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HRReview Programs = Your Certification Success since 2004!

Our self-study certification preparation WORKBOOK Package contains substantial outlines of important HR functional areas and exam quality questions of increasing difficulty with detailed answers to help you prepare for the aPHR, PHR/ SPHR, SHRM-CP/SCP or GPHR Certification exam.

HRReview is different from other study materials professionals have used or plan to use to prepare for their HR Certification exam. While you may choose to use our WORKBOOK for self study, we strongly recommend you use our materials as part of an  HRReview HR Fundamentals, Start Smart or GoGlobal HR Certification Course, since we believe this offers the opportunity to ask and answer questions and learn from group experience.

Founder of HRReview, Inc. and author of the materials

CAROLYN J. SPERL, J.D., SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP (PHR, aPHR, aPHRi), has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA), a Master of Science degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations (MSIR) from Loyola University, and a Law Degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Labor and Employment Law. She was an adjunct professor for several years at North Park University in Chicago where she taught Strategic Human Resources Management, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, and Compensation and Benefits courses at the graduate level. She is life certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Professionally, Carolyn worked with start-up and mid-sized organizations for over twenty-five years as a member of top management and as an HR consultant. Her experience includes establishing HR departments in many diverse manufacturing, construction, service, and non-profit organizations. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she was the Director of Human Resources for a major real estate developer in the Chicago area. Carolyn has been an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management serving on its national Human Resource Development Committee and Organizational Development Special Expertise Panel. She has been a member of SHRM Chapter Boards for many years, serving as Certification Chair, Chapter President for two Chapters including the Super-Mega Chapter, Chicago SHRM. She was also an Illinois SHRM State Council Officer serving as the State Council Director for two years.

Our On-Line Course Facilitators

MARY E. PIERCE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is an Executive Consultant in Human Resource Management, Talent Management & Strategy, Employee & Labor Relations, Executive Coaching, Mediation, and Board Governance & Regulatory Compliance. She was educated at Bowling Green State University, attended Ashland University in MBA studies, and completed the Mediation Skills Training Program at Northwestern University. She has held executive VP and Managing Director roles in organizations in Ohio, Illinois, California, Washington State and the United Kingdom. Her industry experiences include: financial services, biofuels, technology, transportation, manufacturing, real estate & development, association and not-for-profit organizations. She has an extensive background in labor relations with the major labor unions in the US and has lectured at Concordia University Chicago’s Doctoral Leadership Program in human resources and collective bargaining. She is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Division and utilized her HR skills at both the Division and National levels over the years, especially during the recent restructuring of the National Organization. She was awarded the St. George Medal, the highest honor bestowed to a volunteer, by the National ACS.

BARBARA FLYNN, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the President of People First and has been in the Human Resource field for over 35 years.  She and her team of professional experts provide flexible and comprehensive accounting, payroll and human resource services that help small to medium sized businesses reach their potential.  She has been part of Florida Atlantic University’s Executive Education Program, teaching the HRCI Certification Preparation course for 17 years.  She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University where she teaches courses in the Bachelor’s in Administration Program.  Barbara received her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Nova Southeastern University.  Prior to establishing People First, Barbara was co-owner of a high-fashion jewelry manufacturing company based in New York.  She partnered with the designer and established the business from the ground up.  She started the company with two employees and when she left, had 84 employees working two shifts, established a Sales office in London and a Manufacturing facility in the Philippines.

LENORE ERICKSON, SPHR, GPHR, has been facilitating Human Resource Certification exam preparation courses since 2004.  Lenore is Executive Vice President of Human Resources for First Bank of Highland Park.  Prior to her current role, Lenore ran her own human resources consulting firm for 14 years.  Lenore also held several senior level human resources positions during her 13 year tenure with Kraft Foods. Lenore holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from St. Xavier University of Chicago.  She is a certified Senior Human Resources professional (SPHR) and Global Human Resources professional (GPHR).

CYNTHIA (CINDI) HALL, SPHR, GPHR, CBP, CCP, GRP, SHRM-SCP, Cindi has been practicing HR for over 25 years in a variety of industries, with a majority of her background being in manufacturing.  She is currently the head of HR at Fuchs Lubricants Co.  Cindi has a Master’s in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. She holds the following certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP).  She has taught several PHR/SPHR/GPHR test preparation classes using the HRReview materials over the past 15 years.  Cindi was previously active in both the Chicago SHRM and the Kankakee Area Human Resource Managers Association.  As a member of the board and Co-Chair of the Education committee for Chicago SHRM for three years she was very active is promoting professional certifications.

DOREEN R. MATTES, PHR, SPHR,  aPHRi, is part of the human resource management team at the City of Little Rock– Arkansas’ Capital City. Doreen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She serves on the UA Little Rock College of Business Human Resource Advisory Committee, the Arkansas State SHRM College Relations Task Force, and on the Board of Directors of the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association (CAHRA), a SHRM affiliate, where she serves as the Director of College Relations. As a Human Resource Management Consultant, Doreen frequently serves as a subject matter expert, panelist, and guest speaker on a variety of Human Resource Management topics including Talent Planning and Acquisition, Learning and Development, Total Rewards, and Employee and Labor Relations; as well as an online facilitator for HRReview, Inc. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) and a certified Associate Professional in Human Resources International (aPHRi™).

KAREN VUJTECH, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, the Managing Director of Total Rewards Consulting, has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources with significant expertise in compensation, benefits, and HR systems management.  Prior to consulting, Karen held key compensation and benefits positions in a variety of industries from consumer products and healthcare to high tech.  Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Dominican University.   She is a “career volunteer” having held volunteer director roles for SHRM, WorldatWork, Chicago Compensation Association and Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.  Karen has extensive speaking and teaching credentials, including presentations for SHRM, WorldatWork, CCA and HRMAC, as well as teaching compensation, benefits and human resource management courses for SHRM, De Paul University, and Aurora University.

If you are ready to advance your career, an HRReview program is your affordable answer to successfully passing HRCI and SHRM exams.