Cherrie Spurlin

Executive Director, Western Illinois & Iowa
MRA Leadership
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Cherrie Spurlin is an Executive Director at MRA—The Management Association. Those who have worked with Cherrie describe her as a very positive person. She is often told that her enthusiasm is contagious. Cherrie believes people are a company’s greatest assets and true leadership is about taking the time to mentor, coach, and develop others.


Before joining MRA, Cherrie led Human Resources departments in healthcare and nonprofit. Cherrie says that she enjoyed serving those who serve the community, and that servant leadership is at the core of who she is. Cherrie has a master’s in strategic leadership and is currently working on her Doctorate Degree.

Key Accomplishments
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Keynote speaker, professional trainer, and adjunct instructor teaching postgraduate students.
  • Three-time recipient of the Guardian Angel Award from UnityPoint Health, St. Luke’s Hospital.
  • Education Master’s degree in strategic leadership, with an emphasis in Human Resources, from Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Publications and Presentations

Cherrie has presented and taught on many leadership, business and human resource topics for universities, organizations, conferences, and associations in the Midwest. Cherrie led the Human Resources and Volunteer Services team at Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, that was a recipient of the 2017 Corridor Business Journal Award in Nonprofit Talent Engagement. She is a 2021 Corridor Business Journal Forty under 40 honoree.

Professional and Community Activities

Cherrie has served as the Marketing and Communications chair for the ATD Hawkeye Chapter. She has been Treasure for the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association. She has volunteered in her community for UnityPoint Health, Salvation Army, and Horizons, A Family Service Alliance. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army. She is a Rotarian. Cherrie is the funder of the Business & Leadership Book Club that has over 200 members.