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Board of Directors

2017 Board of Directors


Randy Yu

Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management

President Emeritus (non-voting advisor to the board)
Emily Bender, Orbital ATK


Randy Yu

Name & Title: Randy Yu, President, HR Alliance DC

Brief Job Description: A transformative, passionate, and highly strategic HR executive with a proven record of developing and implementing human resources strategies and initiatives integral to and aligned with corporate objectives. A consummate leader who nimbly leverages program development/management, talent acquisition, talent management, HRIS, performance management, HR strategy and analytics, workforce planning, team building, organizational development, executive coaching and mentoring, employee benefits, and organizational effectiveness to deliver mission-critical, progressive business solutions. An exceptional communicator with a talent for synthesizing business knowledge and relationship-building skills to collaborate effectively with and influence executive leadership. A trusted business and HR thought leader perpetually driven to achieve results, streamline processes, and exceed business expectations.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Randy is an active member of SHRM and holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.  From HRCI he holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. He is also a member of World at Work, from which he has earned his Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) designations.

Education: Randy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering Management, both from Cornell University; MBA from University of Michigan

Jason Salamon
Name & Title: Jason A. Salamon is Vice President of Human Resources and Training at Edgewood and Vantage Management.

Brief Job Description: Jason has over 20 years of experience spanning all aspects of the Human Resources field.  After nearly ten years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation and two years with Central Parking Corporation, Jason spent eight years at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he served as Vice President/Director of Human Resources for a Business Unit of 3,500 employees. Jason shifted to the real estate industry in 2013 through a role as Vice President of Human Resources for the Washington, DC division of NY-based REIT Vornado Realty Trust.  Jason joined the executive team of Edgewood/Vantage, a leading residential property management company, in July 2017.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Jason is an active member of SHRM and holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.  From HRCI, he holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Education: Jason has a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the George Washington University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Human Resources Management from American University 

Personal Interests: Jason is active on the Executive Committee & Board of Directors for both his synagogue and his childrens’ school.  He is an enthusiastic coach and fan of his kids’ team sports activities, and is an avid watcher of Seinfeld reruns and Homeland.

Emily Bender

Name & Title: Emily Bender, Vice President, Human Resources, Orbital ATK

Brief Job Description: Emily has over 30 years of progressively responsible positions in the HR field, spanning a variety of industries including aerospace & defense, information technology, environmental, and hospitality.  Emily joined the Human Resources department of Orbital Sciences , a developer and manufacturer of small- and medium- class satellites and space systems, in 1998, and  led the HR function for the company.  In early 2015, Orbital merged with ATK, becoming Orbital ATK.  Emily’s current role is Vice President, Human Resources for the Space System Group, where she leads a team of 20 HR professionals overseeing the needs of approximately 3,000 employees nationwide.  She has been very involved in pre- and post- merger activities,  from M&A due diligence through the integration of HR benefits, compensation systems, HR policies and other programs.  While this effort is still ongoing, Emily is currently focusing on employee retention and engagement efforts.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Emily holds a Human Capital Strategist certification from HCI and is a member of SHRM, HCI and WACABA.

Education: Emily has a B.S. degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Maryland.

Personal Interests: Emily enjoys yoga and fitness, reading, the beach and is an avid football fan. She is a volunteer with the Pets on Wheels Program, visiting nursing homes with her dog. She enjoys spending her leisure time with her family.

Michelle Businger

Name & Title: Michelle Businger, VP Talent Resources, Vector Talent Resources

Brief Job Description: Michelle leads recruiting and service delivery at Vector Talent Resources collaborating with clients to acquire and develop top talent in the Washington DC market. She brings two decades of agency-based recruiting experience to the role and has focused on Human Resources as a specialty throughout her career. Michelle’s keen understanding of people, zest to succeed, and humble, yet direct, communication style enables her to over-achieve in the field. She is relentless in solving business problems with talent in a quick, ethical manner.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Michelle is actively involved in the HR/Business Community and hosts resume/interview workshops for underprivileged and serves on committees such as SmartCEO’s “Healthiest Company Award” and “Corporate Culture Award”. She was recently designated with an Executive Management Award for her work in rebranding Vector.

Personal Interests: Michelle is a self-proclaimed workaholic with a passion for helping people. She was raised in rural Oklahoma and moved to the Washington DC area from Dallas in the mid 90’s.

