Board of Directors
2022 Board of Directors
Julia Medvin, Venture Global LNG
Friderike Butler, Nebo Company
Elizabeth Mashakas, BlueHalo
Jason Salamon, Edgewood/Vantage Management
| Name & Title: Julia Medvin, Director, HR Operations, Venture Global LNG
Brief Job Description: Julia has many 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 to drive Human Capital Strategy and collaborating across different corporate functions (e.g. finance, payroll, etc.) and local country teams to execute employee centric programs. In her current role Julia is responsible for standing up HR operations for an Energy start-up company. Her primary focus is to design and impellent tools, processes and procedures that help employees be productive at work, be engaged with their teams and drive business to success.
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: Friderike Butler, VP, Coaching Solutions at Nebo Company
Brief Job Description: The Nebo Company is an innovative coaching and leadership development company. Founded in 2004, Nebo works in partnership with small and large organizations across many industries and both the public and private sector. Nebo specializes in guiding leaders to articulate a clear and compelling vision – and then make it real through focused and disciplined execution. Nebo offers a unique and robust perspective, masterful facilitation services, and artful coaching that lead to clear vision development and communication, confident mission execution and effective teamwork. In her role at Nebo, Friderike 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.
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: MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management (George Mason University), Leadership Coaching Certificate (Georgetown University), BIS in Intercultural Management and Communication (George Mason University)
Personal Interests: Hiking, scuba diving, any kind of international food + traveling. Favorite trips: 7 days wilderness canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota
|Name & Title: Elizabeth Mashakas, Senior Vice President Talent Acquisition, BlueHalo
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), Serco Inc., GDIT, and most recently Centauri. 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 has completed Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership Programs at the University of Oxford and 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.
|Name & Title: Jason A. Salamon, SR VP of Human Resources, 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: Janet Brewer, Chief People Officer, Arcfield
Brief Job Description: As CPO, Janet is accountable for leading HR solutions and delivering marketing and communications initiatives to address strategic business imperatives. Throughout her career, her focus has been on maximizing the impact of companies, by effectively leveraging their people, communications and technology. She is passionate about the power of communications, HR and technology to achieve sustainable business results, by empowering their people to perform at their best and love what they do everyday. Prior to Arcfield, which is a government contractor, Janet worked in software and financial services companies, including 40-person start ups to companies processing billions of dollars daily.
She has broad experience in global HR roles leading business transformation and integrating and scaling acquisitions for growth supporting C-Suite executives. Earlier in her career she was within the consulting departments, and led technical training, the corporate LMS, as well as managed multiple leadership development programs including executive coaching, corporate mentoring, and early talent rotation programs.
Education: Janet earned an BA in Physics from the College of William and Mary, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Marymount University.
Subject Matter Expertise: HR Analytics, Workforce Planning, Talent Management, Performance Management, Organization Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Project Management, Change and Transformation, Mergers and Acquisitions
Personal Interests: Janet loves travel and all things outdoors. She's currently into hot yoga and pilates and is trying to get enthusiastic about running again. She also enjoys reading and watching movies, especially if they are foreign films or about traveling. She worked at the global SAP headquarters in Germany for two years and now lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband and two children. In 2017, she spent a month supporting a Moroccan non-profit focused on social entrepreneurship as part of SAP’s Social Sabbatical program.
|Name & Title: Dan Glass, Sr Manager, Talent Acquisition & 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.
|Name & Title: Ian Kessler, VP of Human Resources, WashREIT
Brief Job Description: Ian is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at WashREIT, a publicly traded real estate company. WashREIT is transforming into a multifamily REIT and expanding its footprint from the DC metropolitan area in to the southeast. Ian has been tasked with leading the Human Capital component of the transformation, which includes building out all human resource capabilities to insource employees, as well as building out our employee brand and operating model. Prior to joining WashREIT, Ian held human resources leadership roles in the real estate, finance and technology industries.
Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Ian is an active member in Society for Human Resource Management and other real estate industry human resources associations.
Education: Ian has an MBA from The George Washington University and two undergraduate degrees from University of Maryland – a BS in Human Resource Management and a BA in Sociology.
