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Get to Know Chicago SHRM’s 2019 Board of Directors!

Chicago SHRM’s Board of Directors provides leadership for the chapter’s educational programs, interest groups, and networking events to meet the professional needs of our members.

Our diverse Board ensures that the organization’s values and vision are at the heart of everything it does to ensure the continued vitality of Chicago SHRM. It is structured around three functional areas: Education, Membership, and Marketing/Communications:

  • Education leaders lend expertise to develop educational programs that support SHRM’S Bodies of Knowledge: Strategic Management, Workforce Planning & Employment; HR Development, Total Rewards, Employee & Labor Relations, and Risk Management.
  • Membership leaders run Special Interest Groups to meet the needs of all of our members: Volunteer Connections, Emerging HR Leaders, In-Transition, as well as Student, Mentoring, and CHRO programs.
  • Marketing leaders keep everyone connected and informed through our diverse social media platforms and monthly newsletter.

We are here to serve our members! Introduce yourself at an event, send a note through email, or join us on social media.


Courtney Pike Templin

I always have been passionate about HR, learning, and development, so I am excited to partner with board members on Chicago SHRM’s strategic goals and initiatives this year.  I recently led Chicago SHRM’s programming as Education Director helping launch our Executive Insights Series and carry on our chapter’s legacy of strong educational programs for our members.  Prior to that role, I lead the Emerging HR Leaders effort to engage and retain young HR professionals with our chapter.  I also serve on the Associate Board for Chicago Scholars and have helped create a career coaching partnership with Chicago Scholars and Chicago SHRM. I am President at JB Training Solutions, a training and development company.  I spearhead JB Training Solutions' strategic planning, HR, consulting, and instructional design, and I partner with key clients including Marriott, Whole Foods, Abbott Laboratories, and Eli Lilly.  I am co-author of Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management, and I hold a B.A. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

Shelli Nelson, PHR, SHRM-CP
Past President
I have served on the Board of Directors for the past eight years, most recently as President, and have been a member of Chicago SHRM for over 15 years.  Chicago SHRM has played an integral part in shaping my career and connecting me with some of the most talented HR professionals in our field.  My business philosophy has always focused on people. People are what can make or break your business. Finding the best talent and respecting and rewarding them along the way will ensure that you not only exceed your financial targets, but that you have a team that is dedicated and believes in your vision and will do all they can to make it happen. My career in HR has been successfully doing just that - understanding business strategies, building organizations that are structured to excel, locating phenomenal talent and designing and executing innovative programs that propel companies beyond the competition. Coupled with these professional accomplishments are my differentiating personal skills, which have allowed me to build a reputation in the industry as a passionate leader and an HR expert who is driven to win while delivering on commitments with uncompromising integrity. I have worked in a variety of industries including retail, finance, marketing and consulting.  Some of the organizations I have worked at or consulted for include Levi Strauss & Co., Ibbotson Associates, Morningstar, Incapital, University of Chicago and BP. In my current role, I am the Managing Director, Talent Acquisition at Madison Industries.  Madison Industries is one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the world. Madison builds entrepreneurially driven, branded market leaders that are committed to making the world safer, healthier and more productive.


Meredith Morales, SHRM-CP; PHR
Vice President 

Meredith Morales serves as Diverse Talent Manager on U.S. Cellular’s Diversity and Inclusion Team.  She brings nearly 10 years of industry experience as a Human Resources Talent professional with eight years dedicated to the Talent Acquisition Diversity and Inclusion Strategy space.  Prior to joining the U.S. Cellular Team, Meredith worked at PeopleScout-RPO (formerly AonHewitt) where she consulted on Diversity and Campus Talent Strategies and best practices across multiple clients.  Her primary client was group was BMO Harris Bank and Financial Group (Bank of Montreal).  In this role, Meredith served as North American Diversity Manager, leading a team of 12 and accountable for Diversity & Campus Talent Strategies and Execution across the US and Canada.   Prior to supporting BMO,  Meredith served as Senior Diversity Recruiter for The Federal Reserve System.  Through her work with The Fed, Meredith identified and placed diverse top talent, led strategic local and national recruiting initiatives and community partnerships, and provided full-cycle recruiting in conjunction with The Fed’s Office of Minority Women and Inclusion (OMWI). Outside of work, Meredith serves on the Executive Board of the Chicago Chapter of SHRM (Society of HR Management) , and also serves as a Board Member on the Career Advisory Board, Sponsored by Devry University. Prior to her career in HR, Meredith spent time in the Finance industry on Wall Street's New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Meredith holds a B.A. cum laude from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, and a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago.  She resides in Irving Park with her husband and two daughters.


