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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. 2016 Heidi Hartman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  2. 2015 Michelle Lehman
  3. 2014 Billie Fisher Callahan, SPHR
  4. 2013 Brandon Brazeel, SPHR
  5. 2012 Chris Wright, PhD
  6. 2011 Bryan Wempen
  7. 2010 Jennifer Shultz, PHR / Bryan Wempen
  8. 2009 - 2000
  9. 2009 Holly Fisher, PHR
  10. 2008 Julie Callahan, PHR
  11. 2007 Candia Fields, PHR
  12. 2006 Andy Staub, SPHR
  13. 2005 Andy Staub, SPHR
  14. 2004 Christy DePasquale, SPHR
  15. 2003 Paul Mackey, SPHR
  16. 2002 W. Kirk Turner
  17. 2001 William D. Young, SPHR
  18. 2000 Bill Webb, SPHR
  19. 1999 - 1990
  20. 1999 Laura McIntosh, SPHR
  21. 1998 Jan Simmons
  22. 1997 Libby Gentry, SPHR
  23. 1996 Delbert Rice, SPHR
  24. 1995 Rosalia Cunningham, PHR
  25. 1994 Sue Chase, SPHR
  26. 1993 Shannon Warren
  27. 1992 Preston Whitson
  28. 1991 H.C. (Will) Williams
  29. 1990 Carol Koepernik
  30. 1989 - 1980
  31. 1989 Sharon Scott, SPHR
  32. 1988 Jack Koepernik, SPHR
  33. 1987 Terri Dillon, SPHR
  34. 1986 Robert Brazil
  35. 1985 Claudia Banford, SPHR
  36. 1984 Jan Dick
  37. 1983 Jim Perkins
  38. 1982 Tony Michela
  39. 1981 Art Long
  40. 1980 Joseph Mitcho, SPHR
  41. 1979 - 1972
  42. 1979 David Miller
  43. 1978 Bob Childress
  44. 1977 Larry F. O'Byne
  45. 1976 Francis J.P. Carey
  46. 1975 Richard Messer, SPHR
  47. 1974 John Wylie
  48. 1973 Ray Canfield
  49. 1972 Del Cook