About Lewis-Smith, in Her Own Words:

Cheryl Lewis-Smith -- Election Photo Cheryl Lewis-Smith is a 30- year seasoned Human Resources Professional with experience in both public and private sector arenas, to include a plethora of experience with Human Resources affiliated associations, boards, and non-profit agencies as a Volunteer.  Hailing from New Castle, Delaware, she currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Cheryl’s IPMA-HR involvement and HR Professional track record throughout the years reflects distinct commitment to the HR profession and yields far reaching service in a multiplicity of areas.   She has extensive Board Governance, Conference Planning, Training & Development, Risk Management, Administrative Services, Employee Engagement, Fiduciary and Project Management experience. 

Having served as State President for TPMA (Tennessee Personnel Management Association), Kentucky’s State CUPA President (College and University Personnel Association), President of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s SHRM Chapter (Society for Human Resources Management), Kentucky State SHRM College and University Chapter’s DirectorKentucky PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) Board of Director-Human Resources ConsultantAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA)  member and local Bowling Green, KY Chapter President for multiple year terms, Regional Director for Kentucky State’s Junior Miss/Distinguishing Young Women Scholarship Program, and Adjunct Higher Education Teaching experience, provides a myriad of solid “Leadership Experience” with “Large Membership Engagement.” She holds two professional Human Resources Certifications (IPMA-SCP & PHR Designations) along with a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication.


  • M.A. Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky - Organizational Communication
  • B.S. Judson College, Marion, Alabama - Psychology & Sociology-Double Major

Professional Work Experience

  • City of La Vergne, La Vergne, Tennessee- Human Resources Director, 2013-2021
  • City of White House, White House, Tennessee- Human Resources Director, 2011-2013
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky- Employment & Training Manager, 2004-2010
  • Commonwealth Health Corporation, Bowling Green, Kentucky-HR Manager/SR Strategist, 1998-2004
  • Household Credit Services, Chesapeake, Virginia-HR Senior Recruiter/Generalist, 1991-1996

IPMA-HR Experience & Awards Recognition

  • IPMA-HR Executive Council Member- Current “Third Year” Member
  • Tennessee Personnel Management Association (TPMA)- Current President
  • IPMA-HR International Training Conference Chairman, 2015- Denver Colorado
  • Tennessee Personnel Management Association (TPMA)- Board Member
  • TPMA Conference Planning/Program Committees-Awards Committee- Scholarship Committee
  • Richard L. Stokes TPMA HR Achievement Award - Agency Recipient (City of White House, TN)
  • Meritorious” IPMA-HR Service” Award Recognition by City of La Vergne, Former Mayor Dennis Waldron
  • IPMA-HR International Conference Session Panelist & Facilitator
  • TPMA State Conference Program Chairman
  • IPMA-HR Leadership Training- 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • IPMA-HR-HR International Annual Training Conferences- Nashville, TN, Las Vegas, NV, Philadelphia, PA, Denver, Colorado, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Miami, FL and Virtual 2020
  • IPMA-HR Southern Region Conference Program Committee participation
  • IPMA-HR International Conference Program Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance/Budget Review Committee, Scholarship Committee, Fellowship Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Mentorship Committee, and multiple IPMA-HR Task Force/Competency Review Committees