Talent Acquisition Panel



2019 Talent Acquisition Panelists

Heather Barker, SHRM-CP
Director, Human Resources, TGS

Heather Barker is a Human Resources Professional with over 15 years of experience specializing in mid-size to large organizations providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startup and established organizations. Her broad experience includes change management, organizational effectiveness, employee relations, leadership, compensation, HR technology and learning & development.  Her career experience spans in various industries including oil & gas, financial, logistics, pharmaceutical research and food services.

Heather is currently the Director of Human Resources for TGS, a global organization that provides multi-client geoscience data to oil and gas exploration and production companies worldwide. In her role she supports a fast-paced organization, linking people strategies to business strategies and is responsible for leading and implementing company wide web based performance review system, creating and delivering learning & developing strategies to senior leaders.

Prior to joining TGS, Heather held human resources leadership positions for NEXT Financial Group, Noble Logistics Inc. and Sysco Corporation. Heather earned her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Houston and is a national member of the Society of Human Resource Management, World at Work and CEB. She is certified as a SHRM-CP.

Nicole Belyna, SHRM-SCP
Manager, Recruitment and Recruitment Strategy, Thompson Creek Window Company

Nicole Belyna is a human resources professional with a passion for talent acquisition. For over ten years, she has served as a business partner specializing in recruitment strategy, employer branding, and recruiting and retention operations in the fashion/beauty retail, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. Currently, Nicole is the manager, recruiting and recruiting strategy for Thompson Creek Window Company. Additionally she is serving her third term as president for the District of Columbia Society for Human Resources (DC SHRM). Prior to serving as president, Nicole served as president-elect, membership director, and program and professional development chair. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Russell Sage College in Troy NY and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Jeremy Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP
Managing Principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc.

Jeremy is Managing Principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc., a global Human Resources management consulting firm that helps organizations improve and enhance their internal talent acquisition and staffing capabilities. For almost two decades, Jeremy and his team have partnered with organizational Talent and HR leaders to create strategies and tactics to make their recruiting, staffing, and talent acquisition processes, systems, and organizations more effective to achieve business results.

Prior to founding Riviera Advisors in 2001, Jeremy spent almost 20 years leading talent acquisition and staffing teams at Universal Studios, Amazon.com, and Idealab. In addition to SHRM, Jeremy is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Institute of Management Consultants-USA. Jeremy served two terms on the SHRM Staffing Management special expertise panel in the 1990’s and on the recent Workforce Planning Standards Workgroup. Jeremy is certified as an SHRM-Senior Certified Professional, and as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) from the Institute of Management Consultants.

A highly-sought-out speaker on the value of the corporate staffing function, Jeremy speaks to many audiences at conference, seminars, and organizational meetings. Jeremy is the author of the book, “RecruitCONSULT! Leadership – The Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader’s Field Book”, (STARoundtable Press, 2011 and second edition, 2018). Jeremy is based in Long Beach, CA.

Paula Harvey, SHRM-SCP
VP of Human Resources & Safety, Schulte Building Systems

Paula H. Harvey, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR is the VP of Human Resources & Safety for Schulte Building Systems in Hockley, TX. She has worked in the retail, services, construction and manufacturing industries. Mrs. Harvey has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in International Marketing and Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also earned her MBA with a concentration in HR Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She is a Senior Global Certified Professional of Human Resources through SHRM. She is an authorized OSHA 501 trainer and has achieved the Manager of Environmental Safety and Health Programs (MESH) certificate and the Advanced Safety Certification (ASC) from the National Safety Council.

Paula teaches several business and leadership related topics especially to HR professionals. She is also an internationally recognized speaker on global and strategic business issues. She has published or been quoted in several articles on HR topics and co-authored three books with other HR professionals.
She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) currently serving on the board of the SHRM Foundation and on the SHRM Talent Acquisition Panel. She has also served as the SE Membership Advisory Council Representative (MAC), NCSHRM President and President of Union County HR Association and Charlotte Area SHRM. She is a past recipient of NCSHRM HR Professional of the Year and NCSHRM HR Humanitarian of the Year.

Melissa Hennigan, SHRM-CP
VP People, Symplicity Corporation

Mel Hennigan, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources leader that is helping organizations achieve business outcomes by connecting the values and objectives of the organization with the strengths and motivators of its people. She is specialized in rapid-growth technology companies and is currently the head of HR for Symplicity Corporation in the greater Washington DC area. Mel’s career’s focus is bringing countries and cultures together to achieve purposeful objectives, and her work background includes companies in the private and public sectors, and spans government, education and technology industries for companies that range in size from start-up to multi-national. Mel is a participating member, volunteer and panelist for multiple professional organizations including the Society for Human Resources Management , Association for Talent Development and Women In Technology.

