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Board Members

    Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) is made up of 14-member board, including representation from the SHRM State Council Directors for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.



    Stacey Scalf

    Stacey Scalf is the Human Resources Director for Performance Radiator Pacific, LLC in Tacoma, WA. Performance Radiator Pacific, LLC operates 31 locations in 16 states and 4 locations in Canada. Stacey is responsible for the operational and strategic management of activities related to the performance of the human resources function at Performance Radiator Pacific, LLC.

    Stacey possess over 25 years of human resources experience. She has managed every aspect of the employment life cycle in multiple industries including; construction, private investigation, transportation, healthcare, petroleum, education, real estate, utilities, hospitality, senior care, and warehousing. Stacey’s expertise also includes talent management, organizational training, compensation and benefits along with leadership coaching, training and development.

    Stacey is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent and helping individuals reach their full career potential. In addition to her accomplishments in corporate HR, Stacey has also provided career transition services for clients through one-on-one coaching and group workshops and contracted with start-up businesses to develop their HR infrastructure.

    Stacey has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2007. She has served on the Board of Directors for the West Sound Human Resource Management Association (WSHRMA), a designated chapter of SHRM since 2007 in a variety of roles, including President. In 2016, she was named the chapter’s Distinguished Member of the year. Stacey was the co-chair for the National Human Resources Management Association’s (NHRMA) 80th annual conference in 2018.

    Stacey graduated from Lamar University in 1994 with a degree in Computer Information Systems and graduated from Ashford University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is married to her wonderful husband Aaron, a retired 20 year veteran of the US Navy Submarine Force. They have raised two beautiful children, Tristan and Ashton, and are now enjoying their new grandson, Granger.



    Past President

    Chance Brimhall, SHRM-CP, PHR 

    Chance has held a variety of leadership positions in his more than thirteen years of HR consulting and workforce solutions experience, supporting clients of all sizes and in virtually all industry verticals. He has a PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification through the HR Certification Institute as well as his SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification, has been serving on the Board of Directors of the South King County SHRM chapter for the past eight years, and is currently serving as the Director of Washington State SHRM. Since joining New Era HR Solutions, Chance has received his OSHA 10 certification and plays a key role in managing our internal safety & risk management programs. Chance specializes in evaluating business needs, as well as designing and implementing solutions. His role is to understand clients’ workforce & organizational development objectives and to align industry resources, technologies, and programs to deliver best-in-class solutions.


    Cindy Bené

    Cindy is the VP of Recruiting for Regency Pacific Management, LLC, specializing in healthcare recruiting. She holds her SHRM-CP and Veterans at Work Certificate through SHRM.

    Cindy has over 10 years’ successful talent acquisition experience from entry-level to C-Suite and many positions in between in multiple industries; over 8 year’s international marketing/trade experience resulting in multi-million dollar contracts; 10+ years experience in business management; 10+ years experience in human resource and operations management; and a strategic understanding of the economic and social impacts on the importance of human capital in business.

    She also believes in and practices strong community involvement and partnerships, by volunteering for many roles including currently being the Certification Chair for her local SHRM chapter, Secretary for her local Oregon Employer’s Council chapter, Co-Chair for the Central Oregon Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and more. Prior to these roles, Cindy has also served on the Mid-Willamette SHRM chapter board as Legislative Liaison and Membership Chair, and on the Oregon Employer’s Council Executive Board as Vice President and Secretary.

    In her spare time, Cindy works on her consulting business, Employment Transition Solutions, LLC and enjoys spending time with her grandson.


    Lori Meagher, MSA, SHRM-CP

    Lori in her role of Controller and Human Resources Manager for EcoAdapt brings over 20 years of experience in finance and human resource management from diverse industry sectors. Lori’s passion for working within non-profits and in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of accounting and compliance make her an asset to any team.

    With a Bachelors in Business Administration (2011) followed by a Masters in Accounting (2013) from American Military University, Lori is well-versed in demonstrated management best practices and is a natural leader who has been repeatedly utilized within organizations for identifying and implementing improvements to streamline processes.

    Lori is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Washington Nonprofits, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves on the Board of Directors as the Communications and Marketing Director for the West Sound Human Resource Management Association (WSHRMA). Lori is a certified HR Professional with a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification and is a WA Certified Public Accounting (CPA) candidate and plans on working towards earning her license in the future.

    Originally, from Wisconsin, Lori is a born and bred Green Bay Packers fan and Shareholder. She enjoys the outdoors, running, crafting, spending time with her family and has come to admire and love living in the PNW.

    Partnership Director

    Awards and Recognition Director

    Shellie Brighton, MSHR, PHR, SHRM-SCP

    Shellie has been working in Human Resources for over 20 years in a variety of industries including real estate, construction, hospitals, manufacturing, child-care, and distribution.

