Not just an HR association.
“Our goal is to provide our members with the most meaningful and appealing customer experience anywhere. We (the EA team) become not just an HR association, but a great experience where we strive to help our Members build truly great cultures and great organizations.”
Jack Hollister, President
The Employers’ Association


Service Area   |   Staff   |   Board

Who We Serve

Financial Services
Health Care
Professional Services
From two-person companies to corporations with thousands of employees, our member organizations come in all different sizes and represent a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, automotive, community service agencies, municipal and county governments, educational institutions, and more.
More than 700 organizations are members of the EA. We’re humbled to say that many of them have been with us for more than 20 years.

Chances are, we already know your neighbor.
We’d like to know you, too!


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Why We Exist


The Employers’ Association serves regional employers in their efforts to build great cultures by providing Human Resource Management Information and Consulting, Training and Development and Workplace Wellness.


Partnered with members to build great cultures and great organizations.

Corporate Team

Jack Hollister


Since 1997, Jack has led The EA as its president, developing the overall direction of The Association and managing its day-to-day activities. He also trains and consults in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and the utilization of the DISC profile for team-building purposes. In his spare time, Jack enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.

Sarah Beddoes

Marketing Coordinator

Sarah is the EA’s marketing guru. She maintains the EA’s website, coordinates our social media presence and designs direct mail, eblasts, flyers and marketing pieces. As the EA’s resident travel bug, Sarah enjoys exploring new places, as well as spending time with her family and friends, gardening, exercise, watching movies, and soccer.

Rebecca Byers

Accounting and IT Manager

Rebecca maintains the books for the EA. She has a fine arts background and discovered her love of accounting in her second career. She loves a well-designed spreadsheet and enjoys streamlining processes and finding new ways to be more efficient. In her free-time she enjoys making art, reading and playing with her dachshund Edith.

Karin Roadarmel

Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Karin is the first friendly face you see when visiting the EA and the voice you hear when calling in on the phone! She has a variety of roles within the EA such as invoicing, registration, assisting with On-Site Learning & Consulting, Seminar Learning, and assisting Jack...just to name a few! She loves spending time with her son and is a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes and Buffalo Bills fan!

Shamika Winfree

Administrative Assistant

Shamika recently completed her degree in Business Administration and is excited to start her career and put her degree to use! She is very goal oriented and passionate and will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams while enjoying life to the fullest with her husband! Shamika enjoys her administrative career behind the scenes and assisting others while continuing to learn as much as she can. Her favorite things to do other than looking into the world of fashion and architectural design, is to go sightseeing and explore new cultures throughout the world. She loves to fly and is constantly looking for new places to travel, explore and shop with her family and friends.

HR Solutions Team

Bob Bethel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President - HR and Learning Services

Bob’s career in human resources has led him through a number of area organizations. EA members tap into his extensive experience via our HR Hotline and by engaging him for training and consulting projects. Bob is involved in the HR Professional community as a past Director of the Ohio SHRM State Council and in the local community as a Springfield Township Trustee.

Kelly Beard, PHR

HR Solutions Coordinator

Kelly is your go-to for labor law posters and survey information. A recent grad from Bowling Green State University with a Master’s in Business Administration, she is new to the HR world and is looking forward to the experience working at The EA. When not working, she enjoys traveling to new places, golfing, spending time with her family, friends, and her ginger cats, Timon & Pumba. She is an avid Cleveland Indians fan, her favorite destination is always the ballpark!

Phyllis Cole, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior HR Consultant

Phyllis brings 25+ years of HR experience to the EA, and assists with various projects related to HR. Phyllis is active in the HR Community holding various Officer positions for Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA) as well as being active on the Ohio SHRM State Council’s HR Conference committee. Phyllis earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Findlay.

Mary Gundy

HR Consultant

Mary is a graduate from Lourdes University, with a Bachelor's in Human Resources Management. As a member of the EA team, Mary assists members with HR Audits, handbook and job description development, and recruitment. She is an active member in the HR community with NOHRA. When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and furbaby, Ellie. She has a love for reading, sunshine, and boat rides. In the summertime, you can catch her in her garden or in the water!

