AHRMA Board of Directors

Arlaine Decrevel, 2018 President

Arlaine Decrevel, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, CAM is the Executive Director Client Services for Evins Personnel Consultants, Inc., a full service human resource consulting, recruiting, and staffing company headquartered in Austin, Texas and a Marketing/Social Media Consultant for the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center. She is a Certified Human Resources Management Professional and TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediator. She also holds several certifications from the University of Texas at Austin in Transformational Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Communication,‚Äč and Success Skills for Small Business.

For over 20 years, Arlaine has led, coached, and mentored others during her career with Fortune 500 companies, small to medium sized businesses, and not-for-profit associations. She is the founder and former owner of A.D. Collaborative Solutions, Inc, a strategic management, human resources, marketing, and mediation consulting business. She holds three degrees in Business Administration and Certificate of Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Arlaine is an active member of SHRM and AHRMA since 2013, awarded Volunteer of the Month in 2015, and a recognized AHRMA Conference Speaker in 2014 and 2015. She is a graduate of AHRMA's 2014 Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership program. She is a Volunteer Mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center, a former Board Member/Social Media Chair for the Texas Association of Mediators 2014-2015, Committee Volunteer for SHRM's HR Southwest Conference in Fort Worth, Texas 2015-2016, AHRMA Co-VP Marketing/Public Relations 2014-2016, AHRMA President Elect 2017,and AHRMA President 2018.

Karen Smithson, Past President

Karen Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Senior Director – Team Member Engagement & Compliance for Safe Harbor Compliance & Clinical Services.

Karen has a life-long commitment to service. She has served in numerous roles in community and professional organizations, and is a trained mediator.  Since joining AHRMA in 2007, she has served on numerous Annual Conference Committees, as the Co-VP of Diversity & Inclusion, President Elect, and 2017 AHRMA President.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Board for the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and serves as AHRMA Past-President in 2018.

Karen joined SHCACS in early 2017 and is the first person hired dedicated 100% to the Company’s People and People Strategies.  Within the organization, the Team Member Engagement & Compliance Department is positioned at the intersection of compliance and culture.  It is so named because the Company takes a holistic approach to people management.  A native Texan, born in Dallas, she earned her Business Degree from Abilene Christian University and has lived in Austin for over 20 years.  As a certified Senior HR professional, she has 30+ years of experience in Human Resources, supporting litigation attorneys, a political candidate for a state-wide election, and most recently, as the Director of Human Resources for the Austin CPA firm, Atchley & Associates, LLP.

Angela Shaw, President-Elect

Angela L. Shaw is an accomplished HR professional with experience in multiple industries including retail, government, healthcare and most recently Education.  Angela has grown her career from an administrative employee performing the different functions of human resources to leading the function in several organizations. She also teaches an Essentials of HR Class at Austin Community College where she gets to interact with future HR leaders.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a minor in Human Resources and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership. She is dual certified as a Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Certified Professional.Angela is a 2014 graduate of the AHRMA Stepping Stones program and believes in leadership that is responsible and accountable. Angela has a love of HR as a whole but is specifically devoted to diversity, inclusion, and workforce readiness. 

Angela views volunteer leadership as a pathway for her passion as a servant leader to the HR community.  She has steadily been involved with SHRM affiliated chapters since 2011 having served in multiple capacities including 2013 Workforce Readiness Day Panel Member for WilcoHR Association, 2014 Workforce Readiness Day Panel Member for AHRMA, 2015 Student Summit Panel Member for AHRMA, 2015 President of WilcoHR Association, 2016 Director of Diversity and Inclusion for TXSHRM, and currently serving on the Educational Sessions committee for the HRSouthwest conference since 2017.

LaDonna Crawford, VP of Membership

LaDonna has over 20 years’ experience in human capital consulting, performing various business development, consulting and executive management roles. As Managing Director for Brainard Strategy, LaDonna is responsible for leading the expansion of the organization into the Texas market. Prior to joining Brainard Strategy, LaDonna founded a private management consulting practice in which she consulted with leading edge companies to develop their strategic direction and increase the caliber and effectiveness of their employee population. She also provided in-depth coaching for executive women.

Previously, LaDonna held leadership positions in human capital consulting firms DBM/Lee Hecht Harrison where she partnered with organizations to identify key business challenges and develop solutions to support senior executives in achieving superior business performance. In this capacity, she also managed a coaching network of over 120 professional coaches located throughout North America. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has advanced training in leadership development and executive coaching. LaDonna is a certified executive coach through The Center for Executive Coaching.


