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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

 Brenda Trujillo Secretary

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

  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
Senior Director, Human Resources
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

 Lynn Hounsley Regional Representative Eastern Region
Coachella Valley, Riverside, Temecula Valley

Lynn Hounsley
Integrity HR Inc.

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 OC, South OC 

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


2020 Committee Chairs

Fostering PIHRA’s growth & development



 Baskaran Ambalavanan Programs

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

Dana Mayhew  Government Affairs

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

 Elizabeth Bolanos Emerging Leaders

Elizabeth Bolanos
Senior HR Generalist
Traffic Management Inc

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


2020 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.

Jeannette Cook, PhD  Antelope Valley Chair

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

Armine Muradyan   Burbank/Glendale Chair

Armine Muradyan
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

Brandon Burroughs  Inland Valley Chair

Brandon Burroughs, SPHR
Assistant Vice President
Bolton & Company

Mindy Isaac, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  Long Beach Chair

Mindy Isaac, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
HR Director

 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

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.

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
Human Resource Manager

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

Carol Box  Woodland Hills Chair

Senior HR Generalist


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 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:





Regional Representation

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 secretary@pihra.org or Chapter Engagement at wayne@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.