The Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (HRM) degree program, housed in Concordia’s College of Business, has brought together civic leaders in the community to help in the continual development of the program’s delivery of HRM educational experiences that are relevant, professional, and thriving. From a progressive and emerging HRM perspective, advisory board members specifically help our university by: 1) providing information and feedback as to what the marketplace is looking for in HRM college graduates, 2) serving as a connection to what is happening in the community, especially as it relates to education and HRM, 3) offering insights about the HRM program’s student learning outcomes, and 4) representing Concordia University Texas, its College of Business, and the HRM program within the region.
The present Advisory Board consists of the following members:
Diontha Fancher, M.S.H.R. is a Sr. Human Resources Generalist for the East Sales Division at St. Jude Medical, a medical device company. During her career she has cultivated strong relationships with internal customers and corporate leadership to translate business strategies into HR priorities.
Diontha has over 10 years professional experience in the financial services, high tech and pharmaceutical sales industries. She is Past President 2010 of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), her local SHRM affiliate chapter, and has served on the HR Board for the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
Diontha is active in her community. She currently is on the board of Rise Dance Company and has served on the Texas Diversity Council Central Texas Advisory Board.
Diontha is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received a M.S. in Healthcare Human Resources from Texas State University. She is also a graduate of AHRMA’S leadership academy, Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership.
Robert Franco is the Senior Vice President, Texas Capital Bank, Commercial Banking Group. From March 2012 to Present, he is also Relationship Manager at Texas Capital Bank, working with clients within the 5 million to 500 million revenue space. From 2000 to 2008 he taught at Concordia University as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management with a primary focus on Strategic Planning and Principles of Management.
He received his MBA from Southwest Texas State University, and a BBA in Management from Pan American University.
He is actively involved in his community. Since September 2012 he serves as a Governor Appointed Member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. From 2011 to 2012 he was on the Greater Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, as a Member of the Austin Economic Development Council. From 2004 to 2010, Robert was part of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber, on the Board of Directors in various capacities from Treasurer to Chairman to Executive Committee
Rick Fuelling is a mature, seasoned high energy manager, individual contributor and entrepreneur with experience directing HR activities for numerous Fortune 100 firms spanning high technology, automotive, energy and consumer products. He has managed HR departments in large, small, domestic, international, centralized or decentralized environments bringing expert business and HR knowledge to the table. Rick is highly skilled at working with and supporting C-level executives, sought out for his consulting, listening and problem solving skills.
Rick served in a key management role with Dell for nearly 8 years as a Director of HR before successfully transitioning to an entrepreneur by starting up his own consulting practice specializing in small to mid-sized firms. Coinciding with this, Rick owned and operated a for-profit exotic game ranch in the Hill Country. His love of the outdoors and business acumen skills contributed to the financially successful year to year operation of Tres Milagros. To satisfy his entrepreneurial appetite, he has developed an iPhone application called Coaching Assistant currently in the Apple store.
Known for his leadership, mentoring and subject matter expertise Rick was regularly asked to direct the HR activities for underperforming HR departments. By teaching them the value and skill of business partnership while developing their own knowledge base, he enhanced the value of the HR function by developing skilled bench strength for the HR department. His mentoring and coaching skills facilitated the transfer or promotion of numerous subordinates throughout his career and he was regularly asked to engage in formal and informal mentoring relationships.
As a highly intelligent quick study, Rick is able to quickly understand business problems and apply creative, cost effective solutions. Comfortable in the internal consultant role, he has supported CIO’s, CFO’s, CAO’s and Operations executives with timely and effective organizational effectiveness solutions.
At Dell he led numerous organizational change efforts in Manufacturing, Information Technology and Product Development saving millions of dollars while increasing efficiency and effectiveness. While at AMD, he led the integration of newly purchased ATI in the Finance, Information Technology, Legal and Corporate Services groups, saving millions in competing technologies and people.
Rick has the benefit of over 12 years of experience in labor relations while at Ford, ARCO and Kraft, honing his negotiation and persuasion skills with day to day dealings with the United Auto Workers, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers and the Teamsters. This background has helped him understand and appreciate the need for strong employee relations programs and policies in non-union environments.