    Shellie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from San Jose State University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Chapman University. She holds certifications both as a Professional Human Resources (PHR) and as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She taught Master level HR classes at Keller Graduate School, was a board member of the South King County Chapter of SHRM in Kent, WA for the years 2013-2018, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Northwest International Society for Certified Employment Benefits Specialists.

    Shellie specializes in benefits management/administration, worker’s comp, leave administration and employee relations.

    College Relations Director

    Michele Swift Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Dr. Michele Swift is a faculty member at Oregon State University’s College of Business where she is a Senior Instructor and Assistant School Head. As a Senior Instructor, Michele teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in HR Management and has also taught courses in Organizational Behavior and Professional Development. Her research has been published in Journal of ManagementGroup & Organization ManagementHuman Resource ManagementJournal of Knowledge Management, and Human Resource Management Review. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) from the University of Oregon. Prior to academia, Michele spent over 10 years in HR and HR systems consulting where she managed HR self-service implementation projects, assisted with business case development, counseled managers on employee relations issues, provided recruitment and placement services, and managed payroll and workers compensation. Michele has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management since 1993, is the College Relations chair for the Lane County HR Association (LCHRA), and is the chapter advisor for the OSU SHRM student chapter. She’s also an active member of the Academy of Management and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    Foundation Director

    Open Position

    Communications Director

    Open Position

    Professional Development Director

    Open Position

    Alaska State Council

    Ann Kjera, MBA/HR, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Ann Kjera is a life-long Alaskan with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources. Ms. Kjera is CHRO at the Anchorage Museum and has been with the museum since 2014. Prior to joining the Museum, she was Benefits and Programs Administrator for an air cargo carrier. During her career, Ms. Kjera has held a variety of positions in a variety of fields including social services non-profit executive director, apartment manager, operations manager for a stock brokerage, and she has served on a variety of non-profit boards. Ann is currently Legislative Affairs Director and past-president of ASHRM (Anchorage Society of Human Resource Management) and is Alaska SHRM State Council Director and has held the position of State Council Secretary/Treasurer.

    Washington State Human Resource Council

    Julie Orchard 


    Julie is currently an HR Manager for Providence Health Care in Spokane and Stevens County.  Julie has been part of the HR Department at Providence since 2016.  Julie began her love of Human Resources at Frito Lay where she worked for 11 years.  She then joined the team at Skils’kin where she held the role as HR Director while serving the mission of advancing people with disabilities. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University and received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2008 and her SHRM-CP in November of 2014. She is currently the President of the Washington State SHRM Council and serves on the Leadership Spokane board of Directors.  She also has served on the boards of Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Managers (INSHRM) and the Inland Northwest Business Alliance (LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce).   Julie is a proud graduate of Leadership Spokane and is passionate about servant leadership and serving the needs of Washington State and of the Spokane Community. 

    Oregon State Council

    Karlina Christensen-Lee

    Karlina Christensen-Lee is the HR Director in the West Region for Gannett and the USA Today Network. She started her HR career for Target Corporation in the Supply Chain Division.  In her current role she leads the HR team covering 5 states and the territory of Guam.  She has been involved in SHRM as at the chapter level serving on the board since 2011 and on the Oregon State Council since 2015.

    Karlina’s degree is in B.S. in Agriculture Business Management focusing on marketing and trade and a B.A. in International Studies. She graduate from Oregon State University.  She also, spent time studying in Budapest, Hungary at the Budapest University of Economics and Political Science and while there studied economics of transition and wrote her thesis on the impact of a countries boarder on rural society.  She is passionate about mentoring and mentors with the Corporate Business Alliance for Veteran’s exiting the military and transitioning to corporate America and for the MBA program with Willamette University.

    NHRMA SHRM Field Services Director 

    Katie Slick, SHRM-SCP

    SHRM Pacific West Field Services Director 



    Legal Counsel

    The Cicotte Law Firm, PLLC
    Christine Zinter

    Office: (509) 783-6699

    Direct: (509) 591-4682


    Christine Zinter is an associate with The Cicotte Law Firm. Christine has spent her entire career working in employee benefits. Prior to starting her second career in law, Christine spent 20 years as a Health & Welfare Consultant working for national firms such as Assurant, MetLife, and Aon Consulting before starting her own successful boutique consulting firm.

    Christine graduated with honors from St. Louis University’s nationally-recognized Health Law Program in 2015, then spent several years as a compliance attorney working for Fortune 100 pharmacy benefit management company. A Portland native, Christine is happy to return to her Pacific NW roots, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience with employee benefit plan rules and regulations including ERISA, the ACA, state insurance laws and mandates, and the multiple other Federal and state regulations that employee benefit plans are subject to.

    In addition to her JD, Christine holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation (IFEBP), is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She received her MBA from the University of Washington in 1991.

    Christine is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon and Washington. The Cicotte Law Firm’s practice focuses on ERISA welfare plan design and compliance, employee benefits advice, employment law, and federal healthcare program compliance.