People & Culture
Aviva, a Campus for Senior Life

2016 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year

With over 20 years of progressive human resources experience at the regional, division and corporate level, Renee is currently the Human Resources Director at Aviva, a not-for-profit, faith-based continuing care retirement community in Sarasota. Renee has held previous HR leadership and HRBP roles with Tidewell Hospice and Bright House Networks. 

Renee credits SHRA with positively influencing her career mobility and professional development and is proud to have volunteered with the chapter since 2008. "My affiliation with SHRA, both as a member and volunteer have been extremely rewarding.  I am proud to serve as an ambassador of this wonderful association, knowing the incredible network of support and professional development we offer to HR Professionals and local businesses.  If you aren't a member (and volunteering!) you are truly missing a wonderful opportunity to connect with a priceless network of professionals."





SHRA Member since 2005


Vice-President - 

Dawn Laidlaw, SHRM-CP, SPHR


Human Resources Officer, Willis Smith Construction

Dawn Laidlaw is the HR Officer for Willis Smith Construction in Lakewood Ranch. She attained her BA from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and also obtained a Paralegal Certification from the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. She was a Litigation Paralegal for 15 years, before transitioning into Human Resources, and holds her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  Dawn has served in the capacities of Certification Committee Chair (2014-2015) and Membership Director (2016-2018).    


SHRA Member since 2013

Treasurer -

Sandy Zannino, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

A dedicated and passionate human resources professional, Sandy is a processed based problem solver who believes deeply in offering exemplary customer service to her clients.  

Sandy began her career in the automotive industry in 1998 as Administrative Dealer Assistant at the Florida corporate office for Wilde Automotive.  Sandy was quickly promoted to Office Manager and simply fell in love with the car business.  While continuing her duties as Office Manager, Sandy also became the HR Manager for Wilde, overseeing all Human Resources programs for the company and directing a staff of 2 office administrators. 

She recently founded an HR consulting firm, dedicated to bringing "Hassle-Free” customized HR programs to car dealers.   In her spare time, Sandy can be found reading a book, learning Spanish, or on the dance floor!  She is an avid "salsera” and the only thing that brings her more joy, is being a single mother to her beautiful daughter, Arianna.  Sandy brings focused dedication, integrity, service, and enthusiasm to everything she does and is delighted to be welcomed as part of the team at SHRA! 




SHRA Member since 2010

Board Secretary -

Liz Cotner, MA, SHRM-CP

HR Business Partner, CAE Healthcare

2016 HR Young Professional of the Year

Liz is a highly motivated Human Resources Business Partner with 10+ years’ experience with a proven track record of implementing human capital strategies across all levels of small to large complex organizations. Liz's breadth of experience includes collaborating with senior leaders, including C-Suite, to translate strategic objectives into successful HR solutions. Liz is a trusted advisor and mentor, able to influence key leadership in sensitive employee relations topics and creative problem solving.

Liz's core HR values include: loyalty, commitment, respect, integrity, powerful listening and communication allowing for the ability to build strong relationships with peers, colleagues and vendors in every field.

Fellow colleagues and peers describe Liz as a problem solver and a HR geek at heart. She serves on the HR Florida Conference Team co-leading the Volunteers division and has been volunteering with HR Florida for the past 7 consecutive years. 

Liz loves rollercoasters, traveling and is a Michigan native. 


SHRA Member since 2015

Technology Director -

Anthony Gagliano

Anthony Gagliano is the Director of Business and Economic Development for CareerSource Suncoast. He oversees a team of 12 professionals focused on delivering value and services for businesses and veterans in Sarasota and Manatee counties. During his 7+ years at CareerSource Suncoast, Anthony streamlined employer grants while issuing more than $2M to local companies and implemented for-fee services, generating more than $50,000 in revenue in the past two years.

Prior to joining CareerSource Suncoast in 2009, Anthony spent 2 ½ years on staff at the East County Observer in Bradenton, Florida, covering sports and news for a weekly community newspaper.

Anthony is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism-News Editorial. His writing has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, Bradenton Herald, the Valdosta Daily Times and 



SHRA Member since 2016


Communications Director -

Cally Kushmer

Regional Vice President

5-Star Staffing Solutions

Cally Kushmer was born and raised in Central-Florida has deep southern roots as a fifth generation Floridian. She is currently the Regional Vice President for 5-Star Staffing Solutions, the top progressive and certified woman-owned staffing company in Florida. There, she heads teams responsible for implementing growth and expansion projects focused on improving the delivery of staffing services nationwide. 

Cally is a member of the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association and believes becoming a member is the best way to connect with like-minded professionals, further develop professionally, and share in the pool of knowledge which freely flows within the chapter. She is proud to serve SHRA’s members as Communications Director and HR Florida Conference Ambassador. She also serves SHRA as Membership Committee Chair and is a member of the Education and Workforce Committee for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. 

Cally is married to Danny Kushmer and they have four adult children, three rescue dogs and one rescue cat. 




SHRA member since 2018

Membership Director -

Kathy Shaffer


Relationship Manager, Atlas Employee Benefits

Kathy Shaffer is an experienced relationship manager and works in a sales capacity for Atlas Employee Benefits.  She has been with Atlas for 3 years and a member of SHRA for 2 years.  Eager to help the organization, Kathy became a part of the programs committee.  Now stepping into the membership director position, Kathy is excited to welcome new members and make them a part of the SHRA family.

“SHRA has been a wonderful organization to be a part of both on professional and personal level.  Moving to Sarasota from McKinney, TX to be with my husband was not the easiest transition.  SHRA is the one organization that I felt truly welcomed and I am so glad I joined.  I have made so many new bonds with strong, self-motivated, kind people at SHRA that have become sources of advice and support in both work and personal life.  I look forward to welcoming new members and hopefully offering them the same experience.”




SHRA Member since 2017

Programs Director -

Candice Smith Singh

Human Resources Coordinator

City of Sarasota

Candice Smith-Singh joined the City of Sarasota as a Human Resources Coordinator in 2018 after previously serving as a Human Resource Generalist for Centerstone of Florida. Candice obtained her BA from York University in Toronto, Canada. With more than 4 years of HR experience, she has served in the functional areas of Recruiting, Employee Relations, Training & Development, and more recently Benefits Administration, Wellness, and Workers Compensation. Candice holds her SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.




SHRA member since 2017

 Sponsorship Director -

Mark McKim

Mark McKim is an Account Executive covering the West Coast of Florida for Acara Solutions, a staffing, payroll and placement services company. Mark was recognized as SHRA Volunteer of the Year in 2018 for his work with the treasurer and registration. 

“I don’t know how I would have gotten through this year without Mark as loyal SHRA volunteer.”

SHRA Member since 2017


Steve Hall, CEBS, CSFS, CHRP

Market President and Sr. Benefits Consultant
Alltrust Insurance


Steve is a licensed Health, Life and Variable Annuity Broker with Alltrust Insurance, a privately held Human Capital Consulting firm specializing in Employee Benefits. Steve holds the following designations: Wharton Business School, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, CEBS, Certified Self-Funded Specialist, CSFS, Compensation Management Specialist, CMS, and Group Benefits Associate, GBA.  Steve is also a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist, CHRP, through National Association of Health Underwriters with 22 years of consultative sales experience. 



SHRA member since 2011

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