Executive

President, 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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President-Elect, EVP of Programming, Executive

Jackie Linton, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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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Past President, Executive

Charity J. Hughes, PhD., 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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Vice President, Legal, Executive

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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Vice President, Finance & Analytics, Executive

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith is an Investment Representative and Financial Consultant with AXA Advisors, LLC in Bala Cynwyd, PA. As a Financial Consultant, Ryan takes pride in breaking complex planning scenarios into smaller more manageable pieces, to assist his clients in understanding how their investments, insurances, and tax/legal obligations* all play a part in their long term financial situation.

Ryan has extensive knowledge and experience in the employer sponsored arena. He has expanded his knowledge to become a Retirement Benefit Specialist of tax-sheltered plans. Throughout his career Ryan has built a diverse client base consisting of educates, self-employed individuals, small business owners, schools and non-profit organizations.

Ryan is a Philadelphia native and former all-public basketball player. Ryan carries the same ethics of hard work, integrity, and zeal learned on the basketball court to his business. Ryan has obtained several production awards including, District Leaders’ Corps. He continues to refine his processes and update his planning knowledge to achieve the highest level of service.

Ryan attended Clarion University of PA to earn his Bachelor Degree in Finance. He currently resides in Willow Grove, PA with his wife Michelle and their two children, Ryan Jr. (6) and Mirya (10).

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Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Executive

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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Vice President, Chapter Services, Executive

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 team, she works directly with Partners and leadership in the Philadelphia and National Tax Business Units 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 board for several years as Co-Chair of Membership and the Emerging Leaders Committee. Prior to joining the board, she served on the Emerging Leaders Committee in various capacities coordinating networking events and working with 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 SPHR and SHRM-CP Certified. After living in the city for over 8 years, her and her husband Marc recently made the move across the bridge to South Jersey and are excited to explore their new location.

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Certification

Vice President, Certification

Karla Hill, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Karla Hill currently serves as the Deputy Director for Human Resources and Administration for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development. She  has over 28 years of Human Resources Management experience with the City of Philadelphia. During her career, she has served as the HR Manager for the Department of Public Health, Offices of Fleet Management, Behavioral Health and Housing and Community Development.

Her experience includes  leading a team of professional and administrative staff responsible for labor relations, recruitment, career development and payroll, conducting job audits, writing class specifications and administering civil service exams.  Karla holds a BBA in Public Administration from Baruch College, a MS from Chestnut Hill College, and is an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University. Her mother moved from Limón, Costa Rica to New York City to pursue a career in nursing where she met her father, an entrepreneur from South Carolina. A native New Yorker, Karla attributes her passion for educational and economic inclusion to her upbringing and exposure to immigrant and diverse communities. She currently lives in the Northwest section of Philadelphia and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two sons and mother.

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Workforce Readiness

Vice President, Workforce Readiness

Kena Sears-Brown, MBA

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 husband and two children.

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Marketing and Communications

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Jillian Rosenthal

Jillian R. Rosenthal, SHRM-SCP is a Human Resources Generalist at EwingCole, a national architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. In her role, Jillian is a strategic partner in the areas of performance management, talent acquisition, professional development, and employee relations. She has a passion for helping others and solving problems. Prior to EwingCole, Jillian worked as a Human Resources Generalist at CDI Corporation, an engineering and technology staffing firm and prior to that she was a Human Resources Coordinator at Blank Rome, LLP, a Philadelphia based law firm.

 

 

Jillian has been a Philly SHRM member for several years and is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee. Jillian is SHRM-SCP certified, Six Sigma Green Belt certified, has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Health and Business from the University of Central Florida. Jillian and her husband Evan live in the Graduate Hospital area of Philadelphia.

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Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Kelly Bower

Kelly is an experienced Human Resources Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry with a focus in HR operations. Skilled in Workday, SuccessFactors, SPSS, and various other HR information systems, she provides technical HR support to the rest of the business . Kelly has a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Human Resources Management and Services from Temple University – Fox School of Business and Management.

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Communities and Partnerships

Vice President, Communities and Partnerships

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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Thought Leadership

Vice President, Thought Leadership

Melissa Sims

Melissa Sims is the Regional Chief of Human Resources for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service.  In this role, Melissa oversees the HR staffing and advisory services branch, learning and development and the policy and security contingent.

Melissa is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Army.  Melissa served as a hospital administrator for a field medical unit, a personnel officer at both the Battalion and Brigade level, the Chief of Human Resources for a large Army hospital and as a personnel officer for the Surgeon General of the Army.

