Elga Lejarza-Penn aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP
President HRTrainingClasses.com®

Entrepreneur / Human Resources Professional / Public Speaker

Mrs. Lejarza-Penn has been working in Human Resources for over two decades. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s in Management and a Minor in Human Resources. She is the founder and president of HRTrainingClasses.com® founded June 1, 2018  and is devoted to assisting every single HR Professional to obtain their aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification as well as re-certification Programs to obtain the training and credits necessary to maintain their HR Certification and other essential and in many cases, mandatory by law, Human Resource Trainings.
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Mike Penn, aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP
Business Partner HRTrainingClasses.com®

Entrepreneur / Human Resources Professional / Marketing Technologist / Solutions Architect

Mike is a Leading IT and Marketing Strategist, Senior Professional in Human Resources and Master Solution Architect with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of industries helping businesses to architect, integrate, manage, train and develop business technology, marketing and human resources solutions. 

Mike is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and has the aPHR, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certifications.  He is married to Elga R Lejarza-Penn and together they launched HRTrainingClasses.com shortly after they married in February of 2018. 

Sharon R Jones, MBA, SHRM-SCP, PMP
Instructor / Instructional Designer

Sharon is a Strategic HR Operations Leader with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Business Management, Organizational Development, Learning & Development, and Instructional design in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Throughout her career, she had led cross-functional, and cross-cultural globally dispersed teams to deliver results.  She knows how to translate business needs into the talent strategies that build an engaged and diverse workforce.  

She holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Georgia, Bachelors of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a project management professional designation (PMP), and a SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource, Senior Certified Professional). 

In her personal time, Sharon loves traveling and has visited 6 out of 7 continents. In addition, she enjoys painting landscapes, indoor cycling, and reading. 

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Darren Banks, SPHR
Instructor / Instructional Designer

Darren is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with more than 20 years of experience in leadership and training, he is committed to the power of cultivating and developing teams through diversity, equality, and inclusion.  He believes every business and team can achieve any goal through revolutionary ideas and diverse viewpoints.

Darren’s professional experience as a Corporate Manager of Training & Operations is where he developed many new and exciting programs and processes to elevate the company’s profit margins while increasing employee engagement and retention.  Receiving the prestigious “Mother Bread” award at Panera Bread and additionally creating and implementing new material at other top 100 Fast Causal concepts, Darren became one of the youngest leading Training General Managers.  While showing compassion for the community, Darren has served as a Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist with Miami-Dade Children’s Trust and Fulton County's Trauma Intervention Program.  He also has been a team leader for Miami-Dade Autism Speaks.   

Darren is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, double majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Darren has previously lived in the Washington, DC metro area and Atlanta prior to moving to South Florida 14 years ago, where he now lives in Miami with his family.  One of Darren’s favorite things to do is to travel around the world learning new cultures and eating exotic foods.

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