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Board of Directors

2020 Board of Directors

Elizabeth Mashakas, Centauri Corporation

Laura Viehmyer, PRM Consulting Group, Inc.

Immediate Past President
Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management


Elizabeth  Mashakas

Name & Title: Elizabeth Mashakas, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Centauri Corporation

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laura Viehmyer

Name & Title: Laura Viehmyer,  SPHR, CEBS, Principal, PRM Consulting Group, Inc. 

Brief Job Description: Laura has extensive executive and senior leadership experience in human resources in for profit, non-profit and governmental organizations.  In 2017, after 35 plus years as an HR practitioner, she joined PRM Consulting Group, Inc. as a Principal Consultant.  Founded in 1999, PRM is a full service HR consulting practice with over 40 employees in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.  Laura's practice areas include HR evaluations/audits, leadership and management development, HR policies and compliance, compensation/benefits studies, and executive search as well as counseling/advising HR and organizational leaders on human resources.  Selected clients include the National Democratic Institute, American Pharmacists Association, the Council on the Advancement and Support of Education, Creative Associates International, Training Resources Group, American Psychological Association, American Society of Association Executives, American Academy of Optometry, and the United Negro College Fund.  

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.  Laura is also on the board of CrossRoads Talent Solutions and formerly served on the Board of Service Source, a VA-based not for profit.  Earlier n her career she was a SHRM chapter president, district director, state director, and SHRM area board member.

Education: Laura holds a M.S. 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.  She was an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America from 2007 - 2017, 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 and her husband, Scott, live in Montgomery County and enjoy traveling and entertaining.   An avid football fan, Laura is excited to cheer on her Baltimore Ravens with her new granddaughter, Amelia!

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.

Alex Allen

Name & Title: Alex Allen Cisco Customer Experience Inclusion and Collaboration Leader

Brief Job Description: Leading Diversity and Inclusion programs and initiatives to increase awareness across  Cisco’s Customer Experience business unit (17,000 employees) - this includes driving the adoption of both new and existing Cisco and Customer Experience - specific programs, as well as increasing skills and capabilities throughout the organization. Partner with Executives and with the Office of Inclusion and Collaboration (OIC) to ensure we attract, hire, and advance a diverse workforce.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: 2017 Awarded North America Employee Engagement and Internal Communications accolades and Bronze Stevie Award for HR Department Transformation
Education: Master, Human Resources Management – Wilmington College

Subject Matter Expertise: Seasoned human capital strategist and executive consultant with a consistent track record of designing and implementing award-winning human capital initiatives that drive business transformation through Leader & Employee Enablement. Adept developer of Human Capital strategies that unify a workplace culture, enhancing employee engagement and increasing the retention and attraction of top talent.

Personal Interests: In 2014 while volunteering with Ellicott City Soccer club, developed a Soccer Program for children with Special Needs.  The program started with 7 special players and has grown to 60 special players. The program pairs special needs children with normally developing children where both parties learn and enjoy the experience.  I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys!

Nadia K. Bizzarri


Name & Title: Nadia K. Bizzarri, International Business Developer, Partner Solutions, Clements Worldwide

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.

Friderike Butler

Name & Title: Friderike Butler, Principal Consultant, Leadership Development and Coaching, SRE – Strategic Resolutions Experts, Inc.

Brief Job Description: Friderike is a successful serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, 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 leadership development and executive coaching engagements. At SRE, she is task with expanding the coaching business line and for developing and scaling a Center of Excellence for Coaching to serve organizations across the public and the private sectors.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Chair of the Town Business Liaison Committee of the Town of Vienna; volunteer coach for Leadership Fairfax; founding member of the Narrative Intelligence Consortium

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

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

Kelly Demaitre

Name & Title: Kelly Demaitre, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dovel Technologies

Brief Job Description:  Kelly Demaitre provides executive leadership in the planning and implementation of quality-based, integrated HR programs for Dovel Technologies and its subsidiaries. In addition to overseeing and driving recruiting and benefits, she is also responsible for developing and implementing people and culture strategies across the company to attract and retain employees that thrive on solving the most complex customer challenges.

Subject Matter Expertise: Demaitre brings a long track record of designing employee programs for professional services organizations including CACI, EXELIS, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In these roles, she has routinely been recognized for her ability to proactively partner with business leaders to meet workforce challenges by driving the organizational effectiveness of HR programs.  

Other Accomplishments/Memberships:  Kelly is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM); and an executive advisory board member for George Mason University, Professional Writing & Communications.

Education:  Demaitre holds a Bachelor of Science, Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland.

Personal Interests: Kelly holds a strong interest in communicating with others and is very proud to know American Sign Language. She has had the privilege of interpreting the music at children's theaters for the deaf and finds great joy in these events. Kelly also enjoys spending time with her children and husband, while traveling and tasting new foods. 

