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 NASPE 2019 Awards Winners

Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Leadership Award
Tom Stephens, Secretary, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Program Award
Government Leadership Black Belt Program, Tennessee Department of Human Resources
Advancing the HR Profession Award
EEO Diversity & Inclusion Conference, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
Eva N. Santos Communications Award
Every Day for Every Citizen Pop Up Video, Louisiana Department of State Civil Service
Eva N. Santos Communications Award of Merit
Connecting People to Purpose, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet
Visit the NASPEs Hall of Fame for links to all 2019 Nominations as well as previous year nominations.





Rebecca Hunter CPA, SPHR
Former Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Human Resources

Journey to Human Resources

Growing up as a “preacher’s kid” and number six of fourteen children, I had no way of knowing that both of these factors would ultimately serve as the foundation for my career. Living in the fishbowl with so many siblings prepared me not only for a career in public service where transparency is critical to success, but also to lead a team, as I was always the cheerleader and peacemaker for my siblings.

My first job out of college with an Accounting Degree was as a payroll clerk for the City of Chattanooga. Although this role didn’t require a degree, I learned everything I could about payroll processes and began building my customer service foundation, since payroll touches everyone in the organization.


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