• District Director Bios
District Director - Northwest
Rick Schemm, SPHR
Rick Schemm, SPHR Bio:
Rick is a Human Resource Consultant for HP&A Solutions, a provider of HR, payroll, and accounting services and guidance to small organizations.  He was the VP of HR at Royal Credit Union (based in Eau Claire) for 23 years and has had many experiences in the field of Human Resource Management.  In his new role with HP&A Solutions, Rick helps business owners and managers implement or update systems in the areas of recruitment and selection, performance reviews, coaching, discipline, leadership, culture development, employee benefits, and compensation.  He is an occasional speaker at HR conferences, including the Wisconsin SHRM State Conference.  He holds a Masters Degree in Management and Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Bachelors Degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the SPHR Certification from HRCI.

Rick has been an active volunteer in the field, serving in the past on two SHRM Committees (Employee Relations Expertise Panel and the recent Performance Management Standards Development Committee), as a member of the Wisconsin State Council (Workforce Readiness Director), as a volunteer for both HR Games and SHRM’s Regional Case Competition, and many of the Chapter Leadership positions for the Chippewa Valley chapter of SHRM.  He is currently serving on that Board as the Director of Chapter Services and has recently established 8 CVSRHM-sponsored discussion groups on a variety of topics in the field.  He is also serving as the College Relations Director for the student chapter of SHRM at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, and he recently completed six years serving in that role for the chapter at UW-Eau Claire. Email:ricks@hpasolutions.com
 
   
District Director - Southwest
Sue Estes
Sue Estes

Bio:
Sue Estes has been active in SHRM since 2000, serving most recently as WI SHRM State Membership Director. Sue is a Past President of GMA SHRM, as well as a former VP Membership for the chapter.  She continues to serve her local chapter as an active volunteer on the Membership Committee. In addition to her work with SHRM, Sue has served as VP Membership for the WI Chapter of SOCAP, an organization for customer care professionals.  Sue balances her volunteer work with her position as Manager of Business Development for Celerity Staffing Solutions, where she consults with HR professionals, hiring managers, and business owners on their recruiting and staffing challenges.  Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. A mother of two young adults, Sue resides in Middleton with her husband John and their West Highland Terrier named Teddy. Email:sue@celeritystaffing.com

   
District Director - Southeast
Joanne Krueger, PHR
Joanne Krueger, PHR

Bio:
Joanne Krueger, PHR is the Vice President of Human Resources, Security and Facilities for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc., a nonprofit health care provider that has been a champion of women and families since 1935. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is the state’s leading reproductive health care provider committed to keeping all people safe, healthy and strong through affordable health care, comprehensive and medically accurate education and advocacy. As the Vice President of Human Resources, Security and Facilities, Joanne provides overall strategic leadership, vision and direction to the agency and partners with managers and employees to achieve business results. She leads the development and implementation of human resources, policies, programs and services. Joanne provides strategic counsel to the CEO and other senior leaders and serves as an internal consultant to the agency’s management team, supervisors and employees on personnel issues that affect performance and business relationships. In addition, Joanne oversees Security, Safety and Facilities. She is a member of the organization’s Senior Management Team.

Joanne has over 19 years of human resources experience in the healthcare and consumer products industries. Before joining Planned Parenthood, Joanne enjoyed 14 great years with MillerCoors, formerly Miller Brewing Company. Joanne is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) since 1997, including two terms as President of Metro Milwaukee SHRM from 2008-2010. Joanne is also an active Executive Council Member of FUEL Milwaukee. Joanne earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from Cardinal Stritch University and is a certified Targeted Selection Administrator/Trainer from Development Dimensions International. Email:joanne.krueger@ppwi.org

   
District Director - Northeast
Melanie Bruins
Bio:
Melanie (Mel) Bruins is the Human Resources manager and business partner for IT, finance, and business development functions of Oshkosh Corporation. She is responsible for maximizing her customers' results by leading and delivering key HR processes and programs including talent and staffing strategies, succession planning, engagement and retention programs, and employee and leadership development. She has served as a critical component in the recruitment and engagement of key talent for Oshkosh's business ERP transformation, Convergence. Prior to joining Oshkosh, she began her career in HR at Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation.  Bruins has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a bachelor's degree in business administration and human resources management from Winona State University. She serves on the board of the Oshkosh Society of Human Resource Management and previously served as President. She is also a certified executive coach. Email:mbruins@oshkoshcorp.com
   
District Director - Northcentral
Kristi Toner, SPHR 
Kristi Toner, SPHR

Bio:
Kristi has her Bachelor’s degree in Business/Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as well as 15 years of experience working in the HR field.  She has served in HR roles in several different industry sectors, including manufacturing, insurance and banking, most recently serving as the Director of Employee Development for Nicolet National Bank.  Kristi has served on her local Central Wisconsin SHRM chapter Board since 2009, in the roles of Secretary, President-Elect and most recently, President.  She is excited to assist the Wisconsin State Council of SHRM with further educating the local chapters in her region on the role and structure of the council as well as helping define what resources are available to chapters through the council.  Email:ktoner@nicoletbank.com