PERSONNEL FILE: HR professionals receive certifications

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 8, 2009





CLARKSBURG -– Dee Quaranto, Stacia Martin, Tara Stevens and James Smith, members of the North Central West Virginia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, recently earned prestigious professional certifications awarded to distinguished practitioners in the field.

Martin received the credentials for "Professional in Human Resources" (PHR), while Quaranto, Stevens and Smith received the credentials for "Senior Professional in Human Resources" (SPHR).

The certifications, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signify that the above mentioned individuals demonstrated mastery of a complex body of knowledge and practical experience in human resource management through the passing of rigorous examinations. The HR Certification Institute is the largest credentialing organization dedicated exclusively to serving the certification needs of human resource professionals.

As an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Certification Institute continues to promote the establishment of professional human resource standards and recognizes professionals who meet these high standards. Quaranto, Martin, Stevens and Smith join more than 250,000 other HR professionals in over 70 countries who have also achieved their HR credentials with the HR Certification Institute.

Quaranto is the Human Resources Manager for Action Facilities Management (AFM), a Morgantown-based small business which provides services to government and commercial clients. She is a member of the North Central chapter, and a board member of the West Virginia SHRM State Council. She is particularly grateful to Diane Lewis, President of AFM, for her support and encouragement, to Betty McHale, State Council President and certification preparation course instructor, and all members of the North Central chapter for the outstanding support network they provide.

Martin is employed as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Fairmont Federal Credit Union, and serves as secretary for the North Central chapter. Martin is justifiably proud of her chosen profession, and says "I can't imagine a more rewarding career than Human Resources. Employees are the foundation upon which all successful organizations are built."

Tara Stevens is the Director of Human Resources at Fairmont General Hospital, and has worked in HR for 14 years. She finds Human Resources to be immensely rewarding and exciting, and considers herself fortunate to work with very competent and committed colleagues.

James Smith is the Personnel Director for the City of Bridgeport, and is currently the chapter's president. Smith gives his appreciation to the City of Bridgeport and the City Manager, Kim Haws, for encouraging and supporting him through the training and job experience that was required to pass the SPHR certification exam.

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