About the Labor Relations Panel

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Robert Archibold SHRM-SCP, SPHR
HR consultant/Instructor
UCLA for Employee Relations and Legal Aspects of Human Resources 
Littleton, CO

Robert Archibold is currently providing HR consulting services and is an Instructor at UCLA for Employee Relations and Legal Aspects of Human Resources.  His former experiences include Director of Human Resources at St. Anthony Hospital.  He was Executive Director of Employee Relations at Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado one of the largest districts in the nation. Jefferson County employs more than 13,000 employees, serving 88,000 students.

Archibold’s was Director of Human Resources for Samsonite Incorporated where he managed the workforce and relocation efforts of manufacturing plants throughout the America’s. He also combined to health care providers Catholic Health Initiatives and Seventh Day Adventist Health into one Health System Centura Health with 14 hospitals and 13,000 employees as Director of Employee Relations.

Archibold has 25 years of Human Resources experience with the required expertise in strategic planning, complex problem solving, and change management in health care, manufacturing, public utilities, government and education.


Douglas Gilbert
Partner
Fasken Martineau Dumoulin
Toronto, ON 


Alice Kilborn SHRM-CP, JD, PHR
Founder
Kilborn Consulting, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Alice Kilborn, JD PHR SHRM-CP, is the founder of Kilborn Consulting, LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kilborn Consulting is an employer counseling and training practice devoted to working with organizations to help prevent workplace litigation and streamline and improve the employer/employee relationship. Kilborn also serves on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel and on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of New Mexico’s Employment and Labor Law Section. In addition, Kilborn is an Instructor at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. Prior to starting her own practice, Kilborn​ was an Associate Litigation Attorney at Moody & Warner, PC, where she represented employers and employees in employment and labor-related matters. Kilborn was selected to the Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star lists in 2014 and 2015, a designation awarded to less than 3% of lawyers in the state. Prior to entering the legal field, Kilborn worked in Human Resources specializing in the areas of state and federal regulatory compliance (including oversight of Affirmative Action Plans, Equal Employment Opportunity Programs, USERRA, and the Family and Medical Leave Act) and corporate training. Kilborn is a frequent, enthusiastic speaker on workplace related issues.


Marie LaMarche SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Division Director of Labor Relations
Franciscan Health Systems
Tacoma, WA

Marie LaMarche, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is currently the Division Director of Labor Relations for Franciscan Health Systems, with over 12,000 employees and 21 union contracts in Washington State.  She has negotiated and administered contracts for units represented by the SEIU, UFCW, WSNA, Teamsters, IOUE, CWA, The Newspaper Guild, and the GCIU, and is also well versed in union avoidance strategies, strike planning, and decertification elections.  LaMarche has over 20 years of human resource management and labor relations experience in the Healthcare, Newspaper Publishing, Media, and Financial industries.  Along with the Labor Relations Expertise panel she previously served on the Employee Relations expertise panel and is a long time SHRM volunteer at the local, state and national level.   


Nancy McKeague SHRM-SCP
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Okemos, MI

Nancy McKeague is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. A former member of legislative staff in both the Michigan House and Senate, she has more than 30 years of experience in government relations and non-profit association management.

Specializing in labor, insurance, and employment law, employee benefits, and organizational development, she is active in legislative and regulatory issues at both the state and federal levels, and frequently testifies as a subject matter specialist.

McKeague holds dual national certification as a senior certified professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and from the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel and its Policy Development Council, which provides guidance on matters relating to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Spring Arbor University and a master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

McKeague serves on the Board of Directors of Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. (the 8th largest writer of workers’ compensation coverage in the US), and its Executive Committee. She also sits on the Board of Sparrow Health System in Lansing and its Executive Committee and chairs its Human Resources, Compensation, and Retirement Committees.

She and her husband, United States Court of Appeals Judge David McKeague, reside in East Lansing.


Bruce Olin SPHR 
Director of Labor Relations
Volvo Parts North America
Saint Augustine, FL

Bruce Olin, SPHR, is currently, Director of Labor Relations for Volvo Parts North America, the distribution division for Volvo and Mack Trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment, Penta, and Volvo Bus in North America. He has over 25 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources and Labor Relations including negotiating over 150 labor agreements as chief spokesperson and developing and implementing labor strategies. He has experience in various industries including manufacturing, chemicals and mining. He was a member of SHRM's Labor Expertise Panel (2005-2008) and SHRM's Employee and Labor Relations Committee (1999-2004). He has spoken to various Professional Associations and HR groups and has been interviewed in local newspapers and national magazines on Labor Relations topics.


