Why I Got Involved
Board members reflect on why they joined the Oregon Chapter CUPA-HR Board and share their experiences.
Serving on the board has been a wonderful and educational experience. Through my involvement with the Oregon CUPA-HR board, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with HR professionals around the nation. Working alongside other CUPA-HR board members on conferences and events has been a very rewarding experience. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside such smart and inspiring individuals. One of the best things about serving on the Oregon CUPA-HR board is the “we are all in it together” attitude. If someone needs help with a task or assignment related to CUPA, there is always someone to jump in. Anyone that is interested in becoming more involved with the higher education HR community should consider joining the Oregon CUPA-HR board. – Jared Haddock, Past Board Member (President)
I found the three year approach to the President’s role a great model. As President Elect, you are able to get your feet wet in the governance process while coordinating the conferences. From that experience, you have a year to learn from the existing President and Past President to gain confidence and develop your vision for your year as President. By the time you reach the role of Past President, you are well equipped to continue as an active board member while providing experience and mentorship to newer board members. The key to effectively managing time in these roles is to build an effective team of Board members and volunteer base. – Heather Riney, Past Board Member (President)
Joining the Oregon CUPA-HR board has been an exciting learning opportunity for me. As a higher education HR professional, it is easy to get bogged down in my daily work, but this role has given me the opportunity to network and contribute to the professional development of my colleagues across the state. Participating as a member of the Board is one of the best ways I know to develop your own leadership skills and help guide an outstanding organization. – Christina Kraus, President-Elect
I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to put my name in and run for a board position. I started my involvement with the Oregon CUPA-HR board as a volunteer, helping to plan conferences. I really enjoyed that work, and the wonderful people I got to collaborate with. After seeing more about what was involved in board positions, I realized that it was not only a manageable time commitment but a fabulous opportunity to learn and grow. My involvement with the board in just one year has honed my leadership skills, given me opportunities to be creative and think strategically, and connected me with a great group of people who serve not only as mentors, colleagues, but also friends.– Jenna Rakes, Past Board Member (President)