IFB Beat – Week of June 17, 2024

A Message from the Editor

Greetings all! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the HR team because we have two more introductions for you this week. Also, be sure to check out the new support group, On the Spectrum, and spread the word about IFB’s latest job openings. Lastly, show your support for your co-workers by joining them at the Clemmons Record Show on June 23, and see if you can solve The IFB Beat riddle of the week!

Riddle: I have keys but no locks and no rooms. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?

Thanks for reading the IFB Beat and have a wonderful week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

Meet IFB’s HR Team
See what S.E.E. is Doing
IFB Support Group Updates
Community Low Vision Center Updates

From Our Community

Clemmons Record Show – Plan to Attend Sunday, June 23

HR and Opportunities

New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Meet the HR Team!

In the next few editions of the IFB Beat, we will introduce you to the IFB Solutions HR department. This week we highlight Mary Hunter, Employee Relations Manager and Melissa Berryhill, Employee Relations Specialist.

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Mary Hunter: Employee Relations Manager

Mary Hunter has been a dedicated member of the IFB team for almost 9 years. She discovered IFB through an internet search for HR jobs in Asheville. During a tour of the Asheville facility led by Randy Buckner, VP of Manufacturing Operations, Mary felt an immediate connection and hoped for an opportunity to join the team. Her wish was fulfilled, and she has been thriving in her role ever since.

As the Employee Relations Manager, Mary coordinates and directs the Employee Relations programs and functions for the Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Puerto Rico facilities. She oversees a team that includes the Employee Relations Specialists and Receptionists, ensuring smooth operations and a positive work environment across all locations.

Reflecting on her time at IFB, Mary says, “I’ve been employed by IFB for almost 9 years and have yet to come to work!” This statement underscores her passion and fulfillment in her role, making it feel less like work and more like a calling.

Mary is a proud graduate of Clemson University and is married with two grown sons. Outside of work, she enjoys watching college football, playing the piano, and gardening. Her multifaceted interests and commitment to her work make her an invaluable asset to the IFB team.


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Melissa Berryhill: Employee Relations Specialist

Melissa Berryhill has been a great asset to IFB since she joined in April 2024. Her journey with the company began when she discovered the opportunity on Indeed, and she has since dedicated herself to fostering a positive and supportive work environment.

As an Employee Relations Specialist, Melissa plays a pivotal role in supporting our employees. Her responsibilities include managing payroll timecards, translating documents, and effectively communicating with employees to understand and address their concerns. She provides guidance, identifies the root causes of issues, maintains employee details, observes, and tracks employee performance, and keeps detailed records of promotions and benefits.

Melissa describes her experience working at IFB as “inspirational.” Her dedication and commitment to our employees are evident in everything she does. She says she has found a true work family. Outside of work, she loves spending quality time with her two grown boys, goddaughter, and grandson and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Appalachian State University. A passionate ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, Melissa plans to focus on this advocacy in her master’s degree program. She also enjoys playing putt-putt, spending time with her 12-year-old Pekingese, and spending time volunteering at local shelters giving the dogs some much needed play time and love. We’re glad to have Melissa and her many talents as part of the IFB team!

See what S.E.E. is Doing!

campers and staff outside at Camp Dogwood all wearing royal blue Camp Abilities NC T-shirts

For the second year, IFB Solutions Programs and Governor Morehead School for the Blind partnered to provide Camp Abilities NC. We enjoyed a week at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford, NC on Lake Norman. Activities included boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, beep ball, basketball, putt-putt, archery, bb guns, ax throwing, arts/crafts, corn hole, board games, and more. A highlight of the week was sitting around the campfire singing and making s’mores. Good food, walking from one activity to another, flag ceremonies, and hot temperatures gave campers and staff a great camp experience. Now campers from all across NC have memories and friendships that will last.

IFB Solutions Support Group Updates:

Coming soon: On the Spectrum Support Group

We are excited to announce the formation of a new support group specifically for individuals on the Autism spectrum, with a particular emphasis on those who are visually impaired, as well as those connected to someone on the spectrum. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 12 PM in Tad’s room, beginning on Thursday, June 20. President Winter Robinson warmly welcomes all interested parties to join us for fellowship and information!

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

  • Monday, June 17 AAA Committee meeting from 12:00-1:00 in TADS Room
  • Tuesday, June 18 Veterans support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room
  • Thursday, June 20 On the Spectrum support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room


Community Low Vision Center Updates

CLVC Item of the Week:

High Contrast Cutting Board

High Contrast Cutting Board for $24.93

Tired of cutting your countertop? This heavyweight, durable cutting board will be of service for many years to come. Don’t confuse this one with flimsy versions sold elsewhere. This heavy-duty white board reverses to black and is so solid in construction we guarantee it for life!

If you have questions or are interested in any of the weekly items, please contact your local CLVC for assistance.


The Beat Riddle

Thanks for strolling! You found the answer.

Question: I have keys, but no locks and no rooms. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?
Answer: A keyboard.


From Our Community

Reminder: Clemmons Record Show – Plan to Attend Sunday, June 23

Submitted by Winter Robinson

Join us on June 23rd at the Village Inn Event Center located at 6205 Ramada Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012, from 10 AM to 4 PM for an exciting record convention!

For the first time, Noah Davis from the T-shirts Department, Winter Robinson from the Markers Department, and their friend Matthew Howell will be selling records and unique artwork created by Winter Robinson.

Don’t miss this chance to support your fellow IFB employees and engage yourself in the vibrant world of vinyl records. Enjoy music, fun, and great deals at the Clemmons Record Show.

For more information, please contact Winter Robinson in the Markers department or Noah Davis in the T-shirts department. Hope to see you all there!


HR & Opportunities

New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

BSC Hazmat Coordinator – MacDill AFB

Education and work experience:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Knowledgeable of EESOH-MIS program
  • Two years of related experience.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and a safe driving record
  • Must complete forklift certification within 30 days of hire
  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR card
  • Receive RCRA training and respirator certification within 90 days of hire

External candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=91390&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Internal candidates may apply at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=91391&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909&jpt=ce8685cef740a6280b5fcb492b556fa5


For more information, please contact a member of the recruitment team at careers@ifbsolutions.org.


Zoom Meeting Links

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