Thank you for joining us for an incredible HR Convention in 2017! The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the fall for updates on what is ahead for next year. 

INTERESTED IN SPEAKING? Contact Katie White, Faculty Liaison for more information on our RFP process - Katie@StrategicHRus.com  or 207.761.8350.

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Cecile Alper-Leroux

Cecile Alper Leroux

Cecile Alper-Leroux is Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation at Ultimate Software. Since 2010, she has focused on fostering a culture of innovation at Ultimate, resulting in the delivery of advanced, people-centric HCM technology solutions and services. She also has served as Ultimate’s VP of Product Strategy and Product Management.  With more than 20 years of experience in the HCM industry, Cecile has served in several capacities across the globe, including as Director of Global HCM Product Strategy for Lawson Software, where she led the globalization efforts and strategic direction for the company’s next generation talent management solutions. Cecile has worked in North America, Europe and Latin America. Passionate about people and technology in the workplace, Cecile is a sought-out speaker and thought leader on HCM trends and global strategies.

Session: The Business of Workforce Fluidity and HR Agility

Kim Anania

Kim AnaniaKim Anania founded KMA Consulting LLC in 2007 after identifying the need businesses have for a HR resource to provide practical advice and guidance to eliminate risk.

Kim’s distinguished career with New England-based companies has covered all aspects of human resources and organizational development. She has supported, managed and led company-wide initiatives such as HRIS conversions, federal and state compliance, benefit management, recruiting, retention, safety, workers compensation, employee relations, coaching and training.

Kim has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, marketing, distribution, manufacturing, engineering, information technology and service.

Kim earned a certificate in Organizational Development through the National Training Labs in Alexandria, VA and a Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Kim is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM).

Kim lives in Portland, is a proud mother of two sons and has an awesome, supportive husband. She also loves traveling and doing anything outside, particularly in the summers by the ocean in Maine and Connecticut, her home state.

Session: Mentoring Sessions   

Barbara Appleby

Barbara ApplebyAs principal of BerryDunn Wealth Management, Barbara helps her clients navigate the changing circumstances of their lives as well as the financial marketplace. Often, her clients are facing a major life transition, such as retirement, career change, divorce, or the death of a parent or spouse.

Barbara is known for her ability to provide expertise guided by compassion and a genuine desire to meet her clients’ needs at times of change. She also has extensive experience with the unique financial demands facing high-wealth individuals, including wealth transfer and charitable giving.

In addition to offering financial planning, estate planning, and investment management to individuals, Barbara provides investment services for corporate retirement plans. She helps businesses and business owners meet their fiduciary obligations and assist their employees in having a successful retirement.

Prior to BerryDunn, Barbara was president of NorthStar Retirement Strategies. Before that, she
practiced law at Drummond Woodsum and served as law clerk to former chief justice Wathen of the Maine Supreme Court.

Barbara is chair of the board for FAMA Ministries and is the founder and director of Morninglight
Ministries. She has also previously served on the board of The Root Cellar.

Barbara holds FINRA registrations 6, 7, 24, and 66 and is a registered securities principal through
Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC. She is also licensed for life, health, and variable insurance.

Session: Behavioral Finance: Boost Retirment Plan Participation

Barbara Babkirk

Barbara Babkirk

Barbara is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland. Barbara and her team make a difference in people’s lives and are committed to supporting Maine’s workforce and building its economy.

Barbara has a depth and breadth of experience and education in career development that is uncommon in career-related firms. Her clients represent a broad range of industries and organizations and include executives and leaders as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.

While some clients have been laid off due to a restructuring of their organization and others have decided to initiate a change on their own, they all share a need for expert guidance as they explore a new chapter in their professional lives.

Barbara holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire, and the following certifications and professional designations: Master Career Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Focusing Trainer, and Second Half of Life Coach.

Sessions: Career Coaching

Adriana Bellerose

Adriana Bellerose

Based in Central Maine and serving clients throughout the U.S., Adriana Bellerose is a seasoned human resources and organizational development executive with 30 years of experience spanning multiple industries, including higher education, labor, payroll, food services, boards and nonprofits.

Adriana Bellerose offers leadership and executive coaching services that expand an individual’s awareness of his/her current situation, challenges, opportunities, talents and goals. She acts as a facilitator, partnering with you to explore possibilities, effect change and achieve future oriented results. Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that facilitates incredible results in individuals' careers and their lives as well as organizations' performances. Coaching is an interactive process that creates trust and transformation.

