Volunteer Spotlight
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As a professional association, we are here to help each and every member succeed in their careers. We encourage all members to Engage, Educate and Empower themselves through all the opportunities offered by the association.

Mile High SHRM is primarily run by committees full of hard-working professionals that volunteer their time. While we appreciate each volunteer, there are several who rise to the top as our 'go-to' volunteers. They are the movers and shakers. They are mentors to their peers. They have great ideas, energy and are always willing to jump in as needed. When we think of leaders in our industry, these are the people that come to mind! 

Please join the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors in thanking the following for their time and dedication to the association!

2020 Volunteer Spotlight


August 2020

For this month's volunteer spotlight, we are pleased to highlight Bailey Self-Cassidy and Gillian Faith. Bailey is our Education Manager, and Gillian has helped Mile High SHRM in many capacities. Bailey and Gillian have both put a substantial amount of work into kicking off Mile High SHRM's Virtual Roundtable Program in an effort to keep our members connected and allowing them a safe space to talk about HR Concerns during the COVID Era. We are truly grateful for their contributions to the organization and cannot wait to continue these wonderful roundtables with our members!

Bailey Self-Cassidy 

Bailey Self-Cassidy is the Business Development Manager at Emerge Professional. She has worked with and for staffing firms for the last 10 years, and has a background that includes accounting and payroll, HR, operations, and sales. Her passion is helping to put people to work in environments where they can not only succeed but thrive. She has worked with Emerge Professional since January of 2019, in both business development and recruiting functions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs and curling up with a good book. 

Gillian Faith

Gillian draws from a background in business leadership, human resource management and healthcare. She founded Next Level HR Consulting in 2019 to offer customized HR services to small businesses and nonprofits. Outside of work Gillian's enjoys her family, fitness and wellness and spending time in the Colorado outdoors.  


June 2020

Valerie Juarez

Valerie Juarez has been a fantastic volunteer with Mile High SHRM for many years.  She was the Social Media Manager and has recently taken on the role of Marketing Manager.  She has been assisting the Membership Committee with their marketing needs as well.  Valerie has excellent, outside-the-box ideas for marketing and is always very willing to jump in and help with both idea generation and project execution.  She is a pleasure to have as a resource to the Membership Committee and a dynamic addition to the Mile High SHRM family.  Thank you for all you do Valerie!!

April 2020

Darcy Sheremeta

Mile High SHRM would like to thank Darcy Sheremeta for all of her efforts as the webinar manager.  She has been instrumental in guiding the association through adjusting the recent in-person education events to the webinar platform.  She has done all of this while working at DaVita as an International HR Manager supporting HR partners in 11 different countries!  Darcy has taken all of this in stride, worked on building her team, and has kept a wonderful attitude.  She makes sure all the bases are covered and is a pleasure to work with.  Thank you, Darcy, for giving us your time and talents!

March 2020

Cheryl Layton

Mile High SHRM would like to recognize Cheryl Layton for her many volunteer roles and dedicated service to the chapter.  Cheryl most recently served as Logistics Manager on the Conference Planning Committee and worked closely with all of our venues and partners to make our annual conference a success.  When Cheryl first began to volunteer she served as a  “day of event” volunteer staff at the annual conference for several years before moving to volunteer on the exhibitor committee for two years.  Cheryl has also served as Conference Co-Director for two years and Logistics Manager for four years in two separate terms.  Thank you, Cheryl for your ten years of service to making our annual conference a success!  


2019 Volunteer Spotlight


November 2019

Cindy Adams

Cindy Adams has brought her financial expertise and experience to MHSHRM helping us to understand the financial impact of our activities on the chapter.  As an inaugural member of our chapter’s Financial Advisory Council, Cindy has been an essential resource to the Treasurer and Membership Committee in helping us to communicate our financial performance and project the impact of our activities on the chapter’s finances.  We thank her greatly for having such a quick and important impact on our work!

Her impact on our community is even greater with her day job as Financial Reporting Manager at CHFA (Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.)  CHFA’s mission is to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development.

Cindy has a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.  She also has a Master’s Degree in Pastoral and Spiritual Care from the Iliff School of Theology.  Cindy earned her bachelors in Accounting from the University of Central Arkansas.  

