HR Disciplines Panel

HR Disciplines Panel

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2020 HR Disciplines Panel

George Boue
Vice President of Human Resources, Stiles Corporation

As Vice President of Human Resources, George Boué is responsible for all human capital management activities, leading a team of compensation, benefits, and talent management professionals. After receiving a Master of Science degree in Environmental & Occupational Health Science from Hunter College in New York, he started his career in the environmental, health and safety industry, in 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. He then obtained an International Executive MBA from Vanderbilt University. 
George was involved in Nortel’s mergers & acquisitions activities in the 90s, and relocated to Silicon Valley during the tech boom to lead the HR department for Shasta IP Services. He returned to Florida and was the VP of HR for MasTec, a global telecommunications infrastructure company in Miami. He joined Stiles in 2004.

George completed the professional executive coaching program at the University of Miami, a talent he enjoys applying with Stiles leadership. He has the Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management, and obtained the LEED-AP IDC accreditation. He is on the FSU College of Business HR Board, and a member of the SHRM HR Disciplines Expert Panel. He is involved in children’s charities, and sits on the Board of Directors at Jack & Jill Children’s Center.

Sylvia V. Francis, SHRM-SCP
Total Rewards Manager, Regional Transportation District

Sylvia manages the Total Rewards function for the Regional Transportation District in Denver, CO. Since 1969 RTD has been committed to the highest standards in public transit safety and service within the eight-county metro area providing bus, light rail, commuter rail, and specialty services.

Sylvia joined RTD in 2011 and designs, implements and manages the compensation, benefits, performance management and HRMS functions for the 3,000 employee organization. With over 30 years of experience in human resources, Sylvia is also active as a volunteer for SHRM; having served as the president of her local SHRM chapter, State Director for Colorado SHRM (COSHRM), a member of the SHRM A Team and a several year volunteer with the SHRM Special Expertise Panels.

Sylvia holds a SHRM SCP designation, a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from World at Work and is in the process of completing coursework for the Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) designation. She has been a member of SHRM since 1993.

Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM-SCP
Founder and President, PGHR Consulting, Inc.

Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM-SCP the founder and President of PGHR Consulting, Inc., has 30+ years in HR.  Phyllis’ firm provides HR consulting services for small to midsized organizations. Her work has included Employee Relations, HR Policy Development, Talent Management, and Affirmative Action. Phyllis’ clients have included consulting engineering, medical, not-for-profit and manufacturing companies.

Prior to founding PGHR she worked in HR management positions in manufacturing and in a not-for-profit association. She holds an MS in Human Resource Management from La Roche University, and has Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) senior professional certification.

Phyllis is a frequent speaker and has presented sessions for a variety of groups. She is an adjunct instructor for several Pittsburgh colleges and universities and has served as a full time Visiting Professor and temporary Department Chair in HR for La Roche University. 

Danna Hewick, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Human Resources, USSI

Danna Hewick joined USSI in July 2013. In her role as Vice President of Human Resources, Danna oversees performance management; training and development; policy and procedure; recruiting; and employment practices for both union and non-union staff. A Senior Professional certified through SHRM (SHRM-SCP), Danna has over 15 years of strategic human resources experience. Prior to USSI, Danna was Director of Administration, managing human resources, facility, information technology and administration for Pacific Trade International a home fragrance manufacturing company. 

With an extensive background as a business partner, Danna has a strong foundation in developing business strategy; envisioning future talent requirements; implementing sound business process; developing performance improvement and talent management programs; succession planning; and the creation of competency mapping to ensure that the company’s human resources are prepared to meet future goals. Danna holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from George Mason University and an Executive MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H Smith School of Business. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resources and the Montgomery County Society of Human Resources.

Valerie Keels, SHRM-SCP
Head of DC Office Services, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Valerie Keels, SHRM-SCP, is a dynamic human resources practitioner and facilitator with extensive experience in adult education, including designing, managing, and facilitating leadership development programs. Through her vast experience working with non-profit associations, she has excelled in creating cultures of collaboration, and implementing change to achieve workforce excellence. Valerie is proficient in several aspects of human resources including: recruitment, employee training, incentives, as well as emotional intelligence testing and coaching. She has a track record of coaching in the areas of transformational leadership, intercultural communication, team building, and managing change, with proven success and certification in EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment and coaching. Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and has an educational background in communications, organizational administration and leadership.

Mark Marsen
Director of Human Resources, Allies for Health + Wellbeing

Allies provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections. Mark joined the organization in 2016 as their first HR professional. As a department of one and a member of the Agency’s Leadership, he works to ensure that their efforts are efficient, socially aware, ethical, legally compliant, and aligned with their mission and vision. He works in an environment where employees are required to delve into subjects that would make the most seasoned HR professional blush or turn pale; Mark is learning a lot.

