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Board of Directors 2016-2017
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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.

Linda Caffin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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
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.


VP, Finance & Treasurer

Former Director – Talent Management, Baker Tilly.  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.


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.


Arlene Newman
Immediate Past-President
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
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, 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.

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




Director; Chair, Workforce Readiness SIG

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.


Jennifer White, Ph.D.   
Director; Chair, Organization Development & Change SIG
Managing Director, WhiteWave Consulting

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

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.


Crissy Wu, SPHR, SHRM-SCP                 
Director; Chair, Membership

Human Resources Business Partner with 12 years of combined experience in the alternative asset management space, and for security/aviation subcontractor, Triangle Services, Inc.  M.S., Human Resources Management from New York University.  Current: Director, Chair, Membership (2014/2015 and 2015/2016); Committee Member, Volunteer Engagement; Committee Member, Leadership Continuity.  SHRM member since 2007.

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

Rajan Lai, SPHR       
Assistant Treasurer
VP, Human Resources of B&B Hospitality Group

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.


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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