Executive

President, Executive

Charity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Charity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the vice president of human resources in the Americas for VWR which is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She guides the strategic direction and execution of HR services and provides leadership support to the Americas senior business leaders. Her professional experience includes talent management, executive coaching, change management and organizational development.

Charity spent eight years at SCA Americas where she facilitated improved alignment between the various sales and marketing teams and increased leadership focus on people strategies from succession planning to performance management. Prior to leaving SCA, Charity led the HR cultural and policy integration activities for a $513 million acquisition and prior to joining SCA, Charity worked for some of Philadelphia’s most renowned employers including Independence Blue Cross and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Mrs. Hughes holds a fundamental belief that a life well spent is a life of service. As such, she has taught human capital development and transformational leadership to students enrolled in the University of Phoenix Online MBA program, and has served her profession as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) national and local organizations. She was recognized by the 2015 Pennsylvania Diversity Conference as one of the most powerful and influential women, she was nominated for the 2012 Delaware Valley Human Resource Person of the Year award. She is the current president for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has built a strategic platform that engages traditional and non-traditional schools to prepare students with the skills, knowledge and social competence essential for meeting the region’s current and future business and economic challenges and talent needs. She is an active board member of Graduate! Philadelphia, a 501(c)3 organization that helps adults gain access and identify resources they need to complete a college degree. She is also completing a doctoral program in which her research focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership in the human resource profession.

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President Elect, Executive

Jameel Rush, PHR, SHRM-CP

Jameel is the Director of Organizational Development at Day & Zimmermann (D&Z). In this role Jameel partner’s with D&Z’s Engineering, Construction, and Maintenance Group (ECM) and their Manufacturing Group (DZMG) in all aspects of Talent and Organizational Development. Prior to his role with Day & Zimmermann, Jameel spent over 8 ½ years with the Aramark Corporation in a multitude of Talent Management and Human Resource roles. Those roles included the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Development, and being an HR generalist in Aramark’s Sports and International groups.

Jameel has his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from St. Joseph’s University and is a graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor in Business Administration focusing on Human Resource Management and Management Information Systems. He has obtained Human Resource certifications from Villanova University, his Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute, and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Jameel serves on the board for The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, People for People Inc., the Graduate Advisory Board for Peirce College, and was named as one of Philadelphia’s Top 55 Connectors and Keepers by Leadership Philadelphia in 2014. Jameel is also an adjunct professor at Temple University and participates in their HR Round table which uses local professionals to help guide the curriculum of the Human Resources Program.

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Past President, Executive

Gloria Sinclair Miller, GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Gloria J. Sinclair Miller is a highly respected strategic Human Resources Business Partner with more than 20 years of senior human resources leadership within the pharmaceutical, retail and financial services industries.

Ms. Sinclair Miller was most recently the Senior Director, Diversity and Talent/HR Business Partner for AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical’s North America Commercial Business Unit. In this role, she oversaw the development and execution of diversity and inclusion strategies, and championed the implementation of the division’s People Strategy. Prior to this role, Ms. Sinclair Miller was the Senior HR Business Partner for the U.S. AZ-BMS Diabetes Alliance, driving the alignment of business strategy and human capital management in this unique joint Diabetes venture between AstraZeneca (AZ) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). She continued to serve as HR Director for U.S. Diabetes upon AstraZeneca’s purchase of the Diabetes business from BMS, and managed the HR integration of the 2,000 North American employees of the BMS Diabetes franchise into AZ’s culture and organization.

Prior to her work with the Diabetes Alliance, Ms. Sinclair Miller held HR Management roles within the Information Technology/Enterprise Services division of Bristol-Myers Squibb for 6 years, during periods of major organizational and cultural change. For 8 years before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ms. Sinclair Miller held Regional HR Management positions with Borders Group, Inc as well as TD Bank, where she was an effective multi-unit human resources business partner, building strong alliances with operational and human resources partners, and effectively leveraging the talents and best practices of organizations undergoing both mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Sinclair Miller has assumed multiple leadership roles within the national and local chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) including serving currently as the Immediate Past President, of the Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM. She has been an active member of this chapter’s Board of Directors for several years, and led the chapter’s programming and professional development efforts as Vice President of Development. In recognition for her many years of leadership and her impact on the recruitment and development of HR professionals, she was the recipient of the 2010 Delaware Valley SHRM’s HR Person of the Year.

