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
Tara Fournier, SPHR, SHRM-CP
VP, Human Resources
Susan Bowman, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Manager
Immediate Past President
Human Resources Director
Ray Cooke, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Consultant
Risk Advisor & Insurance Broker
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
Maru Trevizo, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President Human Resources
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Regional Representative Eastern RegionCoachella Valley, Riverside, Temecula Valley
Business Development Director
CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
Regional Representative Northern RegionAntelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County
Regional Representative Southern RegionNorth OC, San Diego Community, South OC
Jenny Roney, MPA, SPHR, IPMA-CPHuman Resources Director
Regional Representative Western RegionLong Beach, South Bay, West Los Angeles
Karen Whittaker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Supervisor, Benefits & Disability Big 5 Sporting Goods
2021 Committee Chairs Fostering PIHRA’s growth & development
Baskaran Ambalavanan, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Hila Solutions, LLC
Dana Mayhew, MPA, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Elizabeth Bolaños, SHRM-CP
HR Operations Manager
Traffic Management, Inc.
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.
Antelope Valley Chair
Jeannette Cook, Ph.D.
Director, Talent Management
Armine Muradyan, MBA-HRM, CUHRcp, PHRca, HRSM
Vice President, Human Resources
Los Angeles Federal Credit Union
Coachella Valley Chair
Dominique Fruchtman, SPHR
Owner & Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainer
Escape Room Palm Springs
Gateway Cities Chair
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Inland Valley Chair
Business Development Manager
Long Beach Chair
Business Development Specialist
LBS Financial Credit Union
Los Angeles Chair
Jennifer Blair, SPHR
Assistant Vice President
Alliant Employee Benefits
North OC Chair
Ron Herrera, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Employee Benefits Consulting
Vice President – Employee Benefits
Christina Gonzalez Hicks, SPHR
Human Resource Plus
Santa Clarita Chair
Sandi Malmquist, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Gothic Landscape, Inc.
South Bay Chair
Broker – Managing Risk, Retirement and Health
South OC Chair
Amanda Osburn, SPHR Employee Benefits & Wellness Consultant
SullivanCurtisMonroe Insurance Services, LLC
Temecula Valley Chair
Corporate Human Resource Manager
24 Hour Fitness
Ventura County Chair
Mary Valdivieso, SHRM-CP
Employee Benefits Sr. Account Executive
West Los Angeles Chair
Partner – Employee Benefits Insurance Services
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers
Woodland Hills Chair
Alison Norrup, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Health Net/Centene Corporation
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
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 Emerging Leaders.
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
These board positions will be voted for in October 2020.
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 PIHRA Secretary Brenda Trujillo at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Chapter Engagement 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.