IL SHRM Bloggers

Donna Rogers SPHR, instructor of management, graduated with honors obtaining a Masters of Education (MEd.) in Human Resources Development from the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1996.  Her Human Resources career began in 1991 and ten years later she was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and has continued to recertify currently through 2012.  After being certified, she was professionally qualified to teach at the college level and joined the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) as an adjunct faculty member in 2002.  She continued teaching on an “as needed basis” at both UIS and Robert Morris College until 2008 when she joined the UIS College of Business and Management (CBM) full-time. There she serves as an instructor  of Human Resources Management (HRM), Organizational Development (OD) and Organizational Behavior (OB).  She teaches both online and face-to-face classes.  She also mentors job seekers and has taught a Career Management (CM) course while working with Robert Morris College.  Additionally, she “practices what she preaches” as the owner of Roger HR Consulting (RHRC) which was founded in 2001 winning the 2008 Small Business Award of the Year for Home Based Business from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.  RHRC is a pre-approved provider of PHR/SPHR recertification training programs.  Additional professional awards include:  Lifetime Achievement in HR and HR Professional of the Year both from the Central Illinois Chapter of SHRM (CIC-SHRM); 40-Under-40 Selectee for Springfield Business Journal; and Supervisor of the Year from Springfield Public Schools.  She regularly delivers numerous presentations among professional groups throughout the state of Illinois and has guest lectured at Benedictine University/Springfield College in Illinois.  She humbly serves her peers in the Human Resources profession as the State Director for the Illinois State Council of SHRM (ISC-SHRM) as well as the HR Advisory Board for the Illinois Chamber.  Finally, she proudly served our great country for eight years retiring as a Ground Safety Inspector for the Illinois Air National Guard.  She is a proud supporter of the ESGR which is where her twitter name was founded @DonnaRogersHR

David L. Ryan SPHR is the Director of Human Resources for Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc.  Dave has been in H.R. at Mel-O-Cream since 1991. Prior to moving into H.R., Dave was in-charge of warehousing and distribution for Mel-O-Cream. While working on his undergraduate degree (1986) at UIS Dave worked at both the U.I.S. television and radio stations,

Dave has served as a board member and officer on numerous not for profit boards such as the Employer's Association (1999-2003), Lincoln Land High School Hockey League (2000-2010), Central Illinois Chapter of S.H.R.M. (2005- Current), American Red Cross Illinois Capital Area Chapter (2010 – Current) and theIllinois State Council of SHRM.

In 2002, Dave received the Pluto Award from the Peoria area O.S.H.A. office for his efforts to improve employee safety. Dave received his SPHR certification in January of 2007 and has been a member of  SHRM since the early 1990s. Dave also received the H.R. Professional of the Year award from the CIC-SHRM Chapter for his volunteer efforts. Dave is a frequent speaker at the local colleges on Human Resource and Health and Safety matters.  He is also passionate about and speaks on social media in the workplace.

Dave is married to his wife Sheila, of 31 years.  They have two sons Kevin at Southern Illinoins University - Carbondale  and Danny a recent graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, MO.  Dave is a certified level 3 USA Hockey Ice Hockey Official and referees hockey games at all levels in the Central Illinois area.  In his free time, Dave also enjoys golf, computers and all gadgets electronic.

In October of 2010 Dave launched a new blog site called H.R. Official, making light of both of his passions of hockey and human resources. You can also find Dave on twitter as @DaveTheHRCzar.

John Jorgensen SPHR is a seasoned HR professional, consultant, educator and professional volunteer within SHRM. His many years of experience of Human Resources has primarily been in the manufacturing arena, being a true generalist, jack of all trades, master of a few. His responsibilities have included employee and labor relations, supervisor/manager development and mentoring, benefit acquisition and administration, payroll, policy development and implementation, recruiting and safety. The industries served include paper conversion, machining, consumer goods manufacturing and distribution and the fastener industry. He is passionate about making HR a strategic and vital component within companies. John holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations/Human Resources from the University of Iowa.

John has taught in the SHRM Learning System for DePaul University and currently instructs at Northern Illinois University for their Outreach program. He derives great pleasure in helping HR professionals achieve their PHR/SPHR certifications and is proud of the passing levels that his “students” have attained. John also speaks to many HR groups in Illinois and is very active in the area of HR social media, both state and nationwide.

His involvement in the Society of Human Resource Management began during his college years as a student member. Since that time, he has served as an officer and board member for 2 local chapters in the Chicago area, eventually becoming the president of both. After serving the local chapters, he turned his efforts and attention to the Illinois State Council of SHRM. He has held the position of Secretary and Director-Elect and recently finished a successful 2 year term as the State Director. During that term, John moved the State Conference into the Chicago area, enabling the 2010 State Conference to be the biggest and best one held to date. He also initiated ISC-SHRM’s inaugural efforts in the area of social media, of which this blog is a direct outcome. John is also an active member of the Grundy/Will Human Resource Association and currently serves ISC-SHRM as immediate Past Director as well as the State Conference Co-Director.

Prior to his career in HR, John’s path had him working as a retail manager, a not-for-profit director, insurance investigator and a miner…yep, miner. He is a HUGE Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Blackhawk fan and an amateur Civil War historian (mainly amateur because no one will pay him for it).

Amy R. Dillman, SPHR, is a Resource and Policy Analyst with the Department of Planning and Budgeting at the University of Illinois. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She has been with the university in human resources and recruiting roles since 2001. Prior to her life in HR, she started her career in corporate communications and marketing working for both Fortune 500 companies and Forbes Top 500 fastest-growing private companies.

After serving for three years as her chapter’s Legislative Chair, Amy is President-Elect for the Central Illinois HR Group (CiHRG), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She was a SHRM Foundation scholarship recipient and received her SPHR certification in Spring 2010. Additionally, Amy serves as a classroom facilitator for her chapter’s PHR/SPHR certification study groups. She has been a SHRM volunteer at both state and national conferences. She is also a member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

An avid traveler, wanna-be-low-handicap golfer and occasional distance runner, Amy has a love for all things Vegas and finds her peace on the beach. She’s usually behind a camera, but you can find her on LinkedIn ( and on Twitter as @RhumbarFan.