Ms. Sinclair Miller has been a strong mentor and advocate for supporting our military service men and women, not only within SHRM, but also through her direct involvement with military service organizations. She serves as the Chairman of the Board for USO for Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO), following several years of service as a Board Member, Gala Chair and Volunteer. Additionally, Ms. Sinclair Miller has served with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as a committee member of the ESGR in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has also been a Board Member of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi-Service Center, as well as a member of the advisory team for the Women’s’ Veterans ROCK Campaign. She was the recipient of the Veteran’s Multi-Service Center’s Advocacy Award (2015) and the Women’s’ Veterans ROCK Legends Award (2014).

Ms. Sinclair Miller’s professional credentials include Global and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certifications (GPHR and SPHR), the SHRM-SCP certification, as well as both a Masters and Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Widener University and Wilmington Universities respectively.

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Vice President, Legal, Executive

Heather Herrington, Esq.

Heather Herrington is a professional services business development coach and trainer with Business Development University and the Chief Advocate of Fun and Certified Training Partner with The Fun Dept. She is also Of Counsel with Donnelly Ritigstein where she handles very select employment matters. Ms. Herrington was previously the Assistant Litigation Department Chair with Jacobs Law Group PC where her primary areas of practice were complex and civil litigation, as well as all manner of labor and employment matters ranging from the representation of individuals to negotiate employment agreements to successfully defending companies in various types of employment litigation.  Heather speaks extensively on HR, Employment Law, business development and corporate culture issues for lawyers, accountants, HR professionals, and many other professional services industries.

 

Heather was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016, and was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was previously the Vice President of the Professional Women’s Roundtable, a Philadelphia-based networking group with a membership base that includes leaders and executives of various industries including local and national businesses, insurance, legal, medical, education, public relations and marketing.

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Vice President, Finance & Analytics, Executive

Juanita Solomon

Juanita Solomon is currently employed as an accountant at The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia, a major charter school in Philadelphia, PA. She is a notary public and is an income tax preparer at H&R Block. Prior to working at the school, Juanita was employed as a manager at Verizon Communications where she spent the majority of her tenure in the Information Technology (IT) Department.

Originally from Virginia, she relocated to Philadelphia to attend college and holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics, both earned at the University of Pennsylvania.

Juanita is a Board member of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), a major rape crisis center located in the city of Philadelphia. She formerly held the positions of Board President and Treasurer and is currently a member of WOAR’s Finance Committee.

She is active in her church organization and has held various positions including president, secretary, treasurer and choir director on the local, state and international levels.

Juanita is married and has one daughter.

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Marketing and Communications

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Debby Derricks

Debby is currently the Director of Development for The Veterans Multi-Service Center, headquartered in Old City, Philadelphia. She serves organization in a dual capacity by management of communications and development efforts.

Before joining the VMC, Debby worked in both the private and public sector, including diverse projects within political campaign management, communications consulting and strategic marketing.

Her experience led her to be appointed to communications coordinator for the Philly Vets Home coalition, a community-wide, collaborative, and inclusive effort to end homelessness among Veterans in Philadelphia by Veterans Day 2015 and driven by an unprecedented collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, two City offices, the Housing Authority, and four non-profit organizations committed to ensuring the success of our shared mission.

Debby is also a Leadership Philadelphia 2015 Fellow. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology from New York University and a Certificate in Politics from the University of Pennsylvania.

If given the opportunity to boast, she will definitely mention her most beloved pit bull, Kennedy, and/or her brief stint in Kung Fu.

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Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Kelly Bower

Kelly is a HR Coordinator for Burlington Stores, Inc. She supports the SVP of Corporate HR and the HR Business Partners on strategic initiatives, associate relations, performance management, associate engagement, and organizational culture. Before joining Burlington Stores, Kelly received her Masters degree in Human Resource Management from The Fox School of Business at Temple University.