Kristin Cotter

Name & Title: Kristin Cotter, Director, Human Resources, RainKing

Brief Job Description: Kristin has over seventeen years of progressive experience in the field of Human Resources and is currently the Director of HR at RainKing. Kristin’s past experience includes being the HR Manager at Orbital ATK and she was a business partner to the executive management team at CoStar Group.  At Costar she also managed a team of four HR Generalists who supported the sales, product development and marketing and research organizations.  Kristin is a SME on employee relations, coaching, conflict management, FMLA/ADA and merger/acquisition integration. Prior to joining CoStar, Kristin worked at CA for over five years as an HR Generalist where she supported IT, accounting, and both the federal and commercial sales and services teams.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships:  Kristin earned her SHRM-SCP in 2014 and has been a member of SHRM since 2001. In addition to being in her fifth year on the board for HR Alliance DC, she is also the Chair of the Compensation Survey Committee, co-chair of the Sponsorship Committee and former Chair of the Member Relations Committee. While working at Costar, Kristin received the Human Resources MVP award in 2009 and MVP HR All-Star award in 2010.

Education: Kristin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish/Computer Applications.

Patricia Hughes

Name & Title: Patricia Hughes, VP, Talent Connections

Brief Job Description: Patricia Hughes is an experienced business professional with a background in Human Capital technology and staffing solutions. She is currently managing the Washington DC practice for Talent Connections, LLC, a leader in HR search and consulting. She focuses on building solutions to deliver positive outcomes and relationships for long term growth.  Before joining Talent Connections, Patricia realized a long-time career goal and used her experience and passion for helping others in the nonprofit space. Joining a startup division of, Patricia spent two and a half years, supporting the launch of a new placement and career coaching organization. Patricia managed the East region for Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO), a Public Benefits Corporation, developing corporate partnerships to secure employment and providing coaching to help them advance.

Education: Patricia earned a degree in business management and economics from North Carolina State University and is a certified Strategic Alliance Professional.

Personal Interests: Patricia is an active community volunteer, leading fund raising and service projects. 

Nadia Kovacova

Name & Title: Nadia Kovacova, Business Development Executive and Health & Wellness Manager; The Insurance Exchange

Brief Job Description: Nadia is accountable, professional, results-driven top performer, offering 16+ years of successful sales, marketing and business development leadership. She possesses a tenacious drive for success, demonstrated in proven track record of exceeding sales quotas. Expert in the development, implementation and administration of comprehensive health benefits, holistic wellness solutions, disease management services and programs. In her current role, Nadia is responsible for building relationships and selling TIE services; health benefits, ACA compliance assistance, HR Technology, Wellness, and Strategic planning and benchmarking to GovCon, Biotech, Non-Profits, Technology Companies, Healthcare and Construction Companies. As Health & Wellness Manager she works closely with CFOs, CAOs, HR Teams and CEOs on budget, communication, compliance and consistency to ensure VOI and ROI, lowering claims, absenteeism and presenteesm.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Nadia holds Life; Annuity & Health license; Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist by National Wellness Institute; Advanced Clinical Weight-Loss Practitioner license and Personal Trainer certificate.
She is an active member of WELCOA (Wellness Council of America); NWI (National Wellness Institute); BAN (Benefit Advisor Network).

Education: B.S. in Geography/ Cartography and Bachelor Degree in Physical Training from Komenskeho University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Personal Interests: Outside work Nadia enjoys creating healthy recipes; she is involved in fitness community, coaching fitness competitors and people who seek healthy lifestyle. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family and her dog.
She is fluent in Slovak, Czech and Hungarian and conversational in Russian and German language.

Elizabeth  Mashakas

Name & Title: Elizabeth Mashakas, Director Talent Acquisition, North America – Serco

Brief Job Description: Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in the field of strategic talent acquisition and management within world-class organizations, spanning a variety of industries to include services, aerospace & defense, professional/managed services, not for profit and telecommunications.  Elizabeth recently joined Serco as their head of Talent Acquisition North America overseeing the hiring needs for over 10,000 employees nationwide.  Previously Elizabeth lead the recruitment functions at companies such as Orbital ATK (formally Orbital Sciences Corporation), the American Red Cross, Accenture and Cable & Wireless Global where she successfully developed recruiting/staffing infrastructures that supported unprecedented growth, profitability, and critical business objectives.  Elizabeth is passionate in her efforts to bring that understanding that those leaders who truly innovate past their competitors do so by prioritizing talent acquisition as a long term play and not a transaction at the time of need.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Elizabeth is an active member of the Women In Technology’s “Sharing Our Success” STEM outreach efforts as a part of their Girls in Technology program, co-creator of the Strategic Talent Acquisition Forum (STAF), as well a member of Women In Aerospace, National Association of Professional Women, SHRM, and the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters.