Chris Henning, SHRM-SCP, CBP

Senior HR Consultant

Chris brings 30+ years of HR experience to the EA. She has held HR leadership positions in construction, manufacturing, and agriculture organizations. In her role with the EA, she brings with her the experience, knowledge, and lessons learned in her previous roles to assist EA members with their HR needs. Chris has served on the boards and committees of state and local HR organizations as well as an Advisory Board member for a local credit union for the past 15 years. Chris earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from the University of Toledo. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, exercise and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, and friends.

Colleen House, SHRM-SCP

Senior HR Consultant

Colleen is a Human Resources professional with 18+ years of experience. She has held HR operational and leadership positions in manufacturing, retail and healthcare not-for-profits. In her role as HR Consultant with the EA, she brings with her the experience, perspectives and lessons learned in her various roles to assist EA members with their HR needs. Colleen cherishes time spent with her son, and when he isn’t keeping her busy, she enjoys reading and traveling.

On-Site / Consulting Team

Dave Tippett, PHR, SHRM-CP

Dave Tippett, PHR, SHRM-CP

Dir. On-Site Learning & Consultation

Dave is well-known in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan business community for his enthusiasm, training creativity and commitment to helping people work better, together. He provides customized training content, delivered with an innovative and interactive approach. Aside from training, Dave is also a published playwright and author. He and his wife, Jill, live in Gibsonburg.

Seminar Learning Team

Terry Vernier

Seminar Learning Manager

Terry truly enjoys getting to know the EA members as he plans and manages our public seminars and conferences. Outside the office, he likes attending classic car shows, reading, and spending time with his wonderful family and friends. His biggest challenge is not stopping to pet every dog he happens to see.

Judi Roe

Membership & Seminar Learning Assistant

Judi is no stranger to the world of HR and Customer Service and loves interacting with the EA’s members as the Membership and Seminar Learning Assistant. In her spare time, Judi loves movies, concerts, crafting, and turning trash into treasure. Her ideal day at home is filled with home and garden projects. Judi serves as the Secretary on the Board of Trustees for The Weston Public Library.

Wellness Team

Kelly Knaggs

Vice President, EA Wellness

Kelly is responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of EA Workplace Wellness services for Association members. She believes in ‘getting to the root’ of a challenge; and is passionate about wellness and developing healthy workplace cultures. A seasoned healthcare professional, small business owner and coach; Kelly’s collaborative relational style brings a realistic yet optimistic approach to problem solving and professional development. Kelly enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, travel and Do-It-Yourself projects.

Megan Babcock

EA Wellness Manager - Northern Ohio

As an EA Wellness Manager, Megan enjoys working with her groups to set health goals and to improve quality of life. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing internal and external wellness challenges and activities, assisting with health assessments, and conducting wellness screenings with her groups. Megan enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and playing volleyball.

Sally Doud

EA Wellness Manager - Southern Ohio

Sally’s passion for health and wellness is about helping to improve the quality of life for others. Her background in corporate wellness and health coaching help her clients achieve their wellness goals. Sally enjoys being active with her two young children. She hopes to pass on her love of fitness, health, and the outdoors to them.

Melanie Appel

Wellness Consultant

Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and her Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Dayton. She has a deep passion for wellness and helping others set and reach goals. When she’s not assisting others to lead a healthier lifestyle, she enjoys taking care of herself and family. Running is where she finds her peace. Her free time is mostly taken up with her kids' activities, watching them compete on the football field, baseball diamond, volleyball court and wrestling mat brings her joy. Most of all she enjoys making memories on vacations or in her back yard with her husband, kids and close friends.

Lauren Calkins

Wellness Consultant

Lauren brings her background in Corporate Wellness and Health Advising to the EA in her role as a Wellness Consultant. She is passionate about helping others set goals to achieve optimal total wellness. When she’s not scripting a to-do list, planning out healthy meals for the week, or chasing around her young daughters: Emma and Ella, Lauren enjoys hiking, landscaping, and traveling.

McKenzie Hirschfeld

Wellness Consultant

McKenzie brings her education from Bowling Green State University, and background of working in the healthcare field to the Wellness Consultant role. Although she is new to wellness, she also has a very competitive drive from her experience working in College Athletics, to bring out the active lifestyle in others. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys being on the lake, running around Metroparks, and going to football games.

