Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | April 6, 2013

March President’s Message

March is “Bring a Future Member” campaign month. Help us build your community. I encourage you to bring a non-member HR colleague to a March meeting. The price for the member prospect is “Free”. For further details, visit

This month, I want to introduce or reintroduce your PIHRA staff. I had a great opportunity to sit down with each member to get to know them a little better and I feel it is important to all members to know who supports the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. In no certain order, here is our staff:

Valerie Hamilton, Membership Coordinator has been on staff the longest. She has been with PIHRA full-time since June of 2007. She is a California native (Los Angeles area). Valerie is a mother of two children and a grandma of a 7 year old grandson. Her main responsibilities are the majority aspects of memberships, administrative duties, PIHRA home office program registrations, Listserv administration, program volunteer management, phones and other duties as assigned.

Paulette Fontanez, CMP, Program Manager has been with PIHRA since December of 2010. She is also a California native Angelino. Her college years were at University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. Her main responsibilities are: managing meeting logistics for the various annual events, liaising with key opinion leaders to develop educational content, and coordinating recertification credits for all PIHRA district programs. She also ensures bacon is part of breakfast for any event she oversees, because bacon is good.

Christy Coe, Membership Manager has been with PIHRA since December of 2012. She is also from California (Simi Valley) and has lived in different parts of the country, including Kentucky and Arizona.  She and her husband Jim have 6 children together (all grown).  Her main responsibilities are to manage and oversee all aspects of the membership department, to grow and retain PIHRA membership, as well as look for ways to enhance member benefit products.

Chapmun Yiu, Accounting Manager has been with PIHRA since September of 2007. Chapmun is from originally from Hong Kong. He is married and father of two grown children. He is responsible for a variety of accounting operational duties, including preparing financial statements, reports, and corporate filings.

Brian Allain, Business Development Manager has been with PIHRA since February 2011. He is another California native (Diamond Bar area). His interests are golf and music. Brian attended California State University, Chico and is currently enrolled in the Center for Nonprofit Management class of 2013 Non-profit Leadership Development Program. His main responsibilities are working with human resource service providers to help grow the marketing revenue for the organization. In addition his business development role with PIHRA, he assists in project management for the organization and conference websites, graphic design, marketing and academic partnerships.

Rafael Rivera, CMP, MBA, CAE, Executive Director has been with PIHRA since February of 2010. A transfer to the South Bay from Dallas, he and his wife, Shannon, have one son named Luca. Rafael earned an MBA from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School to resume his calling as a nonprofit executive serving member driven associations focused on continuing education. Among his many responsibilities, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the home office, develops partnerships, and crafts the brands’ marketing strategies.

We are truly grateful for this dedication and hard work they do in behalf of PIHRA. To see their pictures and contact information, visit  Have a great month.

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer PIHRA President


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