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

Open Positions


SHRM Staff

Field Services Director (IL, IN, MI, WI)Gloria Sinclair MillerGloria.SinclairMiller@shrm.org
Member Engagement Associate (Central)Nicole Hallnicole.hall@shrm.org


ISC DirectorBecky Krueger, SHRM-CP, SPHRbkrueger@ccrpc.org
ISC Director ElectLaura Miller, SHRM-CP, PHRlmiller5@ameren.com
ISC Past DirectorDave Ryan, SHRM-SCPdryan@mel-o-cream.com
ISC Conference ChairRenee Haning, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHRrenee.haning@countryfinancial.com
ISC Finance DirectorTodd Ray, SHRM-SCP, SPHRtoddray@decaturfoundry.com

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

Professional Development Director (SHRM CLA)Karen Vujtech, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHRkarenvujtec@sbcglobal.net
College Relations Director (SHRM CLA)Jessica Gofforthjhgo4th@gmail.com
LegislativeCo- Director (Government Affairs - SHRM CLA)Tami Ireland, SHRM-CP, PHRireland.tami@mhsil.com
Legislative Co -Director (Government Affairs - SHRM CLA)Rob Burn, SHRM-SCP, SPHRrob@landlsolutions.net
SHRM Foundation Director (SHRM CLA)Mary Stanbary, SHRM-SCP, SPHRstanbary_mary_F@cat.com
Diversity & Inclusion Director (SHRM CLA)Alberta Johnsonalbertaj09@gmail.com
Membership Director (SHRM CLA)Andrea Pohlmannandrea.j.pohlmann@gmail.com
Workforce Readiness (SHRM CLA)Denise St. Pierre, SHRM-CP, PHRdstpierre@reltd.com
Conference Chair -ElectNancy Wraight, SHRM-SCP, PHRnancywraight@yahoo.com
Communications Director (Non-Voting)Brendan Nichollsbrendan.nicholls@hubinternational.com
Special Projects Director (Non-Voting)Lori Hoekstra, SHRM-SCP, SPHRlhoekstra@rhc.net
ILSHRM Chapter Management Professional (Non-Voting)Lori Maher McCombslori@mahergroupllc.com


District 1, District DirectorLawrence HedblomLHedblom@springboardunlimited.com
Chicago SHRM #004Courtney Pike Templinctemplin@jbtrainingsolutions.com
HRA of Greater Oak Brook #212Brendan Nichollsbrendan.nicholls@hubinternational.com
DuPage SHRM #316Linda Smithlasmith6591@gmail.com
Illinois Fox Valley SHRM #699Lisa Gruhlke, MPA, SHRM-CP, PHRlisagruhlke@icloud.com
District 2, District DirectorTamara O'Brien SHRM-SCP, PHRobrientamara@sbcglobal.net
Rockford Area SHRM #182Cara Freund, SHRM-SCP, SPHRcfreund@mhemail.org
Northern Illinois SHRM #328Jodi Coplan, SHRM-SCP, SPHRJodi.coplan@cognizant.com
Northwest HR Council #193Phil Perez-Vaughn, SHRM-SCP, SPHRphilomenaapv@sg360.com
Stateline SHRM #532Karen Fitzpatrick, SHRM-SCP, SPHRkfitzsphr@yahoo.com
Rock River Human Resource Professional Association #493Kendra Hull, SHRM-CP, PHRkendrahull@sinnissippi.com
District 3, District DirectorRoger Addison, SHRM-SCPraddison@parklawn.com
South Suburban Cook #0751Paulette Clark, PHRpclark0808@att.net
Kankakee Area HRMA #399Cassandra McCullough, SHRM-CP, PHRcassandra.e.mccullough@gmail.com
Grundy Will HR Association #619Becky Brillon, MS-HRM, CPRW, MSHRbeckybrillon@comcast.net
Illinois Valley SHRM #596Heather Hammitt, SHRM-SCP, SPHRh.hammitt@comcast.net
District 4, District DirectorSarah Koester, SHRM-SCP, SPHRSKoester@SYGMAnetwork.com
Bloomington/Normal HR Council #064Erin DeKnecht, SHRM-CP, PHRErin.DeKnecht@countryfinancial.com
Central Illinois HR Group #246Jeanne Bohlen, SHRM-CP, GBAJeanneB@hkusa.com
Decatur Area SHRM #555Tina Gist, SHRM-SCP, SPHRtgist.hr@comcast.net
HRA of East Central Illinois #448Ashlee Stanfield, SHRM-CPastanfield@ruralking.com
District 5, District DirectorJaneane Reis, SHRM-SCP, SPHRjaneanereis@gmail.com
Central Illinois SHRM #223Patricia Young, SHRM-CP, PHRallyoung7@yahoo.com
Heart of Illinois HR Council #326Cathy Plouzek SHRM-SCP, SPHRcsplouzek@gmail.com
Quincy SHRM #491Leeanna Delaney, MS, HRMldelaney@myhomebank.bank
Metro East #752Reba Phillips, 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