Press Release

JUNE 25, 2019

CUPA-HR Selects Six Individuals for the Association’s Emerging Leaders Program

Six College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members have been selected to participate in the 2019-20 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program.

The program recognizes CUPA-HR members from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. This unique opportunity provides peer interaction and connection with CUPA-HR leaders as an integral part of the cohort’s learning experience. Participants engage in problem-solving work groups and develop deep networks with peers while gaining an inside look at CUPA-HR’s operations and structure.

Emerging CUPA-HR leaders are identified and nominated by CUPA-HR leadership at the region and national levels, and are selected based on their knowledge, leadership skills, engagement with CUPA-HR and demonstrated willingness to advance higher ed HR.

The 2019-20 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders are:

  • Christina Brogdon, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, University of West Georgia
  • Bonnie Dennler, HR Administrator, Washington State University
  • Carolyn Llorens, Human Resources Director for the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Paula MacDonald, Associate Director, Organizational Development and Training, Syracuse University
  • Mike Noll, Senior Consultant, Organization and Employee Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • LaDonna Watts, Talent Acquisition Specialist II, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Kelli Shuman, vice president for human resources at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, facilitates the Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program. “The program gives an amazing opportunity to higher education HR leaders to become engaged, develop new connections and contribute to the association,” says Shuman. “HR’s role is key to all our organizations’ success, and thus it is critical that we continue to mentor, develop and encourage HR professionals. After this year-long experience, we will have six HR leaders prepared to serve the profession in a leadership capacity within the CUPA-HR.”

“We are pleased to welcome this year’s Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders cohort,” says CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley. “These individuals bring outstanding leadership experiences to CUPA-HR and to the profession, and we’re looking forward to seeing them take an active role in the association.”

The 2019-20 Emerging CUPA-HR Leader group will serve until June 30, 2020.


CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving over 31,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member institutions and organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

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