Board of Directors

Melissa Davies

2018 President
Melissa Davies recently served as the VP of Membership and brings vast expertise to her new role. Melissa is a licensed Benefit Solutions Consultant for Clark & Associates and has 11 years of experience assisting employers and HR professionals with comprehensive employee benefit solutions. The development of creative insurance solutions for employer groups of all sizes is Melissa’s specialty.

Melissa is very passionate about serving our community and is also currently on the Board of Directors for the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Bristlecone Family Resources, NV Cancer Coalition, and Crisis Call Center.

Contact Melissa at or 775.232.0716

Karyn Jensen

Past President
Karyn Jensen has been an active member of NNHRA since 1991; most recently serving as President in 2017. Prior to her presidency Karyn served as President-Elect and VP of Membership. Karyn also served for two years as Chair of the Best Places to Work Committee during the foundational stages of NNHRA’s sponsorship of the event, now in its 11th year.

In 2004, Karyn founded The Human Resource Connection, Ltd. (HRC). She held management positions at IGT, Jensen Precast, and Fitzgerald’s Group. In 2010, she received the NNHRA HR Super Star Excellence Award and the 2010 Professional Saleswoman of Nevada Award. She holds an MS in Human Resources, has been SPHR certified since 1999, and is SHRM-SCP certified. Karyn has also instructed for UNR since 1993.

Karyn enjoys camping, boating and spending time with her two girls. She also volunteers, most notably raising money for The American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.

Contact Karyn at or 775.851.2179

Courtney Pino

President Elect/VP of Programs
Courtney Pino is an Employee Benefits Consultant for AssuredPartners Consulting. She helps companies get a higher Return on Investment on the money that they are already spending and creates strategies to take their employee benefits to a high performing level. With the breadth of services at APC, she brings exclusive and comprehensive benefit alternatives, as well as provides consultative tools enabling organizations to lower operating costs around the overall cost of every employee, not just benefits.
Courtney is a member of the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset, is a “Big Sister” and sits on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. She is also involved in the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network and Toastmasters.

Contact Courtney at or 775.688.4400

Lisa Slook

Secretary | Historian
Lisa Slook is the CEO and founder of She is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist (CHRS) through the Healthcare Reform Center and Policy Institute and has earned her PHR and SHRM-CP designations. Lisa has over 16 years of human resources, benefit and payroll experience and has assisted organizations throughout the nation navigate the Affordable Care Act compliance requirements.

Contact Lisa at

Alycia Wilkinson

Alycia Wilkinson is a partner for BlueBird, CPAs, a local CPA firm specializing in audit and consulting services for Native American Tribes and Casinos. She has been at the firm for 17 years, previously serving as the sole human resource department as well as the client relationship director. The firm has grown from a handful of employees to nearly 25 employees with an HR department of 4, and enjoys its success as a unique audit firm sought out by many new accounting students in our area.
Alycia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, and is currently awaiting CPA licensure. She serves as the firm representative for the firm’s associate membership in the National Indian Gaming Association, a national organization comprised of 184 American Indian Nations aimed at advancing the lives of Indian people – economically, socially, and politically. She is also an Accredited Administrator in Accounting Practice Management.

Contact Alycia at or 775.247.1972

Rachel McManus

VP Membership
Rachel McManus is currently the Labor Relations Specialist at NV Energy. She has over 10 years of experience in the human resources field including work in healthcare, manufacturing and utilities. Rachel has extensive experience in developing innovative recruitment strategies that enable business leaders to achieve their staffing goals. She holds her Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification from HRCI along with her SHRM-CP credential from SHRM.

This will be Rachel’s second year in her role as VP of Membership for NNHRA and she is excited to keep the momentum going into 2018. She is thrilled that with the support of the NNHRA Board and all of the NNHRA members that NNHRA was able to achieve Mega Chapter status with over 500 Northern Nevada members. Rachel’s goal in 2018 is to continue to build NNHRA membership, using creative ideas to increase participation and membership for the association.