October 2019

Sarah Bernhardt

MHSHRM would like to recognize Sarah Bernhardt as an outstanding volunteer.  Thanks are not sufficient and WOW is not enough either as Sarah finalized all of the logistics for the 2nd Annual Mentor Walk to benefit the SHRM Foundation.  Sarah was loading her vehicle to the brim during down-pouring rain and a tornado warning to make sure everything that was needed would be available bright and early for the walk the next morning.  Sarah's involvement with the SHRM Foundation committee for the second year is greatly appreciated and was instrumental for another successful year.

September 2019

Ben Erickson

Ben Erickson is our Retention Chair manager and has gone above and beyond to grow his team. He has cultivated a dynamic group of volunteers who reach out to our members who are about to renew. It is through Ben's efforts that we are able to understand why our members are renewing and how we can make the membership more valuable. Thank you Ben for your selfless work!

August 2019

Bridget McCauley

Bridget has been a volunteer as the new member volunteer with MHSHRM for less than a year. She has taking the role very seriously and has engaged her team, reached out to many new members, and has been a great contributor to our monthly membership meetings. She has gone above and beyond to make sure the job is done and done right. In fact, she took a positon out of state for a few months and continued to follow up on her duties as the new member volunteer. We very much appreciate her contributions to Mile High SHRM.

June 2019

Maria Lampman

Maria Lampman began volunteering for Mile High SHRM's Emerging Leaders and College Relations committees seven years ago and has served in multiple roles since then, from a volunteer to the leader of the effort as a member of the Board of Directors. Maria has contributed much of her time and energy to the committees to grow them and turn them into thriving groups. From the beginning, Maria has had a passion for the Emerging Leaders, and has brought a spirit of fun and energy to the happy hours and to the conferences!

While her teams have been small, they’ve been mighty, they’ve accomplished tremendous things under her leadership. The Emerging Leaders conference won a national award under her tenure with Mile High SHRM and would not be what it is today without her guidance. Maria completed her volunteer service to Mile High SHRM in May 2019 and we appreciate her commitment to the organization and its goals. Please join the Board in thanking Maria for her service and wishing her well in her future endeavors!


May 2019

Myranda Whitesides

Myranda started volunteering for Mile High SHRM in November of 2018 as the Education Manager. From the moment she started, Myranda immersed herself in supporting the February annual Conference and was highly successful in creating a positive and supportive experience for all the conference speakers. Her dedication and willingness to take on any task lead her into supporting the EL conference and MMP events. Mile High SHRM is extremely thankful for her hard  work and appreciates her dedication to the HR Field.

Myranda’s day job is being a Performance Support Specialist for the Interior Business Center, training Federal Agencies in Personnel and Payroll Systems. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from University of Colorado Denver, and holds a SHRM-CP as of January 2018. When she is not busy doing HR, she sings with the Evans Choir, plays open mic nights, and checks out breweries with her husband, Daniel. 

April 2019

Colin A. Walker, JD

Colin is a director at Fairfield and Woods, P.C. and has served on the Mile High SHRM board for seven years in several capacities. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. Colin also sits on the COSHRM board as the state Director of Legislative Affairs.

Colin has been sharing his expertise with Mile High SHRM members for years. He started out as Mile High SHRM's PDG Director, contributing to the development of high-quality programming for the association. Next, he stepped into the Legislative Director role where he distinguished himself as someone who state legislators rely on in order to understand issues impacting the HR profession. He is dedicated to advancing the HR profession through education, legislation, and advocacy. Mile High SHRM is proud to recognize Colin this month as an outstanding and instrumental board member.

March 2019

Kaye Lynne Martin

Kaye Lynne Martin, Education Co-Director, started in her role in October of 2018.  Kaye Lynne immediately jumped in to the heavy planning work and speaker support involved with preparing for our annual conference and monthly programs.  Kaye Lynne is generous with her time and enthusiasm for Mile High SHRM's events and initiatives and leads her team with a valuable sense of humor.  Kaye Lynne went above and beyond in managing challenges associated with a recent event.  We are grateful for her commitment and partnership.  Thanks Kaye Lynne!

