Award Recipients

HR Education Appreciation Awards

This year NOARK chose to recognize those individuals who have provided multiple hours of service which has contributed to many of us being able to achieve our HR certifications. These individuals frequently are the go-to people for the classes NOARK offers for recertification credits, conferences, and our monthly meetings. Without their dedication to the HR profession, many of us would not be in the positions we're in today.

2018 HR Education Appreciation Award Recipients
  1. Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  2. Amy Fisher, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  3. Clifford C. Sandsmark, CCP, CSCP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  4. Kathleen Morris,SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  5. Pamela Belcher, SHRM-CP
  6. Rick Teague, MA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  7. Cammie Scott, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  8. Patricia Barnes, SHRM- SCP, SPHR
  9. Don Marr, PHR
  10. Sheila Moss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  11. Corey Stanford
  12. Hazel Murgatroyd
  13. Arthur Matthews
  14. Thomas Dunlap, PHR, SHRM-SCP
  15. Beth Graves, PHR, SHRM-CP
  16. Barbara Ludwig, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  17. Richard Evans, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  18. Cathleen Hoffman, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

HR Committee of the Year

The NOARK committee that has made the biggest impact toward “Advancing the Profession” and “Serving the Professional.”

Past HR Committee of the Year Award Recipients
  1. 2019 Membership Committee, Cindy Ruffing, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Chair
  2. 2018 Workforce Readiness Committee, Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHRChair
  3. 2017 SHRM Foundation Committee, Robin Evans, PHR, Chair
  4. 2016 Certification Committee, Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Chair
  5. 2015 Wage & Benefits, Kathleen Dalton, Chair (Wal-mart Vendor Survey)
  6. 2014 Workforce Readiness, Cody Ward, Chair
  7. 2013 Membership, Brent Carroll, PHR, Chair
  8. 2012 Wage & Benefit, Robin Dunivan, PHR, Chair
  9. 2011 College Relations, Megan Cherry, Chair
  10. 2010 Workforce Readiness, Carol Jones, Chair
  11. 2009 Workforce Readiness
  12. 2008 Workforce Readiness
  13. 2007 Public Relations
  14. 2006 Programs
  15. 2005 Diversity
  16. 2004 Programs
  17. 2003 Programs
  18. 2002 State Conference Committee
  19. 2001 Wage & Benefit survey Committee
  20. 2000 Education
  21. 1999 Education & Training & Development–Joint Award
  22. 1998 Wage & Benefit Survey Committee
  23. 1997 Awards Committee
  24. 1996 Education Committee

HR Professional of the Year

The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual that has shown outstanding service and has promoted the profession of Human Resources Management. Nominations will be accepted from any source; however the nominated individual must be a NOARK member.  This nominee will also be NOARK's official nominee for the ARSHRM Professional of the Year Award.

Past HR Professionals of the Year Award Recipients
  1. 2019 Cindy Ruffing, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  2. 2018 Amy Fisher, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  3. 2017 Sheila Moss, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  4. 2016 Tammie Edrington, PHR, SHRM-CP
  5. 2015 Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  6. 2014 Thomas Dunlap, PHR
  7. 2013 Cammie Scott, SPHR
  8. 2012 Patti Barnes, SPHR
  9. 2011 Elizabeth Farmer, PHR
  10. 2010 Brian Sorensen, SPHR
  11. 2009 Darrin Coon, SPHR
  12. 2008 Cathleen Hoffman, SPHR
  13. 2007 Jean Winn
  14. 2006 Barbara Ludwig, SPHR
  15. 2005 Rhonda Houser, PHR
  16. 2004 Debbie Wheeler, PHR
  17. 2003 Debbie McLoud, PHR
  18. 2002 Kim Richter
  19. 2001 Ed Wheeler, PHR
  20. 2000 Bruce Andree
  21. 1999 Roger Ludwig
  22. 1998 Donna Davis
  23. 1997 Don Marr, PHR
  24. 1996 Sheryl Crisler

Member of the Year

The purpose of this award goes to the member whose contributions and participation made a high impact on the NOARK organization.  Not awarded every year.

Past Member of the Year Award Recipients
  1. 2019 Jamie Ponce, SHRM-CP
  2. 2018 Jamaikhan, Dickey, SHRM-CP
  3. 2017 Robin Evans, PHR
  4. 2016 Cindy Christopher, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  5. 2015 Cindy Bassett, PHR, SHRM-CP
  6. 2014 Judith Tavano, SPHR
  7. 2013 Kimberly McGee, PHR
  8. 2012 Brent Carroll, PHR
  9. 2011 Sheryl Jegen, PHR
  10. 2010 Kris Delano, PHR
  11. 2009 Katie Morris, SPHR
  12. 2008 Craig Parrish
  13. 2005 Beth Graves, PHR
  14. 2004 Carmen Burasco
  15. 2003 Jerry Duncan
  16. 2002 Debbie Wheeler
  17. 2001 Karen Butler
  18. 2000 Angela Robinson
  19. 1999 Christine Parks
  20. 1998 Ed Wheeler
  21. 1997 Donna Davis
  22. 1996 Don Marr

Rising Star

The NOARK member who has demonstrated the potential to be an impact on the HR community.

Past Rising Star Award Recipients
  1. 2019 Sarah Huffman
  2. 2018 Tiffany Barnes, aPHR
  3. 2017 Denise Eskridge, aPHR
  4. 2016 Jeriad Gumm, PHR
  5. 2015 Carmen Stanley, PHR, SHRM-CP
  6. 2014 Angelique O'Bryan, SPHR
  7. 2013 Marc Campbell
  8. 2012 Sara Staley, PHR
  9. 2011 Brent Carroll, PHR
  10. 2010 Megan Cherry
  11. 2009 Gretchen Laffoon
  12. 2008 Danielle Wood
  13. 2006 Cathleen Hoffman, PHR
  14. 2005 Bill Dial
  15. 2004 Broderick Daniels / Christina McGehee
  16. 2003 Amy Cornett
  17. 2002 Judith Tavano
  18. 2002 Kris DeLano
  19. 2002 Larry Atchley
  20. 2002 Barbara Lovin
  21. 2001 Kim Richter
  22. 2000 Crissy Cote
  23. 1999 Dave Mersky

Pillar Award

Not awarded every year, this award goes to a long-standing member of NOARK who consistently makes an impact on the HR Community through their active participation.

Past Pillar Award Recipients
  1. 2018 Thomas Dunlap, PHR, SHRM-SCP
  2. 2017 Cammie Scott, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
  3. 2013 Cathleen Hoffman, SPHR
  4. 2012 Cliff Sandsmark, SPHR
  5. 2011 Judith Tavano, SPHR
  6. 2010 Angela Robinson
  7. 2008 Ed Wheeler, PHR
  8. 2006 Debbie Wheeler, PHR
  9. 2004 Don Marr, PHR

Diversity Champion

Not awarded every year, the Diversity Champion award is for one among us who shows leadership and vision in the promotion of diversity.

Past Diversity Champion Award Recipients
  1. 2011 Kathryn Birkhead

Vendor of the Year Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize the contributions to the membership provided by a vendor partner.

Past Vendor of the Year Award Recipients
  1. 2019 CK Harp & Associates
  2. 2018 1st Employment
  3. 2017 QualChoice

Above and Beyond Award

Not awarded every year. The purpose of this award is a special recognition for a member or vendor partner who goes above and beyond to serve the membership.

Past Above and Beyond Award Recipients
  1. 2019 The Job Guide
  2. 2018 HoganTaylor, LLC
  3. 2017 Copper Cup Images

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