Ashley Hudak

Senior Wellness Consultant

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and believes mental health to be an integral part of wellness. Ashley has experience with one on one coaching and counseling, as well as corporate wellness strategies and solutions from her previously held position with Cleveland Clinic Wellness. Ashley is very passionate about practicing what she preaches and spends her spare time cultivating and sustaining her own health and wellness. A few of Ashley’s favorites activities: making smoothies in her Vitamix, anti-inflammatory cooking, reading psychology, walking with her dog Lilly, experiencing nature, and spending as much time as possible with loved ones.

Paige Johnston

Senior Wellness Consultant

In the wellness consultant role, Paige enjoys having a hands-on approach assisting her clients in implementing their organizations health and wellness goals. Paige is responsible for organizing onsite Health Checks, implementing the group’s wellness initiatives, and helping organizations see the benefit of their wellness program. In her spare time Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and all things related to Pittsburgh Steeler Football.

Elissa Larke

Wellness Consultant

Elissa is a graduate from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. She brings her science background and passion for helping others to the role of Wellness Consultant. She is excited to help our members utilize EA Wellness Programming to work towards their wellbeing goals. In her spare time, Elissa can be found attempting new recipes, laughing with friends, or pulling the fur off her clothes from her orange tabby cat, Sunny.

Jessica Pincombe

Wellness Consultant

Jessica has a Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Kent State University and has been in the wellness industry for over 10 years. Her experience ranges from the nutrition department in an assisted living facility, to health coaching, to the corporate wellness world. In her current role as a wellness consultant, she loves helping clients implement a well-rounded wellness program that fits the needs of their employees and culture. Jessica has two children that keep her very busy (but in the best way!), and also loves to spend time with her husband and family, being active, and attempting new recipes.

Desirae Stewart

Wellness Assistant

Desirae works primarily behind the scenes to help with the wellness department's goals and objectives; but that doesn’t take away from her strong passion for customer service and client satisfaction. She is new to the wellness world but brings with her a background in employer sponsored health plans. Self-care and quality of life are important to Desirae and she’s excited to work in a role that promotes the two. When not working she enjoys, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Shannon Vinci

Wellness Consultant

Shannon recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Masters of Science in Health Promotion. Her experience with health and wellness ranges from teaching and coaching individuals to improve and achieve their wellness goal(s) to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for a healthy lifestyle in worksite wellness. She enjoys positively promoting health, giving back to her community by volunteering for Girls on the Run, staying active, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats!

Brandi Williams

Senior Wellness Consultant

Brandi uses her many years of experience in community health programming to create innovative programs and approaches for her clients. She loves helping others find wellness solutions for their individual lifestyles. Brandi is an avid yogi and enjoys singing and playing her guitar, the Cincinnati Reds, and the BGSU Falcons.

EA Board of Directors

Sheri Caldwell, PHD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CEQC

Vice President – Human Resources

North Star BlueScope Steel
2020 - 2023

Jason Abodeely

President and CEO

Sunshine Communities
2021 – 2024

Wes Beham

Audit Partner

Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler, Ltd
2019 – 2022

Alicia DeCant

Vice President of Human Resources

2020 – 2023

Marc Fruth

Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Consumer Services

Sauder Woodworking Co. 2020 – 2023

Andrea Gurcsik, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition

First Solar, Inc.
2021 – 2024

April Hammer

Director of HR

Sun Federal Credit Union
2020 – 2023

Jennifer Kranz, SPHR

Vice President of Operations

Style Crest Enterprises
2020 – 2023

Dennis McMickens

President & CEO (Retired)

Safety Council of Northwest Ohio
2020 - 2023

Kate Murawa

Global Director, Talent Management

2021 – 2024

Randy Rothenbuhler


Lourdes University
2019 – 2022

Jeff Schulte

VP of Human Resources

Genacross Lutheran Services
2019 – 2022

Teresa Scott

Director, Corporate Human Resources

The Andersons, Inc.
2021 – 2024

David Smigelski


Spengler Nathanson, P.L.L.
2021 – 2024

David Stark

Vice President of Human Resources

The Fremont Company
2019 – 2022

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