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History of Big Sky SHRM 

Founded in 1993, the Big Sky Chapter of SHRM is represented by both large and small employers, and consists of many individuals with diverse backgrounds in the field of human resource and management. It provides a resource for networking with human resource professionals through out the community.

The chapter holds meetings the second Thursday of each month, September through June, 11:30 am –1:00 pm . A new topic of business interest is presented at each meeting. Most luncheon presentations qualify for continuing education credits through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute. (HRCI)

The Big Sky Chapter strives to serve Human Resource professionals and advance the Human Resource profession by providing a variety of programs and services to our local chapter members and the community.


Big Sky SHRM Past Presidents 




Erin Focher, SHRM-SCP
  2023        Jody Verity, SPHR   2008
Austin Hobza, SHRM-SCP    2022       Michelle Halley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR   2007
Brittany Waiss, PHR, SHRM-CP   2021       Roberta Smith, SHRM-SCP, SPHR   2006
Alona Simonovich, SHRM - SCP   2020       Elizabeth Rissler Pratt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP   2005
Sherrie Sorenson, SHRM-SCP   2019       Kay Strayer   2004
Jodie Rasmussen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP   2018       Karen Walden, SPHR   2003
Liesel Brink, PHR, SHRM-CP      2017       Renee Tholen
Deborah Derrick Gass, SHRM-CP, PHR   2016       Larry Freshler
Adam Ragsdale   2015        Barb Kennedy
Cindy Smith, SHRM-CP, PHR    2014       Larry Freshler
Rebecca Morgan, PHR, SHRM-CP   2013       Larry Freshler 
Deb Mitchell   2012      
Colleen Rudio    2011       Sue Kerner   1996
Barb Blanchard, SPHR    2010        Mary Oestriech, SPHR 
Robert Farmer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP   2009       Mary Oestriech, SPHR 

          Janet Van Dyke