February 2019

Tanner Lesley

Tanner Lesley joined the Education Committee in November 2018 as the Certification Manager. Tanner went above and beyond his role by graciously volunteering to help at the Annual Conference as a speaker liaison. Not only did he execute that role perfectly, he also greeted attendees, handed out gift bags, answered questions, and offered to assist committee members any way possible. He was the perfect representative of Mile High SHRM through his positivity and friendly demeanor. Thank you, Tanner!

January 2019

Amy Greinke

From the moment Amy joined the Sponsorship and Partnership Committee this past year, she has demonstrated boundless energy and passion to ensure the success of each of our exhibitors and partners at our annual Mile High SHRM Conference. From initial outreach, to supporting our exhibitors with their sponsorship, Amy’s dedication and professional approach was duly noted by those who had the pleasure of working with her. Upon arrival at the conference, each exhibitor was warmly greeted by Amy and she provided concierge level service throughout the duration of the event. The Mile High SHRM Board of Directors received numerous comments regarding their exceptional experience this conference year and many of those remarks were directly related to interaction with Amy.

On behalf of Mile High SHRM, we would like to thank Amy for her outstanding volunteer work with the organization and we look forward to her continued contribution!

2018 Volunteer Spotlight

December 2018


The enthusiasm of this committee is contagious! The SHRM Foundation committee, in just one year, has accomplished incredible feats. This dynamic group of volunteers have dedicated their energy and time to spread the good word of the Foundation, reviewed scholarship applications from Mile High SHRM members and launched the first annual Mentors Walk in September 2018. Within just one year, their “sky’s the limit” attitude has helped Mile High SHRM raise over $7,000 for the SHRM Foundation, a new record for the Denver chapter. In addition, their efforts have been recognized nationally by SHRM, as Mile High SHRM has been acknowledged in the 100% Giving Club.

I would like to personally thank each of these amazing volunteers for their dedication to Mile High SHRM, and strength. Thank you: Sarah Bernhardt, Lisa Smith, Heather Younger and Tim Kastle.


October 2018


Judy Metz

Judy Metz has been an amazing addition to the Workforce Readiness Committee!  Judy led the initiative to create a rubric to help streamline and standardize the selection of our Nonprofit partner.  She worked diligently and the result is awesome.  She is a volunteer that will go above and beyond to help achieve our goals!  Judy is such a fun and compassionate person and we are so grateful to have her on our committee!  Thank you Judy!


September 2018

Olga Gradushy

Olga Gradushy serves on the Education Committee as one of our Professional Development Group Co-Managers. Olga first started volunteering as a PDG Chair in winter 2016, later moving to manage our PDG Chairs in 2017. Olga works with our PDG Chairs to deliver quality educational content to our members through in person and webinar Professional Development Group presentations.  Olga is particularly adept at recognizing and promoting talented Mile High SHRM members for further involvement in our association.  Thank you for your service Olga!


August 2018

Melissa Uribes

Melissa is a fantastic volunteer on the Workforce Readiness Committee!  She is a diligent participant and lends her extensive HR experience to help us achieve many of our goals for this year. She recently led the efforts in collecting 200 pounds of clothing from our Mile High SHRM members for The Cycle of Hope, our 2018 Workforce Readiness Grant Recipient!  Thank you, Melissa for all your participation and hard work!


June 2018

Lara Makinen

Lara has not only volunteered with Mile High SHRM for a number of years but she has been a key player in helping shape the organization into the progressive chapter we have today. Lara volunteers on the Membership team and with COSHRM. It was Lara who nurtured the Day at the Capital event which has now grown tremendously through the years. The association thanks you, Lara, for your dedication, passion for advocacy, and fun-loving personality that has inspired others to follow in your footsteps.

May 2018

Lisa James

Lisa James volunteers on the Membership committee as the hospitality chair. Even though she changed positions last fall which included a heavier travel schedule, Lisa stepped into the role and has continued to go the extra mile in organizing volunteers for our Monthly Member Programs and various events. Thank you, Lisa, for your generosity!

In her day job, Lisa is a Director for Mesa Moving and Storage. She truly is a mover and shaker.