Carol Semrad, SHRM-SCP; SPHR
Treasurer, Past President

As a “Collaborator and Connector” I initially became a member of Chicago SHRM to network with other HR professionals. I have found the connections and friendships with other members are most gratifying. I believe being a part of the HR community is important to expand my own learning and as well as to mentor others. I also appreciate being able to earn SHRM-SCP & HRCI re-certification credits for the programs I attend. If you attend one, please introduce yourself! I have been an HR/OD consultant in my own business, C. Semrad & Associates, since 2003. We are best at working with entrepreneurial businesses and their leaders to maximize potential and continue to build on their success. We deliver results through inspiring collaboration within organizations and supporting personal and professional growth for business success.


Jeanette Johnson, SHRM-SCP; SPHR
Marketing Director

I joined the Chicago SHRM Social Media committee in 2010 hoping to lend my passion for technology and connecting people. Later, I transitioned to leading the group as the committee chair.  There is a constant stream of great people I’ve met that are connected to this organization and we accomplish great things together.  We are moving the profession forward and leading businesses. Would you like to get to know great HR leaders? Volunteering on a committee is a great start! You will no doubt meet excellent professionals that you will be inspired by and even a chance to inspire others around you. Chicago SHRM led me to my current position as VP People for SPINS. I was at the right place, knew the right people, at the right time! My role focuses on creating a great workplace, developing a dynamic culture and making an impact on the natural and organic industry.


Rachel Miller, SHRM-SCP; SPHR
Education Director

I was a member of Chicago SHRM for a number of years primarily to network and take advantage of the excellent educational programs. It has been very rewarding to connect and make friends with outstanding professionals in Chicago.   About five years ago, I began to volunteer with the College Relations Committee as a liaison and then subsequently joined the Board as Chair of College Relations.   In January 2018, I moved to the Director of Education and I am thrilled to help lead the educational programming that support our members’ continuous learning, certification and networking.  To me, there is nothing more exciting that to being part of the ever-changing and dynamic field of Human Resources. I’ve worked in HR my whole career, first at Penn State University and then with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.  Along with certification, I hold a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations.


Karin Knutson
Education Associate Director

It is exciting to be a member of the Chicago SHRM Board and Chair the Roundtable Committee.  I have had the pleasure of working with the Roundtable team since becoming a member of Chicago SHRM in 2014.  It has been wonderful to be involved with such a passionate and positive group.  Roundtables have been a fantastic way to meet and talk with other members and discuss topics and trends essential to the HR industry.  I am currently a Senior Talent & Recruitment Specialist at EDSI.  We are a workforce development and customized training company.  We work with public sector and private sector to research, analyze and assess their workforce development needs, leading to the development and implementation of strategies to recruit, hire and/or train current or future workers.  EDSI was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for five consecutive years, and is a National Best and Brightest award winner and a National Best and Brightest Sustainable award winner.  I have been with EDSI since 2011 and am fortunate to work with a fantastic and supportive team and company.


Jai Brown, SHRM-CP; PHR
Workshop Chair

I joined Chicago SHRM as a member of the Diversity Committee, serving as the External Partnerships sub-committee co-lead. Recently, I transitioned into the role of Workshop Chair. This role allows me to support the professional development of our members by delivering dynamic presenters who provide critical and timely content, empowering our members to lead as thought partners within their businesses across the various areas of HR. I am the HR Business Partner for U.S. Wealth Management at BMO Harris Bank. In this role, I serve as a trusted advisor, providing strategic insight and collaborative support to the U.S. Wealth Management business across all aspects of HR including employee relations, diversity & inclusion, recruitment & staffing, compensation, talent review, organization design, workforce planning, and learning & career development. In addition, I serve as BMO’s National Chair for the African American League of Professionals Enterprise Resource Group.


