Welcome to the Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association

Board Message

Greetings from the new EIHRA president:


Happy 2023 and CHEERS to new beginnings!   

My name is Sarah Brown, Talent Acquisition Manager at Kirkwood Community College. It is with highest honor that I serve as the 2023 President of EIHRA. I have been an active chapter member for seven years and through this time and many cherished experiences, I have grown to hold a special place in my heart for EIHRA!

This chapter has awarded me the ability to grow and strengthen my HR network and the opportunity to learn from other professionals through HR roundtables. With EIHRA, I was able to support and participate in study groups that helped me earn my SHRM-CP. The many chapter-provided resources have enabled me to grow professionally and personally. I am eager to serve this chapter and community in EIHRA’s mission of creating a collaborative community to service HR practitioners and further their professional development.

We have had our fair share of challenges these past few years. The COVID pandemic, record-high inflation, and workforce shortages, are just to name a few. These issues took a toll on HR professionals and caused many to feel disengaged or just simply burnt out.  These major crises and issues plagued our lives at work and home—and this ultimately affected this chapter. Recently, our new and returning EIHRA board members had the opportunity to join together to collaborate and outline our goals and objectives for the new year. The board members are very excited to bring this chapter back to what it was pre-COVID, to stretch and meet the ever changing world of HR and enhance our overall member engagement.
There are so many great things this board has planned, all centered around YOU, our members. Because, YOU are what make this chapter so incredible!  To start, we will bring back monthly meetings that not only have relevant content for our development but include a delicious breakfast and hot coffee. EIHRA will also begin hosting an HR roundtable directly following monthly program meetings. These roundtables will be beneficial to HR professionals seeking advice on HR issues and for members to share best practices. Lastly, the board will be committed to publishing newsletters and maintaining updated website content to include the latest HR information and upcoming events in our area. Keeping you informed will be our priority!
I invite our members to share your voices and ideas on how we can enhance member engagement and what EIHRA can provide to you professionally. We continue to always welcome volunteers and are eager for member involvement.  If you are interested in volunteering on the board or have program or sponsors ideas please reach out to me directly at sarah.brown@kirkwood.edu or eyeoneihra@gmail.com.
Thank you for your continuous support for EIHRA and we look forward to serving you this year!

Hope to see you soon!



P.S. You can register for and see all our upcoming events on the website Events page

Eastern Iowa Human Resources Jobs

Talent Acquisition Manager for Local, Independent Hospital 

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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.

Welcome to our newest EIHRA members!
We are so glad you are here.

  • Mitch DeGroot, HR Generalist at Area Substance Abuse Council
  • Brian Owens, Wage and Hour Investigator, US Department of Labor
  • Mimi Griffith, HR Business Partner, Circle Computer Resources

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.