Eric Oppenheim SHRM-SCP
VP or Asst/Assoc VP 
Republic Foods, Inc.
Rockville, MD 

Eric H. Oppenheim is the Executive Vice President and Franchise Owner of Republic Foods, Inc. where he manages the operations and human resources for eighteen Burger King Restaurants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is an experienced business owner, leader, and human resource executive with over sixteen years of responsibility with strategic planning in managing day-to-day operations and human resource functions, including the development of policy and directing and coordinating human resources activities such as: recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, compensation, employee benefits, security, consumer issues and employee services. Additionally, he is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating new business segments to support corporate diversification.

His analytical ability, strong operational and financial focus, as well as energetic and progressive approach to the business, has earned his organization the 2008 Brand Leadership Award from Burger King Corporation, as well as achieving recognition for outstanding operational results in 2010 as measured by Burger King Corporation metrics. These acknowledgements are the result of the dedication and commitment of the 70 salaried employees reporting to him. 

Along with his work in Operations and the Human Resources field, he has been involved with many advocacy efforts in advancing the Human Resources position as well as articulating and representing the interests of small business on Capitol Hill. Participation on business panels with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and lobbying efforts with the Society of Human Resource Management and the National Franchise Association, have resulted in an increased impact on the legislative process in support of and advocate for employees, human resource professionals, and the business community.

He received his undergraduate degree in International Business from Ithaca College and his Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University. He holds an SHRM-SPC as well as an SPHR Certification, has served on the Labor Expertise Panel for the Society for Human Resource Management since 2012, served on the Human Capital Measurement/HR Metrics Expertise Panel for the Society for Human Resource Management, holds a certificate in Strategic Decision Making and Human Resources from The Wharton School, and is the vice chairman for the Government Relations Committee for Burger King Corporation. Additionally, he has served on the Legislative Committee for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Human Resource Leadership Forum, and the Washington Area Compensation and Benefits Association.


Celeste A. Bethell Purdie SHRM-SCP, MA, SPHR
Human Resource Sr. Manager
Verizon Wireless
Greenville, SC

Celeste Purdie is human resources Sr. Manager for Verizon Wireless and has been in the human resources industry for over 20 years.  Purdie has spent a significant part of her professional career engaging in conversations and work related to diversity management including training, career development, recruiting and retention.  Her passion for diversity emerged as a result of the four years she spent in the U.S. Air Force, which allowed her to visit over 20 different countries.  Over the past several years she has focused on workplace engagement and serves on the Advanced Labor Team at Verizon.  She received a B.S. in Organizational Development from Voorhees College and a dual M.A. in Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University.  She holds her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She is a certified trainer for ELI for their Respectful Workplace Series and Prism International for Leading Diverse Teams and most recently was certified by BTS to train Engage to Win.  She currently serves as the College Relations Director for the SC State SHRM Council and has previously served in the roles of Diversity, At Large Membership and Certification Directors.   Additionally she served as the President of Tri-County Human Resource Management Association for 2008 and 2009 and served on the Workplace Diversity Expertise Panel from 2010 - 2013.  She was named HR Professional of the Year for Greenville SC in 2014 and was a nominee for the SC Palmetto HR Professional of the Year award in 2015.


James Rhollans SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director, Labor Relations 
Owens Corning
Sylvania, OH

Jim Rhollans joined Owens Corning in October, 1998 as a Human Resources Leader in the Insulating Systems Business. He was promoted to Director, Human Resources in 2001 where he worked with the Corporate organizations, including Legal, Finance, Sourcing, Human Resources and Safety. In this role, Rhollans was responsible for all facets of HR for these functions, including strategy development and implementation, executive coaching, talent management, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, development, and compensation.

Rhollans joined the Labor Relations team in 2008 and is responsible for developing and implementing labor and employee relations strategies and negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. He has successfully negotiated more than 50 collective bargaining agreements over the past 7 years, across all of OC’s business units and with many different unions. He has also lead plant wide assessments in several non-union facilities which resulted in significant improvements in plant performance and lead labor relations training for supervisors and HR professionals across the company.

Prior to joining OC, Rhollans had worked in Human Resources for Marathon Oil Company for 14 years.

Rhollans received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati. 


