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Panel Member Biographies
Teri Baros, CBP, CCP, SPHRHR DirectorPyrotek, Inc. Spokane, Wash.
Teri Barros has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resource Management, including healthcare, nonprofit and manufacturing. She currently serves as the HR Director for Pyrotek, Inc., a global engineering leader and innovator of performance-improving technical solutions, integrated systems design and consulting services for customers in the aluminium industry. Pyrotek, Inc. has over 3000 employees worldwide with global resources and dependable local support in more than 35 countries with over 60 locations. Pyrotek’s products and solutions are in use around the world in automotive, aerospace, rail transportation and high-tech manufacturing. Privately-owned since 1956, Pyrotek’s deep-rooted values of integrity and collaborative problem-solving uphold their mission to improve customer performance.
Barros has extensive experience in business integration, manufacturing in an FDA environment, employee learning development and coaching, fiscal management, compensation and benefits administration, marketing/communications, payroll, HRIS, and fundraising. She has a BS in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Barros is a long time member of both the national and local chapter of SHRM and World@Work. Over the years, she has served in several different capacities on the local SHRM board of directors. She has her Senior in Human Resource Management (SPHR) certification from HRCI, and her Certified Compensation Professional and Certified Benefits Professional certifications from World@Work. Barros is also a certified TrustEdge™ trainer.
Karen Bolden, SPHR, SHRM-SCPSr. Vice President and Chief People OfficerEat'n Park Hospitality GroupPittsburgh, Pa.
Karen Bolden joined Eat'n Park Hospitality Group in 1991 as Human Resource Manager and progressed through a variety of increasingly challenging HR roles. Her current role includes oversight of all human resource functions including benefits, compensation, employee relations, recruitment and training. She currently serves on the company's retirement committee and was recently appointed to the corporate giving committee.
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group operates restaurants and onsite dining programs in nine states and employs over 9,500 team members. The company has been recognized with multiple awards for people practices including four Best Practice Awards from the People Report, an industry organization focused on sharing best practices.
Bolden is a member of SHRM and the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA) and serves on the board for Presbyterian SeniorCare and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Previous board experience includes time as a trustee for the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and as a director for the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association.
She has a degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and lives outside of Pittsburgh with her husband and two dogs.
George H. Boué, SHRM-SCP, CPC Vice President of Human Resources Stiles Corporation Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
George Boué is responsible for all Human Resources management and administrative activities for Stiles, a leading full-services commercial real estate firm. He started his career in the environmental, health and safety industry, in both consulting and corporate roles. He led consulting departments at TRC Environmental, ATEC Associates, and LAW Engineering. On the corporate side, he had EHS responsibilities for Nortel Networks' Caribbean & Latin American operations.
At Nortel, alongside the Human Resources team he also managed business ethics activities for Latin America, and he helped develop Nortel's global Code of Business Conduct and affiliated training programs. When Nortel decided to outsource its manufacturing, he was invited to join the HR team and made a career change. Boué graduated with an International Executive MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety from Hunter College School of Medicine in New York. He also completed the professional coaching program at the University of Miami. Boué is fluent in Spanish and is dedicated to lifelong learning. He is involved in children's charities, and sits on the Board of Jack & Jill Children's Center.
Rebecca Briley SHRM-SCP Vice President of Human Resources EFCU Financial Federal Credit Union Baton Rouge, La.
With over 29 years of experience in Human Resources (HR), Rebecca created and has led the Credit Union’s HR Department for the past 18 years. She directs and administers the overall operations of the department and serves as their HR business partner. Rebecca provides her HR expertise with primary emphasis in areas of HR strategies, thought leadership, policy development and implementation, financial management, employee benefits, recruitment, and professional development.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification as a Senior Certified Professional in 2015.
Rebecca has served in a variety of SHRM Affiliated volunteer leadership roles since 2003, including the Southwest Region SHRM Membership Advisory Council Member, Louisiana SHRM State Council Director, and Chapter President of Greater Baton Rouge SHRM. She currently serves as the Louisiana SHRM Membership Director, the Sponsorship Chair for the 2017 Louisiana SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Summit and SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. In addition to her SHRM volunteer work, Rebecca also has extensive volunteer experience with the Credit Union National Association’s Human Resource/Training Development Council, the Louisiana Department of Labor’s Baton Rouge Job Center Employer Committee, the Baton Rouge Area Bank Security Association, and Junior Chamber International.