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Communities and Partnerships

Vice President, Communities and Partnerships

Joseph Welsh, Esq.

Mr. Welsh is an attorney and business consultant providing government relations, strategic organizational development, training and legal services in the Delaware Valley. He serves as adjunct faculty for the Legal Studies Center at the Fox School of business and support Temple Consulting Services.

He has recently been appointed to a Fellowship in Workforce Development at Drexel University’s School of Education where he is also an adjunct Faculty. He is also an adjunct faculty in the School of Biomedical Engineering and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel.

He serves as Vice President for Partnerships on the board of directors for Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM.

He serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.

Currently Mr. Welsh is participating in the World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia focusing on regional workforce development issues.

Previously Mr. Welsh was appointed as a Research Fellow at Temple University School of Law were he focused his research on International Law and Health Policy and served as a consultant to the World Bank section on Health, Nutrition and Population.

Mr. Welsh holds an MBA and Juris Doctor and is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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Vice President, Communities and Partnerships

Kena Sears

Kena R. Sears, is Director, Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Initiatives at Goodwin College of Professional Studies. Kena is an accomplished professional with over 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing, and business development. For over 6 years, she held the position of Continuing Education Representative at Penn State Abington.

In this role, her exemplary strategic planning and natural interpersonal and communication skills were an asset to dozens of clients and students with professional development needs. Kena is an alumna of Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Business Administration. She resides in Philadelphia with her fiancé, two teenage children and a pair of feisty felines.

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Thought Leadership

Vice President, Thought Leadership

Dennis Paris

Dennis is the CEO of Schreiber-Paris LLC, a consulting firm that helps companies to increase the value of their brand through gap analysis and organizational alignment with strategy and execution.

Dennis’ experience includes instructing, speaking, consulting, and coaching on new venture, product strategy and execution planning to a variety of domestic and international businesses, including non-profit organizations. In his early career for the Dutch conglomerate Philips, Dennis had responsibility for developing international strategies that were integral to a disruptive technology shift of the global desk-top computing market place.

Subsequently he led and contributed to numerous international strategic marketing initiatives for a multi-billion dollar global Japanese technology companyin the planning and start-up of a new technology division, the turnaround of a maturing product division and a South American business unit, including the start-up of Mexico and Brazil subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Schreiber-Paris, Dennis founded Tangerine Strategies LLC, a market strategy, innovation and new product development consulting practice. Clients have included the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia (a City of Philadelphia cooperative) and New Jersey Economic Development projects, military product innovations, a national pharmaceutical association, a global German pharmaceutical glass operation, and various other diverse product and service organizations.

Dennis earned his MBA from the LeBow School of Business at Drexel University, and a BBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received additional training in leadership and organizational management at the Center for Creative Leadership in Boulder CO, and at INSEAD Business School in France.

Dennis has served in advisory capacities to the Pharmaceutical-Drug Exchange (PDE), the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia and Peirce College. He is a board member of the Economic Development Corp. of Gloucester Township, NJ, and of Philly-SHRM, the Society of Human Resources Management where Dennis is responsible for Thought Leadership.

As an adjunct professor, Dennis has taught marketing, innovation & new product development, and is currently the lead instructor of a unique PMBA program at Temple’s Fox School of Business, where student teams conduct market analysis, strategy and planning for live client consulting ventures. Dennis served in the United States Air Force Reserves for 11 years, and with a love for choral arts, has performed internationally with the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Men’s Choral, as well as the Greater South Jersey Chorus and Chamber Singers.

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Vice President, Thought Leadership

Justin Dixon

Justin a recruitment professional and currently works at Comcast Corporation. Since joining Comcast in 2014, Justin has recruited professionals across both the Business Services and Consumer Services groups. Prior to his role at Comcast, Justin worked in recruitment for Stroll, Inc., a small eCommerce company. Justin also previously worked at both CMF Associates, a small financial consulting firm, and Aerotek, Inc., a large recruitment agency.

