President’s Message

TMHRA Members and Sponsors,

I can’t put into words how excited I am for the upcoming year! For those who are new to TMHRA, welcome! It is our desire for you to find the knowledge, skills, and resources you need to serve your city effectively. We also hope you will find opportunities to develop connections and meaningful friendships along the way.

Can you believe we are approaching 2020? Many of us have had interesting ideas in our minds about what the future would hold in 2020; it’s around the corner, and it looks better than I could have ever imagined. Some of us may have envisioned an ultra-futuristic life with flying cars and trips to space. For me, the most impressive aspect of “the future” is the relationships created along the way and programs and partnerships developed in the human resources profession. We have truly transformed from “personnel” to key stakeholders in our cities, providing resources and guidance, which allows our employees to serve our citizens effectively.

When I first joined TMHRA in 2003, I would have never imagined the impact this organization would have on me and many of my colleagues. I am grateful for each member and sponsor whose influence has created success for TMHRA. Our members and sponsors are a unique group who care deeply about the cities they support and their friends and colleagues across the State.

In the coming year, I hope you will take time to exhibit self-compassion and reflect on the positive impact you have made in your community. My hope is for us to continue to support each other by showing compassion and fostering connection courageously.

In the last few years, TMHRA has implemented new resources geared to continued engagement and connection, such as support for regional human resources round tables. Recently, the TMHRA Board met to discuss plans for the future. We have great ideas in store for the coming years and are looking forward to continued engagement with members.

Please feel free to reach out to me or any other member of the Board to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve our service. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s events. We appreciate your support and willingness to engage with each other to solve human resources challenges across the wonderful State of Texas!

It is my pleasure and honor to represent TMHRA as president in 2020.

Wishing you the best!

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