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2019 Board of Directors
Elizabeth Mashakas, General Dynamics GDIT
Immediate Past President
Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management
Randy Yu, MISUMI USA
Emily Bender, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
||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.
||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.
||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
|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.
||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
|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.
||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 YearUp.org, 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.
Name & Title: Nadia Kovacova, Benefits Consultant; Health and Wellness Manager
Brief Job Description: Nadia is accountable, professional, results-driven top performer, offering 17+ 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 previous role, Nadia is responsible for building relationships, consulting 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; Group Benefits Administrator certificate by IFEBP; 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.
||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.
|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.
||Name & Title: Anja Nickel, Financial Services Agent, New York Life Insurance Company
Brief Job Description: Anja Nickel started her Career as a New York Life Financial Services Professional in 2014. Her practice focuses on working closely with individuals, families and businesses to create financial security and protection through comprehensive insurance planning. She works closely with HR professionals to help enhance their company’s existing benefits while minimizing costs. Anja has successfully lead and and conducted benefit enrollments of 600+ employees acting as organizer and liaison across departments.
Other Accomplishments/memberships: Anja was named Rookie of the Year in the DC office and she has been recognized by the company as a distinguished agent every year since she started. She also qualified as an MDRT member in 2018. Outside of HR Alliance, Anja is the Vice President of the Georgetown BNI Networking group in DC. She is also one of two Recruitment Specialists for the Junior League of Northern Virginia.
Education: Anja received her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Penn State University. She also holds two Minors in Psychology and International Business.
Personal Interests: Anja is a travel junkie and loves experiencing new cultures. In her spare time she volunteers, loves to draw, take photos, and play sand volleyball down by the Lincoln Memorial.
||Name & Title: Kathleen Sack, VP, Global Talent Management, Blumont
Brief Job Description: In this position, she is responsible for all domestic and international human resources and talent management. This includes recruiting; learning and development; Total Rewards, performance management; HRIS, retirement plan management; and employee engagement.
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), live music (any type) and beach vacations!
||Name & Title: Beth A. Skoletsky, Vice President Human Resources & Ethics Officer
Brief Job Description: Ms. Skoletsky is a seasoned executive Human Resources professional dedicated to working closely with the business to ensure overall organizational goals are met through designing and implementing strategic human resources programs to support the company’s ability to grow and to be an employer of choice.
Beth has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and is skilled in designing human capital strategies that drive enterprise goals. She has a proven track record of building high performing teams focused on an organization’s evolving and growing needs, standardization and compliance of programs and processes, exceptional delivery of services, and financial viability of programs by creating highly effective HR Organizations from ground up. Currently, Beth partner’s with WBB’s executive team, business groups, and staff organizations to align the company’s Human Resources (HR) initiatives with the company’s strategic goals and objectives. Her responsibilities include providing strategic direction for the full range of the human capital functions along with Security, Office Management and Ethics.
Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Beth has obtained the SHRM-SCP, and was named as one of 2016 Executive Mosaic’s Top Human Resources Executives in Government Contracting.
Education: Beth holds a BS in Business Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has received a Professional Human Resources Management Certification from Villanova University.
Personal Interests: Outside of work Beth loves spending time with her husband and three girls traveling and seeking adventure . She enjoys snorkeling, skydiving, ziplining and other thrill seeking adventures. On the more relaxing side she enjoys spending time at the beach, reading mystery books and attending the theatre where she can be immersed in musicals, opera and dance.
||Name & Title: Laura Viehmyer is a Principal with PRM Consulting Group, Inc.
Brief Job Description: Laura has over 35 years of executive and senior leadership experience in human resources for organizations such as DAI, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, American Institute of Architects, American Council of Life Insurers, Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company, Travelers/EBS, Inc. and Seminole County Board of County Commissioners. Recent organizational HR consulting engagements include work with the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the Arcus Foundation, the National Weather Service, the Council on the Advancement and Support of Education, the American Pharmacists Association, Creative Associates International, the American Academy of Optometry and the United Negro College Fund. Laura also works with individuals on resumes, LinkedIn profiles and career strategies through her own consulting firm.
Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Laura is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and was a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from 2004 – 2015. Recognized by the HR Leadership Association of Greater Washington and Helios HR, Laura is on the board of CrossRoads Talent Solutions and formerly served on the Board of Service Source, a VA-based not for profit. Laura is also a former SHRM chapter president, district director, state director, and area board member, and a member of HR People and Strategy and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Education: Ms. Viehmyer holds a M.S. degree in human resources management from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in psychology and education, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Since January 2007, Ms. Viehmyer has been an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, teaching graduate courses in human resources management. She also taught undergraduate HR courses at the University of Maryland University College from 2010-2014.
Personal Interests: Laura enjoys developing her culinary skills and knowledge of wine as well as practicing yoga. She and her husband, Scott, live in Montgomery County and enjoy traveling and entertaining. An avid football fan (Go Ravens!), Laura is excited about her new role as grandma LaLa!
||Name & Title: Signy Whitt, Team Lead, Decision Science, Grubhub
Brief Job Description: Signy brings over 12 years of experience leading analysis and decision making in Finance, Human Resources, Sales, Economic Consulting and Engineering. She is currently part of the Decision Engineering team at Grubhub, responsible for analysis of new feature releases within the delivery network. 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 has been an active member of Toastmasters International. 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