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Topic: ALICE (Assest Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

Speaker: Honorable Thomas D. Epksy, CEO of United Way of St. Lucie & Okeechobee

Date: July 17, 2024

Time: 10am-11:30am

Location: IRSC Pruitt Campus

About The Honorable Thomas Epsky

Thom was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in March 2023 as a Commissioner for the Florida Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission for the term ending June 2027. As Commissioner, Thom is an appellate administrative law judge adjudicating reemployment assistance cases involving Title VII discrimination, harassment, Fair Labor Standards Act, and workplace employee and labor relation issues appealed to the Commission. He previously served five terms on the Commission (2001-2021). Thom is a seasoned Human Resource professional who demonstrates strong leadership skills with a focus on driving results through communication and execution of HR practices; developing an engaged, productive, and accountable workforce; and building successful partnerships within an organization. He has held many senior Human Resource leadership roles, including Director of Human Resources and Risk Management St. Lucie County, Florida, Vice President of Human Resources for Sasso Development Corporation, and Managing Partner/Principal Consultant in a business solutions consulting firm. He began his career in Human Resources as a training manager in Macy’s Department Store and was a personnel representative at Stony Brook University. A longtime volunteer and advocate as a board member led to his appointment as President & CEO of United Way of St. Lucie and Okeechobee, Florida. Under his leadership, when at St. Lucie County and now at United Way, both organizations were recognized as Best Places to Work employers. Thom earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in child-care and family studies as well as a master’s degree in human resource development and administration. He is a graduate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) High Performance Leadership Academy. He holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource certifications as well as the IPMA-SCP certification from the Public Sector HR Association. He has received the Professional of the Year award for his work in Human Resources and in the community by three Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapters. Thom is a past president of the Martin County, Florida, Human Resource Management Association and served as an executive officer on the HR Florida State Council. He has served as chairman of the Florida State Health and Human Services Board, chairman of the City of Port St. Lucie Code Enforcement Board, chair of the United Way of Florida Board of Governors, and president of his local American Heart Association community board of directors. A sought-after presenter at professional trade and business conferences, meeting speaker, author, and radio and television guest, Thom is an adjunct faculty member at Indian River State College and has lectured at the College of the Bahamas.


Light refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact Tatum.Kelley@uwslo.org or at 772.464.5300

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