Thomas Diamante, Ph.D. Consulting Psychologist Executive & Organization Dev. Stony Brook, N.Y.
Dr. Diamante, a licensed industrial & organizational psychologist, brings 25 years of c-level, cross-industry and cross-cultural Human Resources Strategy and Operations experience. He is formerly of Merrill Lynch, Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Organization Capability in Global Securities Research & Economics at Merrill Lynch. At Merrill Lynch he co-led mission-critical product development teams in New York, London and Singapore. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Tom was Senior Manager and Lead Change Consultant for KPMG Consulting (BearingPoint). Earlier in his career, he was National Manager, Human Resources & Executive Development at Altria (Philip Morris Companies) serving on international HR Policy committees supporting business in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Tom is Executive Vice President & Practice Director at cca, a boutique human resources consultancy. He is Board Chair, Emeritus for enACT, Inc. an educational non-profit that builds socio-emotional skills in underserved New York City schoolchildren and he also serves on the Stony Brook University, School of Business Advisory Board. He is extensively published in executive coaching, change management, leadership development, performance management and assessment and selection.
Karla Y. Epperson, PHR Human Resources Business Partner NPL Construction Eastvale, Calif.
Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR PGHR Consulting, Inc. Freedom, Pa.
Phyllis G. Hartman, SPHR, the founder and President of PGHR Consulting, Inc. has 25+ years in HR. Phyllis' firm has provided HR consulting services for small to midsized organizations including work on sustainability audits. Hartman has worked in HR management positions in not-for-profit organizations and manufacturing. She has an MS in HRM, and holds both SHRM Senior Professional and an HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources certifications. Hartman has written 2 books: Looking to Hire Looking to Hire an HR Leader? and Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career both published by SHRM. Phyllis is currently working on another book focused on developing HR Competencies. She has served in numerous volunteer leader roles with SHRM locally and nationally and is currently a SHRM A-team Captain for Pennsylvania's 12th District as part of the SHRM Government Affairs activities. She also does volunteer work for a number of not-for profits in the Pittsburgh, PA area that work on education issues for underserved youth as well as being a member of the Executive Service Corp of the Bayer Center for Non-profit Management.
Sharon KacsitsDirector, Human ResourcesVetter Development Services USA, Inc./Vetter Pharma International USA, Inc. Darien, Ill.
An HR leader with over 25 years, Sharon Kacsits thrives on the challenge of designing programs that are market competitive and cost effective as well as developing the team to become the future leaders of the organization. Her motivation comes from seeing the strategic link between attracting and retaining top employees and building employee morale while supporting the needs and goals of the business.
Kacsits is the Director Human Resources of Vetter Development Services USA, Inc. & Vetter Pharma International USA, Inc. A global leader in aseptic contract filling, Vetter offers a foundation of experience spanning more than 35 years and dozens of successful pharmaceutical and biotech compounds. Before joining Vetter, Kacsits has held lead HR roles in the packaging, food manufacturing, automotive supply manufacturing and consumer goods industry. She is honed in all areas of HR as well as participated on multiple advisory boards.
Joanne P. Lee, SHRM-SCPVice President of Human ResourcesN.K.S. Distributors, Inc.New Castle, Del.
Joanne P. Lee is Vice President of Human Resources for N.K.S. Distributors, Inc. in New Castle, Delaware. She is a Senior Certified Human Resources Management Professional through the Society of HR Management and received a professional designation in HR Management through University of California Los Angeles. Lee is a graduate of Neumann University in Aston, PA with a B.A. Degree in Business Management.
Lee has been in the Human Resources field for 33 years working in California, Utah and Delaware. Her experience in human resources spans the oil and gas industry, financial services, executive recruiting and wholesale distribution industries. A highlight in her career was in 2008 when she was a member of the Society of HR Management U.S. - China Executive HR Exchange Delegation to China. The team of US HR executives spent 10 days promoting international understanding, networking and sharing best practices with Chinese students, educators and business professionals. Lee has contributed to an article on What's Working…for millennials in the Benefits Quarterly magazine October edition.
Lee has been a member of SHRM for over 30 years and is currently serving as Certification Chair for Delaware SHRM; previous positions served are Nominations and Chapter Secretary. This is her second year serving on the SHRM Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Special Expertise Panel. She also serves on the Business Advisory Board for Delaware Technical College. In 2016, Lee was nominated for the Ron Shane Lifetime Achievement Award for Delaware SHRM. In 2002, Lee was named the HRD Network HR Professional of the Year - selected from the top 25 largest credit unions in the State of California, and a former Junior Achievement Consultant. She is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach Class of 1999.