Justin joined the Philadelphia SHRM chapter over 5 years ago and quickly wanted to get involved.  Justin has served as the Chairman of the Talent Management committee for PSHRM for over 5 years.  In that time, Justin has been an integral part in the growth of peer groups and participants on the committee.

Justin is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Temple’s Fox School of Business.  Justin lives in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Alison; in his spare time he enjoys playing golf.

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Membership

Vice President, Membership

Cassie Flanagan

Cassie Flanagan is the Branch Manager for the Philadelphia office of PeopleShare, a Philadelphia based staffing company.  Cassie leads her recruitment team to find the best talent in a variety of industries including customer service, call centers, office support, accounting, finance,  and IT personnel.

Cassie comes to PeopleShare with years of sales and management experience. Prior to joining PeopleShare, Cassie spent 6 years at a global company holding various positions focusing in sales, management, business development, customer service, and marketing. Cassie was the recipient of multiple awards including President’s Club, Top Producers Club, and Circle of Excellence as well as the recipient of Supplier of the Year award from one of her largest clients for going above and beyond expectations.

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Vice President, Membership

Timothy M. McCarthy, Esq.

Timothy M. McCarthy is an associate attorney in the Philadelphia office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers exclusively in workplace law and employee relations matters, including management training, litigation defense, and preventive advice and counseling.

 

 

Mr. McCarthy graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 2014 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Loyola University Maryland in 2011. While attending law school, Mr. McCarthy was an executive editor of the Rutgers Law Journal, was a Michael Young Scholar for his participation in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, and served as a judicial intern to a United States Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

 

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis as an associate, Mr. McCarthy was a Summer Associate in the firm’s Morristown, New Jersey office, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Yannotti, N.J. Superior Court – Appellate Division. Mr. McCarthy is currently admitted to practice law in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.

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Sponsorships

Vice President, Sponsorships

Steve Grandizio

Steve Grandizio is the National Director of Affinity Programs at AnnieMac Home Mortgage. He works with clients such as Under Armour, Rothman Institute, Genesis Healthcare and Nutrisystem to help their employees save money and get VIP service when buying, selling or refinancing a home.

Steve graduated from Wilmington College with BA in Communications and was a four time All-American in baseball. He went on to play minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. While playing in the minor leagues, Steve won a an MVP award for the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League and Most Popular Player of the Peoria Chiefs as voted by players, coaches and fans. He was also inducted into both the Media Old-timer’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Wilmington University Sports Hall of Fame.

Steve went on to get his Masters of Science in Public Administration from Wilmington in 1999. That year, he and his brother began investing in real estate in Manayunk. They accumulated properties over the years and decided to open a mortgage company in 2003, Friendly Mortgage, which had offices in Old City Philadelphia, Cinnaminson, New Jersey and West Palm Beach, Florida. As President and CEO of Friendly, Steve won the 2008 Young Entrepreneur Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of commerce. In 2009, Friendly Mortgage became a division of Superior Mortgage and Steve decided to change careers, becoming the Chief Development Officer for Exude Benefits.

For the next four years, Steve helped grow Exude’s revenue and employee count. While a member of Exude’s leadership team, they won the Chamber’s Customer Service Excellence Award. Steve also has many charitable and volunteer endeavors including sitting on the Chamber’s Small Business Board of Directors since 2008, the National Adoption Center’s board from 2011-2015 and the Chamber’s Board of Directors from 2007-2011.

In 2013, Steve co-founded the PhilaLympics, a corporate Olympics to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. In the three years since inception, PhilaLympics has raised $90,000 for the charity. Also, in 2006 Steve co-founded Little Smiles PA to put smiles on the faces of sick children in hospitals throughout the region including CHOP, St. Christopher’s, Shriners’, AI DuPont and many more. In its 10th year, Little Smiles helps hundreds of kids each year.

Steve is also heavily involved in youth sports, coaching for the Philadelphia Athletics travel baseball program and Taney Little League. He also reads each month at St. Mary’s Interparochial School, where his children, Marshall (10) and Emme (6), attend. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Beth and the kids. They enjoy vacationing in Michigan, Florida, the Jersey Shore and all-inclusive resorts.

