Virda Rhem has amassed more than 20 years of human resources and diversity management experience in high technology, manufacturing, service, and consulting environments. Since 1994, she has served as director of human resources for Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association in Austin, Texas.
Rhem attained an undergraduate degree in business education and master's degrees in personnel management and business management. She has completed certificate programs in diversity training and mediation. In addition to holding lifetime certification as a senior professional in human resources, Rhem has also coordinated and instructed PHR and SPHR certification programs. She has served in numerous volunteer leadership capacities at the chapter and state levels since joining SHRM in 1992.
Rhem was 2005-2006 director of the Texas State Council of SHRM, during which time the TSC was the recipient of SHRM’s first State Council Pinnacle Award.
Prior to assuming her current position as Director-at-Large on the 2009 SHRM Board of Directors, Rhem served on the Area IV Board as diversity director; on the Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel; and as a regional representative on the Society’s Membership Advisory Council. Rhem is active in several community, professional and service organizations in addition to her involvement with SHRM.