Want to get involved with one or more of these committees?  Click the "Get Involved in MM SHRM" button now!

Ben Ferati, SHRM-CP

With education being a core benefit of membership, it’s no surprise that we actively encourage members to seek out professional certifications.  This committee plans and executes our semi-annual study groups, helping to prepare individuals for taking the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP examinations.  Additionally, the committee reviews our programming for certification credit and is the liaison between the certifying bodies, WISHRM, chapter leadership, and those who are certified.  

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MaryJane Lukas

Melanie Stuber

This committee develops, recommends and implements the chapter’s D, E &I strategy, including programming, communication, advocacy and related initiatives.  The committee is a resource and partner to the larger community, building bridges that support our strategy.

Emerging Professionals
Ashley Johnson

The Committee works with our student chapters at Marquette and UW Milwaukee and volunteers support for the WISHRM student competitions.  The committee helps “bridge” students in the chapters to become professional members, looks for area internship opportunities.  For students and newer entrants into the HR world, the committee provides education, information, and mentorship opportunities regarding career paths, covering topics such as career development, networking, the HR generalist role, and best practices. 

HR Executive Insights
Kerry Mitchell

This committee is all about engaging senior HR leaders and their teams.  Through the committee’s work, we develop corporate partnership programs and quarterly meetings that bring senior HR executive to the table to share their experiences about career paths, critical skills, and the most pressing issues in the C-suite that affect HR. 

Emily Blakeslee, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

This committee is our eyes and ears when it comes to legal, legislative, and regulatory changes that impact HR professionals and their companies.  The committee provides quick-hitting programs and communications on topics as they come up and also plans an annual legislative conference. 

Marketing & Communications

Julie Farrell

This committee helps us to share the message – to members, stakeholders, and the larger community – about the work of the association.  Among its responsibilities are our newsletter, social media sites, and member engagement system.

Joey Backus

It all starts with membership and this is the committee that reaches into the HR community to share the story of Metro Milwaukee SHRM and the many benefits of membership.  The committee handles ongoing recruiting activities and special projects and also plans many of our networking events.


Laura Ungemach

This Committee develops, recommends, and implements the MMSHRM community outreach strategy.  This includes selecting and volunteering for community events, selecting and participating in a community event and organizing an MMSHRM/HR team to participate and build relationships, select charitable recipients for MMSHRM programs/events, provide public relations outreach (“voice of HR”), build support for the SHRM Foundation, and generally, to develop relationships with other HR and business organizations, with community organizations, and with community leaders. 

Schuyler File

Education is at the very core of what we do and this committee creates the professional development programs that target the unique needs of the HR professional.  The committee also plans our Spring Conferenceannual meeting/summer social and the Holiday Networking Event.  Additional events over the years have included both Brewers and Bucks outings.  The committee assists with date and site selection, event planning, speakers/entertainment, etc.  

Stella Terry

The committee works to secure sponsors – both annual/corporate and individual events – working with HR Executive Insights, and our Program Committee.  The Committee also develops and promotes sponsor packages and ensures that sponsors are taking full advantage of the benefits included in their package.

Volunteer Engagement
Shay Sherfinski

Works with the member & volunteer engagement director to lead the on-boarding experience for new members, including but not limited to, new member phone calls/emails, answer questions about MMSHRM and serve as a point of contact for new members. The time commitment for this committee varies depending on chapter activities and events. On average a time commitment of 1 to 2 hours per month could be expected.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software