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Vice Presidents, Sponsorships

Tori Mitchell

Tori is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Tori has been with Juno Search Partners for over 4 years and has gained experience in high volume, full life cycle recruiting, strategic sourcing techniques, employment branding, account management, customer service, maintaining a candidate pipeline, relationship building, and much more. Tori truly enjoys meeting new people and helping candidates land their dream jobs.

 

Tori is a currently member of the Sigma Alpha Kappa National Society for Leadership and Success, a member of the planning committee for DisruptHR, a member of the sponsorship committee for Delaware Valley HR person of the year, as well as the Director of Events for Philly SHRM’s Emerging Leaders Committee. Although new to the Philadelphia area, Tori was born and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and loves networking and meeting new people all across the Philadelphia region.

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Programming

Vice President, Programming

Huda Brooks Goldman

Huda Brooks Goldman is the Human Resources Manager – Staff & Global Functions for SCA Americas. In this role, she handles HR relationship management across a variety of areas to include: organizational culture and employee engagement, performance management, strategic workforce planning, talent management, compensation, and HR compliance. She is also the Code of Conduct Champion for SCA Americas, a role in which she has successfully led a project team in delivering Code of Conduct training throughout SCA Americas’ North, Central, and South American locations.

Prior to this, Huda held corporate HR assignments at Vanguard, to include domestic and international executive search, corporate compensation, and employee relations. In this capacity, Huda led executive search for Vanguard’s new business in Canada, and handled a variety of Canada based compensation matters to include market pricing and conducting broadband classification recommendations. Huda also previously served as an HR Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the national headquarters for the organization, and has been a Talent Manager for Pro Staff.

Huda holds a bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Romance Languages- Spanish concentration, and has a minor in Political Science. Huda received her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, and participated in the Temple University School of Law study abroad program in Rome, Italy. Huda is also a member of the Pennsylvania bar.

Huda served as the PSHRM Programming Committee Project Manager from 2011-2013, and was a participant in the PSHRM Mentoring Program from 2006-2007. Huda has previously served as a board member for the Philadelphia YWCA, and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer mentor from 2005-2010.

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Director, Programming

KimberlyAnn Huegel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Kim is a Human Resources Manager in a Global Shared Services organization at The Vanguard Group. She currently oversees the Talent Management & Event Logistics Team, responsible for all domestic recruiting operations and HR sponsored events. Kim has been with Vanguard for 19 years, spending the last nine years managing teams in Leadership Development and HR Data & Reporting and also managed the strategic development and implementation of Vanguard’s Performance Management program.

Kim has extensive people leadership, HR, and business knowledge coupled with creative ideas for designing and implementing new processes and training with a solid history of success. She has strong operational leadership and planning skills, combined with the ability to coordinate the efforts of many to meet organizational goals. Prior to her time in HR, Kim was a leader in Vanguard’s Marketing and Retail investor organizations.

Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Performance Management from Immaculata University and has served on the PSHRM Symposium planning committee since 2012.

Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Patrick and their two children Toni and Michael, is a devoted “Swim Mom” and also serves as the Vice President of the Springfield County Club Swim team.

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Director, Programming

Anne Duong, PHR, SHRM-CP

Anne Duong is an Employee Relations Advisor at Comcast, focused on supporting Employee Relations and Immigration. Anne’s recent accomplishments include her SHRM-CP/PHR certification, and completing her Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

As a SHRM Member, Anne has contributed to chartering the SJU SHRM Chapter at Saint Joseph’s University. She received the 2012 Philly SHRM Emerging HR Leader Award. Prior to her role as Director of Programming Webinars, she was the HRCI Coordinator for the Philly SHRM Programming Committee for the 2014-2015 season.

Before her shift into HR, she was an Admissions Officer and Assistant Director of Admissions for her undergraduate alma mater Bryn Mawr College.

In her free time, Anne enjoys home renovations with her husband, playing with her son, and reading home decor design blogs in awe. They live in suburban Philadelphia.

