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About Us

    Our History

    The Portage County Human Resource  Association (PCHRA) began in the fall of 1966 under the leadership of Russell Shuster from Lamb Electric, Division of Ametek of Kent, J. Arthur White, General Electirc Ravanna Division and James L. Oster, Samuel Moore Company of Mantua as the Portage County Personnel and Industrial Relations Management Association (PCPIRM)

    PCPIRM submitted an application for affiliation to the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) and was approved on May 21st 1967 as Region IV, Chapter #089 affiliate member. In 1989, ASPA became the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    In November of 2005, under the leadership of Claudia Amrhein, PARTA, PCPIRM applied to the State of Ohio as a formal business entity operating under the name Portage County Human Resources and, in 2010, requesting 501 (c) (6) status; changing the name to Portage County Human Resource Association (PCHRA).  This is the name under which we operate today.


    Our Purpose

    PCHRA has proudly served HR professionals throughout the area since its inception.  We strive to provide relevant HR education/training, networking, and opportunities to serve the community and the profession. In addition, our chapter is proud to serve as a mentoring organization for the Kent State University Student HR Association.  

    Our Partnerships

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    We partner with other organizations to provide education and services to our members.  Below are our 2024 partners.