Melissa began her career with the National Park Service as a Management and Program Analyst at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. in 2010.  She has served the Northeast Region as both a Partnership Specialist and, most recently, as the Regional Employee Development Officer.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Systems Engineering.  Melissa also holds a Master of Science in Human Resources, as well as an MBA.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communications.

Melissa is the interim Country Lead for Change Management Institute, USA and is a Founding Member of the Greater Philadelphia Area’s Association of Change Management Professionals.  She is also an active volunteer for New Story, a charity that provides life-changing homes for families around the world.

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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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Membership

VP, Membership

Noel Ridlon, M.A., SHRM-SCP

Noel Ridlon received her undergrad degree at Northern Illinois University and her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University. Noel has been working in Human Resources for almost 10 years, and has held a variety of positions in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She also serves as an HR consultant for non-profits in the Philadelphia area.

Vice President, Membership

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 the campaign.

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

If given the opportunity to boast, she will definitely mention her most beloved pit bull, Kennedy.

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Sponsorships

Vice President, Sponsorships

Emeka Oguh

Emeka Oguh is the founder & CEO of PeopleJoy (www.peoplejoy.co), a benefits platform focused on financial wellness.  PeopleJoy provides employee retention solutions to companies that struggle with high costs of turnover and retaining talent.

PeopleJoy solves this problem by providing a student loan paydown service for employers to make automated matching contributions to their employees’ student loans.  He previously founded a mobile app publishing company that was acquired in 2015. Prior to that, he worked as director of product at a venture-backed financial technology startup and as a Wall Street analyst at Merrill Lynch. He is a Huffington Post contributor, providing articles related to financial wellness and managing student debt.  He also volunteers with MLT Ascend, a mentoring program for first-generation, low-income college students.  Emeka earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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Vice President, Sponsorships

Justin Vagnozzi

Justin is a dynamic workforce consultant who has
demonstrated success in aligning human capital to facilitate
positive business outcomes. Educated at Temple University he
gained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has
achieved his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. He has worked
in many industries including manufacturing and technology.
Most recently he has leveraged his expertise to serve as a
consultant providing enterprise software and service solutions
for workforce management.

Through his diverse background Justin has built strong business
acumen across many industries and specifically has developed expertise aligning workforce management strategies to ensure execution of business-critical plans.

Justin is a passionate communicator and enjoys building connections in all facets of his life. Whether through business partnerships or personal relationships he consistently offers the opportunity for open communication aimed at delivering a positive outcome.

When engaging clients Justin takes a consultative approach, performing in depth analysis to understand the company strategic goals, workforce challenges and strengths while also providing tools to benchmark their practices against their peers and world class organizations from a human capital management standpoint. Justin draws not only on his expertise and background but also an impressive network of complementary professionals in the greater Philadelphia area.

In his personal time, Justin enjoys riding his motorcycle and captaining his men’s Ice Hockey team. He makes his home in Huntingdon Valley with his wife Jennifer and twin boys Nolan and Luke.

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Programming

Vice President, Programming

Huda Brooks Goldman

Huda Goldman is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), the fourth largest housing authority in the United States. In this capacity, she leads Labor & Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits, and Human Resources Programs, to include, Training and Performance Management. Prior to joining PHA, Ms. Goldman served as Human Resources Manager – Staff & Global Functions for SCA Americas, a global hygiene and forrest products company. In this role, she handled 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 also served as Code of Conduct Champion for SCA Americas, a role in which she successfully led a project team in delivering Code of Conduct training throughout SCA Americas’ North, Central, and South American locations.

Prior to that, Ms. Goldman held corporate HR assignments at Vanguard, an investment management company, to include domestic and international executive search, corporate compensation, and employee relations. In this capacity, Ms. Goldman 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. Ms. Goldman 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 within the staffing industry.

Ms. Goldman holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Romance Languages- Spanish concentration, with a minor in Political Science. Ms. Goldman 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.

Ms. Goldman currently serves on the board of the Philadelphia Society of Human Resource Management (Philly SHRM), which is a Super-Mega chapter of SHRM National. As a Philly SHRM board member and Vice President of Programming, she and her volunteer team are responsible for providing in-person and Webinar professional development programs for Philly SHRM members and for the Philadelphia business community at large. Ms. Goldman has also served as a board member for the Philadelphia YWCA, and has served as a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Director, Programming

KimberlyAnn Huegel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Kim is the Senior Manager of Human Resources/Talent Management at CTDI, a full-service, global engineering, repair and logistics company providing best-cost solutions to the communications industry.  Kim leads the development and implementation of strategic talent acquisition campaigns and owns the evaluation of CTDI’s recruiting function, strategies, and procedures while building strong relationships in a rapidly and constantly evolving environment.

