PIHRA Chapters and Communities

PIHRA South Bay

Chapter Meetings:

Every 2nd Thursday of the Month

The Ayres Hotel
14400 Hindry Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250


Times and locations of PIHRA South Bay events are subject to change.


Events include:

• Great speakers with HR related topics
• Current legal updates
• Webinars – lecture-style for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits
• Networking opportunities

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Welcome to PIHRA South Bay

PIHRA South Bay (formerly PIHRA District 6) includes the South Bay area and adjacent communities, roughly from the 105 Freeway on the north to the 110 Freeway on the east, to Pacific Coast Highway on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Our area is populated by exciting businesses from Aerospace to Silicon Beach and major manufacturing companies. We are surrounded by celebrated educational Institutions, beachside living and top tier shopping that annually draws thousands from around the world.

This website seeks to acquaint you with our Chapter, volunteer leaders, monthly educational meetings, resources available to PIHRA members and more. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments on how to better serve the South Bay HR and business communities.


Annual Sponsor





Career Strategy

See You There – Note: Career Strategy Meetings are currently held at PIHRA’s Home Office and listed on the PIHRA South Bay Calendar. Check back often or subscribe to South Bay’s email distribution list.

Rainmaker Thinking

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce has allowed the South Bay location to link to his website.


Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong; but that are manifested in other individuals and groups. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience, and job classification. Those qualities that make our organizations succeed! Click here for resources.



Volunteer Officers

For additional information, please contact us at

Chair:   Bridget Toomey

Vice-Chair:   Mery Propster, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Career Services Chair:   Richard Propster, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP

Hospitality Chair:   Cindy Belicka

Hospitality Committee:   Shawn Maller

Membership Chair:   Jeanie Talbot, PHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP

Programs Chair:   Simrit Dugal, PHR, SHRM-CP

Program Committee Chair:   Blanca Rodriguez, PHR

Audio Visual Chair:   Ray Cooke, PHR, SHRM-CP

Secretary/Treasurer:   Caryn Ratcliff, SPHR

Sponsorship Co-Chair:   Yvonne Fossati

Sponsorship Chair:   Edgar Garcia

Student Chapter Liaison Co-Chair:   Ivana Hazboun, PHR

Community Outreach Chair:   Edward Langhammer, Esq.

Immediate Past Chair:   Mery Propster, SPHR, SHRM-SCP



Community Involvement

Clothes the Deal

Give your business clothes a second life and someone else a second chance!
Beginning in November 2013, representatives of CLOTHES THE DEAL will attend our monthly meetings to collect your gently loved business attire to help those searching for meaningful employment. Donations are tax deductible.

1736 Family Crisis Center

Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. Please visit the website for more information: 1736familycrisiscenter.org



Partner & Sponsors

By targeting a market composed of Professionals in Human Resources and related areas, PIHRA South Bay is pleased to partner with our business community for their marketing efforts by providing advertising opportunities.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsoring a PIHRA South Bay event is without a doubt, the best way to reach South Bay Human Resources Professionals. For more information contact Edgar Mora Garcia and Christophner Gelpi, PIHRA South Bay Sponsorship Co-Chairs.

Annual Sponsor

We thank and acknowledge our 2021 Annual Sponsor



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