January 2010


In This Edition

By Kari Lauritsen, SPHR
GMA SHRM President

Bizarre Laws: Do Not Prank List

Legislative Process 101

2009 Compensation Survey for Madison & Dane County

Social Media in HR
January 19, 2010

GMA SHRM Professional Scholarship

2009 GMA SHRM Student Scholarship Winners

GMA SHRM Membership Directory

Pay It Forward Membership Program

2010 Workforce Readiness & Diversity Committee Dates

GMA SHRM Member of the Month
- Ann Wetley

February 25 , 2010 - GMA SHRM Winter Networking Event

GMA SHRM Membership Poll

- Welcome New Members!

- In Transition

- What's Cool in HR

- Movin' Up

Click here to see the full GMA SHRM Event Calendar.

January 19, 2010 - GMA SHRM Summit
Topic: Social Media in HR - Panel of Local Companies
Location: Alliant Energy Center
Program Details


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2010 Corporate Partners

Gold Level
American Family Insurance
Boardman Law Firm
Career Momentum
Galaxy Technologies
The Payroll Company
Right Management
Wisconsin Rx

Silver Level
Lee Hecht Harrison
Venturini Business Consultants, LLC
Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
Cottingham & Butler Employee Benefits

Bronze Level
Melli Law, S.C.
Bunbury & Associates
Express Employment
QBE The Americas
Stark Company Realtors
Higgins Insurance Group
Edgewood College
The Alliance
Unity Health Insurance
UW Credit Union


Thank you!

Kari Lauritsen, SPHR,
GMA SHRM President


As we close out the year, you may find yourself remembering specific milestones that have made significant impacts on your life. One thing is certain, 2009 was a year of many changes. We have all been challenged by the economy; however it has taught us some lifelong lessons that many of us have never had to face in our lifetimes. We’ve learned to get creative with the resources and tools that we have available.

The New Year is a time when most of us think about our lives and careers and begin to hope or dream about how the future may look. Human Resource professionals have been asked to respond to an ever changing environment and I know the creativity and innovation we learned in 2009 will be carried into the New Year.

Our chapter will begin its own process of reflection, innovation and continuous improvement at our Strategic Planning session on January 13 th. This will be an opportunity for us to look at the programs and services we have offered our membership in the past and begin to discuss what the future should hold. Our President Elect, Dave Furlan will lead the group through the development of initiatives to continue to expand our services to better meet your needs. I’d like to invite you to participate in this session; it is open to all of our members! If you are unable to attend but have suggestions for us, please send any one of the board representatives a message. We’d be happy to hear from you!

We have been hard at work preparing new programs for 2010. Please visit our event list to mark your calendars and register for upcoming educational programs, including:

  • January 13: Strategic Planning Session
  • January 19: Social Networking Panel Discussion
  • February 16: Wage & Hour and Legal Updates
  • February 25: Winter Networking Event – Coliseum Bar

I would also like to thank our new 2010 Partners for their commitment to our chapter. Without them, our chapter would not have the ability to provide such valuable resources to our members.

Gold Level

  • American Family Insurance
  • Boardman Law Firm
  • Calibra
  • Career Momentum
  • Galaxy Technologies
  • Right Management
  • The Payroll Company
  • Wisconsin Rx

Silver Level

  • Cottingham & Butler Employee Benefits
  • Lee Hecht Harrison
  • Physicians Plus Insurance
  • Venturini Business Solutions

Bronze Level

  • Bunbury & Associates
  • Edgewood College
  • Express Employment
  • Higgins Insurance Group
  • Melli Law
  • M3
  • QBE The Americas
  • Stark Company Realtors
  • The Alliance
  • Unity Health Insurance
  • UW Credit Union


I wish you all the very best in 2010!

Kari A Lauritsen, SPHR
GMA SHRM President

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GMA SHRM Board of Directors

Kari Lauritsen, SPHR

Dave Furlan, PHR
President Elect

Cassy Van Dyke, SPHR
Past President

John Komosa
Secretary Treasurer

Kris Schmitt
Director, Education & Development

Chris Berg Thacker, PHR
VP, Membership

Mike Leibundgut, SPHR
Director, Government Affairs

Zach Penshorn, PHR
VP, Programming

Jake Siudzinski

VP, Marketing & Communications


Melissa Wieland
Director Workforce Readiness & Diversity

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Bizarre Laws

Prank calls aren't just mean, they're illegal in Brookfield, WI  -  According to 9.08.070, it is unlawful to make or cause the telephone of another to repeatedly or continuously ring with intent to harass any person at the called number or numbers.  The definition of harassment for the purpose of telephone calls is stated, once the caller has been told by the person receiving the call not to call again, but repeats the call, the caller's intent to harass shall be presumed.

