2017 Executive Leadership
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Barbara Bell-Dees, SHRM-SCP, PHR • NASCO • EVP Signature Initiatives

Barbara Bell-Dees is the Vice President of Human Resources & People Services at NASCO. Barbara is charged with formulating the company's strategy for ongoing integrated talent management. She is focusing on developing NASCO's major competitive differentiator - its people.  She has over thirty years of experience in HR management and administration.  Barbara has been with NASCO for nine years and has overseen the company's exponential growth from 239 to 700 associates.  She attended DeKalb Community College in Clarkston, GA and has earned her PHR as well as her SHRM-CP designations. Barbara has chaired the When Work Works initiative for SHRM-Atlanta for the past 2 years.  Through her efforts and dedication, NASCO was named as a local winner of the When Work Works award recognizing exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success in both 2014 and 2016. For 2017, Barbara will further enhance her contribution to the chapter leading our Signature Initiative efforts that promote thought leadership, recognition for excellence in HR, and strengthen the perception of the HR profession in the business community

Jose De La Cruz, SHRM-SCP, SPHR • Travelers • EVP Member Relations

Jose De La Cruz is an award-winning human resources executive with over 30 years of experience in human capital management solutions, organizational effectiveness strategies, cross-cultural enrichment, and diversity management programs. He and his HR teams received business excellence awards for execution, innovation, and service delivery, including Pegasus HR Excellence Award from SHRM-Atlanta; Diversity Leadership Award from TAG: HR/Diversity Society; HR Impact Award; SHAPE Excellence in HR Award from SHRM-Atlanta; Georgia Oglethorpe Excellence Award; and RAVE Team Award. Jose currently holds several volunteer leadership roles with SHRM-Atlanta, is an Adjunct Faculty at Georgia State U. & Saint Leo U., and serves as a Director on the INROADS Southeast Board of Directors. As an author, Jose has been published by SHRM and its local chapters and Commerce Clearing House. Jose earned his Juris Doctor Degree from The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL) and B.S. Degree in Labor Relations from Purdue University.


Karen Hilton, CPC, ELI-MP, SHRM-SCP • T.A.P. Executive Coaching • EVP Leadership Team

Karen R. Hilton, the founder of T.A.P. Executive Coaching, is a certified professional coach, experienced business leader, speaker and HR consultant.  Prior to her current role, Karen held management and leadership positions with some of the world's best companies, in technology, media, automotive, finance and retail environments. Karen holds a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology/Cultural Diversity. Karen, a long time contributor to SHRM-Atlanta will be leading a new effort for us centered upon our Volunteer Leadership Team. In this role, Karen will lead our focus on developing the volunteer leadership team structure (from entry level volunteer roles to the initiative chairs to the chapter presidency), succession planning defining volunteer "career" paths and help us offer greater professional development initiatives specifically for volunteers.  


 Dwight Thompson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR • AT&T HR Services and Solutions • EVP Professional Development

Dwight has over 35 years' experience in the HR Profession. His breadth of knowledge encompasses Employee Relations, Training & Development, EEO, Compensation, Benefits, and more. In his current role, Dwight directs a team of Employee Relations Managers for AT&T HR Services and Solutions supporting nearly 22,000 of the AT&T Mobility employees. Dwight has his undergraduate degree from Boston College and graduate degrees from University of Georgia and University of Toledo. Having been a key player in SHRM-Atlanta's Geographical Emphasis Meetings (GEMs), Dwight will be growing within the chapter and assuming the role of EVP, Professional Development (formerly Programming). This area defines and delivers overall professionals development that serves our members' needs.



Lisa Hughes, M.S., GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP • Nobis Works • EVP Community Partnerships

Lisa Hughes, M.S., GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP • Nobis Works • EVP Community Partnerships

Lisa Hughes, M.S., GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP • Nobis Works • President

Lisa Goodman Hughes, vice president of human resources, joined Nobis Works, Inc. in March 2014. Serving businesses throughout Metro Atlanta and 16 states, Nobis Works helps individuals with disabilities enter or return to employment, and to enjoy productive and independent lifestyles while contributing to the greater business community. Lisa is a progressive, senior-level HR professional with 20 years comprehensive HR experience, including organizational design and effectiveness, talent acquisition and management, cultural modification efforts, M&A assimilation, location start-up/closure, compensation and benefits, employee relations, recruitment, legal compliance, payroll, and other related areas. Lisa received her B.S. in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology with certificates in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Economics. She received her M.S. in Personnel and Employment Relations from Georgia State University. She obtained PHR designation in 1996; SPHR designation in 2003 and GPHR in 2005. Lisa is an Instructor in the College of Professional & Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University teaching in the Human Resource Certification program.