SHRM Emerging Professional Advisory Council

LIKE SAVE
SHRM Emerging Professional Advisory Council

Alex Alston

Alex Alston

Alex Alston is an accomplished and proven hospitality professional who has over 15 years of management experience with some of the world’s leading companies, including Expedia and Walt Disney World. Prior to jumping into his current role as corporate director of HR with Presidian Hospitality in San Antonio, Texas, Alex worked for over three years in the human resources field as a training and development manager and additionally as a hotel HR director in his current role, Alex is responsible for HR compliance, training, recruiting and onboarding for all Presidian team members.   

Alex holds an undergraduate degree in restaurant hotel institutional management from Texas Tech University. 

 

Alexandra Cafferty

Alexandra Cafferty

Alexandra Cafferty is currently the human resources analyst at Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses in Valhalla, N.Y. She has been an active volunteer with SHRM since 2019. Alexandra currently serves on the board of directors of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM as its social media director and will soon be transitioning into a new role as president. She also serves as a committee member for the Tri-State SHRM Conference. 

Alexandra received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master's degree in strategic human resource management from Sacred Heart University. She earned her SHRM-CP certification in February 2021.  

Alexandra represents the Northeast Region membership council. 

 

Angelica Herrera

Angelica Herrera

Angelica Herrera is currently a senior human resources partner representative with United Airlines in Chicago, Illinois. Her experience includes corporate recruiting, unconscious bias training, new leader assimilation, coaching managers and staff development. She is very passionate about leadership, diversity and professional development. An active volunteer, Angelica currently serves as president of United Airlines’ Speech and Development Club. She is also chief of staff for United’s Management Association, a volunteer mentor for SHRM and the program manager for the United-Year Up intern partnership.

Angelica earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Roosevelt University and earned her SHRM-CP certification and PMQ from SHRM. She also recently graduated from the Mujeres de HACE leadership program.   

 

Claire Stroh

Claire Stroh

Claire Stroh is the director of technology talent management at Lighthouse Technology Services in Buffalo, New York  and president of Claire Petrie HR & Training LLC, based in Buffalo, N.Y. She has over nine years of human resources management and recruiting experience with privately owned and publicly traded global leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in HR from the University at Buffalo and an MBA from Niagara University. In 2018, she earned her SHRM-CP certification. Prior to entering the HR field, she worked in the adoptions department of her local animal shelter for six years.

She is an active SHRM member and #SHRMInfluencer and serves on the board of directors for the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association as the college relations and emerging professionals director. Claire is also a board member for Empower Camp and the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association. She was honored as a Buffalo Niagara Spotlight Young Professional in 2019 and received an HR Impact Award from Buffalo Business First in 2022. 

Claire represents the Northeast Region membership council. 

 

Kinyata Gray

Kinyata Gray

Kinyata Gray is currently the human resources manager at NEA Baptist Health System in Jonesboro, Ark. With nearly a decade of experience in the health care and human resources arena, Kinyata leads the human resources function for both NEA's hospital and clinic enterprises, encompassing over 2,000 employees. Kinyata does so passionately and humbly while serving as an adept resource to leaders, an advocate for employees, and a driver of change. In her past employment as Employee Relations Manager at St. Bernards Healthcare, Kinyata created her organization's first affinity group to promote diversity and inclusion efforts. Kinyata currently serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Arkansas SHRM, where she lends her expertise to both communications and legislative affairs. 

Kinyata is a graduate of Harding University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care administration. Kinyata also earned an MBA from the University of Central Arkansas. Kinyata holds a SHRM-CP certification.  

Kinyata represents the Southwest Central Region membership council. 

 

Kirk Wyman

Kirk Wyman

Kirk Wyman is the human resources manager for Elementum 3D Inc. In Erie, Colorado. In this role, Kirk works with local staff and regularly participates in global HR initiatives for the company. Kirk has been involved with SHRM for many years and at various levels, including collegiate, local, state and, now, nationally. Kirk partners with his previous educational institutions to serve as a mentor for students seeking careers in HR.  

