On the Move: EmblemHealth and UC-Riverside Add New Leaders to Their Roster

EmblemHealth names new VP of Human Resources and UC Riverside names new athletics director

Image: Douglas Parks and Tamica Smith Jones

EmblemHealth Companies recently appointed Douglas Parks to the position of Vice President of Human Resources Strategy and Transformation.

Parks, who comes to the company with years of HR experience, was the Global HR Leader for Talent Business at Mercer, a division of Marsh McLennan, before joining EmblemHealth. During his time at Mercer, he led the development and execution of the Talent line of business people strategy, including colleague rewards, talent, engagement and learning and development. He has previous work experience at IBM and Exelis, Inc. where he held positions in HR organization strategy, and development and transformation. In his new role, Parks, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s from Northwestern University, will direct EmblemHealth HR organizational redesign effort, while also focusing on the company’s corporate diversity efforts.

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Aside from Parks new position at EmblemHealth, the University of California Riverside has named Tamica Smith Jones as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Jones, who is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will officially step into her new role July 1, 2015. With 15 years of experience working in collegiate athletics under her belt, Jones has previously served as Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Clark Atlanta University after a stint there as head volleyball coach. Before coming to CAU, she worked in similar positions at Morris Brown College and Savannah State University.

“Tamica Smith Jones has dedicated her career to the success of student athletes, and her enthusiasm for UC Riverside and its mission will carry through in helping our athletics program excel in coming years,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “We are very pleased to have her steering our 17 women’s and men’s sports.”

Jones is a native of Atlanta, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Alabama A&M University where she served as a basketball and cross-country scholarship athlete. She also holds a master’s in public administration from Savannah State University and a Ph.D. in business administration from Warren National University.



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