INLAND NORTHWEST Society for Human Resource Management
April 2015


In This Issue...

  1. Upcoming April Meeting - It's a Breakfast!
  2. President's Letter
  3. Updates and Information
  4. Featured Member of the Month: Meagan Dunn 
  5. April's Featured Non Profit: Christ Kitchen


    April's Meeting is a Breakfast!


 Thank you to our April Vendor of the Month!


Silverwood is the Northwest's Largest Theme Park, featuring 221 acres of fun with 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions. Experience world-class coasters, hair-raising attractions, kiddie adventure and dazzling entertainment for all. The 21 acre Boulder Beach Water Park has two massive wave pools, thrilling water slides, childrens' water features and an endless lazy river. In October, Silverwood transforms into Scarywood, "where nightmares are made, you'll never sleep again!" Silverwood is just minutes north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. For more information on tickets. group pricing, and operating schedule, visit: or call (208) 683-3400.


The Employer's Guide to Developing A Successful Internship
Centerplace Regional Event Center 2426 North Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Presented by: Brittany Leland, Training Manager
                                       Chris Ryman, Internship Program Manager
                                                Vicki Hucke, Internship Connections Coordinator

 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1 General HRCI Credit / 1 SHRM Certification Credit

 TIME:  Check-in begins at 7:00 AM, announcements begin at 7:30 AM  Session runs from 8am - 9am
Register HERE (Registration closes April 8th at noon)

Employers are using internships now more than ever, but there could be risks if the internship is not set up correctly. Learn how to structure your internship to comply with employment laws and how to team with Gonzaga University to tailor your internship to your company’s needs and recruit the best candidates. The speakers will address the newest trends in and benefits of internships, current law, and they will offer forms and tips to streamline and systemize the process.

 Our Speakers:


Brittany Leland, Training Manager: As the Training Manager, Brittany supports and coaches students and graduates to prepare for their future endeavors. She facilitates classroom presentations and workshops for students as well as fosters relationships with academic departments for career development collaboration.

Chris Ryman, Internship Program Manager: Chris collaborates with academic departments in the development and maintenance of the GU Internship Program as well as facilitates connections and cultivates opportunities to create new internships. She also provides training for both students and employers in preparation for internships, including employer program design. 

Vicki Hucke, Internship Connections Coordinator: Vicki’s role at the Gonzaga Career Center is to connect Gonzaga students with internship opportunities. She provides support and guidance for employers as well as marketing available opportunities to students and faculty. 

 TO REGISTER: Click HERE to REGISTER and pay online! Members: Remember to log in to receive your discount!



President's Newsletter

With the first quarter of the year wrapping up, I would like to share a few highlights and accomplishments over the last few months.  The first one is pertaining to the new SHRM Certification.  I heard some fantastic news from our regional SHRM Director that so far 33,000 SHRM members have taken the SHRM certification pathway. These numbers are outstanding and have far exceeded SHRM’s expectations. Also, the majority of INSHRM board members have taken the pathway and now have their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials.  We have seen a great turnout for our SHRM certification study group that Melody Matthews, our Certification Director is teaching.  A few other updates, starting in January we moved to our new meeting location at Center Place where we have continued to see a great turnout each month with over 100 attendees. Our membership numbers are continuing to grow and we just received our Membership Super Star award from SHRM for our great accomplishments last year.  Last, but not least, we had our supervisor training last week with over 60 attendees.

Our Programs Directors deserve a big shout out.  They have worked really hard over the last few months to line up our new meeting location, build out a great year of programs, and secure the speakers.  Our Programs team consist of Krystal Siegfried, Lindsey Wane and Kelly Folger.  THANK YOU!

A few things to look forward to in the upcoming months… this year Corinda Howe, Diversity Director will be organizing some different Diversity Roundtables, we have our Spring Conference in May coming up, and we will have a few membership appreciation events this summer.

Kind regards,
Kristina Valenzuela

 Updates and Information


Bring A Buddy to Lunch!

Have a friend who’s interested in joining INSHRM and would benefit from this month’s speaker? Make sure to take advantage of INSHRM’s "Bring a Buddy" Program! Bring a guest to this month’s luncheon at no cost to them so they can see what it’s all about. It’s the cheapest 'date' you’ll ever have and they’ll thank you for it too! Email our membership team at [email protected] for more information or to submit a request. 

Spring Conference - SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date of May 12, 2015 for our Spring Conference at CenterPlace. More information forthcoming ...


Do you have a presentation to make and need additional data and statistics?

Do you need ideas to help guide you in a leveraging the talents of mature employees or leveraging workplace flexibility for engagement and productivity?  If so, the SHRM Foundation has materials for you to use!

The SHRM Foundation provides many complimentary resources, some even offering you general, strategic and/or international recertification credits.  Resources include: 

  • DVD materials with subjects including talent management, ethics, and succession planning; 

  • Effective Practice Guidelines including topics such as compliance & benefits, leadership & strategy, diversity, employee relations, ethics & corporate social responsibility, organization & employee development, talent management, and technology; 

  • Executive Briefings with titles such as "Developing an Employee Engagement Strategy", "Leveraging HR Technology for Competitive Advantage", and "Changing Our Perceptions of Older Workers"; 

  • Research Reports including topics such as "What’s Next for HR" and "Connecting Research to HR Practice".

