Cheryl Cepelak - President-Elect Candidate

Cheryl Cepelak

Candidate Statement

Why do you belong to IPMA-HR?                    

How do you benefit from your membership?

What do you want to see from your IPMA-HR leadership?

My name is Cheryl Cepelak.  I am pleased and privileged to be running for President-Elect of IPMA-HR.  My interest lies in serving the members of this organization.  I want to know why you belong to IPMA-HR and how we, as an organization, can better serve your needs – whether it be products, services, networking; and/or personal and professional development.

I have been a member of this organization at the local, regional, and national levels since 1999, serving in a variety of leadership positions as well as on committees and taskforces along with facilitating several conferences and education opportunities.  I am also a 30-year State of CT employee, having worked at the Department of Administrative Services, UCONN Health Center and currently at the Department of Correction, serving as the Deputy Commissioner.

Having worked in the areas of Human Resources, Training and Organizational and Staff Development for most of my career, I am well aware of the importance of HR in an organization and the challenges we, as HR professionals, face.  And being a member of IPMA-HR has helped me face those challenges.  It has been a place of learning; honing my skills; networking and building life-long relationships.  I truly believe that without my involvement in IPMA-HR, I would not hold my current position as Deputy Commissioner.

I want your answers to the questions above and I will use that information to help guide the direction of IPMA-HR. 

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I would appreciate your vote and look forward to the opportunity to give back to this association that has given me so much.  Thank you!

Biographical Sketch


Utilize our 3 P system, providing continuity of leadership to:

  • Build connections locally, nationally and around the world
  • Provide professional development opportunities
  • Engage membership

Foster the work of the 2020 report and carry forward or renew to a future report, i.e., 2024

  • Assess for utilization & operationalizing report

    Uphold my values of communication and collaboration

  • None of us can do our work in a silo anymore, we need each other


Active member with International Public Management Association for Human Resource professionals (IPMA-HR) since 1999

  • Leadership positions at Chapter, Region and National levels
  • Chaired and served as member in several committees and taskforces
  • Earned the IPMA-HR designation, Certified Specialist, Organizational & Employee Development
  • Densler Award Recipient and Honorary Lifetime Member

Public Service

A 30-year CT state employee, served in the Department of Administrative Services, the University of Connecticut Health Center in Organization and Staff Development and currently is the Deputy Commissioner of Administration at the Department of Correction, overseeing Human Resources; Training; IT; Affirmative Action; Best Practices; Fiscal; Facilities Management; Food Services; Legislative Affairs; Correctional Enterprises and Healthcare Delivery


Extensive experience in the areas of leadership, performance management, coaching, facilitation, strategic planning and change management

Instructor / Facilitator:  IPMA-HR’s, Managing Employee Performance as a Human Resources Business Partner as well as facilitating New Chapter President training and IPMA-HR’s Leadership Conference; CT’s Aspiring Leaders program, Strategic Planning and MBTI classes; consulting and facilitating with Management Education Group, Inc.

Education / Volunteerism

  • Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University
  • Quality Management and Project Management Programs, Rensselaer Institute at Hartford
  • Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence
  • Career Systems International to facilitate career development, coaching skills and retention strategy workshops; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Outside of work, involved in volunteering and participating in CT Special Olympics / Law Enforcement Torch Run (SOCT / LETR) events and Komen CT Race for the Cure along with having served as Moderator at Westbrook Congregational Church.

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