Personal Interests: For the past 10 years, Ian has served on the Ethics Commission for the City of Gaithersburg, with the last two as the Chairman. Ian’s life has been characterized as a travel baseball dad for so many years that he is now pursuing new hobbies as his sons’ baseball careers transition to college careers.
|Name & Title: Sam McCarthy, Search Director, HR Practice – Cordia Resources
Brief Job Description: Sam leads the Human Resources Practice at Cordia Resources and supports clients in and out of the DC metro area. His focus is on developing new business and managing client accounts, while sourcing and placing qualified candidates. Sam is passionate about networking within the Human Resources community and uses a consultative approach to work with both candidates and clients throughout the search process. Prior to working at Cordia, Sam held operational roles with a strong focus on recruiting, people management and development.
Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Allegheny College Alumni Association, MOMS Demand Action of Arlington
Education: Sam is a graduate of Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Economics, with a minor in Communications. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Elmhurst College.
Personal Interests: Sam is an avid sports fan who has a passion for staying active and wishes he had more time to golf. He’s a self-described “morning person” and ensures that he gets in his spin class or workout prior to work. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, has also lived in Chicago, but now resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and dog, Lucy.
|Name and Title: Anja B. Nickel, Founder and Financial Advisor, ABN Financial Strategies LLC
Brief Job Description: Anja is the founder and principal of ABN Financial Strategies LLC, a wholistic financial planning firm that focuses on creating custom solutions to fit client’s needs and goals. Whether employees are adding a new family member, making a career change, or retirement is approaching, questions about what to do with their finances are likely to arise. Anja works closely with HR professionals to provide financial literacy education on these topics for employees through interactive webinars and workshops. She also works with HR professionals to enhance their company’s existing employee benefits while minimizing costs.
Other Accomplishments/memberships: Her first year in the business, she was recognized as Rookie of the Year in 2015 by New York Life's Greater Washington DC office. She is a qualifying member (2017 and 2020) of The Million Dollar Round Table, a global independent association of more than 65,000 of the world's leading financial services and life insurance professionals. Outside of HR Alliance, Anja is a member of the Georgetown BNI Networking group and the Junior League of Boston.
Education: Anja received her bachelor's degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Penn State University. She also has Minors in Psychology and International Business. She currently holds a FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 66 securities licenses as well as her Life and Health license.
Personal Interests: Anja is a travel junkie and loves experiencing new cultures. In addition to traveling, Anja loves bringing people together, drawing, being outdoors, and spending time with her family (especially their chocolate lab, Lola).
|Name & Title: Laurie Price, Senior Manager, Total Rewards, Horizon Therapeutics
Description: Laurie is responsible for the management and execution of Horizon Therapeutic's benefit programs. Laurie worked for DAI for nearly 10 years. 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 & Interests: 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.
|Name & Title: Neil Sawyer, Vice President, Human Capital, NeoSystems, LLC
Brief Job Description: Neil Sawyer has 25 years of experience as a Human Resources Professional and Executive Coach. He has been involved in the oversight of HR strategies and administration in a wide variety of industries. Neil has an extensive background in all areas of HR. His experience includes (but is not limited to) employee relations, policy creation and enforcement, recruiting, training design and delivery, compensation, benefits administration and State/Federal employment law.
Other Accomplishments/Memberships: Neil has a Certificate in Executive Coaching from Georgetown University.
Education: Neil has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Longwood University and received a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Marymount University
Personal Interests: Neil characterizes himself as a “travel fanatic”. His goal is to visit all seven continents. Neil is also a visual artist and composer.
|Name & Title: Clay Worley, EVP/CHRO, Bowman Consulting Group
Job Description: 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 NCI, Information Systems (now Empower AI), 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 advisors for BioPharma Global, a non-profit corporation offering FDA & EMA regulatory affairs and professional services. He supports many community and charitable organizations such as Jobs for Life and The Lamb Center of Fairfax. He is a member of the Washington Executive HR Council, the Senior Human Resources Executive Forum, the Society for Human Resource Management and participated on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Workforce & Education committee to product Blueprint Virginia 2030.
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 and currently sings with the Fairfax Chorale Society’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. He and his wife enjoy traveling and are avid “glampers” enjoying the comforts of home nestled in Virginia’s State Parks.