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Serve and partner with members, individuals, businesses and community organizations to share expertise, be thought leaders and advocates, and promote the advancement of the human resources profession.


Be recognized and respected as the one-stop, premiere professional human resources organization in the southeast New England region.


  • Provide support, networking, and education to the human resources community
  • Be inclusive; promote diversity
  • Be leaders in human resources and business strategies, driving best practices
  • Appropriately influence legislation and legislators

Check out the SHRM Rhode Island Chapter Overview

Whether you are looking for your first job, have just been promoted to your first management position or are setting your organization’s strategic HR direction, Rhode Island SHRM is the Chapter that provides the credibility, depth and breadth of HR resources that all human resource professionals need. As your career partner, we are dedicated to providing the resources that you, your HR department and your organization need to make critical decisions affecting your organization’s profitability and your most important resource: people.

5 Strategic Initiatives

Create a member-focused culture to attract, engage and retain members. Measure member satisfaction on an ongoing basis.

Diversify program offerings in terms of topic, location, type of event, time of day and target audience; enlist board and committee members to develop educational program content Making the Business Case for HR.

Implement a three year plan to ensure financial sustainability, to include the development of an annual budget with predictable sources of revenue that is at minimum break even.

Promote and elevate the RI SHRM brand, internally and externally. This area also includes volunteer recruitment, retention, development and succession planning.

Implement a communications strategy to support our strategic initiatives and ensure regular, ongoing consistent messaging to our members.

 RI SHRM Board 2020  
 State Chapter Director
  Tri State Conference Liaison

Cindy Butler, SPHR, SHRM- SCP
 Operations Director
Lynn Corwin, SHRM-CP PHR
 State Chapter Director - Elect
Patricia Lyons, JD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
 Secretary Pam DeMelim
 Treasurer Patricia Lyons, JD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
 Director at Large
Ray Dutelle, SHRM-SCP
 Certification - Professional
Tina Handren, SHRM-SCP
 College Relations
Linda Olbrys
 Communications Amy Grenga, PHR,SHRM-CP
 Diversity Kevin Matta
 Foundation Roxane Rusnak, SHRM-CP
 Legislative Affairs
 Gregory Tumolo, Esq
 Membership Ken LeGendre
 Programs Scott Seaback
 Sponsorships Christine Cunneen
 Workforce Development
Gary Convertino, Ed.D, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPC
 Chapter Administrator
Marisa Albini
 Student Chapters
 Academic Advisors
Nicole Amos, Johnson & Wales U.
Aimee Phelps, URI
Open Position, Bryant U.
 SHRM Northeast Region
 Northeast Regional Director
Susan Post

RI Society of Human Resource Management, 2019

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