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Board of Directors

    The following individuals have graciously volunteered their time and talents to serve on our Board of Directors for 2020.

    Jeanne Pritt - President

    Jeanne Pritt, MSOD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CQA is CEO of People Outcomes, LLC, an organization development consulting firm focused on leveraging organization strengths through talent, strategy and culture. She brings decades of senior leadership experience in the human services, healthcare and government industries. Pritt received her Masters of Science in Organization Development and Coaching Certification from McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte and her Bachelors in Psychology from Penn State University. Her community involvement includes leadership roles with Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary, Waxhaw Entrepreneurs and Women Executives, Charlotte.

    While born in Pennsylvania, Jeanne considers herself thoroughly ‘southernized’ and calls Waxhaw her home. In her free-time she reads, spends time with her daughter and friends, travels and enjoys many active hobbies, such as hiking with her dog, Lilly.

    People Outcomes, LLC was born from a passion to transfer transformational expertise to clients, enhancing teams and work environments. We use behavioral sciences, metrics, and a wealth of experience to design individualized services resulting in increased engagement and results specializing in:

    • Organization Development-organization structure, strategy alignment, culture
    • Executive & Leadership Development-Coaching, skill-building, team cohesion
    • Building Trust
    • Human Resources & Talent Management

    Visit for more information. 

    Kerry Simmons - President Elect



     Tera McKinney - Co-Secretary

    Tera is Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition Consultant at Fifth Third Bank and has over 19 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Training and Development. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company that, operates 15 affiliates in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.

    Tera started her Human Resources career in west Texas before moving to West Virginia where she joined Fifth Third Bank. Tera, her husband, Burke and two children moved to Union County, North Carolina 10 years ago.

    Tera holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing from Marietta College and her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification. Over her tenure with Fifth Third Bank she was been awarded Officer of Year and multiple Recruiter of the Year awards.

    Faith, Family and Fitness is how Tera spends her free time. She enjoys volunteering through her church and community outreaches, serving with Samaritan’s Feet in the Dominican Republic, driving field to field with her husband watching their children play sports to running half marathons and practicing yoga.

     Laurie Primm - Co-Secretary

    Laurie Primm is the Human Resources Administrator at the Barefoot & Company division of BMC.  Laurie received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Legal from Campbell University.   Laurie has held the position as Office Manager at several construction related companies which encompassed the responsibilities of payroll, benefits administration and recruiting, all of which have fostered her interest in Human Resources.  Laurie has held positions with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Heritage Construction, Sealing Agents and Paragon Homes of Charlotte.  She has completed the Human Resources Certificate Program at CPCC and is currently studying to take the SHRM-CP certification exam.

    Laurie is married with three children and is active in their interests which include serving as Treasurer for the Marvin Ridge Band Boosters and sponsoring blood drives for the Red Cross.  She grew up at the beach but prefers the mountains.

    The best part of working in Human Resources is the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping people work through problems and questions which can have a positive effect on their work and personal lives.

    Lynn Kroeger – Treasurer, Foundation Chair

    Lynn Kroeger serves dual roles as human resources director and chief financial officer at Union Academy Charter School, located in Monroe, NC. She is responsible for creating processes and benefits to attract and retain employees, as well as managing the school’s $16 million annual operating budget.

    With over 30 years professional experience in the areas of HR and finance, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. She has certifications with SPHR and SHRM-SCP as well as her Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    She is currently serving on the Carolina Health Care Advisory Board - Union and the Advisory Board of United Way of Central Carolina - Union.  Lynn is an active appointed member of the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board.

    Most recently Lynn was named the Charlotte Business Journal’s CFO of the Year for non-profits in  the Charlotte area.  In 2018, the UCRA Chapter honored Lynn with the HR Professional of the Year award and went on to be a recognized as a finalist for the NC SHRM Richard “Dick” Peoples Professional of the Year Award, She also received the 2017 Presidential Babcock Award for excellence in the field of human resources. The award is the highest honor The Employers Association bestows on human resources professionals in the Charlotte region; it is designed to recognize an individual who has achieved excellence in the field of human resources while contributing to the community.

    Keith Guercio- Co-Vice President of Membership

    As manager of business development for Carolina Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Keith strives to connect companies and their employees to the CCFCU.  This relationship provides tremendous value to member companies' benefit packages which sets them apart when attracting high quality applicants for employment.  Keith enjoys assisting all strata of employees with their financial health and planning.

    In addition, Keith has managed his sales territory for Herff Jones for thirty years specializing in providing scholastic products and services to our area high schools.  Keith has been recognized for customer service excellence throughout his career and has received the company’s highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award.

    Christian Mission and Family are his highest priorities.  Keith has been ordained as an elder, served as a deacon and counselor.  He has served in Peru for over 12 years building many homes and relationships, and, has learned a little Spanglish along the way.

    Christina Snethen - Co-Vice President of Membership

    Christina Snethen is the Human Resources Administrator at Union Power Cooperative. Christina obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Finance from Coastal Carolina University. While Christina’s education was primarily focused in Finance, she has taken on the challenging responsibilities of Human Resources in her position at Union Power Cooperative. She has completed the Corporate and Continuing Education Human Resources Certificate Program at CPCC, and has obtained her SHRM-CP certification.

    Christina has held positions at the following organizations: Conway National Bank in Conway, SC, Acadia Northstar, LLC in Rutherfordton, NC, The NC Public Charter School Association in Charlotte, NC, and Barefoot and Company, a BMC Company in Indian Trial, NC.

    Christina grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC and is a beach girl at heart. She enjoys doing anything and everything outdoors. She is a  social butterfly and enjoys spending all of her spare time with her family, husband Cas and daughter Kennedy (her little firecracker).  Her passion is helping others and traveling.

