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

Get Involved! Why Mentoring Matters!

Last year I became a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire.  I was nervous about the time commitment, about whether or not my “little” sister would open up to me, about what we would do and how we would spend our time together, but most of all, if I would make any difference at all in her life.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and I didn’t know anyone since moving to California that could give me any advice about the program.

After a few meetings with her I gradually realized that taking the time to listen to her and making her a priority is what matters to her.  She is not worried about how elaborate our outings are, but rather, how much time we have to talk, how well I listen, and if I can shed any light on how to survive the teenage years.  I’m proud we have just reached our 6 month anniversary together and we will continue meeting for the foreseeable future.

I share this story not because I am asking any of you to volunteer with BBBSIE (although, it is a fabulous organization and I do recommend it), but because I want to encourage each of you to be a mentor to someone (formal or informal).  Being a guide for someone that needs it can be a great learning experience for both of you.  It can open doors you didn’t even know were there, allow you to meet people you would have otherwise not met, and can help both of you gain new skills.  It helps you become a better communicator, encourages you to troubleshoot as a team, and allows you to very quickly become aware of shortcomings in these two important areas.  With so many articles and books about how to improve your communication skills and the importance of problem solving as a key career driver, it is amazing how much you can learn in these areas by being a mentor.  Rather than read, I’d rather learn by experience and application.

This year our chapter has started an Emerging HR Professionals group.  The mission of this group is bring mentors and mentees together in the spirit of growth, learning, and encouragement.  Come find out how much you can gain and you can give back by being a mentor to an emerging professional this year.  I know you won’t regret it!  There is more information about the Emerging Professionals IE SHRM group in this newsletter, but if you are interested, don’t hesitate to reach out to a board member or email us at

I hope to see you at a chapter meeting very soon!

Joey Kolasinsky
IE SHRM President

Board of Directors

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

Secretary: Wendy Green, PHR, SHRM-CP
Treasurer: Sonya Dew

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

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

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

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