The Inland Empire Society for Human Resource Management (Inland Empire SHRM) Chapter was established as a 100% SHRM affiliate chapter in 2004 to meet the needs of Human Resources professionals in the Inland Empire area. The mission of Inland Empire SHRM is to provide HR professionals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the information necessary to stay current on legislation and best practices in the field of Human Resources. The Inland Empire SHRM chapter provides HR professionals an opportunity to network with peers to share information on the latest HR practice trends and best practices.

Due to the dedication of our members, Inland Empire SHRM membership has grown to over 400 HR professionals from the Inland Empire. Ongoing member support and participation is an essential and valued part of our chapter.

Message from Board President, Joey Kolasinsky

A call-out to IE SHRM members!  Please mark your calendars for our September monthly meeting. The event will be held Thursday, September 21st from 11:30am-1pm at The Mission Inn, in Riverside. This will be our annual chapter membership meeting where we conduct our 2018 Directors and Officers elections as well as ask our members to vote on IE SHRM’s chapter bylaws.

All professional members of IE SHRM are eligible to vote in the 2018 Directors and Officers election. Voting ballots will be available at our monthly meeting and an electronic ballot will be emailed as well. We encourage members to vote in this election to select the board of directors and officers that will shape our chapter in 2018.

We could use your hands and hearts on the Board! We have open positions on the board of directors for those that would like to contribute to the chapter in a hands-on way. If you are interested in joining the IE SHRM Board of Directors, please let me know.  I can be reached at or you can email our team at at any time. We would love to connect with you!

Thank you,

Joey Kolasinsky, IE SHRM President
Board of Directors

President: Joey Kolasinsky, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President-Elect: Lora Hassani, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Douglas House,  MS, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SPHRca

VP of Membership: Vacant
Membership Chair: Stephanie Gonzalez, PHR, SHRM-CP

VP of Marketing: Mary Mizell
Social Media Chair: Vacant
Sponsorship Chair: Stacey Barnier

College Relations Chair: Stacey Barnier

Director of Programs: Vilma Brager, PHR, SHRM-CP
Professional Development & Programs Chair: Vacant

Certification Director: Richard Dawson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca, HRPM, sHRBP,

Legislative Director: Pat Steet, EdD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca
Legislative Chair: Brent Garrett, Esq.

Conference Chair: Bob Bruner
Logistics Chair: Vacant

Emerging HR Professionals Chair:  Yesenia Flores

IE SHRM Past Presidents

2015-2016            Craig Seal, PhD, PHR, SHRM-CP
2013-2014            Rhonda Tompkins, PHR, SHRM-CP
2013                       Sharee Andrade, PHR
2012                       Richard Dawson, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP
2011                       Bob Bruner, Founder
2009-2010            Joy Ward, Founder
2008                       Paul Becker, PHR
2007                       Paul Becker, PHR

Chapter ByLaws

Inland Empire SHRM Chapter Bylaws





Section I.I: Name.

The name of the Chapter is Inland Empire SHRM (herein referred to as the "Chapter"). To avoid potential confusion, the Chapter will refer to itself as Inland Empire SHRM and not as SHRM or the Society for Human Resource Management.

Section 1.2: Affiliation. The Chapter is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (herein referred to as "SHRM").

Section 1.3: Relationships.The Chapter is a separate legal entity from SHRM. It shall not be deemed to be an agency or instrumentality of SHRM or of a State Council and SHRM shall not be deemed to be an agency or instrumentality of the Chapter. The Chapter shall not hold itself out to the public as an agent of SHRM without express written consent of SHRM. The Chapter shall not contract in the name of SHRM without the express written consent of SHRM.




The purposes of this Chapter, as a non-profit organization, are to:

i.  provide a forum for the personal and professional development of our members;

ii.provide an opportunity to develop leadership, managerial, public speaking and group decision-making skills;

iii. provide an arena for the development of trust relationships where common problems can be discussed and deliberated;

iv. provide an opportunity to focus on current human resource management issues of importance to our members;

v. provide a focus for legislative attention to state and national human resource management issues;

vi. provide valuable information gathering and dissemination channels;

vii. provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the Chapter and of SHRM;

viii.  serve as an important vehicle for introducing human resource management professionals to SHRM;

ix. serve as a source for new members for SHRM; and

x. serve as part of the two-way channel pf communications between SHRM and the individual members.

The Chapter supports the purpose of SHRM, which is to promote the use of sound and ethical human resource management practices in the profession and to:

i.  be a recognized world leader in human resource management;

ii.provide high-quality, dynamic and responsive programs and service to our customers with interests in human resource management;

iii be the voice of the profession on human resource management issues;

iv. facilitate the development and guide the direction of the human resource profession; and

v. establish, monitor and update standards for the




The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be the calendar year.




Section 4.1: Qualificationsfor  Membership. The qualifications for membership in the Chapter shall be as stated in Sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6 of this Article. The Chapter is a 100% Chapter of SHRM and all Chapter members, regardless of category, must be members in good standing of SHRM. To achieve the mission of the Chapter there shall be no discrimination in individual memberships because of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran's status or any other legally protected class.

