WestRock’s Covington mill has announced position changes that were internally announced in October.
Whitney Shifflett has accepted the position of intermediate maintenance planner/supervisor in the Maintenance department.
In this position, she is responsible for scrap metal collection/pick-up, pest control, janitorial services, mowing/landscaping, snow/ice removal, spill clean-up, and general clean-up in addition to maintenance, data support, and administrative activities.
Shifflett earned her Business Management Associate degree from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in 2017.
After graduating, she worked in Maintenance at the Covington mill through Manpower. Shifflett joined the mill full-time in 2018 as an administrative assistant in Maintenance.
Pam Hensley has accepted the position of senior HR administrator.
In this position, she is responsible for providing administrative support to the human resources team.
Hensley received her B.S. in Human Services Counseling in 1999 from Old Dominion University. That same year, she accepted the position of Family Preservation program director with Bath County Social Services, and in 2000, accepted the position of social worker.
In 2004, Hensley joined the Bath County Chamber of Commerce in the position of office manager, which she held until 2005. From 2003 until 2007, Hensley served as office manager/treasurer for Hot Springs Presbyterian Church.
In 2008, Hensley accepted the position of Diversity and Inclusion assistant for State Farm Insurance, in their Charlottesville Operations Center, and in 2011 moved to the position of HR administrative assistant. In 2017, she accepted the position of school secretary at Valley Elementary in Hot Springs.
Jay Woodson has accepted the position of director – Technical Solutions in the Technical Solutions and Quality department.
In this position, he will lead a team that will support the mill’s Commercial Print, Food Service, Liquid Packaging and Tobacco segments and will also have responsibility for their European, Latin American, and Asia Pacific markets.
Woodson earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1992. He joined the Covington mill in 1993 and has held positions in the Technical, Recovery, Paper Mill, Loading, and Quality Assurance departments.
During his tenure at the mill, Woodson earned his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
In 2006, he accepted the position of factory service engineer in the Technical Sales Service department at the Phillip Morris plant in Richmond, and in 2008, he returned to the Covington mill as technical lead-Global Packaging Solutions in the Technical Sales Services department. Woodson was promoted to technical manager-Global Food Packaging in December 2015.
Andy Seckner has accepted the position of director, Technical Solutions and Quality — Food Packaging and Beverage.
He will be responsible for the technical customer service of SBS, CRB, URB, CNK, UKK, and beverage products shipped domestically from WestRock’s consumer mills to markets servicing the food and beverage industry.
Seckner earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., and his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
He began his career in 1987 with Westvaco in Laurel, Maryland, as a research engineer. Seckner transferred to the Covington mill in 1990 as an engineer II on C8 and was promoted to senior engineer in 1992 and supervisor in 1994. He moved to C2 in 1995 as supervisor.
Seckner was then promoted to assistant paper mill superintendent in 2000 and acted as interim supervisor on C1 during 2003. He transferred to Tech Sales Service as the technical manager — Commercial Print Line of Business in 2008 and returned to the paper machines as assistant paper mill superintendent in 2009.
In 2011, Seckner became the technical sales service manager — Covington mill.
Jana Baehman has accepted the position of manager, Customer Claims Solutions and Quality.
Jana’s team is responsible for customer claims, product management, and quality systems.
Baehman earned her B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point in 1999.
She joined Appvion, formerly Appleton Papers, in Appleton, Wis., in 2000. Appvion is the producer of Carbonless, direct Thermal and Specialty paper.
Baehman started at Appvion as a process engineer and moved to a production area manager role in 2007. In 2009, she went back to the technical side as a process engineer for the Continuous Improvement team.
Baehman earned her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in October 2010. In 2014, she moved to Quality and finished her career with Appvion in 2018 as the quality and technical manager.
She then spent some time as a quality manager in 2018-2019 at an electronics manufacturing company where she focused on sustaining and improving their quality management system in an effort to maintain ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO 13485, and Nadcap certifications.
Baehman accepted the position of CQC and quality systems manager with the TSS group at the Covington mill in August 2019.