Beatriz Rangel, SHRM-CP; PHR
Roundtable Chair

I am a Corporate Recruiter at Hyatt Corporation responsible for recruiting and sourcing initiatives including the Internship Program for the Corporate office. My goal is to connect the best-in-class talent with the right opportunities. I am also the Recruiting Ambassador for Hyatt Latinos and Hyatt Women Diversity Business Resource Groups (DBRG) where we partner with these DBRG members and diversity leaders to develop robust talent pipelines.  Prior to my role at Hyatt, I was a Talent Acquisition Professional at Allstate Insurance where I performed full life-cycle recruiting and developed a pipeline with high caliber candidates.  Through my work in these groups I developed a passion for helping and empowering others to find the right career path.  It is this passion that led me to transition my career to Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. The Conference Chair position gives me the opportunity to help educate our community about the HR Profession and providing professional development opportunities and skills for individuals to advance through their careers.


Phillip M. Schreiber
Legislative Chair

I am a partner at the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP and have represented employers in all areas of labor and employment law for over 20 years. I have substantial experience with wage and hour compliance (overtime pay and FMLA issues), union avoidance, fair employment practices (discrimination and harassment), restrictive covenants, and social media in the workplace. I am also experienced in drafting employment contracts and advising on employment issues that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions. I became a member of Chicago SHRM in 2002 in order to get to better understand the concerns of Human Resource professionals for whom I provide professional services on a daily basis. Prior to becoming legislative chair, I was a member of the Education Committee for over one year and still serve on that committee.


Paul Young, SHRM-SCP; SPHR
Certification Chair

I am honored to serve Chicago SHRM and its members as the Certification Chair. After volunteering for several years, I joined the chapter board in 2015. That was perfect timing, as it turned out, as SHRM announced its certifications a few months later. Chicago SHRM maintains strong relationships with both SHRM & HRCI and is proud to support our members’ certification and recertification efforts. The Certification Committee encourages our members to pursue professional certification and, as part of the chapter’s Education Committee, we ensure our educational programs qualify for recertification credits. Through my volunteer work with the chapter, I’ve had opportunities myself to educate others on HR certification by writing for the chapter blog and presenting at chapter conferences, SHRM student chapter meetings, and on webinars. Professionally, I am the Human Resources Manager at American Association of Endodontists and teach HR and certification prep courses at DePaul and Northwestern universities. I have 30 years of HR leadership experience in a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, mining, chemical manufacturing, banking, distribution, and education.  I hold my SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications and have a Bachelor’s in Human Resources from Western Illinois University.  Overall, my experience with Chicago SHRM has been fantastic. I’ve worked with some truly great people here and have enjoyed learning new skills – all while supporting the HR profession.


Nicole Skaluba, SHRM-SCP, SPHR 
Membership Director

Over the past few years, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Chicago SHRM’s Newsletter and Volunteer Connections Committees. My focus now shifts to engaging members through our unique membership opportunities including the College Relations, Emerging Leaders, Mentoring, Transition, and Volunteer Connections groups.  Whether you are new to the field or are an experienced HR professional, there is a place for you with Chicago SHRM. Whether mentoring a new HR professional, supporting our collegiate chapters, networking with our members in transition or attending our cutting-edge educational events, you will find value, purpose and professional development opportunities in all facets of the organization. My professional experience includes work in a variety of human resource positions in technology, manufacturing, insurance and education, including my current position as Director of Employee Services at Rise Interactive. My education includes B.A. degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Iowa and an M.S. degree in Human Resource Management and Development from National-Louis University. I also hold the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations and have the great pleasure of teaching the SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Courses at Northwestern University.


Chris Zweidinger
Engagement & Volunteer Connections

 After serving on a few different committees within Chicago SHRM, I began leading the Engagement & Volunteer Connections committee in early 2015.  The committee is a great way to connect and support professionals looking to give their time to further the Chicago SHRM committee.  Professionally, I am a Principal at Assurance. Assurance is a Chicagoland based award winning nationally ranked top 50 insurance brokerage. Specifically, I consult with HR professionals in creating engaging and culture enhancing employee benefit programs.


