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December 2013 MVHRA Connections


Presidential Ponderings; Volume 2, Edition 12 December, 2013

It’s not always about the destination, it’s about the journey!

Erin K. Henry, Servant Leader

I’ve enjoyed this time of serving as your leader.  As many of you know, this association is near and dear to my heart.  There are many people to thank for this opportunity; it goes without saying the members, and previous presidents who have served before me, were all a driving force and security.  It also perhaps goes without saying that I am not an isolated act.  I’ve relied on a team of individuals, our board, each of whom offered a variety of uniqueness and energetic passion.  Together we have served always remaining mindful and carefully making decisions for the greater good of our members and our profession.  Thank you board for always being there for me offering the wind to keep the many parts of this ship moving forward!

A special shout out to a long time friend, colleague, and previous MVHRA President Don Holtvoight who inspired the “Presidential Ponderings” section of the newsletter.  Back in the day, prior to MVHRA being on line, Don penned insightful, witty, and yes, sometimes borderline offensive, reading material for our members under this same heading.  I hope to have taken his notion (and good heart) and used this as a tool to help inspire each of you to think about yourself and your profession a bit differently than you did before.

As the end draws near, I wish all of you and your families the Merriest of Christmases.  As the New Year begins, keep in mind, “It’s not always about the destination, it’s about the journey.” Therefore, enjoy life and the impact each one of you have on others and make every day of 2014 extraordinary! 

It is my pleasure to present to you the results of the MVHRA Election of Officers for the 2014 Term:

We received a total of 51 votes with no write-in candidates.  Please join me in congratulating MVHRA's 2014 Elected Officers:

Kelly O'Connor, President

LaTonia McCane, President-Elect

Jim Vose, Vice President

Jefferson Alcott, Treasurer

Carrie Brunello, Membership Director

Mary Sacksteder, Secretary

A special shout out and thanks to Linda Wells for coordinating the election!  A hearty congratulations to each of our 2014 Elected Officers; wishing each of you much success in your positions!


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Upcoming Events!

2013 Chapter Luncheon - December 10, 2013 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM



Unlocking & Igniting Your Human Potential
Speaker: Stephen K Johnston, President & Founder, Your Infinite Possibilities.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM: Registration & Networking
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Announcements & Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Speaker

Please visit for more information and to register.

MVHRA Social Event 

Thursday, December 19, 2013 from  5:30 PM to 8:00 PM



Who: Human Resource practitioners, those simply interested in the HR function, MVHRA or other area SHRM chapter members, and non-members—all are welcome!

Where: The Wine Loft at The Greene (Ample free parking is available behind The Wine Loft in The Greene public parking lot)

Please visit for more information and to register.



All registrations are to be made online, even if you will be paying at the door. Members and guests must register online and then can pay online or can still pay at-the-door. To pay at the door, ENTER and APPLY the MVHRA Promo Code: MVHRAPAYATDOOR at checkout when registering online. 



• Reservations must be received by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the event and if not, you will be charged an additional fee for your luncheon ticket.
• Cancellations must be received by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the event in order not to be billed.
• Contact Jefferson Alcott, PHR, MVHRA Treasurer or call (937) 222-2249 regarding cancellations. All cancelled registrations are confirmed.

Employment Corner!!

Check out these exciting Human Resource job opportunities:

  • Benefits Analyst – CareSource
  • Human Resource Generalist – Seepex, Inc.
  • Internship Position: Human Resource Assistant – Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
  • Recruitment Coordinator - Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

To see full job descriptions and/or apply for these employment opportunities, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities

HRCI Certifications by the Numbers

Job market analysts estimate that the current number of HR professionals in the U.S. easily tops 500,000. This number includes executives, managers, business partners and generalists along with specialists in compensation, benefits, training and development, labor relations and other areas. So, with over half a million HR professionals out there, how many have one or more HRCI certifications?

Below are the total numbers of HRCI certifications as of August, 2013:

  • PHR certified professionals: 73, 157
  • SPHR certified professionals: 52,271
  • GPHR certified professionals: 2,880

How many certified HR professionals do we have in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky?  According to the HRCI, there are just over 9,000 in total across all three states, broken down as follows:

  • Total number of certifications in Ohio: 5,175
  • Total number of certifications in Indiana: 2,659
  • Total number of certifications in Kentucky: 1,573

And finally, what states boast the largest number of certified HR professionals? It should come as no surprise that California and Texas have the largest number of certified HR professionals with just over 10,500 in each.

Did you know that the HRCI now makes it possible for employers and others to verify any of the 125,000+ active certifications by providing an online Certificant Directory? In order to use the directory you must create a separate User Profile and you must know the HR professional's city, state and country.

Membership Report

Please welcome these new members to MVHRA!







Senior Consultant

Right Management



HR Manager

Seepex Inc



HR Coordinator




HR Specialist

Koenig Equipment





Mary Jane



Edison Community College




Polaris Recruitment



HR Manager

Greater Dayton RTA





Wright State University



HR/Benefits Coordinator

Projects Unlimited



Talent Management Consultant




Assistant Director

University of Dayton




Wright State University





Total active MVHRA membership is 291

243      Professionals

 23      Vendors

 25      Students

SHRM Foundation News: Thought Leaders Retreat

Each Fall, the SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders Retreat brings together a select group of leading-edge thinkers and practitioners in the HR field.  It started in 1999 as a way for SHRM Foundation board members to interact with outside experts and to generate new research ideas.  From that beginning, the event grew each year to include members of the other SHRM boards and special guests.

Today, the invitation-only Thought Leaders Retreat targets a senior executive audience and focuses on strategic issues such as Rebuilding the Talent Value Proposition for What's Next (2010), Positioning Your Organization for Recovery (2009) and Workforce 2012: Attracting and Retaining Top Talent (2008). Participants explore issues shaping the future of the profession and their implications for research and practice.

Content summaries of past events are available on the SHRM Foundation website ( under "SHRM Foundation Products" then "Thought Leaders Retreat".

SHRM Update - November, 2013

Please click HERE for the November, 2013 SHRM Update.

SHRM Legislative Update

Please click HERE for the SHRM Legislative Update.



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