Foundation Director

Position Description and Duties

The Foundation Director represents the interests of the SHRM Foundation and its activities to the State.

State Director


  1. Educate and raise awareness of the SHRM Foundation to the chapters and the State Council regarding the purpose, resources, and ongoing activities of the Foundation.
  2. Promoting the SHRM Foundation and its fund development needs at the leadership conference, state conferences, State Councils, and chapters.
  3. Encourage chapters, the State Council, and State Council members to contribute financially to the SHRM Foundation as a show of support for the Human Resources profession, ensuring that at least 50% of the chapters made a contribution to the SHRM Foundation.
  4. Advise and update the State Council and chapters of the Foundation's activities and fund development needs.
  5. Promote the SHRM Foundation regional scholarship program.
  6. Utilize National SHRM resources as needed.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned by State Director.


  • Self-directed work style
  • Current working knowledge of SHRM Foundation
  • Effective customer service skills
  • Effective a fundraising
  • Team orientation
  • Ability to advocate for council and national SHRM
  • Ability to recruit potential WISHRM council members


  • SHRM membership in good standing required.
  • SHRM certification preferred.
Appointment is made by the State Director with the concurrence of the Area Vice President. Serves a one-year term beginning the first day of January and ending the last day of December. May be reappointed for two additional terms for a total service of three years.

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Jessica Barnier, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Jessica Barnier, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Foundation Director

UW-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Term began:  1/1/2018
Jessica Barnier has been working as a human resources professional since 2012. She worked at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as an undergraduate student and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to finish her undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology. She then returned to UW-Eau Claire to get a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Jessica currently works for UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, where she provides HR leadership and support for Continuing Education and the Blugold Central Division.
Jessica has been a SHRM member since 2010 and a CVSHRM member since 2013. She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified. She started working with national SHRM as a Market Research Panel Member. She then started volunteering with CVSHRM by working on the planning and teaching committees for “PREP to Hire”, a program for job-seeking professionals that focuses on how to make the best impression to get their next position. In 2014, she began her first position in the CVSHRM leadership progression as the Vice President of Programming, where she planned programs on various HR topics, including HR legal updates, professional growth and opportunity, change management, accountability, conflict management, and employee motivation. In 2015, Jessica became President of CVSHRM and with other volunteer leaders, increased CVSHRM membership (qualified for Membership Super Star status), increased social media presence, and won the Platinum award for engaging our members through multiple initiatives. Last year, she held the role of Past President, where she advised the Board of Directors and assisted with the smooth operation of the chapter.
Jessica is currently the Director of Core Leadership for CVSHRM, where she oversees the areas of workforce readiness, college relations with the student SHRM chapters, the SHRM Foundation, and diversity. Since the time she started volunteering in CVSHRM, she has been actively involved in the HR mentor program, where CVSHRM collaborates with the local student SHRM Chapters. She continues to mentor and coach new HR leaders today.
Jessica is running for the Northwest District Director position because she sees great potential in local SHRM chapters and the partnerships between local, state and national SHRM. She also sees this position as essential to the success of the local chapters. When she was CVSHRM Chapter President, she worked with the current District Director, Sonya Ganther, and was able to focus the chapter on important initiatives, due to the guidance that Sonya gave. She wants to give back to the WISHRM council and the local chapters to provide the guidance given to her when she was leading a local SHRM chapter, as well as help volunteer leaders get the most out of their SHRM experience.

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