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TAHRA Chapter History

In the early 1970's a group of Tulsa Area HR executives began meeting to discuss forming an human resources professional organization. The goal of the group was to create networking opportunities and meet periodically to discuss areas of common interests. This information group was formalized in 1972 when the Tulsa Personnel Association was formed. Shortly after formation and upon meeting national requirements, the Tulsa Personnel Association (TPA) was accepted as Chapter #175 of the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA). In 1989, ASPA changed its name to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Following SHRM's lead, TPA changed its name to the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). From its inception in 1972 to today, TAHRA has grown from less than 20 members to over 500.

The founding members of TAHRA anticipated the need for a local chapter to represent the human resources profession. Their goal was to provide continued professional development opportunities, networking and advance the interests of a transitioning profession.

 

Past TAHRA Presidents

    Present - 2010
  1. 2015 Michelle Lehman
  2. 2014 Billie Fisher Callahan, SPHR
  3. 2013 Brandon Brazeel, SPHR
  4. 2012 Chris Wright, PhD
  5. 2011 Bryan Wempen
  6. 2010 Jennifer Shultz, PHR / Bryan Wempen
  7. 2009 - 2000
  8. 2009 Holly Fisher, PHR
  9. 2008 Julie Callahan, PHR
  10. 2007 Candia Fields, PHR
  11. 2006 Andy Staub, SPHR
  12. 2005 Andy Staub, SPHR
  13. 2004 Christy DePasquale, SPHR
  14. 2003 Paul Mackey, SPHR
  15. 2002 W. Kirk Turner
  16. 2001 William D. Young, SPHR
  17. 2000 Bill Webb, SPHR
  18. 1999 - 1990
  19. 1999 Laura McIntosh, SPHR
  20. 1998 Jan Simmons
  21. 1997 Libby Gentry, SPHR
  22. 1996 Delbert Rice, SPHR
  23. 1995 Rosalia Cunningham, PHR
  24. 1994 Sue Chase, SPHR
  25. 1993 Shannon Warren
  26. 1992 Preston Whitson
  27. 1991 H.C. (Will) Williams
  28. 1990 Carol Koepernik
  29. 1989 - 1980
  30. 1989 Sharon Scott, SPHR
  31. 1988 Jack Koepernik, SPHR
  32. 1987 Terri Dillon, SPHR
  33. 1986 Robert Brazil
  34. 1985 Claudia Banford, SPHR
  35. 1984 Jan Dick
  36. 1983 Jim Perkins
  37. 1982 Tony Michela
  38. 1981 Art Long
  39. 1980 Joseph Mitcho, SPHR
  40. 1979 - 1972
  41. 1979 David Miller
  42. 1978 Bob Childress
  43. 1977 Larry F. O'Byne
  44. 1976 Francis J.P. Carey
  45. 1975 Richard Messer, SPHR
  46. 1974 John Wylie
  47. 1973 Ray Canfield
  48. 1972 Del Cook