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Have an HR Question? We're Here To Help.

SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors offer guidance, real-life personal/professional experiences, and resources to assist our members with their HR-related inquiries. This member benefit includes up to 15 inquiries per 12-month membership period.

This benefit is not offered to SHRM student members or non-SHRM members. Join or upgrade your membership to gain access.

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Active Executive Network (EN) Members Get Unlimited Inquiries

As an active SHRM Executive Network (EN) member, you receive unlimited inquiries during your membership period.

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  • SHRM memberships are individual and cannot be shared. We may only speak with or send information to the person holding the SHRM membership, therefore speakerphone use is not permitted.
  • Due to federal regulations, HR Knowledge Advisors are not able to provide services to members from foreign countries with which the U.S. has trade sanctions in place. These countries include Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia, and the Crimea region of Ukraine.
  • If you have already received a response to your request and need further clarification on the issue, we ask that you contact the HR Knowledge Advisor who responded to your original request for follow-up.
  • SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice. They provide general knowledge and information as HR professionals.

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Meet Our Advisors

Theresa Adams, SHRM-SCP

Senior HR Knowledge Advisor

Theresa Adams is a SHRM-SCP certified professional with 23 years generalist experience in the human resources field.

Katie Brennan, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Katie Brennan, SHRM-CP, has been a SHRM HR Knowledge Advisor since October 2015.

Karen Burke, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Karen Burke have 13 years of employment with the SHRM HR Knowledge Center.

Jennifer Chang, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Jennifer Chang, SHRM-CP, brings a decade of human resources experience.

Nancy Conway, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Nancy Conway, SHRM-SCP, has over 25 years of HR in various industries including retail, call centers, banking, and healthcare.

Rue Dooley, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Rue Dooley, SHRM-SCP, has been an HR Knowledge Advisor for SHRM for over 22 years.

Robin Eddins

Jim Emanuel, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Jim Emanuel has over 30+ years of HR experience.

Pattie Graves, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Pattie Graves, SHRM-SCP, has been an HR Knowledge Advisor for 10 years.

Regan Gross, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Regan Gross has over 25 years of HR experience.

Rosa Hardesty, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Rosa Hardesty, SHRM-SCP began employment at SHRM in May 2016 as an HR Advisor.

Robyn Hopper, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Robyn Hopper is a SHRM-CP with 24+ years of experience in the human resources field.

Elissa Jessup, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Elissa Jessup, SHRM-SCP, has 8 years' human resources experience.

Yvette Lee, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Yvette Lee, SHRM-SCP, is an HR Knowledge Advisor at SHRM.

Deniece Maston, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

​Deniece Maston has 14+ years of HR experience.

Kim McNeil, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Kim McNeil is a SHRM-SCP certified professional with decades of experience.

Maria Medina, SHRM-CP


Victoria Neal, SHRM-SCP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Victoria Neal, SHRM-SCP, is an HR Knowledge Advisor.

Julie Schweber, SHRM-SCP

Senior HR Knowledge Advisor

Julie Schweber, SHRM-SCP, has over 18 years of strategic and tactical HR experience.

Melissa White, SHRM-CP

HR Knowledge Advisor

Melissa White, SHRM-CP, has over 11 years of direct human resources experience in the nonprofit and health care fields.