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2019 Board Members

    Being a Board member for the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an opportunity to help your local chapter and forward the HR profession.

    The Board of the Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM is an all volunteer Board composed of professionals working in the human resources or related field. Some positions require SHRM membership or a certification and all positions have an annual term (January – December).   The Board meets monthly to address chapter issues ranging from budget to programs.

    If you are interested in getting involved and serving on either the Board, or one of our committees, please email for more information.  To vieiw a summary of all Board positions and their job descriptions, please click here.  To print out our brochure about volunteering for our Board, click here.

    2019 Board Members

    President - Robert Golden

    Robert Golden, SHRM-CP, PHR, MBA
    Director of Human Resources - Barlean’s

    Robert Golden is the Director of Human Resources for Barlean’s in Ferndale, WA.  He has over ten years of varied HR experience working in both union and non-union environments, as well as both the public and private sector in multiple industries. 

    Robert holds a Masters of Business Administration from Western Washington University, in addition to a Bachelors in Business Administration focusing in Human Resource Management.  He is both PHR and SHRM-CP certified.

    Robert has been a member of SHRM since 2007.  This is Robert’s fourth year serving on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board.

    President Elect - Edie Hill

    Edie Hill, SHRM-SCP, GPHR

    Human Resources Manager - Timken

    Edie is the Human Resources Manager for Timken, a worldwide bearing manufacturer. She is the HR business partner for multiple sites including Ferndale, WA and Prince George, BC. Her responsibilities include organizational advancement, strategic planning, and associate development, as well as HR operational support for Timken’s corporate mergers and acquisitions. 

    Edie holds a M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a Masters Certificate in Human Resources Management from Cornell University. She is an Air Force Veteran and currently holds her SHRM-SCP certification. This is Edie’s fourth year on the Board, having previously served as Legislative Director. She continues to be active on the SHRM A-Team (Advocacy Team -

    Past President / SHRM Foundation Director - Raquel Hansen

    Raquel Hansen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MSOL
    Director of Human Resources - Samson Rope

    Raquel Hansen is Director of HR  for Samson Rope Technologies in Ferndale, WA and has been an HR professional since 1997.   She has experience working in organizations ranging from 150 employees to 2000 employees. Industries include Hospitality, Health Care, Construction, and Manufacturing.  Raquel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and HR Management.  Raquel is certified as a Senior Professional in HR and returned to the Mt Baker SHRM board in 2013 after serving on the board early in her career.  

    Membership Directors - Ronda Hayes & Angela Cyre


    Ronda Hayes, MPA
    Human Resources Professional

    Ronda Hayes has been in Bellingham for 18 years and most recently worked at Wood Stone as the HR Director.  Previous to Wood Stone, Ronda was the Senior Human Resources Manager at T-Mobile’s Bellingham Call Center for 16 years. Ronda has a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University.

    Ronda has been a member of SHRM since 1988, formerly serving on the Silicon Valley SHRM Board. In that capacity, she held the Student Liaison position and successfully brought the San Jose State Chapter into affiliation status with SHRM.

    This is Ronda’s seventh year serving on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board.


    Angela Cyre, SHRM-CP
    Human Resources Generalist - McEvoy Oil

    Programs Director - Sheila Ray

    Sheila Ray, SHRM-CP
    Human Resources & Business Manager - Nothwest Health Care Linen

    Sheila has 15 years of experience in HR and Management; providing leadership relating to all aspects of HR including recruitment, payroll, employee benefits and policies.  As a member of the Senior Management team at NWHCL she is directly involved in all company initiatives, strategies and developments.  Prior to her pursuing her passion to work in HR she had experience working in accounting. 

    Sheila has been a member of SHRM since 2006 and is a SHRM Certified Professional having earned her SHRM-CP designation in 2016.  This is Sheila’s first year on the Mt. Baker SHRM Board.

    Secretary - Laura Klein

    Laura Klein
    Human Resources Assistant - Healthy Pet

    Laura is finishing up her senior year at Western Washington University.  She is majoring in Business Management and minoring in Theatre Arts.  Laura recently finished an internship at Samson Rope in Ferndale and would like to continue her HR path through volunteering with SHRM and NHRMA and attending the annual conferences.  After graduation, Laura would like to start as an HR Generalist and work her way up to a director role. 

