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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 




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

 Susan Bowman, SPHR, SHRM-CP, PIHRA President-Elect Vice President

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

  Immediate Past President Patti Sprinkle
Human Resources Director

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

 Kristina Hess Secretary

Kristina Hess
Risk Advisor & Insurance Broker
Lockton Companies

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

Karen Boublis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Business Solutionz 

 Maru Trevizo, PIHRA Regional Representatie Regional Representative Central Region
Gateway Cities, Inland Valley, Los Angeles

Maru Trevizo, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President Human Resources
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

  Regional Representative Eastern Region
Coachella Valley, Riverside, Temecula Valley

Michael Sousa
Business Development Director
CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC

  Regional Representative Northern Region
Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County 


Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CP   
Regional Representative Southern Region
North OC, San Diego Community, South OC 

Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CP
Human Resources Director

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

Karen Whittaker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice-President, Human Resources
Big 5 Sporting Goods


2021 Committee Chairs

Fostering PIHRA’s growth & development

 Matthew Paletz Membership

Matthew Paletz
Lockton Companies

 Baskaran Ambalavanan Programs

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

Dana Mayhew  Government Affairs

Dana Mayhew, MPA, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
TDC Consults

 Elizabeth Bolanos Emerging Leaders

Elizabeth Bolaños, SHRM-CP
HR Operations Manager
Traffic Management, Inc.

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


2021 Chapter & Community 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.

Jeannette Cook, PhD  Antelope Valley Chair

Jeannette Cook, Ph.D.
Director, Talent Management
Learn4Life Network

Armine Muradyan   Burbank/Glendale Chair

Armine Muradyan, MBA-HRM, CUHRcp, PHRca, HRSM
Vice President, Human Resources
Los Angeles Federal Credit Union

Dominique Fruchtman  Coachella Valley Chair

Dominique Fruchtman, SPHR
Owner & Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainer
Escape Room Palm Springs

Cody Farzad  Gateway Cities Chair

Cody Farzad
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Frasco Profiles

Cindy Kao  Inland Valley Chair

Cindy Kao
Business Development Manager
Accounting Principals

Oscar Velasco  Long Beach Chair

Oscar Velasco
Business Development Specialist 
LBS Financial Credit Union

 Los Angeles Chair

Jennifer Blair, SPHR
Assistant Vice President
Alliant Employee Benefits

Ron Herrera  North OC Chair

Ron Herrera, PHR, SHRM-CP 
Vice President, Employee Benefits Consulting

Joel Riegsecker  Pasadena Chair

Joel Riegsecker
Vice President – Employee Benefits
Leavitt Group

Christina Gonzalez-Hicks  Riverside Chair

Christina Gonzalez Hicks, SPHR
Human Resource Plus

 Santa Clarita Chair

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

Bridget Toomey  South Bay Chair

Bridget Toomey
Broker – Managing Risk, Retirement and Health

Amanda Osburn, SPHR  South OC Chair

Amanda Osburn, SPHR
Employee Benefits & Wellness Consultant
SullivanCurtisMonroe Insurance Services, LLC

Kim Rutherford  Temecula Valley Chair

Kim Rutherford
Corporate Human Resource Manager
24 Hour Fitness

Mary Valdivieso  Ventura County Chair

Mary Valdivieso, SHRM-CP
Employee Benefits Sr. Account Executive

 West Los Angeles Chair

Hunt Turner
Partner – Employee Benefits Insurance Services 
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers

Alison Norrup  Woodland Hills Chair

Alison Norrup, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Health Net/Centene Corporation


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


Michelle Schuh President

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


Running for a Board Position

As a current, voting member of PIHRA, you have the benefit of running for a leadership position on the PIHRA Board of Directors or on a PIHRA Chapter Board. The elected positions range from one – two year commitments. There are also standing committee chair positions on the PIHRA Board of Directors. These are appointed positions and lead the following areas for the association: Professional Development, Membership Development, Organizational Continuity, Legislative Affairs, College Relations and Emerging Leaders.

To find out more about the annual election process, including contact information for the nominations committee, please visit the PIHRA Volunteer page.

We look forward to your contribution in helping take PIHRA to its next stage of development.

“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!


2017 – 2020 Patti Sprinkle 1978  Neil Christensen
2015 – 2016 Marilyn Monahan, Esq. 1977  Bernice Hird
2013 – 2014 Wayne Munyer, PHR, SHRM-CP 1976 J. William Oldenkamp
2011 – 2012 Richard Propster, SPHR-CA 1975 Mary Lou Pyle
2009 – 2010 Jenny Roney, SPHR 1974 Stanley Croonquist, Jr.
2007 – 2008 Dan Roleder, SPHR 1973 William Stamper
2005 – 2006 Mark Gross 1972 H. Walter Samson
2004 Terry Kolasa 1971 Gerald Townsend
2003 Pamela Winters, SPHR 1970 Grant Kenyon
2002 Mike Deblieux, SPHR 1969 William Foster
2001 Gregory Sims, SPHR 1968 David English
2000 Nancy Mellinger, SPHR 1967 John Haynes
1999 Dennis Smith 1966 Roy Cheney, Jr.
1998 Sandra Deming, SPHR 1965 Gordon Madden
1997 Philip Barquer, SPHR 1964 Herbert Sutton
1996 Anita Gorino, SPHR 1963 William Rule
1994 – 1995 William Groenekamp 1962 Robert Vanderlip
1993 Thomas Christy 1961 Edmund Briggs
1992 Jeanette Parr, SPHR 1960 Carl Kaiser
1991 Jim Rockett, PhD 1959 William Lee, PHR
1990 Earnest Preacely 1958 Paul Kaponya, PE
1989 Roger Sommer, SPHR 1956-1957 Robert Armstrong
1988 Alan Dias 1955 John McLean
1987 Gilbert Honeycutt 1954 Gerald Bradley
1986 Wanda Lee, SPHR 1953 Bonar Dyer
1985 Jon Weakly 1952 Lawrence Cooper
1984 A. William Yochum 1951 Roy Madsen
1983 Wayne Strong 1949-1950 Paul Bell
1982 Ardith Gillis, SPHR 1948 Lewis Peck
1981 Robert Wenzel, Esq. 1947 Gerald Honey
1980 James Lacy 1946 Eugene Hassett
1979 Sylvia Landa 1945 A.W. Abrahamsen

Get Involved

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