April 2018

Karin Harrington

The Workforce Readiness Committee is so grateful that Karin Harrington has been on our committee for over three years. She has be instrumental in driving the strategy for our committees success. Whether she is partnering with our nonprofits to determine how we are going to be resources for them, or donating her personal time, she always goes above and beyond to help us achieve our goals. Thank you for all you have done, Karin! You are truly amazing and we are lucky to have you!

March 2018

Tim KASTle

Tim Kastle is a new member to Mile High SHRM joining at the beginning of 2017, but even as a brand-new member he jumped headfirst into volunteering and choose to join the SHRM Foundation committee. His enthusiasm and ‘go get ‘em’ attitude helped Mile High SHRM raise over $2,000+ for the SHRM Foundation in 2007.

In his free time, Tim is the founder and CEO of Drawbridge Consulting and Search Firm, specializing in retained search, contract and college recruiting.

We would like to thank Tim for his support and energy as a supporter of Mile High SHRM and the SHRM Foundation.

2017 Volunteer Spotlight

October 2017

Ethan Merk

Ethan Merk is honored in our Volunteer Spotlight this month. Ethan volunteers on the sales committee helping exhibitors and partners navigate Mile High SHRM. Ethan helps organize information for partners around the annual conference and monthly events. When nominated, Ethan was received warmly by multiple people who agreed that his contributions are significant. 

In his day job, Ethan helps solve benefits for employers through Flood & Peterson. He's personally committed to helping HR leaders provide outstanding benefits to their organizations.


August 2017

Becky Taillon, SHRM-SCP

Becky Taillon is honored in our Volunteer Spotlight award this month.  Becky has volunteered for the past year with our Membership Committee and the SHRM Certification Study Group.  She recently took the lead in our Study Group, finding the optimum location and offering to facilitate most of the sessions.  It was a big ask, but she eagerly took on the challenge.  When nominated, she was recognized by more than one leader in the organization as she has volunteered in more than one capacity with notable enthusiasm. 

In her day job, she is an HR Specialist with Arrow Electronics.  She recently received a Master’s in Organization Leadership and Change and her SHRM-CP credentials.  She has experience in business management, as well as the trends in HR, which we value at MH-SHRM.  We hope that her professional development will continue with our organization well into the future.

June 2017

Alison Yanda, PHR, SHRM-SCP

Alison Yanda has volunteered with Mile High SHRM for a little over a year now and has made a huge impact. Alison’s greatest impact has been within the Emerging Leaders group. She volunteers on the Speaker Selection Committee and assisted on site during the Emerging Leaders Conference. In her everyday job, she is the HR Manager for The Colorado Health Foundation where she is responsible for onboarding, hiring, open enrollment, and many other HR functions. 

We would like to take this opportunity, after another successful Emerging Leaders Conference, to recognize Alison for her contributions to Mile High SHRM, the Emerging Leaders and the HR Profession as a whole.

April 2017

Minette McGeehon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Minette McGeehon has been volunteering with Mile High SHRM for over 3 years. She started on the Programs Committee where she helped to select speakers for the annual conference and other events. Her experience and keen interest in securing top notch speakers made her the right person to assume the role of our first Certification Manager a year ago. In this capacity Minette is responsible for promoting the value and benefits of SHRM Certification and continues to be a key contributor in our efforts to advance our profession.

In her day job, Minette is the Senior HR Generalist at Colorado PERA where she demonstrates strategic leadership skills when working with the people of PERA. Her breadth of experience from talent acquisition to talent management has helped the Education Committee improve the quality and strategic focus of the content of our programs. Minette's dedication provides Mile High SHRM continuity and valuable historical insights to our efforts.

We would like to thank Minette for her continued support and recognize what a pleasure she is to work with.

March 2017

Karen Bamberger, MA, SPHR

Karen Bamberger has volunteered with Mile High SHRM for 4 years beginning with our Annual HR Conference Planning Committee where she chaired the Programs Committee responsible for speaker selection. The responsibilities of the committee have expanded to include selecting speakers for our Monthly Member Programs and also the HR Young Professionals Conference. The quality of speakers we are able to provide to our members has been enhanced, in large part, due to Karen's first-hand involvement at the conference - monitoring attendees' reactions to the speakers and later delving into member surveys. In her day job, she is a Senior HR Leader at Ernst & Young responsible for tracking trends that affect talent and for developing all levels of HR within her organization. She naturally applies this strategic approach to our Educational Programs, benefiting our members and our organization.

