Director of Human Resources
As Director of Human Resources at Williams Mullen, Dena oversees strategic HR initiatives and helps sustain an employee-oriented, high-performance culture. Over her 20+ years of experience as an HR professional, she has been a consistent champion for employee engagement and the importance of relationship-building in strengthening effective teams. In 2015 she was named an “HR Strategist of the Year” by Richmond SHRM for her work in applied engagement strategy to “build culture, increase diversity of thought and connect all these elements to performance and rewards.” Since joining the firm in 2012, has participated in applying for and receiving designations as a “Best Places to Work in Virginia,” awarded byVirginia Businessmagazine; “Best Employers in North Carolina” byBusiness North Carolinamagazine; and a Richmond Times Dispatch“Top Workplace.”
As a member of the WM Diversity Committee, Dena helps to execute internal and external initiatives that demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion at work and in the community. The Committee’s efforts were acknowledged by the receipt of “Virginia Fairness” accreditation from Equality Virginia in 2016 and a score of 95 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index” for 2017. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Business Leadership Network (VABLN), an organization dedicated to providing businesses with resources and advice on employing people with disabilities.
Dena earned her B.S. in business management from Penn State and holds SPHR® and SHRM-SCP™ certifications. She is an active member of SHRM and serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond SHRM. Additionally, she is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and the Council for Human Resources Executives (CHRE). Dena and her husband Jeff just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and have an adult son, Beau, who lives and works in Richmond, and a granddog, Gumbeaux.