HR Professional of the Year

The WHRA is actively supports our mission statement to educate HR professionals and give the opportunity to recognize the outstanding individuals who have displayed impeccable ethical standards and behavior within today’s ever changing HR Arena.

2020 Recipient

Andrea Kopcak

Recruiting Specialist

IBM Talent Acquisition Optimization

Do you know someone who:

❑ Serves as a great role model

❑ Sets standards for others to follow

❑ Helps design & implement a company’s core/strategic values

❑ Shares their professional expertise (internally & externally) on, Recruitment & Retention, Health and Safety, Employee Benefits, Employee Relations/Labor Laws, Training/Development, Wage/Salary Administration


2019            Laurie English, Excela Health

2018            Beth Neffield, Excela Health

2017            Jennifer Plummer,  Loyalhanna Mgmnt. Services

2016            Transition to calendar year

2015            Dirk Matson, Westmoreland County

2014            Hilary Pisula, Leed's

2013            Michael Bartlett, American Beverage Corp.

2012            Raven Schnaetzle, St. Anne Home

2011            Vanessa Sebetich, Greenbriar Treatment

2010            Lara Barlow-Paules, First National Bank

2009            Donna Hixson, Kennametal

2008            Kathie Brean, Redstone Highlands

2007            Kathy Shire, L & I Workforce Dev.

2006            Richard Hrivnak, Leed's

2005            Karen Redic, Dicks' Sporting Goods

2004            Lisa Fox, Fox’s Worth Consulting

2003            Catherine E. Giunta, Seton Hill University

2020 HR Professional of the Year

Andrea Kopcak

Andrea’s 20-year professional career in Human Resources has been as a strategic partner primarily focused on Recruiting, Staffing, and Training & Development.  She has spent the past six years with IBM providing outsourced recruitment services to the Elliott Group in Jeannette.  She was previously a 22-year veteran of FirstEnergy, formerly doing business as Allegheny Energy. 

Andrea has been recognized by management and peers for superior customer focus and service delivery.  She has been guest speaker/presenter at various educational institutions as either subject matter expert or to promote employment opportunities.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and Marketing Management from Seton Hill University, held her Professional in Human Resources certification for 17 years, and is a certified facilitator of The EQ Interview through The Adele Lynn Leadership Group.  She is a member of the Westmoreland Human Resources Association (WHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


JUDGES: “Past HR Professional of the Year Winners” and “The WHRA Board President”.

  1. POINT BASED EVALUATION form based on the telephone interview questions and answers.
  2. SUB-COMMITTEE ANALYSIS for “HR Professional of the Year Award”.
  3. NOTIFICATION will be made to the recipient by the Sub-Committee.


All nominees should make noticeable internal and external contributions to the HR Profession. Those individuals also must live and/or work in Westmoreland County. All nominees will be equally evaluated and the judging will be blind.



  1. A plaque recognizing them as the winner.
  2. $250.00 Cash Prize
  3. Featured Guest at December Luncheon
  4. Free Admittance to the next Annual Conference

Westmoreland Human Resources Association 

238 S. Pennsylvania Avenue

P.O. Box 24

 Greensburg, PA  15601

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