Stephen Polonski, Treasurer

Stephen Polonski is currently the Director of People and Culture with 5 Star Nutrition LLC headquartered in Austin with retail locations throughout the U.S. He has over 20+ years as a strategic HR professional with a focus in employee benefits, recruiting, strategic organizational development, project management, employee relations, payroll, HRIS & compliance.

Prior to 5 Star, Stephen held the role of Business Consultant for CLS Partners, where he worked with clients on the implementation of HRIS technologies, provided guidance to clients engaged in mergers or acquisitions & HR optimization strategies. He has also held the position of Director of HR for several Austin based firms and participated as a member of the senior & executive management teams, responsible for the strategic direction & management of the HR department. For one high growth firm, he supported an 860% headcount growth from multiple acquisitions across a 2 year timeframe. He also worked for a retirement plan administration firm & built a solid understanding of IRS/legal compliance, trust accounting principles & retirement strategies. Stephen also served on ADP's Client Advisory Board bringing client focused strategy to shape the technology used by thousands of companies today.

Stephen holds a BBA in Finance & Management from Baylor University & is active in SHRM & AHRMA.

Outside of work, Stephen spends quality time with his family & loves to travel overseas to experience other cultures & cuisines.

Wilson Stoker, VP of Legal and Legislative

Wilson is an employment law counselor; helping businesses navigate the employment relationship by providing common-sense, practical solutions to employment law issues. He counsels HR professionals and business leaders on hiring, promotion, discipline and termination decisions. Wilson negotiates executive employment agreements; and drafts and reviews employee policies for compliance with federal, state and local laws.

A significant portion of Wilson’s practice is devoted to employment litigation. He defends employers before state and federal administrative agencies and in courts across the nation in lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and state and federal wage and hour and leave of absence laws. Wilson’s litigation practice also includes representing employers in actions to enforce mandatory alternative dispute resolution agreements and related proceedings and prosecuting and defending non-compete matters. Wilson also assists companies with all aspects of affirmative action compliance including defending employers in OFCCP and DOL audits.

Wilson is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and licensed to practice in New York, Texas and Virginia.  http://www.welterlaw.com/people/wilson-stoker/  Wilson has been a member, volunteer and frequent presenter with ARHMA since 2010.

Tami Andres, Co-VP of Conference

Tami is a Human Resources Professional well versed in management, leadership, employee relations, human resources and organizational development with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of industries.  She currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Easterseals Central Texas, and led them to being named one of the Austin American Statesman’s Top Workplaces for mid-sized employers in 2015.  Tami holds certifications as a Strength Deployment Inventory facilitator and is passionate about implementing communication and collaboration strategies that drive managing conflict and improving relationships resulting in organizational success. 

Tami currently serves as Co-VP for the 2018 AHRMA Conference, Membership Chair for the League for Non-Profit Human Capital, and is a member of the Strategic Human Resources Forum.  She is passionate about helping others with personal and professional growth and development as well as giving back to the community.

Lisa Blanton, Co-VP of Conference

Personal Core Values:  People First, Continual Improvement, and Integrity   

Motto:  “I am passionate about building organizations; one person at a time.  How you might ask?  I treat each person as if they are the most important person in the company.  Listen to them; teach, coach, and mentor for life.   In turn, they treat the customers as if they are the most important person.”

Lisa Blanton has a diverse background that includes over 30 years in corporate positions of COO, CFO and CHRO; including 13 years as a business owner.  Lisa is focused on the financial, people service, and enterprising aspects of business.  She is passionate about helping leaders drive for high achieving results through people relationships.  Lisa assisted several entrepreneurs to build the business functions of operations, finance, accounting, and human resources while the entrepreneurs concentrated on the delivery of the product or service. Lisa has a M.B.A. from Notre Dame de Namur University with a specialization in Organizational Studies. She holds two certifications:  Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM-SCP and Senior Professional in Human Resources from HR Certification Institute, HRCI-SPHR.

Sharon Allen, Co-VP of Programs

Sharon Allen is the Director of Human Resources Strategy with Trellis Company.She is a senior human resources leader with over 28 years of experience in multiple HR disciplines with both domestic and global organizations.  Sharon spent 26 years in the Houston area working primarily for companies in the oil and gas industry, then relocated to the Austin area in 2016 to join Trellis Company. Her primary areas of expertise include transformational human resources strategy, talent management and development, total rewards, HR technologies, mergers and acquisitions, and global human resources.Sharon is motivated by the opportunity to strengthen organizations and help others develop and achieve their highest potential.

