Volunteers


Michelle Crocker is the HR Manager at Micro Systems, Inc. – a Kratos Company. She has served in volunteer leadership positions for the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter, HR Florida State Council, and has served as a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 1998.

LaVonne Vasquez is the Transition Manager at the Hurlburt Field Airman & Family Readiness Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management both from Troy University. She is an active member of the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter holding various board positions throughout the years and has been a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 1993.

Andrea Rymer is an Administrative & Student Support Specialist at the University of West Florida’s Fort Walton Beach campus. She volunteers her time in the local community which includes serving on the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2004.

Michele Burns started her new career at CareerSource Okaloosa Walton as Executive Director in April of 2017. She previously was in staffing in the Okaloosa –Walton area for over 28 years. Michele is a native of Okaloosa County and holds a Marketing Degree from the University of West Florida. Michele has been active in many community events and organizations. She currently is the Facilities Director for the HR Florida State Board, Diversity Chair for the Emerald Coast Chapter of Society of Human Resources, Vice President of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Elks Lodge 1795, Early Learning Coalition, Northwest Florida Manufacturing, Opportunity Florida, Co-Chair of Northwest Florida Forward Talent Committee and member of the Panhandle Job Fair.

Eleanor Hypes is the Human Resource Director for Halifax Media Group newspapers located along the Northwest Florida panhandle. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management, Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She has served as a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2014.

Terry Cowan is a Local Veterans Employment Representative for CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, serving as a workforce development professional since 2009. He holds a BAS in Project Management and is a 26 year veteran of the United States Army. He has served as a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2014.

Patrick Arendell is a Local Veterans Employment Representative for CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, serving as a workforce development professional since 2015. He holds a BAS in Management and Supervision – Human Resources Management from Northwest Florida State College and is a 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation in 2016.

Al Smith SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Deputy Director of the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority. He is a senior executive who has held numerous positions in the Human Resources field, including Corporate Vice President for Human Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Management and a Master of Arts Degree with a dual major in Human Relations and Management. He has served in several volunteer leadership positions for the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter and the HR Florida State Council. He joined the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation in 2016.

Thomas Tucker is a Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the Okaloosa Vet Center, serving the local veteran community since 2012. He holds a Master of Divinity, and BS in Workforce Education and Development. He is a 20 year veteran of the United States Air Force and has served as a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2016.