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Meet Our Volunteer Leaders

"I love what PIHRA provides to the HR community. Without the endless education, amazing networking, friendships, and opportunities to hone my leadership skills, I don't think I would have been as successful as an HR director. I feel honored to be leading this worthwhile organization and giving back a small portion of what I was given." Patti Sprinkle, PIHRA President

Engaging, elevating, and serving the California human resource community

The most powerful way to develop as a leader is to volunteer. PIHRA provides members with opportunities to hone their leadership skills through volunteerism in various functional areas at our 17 chapters and at the board of directors level. Our leaders gain visibility in the community and the skills necessary to advance their career.


PIHRA Board of Directors

Leading PIHRA into the future 




Patti Sprinkle
Human Resources Director

 Tara Fournier, SPHR, SHRM-CP, PIHRA President-Elect Vice President

Tara Fournier, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Director, Human Resources

  Immediate Past President Open

Ray Cooke, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Consultant
L3 Technologies


Lynn Hounsley
Integrity HR Inc.

  Regional Representative Valley Region
Burbank/Glendale, Pasadena, Woodland Hills  

Karen Boublis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Business Solutionz 

 Brenda Trujillo Regional Representative Central Region
Gateway Cities, Inland Valley, Los Angeles

Brenda Trujillo, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Partner & President
Bowen-Meyers & Associates 

 Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP Regional Representative Eastern Region
Coachella Valley, Riverside, SW Riverside

Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP
Groveside HR Consulting

Susan Bowman, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP  Regional Representative Northern Region
Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County 

Susan Bowman, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Manager
Rite Aid

Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CP   
Regional Representative Southern Region
North Orange Co., South Orange Co.  

Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CP
Human Resources Director
Irvine Ranch Water District 

Karen Nash, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  Regional Representative Western Region
Long Beach, South Bay, West Los Angeles  

Karen Nash, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Supervisor, Benefits & Disability Big 5 Sporting Goods


2019 Committee Chairs

Fostering PIHRA’s growth & development

 Jason Renda Membership

Jason Renda, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Global Human Resources Director & HR Business Partner
UST Global

 Baskaran Ambalavanan Programs

Baskaran Ambalavanan, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Principal Consultant 
Hila Solutions, LLC

Brenda Rushforth  Government Affairs

Brenda Rushforth, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
Pomona College

 Tatiana Hernandez Young Professionals

Tatiana Hernandez
Corporate Human Resources Manager & Business Partner
ACCO Engineered Systems Total Duration 

  Organizational Continuity Open
Jay Lewis, Club PIHRA Club PIHRA Jay Lewis


2019 Chapter Chairs

Building robust local HR communities

Our Chapter Chairs each lead their chapter’s board of directors, serving HR professionals all over Southern California with innovative programming, community resources, and hybrid social events.

Anne Holden  Antelope Valley Chair

Annie Holden
Office Manager
Rottman Drilling Co

Kevin Ralph   Burbank/Glendale Chair

Kevin Ralph, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resource Officer

 Coachella Valley Chair

Lori Paris, PHR, SHRM-CP
Regional HR Manager
The Management Trust – Desert Division

Rob Boldt  Gateway Cities Chair

Rob Boldt
Assistant Vice President
Bolton & Company

Damien Jow  Inland Valley Chair

Damien Jow
Human Resources Intern
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Mindy Isaac, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  Long Beach Chair

Mindy Isaac, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Director

 Los Angeles Chair

Jennifer Blair, SPHR
VP, Employee Benefits Consultant
Tolman & Wiker

Barbara Stone  North Orange Co. Chair

Barbara Stone 
Client Services Consultant
PRO Unlimited

Michael Johnson  Pasadena Chair

Michael Johnson
Sr. Managing Partner, HR Division

Lucas Group

Christina Gonzalez-Hicks  Riverside Chair

Christina Gonzalez Hicks, SPHR
Senior Partner
LEAPROS™ Workforce Solutions

 Santa Clarita Chair

Sandi Malmquist, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Gothic Landscape, Inc.

