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Welcome to the Mid-Willamette Human Resource Association (MHRA)

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our 90+ members represent a variety of businesses and industries in the greater Linn and Benton Counties.  We are a SHRM 100% Chapter which means our local chapter members are also members of SHRM.  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.

Click here for information on joining our chapter, as well as national membership information.  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.

 Visit our Meetings & Events page for information on our next Chapter Meeting. Also visit our Sponsors page as they have generously assisted us in advancing the HR profession.








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  • March 11, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am
    MHRA NOW HAS A NEW MEETING SPOT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015. We are excited about our new meeting location of the Mennonite Village. We will meet in the Administration Building in the Chapel. The Chapel is located just to the right of the entrance and the reception center. The Mennonite Village address is: 5353 Columbus St SE Albany, OR 97322

    Engaging and knowledgable speaker, Dr. David Blake will be presenting. He will discuss how to make changes to an existing benefit plan while recognizing the stress this can...

  • April 8, 2015, 7:00am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Sue Theiss, OSU Ombuds Office



  • May 13, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Thea Albright



    More Information to Follow....

  • June 10, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Karishna Balasbramani Attorney Sather, Byerly and Holloway




  • July 8, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am

    Speaker: Kathy Graffis



    More Information to Follow...

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March MHRA Meeting  


MHRA NOW HAS A NEW MEETING SPOT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015.  We are excited about our new meeting location of the Mennonite Village.  We will meet in the Administration Building.  We will be meeting in the Chapel which is just the right of the entrance and their reception center. The Mennonite Home address is: 

5353 Columbus St SE
Albany, OR 97322-7136


To register for the March MHRA meeting using the Eventbrite link below

The topic of our meeting is:

“Changing Your Benefit Design Without Creating Chaos”    

Engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Dr. David Blake will be presenting. He will discuss how to make changes to an existing benefit plan while recognizing the stress this can place on employees. The presentation will look at successful change strategies to reduce employee angst.  Dr. Blake will also offer some advice on career development for the human resources professional.

More about Dr David Blake:

David Blake, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is currently the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Oregon State University. In that capacity, he is responsible for all human resource programs, facility operations, risk and public safety services delivered to the university serving 26,000 students and 10,000 employees.  

Dr. Blake has over 30 years experience in the human resources field holding positions in the private, public, and governmental sectors. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct faculty member for several universities where he teaches advanced level courses related to human capital management as well as leadership. He has written and published a wide variety of articles about workforce engagement, benefits, and learning and development.

Dr. Blake has led several successful human resource projects designed to increase employee satisfaction ranging from ERP implementations (SAP and Oracle) to increase employee access; creation of HR shared services model, compensation and classification programs, benefit plan redesign that moved from treating illness to creating healthy lifestyles, and the implementation of flexible work arrangements that recognize the changing needs of workers.

Dr. Blake is a strong advocate for community and professional service. He has served as Board Member for the San Diego Workforce Partnership and is currently a member of the Linn-Benton, Oregon Workforce Partnership focusing on issues of workforce strategy and development. He is a former board member for Benton County, Oregon, Habitat for Humanity. He is past president of the Southern California President of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) and is currently President, CUPA-HR Western Region and a member of the CUPA-HR National Board. 

Dr. Blake holds a Bachelors degree in Vocational Education, Southern Illinois University, a Masters degree in Management, University of Redlands, and a Doctorate in Organization in Management-HR Emphasis, Capella University. His research interests are directed towards understanding and adapting HR programs to meet generational needs.




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