Prior to Allies, Mark was the HR Manager for an independent primary care pediatric practice for 15 years. He was the first HR person there too. For 10 of those years, he was also the owner of a company that designed and produced masks, costumes, and props for a variety of enterprises. Mark’s HR foundation was built in higher education administration and software development (before it was trendy). He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association and Pittsburgh Cares.

Darcey McAllister, SHRM-SCP
Principal Consultant, HRT Northwest

Darcey has over 20 years of hands-on human resources experience at both the strategic and tactical level having worked both with start-ups and small organizations as well as global companies. Her broad background gives her a wholistic understanding of business operations. From workforce planning to workplace investigations, management training to compliance, she brings practical experience to support her clients’ human resources needs. Her creative yet pragmatic approach results in practical solutions to often difficult problems. 
Darcey earned her MBA from Seattle University. She is certified as a SHRM Certified Senior Professional (SCP). Locally is supporting Portland Human Resource Management’s HR Department-of-One program and teaches their HR Essentials class.  

Parker McKenna, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MHCS
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Mosaic, Inc.
Omaha, NE

Parker McKenna leads human capital and culture strategies for Mosaic Inc., one of the nation’s largest whole-person healthcare organizations specializing in the service of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role, McKenna focuses specifically on strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and creating the best possible employee experience for Mosaic’s teams across the U.S. 

Prior to joining Mosaic in 2019, McKenna served in a variety of HR leadership and executive roles in the retail, education, and transportation industries. In addition to his “day jobs”, McKenna has served in multiple roles on the boards of SHRM affiliate chapters and state councils including HR Nebraska (a SHRM affiliate state council) where he currently serves as State Director Elect. In his spare time, McKenna enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. He lives in Omaha, NE., with his wife, two kids and two dogs.

Catherine Olivieri, SHRM-SCP
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Susan G. Komen

Catherine is Vice President, Human Resources for Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Catherine joined Komen in June 2015 and oversees all people-related programs and policies to connect and align business to people strategies throughout the organization. This includes all areas of Human Resources, Employee Development, Organizational Development and Facilities.

Catherine has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Risk Management, working for a variety of companies including manufacturing conglomerate RBH International, Alexander Consulting Group, and various restaurant chains. Prior to joining Komen, Catherine held several positions of increasing responsibility at CEC Entertainment, Inc. in Irving, Texas ultimately earning the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management.

Catherine received her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Elmira College in New York.  She also holds a Corporate Risk Management Certificate from the Wharton School. She holds SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification and serves on SHRM’s HR Disciplines Special Expertise Panel.

Kim E. Ruyle, Ph.D.
President, Inventive Talent Consulting

Kim Ruyle is president of Inventive Talent Consulting, where he applies more than thirty years of experience in human resources, organizational development, and general management. As an Associate in Korn Ferry’s Global Network, Kim provides strategic talent management and organizational development consulting for leading global organizations. He has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences, published dozens of articles and book chapters, served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards, and authored or co-authored five books on talent management and leadership development. Kim’s academic credentials include three master’s degrees, a PhD, and an Executive Certificate in Applied NeuroLeadership.

Bill Thomas, SHRM-SCP
Managing Principal, Centric Performance, LLC

Bill Thomas has 35 years of experience in HR management, operations management and consulting. Before joining Centric Performance in 2001, he spent 5 years with Dell Computers where he held a global HR executive role, and before that 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he held a national HR leadership role. In addition to his HR roles, Bill was the co-architect of PwC’s Client Service Excellence initiative and helped design and launch Dell’s Customer Experience initiative. 

At Centric Performance he works with start-ups, growth companies, Fortune 500's and non-profits to help them take their performance to the next level. Representative projects include: organization effectiveness reviews; performance management, compensation and P4P practices; leadership succession and talent reviews; employment branding and recruiting strategies; management training and executive coaching; customer and employee loyalty and engagement; user and customer experience / VOC initiatives; and building execution and performance driving teams and cultures.

He is a long-standing member of SHRM – having served in top leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. He is a current member of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on HR Disciplines which he joined in 2017. His work has been featured in SHRM’s Member2Member Solutions, CEO magazine, ASQ’s Quality Progress, Human Resource Executive magazine and others. Bill is the co-author of “ANTICPATE: Knowing What Customers Need Before They Do” (Wiley & Sons), a book that helps leaders build an effective customer-focus into their growth strategy, develop the capabilities needed to execute it, and shape the culture needed to sustain it. He is also the creator of The Customer Focus Maturity Model ® and Value Chain Labs ®, a cross-functional workout process used to align and improve teaming. 



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