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.


Engage the entire Illinois Human Resources community with advocacy, leadership, and professional development.


The recognized voice influencing Human Resources in Illinois.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>

Board Of Directors


SHRM Staff

SHRM Divisional Director, SHRM North Central RegionMartha T. Ramirez, SHRM-SCP, CAEmartha.ramirez@shrm.org703-535-6290
Field Services Director (backup), SHRM North Central RegionNancy Conway, SHRM-SCPnancy.conway@shrm.org800-283-7476 x6455
Regional Administrator, SHRM North Central RegionNicole HallNicole.Hall@shrm.org​​800-283-7476


ISC DirectorDave Ryan, SHRM-SCP, SPHRdryan@mel-o-cream.com217-483-7272
ISC Director-ElectBecky Krueger, SHRM-CP, SPHRbkrueger@ccrpc.org217-819-4026
ISC Past DirectorConnie Wolgemuth,SHRM-CP, PHRcrwolgemuth@gmail.com309 660-7770
ISC TreasurerCathy Plouzek, SPHRcsplouzek@gmail.com309-253-8669
ISC SecretaryMarianne Steimle, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHRmarianne.steimle@gmail.com630-660-8644
State Council Management ProfessionalLori Maher McCombs

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

Conference DirectorRenee Haning, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHRrenee.haning@countryfinancial.com309.310.6229
College Relations Director (SHRM CLA)Nikki Bolden, SHRM-CP, PHRnbolden606@hotmail.com312-550-3811
Diversity Director (SHRM CLA)Vacant
Legislative Director (Government Affairs - SHRM CLA)Tami Ireland, SHRM-CP, PHRireland.tami@mhsil.com217-588-2439
Membership Director (SHRM CLA)Laura Miller, SHRM-CP, PHRlmiller5@ameren.com618-236-6205 or 618-407-3726
Professional Development Director (SHRM CLA)Greg Vos, SHRM-SCP, SPHRgj.vo563@gmail.com630-505-0400 x49003
SHRM Foundation Director (SHRM CLA)Karen Vujtech, SHRM-SPC, SPHR, GPHRkarenvujtec@sbcglobal.net847-885-0443
Workforce Readiness Director (SHRM CLA)Joe Smedinghoff, SHRM-SCP, SPHRJsmedinghoff@revcor.com847-428-4411 x 272
Marketing & Communications DirectorJulie Rischmillerjulie.rischmiller@outlook.com309-210-8815


District 1, District DirectorKathleen Seebert, SHRM-SCPseebertk@aol.com312-218-6121
District 2, District DirectorTamara O'Brien, SHRM-CP, PHRobrientamara@sbcglobal.net561-660-2889
District 3, District DirectorDenise St. Pierre, SHRM-CP, PHRdstpierre@reltd.com708-225-8202
District 4, District DirectorTodd Ray, SHRM-SCP, SPHR toddray@decaturfoundry.com217-824-3857
District 5, District DirectorJaneane Reis, SHRM-SCP, SPHRjaneanereis@gmail.com217-223-7146


Thank you to our past State Council directors! Their leadership and dedication to SHRM and the HR profession is greatly appreciated.
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