Contact Rachel at  or 775-834-4329

Courtney Pino

VP Programs
Courtney Pino is also NNHRA’s President Elect.  Please see above.

Contact Courtney at or 775.688.4400

Cindy Saunders

Best Places to Work Co-Chair 
Cindy Saunders is Human Resources Business Partner for Chromalloy Nevada. Cindy has been dedicated for years to the production of NNHRA’s Best Places to Work program, and recently served as our Communications and Publicity Chair. Cindy continues to be committed to expanding the reach of NNHRA with social media, an informative website, and effective organizational communications. Most importantly, she is passionate about preserving the heart and soul of the NNHRA mission: to serve the professional and advance the profession.

Cindy has more than 20 years’ management experience in the mining, finance, health care, manufacturing and staffing industries. She holds SPHR and GPHR (Global Professional Human Resources) designations, is SHRM-SCP certified, and a WCI Certified Coach. She received the 2014 Women of Achievement award from Nevada Women’s Fund, and is a published author.

Contact Cindy at, or 775.453.8907           

Stallar Lufrano-Jardine

Best Places to Work Co-Chair
Stallar Lufrano-Jardine is the Director of Career Services with The College of Business at the University of Nevada. Stallar guides and counsels undergraduate students seeking internships, full-time, and part-time positions. She has expanded student programs such as Wolf Pack Shadow, and has hit record attendance among employers and students at the All Majors Career and Internship Fair. Her goal is to make sure employers and volunteers in the community have a chance to build relationships with students.

Stallar continues her involvement as Co-Chair on the 2016 Best Places to Work Committee. This Committee interacts with the local Chamber of Commerce, business organizations, business news writers, and other community groups in our region. Stallar and the Community relations team are focused on NNHRA’s annual program: Best Places to Work.

Contact Stallar at or 775.682.9144

Dena Wiggins

Certification Director
Dena Wiggins is the Human Resource Administrator at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD).  She oversees  the Human Resource function of the 120 employee District consisting of Fire Fighters, Paramedics, Equipment Operators, Captains, Battalion Chiefs, and administrative personnel.   She is responsible for recruitment,  federal and state compliance, workers compensation, collective bargaining and HR policies and procedures.  Previously she was the Human Resource Manager for Baldini’s Casino and has also held positions  as Director of Education for ProNet, HR Manager for American Medflight and HR specialist with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

Dena earned  her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management (MPPA) from the University of Southern Maine  and holds an SPHR designation from HRCI. She enjoys backpacking, camping, bike touring and tennis.

Contact Dena at  or (775) 745-2834

Laura Cox

College Relations Chair
Laura Cox is the Human Resources Director for the Club Cal Neva. Laura has more than 10 years’ Human Resource experience. She has been involved in all aspects of Human Resources Management. She began her Human Resources career working in the medical field at Renown Health, and has served as HR Manager, Assistant Operations Manager, and Business Partner in various industries throughout the region.

Laura was born and raised in Reno. She has served on the Board of Directors for Sparks Pop Warner, has volunteered in various charity events, and most recently as the NNHRA Chair for College Relations. She is passionate about helping others and making a genuine difference in people’s lives. Laura is an avid believer that we should have empathy, kindness and compassion for others. She enjoys being outdoors and spending as much time as possible with her daughter Jazmyn.

Contact Laura at or 775.785.3221

Lisa Duc

Communications Chair
Lisa Duc is the Manager of Service & Support at Intuit. Lisa has been a member of NNHRA and SHRM since 2014 and earned her Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certification in May of 2016. Lisa worked as a business process consultant focused on operational improvement for over 15 years and brings her expertise in Human Resources to her current role as Manager of Service & Support for Intuit.

Contact Lisa at

Angie Pehrson

Diversity Director
Angie Pehrson, PHR, SHRM-CP, is currently Director of the NNHRA Diversity; which seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also serves on the Programs Committee for NNHRA.

Angie works as the Director of Human Resources for Charter Communications. In this position, Angie oversees the HR, Training and Recruitment for the Charter Management area serving Central California and Nevada markets.

