Volunteering to serve on a committee or board position allows you to network with other Capital Region HR professionals, enhance leadership skills, build your resume and contribute to the local HR community.

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Committee Chair: Azita Hirsa, Ph.D.

Committee Members: Mat Petrin, SPHR®/SHRM-SCP®; Loretta Kuhland, SPHR®/SHRM-SCP®; Sherri L. Donnelly, SHRM-SCP®, SPHR®, CEBS; Valarie Ruff, SPHR®; Kelli Schreivogl, SPHR®

Purpose/Mission: The Certification Committee assists HR professionals to obtain and/or retain the desired HR certification through study preparation groups, opportunities for recertification credits, and programs of scholarships and sponsorships. At this time, a study preparation group for the PHR® and SPHR® certifications is held each spring and fall prior to the designated exam testing windows. Please contact Dr. Azita Hirsa with any questions regarding the study group.


Registration for the Fall 2020 Study Group begins August 20, 2020, on through noon on September 3, 2020 - Click here to register!

Our Study Group provides the body of knowledge required to take the PHR®/SPHR® Exams. For more information on the PHR® or SPHR® exam registration, requirements deadlines, and fees, please visit the HR Certification Institute: www.hrci.org

Study group participation is limited with priority to current qualified CRHRA members who intend to sit for exams in the upcoming testing window. Non-members (including non-active members) may register through the link and will be placed on a waiting list. The study group size is limited to 20 participants.

Study Group Cost: $295 for CRHRA members ($325 for non-members). Course materials and instruction are included in the cost of the study group.

Instruction/Materials: CRHRA uses materials provided by Human Resources Certification Preparation (HRCP)

Location: Due to the COVID-19 situation, our session will be conducted online. Access information will be shared following registration. 

Study Group Schedule: Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Starting September 15, 2020 – November 17, 2020

Contact: Jess LePore | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® Certification:
For the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®), please visit www.shrm.org/certification



Committee Chair: Jessica LaMoy

Purpose/Mission: The purpose of the Communications Committee is to provide oversight and direction for all aspects of CRHRA communications and public relations, including social media, website and email content, and the monthly newsletter release. Our mission is to develop and maintain continual, high-quality communications across all mediums in order to create and promote awareness about CRHRA – this includes membership benefits, events and program offerings, and opportunities for involvement. The Committee promotes and manages CRHRA’s overall online presence, both internally through the website and externally through a variety of social media outlets. The committee ensures that website content is current, creates interest and promotes participation in conversation via social media, and generally provides HR content as a value-add for all members.

Our overall goals are:

  1. for our chapter and our membership to be considered the place to come for human resource expertise in the HR Community within the Capital Region and
  2. to promote the programs and value of CRHRA to drive more members to engage their membership participation. From a communications perspective, we want members to think of and utilize CRHRA every time they have an HR-related question/idea/conversation topic. Our ultimate purpose is to advance the human resource profession!

Volunteer Opportunities: The Communications Committee would love for you to get involved and help us to grow our overall communications plan and social media presence! We are always looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to join the Communications committee. The Communications Committee would benefit from HR Professionals with a passion/interest in the following areas: Website and Social Media Content Writing, Graphic Designers, Newsletter Design and Editing, Photography, Social Media and Marketing Strategy, Writing Articles, and Website Editing. If you have any other creative area of expertise or idea for the committee, then we would be happy to hear from you. If you are interested in volunteering with the Communications Committee, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: Swinka Richards

Purpose/Mission: The Finance Committee creates and maintains the financial records of CRHRA. The committee reports the status of the complete fiscal picture to the Board on a monthly basis and to the membership on an annual basis.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Finance Committee is actively seeking new committee volunteers! If you're interested in volunteering for the Finance Committee or receiving an update on the fiscal status of CRHRA, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: Maria Smirensky

Purpose/Mission: The Government Affairs Committee monitors legislative activity affecting the Human Resources Profession and coordinates legislative activities through lobbying, providing speakers, and organizing campaigns designed to initiate legislative input from CRHRA members.