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Symposium

Chair, Symposium

Jackie Linton, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

With more than 20 years of executive leadership experience, Jackie Linton is the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Resources and Talent for the City of Philadelphia. In this role Jackie focuses on improving the operation of City departments and agencies through strategic human resource activities such as training and development, recruiting, onboarding and process improvements.

Jackie’s leadership expertise is in operations, engineering and human resources with a primary focus on process improvements in each of these areas. She has created enterprise-wide solutions for various companies using a systems approach, grounded in thorough analysis and clear metrics. This work has been proven to significantly impact and improve operating results. She expands her approaches by advising business leaders in the areas of change management, performance improvement, strategic planning and talent management as a regular part of her work.

Jackie began her career with the City of Philadelphia as the Deputy Managing Director for the newly formed Center of Excellence, a City resource focused on organizational development, project management and performance management. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Ms. Linton held a number of executive positions including the Vice President of Human Resources for Synagro, Vice President of Organization and Leadership Development at ARAMARK Corp. and Vice President of Human Resources at Intracorp, a subsidiary of CIGNA Corp.

Jackie is a firm believer in giving back to the community and she has demonstrated this in her volunteer work. Her past experience includes her membership on the board of Career Wardrobe and her participation as a counselor for SCORE, a small business support organization. She is currently an advisor for MBA students at the Fox School of Business and tutors adult learners with the Lutheran House.

She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute, a Senior Certified Professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

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Vice President, Symposium

Patricia McConnell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Patty McConnell is an accomplished, creative, results-driven business leader with proven experience developing and leading high performance teams. As Manager of HR Strategy and Business Partner Services for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patty understands and proactively addresses the HR needs of her client business area, Clinical Support, a complex 2000+ person organization. In partnership with business leaders, she drives alignment between the businesses and HR through the development and execution of human resources strategy; builds organizational capacity and effectiveness through the delivery of various organizational development interventions; and ensures the effective delivery of quality HR services through the management of HR Business Partners.

Before joining CHOP, Patty held various leadership roles in the City of Philadelphia. Most recently Patty was the Streets Department Deputy Commissioner where she led the delivery of cohesive administrative services including human resources, financial operations, budget development and various supporting functions such as contract administration and supplier diversity. As a problem solver and leader committed to creating solutions to meet the needs of various stakeholders, Patty created and advocated for a variety of programs during her tenure. One close to her heart was a skills development program which prepared youth for a career in the field of Land Surveying. This unique program leveraged the talent of the department to provide opportunities for local at-risk youth and created a talent pipeline which would bridge future knowledge gaps in the specialized area of surveying. Other programs included veterans’ initiatives and career development resources programming for employees.

Patty has been involved in Philly SHRM for many years and has had the pleasure of serving in a number of Board roles including PSHRM’s annual Symposium Pre-Conference Co-Chair (2014 and 2015), VP of Programming (2011-2013) and VP of Emerging Leaders (2010-2011). In addition to her work with PSHRM, Patty volunteers her time and leadership to support other organizations such as Dress for Success and the Junior League of Philadelphia which promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women and improving communities.

Patty earned her Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University. Patty is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional and is certified in the administration and use of a number of assessment tools such as DISC and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

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Symposium Programming

Director, Symposium Programming

Shannon Camps, PHR, SHRM-SCP

Shannon is an Employee Relations & Retention Specialist at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine). In this role, Shannon serves as a coach, consultant and advisor to managers and employees, while supporting the HR function as a collaborative partner and colleague. Penn Medicine is among the most prestigious academic medical institutions in the world. Its international prominence is built on a tradition of innovation, excellence, and compassion.

 

During her tenure at Penn Medicine, she has successfully developed key relationships, facilitated a departmental restructure, designed and developed resources to improve the Impaired Employee process and collaborated with HR colleagues on the communication strategy for the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces (Philadelphia’s Sick Leave Ordinance).

Before joining Penn Medicine, Shannon was an HR Business Partner at Drexel University. In this role, she collaborated with Senior leadership on the revision of 40+ HR Policies to ensure compliance, best practices and current trends. Shannon also served as the Project Lead for the implementation of a Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) Policy, FWA Agreement, Manager’s guide and information training sessions.