    At WWU, Laura is the Vice President of the Professional Women’s Association, which aims to provide young professionals with the tools, skills and resources they need to be successful in their majors and careers along with giving them mentoring and guidance for the transition into adulthood.  In her off time, Laura likes to volunteer at Creature’s Comfort and explore all that Bellingham has to offer.

    Treasurers - Elaine Haser & Amelia Mendenhall


    Elaine Haser, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    Human Resources Director - Mt. Baker Imaging/Northwest Radiologists

    Elaine Haser has over 20 years experience in the human resources profession.  Currently she is the HR Director at Mt. Baker Imaging/Northwest Radiologists in Bellingham.  Prior to joining Mt. Baker Imaging/Northwest Radiologists, she had experience as a HR Manager in manufacturing.

    Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Western Washington University.  She has been an active member with SHRM since 1995 and has volunteered for a variety of leadership roles during that time. She has served as Treasurer, Secretary, President and Past-President for the Mt. Baker SHRM chapter. 

    Elaine is certified as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) through Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and also certified as a Senior Professional through SHRM.   


    Amelia Mendenhall
    Employee Benefits Consultant - Rice Insurance

    Certification Director - Rhonda Purdy

    Rhonda Purdy, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
    Vice President of Human Resources - North Coast Credit Union

    Rhonda Purdy is the Vice President of Human Resources for North Coast Credit Union. She has been in Management and Human Resources for the better part of the last 18 years.  Her Human Resources experience includes Training & Development, Recruiting, Payroll & Benefits Administration, Human Resource Information Systems & Analytics, Compensation, and Employee & Labor Relations. 

    In addition, Rhonda earned her national HRCI certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2006 and her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 2012.  In 2015 Rhonda also became certified under the Society for Human Resource Management with the SHRM-SCP designation.

    Rhonda is also a veteran; after serving four years in the Navy, she and her family settled down as residents in the Whatcom County community in 1997.  Outside of work, Rhonda enjoys reading, running, kayaking and spending time with her husband and two children.

    Communications & Technology Director - Patricia Boteler

    Patricia Boteler
    Talent & Engagement Manager - Samson Rope

    Patricia Boteler is the Employee Engagement Manager at Samson, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance synthetic rope.  Responsible for corporate social responsibility, she leads all functions of employee events, communications, sustainability, and employee outreach.  Previously, she helped organizations in Whatcom and Skagit counties in their quest for continuous improvement as Lean Project Coordinator for Bellingham-based Kaizen Assembly. Her personal mission is to foster a greater sense of community in all aspects of life, and she feels honored to be able to live out her mission in Bellingham.  

    Patricia graduated from Huxley College of the Environment at WWU, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography/Social Studies.

    Community Relations Director - Stacey Snodgrass

    Stacey Snodgrass, CTS, CSP
    Owner - Express Employment Professionals

    Events Director - Cassie Meyer

    Cassie Meyer
    Human Resources Specialist - Lynden Door

    Cassie Meyer is the Payroll & HR Manager at MSNW in Ferndale, WA and has been in the HR Profession for 3 years.  Her passion is process improvement as well as bridging the gap between operations and office staff. She has experience working in the industries of construction, facility management, and manufacturing with ranges from 50-450 employees. Cassie has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication as well as Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University.

    This is Cassie’s first year as a board member for the Mt. Baker Chapter.

    Legislative Director - Harnett Sihota

    Harneet Sihota, MBA
    Human Resources Director - Kam-Way Transportation

    Harneet Sihota is HR Director of Kam-Way Transportation, Inc.  She, along with her husband and brother-in-law moved from Fresno CA to Blaine WA to start a freight brokerage company in early 2008.  She has served in several capacities within the organization and has chosen Human Resources as the best area for her to contribute to the organization.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University.  She continued her education by obtaining her MBA from University of Phoenix.

    Workforce Readiness & Diversity Director - Elizabeth Miller

    Elizabeth Miller, SHRM-CP, PHR, MBA
    Adjunct Faculty - Bellingham Technical College

    Elizabeth Miller has been in Human Resources for the past 17 years, with the majority of her experience in health care.  She has specialized in union contract negotiations and guidance, grievances and arbitrations, safety programs development, strategic recruitment, employment matters counseling, turnover reduction, and policy and procedure development.  

    This is Elizabeth’s sixth year serving on the board.  In her current role she manages the membership functions to successfully achieve an increase in chapter membership. 

    Elizabeth earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2008, PHR certification in June 2013, and her SHRM-CP in 2015.