Responsible for promoting the benefits of the professional certifications by planning and conducting Certification Review Courses, and providing access to other materials and programs that assist Chapter members who seek certification and/or re-certification.

For information contact Cathleen Hoffman at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.

Advisor to the local student chapters and liaison between NOARK and the student chapters. This committee monitors the NOARK scholarship endowment at the University of Arkansas for appropriate funding.

For information contact Cathleen Hoffman at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.

Educate chapter members on the benefits of the SHRM Foundation. Coordinate annual fundraising drive for the Foundation.

SHRM Foundation Chair Jamie Ponce

SHRM Foundation Chair
Jamie Ponce, SHRM-CP

HR Manager – American Tubing International


Responsible for promoting an environment that recognizes, values, and celebrates the unique contributions and differences within the chapter’s membership and their organization.

Willie Johnson

Diversity Chair
Willie Johnson

Owner & President - Willie Johnson Communications


Willie Johnson is the Owner & President of Willie Johnson Communications; a Professional Speaking and Training Company dedicated to helping Leaders and Individual Contributors Communicate and Connect.  Prior to 2014, Willie Johnson worked as an HR Training Professional for J.B. Hunt Transport Services in Lowell, AR for 25 years.  While at J.B. Hunt, Willie performed in the HR Roles of Claims Management, EEOC Manager, DCS Training Manager, and Internal Performance Improvement & Training Consultant.  He was also a key player in the creation and establishment of the J.B. Hunt Leaders University.  Prior to serving 25 years with J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Willie served 23 years in the U.S. Army.  Willie graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Park College with a BS Degree in Management and Human Resources.   Willie Johnson is a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmaster's International, a John Maxwell Team Speaker - Trainer, an active member of The Black Speaker's Network, and an active member of the National Speaker's Association (NSA).


Provide Chapter members with information on current legislative and regulatory issues that affect the Human Resources Management profession via Chapter publications and legislative seminars and workshops. This committee also conducts limited lobbying activities as authorized by the Board.

Amy Fisher

Legislative Chair
Amy Fisher

Director of Human Resources, John Brown University


Amy Fisher is the Director of Human Resources at John Brown University. In this role, she is responsible for Human Resources, Payroll, and the Campus Post Office. Amy is the Client Co-Chair for the Ellucian HR Track Team planning committee. Amy is active in the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association as President-Elect for 2017. She is serving as the Finance Chair for the 2017 Arkansas Human Resources Conference and Exposition. Amy has an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership and Ethics and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Responsible for recruiting, member services, and "Member Connect".

Sarah Huffman

Membership Chair
Sarah Huffman


Responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating programs and seminars for the membership.

Programs Committee Chair Tammie Edrington

Programs Chair
Judith Tavano


Promotes NOARK and its activities within the community.

Monica Soare

Public Relations Chair
monica Soare, sphr, SHRM-sCP

Senior Human Resources Lead


Monica has 18 years of experience working with large Consumer Packaged Goods and Pharma companies. She devoted her last seven years to consulting, coaching and training, and interacted with senior leaders in various industries: Technology, Business Services, Infrastructure, Automotive etc. Monica has a pragmatic and analytical approach; she brings passion, energy, and a vast experience in understanding business needs, people development and human behavior.

Monica’s areas of expertise include: business and staffing strategy, organizational development, talent acquisition and talent management, coaching, leadership, employee engagement, change management, compensation & benefits, trade unions.

Monica has worked with hundreds of managers for assessing and developing abilities in leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, as well as business understanding through training programs or individual coaching. Monica works with managers who are dealing with a new environment, who want to undergo professional change or to maximize results with their teams.

She holds three degrees: BS in Finance with the Academy of Economic Studies (Bucharest, Romania), BS in Psychology with Babes Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and MS in Human Resources with National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, (Bucharest, Romania). She is an affiliate of CIPD (Chartered Institute in Personnel Development, London, UK).

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Coordinates the Chapter's Wage and Benefit Survey of selected positions and arranges for its sale to members and nonmembers. The Wage and Benefit Committee also serves as a resource to Chapter members on compensation issues.

Wage and Benefits Chair

Wage & Benefit Chair
Laura Spies


Seeks to partner with community educational organizations to promote workforce readiness needs.

Workforce Readiness Acting Chair

Workforce Readiness Chair
Judith Tavano


Judith Tavano

Military Outreach Team Chair
Judith Tavano


Helping the next generation of HR professionals get involved in NOARK and in our community. 

Morgan Scholz

Young Professionals Chair
Morgan Scholz, SHRM-CP

 Business Consultant, Startup Junkie Foundation


Morgan is a Business Consultant with Startup Junkie Foundation. She has served the NWA small business and nonprofit community for over ten years through development, education, communications, and HR support. Prior to joining the Startup Junkie team, she served as Director of People and Culture at a rapidly-growing private company and developed robust processes and systems for HR, internal and external communications, and community partnerships. She previously served as Director of Development and Promotion for an NWA nonprofit economic revitalization and historic preservation organization, and she served as project manager for a grant writing and consulting company. Morgan is certified through the Society of Human Resources Management and chairs the YP committees for the Northwest Arkansas chapter. She is passionate about creating a tailored, comprehensive HR curriculum for startups and growing companies that reflects and supports individual company culture. Morgan earned her Master's degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy from the University of Arkansas and specialized in curriculum development and design by helping pilot and revise the University's composition curriculum. She is also a former university composition instructor and received the Larry Guinn Endowed Award. She earned her Bachelor's degree from John Brown University and an Associates degree from Johnson County Community College and has lived and worked in India, England, and the Middle East.