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    Welcome to the premiere association for HR professionals in the Four Corners area. Four Corners Human Resource Association invites you to visit us for any regular monthly program.   

    Monthly luncheon programs featuring a leading expert in the HR field or related are typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

    Meeting location: Courtyard Marriot at 560 Scott Avenue Farmington, NM.    

    To verify location, program topic, and speaker information contact Jamie Wagoner, Chapter President at 505-599-1265 or email  

    Four Corners Human Resource Association (FCHRA) is an organization for professionals engaged in human resource administration. The strength of FCHRA lies in the quality of its membership, and in having all members realize the benefits of, and actively participate in, the growth of the association. 
    Our Mission: Dedicated to improving human resource management systems and practices through the professional development of our members.  

    The group began as the "Four Corners HR Group," when four HR professionals met for lunch one afternoon in 1986 at KB Dillons. The first "membership roster" typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter on April 8, 1987, included:   

    Mary Ancell, Southern Union
    Dan Dible, City of Farmington
    Fergie Olgren, El Paso
    Dan Patterson, Farmington Municipal Schools
    James Ray, PNM
    Cricket Sisson, First Interstate Bank
    Lynn Thompson, Utah International
    Mike Voita, APS
    Colleen Walker, San Juan College
    Jim Walker, Meridian Oil
    Gail Williams, Bloomfield Refining

    The early meetings were conducted as roundtable discussions on a pre-determined topic. For example, the topic of the April 1987 discussion was the treatment of alcoholism and whether it was considered a sickness under benefit plans in place at the time.   

    In 1994, Mark Christensen, SHRM Area VI Manager, and Mary Rutland, SPHR from HRMA, met with committee members Dan Lott, SPHR, Christine Carson, PHR, June Markle, Gail Williams, and Charlene Scott, PHR, to research the possibilities of becoming a formal SHRM chapter.

    The group became a formally chartered SHRM Chapter on January 10, 1995.