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Legislative Process 101

For the GMA SHRM members unable to attend our Government Affairs November Summit, we would like to share information regarding the legislative process that was provided in that meeting. The link below contains general information on the legislative process and how SHRM members can be more involved. This information was provided by Jessica Kramer. Jessica is a member of the Government Affairs Committee and General Counsel at The Employer Group. If you would like to share your feedback or would like more information, please send an email to tammy.barden@wpsic.com.

Click here for the Legislative Process 101 powerpoint.

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2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey

Last year GMA SHRM partnered with Enetrix, a Gallup Company, to provide premier on-line surveys.  The 2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey is a comprehensive on-line survey that has the flexibility to produce reports based on revenue size, industry, type of ownership, and number of FTE’s.  The 2009 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey had over 100 companies of all sizes in the greater Madison area that provided salary information for more than 200 benchmarked jobs.  Our hope this year is to increase the number of participants.   Participating members receive a significant discount on the cost of the survey!

If you would like to participate, please go to http://gmashrm.enetrix.com.  Select “Click Here to Register” on the right to create an individual and company profile and create your username and password. If an individual from your company has already registered for an account, they will need to grant you permission to enter and review data for your company. Select “Participation” and follow the steps to enter your survey data.

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January 19, 2010 – GMA SHRM Summit
Topic: Social Media in HR – Panel of Local Companies

A little more than a year ago, you might have wondered what place does Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have in the business world beyond recruitment?  Well today if you aren’t utilizing these tools in multiple capacities at your workplace, you are behind in the times and missing on opportunities to leverage these tools to enhance your business. 

This session will feature three area experts as they will not only discuss how they use social networking sites to promote and market their businesses, but they will engage in a question and answer session to help HR professionals identify what they can do to help their organizations better utilize social media sites.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

2010 GMA SHRM Professional Scholarship

The Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management (GMA SHRM) has established a professional scholarship program encouraging continuing education in the human resources field. One $1,000 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a GMA SHRM member to support their professional development.

Click here for application instructions.

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2009 GMA SHRM Student Scholarship Winners

The Education & Professional Development Committee is delighted to announce that the following two candidates will receive the 2009 GMA SHRM Student Scholarships. Jennifer Zastrow, a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, will graduate in May 2010 with a degree in Consumer Affairs and Patrick Estes, a senior at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater will graduate in May 2011 with degrees in Psychology and Human Resources Management. Each of the winners will receive a $750 scholarship. We congratulate Jennifer and Patrick on their pursuit of excellence in HR!

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GMA SHRM Membership Directory

Good News! The GMA SHRM Membership Directory is going GREEN and going LIVE!

No more waiting for a new directory to come out, and no more searching for it on your desk! Member information will always be current and is easily accessed by visiting the GMA SHRM home page and clicking on the Directory link on the top right hand corner of the home page. You can also click on the following link: Membership Directory.

New title, phone number, or address? Update your personal information that is included in the directory anytime by clicking the My Account link.

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Pay It Forward Membership Program

What is the Pay It Forward Membership Program? GMA SHRM provides active members who are unemployed at the time of their membership renewal a one-time opportunity to extend their membership for up to one year – at no cost. GMA SHRM believes this continued affiliation to our loyal members will help transitioning members stay current on the issues impacting the HR profession and provide them with the needed resources to assist them in their job search.

Click here to see if you qualify or to complete the request form.

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2010 Workforce Readiness & Diversity Committee Dates

 The Workforce Readiness Committee would like to announce their 2 new co-chairs, Kristina Kaker from Teamsoft and Jeff Westra from Herzing University. The committee meets at The Park Bank Support Center located at 1815 Greenway Cross. Please contact Jeff Westra at jwestra@msn.herzing.edu if you’re interested in volunteering or attending any of the following meetings.

Wednesday, January 27 th 8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.
Wednesday, March 3 rd 8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.
Wednesday, May 5 th 8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.

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February 25, 2010 – Winter Networking Event

The GMA SHRM Membership Committee invites you to come in from the cold and warm up at the Winter Networking Event to be held on Thursday, February 25th at the Coliseum Bar.

This fun evening will provide you with a less formal opportunity to re-connect with GMA SHRM members and make new connections with HR Professionals in the Madison Area.

To register for this event, click here.


