Message from the President

Holly Gray,  President

Dear Members and Visitors:

As the President for the 2017-2018 Program Year, I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Albany-Capital Region Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). Please visit often to find information that is hopefully helpful about our Chapter and our programs.

This year is the 20th anniversary of our local Chapter and on behalf of the Executive Board, I thank the founding officers, and the Members throughout the history of the Chapter that have contributed to making the organization a place to share ideas and information.

In June 2017, the Chapter hosted the annual conference for the IPMA Eastern Region’s Training and Development Forum in Saratoga Springs. The program was a successful event that welcomed attendees from the local chapters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Rhode Island. The conferences always offer topics of interest to public sector HR practitioners. The June 2018 training forum will be held in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland.

At our Saratoga conference, we were also fortunate to offer, for the very first time, the IPMA HR Senior Certified Professional Certification training to conference attendees. The hard work of a number of goal-focused Members brought Certification for public sector human resources professionals to New York State and we are hopeful that the program will be offered again to our Members in the future.

I extend thanks to our Chapter’s Past President, Javen Bohall, as well as to the rest of our outstanding Executive Board: Courtney Bernard, Don Grandchamp, Vanessa Preville, Dan Ragone, Greg Driscoll, and Darlene Shattuck. This team displays its commitment to fostering the goals of the Chapter in bringing relevant and useful program topics to the Membership. I hope that you, too, find the upcoming year’s calendar valuable to your career in public sector human resources. Thank you also to all of our Members who have expressed a willingness to assist the Chapter by offering to assist on our various committees. I encourage Members to participate on a committee if you have not yet had the opportunity to do so. The strength of our Chapter is directly related to the commitment of our Membership and we welcome your contributions.

I hope that if you are not a Member now that you do become a Member. The annual fee of $55.00 is an exceptional value for membership in a professional organization dedicated to public sector human resources professionals that not only offers ten programs in the program year, but also an opportunity to connect with your counterparts.


Holly Gray

President, Albany-Capital Region Chapter IPMA-HR

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