Steve Godwin Attended Florida State University and in 1990 Received a B

Steve Godwin Attended Florida State University and in 1990 Received a B

2006 HR Session

FRS Retirement Plan Update

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from3:15pm-4:30pm

Wednesday, November 15th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will bring participants up-to-date on the Florida Retirement System, which will include:

  • Recent retirement legislation;
  • Updated publications available;
  • Updated information on new retirement workshops being offered; and
  • The roles and responsibilities of the State Board of Administration of Florida and its contractors.


Walter Kelleheris the Director of Educational Services for the State Board of Administration (SBA). Mr. Kelleher is responsible for the statutorily required educational program offered to all Florida Retirement System members. Prior to coming to the SBA, Mr. Kelleher was employed with the Florida Division of Retirement. Mr. Kelleher has a B.S. in Finance from FloridaStateUniversity and is a Fellow of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists. He has obtained the following designations: Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, Certified Retirement Administrator, and Certified Retirement Counselor.

Deferred Compensation Program

SESSION:Wednesday, November 15th from1:00pm-2:30pm

DESCRIPTION: All state employees are eligible to contribute a portion of their salaries to a Deferred Compensation 457 (Plan), a pre-tax supplement to the Florida Retirement System. We will discuss the Plan as a whole and some of the specific allowances of the Plan and use examples to illustrate key points. Participants should understand:

  • The functions of the 457 retirement plan;
  • The choices listed with the State plan; and
  • The monetary distribution options upon retirement.


Matthew Pararohas been with the Deferred Compensation office for six months. In 2002, Mr. Pararo graduated fromFloridaStateUniversity. His previous employment was with the Department of Financial Services for the last two years.

Staffing: Selected Topics

SESSION:Tuesday, November 14th from1:00pm-3:00pm

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will address various aspects of agencies’ staffing models. Discussion will address the subjects of Veterans’ Preference and frequently asked questions, new laws regarding the I-9 employment procedures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and discussion of the upcoming enhancements to the People First Staffing Module to include job applications and job searches. The learning objectives for this workshop are to:

  • Become more aware of personnel policies and issues involving Veterans’ Preference topics that frequently develop;
  • Ensure that your agency is in compliance with the Homeland Security laws regarding the employment process; and
  • Understand the enhancements to the Staffing Module that will be implemented in the People First System.


Susan Campbellis currently a Human Resource Consultant in the Division of Human Resource Management. Susan has a master's degree in psychology from StetsonUniversity. At the Department of Management Services,Susan's work experiencehas involvedtraining supervisorsstatewide inthe areas of selection and performance evaluation,civil service reform, rule development, designing and conducting a training academy in the Division of State Group Insurance for employees and agency insurance coordinators. Currently, she is working on the developmentof human resource policy, drafting new and revised rules and guidelines and providing technical assistance for the Division.

Jan Russo servesas thePeople First Project Lead for the E-Learning, Performance Management, and Staffing Modules. Prior to this, she served as a Training Manager for the Department of Management Services and trained the agency workforce in Customer Service, 360 Appraisal System, andthe Mission Leadership Management Style. Before moving to Tallahassee,Jan received her B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Clemson and taught at the high school level in PinellasCounty's public school system.

Erin Thoresenis currently a Human Resource Consultant for the State HR Policy Research and Development Team and has worked in Division of Human Resource Management for the past 5 years. She is currently working on the development of human resource policy, drafting new and revised rules and guidelines and drafting rule interpretations.

Beyond Leadership:

Approaches to Comprehensive Succession Planning

SESSION:Tuesday, November 14th from10:00am-11:30am

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will examine the growing importance of comprehensive succession management for organizations. It will outline the impact of demographic trends and organizational excellence movements on succession planning. This presentation will also discuss the relationship between strategic planningand succession planning, and the importance of knowledge management in succession planning. Participants will get an understanding of:

  • Approaches to comprehensive human resource succession planning;
  • The competencies of an effective leader; and
  • Challenges you may face in succession planning.


Charlie Sawyeristhe Director of Leadership Development and Organizational Improvement for the Florida Department of Education. He has extensive experience in the areas ofmanagement, training, education, instructional design,and communication.Charlie hasdesigned and delivered trainingto managers and supervisors in 18different State of Florida agencies. He designed and developed the Florida Leadership Succession Training Program.He served for 11 yearson the facultyof the Florida State University Department of Communication (1989-2000). Earlier in his career, he worked in television broadcast production, advertising, and station management. He has a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Instructional Systems, both from FloridaStateUniversity.

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, November 15th from8:00am-10:00am

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will inform participants on such issues as eligibility, serious health conditions including chronic health conditions and job protection requirements.


