Upcoming Events

    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 8:45 AM (EDT)
    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 4:15 PM (EDT)
    • Online Remote Sessions

    HRAGC is pleased to announce the 2021 fall offering of the


    We have been able to secure Dr. Maria Manus Painchaud, SHRM-SCP, SPHR again to facilitate the HRAGC study prep seminar open to our members, SHRM®  affiliate chapter members, their friends and colleagues. HRAGC was recognized as 2020 SHRM Learning System Champion because of Dr. Painchaud’s seminars. The SHRM® Fall Testing window is December 1, 2021 through February 15, 2022. The seminar is designed for maximum preparation.

    The study group will meet VIRTUALLY, via GoToMeeting. Live sessions will be held; this is NOT considered an online course. The schedule for the study prep seminar will be comprised of 10 sessions in an executive format to maximize the learning experience (2 Tuesdays, 2 Saturdays, & 1 Thursday):





    Session I & II


    September 21

    8:45am – 12 noon

    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Sessions III & IV


    October 2

    8:45am – 12 noon

    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Session V & VI


    October 12

    8:45am – 12 noon

    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Sessions VII & VIII


    October 23

    8:45 am – 12 noon

    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Session IX & X


    November 4

    8:45am – 12 noon

    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    SHRM Learning System® materials as well as new and updated additional resources prepared by Drs. Maria Manus and Steven Painchaud and their respective expertise, will be included in the cost of the seminar. A discount is offered to members of HRAGC and state SHRM® affiliate chapter members.

    The SHRM
    ® Certification Study Prep Seminar will require a minimum of 9 registrants; To register click on Registration Link, or go to Register by Sept 10th to ensure timely delivery of study materials.

    Cost for the seminar:

    SHRM® Affiliated Chapter Member






    **If you are a current member of the Primex Property & Liability coverage program, please contact Carol Kilmister at Primex (, 1-800-698-2364), for your scholarship code, prior to registering for this course.**

    Dr. Maria Manus Painchaud has been a long time member of HRAGC and has been integral in assisting many HR professionals throughout New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts in preparing and successfully passing the SHRM certification. Over the past 19 years, Dr. Painchaud’s course participants have enjoyed a significantly higher pass rate than the national average. With the launch of new SHRM competency based certification in January 2015, the participant pass rates from Dr. Painchaud's course far exceeded the national average. For prep courses offered through HRAGC since Spring 2017, Dr. Painchaud has facilitated an average of over 90% SHRM-CP and 92% SHRM-SCP pass rates. This is credited to the approach, additional content specifically developed in conjunction with the SHRM Learning System® and test taking techniques Maria shared with her participants. Her commitments to advancing the HR profession and preparing HR professionals to deal with the challenges of the 21st century are well documented.

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    This Webinar kicks off our program year with the theme of:  Moving Forward, What’s Next?. Our 4 panelist will discuss from their expertise and perspectives the challenges and opportunities we’ve experienced over the last 18+ months and what we need to prepare for moving forward.

    Change is hard and preparing for and executing change in organization operations creates a unique dynamic. Organizations are regrouping after adjusting and adapting to different strategies employed to deal with COVID-19. Some organizations remained fully operational onsite, others moved to a fully remote operations, and others had to execute a blended operation. HR professionals had to work closely with operational and technology counterparts to ensure proper staffing and support.

    Each panelist will discuss from their experience how their organization(s) navigated the process – what worked, what didn’t and how quickly they were required to pivot to address the changing landscape during the pandemic. They will also provide insights as to how they prepared for the “return to normal”, what steps have been taken and what they anticipate will be the challenges and opportunites moving forward.

    Additionally, they will share insights on the mental psychie and the issues associated with re-patriating employees, re-newing culture, navigating changing business models, and appropriate communication and workplace behavior.

    Our panelist include two senior HR professionals from different industries that employed different strategies during the pandemic, an organizational consultant/EAP counselor, and a public health advocate.


    Participants will

    • gain a greater understanding of the complexity in identifying, planning, preparing, and executing intiatives “with the return to work”.
    • the importance of considering change as opportunity and the associated requirements
    • the impact on employees and actions that should be contemplated to support their continued wellbeing when transitioning back to full operations
    • be able to identify key elements integral to instituting a successful process as well being mindful of unintended consequences and unanticipated challenges.


    This webinar is approved for 2 SHRM PDCs and 2 HRCI Business credits. 


    • Carol Kilmister, SHRM-SCP, SPHR                                                               Human Resource Consultant at Primex. For over 20 years Carol has been a guiding light in the HR arena. She started her career at the NH Department of Education and moved in Human Resources as the Director of HR for School Administrative Unit 19. After serving in that position for more than 12 years, Carol became the HR Consultant for the NH Public Risk Management Exchange (PRIMEX) an organization that supports municipalities and school districts throughout NH. 
    • Mary Kimmel, LCMH                                                                                      Senior EAP Account Manager at KGA, Inc. Mary has been working in the EAP arena for over 17 years assisting organizing in fostering healthy work environments. Mary is an advocate for and passionate about positive workplace strategies. Graduate of The Ohio State University with a BE in Music Education. Mary furthered her education at Antioch New England Graduate School, Antioch University in pursuit of her MA in Counseling Psychology.

    • Samantha Lewandowski                                                                               Assistant Director of NH Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Initiative. Samantha earned her MS in Community Development & Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, with an additional background in sociology and anthropology, and is also a trained Recovery Coach. Her current position seeks to create stronger workplaces and communities by challenging the stigma around SUD and fostering workplace cultures that support employees in recovery. She hopes that through continuing to provide research-informed and evidence-based supports, the stigma can be challenged and barriers reduced so that those who have been impacted by SUD can access the support they deserve.

    • Lori Shackford, SHRM-CP, PHR                                                                   Human Resource Manager at Freudenberg-NOK. For over 14 years has championed change, developed expertise in global HR strategies, and fostered best HR practices in the manufacturing industry. Prior to joining Freudenberg-NOK, Lori worked in the finance/insurance industry. She has been an active member of HRAGC for 23 years.  During that time, Lori was actively involved in several committees utilizing her talents and expertise to help HRAGC continue to grow and serve its members.


    • 1 Oct 2021
    • 1 Jul 2022
    • 10 sessions

    Program Meeting sponsors have the opportunity to promote their business or services while addressing our chapter’s membership.  The benefits of being a meeting sponsor include the following.

    • Promotion of the sponsorship prior to the meeting through the following:

                 Emails to membership of 100+ members


                 Social Media (LinkedIn and Facebook) 100+ followers

                 PowerPoint during the meeting

    • An introduction of the sponsor to the group at the beginning of the meeting.
    • Five to ten-minute (maximum) presentation to the group about your business or services.
    • You may distribute promotional literature to each attendee.
    • Sponsor identification on our local chapter web site.

                  We will include the link to the sponsor's website as well as their logo.

    Virtual Meetings are held from 8:00-9:30 am. We ask that presenters login at 7:45 am to prepare for the meeting start and to send any specific marketing materials to your HRAGC Marketing liaison.

    Additionally, if you provide a small door prize (example: book, gift card, promotional items, etc.) you will be able to keep all the contact information for the people who enter the raffle.

    If you are interested in sponsorship and prefer to pay via invoice, please contact


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