Section 4.2:Non-transferab ility of Membership. Membership in the Chapter is neither transferable nor assignable.

Section 4.3: Individual Membership. Membership in the Chapter is held in the individual's name, not an organization with which the member is affiliated.

Section 4.4:Professional Members. Membership shall be limited to those individuals who have been approved by SHRM. Professional members may vote and hold office in the Chapter.

Section 4.5:Associate Members. Individuals in nonexempt human resource management positions as well as those individuals who do not meet the qualifications of the other classes of membership, but who demonstrate a bona fide interest in human resource management and the mission of the Chapter. Associate members may not vote and may hold office in the Chapter only with the approval of the majority of the board.

Section 4.6: Student Members.Individuals who have been approved by SHRM as Student Members. Student members may not vote or hold office in the Chapter.

Section 4.7:Applicationfor Membership.Application for membership shall be on the Chapter application form. All applications shall be reviewed by the Vice President of Membership or their designee. New members shall be afforded full membership rights from the date of application.

Section 4.8: Voting.Each Professional member of the Chapter shall have the right to cast one vote on each matter brought before a vote of the members. Associate and Student members are not eligible to vote. Votes shall be tallied by an Ad Hoc Committee .appointed by the Board of Directors.

Section 4.9 Daes. Annual membership dues shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Section 4.10: Termination of Membership. Any member failing to maintain membership in SHRM will forfeit his/her membership in the Chapter.




Section 5.1:Reglllar Meetings. Regular meetings of the members shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 5.2:Annual Meetings.The annual meeting of the members for electing Directors and Officers and conducting other appropriate business shall be held in September or at such other time as determined by the Board of Directors. Members unable to attend the annual meeting may vote electronically.

Section 5.3: Special Meetings.Special meetings of members shall be held on call of the President, the Board of Directors or by membershaving one-twentieth of the votes entitled to be cast at such meeting.

Section 5.4:Notice of Meetings. Notice of all special and annual meetings shall be given to all members at least ten days prior to the meetings.Notice of regular meetings shall be given to all members at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Section 5.5:Quorum.Members holding one-tenth of the votes entitled to be cast shall constitute a quorum. The vote of the majority of the members present either in person, by conference call, represented by proxy as established by the Board of Directors or electronically shall be necessary for the adoption of any matter voted on by the members.




Section 6.1: Power and Dllties. The Board of Directors (also referred to as the "Board") shall manage and control the property, business and affairs of the Chapter and in general exercise all powers of the Chapter.

Section 6.2: Officers. The following shall be members of the Board of Directors and shall be Officers of the Chapter: President, President-Elect, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Marketing, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Section 6.3: Composition of the Board of Directors. Along with the Officers listed in Section 6.2 of this Article, the Board of Directors shall also include Core Leadership Area Directors and the Past President. These shall constitute the governing body of the Chapter. Additional Core Leadership Area Directors shall be nominated by the President and elected from among the eligible membership as members of the Board of Directors, should new Core Leadership Areas be established by SHRM.

Section 6.4:Qufllifications. All candidates for the Board of Directors must be Professional members (or Associate members if applicable) of the Chapter in good standing at the time of nomination or appointment and for their complete te1D1 of office. Per SHRM Bylaws, the President must be a member in good standing of SHRM throughout the duration of his/her term of office.The Chapter also requires that each Board member be a current member in good standing of SHRM throughout the duration of his/her term of office.

Section 6.5: Election-Term of Office. Officers and Directors shall be elected by the members at the annual meeting of the membership from the proposed slate of the nominating committee appointed by the Board of Directors at the beginning of each election year. Each elected Officer and Director shall assume office on January I following his/her election and shall hold office for one year or until his/her successor is elected and takes office. Officers and

Directors may not be elected to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.

Section 6.6: Vocancies.Any vacancy in the Board may be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of the President with consent of the Board of Directors.

Section 6.7:Quorum.A simple majority of the total Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The act of a majority of the Directors present at any meeting at which there is a quorum, either in person. by conference call or by proxy as established by the Board of Directors, shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

Section 6.8: Boord of Director's Responsibilities.The Board of Directors shall transact all business  of the Chapter except as prescribed otherwise in the bylaws or other governing instruments of the chapter. A Professional member in good standing may request the President to place on the agenda of the next regular Board of Directors meeting any action for consideration by the Board of Directors.

Section 6.9:Removfll of Director ond Officer. Any Director or Officer may be removed from office, with cause, upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the entire Board of Directors at a duly constituted Board of Directors meeting.The Director or Officer shall be entitled to a due process bearing prior to any termination action being imposed.




The responsibilities of each member of the Board of Directors shall be as outlined in the position descriptions maintained by the Secretary and distributed to the Chapter Board. The position descriptions are subject to change as deemed necessary by the President and/or the Chapter Board.

Section 7.1: The President. The President shall preside at the meetings of the members and of the Board. He/she shall direct the Chapter and have charge and supervision of the affairs and business of the Chapter, subject to the ultimate management authority of the Board of Directors.  He/she shall maintain liaison and be a current member in good standing of SHRM throughout the duration of his/her term of office.