Kirk possesses a deep educational background in HR. He earned an MBA from the University of Wyoming. He also has dual bachelor’s degrees in human resource management and psychology from the University of North Dakota. Kirk holds multiple certifications, including a SHRM-SCP.  

Kirk represents the Southwest Central Region membership council.  

 

Marquis Barnett

Marquis Barnett

Marquis Barnett has more than 10 years of HR experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently he is the HR director for the city of Winston-Salem, N.C., and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Marquis is the vice president of his local SHRM affiliate, the HR Association of Greater High Point, and he chairs the board of directors for the Winston-Salem Urban League. In 2020, he was named one of Business Insider’s Top 20 Most Inspiring HR Leaders Who Are Changing How America Treats its Workers. 

Marquis earned a Ph.D. in education with a focus on organizational learning and leadership from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Master of Science from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science from Howard University. He holds a SHRM-SCP certification. 

Marquis represents the Southeast Region membership council.  

 

Nicole Garcia

Nicole Garcia

Nicole Garcia is a recognized human resources leader. She currently is head of human resources for Seamount, Inc. in Los Angeles, California, supporting its acceleration and growth. Additionally, as the founder of Integrate & Elevate, an HR consulting company, she specializes in enhancing workplace culture to create a unique competitive advantage in achieving business results. 

Nicole co-founded the USC HR Management Student Chapter, a SHRM and PIHRA affiliate, and received a Master of Science in HR management from the University of Southern California. She was awarded the Order of Arete, the highest honor awarded to a graduate student. Additionally, she holds a SHRM-CP certification and a DEI in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida.  

She currently sits on the Latina Professionals board of directors and is an ambassador for the master’s program in HR at the University of Southern California. Previously, Nicole was the communications chair for the Professionals in HR Administration, a SHRM chapter located in West Los Angeles. 

 

Rebecca Rowe

Rebecca Rowe

Rebecca Rowe is the director of human resources for Behrens Manufacturing in Winona, Minn. Rebecca has been an active volunteer with SHRM since 2012. She began her volunteer work while enrolled in the human resource management program at Western Technical College, where she served as secretary for her SHRM student chapter. Since then, she has held several leadership roles with SHRM at a local level, including vice president of membership and president-elect. Rebecca continues to serve as the volunteer director for the Minnesota State SHRM Chapter as well as currently serving as president for her local chapter, Winona Area SHRM. Rebecca serves on the Winona State University HR Advisory Board, which focuses on the current human resources curriculum for students and what improvements can be made to the program to ensure that qualified candidates are entering the workforce. 

Rebecca received an associate degree in human resource management in 2012, a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources in 2015 and a master's degree in training and human resource development in 2018. Rebecca earned her SHRM-CP certification in July 2018. 

Rebecca represents the North Central Region membership council.  

 

William Spencer III

William Spencer III

William Spencer III is a human resources professional with experience in many areas, including talent development, employment law compliance, talent acquisition and program management leadership. He is currently employed as an HR business partner for Innovative Defense Technologies, a federal defense contractor headquartered in Arlington, Va. In this role, William guides initiatives relating to organizational development; diversity, equity and inclusion; talent management; and employee experience. 

William has been an active volunteer member with SHRM since 2017. He served as the president and the graduate relations officer for the University of Tennessee’s SHRM Student Chapter. In August 2019, he was selected to serve on the Tennessee State SHRM Board of Directors as the graduate student representative. William has also been involved in the DC-SHRM Young Professionals Committee. 

William holds a Master of Science in management and human resources as well as a Bachelor of Science in human resource management with a dual concentration in international business from the University of Tennessee. 

 


LIKE SAVE

SHRM HR JOBS

Hire the best HR talent or advance your own career.

SPONSOR OFFERS

HR Daily Newsletter

News, trends and analysis, as well as breaking news alerts, to help HR professionals do their jobs better each business day.