Michelle Crocker is the HR Manager at First Nation Group. 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.
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.
Al Smith SPHR, SHRM-SCP, retired as 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.
Mary Travis is the Center Coordinator for CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, serving as a workforce development professional since 2017. She is an active member of the SHRM Emerald Coast Chapter. She has served as a volunteer for the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2018.
Gabriela Leysath is the Employment Program Manager for the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB). Gabriela’s main role is to support service members, military spouses and dependents, retired members, and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians with achieving short and long-term employment, education/training, and career goals. Prior to the A&FRC, Gabriela worked for CareerSource Okaloosa Walton for 8 years as the Business Services Program Manager to connect businesses with the talent they need to compete and grow. Gabriela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University. Gabriela is a certified Workforce and Business Engagement professional possessing the knowledge and skills to successfully engage Businesses and industry partners in sector strategies to create career pathways and work-based training. It is Gabriela’s passion to work in a diverse culture with challenging differences of opinion.