We would like to take this opportunity, after another successful conference, to recognize Karen for her contributions toward our efforts to Engage, EDUCATE, and Empower.

2016 Volunteer Spotlight

November 2016

Sarah Millard-Wright

Sarah Millard-Wright has volunteered with Mile High SHRM for 2 years as the sole chair for the Legal & Employment Professional Development Group. Sarah has hosted programming that is relevant and timely to the legal landscape of employment law, both locally and nationally. She is incredibly diligent on identifying subject matter experts to deliver engaging content, and truly reinforcing one of the most valuable benefits of Mile High SHRM membership – the PDG programs. Sarah has and will continue to be an extraordinary asset to the PDG team!

Please join us in thanking Sarah for her continued contributions and deduction to not only Mile High SHRM members, but the HR profession!

October 2016

Michael Starble

Michael is an amazing volunteer for Mile High SHRM. He jumped in at our busiest time to help our sponsors make the most out of their Mile High SHRM opportunities. From helping the team build proposals, to preparing our sponsors for events, Michael has been essential to the success of the Mile High SHRM sales team.

For these reasons and more, the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors would like to recognize Michael as a Top Tier Volunteer. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts!

September 2016

Pam Krider

Pam has worked diligently with the Workforce Readiness Committee for months now and has been a huge asset. She was the driving force behind the creation of multiple training documents created by our team to help Dress for Success with their professional training efforts. She created the format for each document and authored the Conflict Management piece. She participates in all our meetings and is excellent at coming up with amazing ideas. Not only that, but she is a lot of fun, passionate about HR and is always willing to take on new challenges within our group. 

For these reasons and more, the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors would like to recognize Pam as Top Tier Volunteer. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts! 

July 2016

Aubrey Whippo

Aubrey is a recent addition to the HR Young Professionals Committee and took an active role in the recent HRYP Conference. Aubrey co-led the effort to screen and secure our SparkHR speakers, then led the effort to combine and consolidate the slideshows for each speaker, and transformed each presentation into the SparkHR style. Aubrey’s determination helped make the SparkHR speakers successful and the technical hoops she had to jump through to get the presentation to work was…well, amazing. She is a huge asset to the team, so please join me in thanking Aubrey for her contributions. I hope you get the chance to meet Aubrey sometime soon.

For these reasons and more, the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors would like to recognize Aubrey as Top Tier Volunteer. Thank you for all you do!

June 2016

Todd Doleshal

If you've been to a Monthly Member Program or an HR Young Professionals happy hour this year, you've surely seen Todd Doleshal! Todd is a very engaged member and becoming a very strong leader within the Mile High SHRM community. His involvement in the programming of the HRYP and particularly the help with the service providers for the 2016 HRYP Conference, has truly been exceptional.

As a Financial Advisor with Ethos Financial Partners, Todd is as committed to supporting the Mile High SHRM values as he is to his clients. 

For these reasons and more, the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors would like to recognize Todd as Top Tier Volunteer. Thank you for all you do!

April 2016

Robin Kane

Robin Kane has been an active member of Mile High SHRM since 2005 and a devoted volunteer for many of the past 11 years. Most recently, she has enhanced the 2016 Monthly Member Programs by opening doors to high caliber, senior level speakers and panelists.  Her creative influence, her extensive networks, and her executive level experience have made her an important contributor to this year’s educational offerings. 

Robin is committed to advancing our HR profession.  She is Clinical Professor and the Director of the Working Professionals MBA Program at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She also leads the Working Professionals career development program. 
For these reasons and more, the Mile High SHRM Board of Directors would like to recognize Robin as Top Tier Volunteer. Thank you for all you do!

If you're interested in becoming a leader within the Mile High SHRM community, we have several committees that are looking for members dedicated to advancing the HR profession.

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