TAHRA Chapter Committees
TAHRA currently has 16 Chapter Committees actively working to improve TAHRA services to members and the community. Please contact our committee chairs if you have any questions or have an interest in joining a committee.
College Relations Committee
The College Relations Committee manages the scholarship program, internship program, and college outreach efforts. The committee also recommends community service projects to the chapter and coordinates with the SHRM College Relations Core Leadership Area conferences and state HR Games.
College Relations Chair:
Amanda Espino, PHR
Community Relations Committee
The Community Relations Committee is responsible for the chapter's community outreach efforts. The committee recommends community service projects, increases awareness of community organizations that would benefit the HR profession, provides chapter members with information on outreach opportunities and develops and maintains relationships with local Chamber of Commerce and community groups.
Board Member At Large - Community Chair:
The Diversity Committee is responsible for monitoring and evaluating local activities concerning diversity issues. The committee will lead the efforts towards increasing diversity in the chapter's membership and to publicize successful diversity programs in the local community. In addition, the committee will continually develop and/or distribute information and materials to chapter members to promote diversity in the workplace.
VP of Diversity:
Justice Waidner Smith, MA
The Education Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating Learning Labs for TAHRA. Learning Labs offer educational opportunities to TAHRA members (and guests) by providing current, relevant, interesting "and even entertaining" information relative to the ever-changing world of Human Resources. The Committee meets once or twice per year to decide on the topics (based on member input & suggestions). Committee members secure the speakers and facilitate the Labs.
VP of Education:
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for raising funds for chapter activities. The Committee meets once or twice per year to plan and coordinate events.
Kari Dean, PHR, SHRM-CP
The Golf Tournament/Fundraising Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting the chapter's annual golf tournament and other fundraising activities. In addition, the committee is responsible for seeking event sponsors and recruiting additional volunteers to help at the events.
Board Member At Large - Fundraising Chair:
Sarah Phelps, J.D., PHR
Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee is primarily responsible for the professional development of TAHRA members by providing seminars, workshops and other development opportunities. The committee contributes to the selection of topics and speakers for program meetings and provides information relating to leadership development opportunities to newsletter editor, members and others. The Committee is also responsible for presenting the annual Richard J. Messer Excellence in Human Resources Management Award.
VP of Leadership Development:
Brandon Brazeel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Legislative Affairs Committee
The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for monitoring and evaluating pending legislative, regulatory and legal action at the federal, state and local level that may have an impact on the management of human resources. The committee then presents the legislative report or update to the board of directors and fellow members as appropriate. TAHRA's Annual Legislative Conference is planned by this Committee.
VP of Legislative Affairs:
Rachel Crawford, J.D.
Membership & Hospitality Committee
The Membership & Hospitality Committee is responsible for reaching out to HR professionals or SHRM members who are not currently TAHRA members, conducting new member orientation, creating fun ways to increase membership and highlight current members through meetings, newsletters, etc. The committee is also responsible for setting up a hospitality table at program meetings to greet new members, pair new members with board members and/or seasoned TAHRA members and taking the pulse of current member satisfaction.
VP of Membership:
Kristi Spaethe, PHR, SHRM-CP
The Program Committee is responsible for providing quality programs monthly for the chapter membership. The committee selects topics and speakers for program meetings, secures speakers and makes arrangements, writes articles for the newsletter describing the programs and ensures that program meetings run smoothly.
VP of Programs:
Nancy Gunter, SPHR
Public Relations Committee
The Public Relations Committee helps promote TAHRA to the general public and keeps members informed of HR and TAHRA issues through 1) TAHRA Newsletters, 2) Advertising, 3) Special Events and 4) Publicity/Media.
VP of Public Relations:
Dixie Agostino, SPHR, CPC
The Registration Committee leads the registration process at each program meeting and learning lab, collects appropriate fees, distributes name badges, disseminates program handouts, directs members and guests and arrives 30 minutes early to each meeting. This is a fun committee which allows committee members to greet and interact with TAHRA members and guests.
SHRM Foundation Committee
The SHRM Foundation Committee is primarily responsible for the education, promotion, and representation of the SHRM Foundation and its activities to the chapter membership. The committee also updates the chapter membership on SHRM fundraising needs and encourages members to contribute financially to the SHRM Foundation and show support for the human resources profession.
SHRM Foundation Chair:
Jackie Evins, PHR, SHRM-CP
The Website Committee is tasked with providing and supporting members with an innovative website to interact and make resources available to the TAHRA membership. The Website Committee will work closely with all of the other TAHRA committees to coordinate events and information that brings value to our members.
Board Member At Large - Website/Technology Chair:
Workforce Readiness Committee
The Workforce Readiness Committee partners with the SHRM State Council to develop and implement a workforce readiness agenda and goals for TAHRA. Goals include conducting one workforce readiness activity a year and to incorporate these activities into each of our chapter programs, such as offering updates, activities or hosting workforce readiness officials at TAHRA meetings.
Workforce Readiness Chair:
The Certification Committee manages the chapter's HR certification study program and encourages members to become certified and/or recertified as PHR/SPHR/GPHR by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition, the committee provides information about any changes in recertification requirements, exam policies and costs and works with the chapter program chairs to secure HRCI approved-for-credit status for applicable chapter programs.
Christy Ptak, SPHR, SHRM-SCP