Sheryl Taylor, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

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Location: East Meadow, NY
Founded: 1953
Industry: Nonprofit, human services

Sheryl Taylor, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer

EPIC Long Island

EPIC Long Island, formerly known as Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island, is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the mental health community and people with epilepsy. Chief human resources officer Sheryl Taylor served as the project leader on the organization’s rebranding initiative. The rebranding “was a year-long endeavor that resulted in a new name, a new mission and vision statement, redefined core values and the framework for our formal strategic plan,” she says.

Quick Tip: “You never truly understand the challenges a family member faces having a disabled loved one until you experience it. I live it every day, and my experience taught me the lessons of patience, empathy and, most of all, to enjoy life.”

Prior to Taylor’s arrival at EPIC, she says, the human resources department was focused on transactional tasks related to personnel. “Under my leadership, we are viewed as a strategic partner, driving business operations to achieve our corporate goals,” she says. “One such goal is to grow and expand our footprint. We successfully executed our comprehensive recruiting and retention plan to meet the human capital need of the strategic goals.”

The demand for talent has been an ongoing challenge for Taylor and EPIC. “In response to this demand, I implemented a two-semester internship program where we partner with Stony Brook University and St. Joseph’s College,” says Taylor. The goal of the internship program is to introduce students to working with intellectually challenging adults, and to attract future leaders to EPIC.