• District Director Bios
District Director - Northwest
RSonya Ganther, PHR
Rick Schemm, SPHR Bio:
Sonya is Director of Human Resources at Viterbo University, a private, Catholic university located in La Crosse, WI that employs over 300 people and has 2,800 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled.  She bears complete responsibility for the University’s human resources functions, including recruitment, employee relations, employee benefits, and personnel policies and practices.  Sonya enjoys providing guidance to employees related to their performance, growth, development needs, and interpersonal relationships with peers and/or supervisors.  Sonya has worked in the human resources field for the past 15 years, most recently in higher education beginning in 2011.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a PHR certification.  She has served as the Communications Director for the LASHRM Chapter, President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Winona MN SHRM Chapter and was a member of the 2013 WISHRM State Conference committee.  Sonya is also a member of the national College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Email: sdganther@viterbo.edu
 
 
   
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
Maureen Gavahan

Bio:
Coming Soon...  Email: maureengavahan@northwesternmutual.com

   
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