GMA SHRM Member Poll

Do you have a burning HR question that you’d like to see featured on our GMA SHRM Member Poll? If so, please submit your questions to Jake Siudzinski at jsiudzinski@starkhomes.com.

GMA SHRM Member of the Month


Name: Ann Wetley

Where do you currently work? WHEDA ( Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority)

What is the focus of your position? HR Analyst--from recruitments to orientations, benefits, payroll, etc.

How long have you been in the Human Resource field? 20 years

Which of your career accomplishments makes you proudest? Passing my PHR exam; working at WHEDA for 23 years, plus what may be yet to come!!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Talk less; listen more.

Why did you decide to join GMA SHRM? I enjoy meeting and networking with people and you also learn so much from others in your field. This is an excellent way to do both. Also, being part of the Communications and Marketing Committee I can volunteer my time to make our chapter the BEST chapter along with learning so much from others.

 If you’d like to be featured as the Member of the Month in an upcoming issue of HR InTouch, please e-mail Kate Karre at KKarre@parkbank.com.


GMA SHRM is LinkedIn

 Come join our GMA SHRM Chapter group on LinkedIn! What is LinkedIn? It’s a business-oriented social networking site that can be used to connect with friends (old and new), find or post jobs and get information. In order to join, sign in at www.linkedin.com and keyword search GMA SHRM Chapter.

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Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in November of 2009!

Julio C. Avila

Leadership Learning Specialist

American Family Insurance

Dana E. Denny

Compensation & Classification Analyst

WI Department of Natural Resources

Jane E. Fahey



Lauren C. Fiecko

Staffing Specialist

Adtec Services, Inc.

Carrie J. Mickelson

Bureau Director, Human Resources

WI Department of Natural Resources

Samantha J. Pegelow

Director, Staffing Services

Adtec Staffing, Inc

Shelley E. Raaths

Recruitment Manager

Sonic Foundry

Jill Voeltz

HR Specialist

WI Department of Natural Resources


In Transition

Karen Bender, SPHR is a GMA SHRM member that has over 20 years of HR management experience and is looking for a full-time position in Madison or the area north of Madison. She has extensive experience in all general areas of HR management - benefits, recruiting, hiring, orientation, discipline, training, compliance, safety, etc. Further, Karen has had the opportunity to negotiate labor contracts, do some environmental projects, and run a wellness program. Some of her former employers have earned awards based on the projects she has spearheaded.

Click here to view Karen’s resume. Karen can be reached via telephone at 608-575-1860 or via e-mail at bender4@centrutytel.net.

If you are a member who is in between jobs, or who is currently employed but seeking new positions or career paths, write us a brief description of your skill set, areas of expertise, what you’re looking for, etc. Send us an e-mail. We’ll publish your information in the next HR InTouch.

What’s Cool in HR in the Greater Madison Area?

What’s going on in HR in your workplace?

Have you…

  • completed a major project,
  • implemented something new,
  • managed a change,

Is there something…

  • your company/dept does really well,
  • interesting about your company culture
  • that makes your company an employer of choice

We want to hear about it! Share it with your HR colleagues in HR InTouch. Send us an e-mail


Movin' Up

Teresa Perlman, Payroll & Benefits Specialist at Saris Cycling Group, Inc. recently earned her PHR certification.

Congratulations Teresa!

Have you started with a new company? Has your organization recently promoted you to a new position? Or do you want to recognize a new person or promotion within your department? If so, we want to hear about it. Send us an e-mail, and we’ll publish your good news in the next HR InTouch!

HR InTouch Guidelines

Article Writing:

Do you have an interest in writing for the HR InTouch? We have an interest in learning more about your area of expertise!

Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2) to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.

The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.

Article length:

Because the HR InTouch is now in an online format, the size is flexible. The article should be engaging and hold readers’ attention. Include the core information in your article, and we will advise if it is too lengthy.


GMA SHRM is conscious not to allow solicitation through the articles, in an effort to protect the interests of our partners and members. The nature of the article should be educational (i.e., what are the business advantages of having a product like yours) or informational. Otherwise, if you truly are interested in advertising through the HR InTouch, you can work with our Marketing Committee. As a rule of thumb for article writing, if the submission relates to a for-profit event, or specifically markets your company (vs. your industry), it is an advertisement, and should be purchased. If it is a not-for-profit event that your company is hosting, or an announcement (i.e., a SHRM member recently joined your company), it is an acceptable addition to the HR InTouch content. If you have any questions related to the appropriateness of your submission, please contact us.

If you have questions, or to submit an article, contact GMA SHRM at chapteradmin@gmashrm.org .




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