Joe is a Human Capital Generalist with Maximus, Inc. in Albany, where he supports call center and back office employees as a member of a passionate and dynamic HR team. His career has been characterized by a combination of broad operations management experience and human resource specialization in a variety of industries and environments, from managing operations and HR in retail settings to grooming the next generation of leaders in a pharmacy benefits management company.

Joe hold a Bachelor of Arts in English and a theater certificate from Siena College, as well as a Master of Science in Organization Management from Sage Graduate School. A member of CRHRA since 2008, Joe served on the Membership and Student Chapter committees before joining the Board in 2016.

Chris has over 16 years of recruiting experience, and is currently president and co-founder of Staffegy, where he and his team consult with organizations on their staffing strategy and processes. For ten years prior, Chris owned and managed local IT staffing agency Pinnacle Recruiting. Before starting that company, he worked for local and national recruiting firms.

Chris has an MBA from UAlbany with an Human Resource Information Systems concentration (2004) and has been PHR certified since 2009. An active CRHRA member since 2002, he started as a student member in graduate school, serving as President of UAlbany's inaugural SHRM Student Chapter. In the years that followed Chris was involved in several committees, joining the CRHRA Board from 2008-2011, and then 2016 to present. In his past role as CRHRA President, he is most proud of guiding the organization through significant back office changes that have already started enhancing the member experience and positioning the association for growth.

Chris is also on the board of Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY (and an active classroom volunteer), and is passionate about bringing financial education to Capital Region youth. He is a past board member of organizations including New York State SHRM, the Capital Region Recruiters Network, a founding board member of the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals, Schenectady County Community College Foundation, and the UAlbany Alumni Association.

Jessica currently works in the HR Department at the Center for Disability Services, where she provides support in the areas of employee relations, personnel changes, unemployment, compensation, training and compliance. The Center
provides comprehensive health care, residential services, education, adult programming, and skilled nursing care to people with disabilities. The Center employs over 2,700 workers in over 80 locations throughout the Capital Region.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Strategic HR Development concentration from SienaCollege. She has been a member of CRHRA since joining as a student in 2015 and continued her involvement with CRHRA afterward as a volunteer. She has been a volunteer on the Communications Committee since 2017 and has stepped into a leadership role as the Communications Chair. In this role, Jessica provides oversight and direction forall aspects of CRHRA communications, including social media, website and email content, and the monthly newsletter.

Courtney Schingledecker is a motivated HR professional who lives in the Capital Region. In May of 2011, Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College with a dual major in Human Resources Management and Management and Leadership. Courtney joined Thoroughbred Advisors in May of 2015 as the Director of Selection and Development. In this role, she is utilizing her recruiting background to build a team of financial and insurance professionals, focusing in the Capital Region where three of their offices are located.

Courtney has been a member of Capital Region Human Resource Association since 2013. With a passion for connecting people and reducing our local unemployment rate, Courtney is the Chair of the Workforce Readiness Committee. She is responsible for organizing the committee to attend events throughout the year where they support job seekers in our area. Combining her positive attitude and optimistic outlook, Courtney is driven to succeed through empowering others to reach their full potential.

Azita Hirsa is a lecturer in the Industrial Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Over the years, she has developed and taught a broad range of management courses at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, as a full-time faculty and an adjunct professor at various area colleges. Her main teaching and research focus include Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.

Azita has been a member of SHRM since 2007 and a member of CRHRA since 2013. She served as a member of the Public Relations committee in 2015 and has been chair of the certification committee since August 2016. She has also served on the board of trustees at the Clifton Park_Halfmoon Public Library and as chair of its Personnel Committee.

Dr. Hirsa earned her Ph.D. at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology with a focus on
Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Shauna is a certified Human Resources professional working within the Employee Benefit Management Group at Rose & Kiernan. Shauna has broad HR experience across multiple industries and brings a unique perspective while supporting clients in areas of compliance to include those governed by ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, State and Federal Regulations. She also provides employers with guidance on all forms of Wellness initiatives. Shauna received her Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from The Huether School of Business at The College of Saint Rose with a concentration in Human Resources and Financial Planning. Shauna also earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution. Shauna is a long-standing member of SHRM at the National and Local level and has served for the past couple of years on the Government Affairs Committee.

LB has been a diversity and inclusion professional for ten years, in both the public and private sector. Currently, LB is the Inclusion Development Strategist for Tangible Development, a consulting firm based out of Latham, specializing in strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work that results in systemic organizational change. Using a blend of scholarship as a researcher, and practical, hands-on experience as a diversity educator and higher education administrator, LB is a bridge builder and problem solver with an expertise in organizational transformation. A skilled speaker and educator, LB has a featured TED talk and was part of Starbucks’ Third Place Speaker Series in 2018.

A native of the Capital Region, LB received an Associate’s Degree in Music Performance at Schenectady County Community College followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. LB is currently a PhD Candidate from the University of Florida in Higher Education Administration and Policy, with a focus on researching strategic diversity policies and planning. LB was part of the executive team of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals for six years, served on the board of the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida and is a co-founder of Gainesville Equality Youth.

Swinka Richards is a certified Human Resources professional in the Capital District Regional Area. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Siena College in Accounting, and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from Sage Graduate School. Swinka has worked for over 15 years at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). She started NYSUT as an accountant and over 2 years ago transitioned to Human Resources. 

Swinka became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2009 and currently moonlights at Atria Senior Living in her spare time when not bonding with her teenage son. 

Swinka became a member of both CRHRA and SHRM in 2017, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Her goal is to work with the members of the CRHRA Finance Committee to provide guidance on accounting and reporting practices, make financial planning recommendations and prepare monthly reports for the Treasurer.