 South Bay Chair

Mery Propster, SPHR
Principal, Consultant

Segue Solutions

Scott Ripley  South Orange Co. Chair

Scott Ripley
Benefits Advisor
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Michelle Schuh  SW Riverside Chair

Michelle Schuh, PHR, SHRM-CP
Partner, Employee Benefits
Wood Gutman & Bogart Insurance Brokers

Mary Valdivieso  Ventura County Chair

Mary Valdivieso, SHRM-CP
Employee Benefits Account Executive 

 West Los Angeles Chair

Hunt Turner
Managing Director of Employee Benefits 
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers

Nancy Latu  Woodland Hills Chair

Nancy Latu
Global HR Manager
Chatsworth Products


PIHRA Foundation

Serving Southern California Workforce Readiness

The PIHRA Foundation provides scholarship and educational opportunities for emerging HR professionals and HR professionals in transition. Learn more about the PIHRA Foundation at pihra.org/foundation


John Silver
Employment & Career Coach/Consultant 


Running for a Board Position

As a voting member of PIHRA, you can also decide to run for a position on the PIHRA Board of Directors. These positions are typically a two year commitment. Some of the roles that are available include:



VP, Finance


Regional Representation

There are also standing committee chair positions that are available in Professional Development, Membership Development, Organizational Continuity, Legislative Affairs and Young Professionals.

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, the individual must be a current voting PIHRA member in good standing and have previously served or currently serving in any one of the following positions:

A voting member of the PIHRA Board

A voting member of a PIHRA Chapter Board

A member of a standing committee or an ad hoc committee of the Board of Directors

The board position nominations are currently underway and will be voted on in October 2019.



Regional Representative – Northern Region

Regional Representative – Central Region

Regional Representative – Southern Region

Learn more about PIHRA leadership opportunities.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Lynn Hounsley at secretary@pihra.org or PIHRA Member Services at membership@pihra.org if you have any questions or need further assistance.

“PIHRA has been instrumental in my career. From the networking to the worthwhile program offerings, and the recertification credits to the opportunities to give back – I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and truly seen the value time & time again.”

– Liz Consuegra, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Field Human Resources (Petco, Southern CA)


PIHRA Past Presidents

Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!


2015 – 2016 Marilyn Monahan, Esq. 1978  Neil Christensen
2013 – 2014 Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP 1977  Bernice Hird
2011 – 2012 Richard Propster, SPHR-CA 1976 J. William Oldenkamp
2009 – 2010 Jenny Roney, SPHR 1975 Mary Lou Pyle
2007 – 2008 Dan Roleder, SPHR 1974 Stanley Croonquist, Jr.
2005 – 2006 Mark Gross 1973 William Stamper
2004 Terry Kolasa 1972 H. Walter Samson
2003 Pamela Winters, SPHR 1971 Gerald Townsend
2002 Mike Deblieux, SPHR 1970 Grant Kenyon
2001 Gregory Sims, SPHR 1969 William Foster
2000 Nancy Mellinger, SPHR 1968 David English
1999 Dennis Smith 1967 John Haynes
1998 Sandra Deming, SPHR 1966 Roy Cheney, Jr.
1997 Philip Barquer, SPHR 1965 Gordon Madden
1996 Anita Gorino, SPHR 1964 Herbert Sutton
1994 – 1995 William Groenekamp 1963 William Rule
1993 Thomas Christy 1962 Robert Vanderlip
1992 Jeanette Parr, SPHR 1961 Edmund Briggs
1991 Jim Rockett, PhD 1960 Carl Kaiser
1990 Earnest Preacely 1959 William Lee, PHR
1989 Roger Sommer, SPHR 1958 Paul Kaponya, PE
1988 Alan Dias 1956-1957 Robert Armstrong
1987 Gilbert Honeycutt 1955 John McLean
1986 Wanda Lee, SPHR 1954 Gerald Bradley
1985 Jon Weakly 1953 Bonar Dyer
1984 A. William Yochum 1952 Lawrence Cooper
1983 Wayne Strong 1951 Roy Madsen
1982 Ardith Gillis, SPHR 1949-1950 Paul Bell
1981 Robert Wenzel, Esq. 1948 Lewis Peck
1980 James Lacy 1947 Gerald Honey
1979 Sylvia Landa 1946 Eugene Hassett
    1945 A.W. Abrahamsen

Get Involved

There are many ways to volunteer with PIHRA & hone your leadership skills.