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District Directors

District Directors serve as Council representatives for designated geographical areas within Virginia. The District Director provides leadership and communication to further the Society's goals and objectives between existing and future SHRM members and SHRM professional and student chapters.

District Directors serve an important function in the continued growth of new SHRM members and local chapters. They are present to help their chapters and chapter leaders develop and grow through an ongoing process of education, training, experience and leadership development. The District Directors assist to inspire higher levels of teamwork within chapters.

District Directors are available to help chapters accomplish their objectives and goals through application of leadership within the chapter. As chapter liaisons, they are there to lead chapter officers and members to accomplish these tasks with a positive impact.

As representatives of SHRM and the Virginia State Council, District Directors are there to assist chapters in understanding the national and state overall strategy and help members understand how they can be a part of achieving that success through key objectives. The directors also serve as a conduit in the sharing of information from both the national and state organization with the local chapters.


Director, Central

Christina Perkins,


Chapters include: Albemarle-Charlottesville HR Association, Fauquier/Culpeper, and Fredricksburg Regional SHRM

Director, Eastern

Josie Pearson,



Chapters include: Hampton Roads SHRM, Peninsula Chapter of SHRM, and Richmond SHRM

Director, Metro

Deron Lehman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR



Chapters include: Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area, Dulles, Leesburg, NOVA (Northern Virginia) SHRM, and Prince William

Director, Northern

Sheri Bender,


Chapters include:Shenandoah Valley SHRM and Winchester Area SHRM

The Northern District chapters are very progressive and plan strategically to meet the needs of HR professionals at both the entry and senior level of human resources. Networking is extremely strong within the chapter with their local communities and outreach is at a national and global level! Visit any of the chapter location to get a glimpse of upcoming programs. To view their websites, go to www.SHRM.org or www.SHRMVA.org.

Two chapters primarily service the Shenandoah Valley corridors of route 81; The Leesburg chapter is prominently located to service the Western Route 7 and the Northern Virginia's Dulles corridor towards the West end. All deliver the difference when it comes to serving the HR professionals in their communities!

Director, Southern

Betty Wilcher,




Chapters include: Southside Virginia SHRM (Danville), Blue Ridge Human Resources Association (Martinsville), Lynchburg Regional SHRM (Lynchburg City, Town of Bedford, Bedford County, Campbell County, Amherst County and Appomattox County), Roanoke Valley SHRM (Roanoke, Salem, Vinton)

Pam Giles

Director, Southwest

Pam Giles


Chapters include: New River Valley SHRM and Southwest Virginia SHRM
Counties include: Montgomery County, Carroll County, Wythe County, Pulaski, Giles, Floyd

The Southwest District of VA-SHRM is spread from Christiansburg to Abingdon, Virginia (nearly Tennessee). Interstate 81 gets you “mostly” to the three chapters, but then there’s always some driving beyond the Interstate. That’s really the most interesting part. The landscape is beautiful so it makes for a great drive, generally around 3 hours depending on which chapter and where the meeting is being held. The two chapters-- New River Valley (Christiansburg), and SW Virginia (Wise)-- represent the Human Resources profession on the southwestern end of Virginia. Each chapter is unique in its own way, but they all offer great programs and opportunities to network with other Human Resources professionals. They are an effective arm of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a strong part of the VA-SHRM initiatives.
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Virginia SHRM is proud to announce that in 2017 VA SHRM ranked #7 of all state councils in donations to the SHRM Foundation! This is the second year that VA SHRM has been recognized as a Top 10 SHRM Foundation contributor. This incredible accomplishment is due to the collective generosity of Virginia's HR professionals. Thank you for your commitment and support of the SHRM Foundation.

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