Effective October 1, 2018, the Human Resources department, part of the Internal Operations division of the State Office of Risk Management, has been re-designated as the Talent Management department. The department is being expanded to coordinate multiple functions, including but not limited to internal human resources operations, onboarding and retention, performance assessment, training and development support, and the development of a cooperative statewide return-to-work initiative in conjunction with both internal and external enterprise operations.
The director of the expanded department is Ms. Linda Griffin. “I enjoy identifying talent within the agency, and facilitating their opportunities to explore career paths,” said Ms. Griffin. “We have several people, including myself, who have worked in a number of positions at SORM to find their professional calling. Now it is time to build on that experience and find ways to use our tools to further benefit our statutory missions.”
To further support the initiative, executive management has selected Ms. Michelle Hammett, formerly of the Communications and Development department within the Strategic Programs division, to serve as in a new role as Talent Manager, reporting to Ms. Griffin. As the new Talent Manager, Ms. Hammett will be responsible for day-to-day operations of human resources, performance management of staff, employee engagement, leadership training, and the developing return-to-work program.
“Talent management and employee development are instrumental with building and maintaining a solid team foundation, as well as return-to-work for all of our constituencies,” said Ms. Hammett. “I am excited to be a part of this important role in our agency and in the state.”
“I have the highest degree of confidence in both Ms. Griffin and Ms. Hammett to implement this new comprehensive initiative,” said Stephen Vollbrecht, Executive Director. “This resourcing determination was made after carefully considering the proposal options, our missions, and our lessons. I cannot think of better advisors than Linda and Michelle to trust in achieving these ambitious goals.”
Ms. Griffin began her career with SORM in 1999, and has served as the Officer Manager and Special Leave Coordinator until 2013. She was promoted to the Director of Human Resources in 2013. Ms. Griffin completed the Human Resources Certification Program and several Employment Law training at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas. She has over 17 years of Human Resources experience.
Ms. Hammett began her career with the state in 2010, and has served as SORM’s Training Coordinator and Internal Trainer since 2012. Prior to her public service, she worked in the private sector for 13 years at H-E-B Grocery in the Pharmacy and Quality Assurance Divisions. Ms. Hammett has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering from Palo Alto College-San Antonio. Michelle is an All-Lines licensed claims adjuster and is a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner.