Two McKinney veterans promoted in human resources and office services departments - McKinney

Two McKinney veterans promoted in human resources and office services departments

August 20, 2009

McKinney announced the promotion of two employees today, as Elanah Sykes advanced to manager of office services and Jean Cormier ascended to the role of recruiter in human resources.

In office services, Sykes will be tasked with overseeing all things relating to McKinney’s space and the people that keep the office up and running. She will supervise team members working in facilities management, catering, special events, travel, the mailroom and reception. Her tasks will include training and orienting all new employees and executives in office standards, policies and record retention. Further, she will supervise all building operations and be the primary contact for the property, which is located within a registered historic site.

“It’s great to be a part of the office services team,” Sykes said. “They work to help keep the agency running on a daily basis and do it with a quiet grace and confidence.”

Originally from Tarboro, NC, Sykes is a 1999 graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in musical theater. She has performed in countless productions, playing everything from the man-eating plant, Audrey, from Little Shop of Horrors to Shelby in The Spitfire Grill.

As recruiter, Cormier will continue assisting the director of human resources, Lea Daughtridge-Wharton, in all stages of the candidate life cycle, including employee sourcing, job posting and nearly all aspects of the interview process. She will also continue contributing HR information to the employee intranet, as well as representing the agency at recruiting events. In the past, she has partnered with other hiring managers to establish effective recruiting strategies and was asked by Talent Zoo, the industry’s No. 1 resource for recruitment and job search, to give advice on interview preparation.

“My time at McKinney has been nothing short of the ideal work experience,” Cormier said. “The agency overall feels like a family, and the mixture of creativity and drive to do something extraordinary make it a truly unique work culture.”

A High Point, NC, native, she graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2004 with a degree in public relations. After completing school, she spent roughly one year in France at the Academy of Nantes teaching conversational English and cultural issues to high school students.