Prior to this, Kim was an HR Manager in a Global Shared Services organization at The Vanguard Group, managing a multi-site team responsible for all domestic recruiting operations and HR sponsored events. Kim was with Vanguard for 20 years, spending time 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.

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

Steve Hart

Steve is a vice president in Human Resources at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

A native of England, Steve began working for the Fed in 1985 as a Senior Marketing Analyst. He went on to become the Marketing Manager and eventually the Marketing Officer. He moved to Human Resources in 2003 after spending 18 months as the Bank’s Planning Officer.

At the Philadelphia Fed, Steve now leads Talent Management, Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, HRIS and HR Analytics. He is also an experienced facilitator, focus moderator and executive coach. Throughout his career, he has lead numerous projects in marketing, learning and development and human resources on behalf of the entire Federal Reserve System.

 

Steve was an adjunct professor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia where he taught various courses on Organizational Change, Systems Theory, Leadership, and Human Capital. He also taught a graduate course at LaSalle’s Prague campus in the Czech Republic for the School of Communication, and presented his own work on leadership titled: Lessons in Leadership from the Warrior and the Artist to LaSalle MBA students residing in Zurich and Basel in Switzerland.

Steve is now a member of the Affiliate Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches human capital strategy and leadership at the graduate level in the Organizational Dynamics program.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Durham, England; LaSalle University, Philadelphia; and The Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He also holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow of the 2009 Core Class of Leadership Philadelphia. Steve is also an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honors Society.

Steve is the lead singer and song writer with the acoustic band, HMS and is a member and occasional guest conductor of the St David choir in Willow Grove, PA.

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Vice President, Symposium

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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Symposium Programming

Director, Symposium Programming

Juliette Finney, PHR, SHRM-CP

Juliette is currently the Human Resources Manager at F.A. Davis Company. In this role, Juliette manages the company’s benefit plan design, wellness program, and serves as an employee relations business partner. Juliette is working on completing her Master of Science in Human Resources Management from West Chester University.

Juliette started with F.A. Davis in 2012 as an HR Associate. She quickly grew her role within the company and was promoted to an HR Generalist in 2013 and in 2016 became a Human Resources Manager. In her current role Juliette has been a key contributor to growing the department and adding new systems to F.A. Davis. She successfully implemented the company’s first HRIS, was a strategic leader in the move to a self-insured medical plan, created and now leads the wellness program, and developed and provides upkeep on the company’s first compensation plan.

 

Juliette currently serves on the board of the Philadelphia Society of Human Resources Management (Philly SHRM), which is a Super-Mega chapter of SHRM National. Prior to being on the board Juliette volunteered for the Symposium Day Programming Committee and Pre-Conference Symposium Committee for three years as both a member and lead. In 2018 Juliette won the Delaware Valley HR Rising Star of the Year Award.

 

Before her shift into Human Resources, Juliette was a teacher for elementary age students.

Juliette lives in Philadelphia, enjoys cooking in the kitchen, being with her friends and family, and getting down to the shore as much as possible.

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Director, Symposium Programming

Maria Downs, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Maria Downs is a Human Resource Project Manager at the Vanguard Group. She manages various projects within the organization that include both operational and strategic initiatives for performance management, workforce planning, payroll and leadership development departments within the organization.

 

Maria Downs is a Human Resource Project Manager at the Vanguard Group. She manages various projects within the organization that include both operational and strategic initiatives for performance management, workforce planning, payroll and leadership development departments within the organization.

She began her career at Vanguard after graduating from Saint Joseph’s University in June 2000. She has had experience in various areas, first as a client service associate for a department specializing in small business retirement plans. She then transitioned to various leadership roles as well as those focused on process improvements through data and process analysis.

Maria became interested in Human Resources while obtaining her Master’s degree. Her career in HR began as a supervisor leading the Data and Reporting team. As a result of her strong project management, she led a project looking to redesign the current reporting tools and develop the strategy for human resource reporting.

Maria has received her Master’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. She also has her SPHR, SHRM-SCP and recently obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan and two daughters Allison and Liliana. In her free time, she enjoys running and exercising.

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Emerging Leaders

Vice President, Emerging Leaders

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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Vice President, Emerging Leaders

Tori Mitchell, SHRM-CP

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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Connor McNamee

Connor McNamee is an Associate in PwC’s People & Organization Practice, one of the largest providers of HR consulting services in the world. In this role, Connor provides a variety of compensation and tax consulting services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, independent businesses.

Connor graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a major in Human Resource Management and a minor in Management Information Systems. Connor has been an active member of Philly SHRM since 2013.

Connor is also an avid composer, guitarist, and singer, and has written, recorded, and released an album of his own original music.

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