Workplace Violence Panel
Very frequently we hear new stories about violence happening in the workplace and often the violence includes the Human Resource office. We’ve often heard presentations on preparing for a workplace violence incidence, but this session will have perspectives from different professions on ways to prevent and prepare. Rick Roderick will be moderating the discussion from his vast experience dealing with employers and difficult situations, and he will be directing the conversation with a law enforcement professional, mental health professional, as well as a Human Resource professional with direct experience in this type of situation. This session will bring a new dimension to the discussion as we think through how to protect our workplaces and our employees.
Richard A. “Rick” Roderick
Director at Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Richard A. “Rick” Roderick is a director in the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. practicing in the areas of labor and employment defense law. He has more than 20 years of human resource management experience, having served in various executive management positions, including executive director of human resources with a large multistate corporation. Rick has extensive experience in labor relations, union negotiations, employment discrimination, unfair labor practices, and wage and hour matters. He also advises management regarding human resource systems, policies and procedures and performs supervisory training. Rick is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association (Past chair of Labor and Employment Law Section) and the American Bar Association. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2009. He received both his B.S. degree in mathematics and M.S. degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
at OK Department of Homeland Security
Jim was a Law Enforcement for 35 years, before retiring as a Captain with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). He worked various road assignments with the OHP and was a member of their Bomb Squad and the Tactical Team. It was as a member of the Tactical Team that Jim was one of the first responders to the Oklahoma City Bombing in April 1995. Jim spent ten years in the OHP’s Special Operations Unit, six as the Troop Commander. He served 26 years as a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Jim now serves as an adjunct instructor for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Southern Nazarene University, and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, MD.
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Executive Director & Founder at Joshua Center
Jarrod Anderson is a licensed therapist at The Joshua Center in Rogers, AR. For the last 8 years, he has worked extensively with mental health issues in marriages, families, communities, and the workplace. His practice focuses primarily on systemic and relational issues within those populations. This work includes his comprehensive exposure to depression, anxiety, psychological issues and interpersonal issues that contribute to mental health. He is a member of ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) as well as the local chapter of Emotionally Focused Therapists (ARCEFT). Jarrod holds a dual license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Arkansas. He received both his B.S. degree in Business Management and his M.S. degree in Community Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University.
HR Director at McKee Foods
Melissa Smith is the Human Resources Manager for McKee Foods Corporation in Gentry, Arkansas. McKee Foods is best known for its line of Little Debbie® snack cakes. Gentry Operations has approximately 1,700 employees. Melissa has worked for McKee Foods for 30 years and has the privilege of leading an incredible staff of 25 which encompasses human resources administration, recruiting, employee relations, training and development, health and wellness, and safety.
A Northwest Arkansas native, Melissa received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in 1987. She is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Melissa is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Melissa has served as a leader in many professional and community organizations in Northwest Arkansas, including the University of Arkansas’ Center for Management & Executive Development Advisory Board, 4-H Youth Development Volunteer Leader and Domestic Violence Council. She also served five 3-year terms on the Associated Industries of Arkansas Board of Directors.