About Us

The Illinois State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (ILSHRM) is dedicated to serving the needs of SHRM chapters in Illinois by representation to the National Society of SHRM and assistance in achieving each SHRM Illinois Chapter’s highest potential. The ILSHRM promotes professionalism in human resources and adds value to the SHRM membership. The ILSHRM Board is made up of volunteer representatives across Illinois who serve to advance the human resources profession.

We follow an activity plan which is designed to guide SHRM State Councils in planning and setting annual objectives for council activities and to recognize those who have achieved excellence in fulfilling their missions. State councils coordinate HR professional development efforts at the state level and serve as the conduit for communication among SHRM and chapters, at-large members, the area board and the national board. Councils also facilitate services and programs for the collective interests of the state’s SHRM and local chapter membership, prospective SHRM members, and chapter leaders, as well as promote activities that benefit the human resource profession.


We promote and support the interests, success and needs of our members and the Illinois HR community.


Illinois’ GoTo HR resource


To be Illinois’ premiere resource for certified and emerging HR professionals and business leaders.

Board Of Directors

The Following Board Member Positions Are Available


SHRM Staff

Field Services Director (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)Callie Zipplecallie.zipple@shrm.org703-535-6290
Member Engagement Associate (Central)Nicole HallNicole.Hall@shrm.org​​800-283-7476
Membership Advisory Council (MAC)Pat LundPat.Lund@marriott.com612-455-6344


ISC DirectorBecky Krueger, SHRM-CP, SPHRbkrueger@ccrpc.org217-819-4026
ISC Director ElectLaura Miller, SHRM-CP, PHRlmiller5@ameren.com618-236-6205 or 618-407-3726
ISC Past DirectorDave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, SPHRdryan@mel-o-cream.com217-483-7272
ISC Conference ChairRenee Haning, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHRrenee.haning@countryfinancial.com309-310-6229
ISC Finance DirectorTodd Ray, SHRM-SCP, SPHRtoddray@decaturfoundry.com217-428-4381
ISC Governance DirectorMarianne Steimle, MBA, SHRM-SCPmarianne.steimle@gmail.com630-660-8644

ISC DIRECTORS (SHRM Core Leadership Areas "SHRM CLA")

Professional Development Director (SHRM CLA)Karen Vujtech, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHRkarenvujtec@sbcglobal.net847-885-0443
College Relations Director (SHRM CLA)Nikki Bolden, SHRM-CP, PHRnbolden606@hotmail.com312-550-3811
LegislativeCo- Director (Government Affairs - SHRM CLA)Tami Ireland, SHRM-CP, PHRireland.tami@mhsil.com217-588-2439
Legislative Co -Director (Government Affairs - SHRM CLA)Rob Burn, SHRM-SCP, SPHRrob@landlsolutions.net309-256-2714
SHRM Foundation Representative (SHRM CLA)Mary Standbarystanbary_mary_F@cat.com309-494-1360
Diversity (SHRM CLA)Alberta Johnsonalbertaj09@gmail.com773-882-6447
Membership Director (SHRM CLA)Andrea Pohlmannandrea.j.pohlmann@gmail.com618-593-3769
Workforce Readiness (SHRM CLA)Denise St. Pierre, SHRM-CP, PHRdstpierre@reltd.com708-225-8202
Conference Chair -ElectNancy Wraight, SHRM-SCP, PHRnancywraight@yahoo.com309-397-0135
Communications Director (Non-Voting)Brendan Nichollsbrenden.nicholls@huberinternational.com630- 746-5707
Special Projects Director (Non-Voting)Lori Hoekstra, SHRM-SCP, SPHRlhoekstra@rhc.net815-549-4653
ILSHRM Chapter Management Professional (Non-Voting)Lori Maher McCombslori@mahergroupllc.com913-948-8623


District 1, District DirectorOpen Board Position
Chicago SHRM #004Courtney Pike Templinctemplin@jbtrainingsolutions.com
HRA of Greater Oak Brook #212Brendan Nichollsbrenden.nicholls@huberinternational.com(630) 746-5707
DuPage SHRM #316Mary McHughmmchugh@circle8logistics.com800.518.4287 x2000
Illinois Fox Valley SHRM #699Lisa Gruhlkelisagruhlke@icloud.com
District 2, District Director
Tamara O'Brien SHRM-CP, PHRobrientamara@sbcglobal.net630-373-9316
Rockford Area SHRM #182Cara Freund, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - Jennifer Toppingcfreund@mhemail.org
Northern Illinois SHRM #328Jodi Coplan, SHRM-SCP, SPHRJodi.coplan@cognizant.com
Northwest HR Council #193Rachel Solarz - Mikerachel.solarzmortellaro@adp.com
Stateline SHRM #532Carlos Arevalo - Christine JohnsonCArevalo@salawus.com
Rock River Human Resource Professional Association #493Kendra Hull, SHRM-CPkendrahull@sinnissippi.com
District 3, District Director
Roger Addison, SHRM-SCP, SPHRraddison@parklawn.com815-351-6429
South Suburban Cook #0751Paulette Clarkpclark0808@att.net
Kankakee Area HRMA #399Lori Hoekstra, SHRM-SCP, SPHRlhoekstra@rhc.net
Grundy Will HR Association #619Becky Brillonbeckybrillon@comcast.net
Illinois Valley - SHRM #596Jen Wier-Buckjwier@petsmart.com775-980-9165
District 4, District Director
Sarah Koester, SHRM-SCP, SPHRSKoester@SYGMAnetwork.com217-223-7146
Bloomington/Normal HR Council #064Erin DeknechtErin.DeKnecht@countryfinancial.com217-799-0809
Central Illinois HR Group #246Jeanne BohlenJeanneB@hkusa.com217-403-7596
Decatur Area SHRM #555Tina Gist, SPHR, SHRM-SCPtgist@soybank.com217-429-8725
HRA of East Central Illinois #448Ashlee Stanfieldastanfield@ruralking.com217-235-7102 Ext. 2371
District 5, District Director
Janeane Reis, SHRM-SCP, SPHRjaneanereis@gmail.com217-223-7146
Central Illinois SHRM #223Pat Youngpyoung@gankwithbos.com
Heart of Illinois HR Council #326Cathy Plouzek SHRM-SCP, SPHRcsplouzek@gmail.com
Quincy SHRM #491Leeanna Delaneyldelaney@myhomebank.bank
Metro East #752Reba Phillips, SHRM-SCP, SPHRrxp0303@bjc.org


Thank you to our past State Council directors! Their leadership and dedication to SHRM and the HR profession is greatly appreciated.
2017 - 2018Dave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
2015 - 2016Connie Woglemuth, SHRM-CP, PHR
2013 - 2014Cathy Plouzek, SHRM-SCP, SPHR 
2011 - 2012Donna K. Rogers, SPHR 
2009 - 2010John Jorgensen, SPHR 
2007 - 2008Carolyn Sperl, SPHR/GPHR 
2005 - 2006Michelle Jackson, SPHR 
2002 – 2004Deneen Costa, SPHR 
2000 - 2001Kristin Velasquez, SPHR 
1998 - 1999Garry Tackett, GPHR, SPHR 
1996 - 1997Lyndy Nierman 
1995 - 1996Claudia Colallilo, SPHR