Angie is involved in various organizations throughout the Reno area.  Currently, she is a founding Board member and serves as President for the Damonte Ranch Lacrosse Club and an active volunteer with Nevada Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for Northern Nevada.  She is passionate about being involved and helping to make a difference in the community we live in.

Angie has more than 20 years’ management, training, and HR experience working in a variety of industries, from non-profit workforce planning, retail, financial and tele-communications where she has exceled in process development, employee and labor relations matters, regulatory compliance, strategic HR programs, leadership development, benefits and payroll.

Contact Angie at or 775.684.9843

Mark Tulman

Legislative Affairs Director
Mark Tulman is the Key Account Manager for Accent Foods Services. Mark has been a member of the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association for 4 years, and is currently the Director of Legislative Affairs for 2016-2018. He also volunteers on the NNHRA College Relations Committee where he enjoys speaking to students.

Mark has a passion for economic development. Years of experience in the corporate world and business ownership gives Mark extensive knowledge of the business community and community at large. He is involved in multiple business organizations in the region. He is a past board member for NevadaWorks, and the Reno, Sparks Chamber of Commerce. He is a current board member for the Northern Nevada USC Alumni Association. Mark is also a member with Toastmasters, Nevada Center of Entrepreneurs and Technology, and Western Industrial of Nevada.

Mark enjoys traveling internationally with his wife, Kim. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis.

Contact Mark at: or 775.223.9448

Laura Keppel

Professional Development Chair
Laura Keppel is the Training and Development Administrator for United Construction. She plays a vital role in the company by keeping a pulse on emerging industry trends to ensure employees receive safety and career development training and certifications to support a rapidly growing national firm. During her time with United Construction, Laura has developed and implemented a competency based process for formal employee reviews, goal setting, cloud-based recruiting, onboarding, and internal career development plans.

Laura has 7+ years of experience in developing and supporting Human Resource functions. Prior to joining United Construction, she worked for Kinross Gold, USA where she collaborated on projects such as gamification in onboarding, relocating employees in end of mine life situations, and organizing the regional crisis management team.

Prior to her role as Professional Development Chair, Laura joined the NNHRA as a member of the Programs Committee in 2017.  As Professional Development Chair, Laura is excited to develop quarterly programs to support existing and new businesses in Northern Nevada.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from University of Phoenix. When she’s away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading books about, you guessed it, professional development.  In addition to the NNHRA, Laura also serves on the AGC Education Committee.

Contact Laura at

Alissa Gee

Programs Chair
Alissa Gee is currently the Employee Relations Specialist at Renown Health. In this role, she primarily works with the HR Business Partner team to thoroughly investigate employee concerns and make recommendations based on current employment law and organizational policies. Prior to her current role, she served as Safety Administrator/HR Generalist at Q&D Construction. During her time at Q&D Construction she gained experience piloting an employee wellness program, new employee onboarding process, and Language and Literacy program. She holds her Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification and was recently named to SHRM’s “30 under 30” list, recognizing full-time HR professionals under the age of 30 who have made a unique and significant contribution to the profession.

Serving as the Professional Development chair is Alissa’s introduction to the NNHRA board. She enjoys planning programs that provide invaluable growth and learning opportunities for others in any phase of their HR or management career. Additionally, she is involved with the Reno chapter of Association for American University Women (AAUW). As a member of AAUW, she co-facilitates Start Smart salary negotiation workshops that address the gender pay gap and introduce skills for college women entering the workforce.

Contact Alissa at: or 775-982-4434

Starlene Regalado

SHRM Foundation Director
Starlene Regalado 
is the firm wide Human Resources Manager for NCE. Having joined NCE in 2001, her experience includes all facets of the HR role. Starlene manages NCE’s five locations throughout Nevada and California. Some of her duties include employee benefits, team sourcing and recruitment, staff training, and mentoring. In addition, she provides financial administration support for federal and city clients, including financial information for quarterly reports and updating project modifications. She also acts as the liaison for contractual financial requirements of clients.

