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Welcome to the Rock River Human Resource Professional Association (RRHRPA)

SHRM Annual Conference and Expo June 12-15 in New Orleans, LA or virtually - click here for details and registration information



Membership Application


RRHRPA will be giving away two SHRM Memberships in 2022 (one membership's value $219).  You must be a current member in good standing with good attendance at monthly meetings (5 of 8 per year) and your employer must not have paid for SHRM memberships in the past.

Contact us at to let us know you would like you name placed in the drawing.

See our Membership page under the More... tab above for membership applications.  Contact us at with questions.


RRHRPA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development, and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.  We also encourage small business owners who may not employ a Human Resource Professional to join and take advantage of the frequent educational opportunities available.

In December 2021, the RRHRPA Board of Directors hosted an event at the YWCA of the Sauk Valley to celebrate our members and the holidays.Those present (back row, right to left): Julie Hoak, Sterling Federal Bank; Megan Kuhn, Kreider Services; Dana Chacon, Sauk Valley Community College; Anita Carney, Sinnissippi Centers; Rhonda DeWitte, Astec Industries; Susan Gillespie, Whiteside County Health Department; Jackie Davis, Sterling Systems and Control; Anna Garcia, Steel River Systems LLC. (front row, right to left): Sally Hanrahan, Best, Inc.; Dawn Kanzler, Tri-County Opportunities; Dianne Frye, Dixon Public Schools, Melissa Young, G & M Distributors; Abigail Colberg, Steel River Systems, LLC; Susan Swegle, Northern Illinois University.  Missing: Rebecca Munoz-Ripley, YWCA of the Sauk Valley.

We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.  You may contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!

Upcoming Events

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  • May 25, 2022 - 12:00pm
    Email invitations will be sent to all members

    It's our Member Appreciation Lunch -  email invitations will be sent soon to all members.  Watch for yours!

    Social Security & Retirement Planning Basics
  • June 12, 2022 to June 15, 2022
    New Orleans, LA & Virtual

    Plan to attend the 2022 Annual SHRM Conference & Expo in New Orleans, LA or virtually.

    Click here for more details and registration information.

  • September 28, 2022 - 12:00pm
    To be announced

    Program to be announced.  Please check back again.

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    The Rock River Human Resource Professional Association began back in the 1980s as a sub group of the Sterling Chamber of Commerce. The group of eight men and two women represented the larger industrial employers in Whiteside County.  Later, the group expanded to include Lee County employers. By the early 1990s, members of the group started receiving certification and we joined SHRM as an affiliate chapter.

    At the present time, Rock River Human Resources Professional Association (RRHRPA) acts as a resource to businesses and HR professionals in communities in Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties. We are dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities those we serve. Even small businesses without a dedicated HR department can benefit from being a RRHRPA member. We currently have 51 members representing 35 different companies/organizations.



    Please see our Bylaws link on the About Us page.