Government Affairs Committee responsibilities include:

  • Check out the Wage Theft Prevention Act calculator
  • Communicating the status of federal and state legislative issues to CRHRA members through newsletter articles, the CRHRA web site, and activities at monthly membership meetings
  • Acting as legislative liaison to the SHRM NY State Council
  • Coordinating activities of SHRM's HR Voice by informing members of legislative activities and of specific strategies to communicate opinions to legislative decision-makers
  • Coordinating various legislative activities through CRHRA such as lobbying, presenting testimony at legislative hearings, and providing educational opportunities in the legislative area either solely or in conjunction with other committees
  • How can you help? Write a letter to your Legislator- It’s quick and easy SHRM does all the work for you!

Become a Volunteer: To volunteer for the Government Affairs Committee, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: Mariah Ramundo

Purpose/Mission: The Marketing Committee promotes CRHRA by increasing public awareness of its programs and services, through public relations and partnerships, and is responsible for securing sponsors for CRHRA events and programs.

Current Issues/Projects: The Marketing Committee is presently working on a number of projects, including:

  • Developing a comprehensive database of potential sponsors of CRHRA events and programs
  • Creating promotional materials to be used in soliciting sponsors Drafting press releases for CRHRA monthly meetings and other CRHRA events
  • Identifying and developing strategies to partner with other business organizations

Volunteer Opportunities: The Marketing Committee is actively seeking new volunteers looking to serve CRHRA. To volunteer, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: Lyndsay Meilleur-Patel

Purpose/Mission: To develop new and creative ideas for attracting and retaining membership; responsible for the approval of new member applications; host the new member table at CRHRA program meetings each month.

Current Issues/Projects:

  • Continue to further develop the Member Orientation Program by seeking new and creative ideas for new member orientation.
  • Maintain and retain members!

Volunteer Opportunities: The Membership Committee is always looking for active participation from members. Participation, whether a one-time commitment, a creative idea, or as a committee member will greatly be appreciated. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

Committee Chair: Shauna Waldin

Purpose/Mission: Providing top-quality professional development opportunities for HR professionals that focus on contemporary thinking about HR fundamentals and emerging HR issues is a commitment CRHRA makes to its members. The Programs are aimed at offering a series of topics that anticipate and address the needs of human resources professionals in a constantly changing environment. The Programs Committee also relays local/regional volunteer possibilities for HR professionals in the business community. Additionally, the committee partners with other local professional organizations and educational institutions to expand the scope and variety of presentations, which will appeal to all audiences.

Current Issues/Projects:

  • Coordinating Monthly (Virtual) Programs for the current program year
  • Follow up on program feedback and evaluations from members
  • Assist in the coordination of the Annual Conference  

Volunteer Opportunities: If you're interested in volunteering for the Programs Committee, or attending a committee meeting, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: Chris Wessell

Purpose/Mission: The goal of the CRHRA Student Engagement Committee is to provide an opportunity for Capital Region students exploring the field of Human Resources to network and interact with local Human Resources professionals. Students can expand their academic knowledge in the professional HR arena including areas such as compensation, benefits, recruitment, training, and HRIS. Welcome HR Professionals! The Student Engagement Committee is actively working with area colleges and students to promote the field of human resources and provide resources to the colleges and students to better understand the field and network with professionals. We are seeking our members and local HR professionals to help support our mission. This support can come in many ways. You can offer an HR internship through your organization, spend a day with a student allowing them to job shadow your daily activities, become a mentor to a student for a semester, present at a local college on a functional HR topic, or speak with students regarding the benefits of CRHRA and SHRM membership.

Volunteer Opportunities: If you're interested in volunteering for the Student Engagement Committee, or attending a committee meeting, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Chair: LB Hannahs, PhD

Purpose/Mission: The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee efforts will take an inward look and focus on CRHRA organizational practices to ensure that CRHRA is a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Over the course of the remaining months of 2020, the DEI Committee will be performing a diversity audit of CRHRA to understand our current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Our goal is to learn what we are doing well and where our opportunities are.

Volunteer Opportunities: If you're interested in volunteering for the DEI Committee, or attending a committee meeting, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..