Board of Directors
Katie Engle is a Director of HR, Gallup Strengths coach, and volleyball fanatic. Her love of people drew her to study Hospitality Business at Michigan State University and eventually led her to KSS Enterprises (and Enterprise companies) where she held the role of Director of Development and Talent for over eight years until her recent transition to becoming the Director of HR. Katie is known to be a passionate and hard worker. She is a firm believer in the power of a strong culture and loves to be a part of building that.
Katie enjoys the energy of city life and gets downtown as much as possible to grab dinner with friends, browse the farmer's market, or sip a latte from one of our local coffee shops. Just like any born and raised Michigander, she enjoys spending time with family and friends on the fresh coasts of Michigan lakes, especially Gull Lake and Silver Lake.
Jennifer Smith is a Senior Recruiter & HR Specialist at Consumers Credit Union. Jennifer provides leadership for a comprehensive set of internal HR functions including employment branding, employee relations, and her passion is centered around helping Consumers win with top talent. She holds a Bachelor’s in Management & Marketing from Western Michigan University and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Jennifer currently serves on the KHRMA Committee Board as the Day of Development Co-Chair, KHRMA Social Media Chair and is a member of the Region 8 Veteran Community Action Team (VCAT) Leadership Committee. You can also find Jennifer teaching Pilates Barre classes at Kalamazoo Barre Studio.
Lindsay Cekola, SHRM-CP
Lindsay Cekola, SHRM-CP is the Senior HR Business Partner for Imperial Beverage. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from WMU and has been in HR for 10 years with experience in several areas including training and development, recruiting, compensation, benefits and management. Lindsay currently serves as the KHRMA Student Liaison where she enjoys working with local HR students to prepare them for entering the workforce and becoming part of the Kalamazoo HR community. Her favorite part of HR is watching employees and managers grow professionally, but she also likes planning events and a good spreadsheet! In her free time, you’ll find Lindsay discovering favorite dishes from local restaurants, cooking, tracking hummingbirds or planning her next vacation!
Lori Fraker, SHRM-CP
Lori Fraker, MBA, SHRM-CP is the Talent Acquisition Specialist at Arbor FCU with nine years of experience in the HR and management fields. Lori specializes in recruiting and talent management, as well as strategic planning within the recruiting arena. Additionally, Lori has experience with HR generalist duties which includes employee relations, benefits, payroll, and training. She is currently serving as Secretary for KHRMA and enjoys networking/relationship building that KHRMA provides. Lori is an Ohio native, relocating to Michigan almost 16 years ago, appreciates Michigan’s seasons, and loves being outdoors. She resides with Dan, and their brood of two rescue dogs, a cat, and turtle.
Jaclyn Schmidt, CPA is a Partner at BKC, with 11 years of public accounting experience. Jaclyn specializes in the audits of employee benefit plans and provides audit, review, compilation and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, environmental remediation and the service industry. Jaclyn graduated from WMU with her BBA in 2007 and MSA in 2008. She spent her first 7 years in public accounting in the Kalamazoo offices of BDO USA, LLP and has worked with the benefits accounting team of a public traded company. Jaclyn is currently serving as the KHRMA Treasurer and serves as the Vice Chair of Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services.
Monica Lloyd is a Leadership Consultant with ADVISA where she leverages her background in organizational development and leadership to take a stakeholder-centered approach to help companies assess their leadership climate and design data-driven people strategies to support winning cultures, inspire employee engagement and deliver exceptional business results. She pairs her degrees in Communications and Human Resources Management with over 10 years HR experience to lead the amazing KHRMA group. Monica believes the best leaders are deeply connected to the human experience and leadership is less about "right" or "wrong", and most about the "why." As a Kalamazoo native, she has a deep passion for challenging others to expand their perspectives and understanding of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and socioeconomic statuses. She has served as the Diversity Chair, Vice President and most recently President- Elect. Monica’s love for unpacking “people problems” fuels her work and drives meaningful partnerships throughout the community.