As a member of the Philadelphia running community, Shannon has completed three half marathons, three Broad Street Run 10-Milers and is currently training to run the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon!

Shannon holds a Masters of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Drexel University and has been PHR certified since 2006.

Shannon lives in Philadelphia with her husband Alex and one year old daughter, Alexis Grace.

 

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Director, Symposium Programming

Joanna D. Vazquez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Joanna is the Director of Human Resources at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC), a private non-profit agency dedicated to assisting children and their families coping with the impact of behavioral health issues, traumatic events and other challenges that have an effect on childhood development.

During her tenure at CCTC, she has successfully designed and directed the agency’s staff development program which prepares staff to meet the challenges of serving the emotional and behavioral needs of at risk children and families. She is also responsible for the strategic direction and administration of the agency’s talent acquisition and management process.

Joanna is the recipient of the 2015 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year for Medium-sized companies. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Joseph’s University and is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Gwynedd Mercy University. She has been SPHR certified since 2011 and was SHRM-SCP certified in 2015.

Joanna has been a member of the Philadelphia SHRM since 2006 and has successfully co-directed the PSHRM Symposium for the last three years. In partnership with the Emerging Leaders Committee, she also helped launch and implement the successful HR Development Series from 2009 to 2012. The series provided valuable career information for current, aspiring and in transition HR professionals who wanted to establish a definitive plan for progression within the field relative to their interests and goals.

An avid runner, Joanna recently finished her seventh Broad Street Run 10-Miler and is currently training for her next half marathon.

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Emerging Leaders

Vice President, Emerging Leaders

Theresa Velykis, PHR, SHRM-CP

Theresa is a Human Resources Generalist for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a leading pediatric facility in Philadelphia. In this role, Theresa works as an advocate for healthcare professionals and provides support in all areas of Human Resources. Theresa has been a Six Sigma Lean Leader for St. Christopher’s and worked to implement process improvement initiatives throughout the hospital.

Theresa has provided Human Resources support for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She began her Human Resources career with ARAMARK in the company’s Human Resources Representative program. During her time as a Human Resources Representative, Theresa worked with Human Resources leaders in the Sports and Entertainment business during large scale events.

Theresa later accepted the role of Human Resources Coordinator for one of the top symphony orchestras in the world, the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she assisted both administrative staff and orchestra musicians in all areas of employment.

Theresa is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Business degree in Human Resources Management and her People First certification. She has been an active member of Philly SHRM since 2009 and has sat on the Programming, Emerging Leaders and 2013 Philly SHRM Symposium committees.

Theresa lives in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband Jason, son Jacob, and Labradoodle Duncan.

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Vice President, Emerging Leaders

Catherine Preim, PHR, SHRM-CP

Catherine is currently the Human Resources Manager with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, one of the top full-service accounting and advisory firms in North America.  Serving as part of the Talent Management group, she works directly with Partners and leadership in the Philadelphia Business Unit and provides guidance in regard to employee relations, performance management, compensation, and compliance.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly, she held increasingly responsible roles in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Touching on everything HR and Talent related from recruitment and talent acquisition, project management, employee relations, training, to immigration.

Catherine is an active member of Philly SHRM and has been serving on the Emerging HR Leaders Committee for over five years. In previous roles, she was responsible for coordinating the networking events and was a liaison to one of the local Student SHRM Chapters. In addition, she previously served on the National SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC). Her role on the Council was to advocate for SHRM’s Young Professional members (those under age 35) and provide guidance to SHRM for attracting and retaining non-member young professionals.

Catherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a degree in Human Resource Management. She is also PHR and SHRM-CP Certified. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Marc, and enjoys taking in all the city has to offer.

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James Harootunian

James is currently a HR Associate with Glenmede Trust Company, an independent and privately-held wealth management firm. In this role, James provides support to Glenmede’s talent development and compensation/benefits functions.

James graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a degree in Human Resource Management and also completed minor in Adult Organization and Development. He has been an active member of Philly SHRM since 2013 and currently sits on the Emerging Leaders Committee as the Director of the Career Development Series.

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