Austin shrm history & Past Presidents

Austin SHRM is very proud of its members and strives to promote leadership by providing opportunities to volunteer on its committees. The members chosen to serve as President of Austin SHRM are those who have shown exemplary leadership qualities and encourage the highest standards of integrity. This page is dedicated to all of those who have served as President of Austin SHRM since its inception in 1950, and in loving memory of those who are no longer with us. 

1950's History

  • AHRMA (now Austin SHRM) began as the Austin Personnel Association (APA).
  • Membership consisted of 14 men and 1 woman.
  • Dues were $15 a year.
  • The luncheon cost 85 cents.

1960's History

  • The first Executive Director of the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) was hired.
  • The first automated wage and salary survey was conducted in 1965.
  • The APA had its first sponsored seminar in 1969.
  • The APA had its first woman president in 1969.

1970’s History

  • The APA became affiliated with ASPA in 1976.
  • The APA earned its first Merit Award in 1979.

1980’s History

  • The APA had its first Annual Conference.
  • The ASPA became the Society for Human Resource Management.


1990’s History

  • The APA became the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) in 1990.
  • The Karl Zimmerman Scholarship was established in 1994.
  • Certification classes began in 1996.

    2000’s History

    • The AHRMA website was started in 2000.
    • 2005 marked the 50th Anniversary of Austin SHRM.
    • In 2007, AHRMA got a facelift with new branding and an updated website.
    • The Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership Program began in 2008.
    • First time recipient of the prestigious SHRM Pinnacle Award for the Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership Program in 2009.

    2010’s History

    • In November 2013-2014 SHRM and the SHRM Foundation recognized Austin SHRM for being the highest contributing SHRM affiliated chapter during the SHRM Leadership Conference in National Harbor, MD.
    • The 65th Anniversary of AHRMA was celebrated in 2015.
    • Feature in HR Magazine for Mentoring

        2020’s History

        • 2020 marked the 70th Anniversary of AHRMA.
        • AHRMA added DBA: Austin SHRM in 2021


        2020's

        Brian Hayes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, 2021

        Lisa Blanton, SHRM-SCP, 2020

        2010's 

        Angela Shaw, SPHR, SHRM-CP, 2019

        Arlaine Decrevel, PHR, SHRM-CP, 2018

        Karen Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-CP - 2017

        Justin Sharp, SHRM-SCP - 2016

        Rose Ann Garza, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - 2015

        Kevin Lashus, J.D. - 2014

        Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR - 2013

        Lori Rohre, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - 2012

        Wendy Chance, CTS - 2011

        Diontha Fancher, MS - 2010   

        2000's 

        Ramona Oliver (Rohrer), SPHR - 2009

        Marilyn Martin, SPHR - 2008

        Becky Sandifer, SPHR - 2007

        Diana Prewitt, SPHR - 2006

        Cathy Wodarski - 2005

        Toni Borthayre, PHR - 2004

        Gail Nichols, PHR - 2003

        Betty Bartley, PHR - 2002

        Sandy Thompson, SPHR - 2001

        Claudia Smith, SPHR - 2000 

        1990's

        Alice Dendinger, SPHR - 1999

        Christopher Demers, SPHR - 1998

        Belinda Bracey, SPHR - 1997

        Jim Strobusch, SPHR - 1996

        Michelle Friesenhahn - 1995

        Carlotta Valdez, PHR, CCP - 1994

        Marilyn N. Jennings, PHR - 1993

        Julie A. Smith - 1992

        MaryLynn Painton, SPHR - 1991

        Stephen Knowles, PHR - 1990 

        1980's

        Peggy Terry, SPHR - 1989

        Rick Rodney - 1988

        Rose Salazar Ramon, SPHR, CCP - 1987

        Kemp Dixon - 1986

        Ernie Leake - 1984-85

        Janell M. Robertson - 1983

        Gary Otting - 1982

        Joyce Lucas - 1981

        Wes Braden - 1980


         1970's 

        Claude E. Hempel - 1979

        Karl Zimmerman, SPHR - 1978 (deceased)

        James Johnson - 1977 (deceased)

        Ed Bierschenk - 1976

        Maurice Fraiser - 1975

        Rick Smith - 1974

        Jim Grey - 1973 (deceased)

        Larry Kilmer - 1972

        J.P. Kirksey, SPHR - 1971

        Joseph Culver - 1970  (deceased)

        1960's

        Lottie Gradick-May - 1969 (deceased)

        Richard Robertson - 1968

        Don K. Miller - 1967 (deceased)

        J.G. Perkins - 1966 (deceased)

        Everett Anschultz - 1965 (deceased)

        Jack Holland - 1964 (deceased)

        James H. Moore - 1963 (deceased)

        John H. Dodson - 1962

        J. Loyd Wood - 1961

        Donald M. Anderson - 1960 (deceased)  

        1950's

        Jay H. Wilson - 1959 (deceased)

        Julian G. Martin - 1958

        Ernest W. Cabe, Jr. - 1957 (deceased)

        Phillip Morgette - 1956 (deceased)

        Tom W. Johnson - 1955 (deceased)

        J.T. Patterson - 1954 (deceased)

        W.E. Washmon - 1953 (deceased)

        Charles Novotny - 1952 (deceased)

        Charles Clark - 1951

        Ed Porter - 1950 (deceased) 


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