A Special Interest Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management


Are you consistently finding the top talent that your organization needs to meet its strategic goals? If you are like most organizations, there is much more that can and should be done to identify, attract and hire candidates.  Why is finding matching talent for your open positions so difficult? Well, as the economy improves and employers create more and more opportunities, employees simply have more options…and in many cases these potential prospects are “passive” candidates…making the hunt for talent even more challenging.

What can be done?  Having a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy that is comprised of sourcing, recruiting, talent pipelining, internship development, university relations, onboarding, professional development training, employee engagement, and retention is paramount.  Each area of focus mentioned requires its own strategy that rolls-up and adds synergy to the enterprise-wide organizational talent acquisition strategy.  This is where the Staffing Management Association (SMA) of Southern New England excels.  SMA is comprised of local, Connecticut HR Professionals from diverse industries with multiple areas of expertise.

Please consider joining the SMA to access learning and networking opportunities within the Human Resources field. With a special focus on Talent Acquisition, SMA is proudly affiliated with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and offers professional development programs for HR and Recruiting professionals. We are a SHRM Preferred Provider and most of our programs are pre-approved for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credits.  Whether you already specialize in Talent Acquisition/Management or are an HR Professional looking to learn more about talent acquisition and engagement best practices, we hope you will join us at an upcoming program event.

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The SMA Board of Directors and I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event, Visit our Calendar of Events page for dates and times.

Chrissy Semenza, PHR
President - SMA Southern New England



Chrissy Semenza, PHR
Enterprise Holdings
8 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
W: (860) 627-8080 x202


Donna Fusco
Kelly Services
76 Batterson Park Rd
Farmington, CT 06032
W: (860) 677-0022


Andy Thiede, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
P.O. Box 372
East Berlin, CT 06023-0372
W: (860) 202-8107

Vice President, Membership

Ashley Browning
UConn Center for Career Development
W: (860) 486-3013

Vice President, Programs

Lisa Sands
Kelly Services
76 Batterson Park Rd
Farmington, CT 06032
W: (860) 677-0022

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Jaime Widmer
60 Woodlawn Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
W: (860) 263-3292

Vice President, Workforce Readiness

Steve Dombrowski 
CT Department of Labor Executive Administration
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
W: (860) 263-6051

Vice President, Internships & College/University Relations

Dr. Kate Darcy Hohenthal
The University of Hartford
W: (860) 768-4286

Immediate Past President

Michael Mueller, CTS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
M: (860) 919-5143