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Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors

Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management

Elizabeth Mashakas, General Dynamics GDIT

Past President

President Emeritus (non-voting advisor to the board)
Emily Bender, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems


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, Enterprise Talent Acquisition Leader – General Dynamics GDIT

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, Orbital ATK (formally Orbital Sciences Corporation) and Serco Inc.  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, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

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.  In 2018, Orbital ATK was acquired by Northrop Grumman, becoming the Innovation Services sector of Northrop. 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.

Friderike Butler

Name & Title: Friderike Butler, Chief Human Potential Catalyst, Butler Communication

Brief Job Description: Friderike is a successful serial entrepreneur, who built several businesses in the travel, IT and communication industry before applying her experience to leadership development and professional performance improvement as a trainer, facilitator and coach. She brings extensive management expertise, a genuine appreciation for diversity, curiosity around culture and the power of words, positive psychology, a heart-centered, practical, people-focused approach, and flexibility to each new client engagement.  Through her company Butler Communication, Friderike provides Leadership Development Training, Intercultural Consulting and Executive Coaching.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Chair of the Town Business Liaison Committee of the Town of Vienna; volunteer speaker and ambassador for Five Talents, an international non-profit organization fighting poverty, creating jobs, transforming lives; ICF certified coach (PCC); certified scrum master

Education: BIS in Intercultural Management and Communication (George Mason University), Leadership Coaching Certificate (Georgetown University)

Personal Interests: Hiking, horseback trail riding, scuba diving, any kind of international food + traveling. Two favorite trips: 7 days wilderness canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, family adventure trip to Costa Rica


Kristin Cotter

Name & Title: Kristin Cotter, Human Resources Consultant

Brief Job Description: Kristin is a well-rounded, high level HR professional who loves working with people, strategizing with leaders and assisting employees through change. Kristin is a subject matter expert in change management, employee relations, coaching and conflict management. In addition to being a business partner throughout her career, Kristin also served as the HR lead on four major acquisitions with a focus on due diligence, change management including human resources processes, systems and technology, job roles and organizational structures. Kristin stood up the HR function at both Streetsense and RainKing and was the HR Manager at Orbital ATK and CoStar Group.  Kristin has experience managing teams of Generalists and Recruiters supporting sales, product development and marketing and research organizations.  At the start of her career, Kristin worked at CA Technologies 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.

Julia Medvin

Name & Title: Julia Medvin, Client Relationship Director, Willis Towers Watson

Brief Job Description: Julia has over 15 years of experience in human resources working both in corporate and consulting roles.  Over the years she has touched many areas of HR both domestic and international and gained extensive subject matter expertise in global strategy, mergers and acquisitions, governance, program design and financial management.  She has extensive experience working with executive teams and across different corporate functions (e.g. finance, payroll, etc.) and local country teams.  In her current role Julia is focused on building meaningful relationships and being a trusted adviser to her clients.  Her primary focus is to identify opportunities, address challenges and lead teams that solve the unique business needs of her clients.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Julia maintains a Certificate in Global Benefits Management, a Certificate of achievement in Effective Business Writing Skills and has a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) designation from the World@Work Society of Professional Development.  

Education: Julia has a Master of Business Administration in International Business and Finance from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Personal Interests: Outside of work Julia enjoys playing tennis, learning tango and spending time with her family outdoors.  Julia is very passionate about mentoring and is always open to new mentoring relationships.  Julia is also fluent in Russian.


Sharyn Nerenberg

Name & Title: Sharyn Nerenberg, Director of Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems

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 was 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, and for which the team won the Internal Communications Award two years in a row from the Employee Engagement Awards.  When Broadsoft was purchased by Cisco, Sharyn led merger announcement and integration communications.  At Hughes, Sharyn leads the company's public relations, media, social media, and internal communications efforts.

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.