Welcome to the Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association

Board Message

Summer is coming, the kids are out of school and there is a lot going on in June.

First off, we want to welcome our new and renewing members:

  • Sarah Tillman with the University of Iowa
  • Lauren Noble with Kirkwood Community College
  • Michelle Koelling with Cedar Rapids Schools
  • Angela Vargus with Polo Customer Products
  • Cassidee Dossett with Polo Custom Products
  • Peg Parsons with Polo Custom Products
  • Melodi Kopf with ACT
  • Amanda Thompson with Mestek Machinery.

We want to welcome you and thank you for your continued support. All our members can help encourage HR professionals from the region to join our chapter so we stay relevant and connected to our community.

June is turning out to be The month to celebrate diversity and inclusion.  Every year on June 19th, we celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1st, 1863, it took more than two years for news to reach the enslaved in Texas. Juneteenth, aka Freedom Day, acknowledges that delay and is observed as a day of pride and reflection. Juneteenth also sits directly in the middle of LGBTQ+ Pride month, which was established in 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising. Both are celebrations of important milestones for Black and LGBTQ+ liberation. Below are ways you can get involved and celebrate.

Registration is open for our monthly member meetings through the summer and Disrupt HR! is scheduled for August 16th.  Find out all about these events at www.eihra.org/events.

We look forward to seeing you at any one of these occasions!

-EIHRA Board

If you would like to volunteer to be on a committee or fill any empty board positions, please contact us at eyeoneihra@gmail.com.


Creating a collaborative community to serve HR practitioners and further their professional development.


To be the most reliable resource for HR practitioners and the most relevant voice of our profession in our community.

Member Benefits

EIHRA is an affiliate of our national organization, the Society of Human Resource Management. Membership in EIHRA is around 200 members and growing. Membership is offered to both national SHRM members and members who wish to belong on a “local only” basis. It is a great benefit to belong to both the local and national organization.

Affiliate of SHRM

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!


EIHRA offers anything from legislative updates to how to get connected with area students studying human resources.

If you can’t find something on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.