To get the most out of your IndySHRM membership, we encourage you to become involved with one of our chapter’s many different committees. Volunteerism through these groups allows one to meet other members, enhance one’s professional development and play an active role in shaping our chapter’s strategic objectives. For more information on any of the following committees, please click on the group name. Then, to volunteer with an IndySHRM committee, please select the button below.

Certification Committee

Chairperson: Alona Bahler, SHRM-CP

Key Responsibilities: Certification is responsible for designing, managing and coordinating the HR certification study groups as well as promoting recertification.  IndySHRM offers a SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) study group two times a year.  In 2018, the SHRM Certification study group is a structured 10-week study program that meets one evening per week for 2 ½ hours to assist those pursuing their SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification and is offered (start-finish) prior to the opening of the testing windows (testing windows open May 1 and December 1).  Once someone becomes SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) recertification is key to keeping their certification(s) active.

Potential Volunteers Include: For the SHRM Certification study groups, volunteers are needed to facilitate various study group sessions who are 1) current/active SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified HR professionals, 2) passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, and 3) subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline. Facilitators have access to the current SHRM Learning System materials (i.e. participant booklet content, PowerPoints, and sample questions/answers) to help facilitate their discussion so their time with the study group participants is effective.

SHRM PDCs (recertification credits) can be obtained for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals the first time a certified individual facilitates a particular unit/session.

Meeting Frequency: No formal meetings; time commitment would flex off the amount of time an individual spends preparing and facilitating on the established date/time (2 ½ hour session(s)).

College & Community Relations Committee

Chairperson: Keisha Underwood, SHRM-CP

Key Responsibilities: Partner and work with local academic institutions by providing leadership, education, and networking opportunities to future HR Professionals. Promote the Human Resource profession through various community outreach events such as job fairs, resume workshops, and mock interview sessions. Serve as a resource and liaison to both the community and academic institutions.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly or as needed

Communications Committee

Chairperson: Melissa Harding

Key Responsibilities: Produce and maintain communication and promotional materials to create awareness about IndySHRM’s mission and opportunities. Ensure website content is well-suited to audience and increase interest and participation in the blog. Manage and perpetuate chapter’s presence on social media. Produce monthly e-newsletter for IndySHRM members and provide assistance to local media representatives by connecting them with HR Specialists who will offer an HR perspective to their articles. Promote and develop plan to positively increase public awareness of IndySHRM. Partner with chapter association management company to ensure consistent, quality communication.

Meeting Frequency: We handle communication via email and/or phone

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Chairperson: Kristen Lampkin

Key Responsibilities: Increase member awareness of area diversity resources. Improve member knowledge and skills on the business need for diversity and inclusion and enhance IndySHRM’s community visibility in diversity.

Mission Statement: As a standing committee of IndySHRM, the Diversity Committee provides educational programming to expand our members’ understanding of the breadth and value of diversity and inclusion in our community and work world. We also provide diversity and inclusion resources to the IndySHRM website to bring that understanding to life. Through education and the sharing of best practices, our goal is to enable our members’ organizations to attract, manage and retain the best and the brightest employees no matter their race, religion, national origin, age/generation, gender, disability or sexual orientation in order to grow their organizations and bottom lines.

Vision Statement: By 2019, the Diversity Committee—through its programs and online resources–will have become a sought after resource for IndySHRM members and business community, and will be seen as a source for leading edge education that furthers their organization’s diversity and inclusion goals.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Legislative Affairs Committee

Chairperson: Suzanne Newcomb

Key Responsibilities: Monitor and communicate pending regulatory and legislative activity at the federal, state and local level which may have an impact on the management of human resources and employee benefits. Present educational topics of interest to IndySHRM members. Encourage active participation in the legislative process among chapter members.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Membership Committee

Chairperson: Brian Stewart

Key Responsibilities: Recruit new members and retain current members by creating a welcoming and nurturing environment in which members can network and learn together.

The requirements include:

  • Be a current IndySHRM Member
  • Attend a minimum of 3 IndySHRM sponsored programs during the calendar year on behalf of the committee
  • Attend 5 committee meetings during the calendar year (physical attendance is strongly preferred)

(1.5 hours. First meeting will be in February. Day and time will be selected by the committee.)

  • Be a National SHRM Membership (preferred, but not required)
  • Volunteer during the Annual Indiana HR Conference in August (at the State Chapters Booth near registration)

(Registration to the conference is required.)

  • Recruit new members and corporations
  • Be available to call/email new and existing members throughout the year

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Keisha Underwood, VP of Membership at

Committee Members:

  • Keisha Underwood, Director of Human Resources – Herman & Kittle Properties
  • Amy Estep, Human Resource Generalist – Meyer Najem construction
  • Eric Flatt, Financial Services Professional – WestPoint Financial Group
  • Brian Stewart, Managing Partner – KinetiSource, Inc.
  • Barb Witz, HR Consultant – HR Summit
  • Nathan Falkmann, Credit Analyst II – MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator)
  • Latricia Schooley, Regional Brokerage Manager, American National
  • Kelly Manning, Benefits/HR Advisor, Conner Insurance

Programs Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Misty Resendez

Key Responsibilities: Coordinate all professional development activities including seminars, workshops and other events for the chapter membership. Provide a variety of programs for the membership that are pertinent to current HR issues.

Meeting Frequency: Forum Chairs participate in Quarterly Conference Calls, semi-annual meetings, and an annual strategic planning retreat. Forum Committees meet as needed based on programming schedule

Meeting frequency: As Needed

Committee Members:

Sponsorship Committee

Chairperson: Jon Rosser

Key Responsibilities: Focus on securing sponsors for all IndySHRM programming; as well as, promote website advertising, and develop new fundraising-based marketing strategies for IndySHRM.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Committee Members:

Coming soon…

Volunteer Management Committee

Chairperson: Kathy Stellhorn or (317) 634-0211

Key Responsibilities: Recruit new and existing IndySHRM members and encourage them to become more active in their membership by volunteering for a committee or participating in other valuable volunteer opportunities.

Goals: Work on recognition of volunteers for their efforts and communicating those efforts to the membership. Identifying additional volunteer opportunities.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Committee Members:

Coming soon…

Workforce Readiness Committee

Chairperson: William Dykstra

Key Responsibilities: We offer resources and support to those who want to prepare to transition into the workforce. We assist many different groups who are interested in job search preparation, including IndySHRM transitional members, veterans, high school students, etc. Examples of some of our activities include speed networking sessions, resume review assistance, mock interviewing, support at local job fairs, and developing training resources.

Meeting Frequency: 1 -3 times per quarter, typically via conference call on a weekday from noon – 1pm. Also many social and volunteer activities available throughout the year.

Committee Members:

Coming soon…