Sharon graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in General Business Administration.  She participates in SHRM, AHRMA, ATD, and ATD Austin and holds both SPHR and SHRM-SCP HR certifications.  In addition to serving as the AHRMA Co-VP Programs, Sharon also volunteers on the Austin Community College Continuing Education Advisory Board for Contact Centers and as an AHRMA mentor.

In her free time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family in Lago Vista, exploring the US in her RV, fishing, and a little golfing.

Christopher Demers, Co-VP of Programs

Christopher's career began with P&G and he has worked successively with Dell, Apple, Home Depot's Technology Center and VMware since then always in line-based Human Resources roles thriving on the demands of these Fortune most-admired companies. Work has taken Christopher all around the world but Austin has been his home for over 20 years.

Christopher's focus is employee relations, leadership coaching and talent management delivered with an insane focus on customer service for human resources. He loves what he does.

Christopher consults in, works on, blogs about and speaks to all things Human Resources.

Juanita Baldwin, VP of Diversity & Inclusion

Juanita Baldwin is the Recruitment and Internship Coordinator for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  Juanita’s background includes 20+ years’ experience as an HR Generalist managing strategic functions including recruitment, staffing, benefits, compensation, employee relations, and organizational development.  Prior to joining TCEQ, Juanita gained private sector experience in insurance, financial services, e-commerce, and information services.

Juanita is a proud Longhorn with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She successfully completed the Governor’s Center Senior Management Development Program, and led the winning project team for the 2009 Hispanic Austin Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

A certified HR professional, Juanita served as President of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) in 2013 when AHRMA was recognized as the Leading SHRM Contributing Chapter in the nation by the SHRM Foundation. She currently serves as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for AHRMA. Juanita is also a member of the Human Resource Management Advisory Board at Texas State University and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Sam Moore, VP of Communication

Sam Moore, SHRM-CP, is the Human Resource Business Partner with Builder Homesite, Inc. He is a successful Human Resource Business Partner/General Manager with an emphasis on leading teams through development and coaching in a professional environments for the past 20 years. He has expertise and a thorough knowledge base in HR Management fundamentals. He has led teams to successful achievements in sales/marketing strategies driving revenues for such companies as Restoration Hardware, The Container Store, and Cost Plus World Market.

Sam is adept in customer relationship management knowing people and employee relations drive successful results. He is innovative, creative and entrepreneurial in his work style, while maintaining integrity and ethics with a high level of personal commitment.

Sam is certified SHRM-CP, a member of SHRM, and serves on the AHRMA board here as VP of Communications.  Sam received a Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resource Management from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his SHRM certification through a partnership with AHRMA and Concordia University.

Jill Taylor, Co-VP of Career Development

Jill Taylor is a seasoned Human Resources leader who holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.  Her areas of expertise include strategic partnerships, employee relations, training, project management, benefits and compensation and event planning.  Jill is passionate about partnering with business leaders to develop strategies to recruit, engage and retain talent.  

She is a 2016 graduate of the AHRMA Stepping Stones leadership program, and looks for ways to promote AHRMA within the Austin HR community. In her free time Jill enjoys completing DIY projects on her home and traveling both domestically and internationally.

Darlene Templeton, Co-VP of Career Development

Darlene Templeton has the experience, the wisdom and the natural ability to empower businesses and professionals to achieve their greatest potential! She is CEO and founder of Templeton & Associates, a professional speaker, business strategist, certified executive coach, trainer and author. She brings 36 years of experience at IBM to her work and provides a level of unparalleled mastery.

Darlene specializes in leadership and transformation for professionals, specifically for those who want to make a greater impact personally and professionally. Her proven success with businesses gives executives and professionals the tools to effectively navigate through dynamic transformations and challenges.  Employee engagement is increased, resulting in the enhanced performance, leadership skills and ability to achieve extraordinary results.

For over 30 years Darlene managed local and global cross-functional teams in multiple areas of IBM. During her career she was in charge of projects ranging from $100K to over $350M. She has a background in consulting, operations, sales management, organizational change, human resources, international sales & marketing, strategy & behavior change, business transformation leadership, worldwide project management, business partner management and middle/executive management. She was known as the “fixer”, the person who could provide solution-based strategies to unsolvable issues both inside the company, across industries, and with her clients.