Brian Greig heads the labor and employment practice of the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. where he is a senior partner and is resident in its Austin office. After graduation from Washington & Lee University and the University of Texas School of Law, he clerked for the Hon. Joe J. Fisher, United States Chief District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas at a time when unions dominated the Golden Triangle area of the upper Texas Gulf Coast.
Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Employment Law Handbook and a Contributing Editor to the ABA treatise on the National Labor Relations Act, the Developing Labor Law, his practice has dealt with unions, union organizing, and unfair labor practice cases for over thirty years. Mr. Greig has also dealt with issues of protected concerted activity and other implications of the NLRA in the unorganized workforce, including the important Fifth Circuit case of National Labor Relations Board v. Motorola, Inc. He also handles all types of cases dealing with employment issues, from employment discrimination to Fair Labor Standards Act matters to trade secret and non-compete matters.
Mr. Greig is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, recognized in Best Lawyers in America for over a decade, and listed as a top tier practitioner in his field in Chambers USA. He was named 2008 BTI Client Service Allstar, a group of less than 200 lawyers nationwide. Mr. Greig was also selected as one of America’s top 50 employment lawyers by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon. In 2007 Mr. Greig was named as a Top Notch Lawyer in labor and employment law in the Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide and one of the Top 10 lawyers in Texas in 2008 by Texas Monthly magazine.
Linda S. Hackleman, PHR, has over 20 years experience in human resources management, first at a for profit company whose primary revenue was generated through government contracts, and for the past 22 years she has worked at a not-for-profit company, currently as a Human Resources Manager and previously as Assistant Controller.
Linda has an in-depth knowledge of performance metrics, strategic planning, compensation and benefits, coordination of performance results and pay at risk plans, and accounting and finance. She holds Professional Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resources Management. She has experience in developing human capital strategies to reinforce corporate culture, developing and delivering strategic training concepts to address ever changing corporate dynamics, and directs and conducts compensation and benefits analysis and studies market trends to ensure competitive structure.
In addition to full time employment at Texas Guaranteed she is an adjunct professor at Concordia University, teaching various business and human resources related courses, she also serves on the board of Redeemer Lutheran School, and volunteers as a mentor for high school students in the Round Rock Independent School District. Linda received her Masters of Business Administration and her Bachelors with a major in Accounting from St. Edward’s University.
Sherry Johnson, PHR is Field Services Director in the Southwest Central Region for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is based in Round Rock, Texas – in the Austin area. She supports the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Sherry serves as SHRM’s staff liaison to the Government Affairs Core Leadership Area and the Large Chapter Presidents Group; and, she is a member of the SHRM Speaker’s Bureau.
Sherry has worked in the HR profession for over 10 years with industry experience in not-for-profit community organizations, public education, and entrepreneurial experience as owner of a small business. Prior to joining SHRM as a staff member, she served as a volunteer leader for her local SHRM affiliated chapter and the Texas State Council.
Sherry is an active community volunteer. She has served on her local district school board of trustees; she participated on a legislative advocacy group, working with state legislators to address educational issues affecting public school districts in Texas; and, for several years she served as the volunteer coordinator for the regional Special Olympics track meet.
Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix; and, she received her Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute. She is a graduate of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Leadership Program, earning Master Trustee designation.
Ed Scharlau retired in 1999 from 3M Corporation after a 35-year business career in Finance and Human Resource Management. Throughout his life Mr. Scharlau has received many awards and recognitions, such as the Outstanding Minnesota Jaycee, Outstanding Young Citizen of St. Paul, Minnesota, Alumni Citation Recipient -- Wartburg College, the Good Neighbor Award by Twin City Radio Station WCCO, commendation from the Governor of Minnesota for Humanitarian Efforts, and the 3M Community Volunteer Award.
During 20 years of residence in Minnesota, he served on boards for professional, youth, chemical dependency, prison, church and presented to organizations across the nation on Employee Assistance. Currently, Mr. Scharlau serves as a trustee of the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest (also immediate past Chair), the Vice Chair of The Foundation for Religious Studies in Texas, a member of Southwestern Texas Synod ELCA – Leadership Support Committee, and the Treasurer of Water to Thrive, which funds freshwater wells in Ethiopia.
Reflecting upon his life's work, Mr. Scharlau often cites the Jaycees’ creed: “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” His personal and professional journey is a practical demonstration of the creed, where service has been both his vocation in retirement and avocation while working.