2019 HR Award Winners


2019 HR Professional of the Year: Kelly Mendez-Scheib



Kelly Mendez-Scheib graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Science, Industrial Relations and Human Resources, as well as a Bachelor of Science, Labor Studies and Industrial Relations from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. She serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at Tindall Corporation which includes overseeing workforce planning, and employment, compensation and benefits administration, development and training, employee relations and more. Kelly has performed numerous duties within Human Resources, and brings with her a host of professional certifications, including the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) awarded by the HR Certification Institute, Senior Certified Professional certification awarded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC).  In her spare time, Kelly also enjoys volunteering in the local community, teaching as adjunct faculty at local universities, serving as a foster mother, and spending time with her family and five children.


2019 HR Rising Star: Ricaye Harris



Ricaye Harris joined Milliken & Company in 2005 and is currently the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. She began her career as a Process Improvement Specialist at Milliken’s Gayley Manufacturing Plant. Following that role, she held various roles within Milliken’s Manufacturing and Corporate HR team, ranging from HR Employment Manager, Change Management Coordinator, HR Generalist, Corporate Recruiter to her current role today.

While recruiting, Ricaye had a Performance Momentum goal to research and benchmark other diversity programs across the Upstate, as she’s always had a passion for people and ensuring they feel valued and included. It quickly grew from there and she has been leading the efforts to create the strategy and implement the program company-wide, in addition to creating and leading the 16-membered Diversity & Inclusion Council who champion the program. The key initiatives for the program will focus on Recruiting & Internships, Onboarding & Mentoring, Education & Awareness, and Data Driven Processes.

Ricaye graduated from Wofford College with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2005. While at Wofford, she was on the Women’s Basketball team and continues to enjoy playing basketball, tennis, and running in her spare time. She has completed two half-marathons and will not do anymore. LOL!