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Mila Cosgrove

Deputy City Manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska

Prior to transitioning to municipal management, Mila Cosgrove worked in the human resources field for 30 years at the executive level for state and local governments in both union and non-union environments. She holds IPMA-SCP and SPHR certifications and is a graduate of the Pacific Program for Catalytic Leadership.

Richard Heil

Founder and President, The Curtis Group

Prior to founding The Curtis Group, Richard (“Dick”) Heil served the state of Pennsylvania as the first director of Human Resources for the Department of Aging, and later the Director of Employee Relations and Development, and Director of Human Resources for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; at the time, one of the largest public organizations in the country with over 23,000 full-time and 2,400 part-time employees. 

Dick has conducted the Developing Competencies for HR Success course on behalf of IPMA-HR for a number of international entities, including the Asian Development Bank, Iraqi Ministries of Interior and Defense, the Kurdish Ministry of the Interior, the Peoples’ Republic of China and the government of Thailand. He also has updated the Developing Competencies course, and was responsible for initially converting this course to an online format. He was the developer of IPMA-HR's Public Sector HR Essentials and the HR Foundations: A Roadmap for Managers courses. He is the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Governmental Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as well as IPMA-SCP certification.

 In recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the Association and to the public human resources profession,” Mr. Heil was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership by IPMA-HR in 2003, and the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award in 2016 “In Honor of Your Lifetime Of Outstanding Contributions Toward The Improvement Of Public Human Resources Management”.

Trish Holliday

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Founding Partner, Holliday | Kenning Inc.

Trish has formed a partnership with Lucinda Kenning to launch a new consulting business, Holliday│Kenning, which provides leaders in the private and public sectors with an organizational playbook that focuses on growing leaders and driving performance. The Holliday│Kenning framework offers organizations and its leaders a Playbook with five distinct approaches (plays) that are critical for a winning workplace that attracts and retains top talent. The five key plays designed for cultural transformation are: Strategic Planning, Succession Readiness, Leadership Development, Organizational Accountability, and Change Navigation.

As the state of Tennessee’s first Chief Learning Officer, Trish was recognized by Governing Magazine as being instrumental in the successful transformation of the state workforce. She drove change through continuous improvement, leadership development and employee learning at the macro and micro levels. Trish designed the LEAD Tennessee program to create a sustainable platform for talent retention in government. She led strategic planning and talent development for state executives in all three branches of government.

As an award-winning leader, Trish was the cover feature in the 2019 March issue of the national Chief Learning Officer Magazine. She was named one of the 2019 Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal. Trish received the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award in honor of a lifetime of outstanding contributions toward the improvement of public human resources management by IPMA-HR. She is an alum of Leadership Middle Tennessee and a Leadership Tennessee graduate, Class IV.

As an adjunct professor, Trish teaches undergraduates to doctoral students in areas like Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Resources Leadership and Management, and Personal Leadership Development. After receiving her Doctorate in Education, she wants to help students at all levels realize the importance of life-long learning.Trish is a speaker at the local, national, and international level.

Mary Rowe

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HR Consultant and Mediator

Mary was the International Public Managers Association – Human Resources (IPMA-HR) President for 2017. She has been active in the IPMA-HR Oregon chapter including serving as chapter Board President on two occasions and also served on the Western Region board. She has been on multiple committees with IPMA-HR. Mary holds the IPMA-HR senior certified professional designation and has taught the IPMA – HR Developing Competencies training both locally and internationally. She is also a certified professional through NPELRA. She is now working in a consulting role after serving in Public Sector HR roles for over 30 years. Most recently she was the HR director for Oregon Metro regional government in Portland Oregon. In addition, Mary is an experienced workplace and special education mediator.

Margaret Schmitt

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Principal, Margaret M Schmitt Consulting

Margaret M. Schmitt has over 30 years of public service, including local government human resources’ leadership and management. She is the former Human Resources Director for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. Margaret maintains an HR consulting and project management practice. She also works with the Berkley Group, a local government consulting firm. She actively supports IPMA-HR, non-profits and public organizations by delivering training, facilitating retreats and employee meetings and assisting with organizational development. Margaret serves as the Western Region representative on the IPMA-HR, VA Chapter Board of Directors. In addition to her professional work, Margaret helps build community through volunteer work and by serving on non-profit boards. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Leo College, a Master’s in Public Administration from George Washington University and SPHR, SHRM-SCP and IPMA-SCP certifications.

Fagan Stackhouse

HR Director for the City of Raleigh

Fagan Stackhouse has worked in the field of public human resources for over 40 years. He’s held local government positions in North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, and South Carolina. As a member of IPMA-HR, Stackhouse served in the capacity of president, president of the IPMA Certification Council, and represented the Association internationally in Canada, China, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Stackhouse has received numerous awards for his service, including the Virginia IPMA-HR Chapter Award for Outstanding Service, IPMA-HR Honorary Lifetime Member award, Edwin L. Swain Award for Distinguished Human Resources Career, and the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award for outstanding contributions toward improvements for public human resources. Stackhouse holds a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sam Wilkins

Human Resources Consultant, and Adjunct lecturer, Columbia College, South Carolina

Sam Wilkins is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law for four years with a private law firm before working with the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General for eight years. Wilkins also worked at the South Carolina State Human Resources Division, serving as director for over 13 years before retiring in 2015. Since then, he has been an adjunct instructor at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he teaches a course about the impact of human resources in the Disaster and Emergency Management Program, and an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, teaching a course in the Master of Human Resources program. Wilkins also serves as an independent consultant concerning human resources issues.