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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. 2019 Dixie Agostino, SPHRM-SCP, SPHR
  2. 2018 Kristi Spaethe, SHRM-CP, PHR
  3. 2017 Nancy Gunter, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  4. 2016 Heidi Hartman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  5. 2015 Michelle Lehman
  6. 2014 Billie Fisher Callahan, SPHR
  7. 2013 Brandon Brazeel, SPHR
  8. 2012 Chris Wright, PhD
  9. 2011 Bryan Wempen
  10. 2010 Jennifer Shultz, PHR / Bryan Wempen
  11. 2009 - 2000
  12. 2009 Holly Fisher, PHR
  13. 2008 Julie Callahan, PHR
  14. 2007 Candia Fields, PHR
  15. 2006 Andy Staub, SPHR
  16. 2005 Andy Staub, SPHR
  17. 2004 Christy DePasquale, SPHR
  18. 2003 Paul Mackey, SPHR
  19. 2002 W. Kirk Turner
  20. 2001 William D. Young, SPHR
  21. 2000 Bill Webb, SPHR
  22. 1999 - 1990
  23. 1999 Laura McIntosh, SPHR
  24. 1998 Jan Simmons
  25. 1997 Libby Gentry, SPHR
  26. 1996 Delbert Rice, SPHR
  27. 1995 Rosalia Cunningham, PHR
  28. 1994 Sue Chase, SPHR
  29. 1993 Shannon Warren
  30. 1992 Preston Whitson
  31. 1991 H.C. (Will) Williams
  32. 1990 Carol Koepernik
  33. 1989 - 1980
  34. 1989 Sharon Scott, SPHR
  35. 1988 Jack Koepernik, SPHR
  36. 1987 Terri Dillon, SPHR
  37. 1986 Robert Brazil
  38. 1985 Claudia Banford, SPHR
  39. 1984 Jan Dick
  40. 1983 Jim Perkins
  41. 1982 Tony Michela
  42. 1981 Art Long
  43. 1980 Joseph Mitcho, SPHR
  44. 1979 - 1972
  45. 1979 David Miller
  46. 1978 Bob Childress
  47. 1977 Larry F. O'Byne
  48. 1976 Francis J.P. Carey
  49. 1975 Richard Messer, SPHR
  50. 1974 John Wylie
  51. 1973 Ray Canfield
  52. 1972 Del Cook