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Board of Directors 2017-2018
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New York City SHRM's Board enjoys a rich makeup of diverse professionals with one thing in common - the desire to serve you. Our Board members will gladly take the time to connect with you regarding our association and your involvement with it. Look below to learn more about the individuals who make New York City SHRM the association you rely on for insight and connections in the fast paced New York market. Board of Directors site.




Linda Caffin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Co-President
Chief Administrative Officer, Carl Marks & Co., Inc.

Chief Administrative Officer, Carl Marks, since 2004; Prior: Administrative Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton; B.A. State University of New York at Albany, JD, Potomac School of Law, Member State Bar of Georgia; Current: Co-President, Prior: VP, Website, Member of Membership Ctte, Directors' Forum, Managers Forum; Membership Director for NYS SHRM and SHRM member since 1997.


 

 
 
 
Janet Hoffmann, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Co-President
President, HR Aligned Design

President, HR Aligned Design. since 2010; Prior: Chief People Officer, BR Guest Restaurants; VP/Human Resources and Organizational Development, Morton's - The Steakhouse. BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. Current: Co-President. Prior: VP, Communications, Former: Chair, Social Media Ctte, Assistant Secretary & Co-Producer Speaker Select Series, Program Ctte Member. SHRM member since 1995.


 


Rajan Lai
Vice President, Finance & Treasurer

VP Human Resources of B&B Hospitality Group. Prior: VP Human Resources, Thompson Hotels; VP Human Resources, Raffles Hotels & Resorts; Director Human Resources, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Director Human Resources, Taj Hotels & Resorts; Area Director Human Resources, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. MPS Hotel Management from Cornell University, M.A. & B.A. Delhi University Current: Assistant Treasurer; Member Directors’ Forum. SHRM member since 2012.


 

Janet Riesel, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President-Elect, Chair, Professional Development SIG

HR Consultant and Adjunct Professor at CUNY. Prior: Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, Kroll, Adjunct Professor, Baruch College; Northeast Recruiting Director, Ernst & Young, LLP; Director, The Conway Organization. BA English and Psychology, Queens College; MBA Industrial Psychology, Baruch College; Certificate in Career Counseling, NYU; DDI Certified, Member of YAI Business Advisory Council; Board Member of PTACH. Current: VP, Programming, Chair, Career Planning & Professional Development SIG. SHRM Member since 1999.


 

Stuart Friedman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Communications

HR Business Partner with CWP Group. BS, Communications from New York State University at Brockport. Current: VP, Communications. Prior: Mentoring Committee Co-Chair, Chair of Social Media Committee focused on making sure we communicate with our members via all media channels and formats. Do you Tweet?, Networking, Staffing and HR PRO SIG's. SHRM member since 2011.

 
 
Amir Mansour
Vice President, Marketing & Sponsorship
Executive Director, The Medical Group of Englewood

Executive Director of The Medical Group of Englewood. BA and MA from Cambridge University and MBA from the University of Chicago. Current: Vice President of Marketing & Sponsorship. SHRM Member since 2015.

 

Jennifer White, Ph.D.
Vice President, Programs
Managing Director, WhiteWave Consulting

Managing Director, WhiteWave Consulting; Adjunct Professor, Baruch College, City College. Prior: Manager, Human Capital and Organization Effectiveness, Accenture, Organization Research Principal, Mercer Delta Consulting; PhD in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University; Current: Co-Chair of NYC SHRM’s Organization Development and Change Management Special Interest Group. SHRM member since 2015.



Arlene Newman
Immediate Past-President; Co-Chair, Professional Development SIG; Co-Chair, Director's Forum
President, Career Bound Success, Inc.

President, Career Bound Success, Inc., Adjunct Professor at Baruch College and Guest Lecturer, at several universities, on career topics.  Prior: Director, Human Resources, Leading Hotels of the World; Director Human Resources, TV Food Network; Director Human Resources North America, Jaeger Sportswear.  Hofstra Univ., BA, Social Science; Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., MBA, Human Resources; Cornell University, Advanced Human Resources Studies Certificate. Current: Immediate Past President; Directors’ Forum; Leadership Continuity & Staffing Committees; Prior: Director; Board of Director Secretary; Chair, Directors’ Forum; Chair, Breiger Committee; University Relations, Benefits, Compensation, Career Planning, Employee Relations/EEO, Networking Committees.  SHRM member since 1991.

 
Jessica Lustig, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director; Chair, Young Professionals SIG
HR Manager, Say Media

HR Manager at Say Media; Prior: Campus Recruiting Manager at Booz & Company; Assistant Director, HR & Recruiting at the College Board. BA in Psychology & Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. Current: Secretary, Chair, Young Professionals SIG; Prior: Chair, GenXtraordinary SIG. SHRM Member since 2011.

