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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.

Certification Committee Chair Patti Barnes

Certification Chair
Patti Barnes, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Recruiter/HR Generalist - Consumers Testing Laboratories, Inc

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.

College Relations Chair Jeriad Gumm.

College Relations Chair
Jeriad Gumm

Recruiter - Consumer Testing Laboratories


Jeriad Gumm is the HR Generalist & Recruiter for Consumer Testing Laboratories, which was recently acquired by Chicago based, UL. UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Jeriad primarily focuses on talent acquisition, associate on-boarding, orientation, and retention for all Arkansas-based labs. He also consistently works with other members of the Human Resources team to assist with various other HR related functions.

Jeriad is a native Arkansan and grew up in the Northwest Arkansas region. He attended Arkansas Tech University, majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. He got his start in the HR field in September 2012 and has remained in the field since.

During his free time, you’d be most likely to find him at a park, on the lake, or somewhere else outdoors as long as the weather is nice. Jeriad also enjoys working with the athletes of Special Olympics. Jeriad currently is a member of the Area 3 Management Team for Special Olympics Arkansas.

Jeriad has been a NOARK member since 2013 and is currently serving on the NOARK Board as the College Relations Committee Chair and excited to help lead the next generation of HR professionals as they develop within the field and become more involved in the NOARK community.

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

SHRM Foundation Chair Robin Evans

SHRM Foundation Chair
Robin Evans, PHR, SHRM-CP


Robin Evans is a native of Bloomington, Indiana, and has been in Northwest Arkansas since 1991. She is currently HR Development Program Manager for Walmart where she has been employed for 23 years. Robin has worked in Human Resource field for approximately 20 years. Robin has the PHR and SHRM-CP HR Certifications.

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

David Bugea, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Diversity Chair
David Bugea, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Training Program Manager - Arvest Bank Group


David Bugea serves as Training Program Manager for Arvest Bank Group, where he has worked since moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1998. His responsibilities include the delivery of the Arvest’s leadership, diversity and corporate culture messages to over 6,000 associates. He has over 35 years of professional experience with community, regional and nationwide banks, with a career progression that has taken him through a variety of positions focused on training and development, sales management and marketing.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and later graduated with honors from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University. He holds senior-level professional certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB). In addition, he holds multiple certifications through The Ken Blanchard Companies (leadership development), FranklinCovey (time, change and project management), and TalentSmart (emotional intelligence).

Throughout his career, Bugea has worked with and supported many organizations that promote the growth and advancement of education, health care and leadership, and he has shared his insights on leadership and diversity in multiple publications and through appearances at regional, national and international conferences. He currently lives in Rogers, where he spends his spare time traveling, enjoying the latest “tech toys” and enjoying the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.

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.

Sheila Moss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Legislative Chair
Sheila Moss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Owner - Information Solutions Team

479-717-7090 - Work
479-263-0279 - Cell

Sheila Moss has developed years of expertise in employment eligibility compliance.Trained by attorneys, federal government officials, immigration agents, and corporations.  She has been a speaker for ARSHRM Conference speaker 2009, 2013, 2014, as well as numberous other events.  She is also an instructor for the University of Arkansas Global Campus Professional Development Program.  Moss is the owner of the consulting group Information Solutions Team and integritrac background screening.  She travels the nation each year training public and private corporations in I-9 compliance and safe hiring programs.  She is considered a subject matter expert.

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

Sara Staley, CSP, PHR

Membership Chair
Sara Staley, CSP, PHR

Market Manager - Bentonville, Arkansas

Sara began her career with Staffmark in 2005 as an Account Executive. After experiencing sales success, she was promoted to Branch Manager over the Bentonville branch. Sara focuses on client relations and business development by creating customized staffing strategies for multiple companies in the area. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources as well as a Certified Staffing Professional. Sara has been recognized nationally for her success in both sales and operations management within Staffmark as well as being recognized by the Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association as the Rising Star for her work during 2012.

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

Programs Committee Chair Patti Barnes

Programs Chair
Patti Barnes, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Recruiter/HR Generalist - Consumers Testing Laboratories, Inc

Promotes NOARK and its activities within the community.

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 Sandy Sullins.

Wage & Benefit Chair
Sandy Sullins

Sr. VP Human Resources - CCF Brands


Sandy has over 15 years’ experience in providing strategic leadership and guidance in the areas of budgeting, customer service, finance, and human resource management. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and is a member of NOARK and SHRM. In January 2015 she achieved SHRM-SCP and SPHR certification. 

She moved to NW AR in January 2008 to work at CCF Brands in Rogers. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources she serves as a part of the executive team for planning and decision making on all business operational strategies as well as providing direct leadership for all people related issues of the company. Previously, she worked eleven years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a non-profit rural health system in NE AR, providing direct administrative leadership for its two rural health clinics and Financial Services for all of its entities, leading 60 employees and responsible for the system’s budget. 

Sandy enjoys serving as a teacher and volunteer for the Christian Women’s Job Corps of NW AR. She uses her background in business to help women re-enter the job market. Some other interests include volunteering and supporting March of Dimes, Samaritan House of Rogers, Saving Grace and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Workforce Readiness Acting Chair Judith Tavano.

Workforce Readiness Acting Chair
Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Managing Director - TRAINIQUE, LLC


Judith Tavano, LERN-CPP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder of TRAINIQUE, LLC, a boutique training firm, former University of Arkansas Global Campus director of professional development and adjunct instructor in the human resource development program in the College of Education and Health Professions, and a generations scholar. Judith was named NOARK HR Professional of 2015.  Her current committee commitments include Director, Workforce Readiness, Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Acting Workforce Readiness Chair, Northwest Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Chair, Certification Committee, Northwest Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Chair, Speakers Committee, BizCon2016.  Judith is a graduate of the Simmons College, Boston, MA, and the daughter of two extraordinary members of the Greatest Generation.

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

Young Professionals Chair
Hannah Niblett