Certification Council

Supporting the mission of HRCI®, HRCI Certification Council oversees the development, maintenance and administration of certification programs for the human resource profession, both in the U.S. and globally.

Amy Gulati

Amy Benbarka, MBA, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR

Certification Council Chair

Amy Benbarka is the Chief Human Resources Officer for AM LLC, an organization that provides the federal government with mission-critical services in information, communications and technology.

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Amanda Daniel Monroe

Amanda Daniel Monroe, MA, aPHR, PHR, SPHR

Certification Council Vice Chair

Amanda Daniel Monroe currently works as an HR Compliance Specialist at HudsonMann. She primarily consults with clients on affirmative action plans and diversity initiatives. Prior to her current role, Amanda has held roles as a recruiter and HR Generalist.

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Nancy Hill-Davis

Nancy Hill-Davis, SPHR

Certification Council Member

Nancy Hill-Davis, SPHR has more than 25 years of health care human resources experience and currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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SylviaDiemer

Sylvia Diemer, PHR

Certification Council Member

Sylvia Diemer is the Human Resources Manager at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney. Her primary responsibilities include strategy development, recruiting, employee relations, policy implementation and enforcement, training, performance management, and compliance with state and federal employment laws for the Chicago, Austin, Houston, Detroit, and St. Louis offices.

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Emmanuel Michael, SPHRi

Certification Council Member

Emmanuel Michael is a seasoned and highly sought after strategic human resources leader with over 20 years management experience spanning various industries such as multidisciplinary engineering, information technology, hospitality and financial services, of which 15 years have been in human resources management practice.

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Cigdem Ozdemir Evren

Cigdem Ozdemir, SPHRi, PHRi

Certification Council Member

Cigdem Ozdemir is the Head of HR for Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP), a joint venture of SOCAR, BP and BOTAS. She was previously the Organizational Development and Talent Management Coordinator for SOCAR Türkiye and Organizational Development Unit Manager for FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş.

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Steven T. Peluso, JD, MBA

Board Liaison

Steve Peluso is an attorney in private practice. He is a recognized authority on personnel credentialing and the associated program accreditation standards. Mr. Peluso advises sponsors of personnel certification, licensure and certificate programs on a variety of legal and business issues. He has written and presented extensively on issues and topics related to personnel credentialing, intellectual property and nonprofit organizations.

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Rali Petrova, MBA

Certification Council Public Member

Rali Petrova is the Certification Manager at the American Payroll Association. She has worked in the certification field more than a decade.

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RaviPuddoo

Ravi Puddoo, PHRi

Certification Council Member

Ravi Puddoo, PHRi has over 15 years of international experience leading human resources and talent transformation in North America, Europe and Africa.

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John Valaro

John D. Varlaro, PhD, SPHR, GPHR

Certification Council Member

Dr. Varlaro is a Professor of Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of The Practice of Human Resource Management, an electronic textbook that promotes active learning, and has contributed to other Human Resources Management and Strategic Management textbooks.

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