Board of Directors

J.D. Qualley

SMAHRA Board Position: President  

Current Employer: Harry Meyering Center. Strategic HR Business Partner, consulting on culture and linking organizational HR practices to the company's strategic priorities.

Education: MBA w/HR Concentration from Temple University and HR Compliance Certificate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Scheduled to complete Master of Science in HRM in May 2019.

Certifications: SHRM-SCP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Employee engagement, organizational culture and climate, leadership development, digital transformations, change management and inclusion.

Other volunteer roles: MNSHRM State Council – Director of Technology, MNSHRM State Conference Committee – Director of Attendee Experience, GMG – Talent Task Force Consultant,  MNSU Student SHRM – Mentor and Speaker

Scott Haime

SMAHRA Board Position: President Elect/Logistics

Current Employer: Del Monte Foods. Human Resources Supervisor. As a Human Resources Supervisor, I manage all day to day HR Generalist duties. 

Education: B.A. in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Human Resources from Columbia College Chicago, enrolled in the Executive MBA  program w/HR Concentration through Jack Welch Management Institute.

Certifications: SHRM-CP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: I Really enjoy working with employees to help them accomplish their goals, grow and succeed.        

Other volunteer roles: New Ulm Junior Baseball Board Member/ Coach, Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce Board Member, New Ulm Basketball Association Board Vice- President/ Coach

Dorinda Kruggel

SMAHRA Board Position: Membership Director

Current Employer: Jeane Thorne Staffing, Strategic Partner in Staffing and Development. Placing quality employees in the fields of legal, administration, accounting, customer service, and industrial positions.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Corrections and Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Certifications: SHRM-CP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Putting people to work, in jobs they love, while giving them an opportunity to provide for their families and grow their future. 

Tonya Hobbie

SMAHRA Board Position: Diversity Chair and New Member Liaison

Current Employer:  Bolton & Menk, Inc. Provides leadership and direction for all corporate/company Human Resources initiatives, programs and department  team. Develops and facilitates leadership and employee training programs, coaching and creates content for LMS.  Oversight and configuration of HRM system.

Education:  B.S. Psychology

Certifications:  PHR, SHRM - CP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Training and Development, Difficult Employment Situations, Project Management, Business Analytics, Safety

Other volunteer roles:  Junior Achievement Volunteer, United Way Community Impact Team Volunteer, YMCA school-based mentor

Tyler Schafer

SMAHRA Board Position: Social Media/Marketing Director

Current Employer:  HR Generalist at V-TEK, Inc. Handling the day to day operations of Human Resources, which entails recruiting, onboarding, benefits, and overall employee relations.

Education:  B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources at Minnesota State University – Mankato.

Specialty and/or HR Passion: I enjoy being around people and interacting with them. I also believe that HR is in a unique position that has the capability to make organizational change for the better which drives me to be the best I can be!

Other volunteer roles:  SMAHRA - Chapter Re-Branding Committee, Junior Achievement, Young Professionals-Social Committee

Kristen Simpson

SMAHRA Board Position: Workforce Readiness Chair

Current Employer:  MRCI. Advise individuals on how to find and keep employment. Maintain relationships with employees and employers. Facilitate the coordination of employment goals and on-going supports for long term employment. Teach Bridge to the Future skills class to transitioning youth. Conduct on-the-job training classes and demonstrate the principles of soft skills needed in the work place.

Education:  B.S. Education

Other volunteer roles:  Greater Mankato Growth Cavalier, South Central Workforce Development Committee

Heidi Suess

SMAHRA Board Position: Secretary

Current Employer:  Blue Earth County. As a Human Resources Specialist, I provide support and guidance to management and employees.  Administer FMLA and ADA compliance, conduct employee investigations, update policies and procedures, coordinate training and employee onboarding to name a few things.

Education: B.S. in Human Resource Management from Minnesota State University-Mankato

Certifications: SHRM-CP, PHR

Specialty and/or HR Passion: At my work, I am a co-chair for the Technology Training Committee and member of the Safety and Wellness Committee.  I am passionate about partnering with leadership, achieving goals, continuous improvement and helping others.


Mikala Meyer

SMAHRA Board Position: College Relations Chair

Current Employer: Doherty Staffing Solutions. As a Business Development Manager, I strive to build relationships with companies in order to provide businesses with customized and innovative workforce solutions that help reach production quotas, increase employee headcount, and overall employee well-being. We utilize proprietary screening and assessment tools, enabling us to present highly-compatible candidates and facilitate successful placements with high retention rates. We strive to build long-term relationships with our clients; the better we know you and your company, the greater focus we can bring to your candidate search.  

