IHRIM Ambassador Award

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The IHRIM Ambassador Award recognizes individuals who are IHRIM members in good standing for significant volunteer contributions within the previous twelve months in support of the Association’s mission and goals.

2014 Ambassador Award Winners:

Henry Chung, HRIP
Denise Eppel, HRIP


Henry Chung
Manager, HR Technology and Operations
The Jackson Laboratory

In his current role as Manager of HR Technology & Operations, Henry analyzes the business needs, provides the analytics and advises the HR management team on how to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of delivering HR services through process designs, use of technology and/or outsourcing solutions and implements the chosen solutions.

An IHRIM member since 2008 (and HRIP certified since 2010), Henry accepted the invitation of Lynne Mealy, IHRIM’s past President/CEO, to serve on the 2012 Conference Content Committee. The volunteering experience was eye-opening. It expanded his horizons and increased his knowledge in the HRIS areas that he would not have been able to do as part of his regular work. He also gained satisfaction from contributing back to IHRIM. Henry felt so strongly about his IHRIM volunteer experience that he served on the 2013 Conference Content Committee and then volunteered again for 2014! In addition to three years on the Content Committee, he is serving on the Education Committee for a two-year term (2014-2015).

An enthusiastic IHRIM supporter, Henry enjoys talking to people about what volunteering for IHRIM has meant to him and what it could mean to them.

Denise Eppel, HRIP
Senior HR Business Analyst
We Energies

Denise has over 13 years of experience in the HRIS industry as an HR analyst and project manager, with expertise in many areas of HR operations, including HR data management, project management, HR systems implementations and enhancements, process improvement, and learning system administration. Most recently she was the project manager on a large-scale project to replace their applicant tracking system and implement their onboarding system. The latter resulted in the Onboarding Re-Design Project Team being honored with an IHRIM 2013 Project of the Year Award.

An IHRIM member since 2010, Denise earned the HRIP certification designation in 2012. As an IHRIM Volunteer Social Media Coordinator, she has assisted IHRIM staff in expanding and enhancing the Association’s social media presence while learning more about the HRIS field through reading the various online discussions and posts and contributing content and engaging in the discussions. Denise volunteered as a Session Coordinator at the IHRIM 2013 Conference and served as a member of the 2014 Conference Content Committee.

Volunteering is important to Denise, allowing her to repay IHRIM for the personal growth she has gained since becoming a member. She encourages everyone to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as members of IHRIM.

Past Ambassador Award Winners


Chris Lynch


Rob Eidson

Cathy Sparks, HRIP


Daniel Arndt, HRIP

John Hinojos, HRIP


Brenda Leisinger, HRIP

Steve Secora, HRIP


Jonathan (Jon) Hunt


Magee Filitor-Murray, HRIP

Alexia (Lexy) Martin


Connie Duffey, HRIP

Barbara Von Bergen, HRIP


Noel Hannon

Michael (Mickey) J. Kavanagh, Ph.D.


Jean Andrews, HRIP

Elliott Witkin


Damon Lovett, HRIP

Freddye Silverman, HRIP


John Johnston

Jim Morrone