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    Sierra Human Resource Association (SHRA) serves the greater Truckee/North Tahoe and Foothills region.  SHRA’s goal is to serve HR practitioners, business owners and managers, students and our regional communities by providing professional resources, networking and education opportunities.

    Meet the Board:

    Brandon Perry, Co-President







    Brandon is the Human Resources Manager and District Clerk at Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. Following a career in restaurant management, he built upon his business background and specializes in human resources and strategic management. He has a business management degree from University of Phoenix, and is nearing completion of his MBA from Western International University. He received his SPHR in January of 2013.

    Brandon resides in Truckee with his wife and teenage son. He is active in his local community through Rotary International, and enjoys all the wonderful outdoor activities common in Truckee. He is excited to be part of the local HR and business communities as part of the SHRA board.

    Joanne Laracy, Co-President









    Joanne Laracy is a business consultant with thirteen years of human resource experience. Joanne has extensive management and generalist experience working at both large and small companies.

    Joanne's employment history includes positions such as Human Resource Manager at BriarPatch Co-op, a Grass Valley based natural foods retail co-operative. In this role she was responsible for staffing, benefits, compensation, training, leadership development, strategic planning, HRIS, safety and regulatory compliance. Heavy emphasis was placed on leading BriarPatch Co-op through rapid HR change and transformation programs to support continued business growth. Prior to that she was the Human Resources Administrator at Eigen, a medical imaging company in Grass Valley, CA where she oversaw a number of programs including benefits administration. Joanne also worked as the Human Resources Manager at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort and Human Resource and Employee Event Coordinator at Sugar Bowl Corporation. Both roles involved developing recruitment strategies for seasonal and international employees, leading on-boarding programs and training.

    Joanne earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Cross University, Australia and an Associates in Applied Art and Design through Sierra College, USA. Joanne is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has served on the Sierra Human Resources Association (SHRA) Board since 2012. Joanne currently serves as the SHRA Co-President.

    Christine Hoxsie, Communications Director









    Christine is the HR Administrator at Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and has over 20 years of experience workforce development and business support.

    Jennie Sparks, Community/External Relations Director







    I have been with Absolute Communication Solutions since 2007. I started in the field with my husband Eric, and then found my niche with Human Resources. I became a member of SHRM in 2009 and in the Spring of 2017 I received my SHRM-CP certification.

    As a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Sierra Human Resources Association and CalChamber I am provided with the support I need as an HR professional. I value my memberships and the personal connections I have made with my peers. I strive to keep up to date on all things HR, so that I may provide our business and our employees with relative and real time information.

    As an Ambassador for the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce I have the opportunity to give back to my community by volunteering at events hosted by the GGVCC. Through Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers I'm able to network with other business owners and welcome them to the Chamber. The personal connections I have made at the Chamber are priceless. It's a great group of business owners, employees and individual members who are committed to improving our community through fundraising, volunteering and networking.


    Joanna Garneau, Secretary

    Membership Coordinator at Nakoma Golf Resort


    Lauren Tapia, Legislative Director










    Lauren Tapia is the Human Resources Manager and District Clerk for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. Lauren has over 6 years of progressively responsible Human Resource and Strategic Planning experience within the Public Sector. Originally from Modesto, California, Lauren attended California State University, Stanislaus and began her career as a Human Resource Specialist I for the Stanislaus County Office of Education, an organization that employed over 1,300 credentialed and classified education employees. Lauren is a current Certified Professional for SHRM, a Certified District Clerk through California Special District’s Association (CSDA), an active member with California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA), currently serves as Legislative Director for Sierra HRA, and is a member of SHRM’s Advocacy Team (A-Team).

    Lauren relocated to North Lake Tahoe with her family in 2012, and has been actively involved in the community ever since. Lauren volunteers her time as a working Board Member for the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, as well as sits on their allocations committee as a School Site Liaison where they raise funds on an annual basis to help provide over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. If she isn’t exploring the Sierras with her Husband and son, she can be found on the local golf courses trying to reenact the good ol’ days of being a scratch golfer.


    Melissa Rouse, Member at Large










    Human Resources Director, SHRM-CP, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa And Casino

    Michelle Leonardo, Treasurer







    Director of Human Resources at Boreal and Woodward

    Michelle Martland, Membership Director










    Michelle is the Human Resources Administrator/Risk Manager at the Tahoe City Public Utility District. She holds a BS from Plymouth State College and received her PHR in 2013 and her SHRM-CP in 2015. As an advocate of employee wellness, Michelle received her Ergonomic Assessment Specialist Certification in 2015. Originally from Massachusetts, Michelle lives in Tahoma with her husband and thoroughly enjoys the outdoor lifestyle Tahoe affords, snow or sun. She is pleased to be a part of the SHRA board.