All of these materials are free due to the generous donations of our membership.  Donations deliver scholarships, produce workplace resources, further HR research, and advance thought leadership.  Make your impact on the future of HR by donating to the SHRM Foundation.  Learn more at


SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP Certification Spring 2015

Have you been struggling with committing to taking the SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP exam for certification and missed the March 13 deadline? Good news! The $75 USD late application fee is waived for the Spring Window..

Take the next step! Accelerate your career by earning the next-generation credential in the field of human resources—the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP!  Apply for the Spring SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam window before the application deadline, April 17th!  Examination window is May 1 – July 15th.


SHRM Member: $300 (USD)
SHRM Nonmember: $400 (USD)


We are proud to introduce Jessica Vanvolkenburg Ferrera as the INSHRM photographer:


Jessica has a positive attitude, displays exceptional customer service and is software savy. While working as a library Assistant; Jessica took photographs of library materials and loaded photos onto the library database. She organized and reshelved the materials and books. Jessica has also worked as an Office, Preschool Classroom and Retail Assistant.

Our main goal is to assist Jessica in finding a work opportunity. Please reach out to the Diversity Director, Corinda Howe via e-mail [email protected] or phone 509-747-2058 for additional information.

Upcoming Focus Groups

INSHRM will be hosting a series of three focus groups in 2015 to help create a forum of open discussion regarding diversity and inclusion topics HR professionals face in creating diverse work forces. Details regarding the first focus group are as follows:

                                  Date:          April 20th
                                  Time:         1:00pm
                                  Location:   Bank of America Building (601 W Riverside Ave, floor 2 board room)
                                  Topic:        What is Disability Etiquette?

The group will discuss issues such as:

* How do I interview a candidate with a disability?
* How can I recruit diverse candidates?
* What accommodations must be provided for job interviews?
* What are the basics of workplace accessibility?

To RSVP please contact Corinda Howe via phone at 509-747-2058 or e-mail at [email protected]


INSHRM is excited to announce our new Online Job Posting Request form for those who are interested in posting any HR related job postings on our website. Additionally, our membership process just got a bit easier! Anyone interested in becoming an INSHRM member need only follow the instructions at our Join Now link and complete our online INSHRM Membership Application. With these online functions in place, we hope to streamline the job posting process and make this easier and more convenient for members. 

College Relations: HR Internships



Featured Member of the Month: Meagan Dunn


 INSHRM Member: Meagan Dunn, PHR


Meagan is currently the HR Manager at Cobra BEC and has been with them since August of 2014. Prior to joining Cobra BEC, she worked at Rockwood Clinic for 8 years, most recently as the HR Director. Meagan has a double BA in Human Resources Management and General Management and received her PHR in 2013. When Meagan isn’t at work, she is spending time with her 3 year old daughter and husband.

How did you first come to Human Resources as a career?

I started working in HR as a file clerk in high school. When I went to college, it was natural for me to pursue HR.

What has been your most rewarding experience as an HR professional?

I most enjoy working one on one with employees and having a positive impact on their lives. Walking employees through the maze of insurances, disability plans or benefits such as 401k and having them better understand their resources is rewarding to me!

What have you found to be most challenging as an HR professional?

My current role has probably been most challenging for me, as I am not used to being the only one to do all of the HR function! If I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done!

Who have been your most influential mentors?

My most influential mentor was my boss at my first HR job and at Rockwood, Laura Hill. I worked with Laura for over 10 years and she taught me so much about HR, but also taught me how to be compassionate to employees.

What is your guiding principle or mantra?

Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 

What current book are you reading and what do you enjoy most about it?

I rarely get to read books for myself, so I would say we’re reading Dr. Seuss mostly at my house! I do enjoy Patricia Cornwell books when I get the chance.

What little known fact would people find surprising about you?

If I had the chance, I would quit working and start a mini-farm. My husband does not approve  

If you were a bird, which bird would you be and why?

I would probably be a hummingbird. People think I’m always running when I’m walking at work and I move from project to project quickly.

What is your ‘claim to fame’?

I was an extra in a movie in High School- Hangman’s Curse.

What are your outside hobbies and interests?

I have a few chickens, and love to garden! During the summer, we spend most of our time on or near the water fishing and boating. We also love to take our family camping.

What are you enjoying most right now in your life?

Right now I work part time and get to spend time with my family.




We are pleased to introduce a new feature to our newsletter, website and meetings. Each month we will be highlighting a local non profit working to help those in our communities with employment related issues. Look for the featured agency at the next meeting!

 Christ Kitchen is a Christ-centered, non-denominational ministry providing work, job training, discipleship support and fellowship for women living in poverty in the Spokane area. Through the production and sales of gourmet food mixes, gift baskets and our catering business and cafe', this ministry enables women to learn to work, to become employable and eventually, to support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships. 




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