Education: B.A. degree from the University of Maryland

Subject Matter Expertise:  Demonstrated expertise within the areas of strategic alignment/realignment, talent acquisition, talent management/development, retention, employer branding and contingent workforce strategies and programs.  

Personal Interests: Elizabeth holds a strong interest in developing and working with early career individuals as well as involvement in STEM related activities within schools starting at the elementary level.   She enjoys spending her time with her children and husband, the beach, and has a passion for shoes.

Sharyn Nerenberg

Name & Title: Sharyn Nerenberg, Director of Employee Engagement & Communications, BroadSoft

Brief Job Description: Sharyn has more than 25 years of marketing communications experience in both agency and in-house roles along with a passion for internal communications and engagement. With the rise of digital and social marketing and an increasingly mobile workforce, the lines among marketing, PR and HR are blurring, creating a pivotal opportunity for employee communications. At BroadSoft, Sharyn is part of the Employee Success Partners (formerly known as HR) Strategy Team, spearheading the development and implementation of an internal communications program for this growing global technology company at the forefront of workplace productivity and collaboration.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Via Satellite Magazine Social Media Campaign of the Year 2014, Intelsat Epic Award for “Energized Human Capital” 2016

Education: B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Personal Interests: Sharyn keeps busy raising her two teenage boys, exercising and volunteering in the community.

 Kathleen Sack

Name & Title: Kathleen Sack, VP, Talent Management, Inclusion and Operations, KaBOOM!

Brief Job Description: In this role, Kathleen manages the teams of HR, IT and Operations for KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.  She and her team provide guidance and expertise across the organization to deliver solutions aligned to the mission of KaBOOM!.  

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Member SHRM & ATD, HR Leadership Award Finalist, 2015 (HRLA of Greater Washington)

Education: BS Radford University, MA, Marymount University

Subject Matter Expertise: Learning & Development, Organization Development & Employee Relations

Personal Interests: Golf (needs improvement) and beach vacations!



Signy Whitt


Name & Title: Signy Whitt, Principal Compensation Analyst, Intelsat

Brief Job Description: Signy brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of roles, primarily focused on Finance, Planning & Analysis.  In her current role as Senior Compensation Analyst at Intelsat she partners with the sales and finance teams on all aspects of the Intelsat Sales Incentive Plan and provides modelling expertise for the corporate incentive plan as well as other compensation and headcount related analyses.  Signy loves working with cross-functional teams and has a passion for helping teams use numbers and analysis for efficient decision-making.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Signy has passed Levels I and II of the CFA exam and currently serves as the Secretary of the Intelsat Toastmasters Club.  She is a fluent Norwegian speaker and member of the Norwegian Ladies Club of DC, MD, VA having previously served as the Event Coordinator.

Education: Signy holds a B.S. degree in Economics from George Mason University.

Personal Interests: Signy loves spending time outside, gardening, hiking and camping and spent a gap year in Northern Norway, hiking, camping and dog-sledding.  While her hiking distances are currently limited by the short legs of her two young children she is actively preparing them for lots of future hiking and camping vacations.  She is an avid reader and enjoys creating things with her hands.


Clay Worley


Name & Title: Clay Worley, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, NCI, Inc.

Brief Job Description:   As CHRO, Clay partners with the CEO, executive management team and the board of directors to develop and execute the overall human capital and talent management strategy, build a strong ethical culture, and support strategic growth objectives for an innovative, leading provider of enterprise solutions to U.S. defense, intelligence, health and civilian government agencies.  Clay has over 30 years of experience leading human resources teams and driving human capital initiatives across all HR functional areas.  Clay is responsible for the development of succession plans, talent acquisition and management, change management, organizational and employee performance management, training and development, security (FSO) and compensation and benefits.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Clay has served in executive HR leadership roles in companies such as Hewlett Packard, Leidos, SAIC, L-3 Communications, Winstar Communications, MCI, and BioLab Inc. He currently serves on the board of the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative as well as the HR Alliance DC organization. He is a member of the board of directors for BioPharma Global, a non-profit corporation offering FDA & EMA regulatory affairs and professional services.  He supports many community and charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the American Heart Association, the Lamb Center of Fairfax, the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Tech Talent Initiative, and the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative.

Education: Clay received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) in business administration from the University of Louisville and his master’s in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Personal Interests: Clay is an avid mystery/spy novel reader and enjoys all types of music including playing the piano, learning the guitar and choral music.  He is a former member of the Washington Master Chorale.  For the last 18 years Clay has been involved with his children’s swim team serving as a referee.  Now that his children are older he and his wife plan to enjoy a bit of travel with no kids.