Leading the PIHRA Community
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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
Human Resources Director
Tara Fournier, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Director, Human Resources
Immediate Past President
Ray Cooke, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Consultant
Integrity HR Inc.
Regional Representative Valley RegionBurbank/Glendale, Pasadena, Woodland Hills
Karen Boublis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Business Solutionz
Regional Representative Central RegionGateway Cities, Inland Valley, Los Angeles
Brenda Trujillo, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Partner & President
Bowen-Meyers & Associates
Regional Representative Eastern RegionCoachella Valley, Riverside, SW Riverside
Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP
Groveside HR Consulting
Regional Representative Northern RegionAntelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County
Susan Bowman, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Manager
Regional Representative Southern RegionNorth Orange Co., South Orange Co.
Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CPHuman Resources Director
Irvine Ranch Water District
Regional Representative Western RegionLong 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, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Global Human Resources Director & HR Business Partner
Baskaran Ambalavanan, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Hila Solutions, LLC
Brenda Rushforth, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
Corporate Human Resources Manager & Business Partner
ACCO Engineered Systems Total Duration
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.
Antelope Valley Chair
Rottman Drilling Co
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
Gateway Cities Chair
Assistant Vice President
Bolton & Company
Inland Valley Chair
Human Resources Intern
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Long Beach Chair
Mindy Isaac, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Los Angeles Chair
Jennifer Blair, SPHR
VP, Employee Benefits Consultant
Tolman & Wiker
North Orange Co. Chair
Client Services Consultant
Sr. Managing Partner, HR Division
Christina Gonzalez Hicks, SPHR
LEAPROS™ Workforce Solutions
Santa Clarita Chair
Sandi Malmquist, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Gothic Landscape, Inc.
South Bay Chair
Mery Propster, SPHR
South Orange Co. Chair
Scott Ripley Benefits Advisor
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
SW Riverside Chair
Michelle Schuh, PHR, SHRM-CP
Partner, Employee Benefits
Wood Gutman & Bogart Insurance Brokers
Ventura County Chair
Mary Valdivieso, SHRM-CP
Employee Benefits Account Executive
West Los Angeles Chair
Managing Director of Employee Benefits
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers
Woodland Hills Chair
Global HR Manager
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
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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or PIHRA Member Services at email@example.com if you have any questions or need further assistance.
PIHRA Past Presidents Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but
because they are PRICELESS!
2015 – 2016
Marilyn Monahan, Esq.
2013 – 2014
Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP
2011 – 2012
Richard Propster, SPHR-CA
J. William Oldenkamp
2009 – 2010
Jenny Roney, SPHR
Mary Lou Pyle
2007 – 2008
Dan Roleder, SPHR
Stanley Croonquist, Jr.
2005 – 2006
H. Walter Samson
Pamela Winters, SPHR
Mike Deblieux, SPHR
Gregory Sims, SPHR
Nancy Mellinger, SPHR
Sandra Deming, SPHR
Roy Cheney, Jr.
Philip Barquer, SPHR
Anita Gorino, SPHR
1994 – 1995
Jeanette Parr, SPHR
Jim Rockett, PhD
William Lee, PHR
Roger Sommer, SPHR
Paul Kaponya, PE
Wanda Lee, SPHR
A. William Yochum
Ardith Gillis, SPHR
Robert Wenzel, Esq.
There are many ways to volunteer with PIHRA & hone your leadership skills.