Virtual Panel Discussion: Returning to the Physical Workplace - A Public Sector HR Perspective

Recorded On: 08/11/2021


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Join IPMA-HR for our next virtual panel discussion, “Return to the Physical Workplace – A Public Sector HR Perspective. 

Government agencies are in differing stages of returning to the traditional workplaceHR professionals have been tasked to draft return-to-work policies and plans with a focus on a strategy addressing employee safety, skill development, cultural transformation, and new models of workAccording to a recent study conducted by IPMA-HR, Workforce Recovery:  A Year Later study64% of respondents said their employees are back onsite and 42% reported having a Reentry Plan to return employees to the physical workspace. 

Inspired by a discussion on IPMA-HR's Engage community platform, we will bring together representatives from various sized agencies to share their return-to-work strategy.  Panelists will discuss their agency's transition back and/or their plans to bring back their staff to the traditional workplace. 





Janet Newport (Moderator)

Human Resources Manager

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue


Janet Newport, IPMA-SCP, is currently a Human Resources Manager with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the second-largest fire department in the State of Oregon. Janet has over 20 years of Human Resources management experience with 17 years serving in the public sector in Oregon. Janet has been a member of IPMA-HR and an Oregon Chapter member since 2009. Janet has humbly and proudly served as both president of the Oregon Chapter and the Western Region. 

Shontell Jordan

Training Officer II, Office of Talent Management & Training

State of Tennessee, Department of Finance & Administration


Shontell Jordan is a Nashville, Tennessee Native, who on July 3, 2021, marked 15 years in service to the State of Tennessee, currently working in Talent Management & Training, for the Department of Finance & Administration.


A definite passion for service has directed her education and work toward a consistent emphasis on technology, human relations management, and conflict resolution. Self-identifying as a Human Relations Practitioner, Shontell enjoys partnering with others to help them reach their goals.  Shontell holds an A.A.S in Computer Technology from Nashville State Community College, B.A. in Management and Human Relations, and an M.S. in Management from Trevecca Nazarene University, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Bethel University.  Shontell is an IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) and she is Rule 31 trained and a listed mediator with the TN Supreme Court.


She admits that the most challenging and rewarding job, she’s ever had is being a mom and #1 supporter of her daughter, Shon, and son, Jay, and supporting their dreams.


Philip Kelly

Coastal Program Administrative Officer

New York State Department of State, Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure (OPD &CI)


Philip Kelly is the Coastal Program Administrative Manager at the New York State Department of State, and functions as the administrative officer for the Office of Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure (OPD&CI).  Phil has 20+ years working in various HR leadership positions in New York State.   Phil is a long-term member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and was President (twice!) of the Albany-Capital Region Chapter.  He is the 2012 recipient of the HR Supervisor/Manager of the Year award from the Eastern Region of IPMA-HR.  He is also a Past Chair of the NYS Personnel Council.  Phil holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany (Rockefeller College) and an Advanced Strategic Human Resources Management certificate from Cornell University and the Rockefeller College.  A Senior Certified Professional (SCP), Phil is an Alumnus of the 2008-2009 G.O.E.R. Leadership Classroom and a Fellow of the New York State Academy for Public Administration.

Melissa Knight

Director of Human Resources

Pitkin County, Colorado


Melissa Knight is the Director of Human Resources for Pitkin County located in Aspen, Colorado. As the Director, Melissa oversees all HR and Risk Management functions and her motto for 2021 is "simple and modern". Melissa has had a rewarding career in HR working in mostly generalist capacities and then leading teams in the private sector. She made the jump to the public sector in 2016 and absolutely loves it. She lives in Basalt with her husband and son and they enjoy the amenities of living in the Rocky Mountains on her time off.

Michael Rossman

Chief Human Resources Officer

Hennepin County, Minnesota


Mr. Rossman is Hennepin County’s Chief Human Resources Officer and sits on the executive team for the organization.  He has been with Hennepin County for over 29 years serving in many capacities, most notably in his current Human Resources leadership role as well as the previous administrator for the nationally recognized regional medical examiner’s office owned and operated by Hennepin County.  Through a strong desire to serve the public and the support of managers who looked for potential and understood the value of mentoring, he progressively worked his way up into supervisory and senior leadership positions across the organization.  With this drive for excellence, Mr. Rossman is leading innovative workplace practices at Hennepin County to build a talented, diverse, and sustainable workforce of the future.

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Return to the Physical Workplace - A Public Sector HR Perspective
08/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
08/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Returning to the Physical Workplace - A Public Sector HR Perspective
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