Messages From Past Presidents


2017-2018: Lori Thompson


Dear Chapter Members and Friends,

As I begin the 2017-2018 board year as the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) President, Montgomery County Chapter, I am filled with anticipation and hope for a year of “Giving Back to our Community.”  The Montgomery County Chapter has always been recognized as one that hosts top-notch programs for our members to learn, grow and network; knocks it out of the park with a yearly training and development forum; and hits a grand slam with charity drives.

I’m very excited to be joining this year’s board members. The board is a mixture of those with many years of IPMA-HR experience and new members both to the board and to the IPMA-HR organization. What an amazing opportunity this gives us to share our past experiences and lessons learned with those who do not share those same experiences yet come with their own new ideas.  Board members include: Gib Johnson, Jennifer Wood, Rhonda Edwards, Shekila Cole, Rodrigo Martinez, Viktoria Zelenak Berendt, Darla Hayes, Lynne Dupree Kartsakalis, Michael Moody, Kathryn Singhaus, and Lucy Wang.

This year’s theme of “Giving Back to our Community” will create hope for those in our community who can benefit from what our organization provides. By adopting those in need we are able to not only provide them with basic necessities, but we can also show them what our organization can provide through teaching and mentoring.

We will continue our efforts to partner with local, state, and federal agencies to expand our membership. What a great way to incorporate new ways of doing business in the Human Resources arena! There are so many great ideas and lessons learned that we can be harnessing instead of reinventing the wheel.

For those who are not familiar with the purpose of our local IPMA-HR chapter, our chapter goals are to (a) to sponsor forums, conferences and related educational programs in the field of human resources management and public administration; (b) to implement the objectives and programs of the IPMA-HR within the Chapter area; (c) to explain and interpret the objectives and methods of human resources management to the general public, civic groups, government officials and employees; and (d) to encourage and facilitate cooperative action among public jurisdictions and private employees within the Chapter area human resource matters of mutual concern.

The next year will also bring the excitement of hosting the 2018 Eastern Region Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. What an amazing opportunity to show off what our great city of Baltimore has to offer!

If you aren’t already an IPMA-HR member, please consider joining! Visit us on our chapter website, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages.  And while you are visiting us, check out our committees and volunteer!

Hang on tight – it’s going to be an exciting year ahead!


Lori Thompson, 2017-2018 Chapter President


2016 - 2017: Gib Johnson