Section 7.2: The President-Elect. The President-Elect, at the request of the President, or in his/her absence or disability, may perform any of the duties of the President. He/she shall have such other powers and perform such other liaison duties as the Board or the President may determine. He/she shall have the authority to appoint subcommittees to plan and implement the activities associated with the program year. The president-elect is encouraged to attend the annual SHRM Leadership Conference.

Section 7.3: The Vice President of Membership. The Vice President of Membership shall serve as Chair of the Membership Committee. He/she shall encourage membership growth and shall maintain the official membership roster of the Chapter. He/she shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the President may determine.

Section 7.4: The VicePresident of Marketing.The Vice President of Marketing shall serve as Chair of the Marketing Committee. He/she shall direct and oversee marketing, including social media marketing and shall maintain the official marketing roster of the Chapter. He/she shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the President may determine.

Section 7.5: The Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Chapter, including all required filings. These responsibilities shall include financial reports to the Board and coordinating arrangements for the annual examination audit of the accounts as may be required by the Board. He/she shall be responsible for membership billing. He/she shall also perform such other duties as the President may determine.

Section 7.6: The Secretary.The Secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings of the Chapter, shall be responsible for making all members aware of such meetings.

Section 7.7:Legislame/Legal Director.The Legislative/Legal  Director  shall be responsible for encouraging  chapter participation in influencing local, state, and federal government policy on HR related issues. He/she shall also coordinate and conduct an annual legal seminar to ensure chapter membership stays current on legal issues impacting them and their businesses.

Section 7.8: Core Leadership Area (CLA) Directors. Core Leadership Area Directors shall have such powers and perform such liaison duties as the Board or the President may determine. The responsibility includes awareness sessions and initiatives in the particular CLA as determined by the President and the Board. He/she shall have the authority to appoint sub-committees to plan and implement the activities associated with the CLA for the year.

Section 7.9: Past President. The Past President shall serve as an advisor to the President, and fulfill such duties as requested by the President and/or Board of Directors.




Section 8.1: Committees.The establishment of both standing and ad-hoc committees shall be the right of the President and/or the Board of Directors.

Section 8.2: Committee Organization. Committees inaddition to the Nominating Committee are established by resolution of the Board of Directors.

Section 8.3:Committee Chairpersons.Appointment of Chairpersons to committees is the sole responsibility of the President. The Chairperson and the President will seek interested members to participate in committee activities. Special Committees or task forces may be organized by the President to meet particular Chapter needs.

Section 8.4: Committee Activity. Committees are established to provide the Chapter with special ongoing services such as Membership, Programs, Communications, Legislative Affairs, Professional Development, Student Chapter Affairs, Marketing/Public Relations, etc.




Mail or electronic ballots can be used for the election of Directors provided the Chapter has had at least one in person meeting that year.




The Chapter adopts SHRM's Code of Ethical and Professional Standards in Human Resource Management for members of the Association in order to promote and maintain the highest standards among our members.Each member shall honor, respect and support the purposes of this Chapter and of SHRM.

The Chapter shall not be represented as advocating or endorsing any issue unless approved by the Board of Directors. No member shall actively solicit business from any other member at Chapter meetings without the approval from the Board of Directors.



Meetings of the Chapter shall be governed by the rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order (newly revised) in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with the Law and the Bylaws of the Chapter.



The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum exists  and in which required notice has been met, provided that no such amendment shall be effective unless and until approved by the SHRM President/CEO or his/her designee as being in furtherance of the purposes of SHRM and not in conflict with SHRM bylaws.Any motion to amend the bylaws shall clearly state that it is not effective unless and until approved by the SHRM President/CEO or his/her designee.



In the event of the Chapter's dissolution, the remaining monies in the Treasury, after Chapter expenses have been paid, will be contributed to an organization decided upon by the Board of Directors at the time of dissolution (e.g., the SHRM Foundation, a local student chapter, the state council, an HR-degree program, or other such organization or charity with purposes consistent with those of the Chapter).



Affiliated chapter status may be withdrawn by the President/CEO of SHRM or his/her designee as a representative of the SHRM Board of Directors upon finding that the activities of the Chapter are inconsistent with or contrary to the best interests of SHRM. Prior to withdrawal of such status, the Chapter shall have an opportunity to review a written statement of the reasons for such proposed withdrawal and an opportunity to provide the SHRM Board of Directors with a written response to such proposal within a thirty (30) day period. Inaddition, When the Chapter fails to maintain the required affiliation standards as set forth by the SHRM Board of Directors; it is subject to immediate disaffiliation by SHRM. After withdrawal of Chapter status, the SHRM Board of Directors may cause a new Chapter to be created, or, with the consent of the President/CEO of SHRM and the consent of the body which has had Chapter status withdrawn, may re-confer Chapter status upon such body.



As used in these Bylaws, feminine or neuter pronouns shall be substituted for those of the masculine form, and the plurals shall be substituted for the singular number in any place where the context may require such substitution or substitutions.Note• These revised bylaws are not effective until approved and signed by SHRM CEO or designee.

Ratified by the Membership of Chapter; signed by Chapter President

Joey Kolasinsky                                                                                                  Date:

January 7, 2017