2017 MSCA Board of Directors


William Byrd, IMPA-SCP


                                 William Byrd, is the 2017 Mid-South Compensation Association President and served in the past as the Vice President, Elect and Vice President of Professional Development.  He has nine (9) years of compensation experience range from salary administration, job analysis, performance management, and information systems. 

William is a Compensation Manager at City of Memphis has previous compensation experience working at Regional One formally known as The Regional Medical Center of Memphis.  He has his Master’s in Business Administration in Human Resources and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in General Business.  William is very active in church and his community where he has served in many roles in leadership and project development. 




Tarlesha Gales



Tarlesha M. Gales is currently a Compensation Advisor for Shelby County Schools.  She has approximately 11 years of compensation experience. Her educational background entails having achieved a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English from Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern University A&M College (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Health Administration.

Her life passions include experiencing new and fun things. She loves to travel, shop, watch movies, read, write, and visit various entertainment attractions. She has a zest for life and loves to learn. This is her second year serving as Mid-South Compensation Association Board Member.


President Emeritus

Valerie Nering, MPACCP, GRP,      IPMA-SCP


Valerie Nering is the 2017 Mid-South Compensation Association President Emeritus.  She has over fifteen (15) years of classification and compensation experience that includes job analysis, salary administration, compensation systems and process re-engineering.

She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from St. Louis University.  Presently, she is employed with the Shelby County School as the Senior Manager of Compensation.  

VP of Business Affairs

Pat Welsh



Pat Welsh is a Consultant for Frye/Joure and Associates. This is her fifth year on the Board. Pat has 10 years compensation experience focused on compensation administration, incentives bonuses and implementing job evaluation systems. She is a former Manager in Compensation at Holiday Corp. and a former Manager in Benefits at the Carpenters Union #345 Benefit Trust Funds. She has also worked in other areas of HR- Benefits, EEO/AA, Staffing, Training, Outplacement and as a Generalist.

Pat is an active volunteer at the Memphis Human Resources Career Transition Group Leader and is founder of the PHR/SPHR Certification Study Groups.



VP Communications & Web Development

Patrice Robinson


Patrice Robinson is a Senior Compensation Analyst for FedEx Freight. Patrice previously worked for Shelby County Government as a Compensation Advisor. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in  Business Administration in Human Resources. 

Patrice's compensation experience range from salary administration, pay incentive, job classification, job analysis and compensation systems. She also has human resources experience in employee relations, benefit administration, training/development and staffing. She is honored to be a board member of MSCA.  



VP Finance

Chastity Johnson




Chastity Johnson is a Sr. Compensation Analyst for the City of Memphis. Before her move back home to Memphis last year, Chastity worked in Nashville for the TN Department of Human Resources. She has a Bachelor’s in HR Management and approximately 10 years of human resources experience, ranging from performance evaluation to employee relations and compensation. She obtained an Associate’s degree in Accounting, and has always had an affinity for banking and finance related matters. Chastity loves to watch and cheer on both the Memphis college and professional basketball teams. She is honored to be a member of MSCA and looks forward to serving her first year on the board.



VP Membership

Alex Pao






VP Programs

Tracy Smith



VP Professional Development

Braxston Richmond




Braxston Richmond is currently a Senior Compensation Analyst at FedEx. Braxston previously worked in Compensation at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is his fourth year severing as a board member. Braxston also previously served as a member of the local SHRM chapter and University of Memphis MILE program. Braxston is a born Memphian and also a Memphis State graduate. Aside from working, Braxston supports several fundraising organizations and initiatives with the city, which include supporting St. Jude, Braxston has participated in several St. Jude Memphis Marathons and activities for the past five years.


VP Social Media

Joe Simmons



Freda Boyce, IPMA-HR, IPMA-SCP


Freda T Boyce is a Compensation Advisor with the Shelby County Schools.  Prior to Shelby County Schools she worked as a Compensation Specialist and a Clerical Operations Supervisor for the City of Memphis serving (16) sixteen years.  She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a  concentration in Human Resource Management.  She  is an active member with TPMA(West)/IPMA-HR.  This is her first year serving as a board member.  She enjoys collecting quotes that add value to her life, one of her favorites is… “Coins always make sounds but currency notes are always silent, so whenever your value increases keep yourself calm (humble) and silent”. Author unknown




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