Susan Maciejewskiis a Wage and Hour Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor. She has been with Wage and Hour since 1989. She works out of the investigative filed office in Tallahassee and is part of the Jacksonville District. Mrs. Maciejewski has been actively involved in both enforcement and educational outreach activities with both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She is familiar with the basic State personnel rules and has assisted several agencies with their FMLA questions on policy and procedure.

Cynthia Hickman is a Wage and Hour Investigator who is assigned to the Tallahassee Field Office. She has been actively involved in the enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act. Mrs. Hickman is well versed in the requirements of those laws.

Workers’ Compensation

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from10:00am-11:30am

Wednesday, November 15th from 1:00pm-2:30pm

DESCRIPTION: Participants will have an understanding of how to report workers’ compensation claims and the information they need to send to Risk Management as well as what information they will be receiving from Risk Management on their injured employees. They will also know where to go for information and who to call when they have questions. Some of the items discussed will be:

  • First Report of Injury;
  • 13 Week Wage Statements;
  • Alternate Duty Return to Work;
  • Weekly Indemnity Reports;
  • Medical Case Management; and
  • The Website.


Lisel Laslieis a Management Review Specialist at the Division of Risk Management, Bureau of State Employee’s Workers’ Compensation Claims. She has 3½ years experience as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Specialist with the Division and 15 years of healthcare management experience, mostly in the reimbursement and training areas. She has a degree from MiamiDadeCollege and has attended FloridaStateUniversity.

Lloyd Harger has been in the workers' compensation field for over 30 years as an adjuster and investigator for TransAmerica and Kemper Insurance Companies, and in state government with the Division of Risk Management. He spent 10 years handling general liability, Federal Civil Rights, and workers' compensation claims. He currently is an Insurance Specialist-III in the Division's Bureau of Employee Assistance, Customer Service Section. He has conducted seminars and workshops throughout Floridaand the United States for employers, claim adjusters, healthcare providers, and in-house Division personnel. He has written articles for various publications as well as Division handbooks and manuals.

Aspire Payroll Overview and

the Future of P.C. Payment System Update

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from3:15pm-4:30pm

Wednesday, November 15th from 10:30 am – 11:30 am

DESCRIPTION: The Aspire payroll update will include some details of the new Aspire salary detail file being created and other payroll related items associated with the new Aspire accounting system. We will also provide an outlook on the future use of the P.C. Payment System.


Cindy Langley is employed with the Department of Financial Services in the Bureau of State Payroll as the primary Aspire payroll leader. Cindy has over 25 years of payroll experience. She is also the Financial Administrator of the Post Audit Section.

Becky Rosieris employed with the Department of Financial Services in the Bureau of State Payroll as the alternate Aspire payroll leader. Becky has over 6 years of payroll systems experience. She is also the Financial Administrator of the Employee Records Section.

Media Relations

SESSION:Wednesday, November 15th from3:00pm-4:30pm

DESCRIPTION: In this session, participants will learn what should always be done and what should never be done when dealing with the media. Questions that will be addressed include:

  • How to stay cool when the media turns up the heat?
  • What should never be done on a slow news day?
  • How to make a million dollars in the stock market?


Dick Kane is the Communications Director for the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). He and his staff provide communications support for the department through the Central Public Information Office in Tallahassee. They are responsible for internal and external communications, Web site administration, graphics support, photography, video and interactive presentations, and ‘big event’ coordination. Prior to joining DOT, he was the Tallahassee Bureau Manager for the CBS Florida Network. He has an extensive background in political reporting and analysis. Throughout his 12-year broadcasting career, he had the opportunity to cover many different events, such as the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco and the execution of serial killer Ted Bundy in 1989.

Meet the PeopleFirstServiceCenter

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday, November 15th from8:00am-10:00am

DESCRIPTION: This session is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the service center functions. It will provide an overview of the transactions processed, and insight to the structure in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. This session will be beneficial to both those who have visited the service center and those who have not. The participants will have a clearer understanding of how the ServiceCenter supports the Human Resource offices as well as the employees in processing their applications, benefits administration, payroll administration, and escalations. We will define:

  • The multiple channels to access the service center;
  • The training of service center personnel;
  • Our quality monitoring process; and
  • How specialists are evaluated.


Bob Mattson is a Senior Manager, Business Management for Convergys Employee Care. He has over 20 years experience in HR, payroll and benefits administration, recruiting, training and counseling fields. He has worked in the Training, Operations and Client Service Departments for Employee Care. Bob has been with Convergys since August of 1996. Bob currently manages the Client Service Team for the State of Florida project. The team is responsible for the tracking and resolution of high level employee escalations, training and user testing of new system functionality, central client contact responsible for coordination with state counterparts for program operations, reporting and data analysis. Bob is a retired United States Navy Command Career Counselor with over 20 years of service.


