NCSHRM State Council Leadership Committee

About Us

The North Carolina Council of SHRM (NCSHRM) is dedicated to serving the needs of SHRM chapters in North Carolina by representation to the National Society of SHRM and assistance in achieving each SHRM NC Chapter’s highest potential. NCSHRM promotes professionalism in human resources and adds value to the SHRM membership. The NCSHRM Board is made up of volunteer representatives across NC who serve to advance the human resources profession:

  • Executive Committee
  • Core Leadership Area Chairs
  • Conference Committee
  • Presidents of local SHRM affiliate chapters in North Carolina

NCSHRM is a volunteer-led organization. Our typical process is for various volunteers to receive and respond to inquiries and manage all Council functions. Due to the volunteer-led nature of our organization, there may be a slight delay in response due to scheduling conflicts with work or other obligations. We appreciate your understanding and will respond as soon as possible.

Learn how you may be able to participate on the NCSHRM Executive Committee or volunteer in other capacities here.

Executive Committee

Katrina Gooch, MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GCDF


Dawna Blackburn, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President Elect

Shirley Rijkse, MBA, SHRM-SCP, DTM

Past President (2024-25)/SHRM SE MAC Representative

Maria Hicks-Few, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Director, Membership

Melissa Mills, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

District Director

(Triangle SHRM, Raleigh Metro SHRM, Central Carolina SHRM, Alamance County HRA, HRA of Greater High Point)

Jeff Luttrell, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

District Director

(Lower Cape Fear HRA, Fayetteville Area SHRM, NC Coastal SHRM, Golden East HRMA)

Robert “Bob” Guy, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

District Director

(Charlotte Area SHRM, Winston Salem SHRM, HRMA of Greensboro, Cabarrus Regional SHRM, Union County HRA)

Leslie Speas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CPC

District Director

(Iredell County HRM, Western NC HRA, Catawba Valley SHRM, Lake Norman HR, GastonHR)

Jennifer Burke


Alex Wilson


Marie MacDonald, SHRM-SCP, PHR

Conference Coordinator

Brenda Robbins, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Asst. Conference Coordinator