S. Renee Hance - PRB President
I began my HR career in 2006 for the City of Bowie and in 2007 was fortunate to be hired to set-up a HR office for the Bowie Police Department, established in 2006. My supervisor and mentor, Lieutenant Al Johnston, was a major factor in the success of the new office and my education in the minutiae of detail that is involved in HR with public safety. He encouraged me to continue my education in HR and attending meeting of the local IPMA chapter was part of that education.
I am not certain when I first began attending Patuxent River Basin chapter meetings but I remember how exciting it was to learn more detail on HR specific topics. The meeting gave me the opportunity to learn more about my field of work as well as meet other HR professionals from different governmental, state and municipal agencies as well as those from private industry. Patuxent River Basin chapter members come from varied work environments which makes for wonderful support and knowledge base.
My other passion is raising service dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a passion that my daughters introduced me to in 2010. I am currently waiting for my 7th guide pup on program. Although the push in HR is toward strategic partners, I most like the change agent aspect. Like raising a guide dog changes someone’s life, the way we in HR approach and assist others in our agencies, can make a big difference.
I currently work at the University of Maryland as a department HR coordinator. As FY20 PRB-IPMA President, I hope to pay forward all the support and knowledge that Lieutenant Al Johnston and members of the Patuxent River Basin Chapter of IPMA have afforded me.