Sought after speaker and trainer with a special talent for easily connecting with audiences and workshop participants, Darlene creates immediate feelings of trust and integrity.  Gifted with humor and a natural- born storyteller, her presentation style is exceptionally enthusiastic, energizing and fun!  She has been called the “high octane” energy source in the room, and entertaining, motivational and inspirational!

Customizing each and every program for her audience she leaves them empowered with the tips, tools and strategies for leadership, personal and professional excellence, and unparalleled success.

Darlene is the Founder and Chief Leader of the AMAZING Women Alliance, a group of high achieving women who meet monthly to inspire, motivate and support each other to achieve their goals.  The AMAZING Women Leaders program is a six-month results driven leadership development and coaching program designed for professional women who are committed to accelerate, accomplish and achieve their goals both  personally and professionally. You can build more confidence, develop business and leadership strategies and implement your action plans to achieve your goals and get the results that you desire.

A published author, Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC) through Coaches Training Institute, (CTI), completed the one year Leadership Program at CTI,  and Darlene is on the Faculty of Organizational Coaching at CTI, and is Certified through International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Darlene is very active in the community and was on the Advisory Board at Texas Women in Business (TWIB). She established the Coaching, Mentoring and Resources programs for the organization. She is the Co-VP of Career Development for the Austin Human Resources Managers Association (AHRMA), and very active with Dress for Success and other charities in the Austin area.

Contact Darlene today to become engaged, inspired and empowered for extraordinary results in business and in life.

Wendy Chance, VP of Workforce Readiness

Wendy Chance, CTS, is Director of Human Resources for United PF Partners, LLC.  United PF Partners is the largest Planet Fitness Franchise group in the US,  with 88 locations throughout 11 states.  Wendy is a proven results-oriented business and HR professional with demonstrated experience to drive business objectives. Recognized for understanding and integrating business needs with progressive Human Resource strategies over a broad spectrum of industries.  Wendy’s responsibilities include business and HR strategy, development and implementation of HR policies and procedures, organizational development, employee relations and performance management, benefits, compensation, and payroll oversight. 

Wendy has served in various Volunteer roles within AHRMA including President of the Association in 2011.  Wendy is a graduate of AHRMA’s “Stepping Stones to Enhance Leadership” program.  Other AHRMA Volunteer roles include VP of Technology, Marketing and Membership. At the State HR level, Wendy serves as the Texas SHRM Assistant State Director of Marketing, and was recognized as the Texas HR Volunteer of the Year.

One of Wendy’s favorite activities is to introduce people to the joy of Volunteering. Looking for an exciting Volunteer role - Ask Wendy!

Justin Sharp, VP of Emerging Professionals

Justin Sharp currently serves as Sr. Compensation Analyst with SailPoint Technologies where he provides global compensation guidance and equity plan design and administration. Prior to joining SailPoint Technologies, Justin worked with AMD where he provided global compensation guidance for over 25 countries and assisted in equity administration.

Justin also worked for Intelligent Compensation, LLC as the Director of Compensation and Business Consultant. In this capacity he provided compensation analysis and business consulting work for an array of clients throughout the United States and Mexico. Justin’s background in business management and direct human resource, training and loss prevention contributes to his overall effectiveness in helping organizations increase profits, and operational efficiencies and effectiveness while looking for ways to limit adverse operating exposure and expense.

Active in the community, Justin has served on the AHRMA Board of Directors since 2012 where his roles included VP Membership (2013-2014), President-Elect (2015), President (2016) Past President (2017) and currently serves as the VP Emerging Professionals (2018-2019). Previously, he worked with the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure where he assisted the Austin affiliation with event affairs and helped organize and operate the annual event. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.


Erin Parker, VP of Technology

Erin Parker is an HR Business Partner and currently serves on the board of Austin Human Resources Management Association (AHRMA) as the VP of Technology. Erin has held HR positions in the financial services, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, and staffing industries. Erin is currently employed at ADP, one of the largest providers of HR services in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resources Development. Erin has been a member of AHRMA since relocating to Austin in 2017. Erin is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources through HRCI.

In her free time, Erin enjoys web and graphic design, discovering the latest HR tech trends, reading business books, hiking in national parks and the Texas Hill Country.

Erin’s volunteer efforts include work with the Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers (Guide Dogs for the Blind) as a puppy trainer/raiser, Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, CITY House teen shelter, and other non-profit organizations in Texas.

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