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Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association

Daniel W. Griffiths Award


It is without question that the unprecedented success of the GMVHRA is due in great part to the vision and dedication of Daniel W. Griffiths.  Seeing the need for a local SHRM presence for himself and his colleagues, Dan set out to establish a chapter to meet the needs of human resources professionals in the Merrimack Valley.  Dan’s tremendous commitment to quality combined with his unending energy and enthusiasm was instrumental in creating an organization, which provides a valuable forum for professional education, peer support and fun.

In honor of Dan and his remarkable accomplishments, the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association annually awards The Daniel W. Griffiths Leadership Award to the member who best exemplifies the same level of dedication and enthusiasm to the human resource profession.

Below is the list of past award recipients.


2009 - Carol Godfrey, PHR

2010 - Tom Harte

2011 - Tom Prince

2012 - Laurel Burrill

2012 - Julie Moore, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

2013 - Deborah Burkholder

2014 - Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP

2015 - Linda Farr, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

2016 - Kevin Keleher, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

2016 - Walt Prior

2017 - Diana Ayers, PHR, SHRM-CP

2017 - Lisa Monsein, PHR, SHRM-CP

2018 - Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Esq.

2019 -

2020 - HR Heroes

2021 - Ray Weatherby

Rules & Nomination Requirements

1. Nominated persons must have been a GMVHRA member in good standing for at least one year.

2. Nominee should exhibit enthusiasm for the Chapter and HR profession, be involved outside of the workplace in another organization(s) and/or recognized for contributing something to the community at large or the HR profession in terms of volunteerism or sponsorship for a cause or event.

3. Nomination letters must be supported by an accompanying statement detailing the specific accomplishments of the candidate that, in your opinion, entitle your candidate to earn this prestigious award.  Include as much information as possible, such as:  present and former positions, including their connections with human resources, educational background, special honors and/or positions held in other industry organizations.


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