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YWCA Rockford welcomes new board members

August 28, 2013

YWCA of Rockford welcomes two new members, Amanda Shank and Lori Sweeney, to its board of directors.

Shank is director of human resources, UTC Aero Space Systems. Since 2010, she has overseen the human resources function for the Rockford site’s 2,200 employees in multiple business units. She also manages human resources for the global Electric Systems business, with more than 1,100 employees. In these capacities, she manages organizational design and effectiveness, strategic resource planning, performance management, talent and leadership development, succession planning and employee/labor relations.

Prior to joining UTC, Shank was the employee and associate human resources relations manager for the Rockford facility of Rockford Products Corporation (2000-2001), and on-site account manager for Furst Staffing Services in Rockford (1997-2000). She serves as a board member of the Byron, Ill., Chamber of Commerce. She, her husband and three young sons reside in Byron, Ill.

Sweeney is deputy chief of field services, Rockford Police Department. Sweeney has been in law enforcement with the Rockford Police Department for 19 years. Her career began in patrol, progressed to field training officer and led to detective, where she was the first female assigned to the Rockford Police Department Narcotics Unit.

In her current position as deputy chief of field services, Sweeney’s duties include management and oversight of all uniformed personnel inclusive of patrol, specialized units, K-9 officers, school resource officers, traffic investigators, community services officers and M3 Street Team officers, as well as oversight of the field training program, special events, fleet management and equipment.

From the Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013, issue

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