Lynda Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources.
The 2012 recipient is Michele LaPorte, PHR
Facility Labor Relations Manager at the New York Power Authority
Michele A. LaPorte lives in Utica, NY, and has 32 years’ experience in the Human Resources field. She has held various human resources positions at the New York Power Authority of increasing responsibility and is currently the Facility Labor Relations Manager. She is a member of numerous NY Power Authority Committees which include Joint Apprenticeship Committee, 457 Deferred Compensation Committee and the Benefits Cost Containment Committee.
Michele graduated from Binghamton University with an MS in Management Science with a concentration in Human Resources Management and has a BPS degree in Business Management from SUNY IT with a concentration Personnel Management. She earned a Human Resources Management Certificate from Syracuse University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is also a member of both the National SHRM and the local MVSHRM.
Michele was a past Board Member of the Stevens-Swan Humane Society holding the positions of Vice President and Personnel Committee Chair. She has also co-chaired the NY Power Authority’s Utica-area SEFA campaign for over 20 years raising monies in support of local, national, and international agencies.
This year's Keynote Speaker is Sonia Aranza who will be bringing us her presentation, "Self Leadership-Aspire to Inspire."
Award Presentation to be held June 19, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel
2012 Lynda Ford Award Sponsorship Opportunities
Please enjoy photos from the June 19th event below:
Michele LaPorte Acceptance Speach
Speaker, Sonia Aranza
Bobbie O'Brien, Michele LaPorte and Aaron Ford
Sonia Aranza, Speaker Leeann Light, Special Events Chair, Michele LaPorte, Janet Wren, MVSHRM President, Pamela Matt, MV Chamber President
Michele LaPorte with her family
Valley Society for Human Resource Management and
Valley Chamber of Commerce presented Sallie Backius with the 2010 Lynda Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources at the Radisson Hotel, Utica, NY on June 15, 2010:
Sallie A. Backius has over twenty nine years of experience in Human Resources Management. The last twenty years she has been the Vice President of Human Resources at Lutheran Care Charitable Network in
Clinton, NY . Prior positions were at
Hospital . Sallie holds a Masters in Human Resources Management from The New School of Social Research in
New York City and Bachelors in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. She also holds a Certificate in Labor Relations and Labor Negotiations from the Industrial and Labor Relations College of Cornell University. Sallie has been a member of Mohawk Valley Society for Human Resource Management for many years, including past president. She has served on multiple Boards in the past including, Visiting Nurses of
Oneida County, Business Group, ARC of Oneida Lewis County Foundation Board, Lutheran Services of America Council on Human Resource Management. Currently Sallie serves on the Board for the YWCA of the
Valley , N.Y.S. Health Providers Workers Compensation Trust and volunteers at the Stanley Theater and Spring Farm CARES.
Please enjoy photos from the June 15th event below:
From Left to Right: Chris Celia, MVSHRM Special Events Chair, Dana Hobiaca, MVSHRM President, Sallie Backius, Lynda Ford Award Recipient and Frank Elias, President, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce.
From Left to Rigth: Aaron Ford, Bobbi O'Brien, Sallie Backius and Greeley Ford
Sallie Backius and Tom Owens
Speaker: Re'nee Downey Hart
Lynda Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement Committee
Left to Right: Chris Celia, Chair , Leeann Light and Christine Lawrence
Left to Right: Linda Sydney, Sallie Backius and Arlene Donald
2009 Lynda Ford Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jim Armstrong was presented the 2009 Lynda Ford Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources at the MVSHSRM June 16th meeting. MVSHRM would like to congratulate Jim on receiving this award. His contributions and efforts not only to MVSHRM over the years but to the Human Resource Profession certainly embody and reflect the meaning of this award; established in Lynda Ford’s memory. Please see photos from the event below.
Pictured Left to Right: Aaron Ford, James Armstrong,Jr., Eleanor Armsrtorng, Jim Armstrong, Tom Smith, MVSHRM Past President and Christine Lawrence, MVSHRM President.
Pictured Left to Right: Jim Armstrong and Julie Byrne, CABVI HR Assistant.
2008 Lynda Ford Lifetime Achievement Award
MVSHRM is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Whittemore, PHR is the 2008 recipient of the Lynda Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources. Jeff was honored at a luncheon on June 17th. He worked for Herkimer County for over 35 years, retiring in 2007 as Personnel Officer. He has a Master Degree from SUNY Oneonta and BA from Utica College. He is a certified Professional in Human Resources. Jeff currently is Senior Consultant for Public Sector Human Resource Consultants, LLC
Pictured left to right, Tom Smith , President of MVSHRM , Greeley Ford and Jeff Whittemore
2007 Lynda Ford Lifetime Achievement Award
"The “Lifetime Achievement Award”, the first of its kind, was awarded posthumously to Lynda Ford on June 19, 2007, whose contributions to MVSHRM have made an indelible mark on our organization.
Pictured Left to Right: Greeley Ford, Aaron Ford and Bobbi. Lynda Ford's husband, son and sister listed respectively.
About Lynda Ford:
The Lynda Ford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources is given in memory of Lynda who passed away in January of 2007. Lynda Ford, SPHR served as President of the Ford Group, a consulting firm that specialized in human resource and business development with the goal to strengthen organizations through their greatest potential resource…people.
Lynda received her Master’s Degree from The New School for Social Research and her Bachelor’s Degree from Utica College. She earned her SPHR Certification from the HR Institute of the Society for Human Resource Management. During her career in Human Resources she held several key human resource positions with Carl’s Drugs, Stetson Harza and Upstate Cerebral Palsy. She is a graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley. Lynda also taught as an adjunct instructor at the New School For Social Research and at Utica College. Lynda served on the National Human Resource Development Committee, American Society for Training and Development, Friends of the ARC Foundation Board, Rome Family YMCA-CC Board of Directors, Utica Business and Professional Women's Association, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and a United Way panel member.
Lynda served as President of MVSHRM. Under her leadership many new initiatives were implemented. The organization formed a Board of Directors, hired a chapter administrator, created the President-Elect position, held the first Annual Ursula Flagg Award for Human Resource Excellence, started certification study groups, SIGs (Special Interest Groups), donations for the President’s Choice, meeting sponsors and achieved the Chapter Superior Merit status with SHRM.
One of her greatest achievements was as an Author. Her book, Transform Your Workplace, was published by McGraw-Hill in English, Spanish and Chinese, and has helped countless HR professionals and business leaders in building strong, profitable organizations. Her opinion was regularly sought by the Wall Street Journal, CBS and other reputable media groups. She had published articles in National HR Magazines and wrote a regular column for the Observer Dispatch.
As a Human Resource professional, Lynda exemplified the embodiment of the “lifetime Achievement” in Human Resources. She was the ultimate professional, always living up to high ethical standards. She always spoke the truth and often times took the unpopular position on very tough issues. Lynda could be counted on for her leadership. Her greatest joy was to see others recognized. Lynda’s legacy is the perfect example of a lifetime achievement in human resources