Mentorship Program




We are excited to announce that the Mentor Program is now available for all NPELRA members! Interested Mentors and Mentees are asked to fill out their respective forms. Please contact with any questions.

For the Mentor Form click here | For the Mentee Form click here

Mentoring Objectives       

To facilitate informal networks with seasoned Labor Relations and Human Resource professionals

To share insights, solutions and best practices across organizations

To broaden leadership/professional competencies in the labor/employee relations field

The experience will provide Mentee’s with:

  • Constructive dialogue and feedback with a seasoned Labor Relations professional
  • An advocate to discuss issues and formulate solutions
  • Enhanced personal and professional development

Mentoring Principles / Guidelines

Personal Experience – The mentor is an advocate for constructive change and positive growth.   

  • One year minimum commitment.
  • Mentor and Mentee are preferred to be within the same state, but not required.
  • Mentor generally has a minimum of 10 years experience in the Labor Relations and/or Human Resource profession.

Planned Sessions – must be planned to ensure sufficient amount of time is allocated for meaningful dialogue and activities.

  • Minimum availability of 2 hours per month.
  • Regular phone conversations or email exchange.

Active Participation – Active learning requires participation in direct dialogues and shared activities to promote Mentees personal and professional development.

  • Attend national/state PELRA training sessions or other professional trainings.
  • Volunteer for NPELRA or state PELRA committees.

How will seasoned professional Mentors be recruited?

NPELRA will encourage experienced Labor Relations and Human Resources professionals to participate in the program through written communications and at NPELRA & state PELRA events.

Procedure for Mentors:

  • Complete the Mentor Interest form and email to the NPELRA office.
  • The NPELRA office will validate the Mentor’s qualifications and when approved, add them to the Mentor listing on the website.
  • The NPELRA office will send out the updated list to potential Mentees.
  • Each Mentor will generally be assigned only one Mentee.
  • The NPELRA office will notify the Mentor upon selection by a Mentee to begin the program.

Procedure for Mentees:

  • Complete the Mentee Request form and email to the NPELRA office.
  • The NPELRA office will send the available Mentor list to the Mentee.
  • The Mentee will review the list of available Mentors & send in their top 3 preferences in order.
  • The NPELRA office will notify the Mentee which Mentor was matched with their contact information.


Ann Everhart

Director of Human Resources
Village of Schaumburg, IL

Jerry Keating

Human Resources Manager
Las Vegas Valley Water District, NV

Sam Penrod

Human Resources Manager
City of San Clemente, CA

James (Jim) Lowery

Human Resource Director
Cole County Residential Services, MO

Conni Huber

Director of Human Resources
City of Cedar Rapids, IA

Caroline Beitman

Personnel Director
City of Meriden, CT

Brooke Carnevale

Human Resources Officer
City of Columbus, OH

Leslie Rienzie

Director, Human Resources / Quality Control
Will County Circuit Clerk's Office, IL

Blaise Lamphier

Labor Relations Manager
Port of Portland, OR

Douglas Duckett

Human Resources Manager - City of Loveland, OH
Principal/Owner - Duckett Law Firm LLC, OH

Steven Pham

Human Resources Director
City of Orange, CA

Chrisanne Nelson

Labor Relations Representative Senior
MN Management & Budget, MN

Lyman Montgomery

Employee Relations Consultant
Indiana University, IN

Elayne G. Gold

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP, NY

Janet Lanza

Labor Relations Manager (Retired)
City of Columbus, OH

Carlos Arauz

Arauz Consulting, AZ

Charles Carlson

Carlson Consulting LLC, WI

Patrick Glynn

Senior Consultant
Carlson Dettmann Consulting, WI

Philip Deitchman

Director, Human Resources
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, MD

Mary Rowe

Human Resources Director
Metro, OR

Heather Lowe

Human Resources Director
City of Spokane, OR

Carolyn Trevis

Assistant State Negotiator
St. Paul, MN

Teresa Rotschafer

Finance Director
City of Johnston, IA

Christina Ramos

Senior HR Analyst
Clark County, NV

Myla Hite

City of Wausau, WI

Rick Hunt

Director of Human Resources
Las Vegas, NV

*Note: For a list of currently available Mentors please contact



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