Finance and Operations

Clemson HR professionals recognized for commitment to OneHR 


Twenty-two members of Clemson University’s Office of Human Resources were recently recognized for completing the certificate track of the OneHR training program. The program focuses on development and training for the University’s Human Resources professionals. 

An idea born by the Office of Human Resources (OHR) leadership team in 2021, the OneHR program aims to create an opportunity for all HR team members to gain a greater understanding of the HR fundamentals, while connecting as one team. 

“This program means so much to me,” said Ale Kennedy, associate vice president and chief human resource officer. “As a leadership team, we felt strongly about creating this opportunity for all our HR team members. The vision was to create a program that lays out the fundamentals of HR while creating a more cohesive and connected team.” 

The OneHR program consisted of nearly forty training sessions and engaged every unit of the Office of Human Resources. The program consisted of three training terms, built off of OHR’s core pillars: “Focusing on Function,” “Success through Synergy,” and “Exceeding Expectations.” 

Courses ranged from employment law and open enrollment to conflict management and customer service. 

While all OHR employees were required to complete four core OneHR training courses, more than twenty individuals chose to complete the certificate track. Certificate track participants were required to complete eight additional courses to further their development. These certificate track participants dedicated extra time and resources to fully cement their knowledge of OHR and its centers of excellence. 

“The goal of this program was to strengthen HR so we can continuously provide great service to our customers and development for our own team members,” said Kennedy. “The more we know as a team, the better service we can provide.” 

Four women pose for a photo in a barn venue. The woman in the middle is holding a large card and vase of flowers.
Members of OHR’s Leadership Team pose for a photo with Liz Whaley, Training and Onboarding Manager for OHR. From left: Michelle Cato, Liz Whaley, Ale Kennedy, Vivian Watson-Paul.

Kennedy says Liz Whaley, training and onboarding manager for OHR, took the vision for the program and ran with it – securing presenters, setting up cohorts, and maintaining the certificate program. 

“When I first presented the certificate track opportunity for the OneHR Training Series, I hoped for eight to ten participants. I ended up having 25 HR team members sign up and participate in the certificate track throughout the fiscal year,” said Whaley. “This level of participation communicated to me that this training series was fulfilling a department-wide interest in ongoing training and development opportunities.” 

The OneHR program included 34 individual training sessions, totaling nearly 90 hours of training in fiscal year 2023. 

OHR staff members completed more than 1,700 hours of training designed to help them grow as professionals and improve the customer service experience for Clemson University staff and faculty. 

OHR leadership recognized certificate track participants during OHR’s Summer Celebration in late July. 

The following staff members completed the certificate track of the OneHR program: 

  • Allyson Berbiglia, Communications 
  • Derek Ekaitis, Staff and Faculty Relations 
  • Erin Earl, Staff and Faculty Relations 
  • Elizabeth Berry, Talent Management 
  • Holly Moon, HR Service Center 
  • Jennifer Ray, Staff and Faculty Relations 
  • Joy Boatwright, HR Service Center 
  • Joy Patton, Staff and Faculty Relations 
  • Kristy Snider, HR Service Center 
  • Latoya Daniels, Talent Management 
  • Lisa Holland, HR Service Center 
  • Mallory Mitcham, Compensation and Benefits 
  • Mary-Kate Califf, Talent Management 
  • Megan Clark, Compensation and Benefits 
  • Michael Scott, Talent Management 
  • Pablo Unda, Talent Management 
  • Robyn Williams, HR Service Center 
  • Sierra Holland, Talent Management 
  • Sharon Frye, Talent Management 
  • Stephanie Vitalis, HR Service Center 
  • Sunny Burch, Talent Management 
  • Yasmin Rohr Lopes, Compensation and Benefits