Shelby Jefferson - Sr. Manager, Payroll Administration

Carol Broome - Sr. Manager, Benefits Administration

Sherri Gilford - Sr. Manager, Benefits Administration

Gary Williams - Sr. Manager, HR Administration

Sharon Newsome - Sr. Manager, Staffing Administration

Teresa Hulshult - Sr. Manager, Staffing Administration

Attendance & Leave

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from 10:00am – 11:30am

Wednesday, November 15th from3:00pm-4:30pm

DESCRIPTION: This is a combined session that will highlight common questions regarding attendance and leave, and provide updates on recent attendance and leave rule interpretations.

Additionally, an overview will be provided of the Time and Attendance and Payroll enhancements that have been implemented in People First over the past year. This session will also include a brief discussion of some upcoming Payroll enhancements that are scheduled to be implemented in the near future. The participant will:

  • Be informed of recent rule interpretations pertaining to attendance and leave;
  • Get clarification on common issues related to attendance and leave; and
  • Be updated on recently implemented and upcoming enhancements to the Time and Payroll modules of the People First system.


Jimmy Cox, CPA, spent 5 years at the Department of Financial Services within the Bureau of State Payrolls working in multiple sections of the Bureau, including the Payroll Processing Subsection, Payroll Processing Post-Audit Subsection, and the taxation section.He spent 11-months at the Justice Administrative Commission as a Program Administrator over the Payroll section prior to coming to DMS to work on the People First project in June of 2005 as the Payroll Functional Team Lead.Jimmy is aCertified Public Accountant with a B.S. Degree in Business Management, with a focus on Accounting from TroyStateUniversity.

Erin Thoresenis currently a Human Resource Consultant for the State HR Policy Research and Development Team and has worked in Division of Human Resource Management for the past 5 years. She is currently working on the development of human resource policy, drafting new and revised rules and guidelines and drafting rule interpretations.

Updates & Tips for Administering

Compensation, Position, and HR Actions

SESSIONS:Tuesday, November 14th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wednesday, November 15thfrom 8:00am - 10:00am

DESCRIPTION: This session will report on up-to-the-moment issues in the areas of compensation, classification, position, and employee maintenance (including Personnel Action Requests --PARs). The first hour will give special focus to select pay and organizational management issues; especially Salary Additives and the new procedures associated with re-org requests packages. The second hour will give special focus to processing position and employee actions, especially the accurate processing of employees from active to retiree status, and the common errors and resolutions associated with improperly executed actions in the People First System. There will also be time allotted for questions and answers. By the end of this Session, those in attendance should have a better understanding of the following:

  • New State requirements associated with the granting of Additives;
  • New State requirements associated with re-organization requests;
  • Proper People First/HR procedures for processing retirements;
  • How “Personal Indicators” are used in People First;
  • Common pitfalls to avoid when creating and/or acting upon PARs; and
  • Errors Report used by the PeopleFirstServiceCenter and how to avoid making the list.


Irene Cabral is currently the State Employment Programs Manager in the Division of Human Resource Management at the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS). Her responsibilities include supervising the statewide classification and compensation system; the EEO/AA technical assistance program for the state; and the state adoptions program, as well as coordinating HR and compensation policies related to states of emergency/disasters. Ms. Cabral has extensive experience in state government having held, in addition to her current employment, positions with the Department of Community Affairs, Executive Office of the Governor and the Agency for Workforce Innovation. She has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from FloridaInternationalUniversity.

Anna Gray is currently the State HR/Organizational Management Functional Lead for the People First System. Her primary responsibility is working with Convergys programmers and operations team members to implement State business requirements for administering employee, position, and organizational data in the People First System. Ms. Gray has extensive experience formulating and implementing HR policies for both state agencies and state universities. In addition to working with the Florida Retirement System and the State Payroll System, she has been a member or lead in many inter-agency project teams, such as those implementing the Retirement Investment Plan, the State University System Devolution, and the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from FloridaStateUniversity and is a past president of the Florida Professional Association for HR (FPA).

Cheri Holliday is currently a member of the State People First Change Management Team, and works directly with agencies in the resolution of system issues and identification of business needs. Because of her extensive experience supporting the People First System implementation, its ongoing training and communication initiatives, as well as its issues and project management activities, Ms. Holliday fills a unique role within the State People First Team. In sum, she supports all the functional areas and assists with system diagnostics as well as strategic planning.

Lorenzo Jenkins (Manager, Convergys) is currently responsible for the People First Production Support groups within the Organizational Management Service Center Operations. He directly supports the People First Tier II operational group focusing on integrated customer issue support and resolution.

Lauren Palombo (Senior Manager, Convergys) is currently the Security Manager for the People First System program; supporting data security and auditing processes. She also provides project management support for new system enhancements and implementations; currently focused on the Aspire Project. In her former role, Lauren was responsible for the HR Organizational Management group within the PeopleFirstServiceCenter and managed the contact center for supporting HR administrators and professionals.