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President’s Message

TMHRA members and sponsors,

I hope you are doing well and taking time to take care of yourselves so you can better serve your communities. I know this is a challenging time, and my heart is full when I see all of you banding together to support each other in so many ways.

We are incredibly grateful for our long-term members such as Kathy Shields from the City of Desoto and Linda Spacek from the City of San Marcos, who have taken the initiative to bring us together to share information. This is what the public sector human resources profession is all about. I know many of you are also working hard to support each other through your regional roundtable networks and other avenues.

We are very appreciative of our sponsors, who continue to provide valuable information and resources. Many of our sponsors have been offering free webinars and providing pertinent information to assist us in making difficult decisions relating to COVID-19. TML also continues to provide valuable resources and updates, which can be found on our TMHRA Coronavirus page.

Annual Conference
The TMHRA Board recently held a virtual meeting and determined we are unable to reschedule the Annual TMHRA Conference, which was initially scheduled for May 13- 15, 2020. However, we will be exploring the possibility of offering various methods of information and resource sharing in the near future. We will also be evaluating how to effectively move forward with the organization’s business meeting, board member elections, and other business using virtual technology.

In the meantime, if you need information or resources through fellow members or sponsors or would like to connect to a regional roundtable group, please reach out to me or anyone on the board. We are happy to get you connected in a way that is specific to your needs.

Connection and compassion for each other will be the factors that successfully transition us to the other side of this difficult situation.
TMHRA members and sponsors are a group of strong and courageous professionals who can accomplish anything together. I am so grateful for all of you and for your support and compassion for each other.

TMHRA Professional Awards (new deadline: May 8)
Although our annual conference is cancelled, we do not want to cancel the celebration of the accomplishments of our amazing members. We are moving forward with the awards celebration in a “virtual” manner this year, provided we have an ample amount of nominations. We are extending the deadline for submissions one last time. Please submit your nominations no later than May 8. During the chaos of our daily work lives, it is even more important we take a moment to celebrate the positive impact of the human resources profession on the people and communities we serve.

The TMHRA Board sincerely appreciates your continued hard work, support, and dedication to the human resources field and to your communities across the great state of Texas. Please reach out to us if you need support or resources.


Cheree’ Bontrager
TMHRA President
City of Richardson Assistant Director of Human Resources