15 HR Professionals Named to SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Council

January 3, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Fifteen young professionals were named to serve on the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) highly selective Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) for a one-year term. 

The 15 represent a diversity of HR roles and companies in the industries of hospitality, energy, higher education, government and others.

The role of the council is to advocate for SHRM’s young professional members (those age 30 and younger) and provide guidance to SHRM for attracting and retaining nonmember young professionals. Selection is competitive. SHRM received over 400 applications for only 15 spots on the council.

“This is a group of highly motivated young professionals who SHRM has identified as future HR leaders,” said Nancy Conway, SHRM-SCP, who oversees YPAC activities and is a field services director for SHRM. “This group is making a positive impact on the future of human resources.”

Their appointments were effective Jan. 1. 

2018 Young Professionals Advisory Council Members:

Amanda Brunson (Orlando, Fla.), HR generalist, RW Block Consulting, Inc. 
Brad Dalton (incumbent—second year) (San Francisco), director of talent management & development, Cisco Meraki.
Erica Davis, SHRM-CP (incumbent—second year) (Chicago), HR manager-Midwest region, Airgas.
• Kayla Despres, SHRM-CP (Bismarck, N.D.), HR business partner, Bilfinger Westcon, Inc.
Johnna Ehlert (Lovettsville, Va.), HR operations analyst, Neustar, Inc.
Schyler Houck, SHRM-SCP (Rotterdam, N.Y.), director of HR and labor relations, Saratoga Casino Hotel.
Meigelle Lapos, SHRM-CP (incumbent—second year) (Austin, Texas), regional director of people and talent, Wischermann Partners.
Lina Le, SHRM-SCP (Honolulu), HR business partner, Y. Hata & Co. Limited.
Crystal Granger (Portland, Ore.), HR specialist, Friends of the Children.
Andrew Marcotte, SHRM-CP (Janesville, Wis.), HR business partner, Blain's Farm and Fleet.
Staci McArter, SHRM-CP (incumbent—second year) (Louisville, Ky.), senior generalist, Genscape.
Alexander C. Pullen, SHRM-SCP (Washington, D.C.), HR manager, The George Washington University.
Lauren Randall, SHRM-CP (incumbent—second year) (Columbus, Ohio), HR manager, Homeside Financial.
Alyssa Somavia (Santa Barbara, Calif.), HR specialist and project manager, Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset.
• Jazzmine Woodard (Houston), HR compliance analyst II, Enbridge Inc.

Media: For more information, contact Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 


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