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SHRM Announces New Membership Advisory Council for 2023

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is proud to announce the 2023 Membership Advisory Council (MAC), which provides support to SHRM’s membership and Volunteer Leaders across the country. 

The MAC serves as an interface between HR professionals, SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders and the leadership of SHRM. The Council is composed of one elected representative from each of the five Regional Councils and provides strategic and operational input from SHRM’s 320,000+ members to SHRM’s Executive Team and Board of Directors. In turn, feedback from SHRM’s Board and leadership team is shared with the membership. 

“These five talented HR professionals bring an incredible amount of experience and a deep understanding of the challenges and the joys of the HR profession,” shared Mike Aitken, SHRM’s Chief Membership Officer. “Their expertise and insight will be incredibly beneficial to SHRM members and volunteer leaders as we collectively work to elevate human resources. 


The 2023 Membership Advisory Council members include:  

  • Louis Lessig, SHRM-SCP, Partner, Brown & Connery, LLP 
  • Heather “HD” Deyrieux, SHRM-SCP, Manager, Workforce Planning, Sarasota County Government 
  • James Abeyta Stevens, SHRM-CP, Chief Human Resources Officer, NM Wellness Center 
  • Megan Nail, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Total Rewards Practice, NFP 
  • Desireé Navarro, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Shodair Children’s Hospital 

Louis R. Lessig, Esquire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a partner with the firm of Brown & Connery, LLP.  His practice concentrates in labor and employment litigation, counseling, negotiations, speaking and training. Mr. Lessig represents clients in all types of employment and labor matters, including but not limited to claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour irregularities and retaliation in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, U.S. DOL, American Arbitration Association, among others. In addition to his professional activities, he is the immediate past State Director for Garden State Council-SHRM (NJ) and immediate past Legislative Director for Garden State Council – SHRM (NJ). He is also a member of Tri-State HRMA where he is a Past Chapter President. Mr. Lessig is also Past President of the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board. 


Heather "HD" Deyrieux, currently serves as the Manager for Workforce Planning Sarasota County Government. In her role, as part of the Human Resources Team, Heather supports over 2,200 employees and 1,100 volunteers. She previously served in the private sector as Director of Talent at Dental Care Alliance, Director of Strategic Development at the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), and Director of Strategic Planning & Development with the Great Job Spot Network. HD has served as the Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, Conference Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Emcee and other volunteer roles since 2008 for the HR Florida State Council.  She is in her second year of service with the MAC.  


James Abeyta Stevens is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in the State of New Mexico. James recently retired as a Director of Human Resources in 2021 in the Native American tribal gaming industry extending more than two decades. As a therapist, he currently assists those with gambling addictions, bereavement, substance abuse, domestic violence, and career counseling. James took over as the Chief Human Resources Officer for his agency, where he doesn’t only do therapy, but completes all the HR functions as well. He holds a Master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Guidance and Counseling, Professional Counseling, which began his professional therapeutic career in 2012. He also holds an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico, and a second Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the College of Santa Fe. He holds a SHRM-CP certification from SHRM and a PHR certification from HRCI. James served as the SHRM New Mexico State Council Director and was the very first male in this position in SHRM NM history. He is a driving force to bettering Human Resources support in and around the state of New Mexico.  


Megan Nail is the Vice President, Total Rewards Practice, National Financial Partners Corp (NFP). In her role she advises clients on how to meet their organization’s goals through total rewards and compensation strategy. She builds and designs market competitive base and incentive pay structures for organizations. She also the Past State Director for HR Indiana SHRM. Megan most recently served as Senior Human Resources & Compensation Senior Manager at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm. She is in her second year of service with the MAC.  


Desireé Navarro, MBA, SHRM-SCP, is the Chief Human Resource Officer for Shodair Children’s Hospital, a non-profit facility in Montana specializing in psychiatric care for children and adolescents along with a nationally recognized genetics program providing care for all ages. Desireé has over 13 years’ experience in Human Resources, specializing in the non-profit/not-for-profit private sector for large and small organizations across multiple states. Desireé has been a SHRM Volunteer member since 2015. She enjoyed her time on the Montana SHRM State Council and local Helena SHRM Chapter where they achieved the SHRM Platinum Excel Awards.  


SHRM extends our sincere gratitude to these MAC members for their time and devotion to working with our community of Volunteer Leaders. For more information, please visit the SHRM MAC website. 


About SHRM 

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on SHRM to be their go-to resource for all things work and their business partner in creating next-generation workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM. 


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