Starlene holds her designations as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM – Certified Professional (CP), and has been an NNHRA and SHRM member since 2007. She looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors as SHRM Foundation Director for the Reno NNHRA chapter. Outside of work, Starlene enjoys leisure time with her husband and two dogs.

Contact Starlene at or 775.329.4955 ext. 104   

Melissa Marsh

Workforce Readiness Director
Melissa Marsh, is founder of HRinDemand LLC, a Reno-based human resources consultancy firm providing easy-to-use tools and expert guidance to help entrepreneurs and small business owners effectively recruit, hire and manage employees. With over 15 years’ HR experience, Melissa is able to readily assess an employer’s needs. She brings experience and understanding to help business owners navigate the maze of employment regulations in their industries. Melissa also conducts internal investigations of harassment, discrimination and other employment-related complaints.

Melissa is a native Nevadan, a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, the recipient of a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, an HRCI-certified Senior HR Professional, and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Contact Melissa at or 775.400.1322

Johnny Skowronek

Young Professionals Network Chair
Johnny Skowronek, Jr., is in charge of Branch Field Operations for Square 1 Solutions, a company he runs with his parents John and Karen as well as his two brothers David and Michael.  Johnny is primarily responsible for sales and marketing but is also actively engaged in the recruiting and pre-screening of applicants for direct placement, as well as assisting in the dispatch of employees.  Johnny has over 10 years’ experience in the staffing and labor industry.  Johnny is also a 40-hour Hazwoper trainer and a flagger trained through the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATTSA) flagging trainer.  Johnny is a past board member of the Builders Association of Western Nevada (BAWN), a current member of the Board of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN) and in December of 2013 was awarded the Associate Member of the Year for the Northern Nevada Chapter.

Contact Johnny at or 775.825.9675

Christen Rodriguez

Carson Area Chair 
Christen Rodriguez is the Training and Recruitment Manager at Harrah’s and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe. She has been in training and recruitment for over 13 years’. Christen previously has held positions as Director of Career Services, Branch Manager, and Senior Recruiter. Although familiar with Northern California, Christen is new to the Reno/Carson/Tahoe area.

She has her Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Stanislaus in Organizational Communication.  Christen serves as an ambassador of the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and a Member of SHRM. She is eager to help grow the Carson Chapter, and enjoys networking with new companies and individuals.

Outside of work, Christen enjoys spending time with her family.

Contact Christen at or 530.415.9432

Carrie Chandler

Carson Area Chair Elect

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Dawn Morgan

Carson Area Treasurer
Dawn Morgan has more than 10 years’ experience in Human Resources. Her current position is Human Resources Administrator for North Sails in Minden, Nevada. Dawn manages employee health and dental benefits, short term disability, long term disability, workers compensation, leave of absence and the Company 401(K). She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a SHRM-Certified Professional.

Dawn has been a member of NNHRA for several years, and is pleased to join the team as they continue to expand the Carson City meetings. Carson City has been experiencing steady growth over time, and is reaching capacity at their meeting space. Dawn is working with her team members to support this exciting growth. Dedicated NNHRA members like Dawn make it possible to offer great programs, networking and education to Carson City and surrounding areas.

Contact Dawn at or 775.783.7129

Cathy Norris

Carson Area Programs
Cathy Norris is the Chair of the Carson area programs for NNHRA. Cathy previously was Chair of the Workforce readiness Program which provides a repository of resources connecting Nevada workers with employers ( Cathy is the founder of Sensational Leadership, a company that coaches executives to increase leadership skills, maximize their teams’ performance, and retain their people by creating great places to work. She has coached and trained leaders in organizations ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Cathy earned PhD candidacy in Instructional Systems Technology and an MA in Education from Indiana University, as well as two certifications in emotional intelligence. She has over 17 years’ experience consulting and training for global technology companies, including leading Learning & Development for the Asia Pacific region of Novell. Cathy lives in Crystal Bay, and loves the entire Reno-Tahoe region. She’s passionate about winter skate skiing, summer hiking, and enjoys local live music.

Contact Cathy at or 775.232.3394

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