Kimberly L. Mooring, SHRM-SCP; SPHR
Orientation Chair

I have been an active and passionate member of Chicago SHRM for ten years.  I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to build an amazing network of HR Professionals and colleagues.  Volunteering on the Membership Committee has proven to be rewarding.  As the Orientation Chairperson, I have the privilege of meeting so many awesome people and making impactful connections. I’ve held various managerial positions for the last 25 years in the Retail, Operations and Human Resources space within the banking industry.  Currently, I am the Strategic Programs Manager for First Midwest Bank.  I focus on Organizational Development initiatives such as Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management.  I also specialize in merger & acquisition integration projects.  Previous employers include Popular Community Bank (Banco Popular), BMO Harris Bank and Cole Taylor Bank. I am an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University teaching Human Resources Management as well as an Advisory Board member. My educational degrees include a B.S in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University and an MBA with an HR concentration from Keller Graduate School of Management.


Julia Scales; SHRM Certificate of Learning
Emerging Leaders Chair

As an HR Generalist with a background in Talent Development, I am passionate about uncovering the possibilities in HR and believe organizations like Chicago SHRM offer a wonderful opportunity to empower both myself and other “Emerging Leaders.” Over the past 3 years, I have volunteered with the Emerging Leaders and have enjoyed watching the group develop into a learning community with members I’ve gotten to know over the past few years as well as new faces looking to grow and connect with their peers. This year I am excited to add social events to our calendar in addition to our regular programming to further strengthen our community. 


Dan Van De Voorde
Marketing Director

 I have been involved with Chicago SHRM since 2014 and love that I get to partner with other Chicago SHRM leaders to amplify the great work the collective group already does.  I am currently Senior Manager, People at Strata Decision Technology, a rapidly growing SaaS companying in downtown Chicago committed to helping heal healthcare across the U.S.  My role is to make sure we are building a world-class culture so we can attract, hire, retain, and grow a team dedicated to our mission. By offering insights into new thinking, especially around maximizing a global, diverse talent base; and helping top leaders rise to the occasion in honing the empathy, perspectives and courage to address tough issues with greater positive impact, I hope to contribute toward the reputation of SHRM as thought leader, innovator and creator. One of my favorite quotes by Margaret Mead reads, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  The passion I feel when I am with the Chicago SHRM community to do better and drive the success of others is truly inspiring and why I joined the group.  It all started with conversations I had with Shelli Nelson and Courtney Templin many years ago.  If everyone in Chicago SHRM was just half as thoughtful, inspiring, kind, and amazing as they are, I knew it was where I needed to be. Since joining, I have had the opportunity to sit on the Education Committee and now with Marketing.  There have been many moments in which Chicago SHRM has enriched my career; through the educational programs, the network I have built, and the great people with which I get to interact.


Jessica Schaeffer
Communications Chair

I became involved with Chicago SHRM to learn more about the HR industry, to grow my network, and to become more involved by volunteering or taking on leadership roles within the organization. My personal brand has always been about hard work and hustle… two things that I took from my collegiate basketball career at Illinois Wesleyan. This approach has served me well in my career, as I’ve had the opportunity to grow with an incredible organization. I am the Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing & communications at LaSalle Network, a staffing, recruiting and culture firm that specializes in temporary, temporary to permanent and permanent placements. I joined LaSalle Network in 2011. I received my undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, an Integrated Marketing and Communications certificate from the University of Chicago.


Kathy Goss
Diversity Chair


As LinkedIn’s head of Inclusion Recruiting, Kathy Goss is helping drive the company’s vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Kathy joined LinkedIn to build the program and team from the ground up, embedding inclusion throughout the entire recruiting process working in close collaboration with the TA teams and business leaders. Recently, Kathy was honored to have join the Board of Directors for Chicago SHRM Chapter serving as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Kathy spent over 10 years on Accenture’s diversity team building large-scale diversity initiatives focused on the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse employees, as well as building a broad culture of inclusion. She excels at collaborating with stakeholders to design and implement innovative, practical and impactful solutions to complex diversity challenges. Kathy graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Learning & Organizational Change, a foundation that serves her well in the diversity work that she does today. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and 3 lively children.


Paul Salasky, M.A.
Director at Large, Past President

I joined Chicago SHRM to get a better understanding of the daily issues that my Human Resources clients encounter. The programs have given me a better understanding of HR as well as provided an excellent opportunity for networking. My over 15 years of industry experience as a staffing professional includes Managing Director at Advantage Professional. Currently, I am Managing Director at Novo Group, and have held many other managerial positions over my career. I earned my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University.