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RISE Award Winners


Recognizing Professional Excellence in ASHRM Members



Nomination submitted:

Katie is a well-respected and valued member of the Fugro HR Team. She is trustworthy, talented and adds value to the HR function consistently delivering excellence. A true professional!

As an employee with 11-years of tenure with Fugro, Katie's accomplishments are many, but she has made several in recent years that I am very proud and appreciative of.

While Fugro was in the early phases of preparing to migrate from our current HR platform, WorkDay, Katie took a deep dive into the HR data of our payroll system as well as the HR data within our current HR platform to find discrepancies and address those discrepancies. It was quite an undertaking. Her thorough QA/QC'd data was critical to ensuring the integrity of the many required subsequent steps of a meticulous process. When WorkDay finally went "live" we did not receive responses from employees or managers indicating their information contained errors. The data scrub that Katie performed early on played a large part in achieving success.

On another occasion, Katie stepped in while a colleague was on vacation and helped provide HR compensation details that were needed for the "compensation plan" component of a large bid that ultimately helped one of our Service Lines with a multi-million dollar job. Katie received recognition from the Service Line Director for her efforts in providing the required compensation data needed in a relatively short turnaround time. This exercise was a perfect example of Katie's ability to handle a high stakes, stressful situations and produce a quality product. This very high-visibility product had a pivotal role in Fugro achieving this financial gain. Excellent work, Katie!

I predict a promising future for Katie as she progresses in her HR career, and am grateful to have her as a member of the team.


Where are your originally from?

Born and raised in DeRidder, LA

Who is your current employer?


What is your job title?

Sr. HR Specialist

How long have you been in your current position?

About 3 years as Sr. HR Specialist

How long have you been an ASHRM Member?

About 9 years

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

There have been countless projects to be proud of, but overall, I'm most proud of obtaining my PHR certification years ago.  I'm also proud of my 11 year tenure with my company, Fugro.

What was the last movie you went to see at the theater?

Oh my, it's been a while.  I think it was A Star is Born.

If you could eat only on meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Red tomato gravy & rice with oven roasted okra - this is a tough question for a Louisianan!

What is your favorite holiday?

Definitely Christmas

Are you usually early or late?


What job would you be terrible at?

Sports coach

What is the farthest you've ever been from home?

Trinidad & Tobago

What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with absolutely no preparation?

Professionally - I would have to say the topic would be around I-9s and employment-based work authorizations/visa types.

What is one of your favorite smells?

Fresh linen or a Hawaiian/tropical smell

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be?

This rule has been around for centuries so I won't take credit for it, but definitely the Golden Rule - treat others how you want to be treated!


Past Award Winners:

Christina Klumpp 

Pamela LaFleur 

Erika Theodile

Amanda Rust

Dominique Juneau

Do you know another outstanding HR professional?  Nominate them for the RISE Award here.