Volunteer Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding
leadership, motivation, and organizational skills to the development
of the Indiana State Council, the local chapter, or other SHRM
recipient has been a board member at the local level of SHRM
as well as the Indiana State Council. She has practiced
as a Human Resource Professional for 20 years with additional
experience as a school teacher. She currently serves as Director
of Workforce Readiness for both NIHRA and the State Council and
works in strategic HR consulting for businesses.
entire working career, she has been an active volunteer in
of organizations – from the SPCA and Junior
Achievement to serving on the Ft Wayne Museum of Art Board of
Trustees and the Ft Wayne History Center Board of Directors.
She has always managed to carve out time to serve her community.
Indiana has the challenge of having the highest percent of National
Guard and Reservists in the U.S. The issues facing our returning
service men and women are formidable. Watching their struggles
on the daily news focused her attention on assisting the military
community. During her 8 years on the NIHRA Board, she has found
her passion and works tirelessly to advance the need for employment
assistance particularly for Veterans, the Guard, Reservists and
their spouses as they reintegrate into civilian life.
effort, and one she is most proud of, resulted in NIHRA receiving
Pinnacle Award in Washington DC for their “HR
Joins the Ranks” Training & Jobs for our Heroes. This
robust program was rolled out in three phases.
Phase I – Expand & Improve opportunities for Military
Veterans/Reservists for training & jobs
Phase II – Provide training to Veterans to increase their
success in finding employment through military job fairs and
Phase III – Provide employers communication of benefits
of hiring Veterans
She has been interviewed by various media representatives and
has been a worthy spokesperson to promote the Veterans hiring
initiative. She is the epitome of the word volunteer, working
almost full-time on something she is passionate about that improves
the lives of others who have in turn given their time to our
country in support of our freedom.
Leader of the Year Award was given to Bonnie Moorman from the
NIHRA SHRM Chapter
and the Indiana State Council.
Award for Professional Excellence recognizes an individual
who applies creative management concepts to improve performance,
advance the profession, and promote the understanding of HR Management.
This year’s award recipient is certified as a Senior Professional
in Human Resources and holds a B.A. in Political Science from
Indiana University. He has worked in the field of human resources
for 21 years and currently holds the position of President, at
Schrader & Associates. In this position, he advises senior
business leaders on tough business decisions. Recently he worked
with a company to determine if it was both advisable and less
costly to stop providing health insurance benefits & migrate
the workforce to insurance marketplace plans. He conducted an
• Costs of annual fines associated for not providing insurance
• Strength of area marketplace plans in terms of design and network
• Feasibility of Section 105 plan to offset high deductibles in
Assumed migration plan & associated costs with selection
• Survey of workforce to determine levels of acceptance/rejection
of Affordable Care Act
Although the numbers returned favorable, the employee survey
• A solid majority was steadfastly opposed to the Affordable Care
• Those in favor of the ACA would not accept a plan that did not
have their desired hospitals and doctors
A large majority believed that it was the employer’s responsibility
(and not the individual or the government) to provide health
Less than ½ of the employees would take a pay increase
if it meant they would lose access to their doctor and/or preferred
He advised the workforce disruption that would almost certainly
accompany a migration to marketplace plans would negate
the gains from ending coverage. The decision to stay in
their current model
(with some adjustments) was made and they agreed to survey
the workforce at the same time each year to gauge employee
of the ACA and marketplace plans.
have always regarded him as a genuine partner (one said he
is a businessman who “does HR”. He is
routinely consulted by peer executives on their business plans
and invariably contributes to their business models. He tries
to drive change into the areas of the business perceived the
safest as it usually these areas in which threats are late to
be perceived and plans to mitigate damage are the least well
He imparts knowledge and advice with confidence, tact, and humor;
while the length and breadth of his knowledge never ceases to
amaze. He is the consummate professional, ever the educator,
drawing connections between HR issues and public policy in ways
that are easily understood and can be applied by all. His representation
of the profession has garnered strong interest and influenced
many students to become part of HR. He is highly respected by
his peers and exemplifies leadership and professional excellence
in every aspect.
He is a board member of the South Central Indiana SHRM chapter.
He is also on the board for the Indiana State Council of SHRM
as the Director of Government Affairs. In his spare time, he
volunteers for the City of Bloomington, Bloomington Hospital
Advisory Board, Life Designs, and the Bloomington Chamber of
of the Year is Chris
Schrader, SPHR from the South Central Indiana SHRM chapter & the
Indiana State Council.
Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding achievements
in chapter development and contributions to the advancement of
effective HR management.
This year’s recipient has many accomplishments. They were
a 2013 Pinnacle award winner by National SHRM, an award bestowed
on only 9 chapters in the nation for their focus on hiring military
in the workforce. The program entitled “HR Joins the Ranks:
Training & Jobs for our Heroes” was created to assist
service men and women with re-joining the civilian workforce.
Unemployment for this sector had continued to grow and impact
them along with their families. After keeping us safe through
9/11 and other disasters many returned home to find unprecedented
levels of unemployment and underemployment.
At the same time, employers and Human Resources were striving
for the very best quality of candidates to move their organizations
forward. This chapter saw a natural link and opportunity to prepare
by advancing our profession as expert trainers for our reserve
and returning military; preparing them for challenging and satisfying
A steering committee was quickly formed consisting of Employer
Support of the Guard Reserve (ESGR), DWD, Military One Source,
Army One Source, DOL/VETS and MFRI (Military Family Research
Institute Purdue). The committee worked to form a statewide Veteran
was comprised of 3 phases – with each phase
consisting of numerous events. One event alone, the Hiring our
Heroes Veterans Event, was sponsored with partners consisting
of Chamber of Commerce, Ft Wayne Chamber, WorkOne, ESGR, DOL/VETS,
and NBC News. The event drew 73 hiring employers and 220 veterans.
Training was provided to the veterans and their spouses.
Over 73 chapters
submitted Pinnacle applications to National SHRM. Upon the
of the award winners, Hank Jackson,
president and CEO of SHRM said “Winners of this award are
SHRM affiliates that have shown leadership in the HR profession
through innovative and forward-thinking programs. Their efforts
are a testament to our members, HR professionals, and their commitment
to aligning people and business strategies. This year’s
winners offer solutions to timely and real-life challenges facing
workplaces today, including the skills gap and helping military
veterans return to the civilian workforce”.
In addition to the military initiative, they held their 8th
annual HR Professional Development and increased attendance by
over 60% to 262 participants! They held a diversity and inclusion
session at the conference with 4 panelists who shared their experience
from their companies. They re-instituted scholarships by offering
2 $800 scholarships to students for HR certification. They also
had over 75% of their programs certified for continuing education.
Other initiatives included placing a large focus on succession
planning for board members and building and retaining their membership.
of the Year is Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association.