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in business management with an emphasis in Human Resources

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Recruiting/Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, and Training & Development

Other volunteer roles: Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce Board Member - Fundraising Committee Lead, GMG Young Professionals - Social and Professional Development Committee

Sonya Prange

SMAHRA Board Position: Treasurer and Past President

Current Employer:  Intek Plastics, Inc. Currently I am the HR Director for a multi-state plastics manufacturing company, responsible for all human resource functions including training, payroll, recruiting, and labor relations, along with safety and information technology.

Education:  B.S. in Business Administration w/HR Concentration

Certifications:  PHR, SHRM-CP, and sHRBP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Union labor relations, leadership development, workers’ compensation, safety, and strategic planning

Other volunteer roles:  Junior Achievement Volunteer, United Way Community Impact Team Volunteer, YMCA school-based mentor

Sarah Spilde

SMAHRA Board Position: Website Coordinator

Current Employer: AW Companies Inc. Recruiter specializing in Finance and Accounting roles in the Twin Cities metro and Mankato area. I assist job seekers with resume and interview coaching and ultimately help find the perfect match for candidates and employers resulting in temporary and permanent hires.

Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Human Resource minor from MNSU Mankato 

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Recruitment and Career Development

Other volunteer roles: I volunteer weekly at B.E.N.C.H.S. (Blue Earth/Nicolet County Humane Society) to help care for shelter animals looking for their forever home.

Valerie Bentdahl

SMAHRA Board Position: Programming Chair

Current Employer: Jones Metal, Inc. I am the HR Manager and a department of one at Jones Metal which keeps me very busy.  I handle all facets of human resources for the company as well as safety.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in HR from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Certifications: SPHR

Specialty and/or HR Passion: I really enjoy the compliance, employment law side of HR as well as employee development.  The most rewarding part of HR for me has been being able to help employees advance their careers by providing them with resources to further their education.

Other volunteer roles: Mankato Workforce Council and Mankato Area Foundation – HR Support

Brittany King-Asamoa

SMAHRA Board Position: Co-Legislative Chair

Current Employer: Gislason & Hunter LLP. I am an associate attorney who focuses her practice on employment law and family law. I enjoy assisting human resources professionals navigate through the ever-changing employment and labor laws to support their employers and minimize workplace issues.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from MNSU, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from MNSU, and Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Univ of Arkansas School of Law.

Other volunteer roles: Human Resources Committee member for Mankato Area Foundation; Racial Justice Facilitator for YWCA Mankato; and Volunteer Attorney with Southern Minnesota  Legal Regional Services, completing legal service checkups at Wellcome Manor Family Services treatment facility.

Annie Bennett

SMAHRA Board Position: Communications Director

Current Employer: AW Companies Inc. Director of Business Development, working closely with clients to find the best staffing solutions for their business in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Clerical. Working with individuals to define and develop their career path through coaching.

Education: Academic study - Sociology and French

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Career and Interview Coaching, problem solving for clients


Katherine Waryan

SMAHRA Board Position: Sponsorship Chair

Current Employer: Diane’s Fine Desserts. HR and Safety Manager.

Specialty and/or HR Passion:

Other volunteer roles: 

Kelly Sonnek

SMAHRA Board Position: Professional Development/Certification Chair

Current Employer: Jack Links, Inc. HR Manager.

Education: B.S. in Human Resource Management and Corporate Finance, Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Certifications: SHRM-CP

Specialty and/or HR Passion: Problem-solving, analytics, HR project management, and relationship building.

Other volunteer roles: Big Brother/Big Sister - YMCA, GMG Young Professionals Chair, Relay for Life





Jerome (J.D) Qualley, SHRM - CP
Harry Meyering Center, Inc.

President Elect

Scott Ivan Haime, SHRM - CP
Del Monte Foods, Inc.

Past President / Treasurer

Sonya Prange, PHR, SHRM - CP
Intek Plastics, Inc.

Membership Director

Dorinda Kay Kruggel, SHRM - CP
Jeane Thorne Staffing

Professional Development/Certification Chair

Kelly Sonnek, SHRM - CP
Jack Links Beef Jerky

Workforce Readiness Chair

Kris Simpson

College Relations Chair

Mikala Meyer
Doherty Staffing Solutions

Diversity Chair & Member Liaison

Tonya Hobbie, PHR, SHRM - CP
Bolton & Menk, Inc.


Heidi Suess, PHR
Blue Earth County

Co-Legislative Director

Cory Genelin

Co-Legislative Director

Brittany King-Asamoa
Gislason & Hunter LLP

Social Media Director

Tyler Schafer
V-TEK, Inc.

Marketing Director

Annie Bennett
A.W. Companies, Inc.

Programming Chair

Valerie Bentdahl, SPHR
Jones Metal, Inc.

Website Coordinator

Sarah Spilde
AW Companies, Inc.

Sponsorship Chair

Katherine Waryan