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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.

Arlene Newman                        
President Career Bound Success, Inc.

President, Career Bound Success, Inc., and Adjunct Professor at Baruch College. Prior: Director, Human Resources, Leading Hotels of the World; Director HR, TV Food Network; Director HR North America, Jaeger Sportswear. Hofstra Univ., BA, Social Science; Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., MBA, HR; Cornell University, Advanced HR Studies Certificate. Current: President; Directors' Forum; Staffing Ctte; Networking Ctte. Prior: Director; Secretary; Chair, Directors' Forum; Chair, Breiger Ctte; University Relations Ctte; Ben. Ctte; Comp. Ctte; Career Ctte; Empl. Relat./EEO Ctte. SHRM member since 1991.

Linda Caffin, SPHR, SPHR-SCP                    
Co-President Elect

VP, Website

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 Elect, 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 Elect
VP, Communications
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 Elect and VP, Communications, Former: Chair, Social Media Ctte, Assistant Secretary & Co-Producer Speaker Select Series, Program Ctte Member. SHRM member since 1995.

Al Frazia, SPHR, CMS                               
Vice President, Finance & Treasurer
Director - Talent Management, Baker Tilly
Virchow Krause, LLP

Director – Talent Management, Baker Tilly since 2005; Prior: Vice President, SRI/Strategic Recruiting Inc.; Executive Vice President – Human Resources, Headway Corporate Resources; Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Insignia Financial Group. BS – CUNY-Queens College – Accounting, Economics, Information Systems. Current: VP, Finance & Treasurer, Member – Directors' Forum.  SHRM member since 1989.

Janet Riesel, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP                    
Vice President, Programming; Chair, Career Planning & 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.


Dennis Sparks 
Vice President, Membership                                  

Chief Human Resource Officer - TRINITY Health/Saint Michaels Medical Center Newark, NJ since 2002; Prior: ARAMARK - HR Director - USA/Western Division, HR Manager State of Oregon, Account Director TAPROOT foundation. BA-Psychology/Sociology, MA-HR management/Labor law. Current: VP, Membership, Member - Directors' Forum New York City SHRM. SHRM member since 2007. 

Marjorie Walker
Vice President, Marketing & Sponsorship                                 
Account Manager, NY Times                                

Account Manager –Talent Acquisition Advertising and Captain of Sales on Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Advertorial at The New York Times.  Cross platform consulting sales/marketing, public relations for multiple business verticals.  BGS Communications with media focus, University of Kansas; MBA, University of Phoenix, focus Marketing.  Current: VP, Marketing & Sponsorship, Staffing and Diversity SIG. SHRM member since 2014.

Izzy Kushner
Immediate Past-President                              
President, HR Impact, Inc.

President, HR Impact, Inc. since 1999; Prior: Vice President, Compensation Resource Group; Hofstra University, BA, Accounting. Current: Immediate Past President. Prior: VP, Marketing & Sponsorship; Chair, Benefits SIG. SHRM member since 2000.

Jessica Lustig, PHR, SHRM-CP                      
Secretary; 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, SPHR                             
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.

Kenneth 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

Stuart Friedman, SPHR                             
Director; Chair, Social Media Committee
Director Recruitment & Human Resources, CW Publishing Group

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

Edwin Artuz    
Director; Chair, Programs; Chair, Compensation Committee                                       
Director of Human Resources, Federal
Home Loan Bank of New York

Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Services and Director of Office of Minority & Women Inclusion for the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“Bank”) since 1989, with significant responsibility of providing support to the Bank’s Compensation & Human Resources Committee of the Board with matters related to executive compensation and benefits. Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management from New York University. Current: Chair of Programs and Chair of the Compensation Special Interest Group in New York City SHRM.  SHRM member since 2004.

Richard                               Atkins, Ed.D.                     
Director; Chair, Orientation; Co-Chair, Career Planning & Professional Development; Co-Chair Holiday Party
Managing Director, Improving

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.

Becky Woods,            GPHR             
Director; Co-Chair, Global HR SIG
Director, HR Operations, News Corp

Director, HR Operations. Prior: VP, Client Services, Expaticore Services, since 2007; International Assignment Manager, Prudential; MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management; B.A., Amherst College. Current: Director, Co-Chair, Global HR SIG. SHRM member since 2004.

Evangelina Ocasio
Assistant Secretary; Co-Chair SHRM Foundation                                        
Baruch College Division of Continuing &
Professional Studies             

Associate Director of Professional Programs and Corporate Learning Services at Baruch College, The City University of New York.  BA-Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Current: Program Producer: The Speaker Select Series.  SHRM member Since: 2013

Tim McConnell, SPHR,        CMC       
Assistant Treasurer; Co-Chair, Not-for-Profit                                             
Managing Partner, McConnell
HR Consulting, Inc. -
Organizational Architects

Managing Partner, McConnell Consulting Inc. – Organizational Architects, since 2002; Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Past President, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (1997-98).  15 years on HRPAO Board of Directors.  Adjunct Professor in Advanced Program in HR Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2002-2008).  Published author; The NPO Dilemma – HR and Organizational Challenges in Non-Profit Organizations (NY 2012). Current: Co-Chair, Non-Profit Organizations SIG.  BA from McGill University and MPA from Carleton University. SHRM member since 1998.

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

Shareholder, 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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