    Nancy Rutherford - Co-Vice President of Programs & Certification

    She was also named a finalist for The Employers Association’s Strategic HR Leadership Award, which recognizes a seasoned HR professional who has had a significant impact on both their HR department and their organization as a whole.

    Nancy Rutherford is a human resource generalist with Eminess Technologies, Inc.  She participates in all aspects of human resource management including benefits administration for their Monroe, NC manufacturing facility.

    Nancy is PHR certified and has actively served on the board of Union County Human Resource Association for two terms.  In addition, she is a Centralina Workforce Development board member.  Nancy believes that active networking and continuing professional development is a key to success for human resource professionals and that membership in UCHRA offers those opportunities.  

    Nancy and her husband live in Union County, enjoying a rural lifestyle that includes their horses.

    Marianne Wescoat - Co-Vice President of Programs & Certification

    Marianne Wescoat is the Director of Communications at Better Car People, located in the heart of Downtown Monroe. Marianne graduated with a B.S. in Education from Charleston Southern University, and earned an MBA in Public Administration. Her 25 years of business experience includes teaching, serving as an Executive Director of a Non Profit, and Operations Manager of her husband's millwork company. 

    This diverse work background has led Marianne to work with many different boards throughout her career, including the Union County Women’s Coalition, Kiwanis Club of Monroe President, the Union County Community Shelter, the Union County Women in Business Union County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Women’s Home Builders Association, NC Alliance of Charter Schools, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    In her spare time, Marianne consults non profits, still works with her husband, loves spending time with her family, reads, gardens, and practices yoga. 

    Cheryl Brakefield - College Relations Chair

    Cheryl is the Director of Employee Development at South Piedmont Community College.  In this role Cheryl is responsible for Employee Relations, Onboarding, Employee and Professional Development, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Worker’s Compensation, and Performance Management.   

    With over 18 years in the field of Human Resources/Training and Development, Cheryl has worked in the private, non-profit, and higher education sectors.  Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from State University of New York at Albany and a Training and HRD Certification from Florida International University.

    Cheryl loves the outdoors, fitness, reading, volunteering, and good food.  The thing Cheryl enjoys most is spending time with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever! 

    Sally Duncan - Workforce Readiness Chair

    Sally is the Human Resources Coordinator at Goulston Technologies, Inc. Gouston is a chemical manufacturing company in Monroe, NC, specializing in surface modification technologies.  Sally has been with Goulston for over 20 years, and has been in her current role as HR Coordinator for over 10 years.  Sally obtained her SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional) in 2017.

    Sally performs a variety of administrative and coordination activities, including assisting with benefits enrollment, employee recruitment and compliance related efforts, as well as Health, Safety & Environmental initiatives. 

    Sally enjoys an active life with family, friends, church and new adventures.

    Crystal Brookshire - Government Relations Chair


    Mandy Henderson - Inclusion Chair


    Brenda Robbins - Past President

    Brenda is the Manager of Human Resources at Union Power Cooperative and has 30 years of experience in the field of Human Resources.  Organizations that Brenda has worked for in the past include Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (Ft. Collins, CO), Cabela's (Sidney, NE) and High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, WY).  Brenda's expertise includes Employee Relations, Staff Management, Compliance, Workers' Compensation, FMLA, Organizational & Employee Development, Labor Relations, Benefits, Compensation and Business Leadership & Strategy.

    Brenda currently holds her SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional) and SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)  certifications.  Brenda obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University and her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.

    In 2019, the UCRA Chapter honored Brenda with the HR Professional of the Year award.  Brenda was a member of the 2016 Class of Leadership Union, is a member of the Job Ready Committee for Union County and enjoys educating the youth of Union County.  Brenda's spare time is spent enjoying time with friends, golfing, working in her yard, walking, making pottery in Waxhaw, cross stitching and being with family (when she can get back to Colorado).

    Robert Guy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Board Advisor 

    Robert “Bob” is the Chief People Officer at Darnel, Inc. a global food packaging manufacturer with locations around the world and US headquarters in Monroe, NC.  Bob began working at Darnel, Inc. when it opened in 2006.  Bob also served as the HR Manager for an audio/video manufacturer in Fort Mill, SC where he served over 17 years.

    In addition to his role as Board Advisor, Bob has also served in a variety of roles on the UCHRA board as well as being UCHRA President in 2012.  Bob currently serves as the Membership Director on the NCSHRM State Council Executive Committee.  He also has served as a member of the Awards Committee and as Certification Director.

    Bob enjoys the arts and is involved in the arts community by being part of Festival Singers with Carolina Voices, a classical choir and with the visual arts as part of ArtsCharlotte and SouthEnd ARTS where his paintings have been included in the monthly art show and Uptown Gallery Crawl.  Bob lives life with his gracious wife, Lisa and two daughters, Emily and Abby.

    Sharon L. Robinson, MBA - Webmaster & Volunteer Coordinator

    Sharon Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She subsequently worked in several roles in a variety of organizations.  After several years of work experience, she returned to UNC Charlotte to pursue a Master of Business Administration.

    After graduating, she accepted a position in Human Resources in the private sector.  In this role, she worked in Employee Retention and then in a role within Compensation and Benefits.  She joined Wingate University in September 2008.  She currently serves as the Director of Career Development.  In addition, she has taught a course which covers resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing techniques, and job search strategies.  In previous years, she served on the UCHRA Board as the Workforce Readiness Chair, the President-Elect, President, Past President, and Webmaster.  In addition, she has served on the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers Conference Committee, was the Treasurer of the NC Career Consortium of Metrolina Colleges from 2010-2019 and is the President of the Consortium for 2019-2021.