Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

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    Ren'ee Mangini

    Human Resources Program Coordinator, Adviser, and Lead Instructor
    (425) 739-8775

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    Ren'ee Mangini

    Ren’ee Mangini has worked in and human resources for over 30 years and is currently consulting, speaking, and instructing in all functional areas of HR and organizational development. She is the Principle of HR Management & Organizational Development. Her services offer practical solutions for business effectiveness. She is recognized for excellence in design and facilitation of training and speaking on various topics using an efficient, interactive, informative, fun, and user-friendly strategy. She is known for building and leading award-winning initiatives and teams. Renée’s HR internal roles include Director of HR & Payroll, Corporate Director of HR, Director of HR, Generalist, HR Consultant, and Business Partner. Her extensive experience includes most industries, union and non-union environments, public-sector, private, and nonprofit organizations.

    Ren’ee has been certified and instructing in adult training programs for over 25 years. She develops programs, curriculum, and instructs in all functional areas of HR. Ren’ee is the HR Program Department Chair, SHRM Student Chapter advisor, and lead instructor for the HR program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). She manages the HRCI Pre-approved Provider Certification program since 2011 & SHRM-CP&SCP Provider Certification program since 2014 for LWTech. Ren’ee has aligned the curriculum at LWTech to cover the SHRM knowledge block with practical knowledge HR professionals need in work and to study for their certification exams today. Ren’ee converted the LWTech HR Program to a hybrid model that uses case studies and discussions to add flexibility for student’s busy lives. Ren’ee also develops and instructs at Bellevue College Continuing Education Program (online and in person), at Seattle Central Community College, NHRMA and SHRM conferences.

    Ren’ee has her Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resource (GPHR) designations through the HRCI. She is a Senior Certified Professional though SHRM (SHRM-SCP). Ren’ee has a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in HR Management, Organizational Behavior, and Development and a minor in Business and Professional Communication from CWU. She has done advanced studies in online and classroom instruction from the Slone Institute and developing and instructing online for 10 years.

    HR Volunteer Roles

    SHRM Student Advisor, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) 2009-Present (SHRM Superior Merit winner 2009-2016 years and Outstanding Student Chapter 2017)
    Member of the HR Executive Form by HRNow (11yrs-current)
    NHRMA: Past-President & Professional Dir. 2013, President in 2012, VP, Provisional Development Dir. (2yrs)
    Current Student LWTech SHRM Student Chapter advisor (Superior Merit & Outstanding Chapter Award winner)
    SHRM WA State Council: College Relations Dir. 3.5 yrs
    Numerous nominations for SHRM Advisor of the Year & LWTech Instructor of Excellence
    SHRM’s Assurance of Learning Assessment item writer
    LWHRA: Dir. Mentorship, Director E-Networks, Dir. Legislative Affairs
    Puget Sound Hotel HR Association: President, VP

    Awards and Inclusion

    Faculty Advisor Robert W. Denomy Award for Student Leadership in HR Management 2016
    NHRMA-SHRM Distinguished Member 2013
    2010 Sharon Koss Volunteer award, LWHRA-SHRM
    SHRM Pinnacle 2006, Directed E-networks, LWHRA-SHRM
    Who’s Who Professionals
    Corporate Role Model, Red Lion Hotels & Inns Corp
    Revenue Pacesetter, Red Lion Hotels & Inns Corp

     

Part-Time Faculty

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    Tom Griffith

    Part-Time Faculty

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    Tom Griffith

    A Chicago native, Tom graduated with a B.S. from Florida International University. He has worked extensively in hospitality, education and human resources management with the following firms: The Morton Group, Hyatt Hotels, T.A Davis & Associates, Restaurants Unlimited, Inc., Tommy Bahama, City University of Seattle, and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). He currently serves as Co-Chair of SPU’s Diversity Team and as a Strategic Advisor.

    Tom has taught in the HR certificate program at the University of Washington and currently teaches HR Management at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Tom is certified, for life, by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Additionally, Tom holds the designation of Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resource Management.

    Tom has actively participated as a volunteer leader with the following organizations: Employment Management Association (now the Staffing Talent Acquisition Collaborative), Site Councils for Einstein Middle School, Highland Terrace Elementary School and Shorewood High School, and as President/Treasurer of his homeowners association.

    Tom is married to Keri and has two sons; Taylor, 30, and Max, 21. When Tom is not busy helping to create a highly engaged and productive workplace culture, you’ll find him in the water as he’s an avid scuba diver – regularly diving in the Puget Sound and serving as a volunteer diver with the Seattle Aquarium.

     
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    Laura Southard

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    Laura Southard
    City of Seattle, Deputy Director of HR Service Delivery

    Laura Southard has been an instructor in the Lake Washington Technical College HR Certification Program since 2012, teaching both the Employee/ Labor Relations and Staffing courses. After working in both the non-profit sector and in the Labor movement, Laura’s professional path in HR took her to the City of Seattle in 2006 when she joined Seattle Public Utilities as the Training and Development Manager. Laura became the HR Director for SPU in 2009, leading a team of 23 HR professionals serving over 1400 employees.

    In 2015 Laura joined the Seattle Department of Human Resources to co-lead the design team for a Citywide Performance Management program and to head up the Recruiting and Employment Division. Most recently Laura became the Deputy Director for HR Service Delivery, focusing on the implementation of a consolidated HR structure built on the HR business partner model.

    Laura received in Master’s degree in Human Resources management in 2010, and is certified as a Senior Professional.