 

Joan Ceinski, MLER, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director; Chair, Mentoring Committee
Lead Negotiator, FirstEnergy

Lead Negotiator, FirstEnergy. Prior: Human Resources Strategic Business Partner, New York City Housing Authority; Board Agent, National Labor Relations Board; Community Development Institute; Council of NJ State College Locals.  MLER, Rutgers University School of Management & Labor Relations. Current: Chair, Mentoring Program.  SHRM member since 2006.

 

Janice Florence
Director; Chair, Directors' Forum
JLF Consulting

Principal, JLF Consulting since 2009; Prior: VP of Human Resources for The Clearing House, Sr. Director of HR for NYLCare; BA in Mathematics from Lafayette College; Current Chair of Directors Forum and mentor in New York City SHRM's mentoring program. SHRM Member since 1996.

 
Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director; Chair, Managers' Forum
Vice President, Human Resources, Community Healthcare Network

Chief Human Resources Officer/V.P. of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer for Community Healthcare Network, since 2011. Prior: Manager, Human Resources for Aptium Oncology, Inc. at NYU Clinical Cancer Center, 2004-2011. MSILR, Cornell University & Baruch College. BA, Lehman College. SHRM member since 2004. Current: Chair, Managers’ Forum SIG, Mentor-Mentoring Program

 

 

 

John McCaffrey, CEBS, GBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director; Chair, Workforce Readiness SIG
HR DIrector, UNITE HERE

HR Director at UNITE HERE since 2005. Prior – LSG Sky Chefs - Recruitment, Retention and Development / Human Resources Manager – Northeast Region. SHRM member since 1990, NYC SHRM member since 2003 Current: Director, Chair, Workforce Readiness SIG, Mentor in NYC SHRM’s mentoring program, Member of the Directors’ Forum and Volunteer Engagement Team.

 

Jane Gios  
Director; Secretary
Principal, Platform: Success, Inc.

Principal, Platform:Success, Inc. and HR Consultant for start-ups  Prior: HR Lead for artnet and Chief Administrative Officer at Joel Isaacson & Co. Current: Secretary, NYC-SHRM, Chair of Women's' Initiatives SIG, Co-Chair of Women's Initiatives since 2012.  SHRM member since 1996.

 
Rich Atkins, Ed.D.
Director; Chair, Orientation; Co-Chair, Co-Chair Holiday Party
Managing Director, Improving
Communications

Managing Director of Improving Communications, American Management Association (AMA)-certified faculty and Vistage-certified speaker. Presenter on the concept of MEDIA TERRORISM™. Doctoral dissertation on canine learning styles. Current: Chair, Orientation Committee, Co-Chair, Holiday Party Planning Committee and Career Planning & Professional Development Special Interest Group. SHRM member since 2007.

 
Kevin Podgorski, SHRM-CP
Assistant Secretary
Human Resources Manager, Team America & Volatour, Inc.

Human Resources Manager, Team America, Inc and Volatour, Inc.  (Sister companies).  Former: Human Resources Manager, The RMG Group; Human Resources  and Operations Manager, DHD Architecture + Interior Design.  Education:  SHRM-CP; MFA Playwriting from The Actors Studio, The New School; BA in Classics, Philosophy, English, and Theater, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Member of the Planning Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group; Member Staffing Management Special Interest Group; Volunteer.

 
Briana Jakovcic  
Assistant Treasurer
Senior Associate, Human Resources, APG Asset Mgmt. US Inc.

Senior Associate, Human Resources, at APG Asset Management US Inc., BA in Accounting from Manhattan College; Dual MBA in Management & Human Resource Management from Iona College as well as a certificate in International Business. Also serves as the Chairperson of Selection for the Yonkers Columbus Committee. SHRM Member since 2012.

 

Philip Rosen, Esq.
General Counsel
Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP

Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and leads the firm's Labor and Preventive Practices Group. He joined the firm in 1979 and served as Managing Partner of the New York City office from 1989 to 2009. General Counsel for New York City SHRM.

 

Kristin Hassan
Executive Director  
New York City SHRM  

Executive Director for New York City SHRM since November 2012.


Director Emeritus
Jennifer Loftus, SPHR-CA, GPHR
National Director, Astron Solutions, LLC
Jeanne Marrin, SPHR
President, HR on the Move, LLC
Barry Manus
President, BRAVO Human Resources Services Inc.
Robert Nadel
President, Nadel Consulting
Jack Shein, SPHR
Senior Vice President, Job Diva
Al Smith
Former VP, Client Relations Lee Hecht Harrison
John S. Sturges, SPHR,CMC,PMC, PhD
Benefits and Compensation Design Group
Lorri Zelman
Managing Director, Human Resources Division Solomon Page Group
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