Dan Glass

Name & Title: Dan Glass, Sr Manager of Talent and Employee Relations, Noblis

Brief Job Description: As Sr Leader for Noblis, Dan is responsible for enterprise Talent Strategy, Talent Acquisition, resource management and employee relations.  He has extensive experience as a human resources partner guiding talent management strategy for technology firms.  Dan’s accomplishments include recruiting top talent, executive search, increasing employee engagement, change management and promoting & establishing a positive culture.  Dan is well-versed in workforce and succession planning.  Dan has extensive HR Advisor experience in the Federal Government Contracting business, to include Department of Defense (DOD), intelligence community, and Health & Federal Civilian areas.  

Subject Matter Expertise: Substantial experience with Human Resources & talent acquisition strategy, talent management, workforce planning, change management, employee relations, compensation, HR analytics, customer service, account management, and sales.

Associations and Education: Dan is a member of (TALC) Talent Acquisition Leadership Council and SHRM.  He has an executive MBA from University of Maryland, BS from George Mason in Health and Advanced Employee Relations certificate from Cornell.  

Personal Interests: Outside of work, Dan is very active with family, children’s school, and middle-school church group.  Loves to exercise, read and travel.
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. 

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.

Anja Nickel

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. 

Laurie Price

Name & Title: Laurie Price, Senior Manager, Compensation & Benefits, Viela Bio

Description: Laurie has just assumed a new position with Viela Bio.  Laurie will be responsible for the management and execution of Viela Bio's benefit programs and compensation processes.  Formerly, Laurie worked for the American Pharmacists Association (APHA) in a similar role.  Laurie’s first job after graduate school was in employee benefits.  For the next 15 years, she worked in HR generalist positions before finding her way back to benefits.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Laurie holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) credential with Fellowship status as well as a PHR and SHRM-CP certification.   She is a self-described Benefits Geek” and Open Enrollment is her favorite time of year.  She enjoys distilling the complexities of benefit plans into the basics so employees have a solid understanding of their benefits and can maximize coverage for themselves and their families.  

Education: Laurie graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MA in Organizational Psychology, Columbia University.  

Personal Information & Interestes: Laurie is a native New Yorker and has lived in Rockville, MD since 2005.  Outside of work and when not thinking about employee benefits, Laurie is either knitting, baking, doing yoga, listening to live music, or scouting out interesting places for her teenage son to take photographs.

Kathleen Sack

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)

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

Education: BS Radford University, MA, Marymount University

Personal Interests: Golf (needs improvement), live music (any type)  and beach vacations!


Signy Whitt


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

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.

Brenden Wright

Name & Title: Brenden Wright, Head of Global Talent Acquisition & HR Business Partner, Veeco Instruments

Brief Job Description: Brenden has over 20 years of experience building and leading recruiting functions for public, not-for-profit, and privately held organizations. His recruiting and selection expertise spans systems, processes, and positions of all functional areas and levels, with a specific focus on corporate officers, executives, and highly specialized scientific and engineering technical contributors across the US, Europe, and J/APAC.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Before beginning his career in executive search and talent acquisition, Brenden served in the United States Marine Corps in the field of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense. Brenden also served on the recruitDC Content Committee, helping to bring highly relevant learning opportunities to the region’s largest recruiting-focused networking group. Brenden has been a guest lecturer for both graduate and undergraduate programs on social media marketing and recruiting strategies at Catholic University, Loyola University Maryland, and The University of Baltimore.

Education: Brenden received his MBA with a concentration in management from Loyola University Maryland and he is a lifetime member of International Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma. He began his undergraduate studies while serving on active duty and completed that work at the University of Phoenix, receiving a BS in Business Management.
Personal Interests: Brenden enjoys writing, reading (with an overly ambitious goal of 52 books each year), studying Stoic philosophy, road cycling and mountain biking, and spending time with his wife, kids, and 3 rambunctious dogs.

Elissa Wylie

Name & Title: Elissa Wylie, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, By Light Professionals IT

Brief Job Description: Elissa is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for By Light IT Professional Services based out of McLean, VA.  She has over 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition concentrating in the recruitment of Information Technology Professionals.  She has an extensive background supporting government customers in the DoD, Intel and Federal & Civilian space in addition to supporting the commercial market focusing on the Telecommunications and Financial industry.  In her role at By Light, Elissa is responsible for all aspects of Talent Acquisition to include delivery, strategic sourcing and optimization.  Prior to joining By Light, Elissa was the Talent Acquisition Director for the Federal & Civilian Division for General Dynamics Information Technology where she led a team of 45 recruiters.

Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Elissa holds an HCI Strategic Staffing Certificate.

Education: Elissa attended Radford University majoring in English.

Personal Interests: Elissa enjoys cooking and hosting for family and friends, she enjoys creating warm welcoming environments that make her guests feel at home.  Elissa volunteers at her daughters’ school and is actively pursuing a certificate in Human Resources.