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Timely, valuable programs packed with business and HR-relevant content.  Comprehensive data and policy and practice information in our annual compensation survey.  Networking opportunities with HR leaders and professionals from across the area.  We are HR Alliance – DC Metro’s premier HR association.

Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors

Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management

Elizabeth Mashakas, Serco

Past President

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


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 Board of Directors for both his synagogue and his children's school.  He is an enthusiastic fan of his kids’ team sports activities, loves movies, and is an avid watcher of Seinfeld reruns, Homeland and Survivor.


Elizabeth  Mashakas

Name & Title: Elizabeth Mashakas, Director Talent Acquisition – Serco Inc.

Brief Job Description: Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in the field of strategic global talent acquisition and management within world-class organizations, spanning a variety of industries to include aerospace & defense, professional/managed services, not for profit and telecommunications.  She has successfully developed recruiting infrastructures that supported unprecedented growth, profitability, and critical business objectives in companies such as Cable & Wireless Global, Accenture, American Red Cross and  Orbital ATK (formally Orbital Sciences Corporation) prior to joining Serco Inc. in 2015.  Elizabeth is recognized as a leader with a passion for the projects, for the company and for the people involved in the efforts and understands that this care is her differentiator.

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. from the University of Maryland and recently completed the Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership Programs at Cornell University.

Subject Matter Expertise:  Demonstrated expertise within the areas of change management, transformation, strategic alignment/realignment, talent acquisition, talent management/development, retention, employer branding, contingent workforce strategies and programs and is well versed in the foundational elements of the Lean Six Sigma Methodology.

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.

Randy Yu

Name & Title: Randy Yu, Chief People Officer, MISUMI USA

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

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.

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, streetsense.

Brief Job Description: Kristin has over eighteen years of progressive experience in the field of Human Resources and is currently the Director of Human Resources at Streetsense.  In this role, she is using her experience to skillfully integrate employees and diverse cultures from companies Streetsense has acquired over the years. Kristin is also heavily involved in recruiting, implementing employee engagement initiatives and maintaining minimal turnover. Most recently, Kristin developed and managed the HR function at RainKing.  Prior to that she was the HR Manager at Orbital ATK and was a business partner to the executive management team at CoStar Group.  At Costar, Kristin 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 sixth year on the board for HR Alliance DC, she is also the Chair of the Programs Committee and the former member of the following: Chair, Compensation Survey Committee; Chair, Member Relations Committee and Co-chair, Sponsorship 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.

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.


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, Information Systems

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. For a number of years, Clay served on the board of the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative and he is currently serving on the board of HR Alliance DC. 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.