Mission

The mission of NISHRM is to advance, through mutual and cooperative efforts, the knowledge, training, efficiency, expertise and ability of individual members in the profession of Human Resources.

History

NISHRM was formed in 1942 as the Lake County Employment Managers Association. The name was changed to NIAPA in 1979 when the group was chartered as the local Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In 1990, the name was changed again to more accurately reflect the changes that had occurred in the HR profession, and in 1994, the NISHRM name was adapted to better reflect the affiliation with SHRM.
The individual members of NISHRM represent Lake and Northern Cook counties. Both industrial and service organizations, as well as HR consultants, are represented in the membership.

Leadership

NISHRM is completely organized by volunteer members. We are always seeking HR professionals to get involved, not just by participating in meetings and networking events, but in helping to plan and organize our activities. Whether you might consider a formal role on the board of directors or involvement in a specific project we need your expertise and energy.

Please contact us at admin@nishrm.org to learn more about open Board and Committee positions.

 

 

Melissa Trakos

Vice President of Membership or Membership At-Large Director, Events & Registration

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Manage the membership function to successfully achieve an increase in chapter membership. Guide the activities of the following committees: volunteers, membership, membership directory, awards, and hospitality.

Jodi Weiss

Vice President of Membership or Membership At-Large Director, Events & Registration

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Manage the membership function to successfully achieve an increase in chapter membership. Guide the activities of the following committees: volunteers, membership, membership directory, awards, and hospitality.

Loren Sanders

Secretary

President

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Take minutes of chapter meetings, provide notice of meetings and general correspondence.  Maintain chapter records and history.

Provide leadership to the local chapter consistent with state, regional, and SHRM policy, strategies and objectives.  Effectively operate the chapter so that the needs of the members are met.  Perform other duties as required by the local chapter’s bylaws.  Serve as a voting member of the state council.

Lorraine Harris

College Relations Director

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Manage the scholarship program, internship program, and college outreach efforts.

Andy Kobeski

Past President
Webmaster & HR Jobs

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Advise the president and other officers and members of the board of directors regarding past practices, general operations, and other matters to assist in the smooth operation of the chapter.

Beth Hurley

MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Treasurer

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Act as financial officer and advisor to chapter board of directors.  Maintains the chapter mailbox and distributes mail to the appropriate officer, director, or chair. Send dues notices and other invoices to members.  File appropriate forms and information with IRS.

Karen Plendl

PHR, SHRM-CP

Communications Director

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Provide timely and comprehensive information to chapter members about programs, workshops, and other matters of interest via chapter publications.  Provide timely and comprehensive information and other matters of interest about the chapter to external resources.  Create and maintain a favorable image of the chapter working for the professional development of its members by:  (a) keeping membership informed of chapter projects, activities and upcoming meetings, and (b) disseminating relevant professional information viewed as beneficial to the members.  Lead the newsletter, Web site, and membership roster committees.

Jodi Coplan

MSIR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

President Elect

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Assist the president in overseeing all the activities of the chapter.  In the absence of the president, perform all the presidential responsibilities.

Kathryn Hartrick

Program Chair

Legislative Director / Government Affairs

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Manage the activities of the program committee to provide monthly and satellite programs for the chapter membership.

Serve as an appointed/elected member of the chapter leadership. Monitor and evaluate on a continuing basis pending legislative, regulatory and legal action at the federal, state, and local level that may have an impact on the management of human resources. Present a legislative report or update to the chapter president and fellow chapter members. Inform elected officials of SHRM’s position on legislation affecting the human resources profession. Work in close cooperation with the State Public Affairs Director and the Senior Associate, State Affairs at SHRM headquarters in carrying out these responsibilities. It is advisable that the chapter legislative representative serve a multiple-year term.

Vicki Baba

Director, Program Certification

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Lyssa Bernstein

VP of Recruitment

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Lyssa applies her 12 yrs of HR knowledge, a practical approach, and excellent communication skills to help advance the “people strategies” of the organizations she assists. Regardless of whether she works with companies for brief or for extended periods of time, they consistently comment that Lyssa exceeds expectations and creates a collaborative, highly efficient work environment. Lyssa has partnered with organizations to advance recruitment, develop the workforce, transition downsized workers, create training programs, and identify opportunities for better best practice HR knowledge implementation. She has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, nonprofit, healthcare, retail, e-commerce, and service.