Ashley Inman, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Manager, HNTB
Ashley Inman is a Korn Ferry certified SHRM-SCP with 15 years HR experience in program management, talent development, workforce planning, diversity and global mobility. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah, and graduates this year with a master’s degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology. Ashley is currently the HR Manager for HNTB’s Gulf Coast and Texas division, a 100 year old employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm. Previously, she worked for a multinational infrastructure company, Fortune 500 construction services division, a professional sports league and the University of California.
A highlight in her career was being recognized as a 40 under 40, from the Volusia / Flagler Business Report. Ashley has served on multiple University Employer Advisory Boards, the San Francisco Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities and as a Conference Moderator for Florida’s Association of Colleges and Employers. In 2017, Ashley participated on the Texas Diversity Council’s Veteran Summit speaker panel.

Steven Lindner, Ph.D.
Chief Development Officer, The London Day School
Senior HR and Education Executive, The WorkPlace Group

Dr. Steven Lindner is a Senior HR Executive and Partner with The WorkPlace Group, a talent acquisition and development consulting firm. He also is the Chief Development & Financial Officer of The London Day School, one of the most innovative education academies in the country.  

Dr. Lindner’s work in human resources (HR), talent acquisition & development, extends across 44 different countries with Fortune 500, multinational and mid-cap companies. He has appeared multiple times on ABC and CBS Radio and has over 85 HR industry & business publications in AP, CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox Business, HR Executive, Inc. Magazine, Money Magazine, NPR, SHRM, The Street, Workforce Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Univision & USA Today. Dr. Lindner holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.  

Carol McDaniel
Director, Global Talent Acquistion, Delta Air Lines

In her current role, Carol and her team oversee the global recruitment of all professional roles to include all Executive recruitment for Delta Air Lines.

Prior to joining Delta Air Lines as the Director, Global Talent Acquisition, Carol served as the Director of Talent Acquisition with Johns Hopkins Health System, where she oversaw, directed, and managed a team of 10 in the recruitment process for one of the most progressive organizations in the healthcare industry to meet the needs of a demanding pediatric hospital under the Johns Hopkins Health System.

After serving in the United States Air Force for ten years, McDaniel's experience in the Talent Acquisition Industry began in Olsten Staffing, Lucent Technologies as a corporate recruiter, and she worked for Bernard Hodes Group for 12 years working with organizations to put strategies in place. Her background combines extensive Human Resource consulting, recruiting, marketing and advertising expertise. With her strong understanding of the many challenges in today's competitive labor market environment, she is considered a subject matter expert in the employer marketing and branding process. This expertise has proved to play a crucial role in the development of talent management and acquisition strategies. She has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and NBC Night News for her innovative strategies in "Geo-Fencing" and Re-targeting" in the Talent Acquisition arena. Carol sits on the Talent Acquisition Special Expertise Panel for the Society of Human Resource Management as an advisor and contributor to SHRM's talent initiatives. Carol is a frequent speaker at HR and SHRM events, national programs, and training seminars to focus on the areas of talent acquisition and talent communications.

Dan Ryan, SHRM-SCP
Principal, Ryan Search & Consulting

As the President & CEO of Ryan Search he leads a firm that provides retained executive search services for clients in the Design, Construction and Healthcare markets.

As a Vistage Chair, Dan works with business leaders to help them maximize their own personal skillset and to work with others to learn how to grow their businesses.

Dan has earned a M.Ed. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, a MBA from Tennessee State University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Murray State University. He has been an adjunct faculty member for Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has also taught for Belmont University.
Dan is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and he also has earned the SCP designation with the Society for Human Resource Management.

He is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and works with the ACE Mentor program to provide opportunities for high school students to gain insight and scholarships toward careers in the architecture, engineering and construction world.

Jeremy Tolley, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer, CareHere, LLC

Jeremy T. Tolley is an experienced talent executive with a knack for building and supporting organizations during rapid expansion. As Chief People Officer for CareHere, a national leader in onsite, employer-sponsored healthcare, Jeremy leads talent acquisition, human resources, training and organizational development for a widely distributed workforce. Prior to CareHere, Jeremy had a 14-year tenure with a successful, fast-growth hospitality company where he served as head of talent, helping that company grow from 300 to over 9,000 employees. 

Jeremy is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and has a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from the University of Memphis. He is passionate about company culture, talent management, productivity, and communications. 

David S. Twitchell, SHRM-SCP
Vice President Human Resources, Catholic Charities New Hampshire

David is a 35+ year HR professional and is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Catholic Charities NH.  One of New Hampshire’s largest non-profits with almost 1000 employees scattered throughout the state providing social service programs to those in need, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable along with eight nursing homes where they provide skilled nursing services to some of New Hampshire’s oldest citizens. 

David is a SHRM certified professional having attained his SHRM-SCP.  Additionally, he has been a long-term volunteer for SHRM having served in varied chapter and state council positions, has been a past Chapter President, a State Director and a Northeast Regional MAC Representative. Over the last several years he has served on several special expertise panels, Total Rewards, HR Disciplines, Ethics and most recently on the Advisory Panel.  Currently he is a SHRM Certification instructor as well as one of the instructors for the SHRM Foundations of Compensation program.


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