Kelly Stiles MHRIR
HR Manager
City of Unalaska
Unalaska, AK

Kelly Stiles has been the HR Manager for the City of Unalaska for over seven years where she performs a variety of generalist type functions ranging from benefits administration to labor/employee relations.  Stiles holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College and a Masters degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Kelly also holds a certificate and an advanced certificate in Employment Law from the Institute of Applied Management and Law, Inc.

Originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stiles has worked in the manufacturing, engineering and finance industry before moving to Unalaska and beginning her first public sector HR position.  Stiles is particularly passionate about employee relations and contract negotiations and is thrilled to be selected for SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel for Labor Relations.

Outside of Human Resources, Stiles is active in her community through serving as president on a local non-profit arts council board; an active member on her church leadership team and lending a hand to a variety of organizations in her island community.


Thom Stohler
The National Association of Professional Employer Organization
Alexandria, VA 


Michael VanDervort 
Director
CUE Inc. 
Clayton, GA

An HR practitioner for over 25 years, Michael VanDervort specializes in creating thriving workplaces driven by positive associate relations.

VanDervort is the Executive Director of CUE Inc., a non-profit, member run organization dedicated to assisting companies in the creation and maintenance of positive working environments.  Before joining CUE, VanDervort was the Manager, Labor Relations for Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Florida.  He is also a volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving a term on their Special Expertise panel on Labor Relations.

An accomplished social media user, VanDervort was responsible for implementing the initial social media efforts at one of the largest grocery retailers in North America.

VanDervort frequently speaks and writes about a wide variety of human resources topics including labor and employee relations, positive workplace leadership, and social media.


Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Sole Proprietor
FiveL Company
Westminster, MD

Christine Walters has more than 25 years’ combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching. She spent nearly ten years in healthcare human resources administration for an entity comprised of approximately 3,500 employees, 2,800 FTE’s of which roughly 17% were bargaining unit members.  She has received national and regional awards, presented at conferences across the country, been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, and testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and administrative agencies on employment issues. Her book, “From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations” has been one of the SHRM Bookstore’s “Great 8” best-sellers for five consecutive years and is  pre-approved by HRCI for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Walters demonstrates her commitment to advancing the HR profession and supporting HR professionals by serving in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at the national, state and local levels. Today  Walters works as an independent consultant providing proactive human resources and employment law consulting services and training programs doing business as FiveL Company, “Helping Leaders Limit their Liability by Learning the Law.”SM   Walters is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.


Phillip Wilson JD
President - General Counsel
Labor Relations Institute
Broken Arrow, OK  

LRI helps clients create positive and productive workplaces while strengthening direct relationships with employees. LRI is best known for educating employees during NLRB union election campaigns. LRI also helps companies create positive workplaces by assessing vulnerability, directing workplace improvement, and training line-level leaders to create healthy, high-performing organizations.


Patricia Wise JD 
Legal Counsel
Niehaus Wise & Kalas, Ltd.
Toledo, OH

Patty Wise is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law and carries Martindale-Hubbell’s AV-Preeminent Rating.  In private practice for over thirty years, she was appointed in 2015 by EEOC Chair Jenny Yang to the EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment.  She also serves on the SHRM Special Expertise Labor Relations Panel, which she co-chaired in 2015.  She has been an adjunct or visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law for over 15 years and is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Wise serves on the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct.  She has written several books on harassment and retaliation, and is a frequent speaker and on-line presenter for state banking associations and other professional organizations, as well as an author of numerous professional articles.  Wise is active in her community as well, serving legal aid and fair housing organizations.  


John Wolfe SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Manager – Human Resources
Conagra Foods, Inc. 
Milton, PA


Areas of Expertise

  • Administration of collective bargaining agreement 
  • Alternative dispute resolution 
  • Alternative organizing methods 
  • Contract negotiation/Bargaining techniques 
  • Corporate campaigns/Neutrality 
  • Covered Elections 
  • Election basics 
  • Grievances/Arbitration/Mediation Labor/Management cooperation/Partnerships 
  • National Labor Relations Act 
  • National public labor need 
  • NLRB rulings 
  • Public sector labor relations 
  • Strikes/Lockouts/Workforce disruptions 
  • Unfair labor practices/union management 
  • Union awareness 
  • Union certification/decertification 
  • Union governance/Internal working processes
  • Weingarten Rights/Union organizing

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