HR Professionals in Employee Benefits

Page6JWarner-Photo-1Janie Warner, SR HR Advisor

Regions Insurance

Little Rock, AR

Janie Warner is a native Arkansan, having grown up Blytheville, Arkansas.  After college, she met and married her career military husband and they began their world travels.  Eventually, they settled in the Little Rock, Arkansas area as Janie continued her career in Human Resources.

Janie began her HR career as a physician recruiter and has now worked in the field of Executive Management and Human Resources for more than 25 years.  Janie currently serves corporate employee benefits clients as a Senior HR Advisor for Regions Insurance in Little Rock.  As leader of the Regions Client Resource Team that includes four senior-level HR and law-trained professionals, she partners with clients to assist their HR staff in all areas of employee life cycle issues including regulatory compliance, policy development, training and benefits.

Before joining Regions Insurance, Janie served as Vice President for Arkansas Federal Credit Union as well as Chief Administration Officer for ABC Financial Services, Inc.  As a member of the adjunct faculty of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University she taught classes in the areas of HR Management, Organizational Development and Labor Relations.

Janie is also a nationally recognized speaker and member of Carpenter Speakers Bureau (California) presenting to various industry groups across the country in the areas of Volunteer Board Governance, Executive Management, Leadership, Ethics and Human Resources. She is also a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Arkansas.

Ms. Warner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri) and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Janie and her (now retired) husband have two grown children and a brand new granddaughter who is the light of their lives.

Page6Photo2ChrisWoolbrightChris Woolbright, PHR, CEBS

Consultant | Lockard and Williams

Pascagoula, MS

Chris Woolbright is a consultant with Pascagoula, MS based Third Party Administrator and Insurance Brokerage Firm, Lockard and Williams Insurance Services. He specializes in self-insured employee health plans and voluntary employee benefits.

Chris became involved with SHRM in 2008 when he moved to the MS Gulf Coast. In 2009 he volunteered to be the communications chair with the local SHRM chapter, The Gulf Coast Human Resources Association.  In 2010 he was elected as the vice president of the chapter and in 2011 he was elected President of the Gulf Coast Human Resources Association. Chris is currently the Revenue Generation chair for the Mississippi State Council of SHRM and remains very active with his local chapter.

Chris attended Mississippi State University and received a B.S. in Political Science in 2005. Chris received his PHR certification in 2010. He also holds the CEBS, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, designation awarded by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.  In 2013 Chris was recognized as a Fellow with the IFEBP for his ongoing commitment to the employee benefits field.

Page6Photo3LisaSmithLisa K. Smith

Director of Benefits | Human Resources

AutoZone, Memphis, TN

Lisa has 22 years of HR professional experience, with special focus on benefits design, strategy, compliance, merger and acquisition, program management, wellness and administration.  She graduated from Florida State University in April 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in English with an emphasis in Business.  After graduating, she worked as an underwriter for Prudential Insurance Company in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was then that she realized my passion for the health insurance industry.

Some of her major accomplishments include programs aimed at smoking cessation in alliance with the American Cancer Society (ACS), weight loss and healthy babies.  In developing the partnership with ACS, Lisa was invited to be the speaker at the American Cancer Society Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Georgia to speak with others about success with the Quitline Services and incentives around the program they developed.  She is a member of the Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council (GMEBC), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Business Group (RBG) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

In her current role at AutoZone, Lisa has the opportunity to truly make a difference.  It has really allowed her to feel valued and show what she can bring to a company as a partner and Subject Matter Expert (SME).  Lisa says she has truly changed the reputation and service level of the department.  As with her previous director roles, Lisa heads the development and management of the entire benefits platform.