Mona Najib SHRM –SCP, SPHRDirector HR AdministrationLeaseplan USAAlpharetta, Ga.
Mona Najib works for LeasePlan the #1 fleet management provider in the world with a network of locations in 33 countries, managing more than 1.62 million vehicles worldwide. Najib supports LeasePlan USA with strategic HR operations for compensation, benefits, payroll, annual plans, compliance, talent acquisition and human capital management. As an HR Director Najib is responsible for empowering and guiding HR professionals design and implement our value proposition for employees and manage the risks associated with labor administration.
Najib is SHRM-SCP, SPHR certified with a MBA, MHRM & MPHA, 15+ years of HR experience in the US, UAE and Pakistan. She views organizations as a very important part of the society's ecosystem. And she am always looking for ways to help organizations meet their goals by designing collaborative and symbiotic partnerships between employees and employer.
Kinsee Owens, SHRM-CP, PHRDirector of Human Resources & ComplianceJHOSS, LLCMarietta, Ga.
Kinsee Owens is responsible for all Human Resources management and administrative functions for JHOSS, LLC, a business management company. She is also responsible for human resources strategy and planning, staffing, talent management, and succession processes as well as employee relations, leadership development and training, and other business support services.
Prior to joining JHOSS, LLC, Owens served as Regional HR Manager of Human Resources at American Air Filter, International and several related years of experience at Tree of Life. Certified as a Professional in Human Resources with the Society of Human Resource Management, Owens has taught Human Resource Management and Training & Development at Ashford University.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University and master's degrees from Keller Graduate School (MBA, MRHM). As a consultant and facilitator, Kinsee has worked with individuals and organizations on strategic planning, teambuilding, change-management, and other development efforts.
Owens is co-owner of London Sky Events and dedicates her spare time to women and children's charities.
Vivian E. Rank, MA Senior Manager, Talent Management Eden Prairie, Minn.
Vivian Rank is passionate about the people that bring organizations to life, and is known for taking a complex process and simplifying it. She honed her expertise in Talent and Performance Management practices with Fortune 100 retailers including Best Buy and Walmart. Rank currently oversees Performance Review, Talent Review/Succession Planning, Employee Engagement, and Executive Coaching for SUPERVALU Inc. Rank has her Master’s Degree in HR and Change Leadership, she is certified as an Executive Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Before joining SHRM’s Ethics/Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Panel, Rank served as a member of SHRM’s HR Disciplines Panel in 2015 and as co-lead in 2016.
David S. Twitchell SHRM-SCP, CBP, CCP, PHR Vice President of Human Resources New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc. Manchester, N.H.
David Twitchell is the Vice President of Human Resources for Catholic Charities New Hampshire and provides "hands on" leadership, coordination and oversight of company Human Resource functions to more than 1000 employees that serve long-term care rehabilitation and nursing centers as well as the numerous sponsored social service programs across the State of New Hampshire. Develops and implements corporate Human Resource strategy and programs that supports the organizational mission and vision to meet planned objectives. Twitchell is a long time SHRM volunteer having served in many leadership capacities from Chapter President for the River Valley Human Resource Association, State Director and Legislative Director for Vermont SHRM, to the Regional Membership Advisory Council Member from the Northeast and currently the Workforce Readiness Director for the NH SHRM State Council. Additionally, he has contributed to several SHRM Panels and currently is a member of the Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Panel. He has been a SHRM Learning Systems instructor for Vermont Technical College for several years. Twitchell has his MS in Human Service Administration and is a Senior Certified Professional with SHRM, a PHR with HRCI and a Certified Compensation and Benefits Professional with WorldatWork.
Diana Vida SHRM-SCP, SPHR Fishers, IN
Diana Vida, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is a human resources professional with 10+ years of experience currently working for Navient (formerly Sallie Mae) in Fishers, Indiana as a Senior HR Generalist. Her experience includes: succession management, talent acquisition, employee relations, talent management, workforce planning, employee engagement & retention, and change management. She has worked within the financial services & healthcare industries.
She is also a volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving a term as President for the Human Resources Professional Development Association chapter (HRPDA) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A graduate of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management and has also achieved the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the designation of SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
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