Adriana is International Coaching Federation certified and credentialed as a Personal Certified Coach. She also holds the Gestalt International Study Center Coaching Certification, as well as being licensed to administer numerous assessments.

Adriana helps individuals deepen their personal and professional potential, coaching them to the next phase in their lives and careers, increasing effectiveness and career and life transition satisfaction.

Sessions: Women in HR Executive Leadership: A 360° View

Beth Bielat

Beth Bielat

          • 35 years as a fitness professional
          • 45 years as  Martial Artist
          • 20 years as a Life Coach and Certified Nutritional Counselor
          • LifeBreath Institute, Founder
          • Bushido Karate Dojo and Fitness Center, Founder
          • Author and Speaker
          • Tai Chi / Chi Kung Instructor
          • Groupe Exercise Videos
          • World Karate Union Hall of Fame
          • 7th degree black belt
          • Martial Arts Women of the year 2013
          • National Fitness Trainer of the year nominee 2013
          • Fitness Professional and manager at the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo Florida (Voted the number one healthiest club in America in 2014)
          • Fitness Director for Joan’s Camp Reveille

Certified: Personal trainer, group exercise instructor, Spin, Cycle, Yoga, Tai Chi, TRX, Tabata Boot Camp, Step, Martial Arts Instructor, Self Defense, Transformational Breath Coach, LifeBreath Coach, and Nutritional Counseling.

Other: Mom, Grandmother, devoted wife, outdoor enthusiast including cycling, hiking, canoeing, backpacking and swimming, healthy cooking devotee and a strong believer in spirituality and faith. She and her husband are living off the grid and building a log home from scratch with logs from their property.

Sessions: LifeBreath (Wednesday/Thursday), The Wellness Puzzle (Wednesday/Thursday)

Helen Bren͂a

Helen Brena

Helen Breña has served the YMCA movement for over 25 years and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Southern Maine since 2006. Her prior YMCA experience was with the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, where she served many roles including CFO, Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President of Operations. During her 15 year tenure there, Helen led 10 branches, with over 700 employees serving 40,000 members.  In addition to overseeing operations and finance, Helen gained invaluable experience as she helped lead the organization through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in her first few years.  Later her experience included Affordable Housing Tax Credit Initiatives and a merger with another YMCA.

Helen moved to Portland in 2005 in order to get back to Northern New England.  She worked with Avesta Housing as the Vice President of Finance and Management for a short while before returning to the YMCA Movement as the CEO of the YMCA Of Southern Maine in 2006.

Helen’s passion for her work at the Y is based on the belief that all people deserve the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.  What better place to bring people from all dimensions of diversity to explore their potential and discover who they are meant to be than at the Y.  This is core to Helen’s values and the YMCA mission.

Helen attended Amherst College, earning an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also earned a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford and became a Certified Public Accountant during her early years while working for Arthur Andersen & Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Helen grew up in New Hampshire and loves being back in Northern New England. She lives in West Falmouth, where she shares her time with her partner, her dog, and cat.  In addition to family events, reading, photography, and learning the guitar, Helen enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing, running, triathlons, and nature.

Sessions: Conversations on Transgender and Workplace Culture

Josh Broder

Joshua BroderJoshua Broder serves as CEO and is the majority owner of Tilson, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to 150 in five years. From 2010-2013, Josh led several large, successful Recovery Act funded technology infrastructure projects in New England for Tilson that included 2,300 new miles of fiber optic cable and 7,000 smart grid wireless nodes. Josh is an industry leader is small cell and oDAS deployment for cellular carriers. Josh cut his teeth in leadership and technology as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan running the tactical communications network in support of US and coalition forces. Josh holds a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Vermont's Military studies program and is a member of Leadership Maine's Omicron class. Josh is also a graduate of AT&T's Operation Hand Salute at JFK University. Josh serves on the boards of Kleinschmidt Associates (a multi-national engineering firm),  the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and is a corporator for Bangor Savings Bank. Josh is an active member of the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA).

Sessions: Maine Great Leaders: Tilson

Mike Brown

Mike BrownMike graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Zoology, and has over 25 years of Human Resources experience, mainly in the construction industry. Mike has also worked independently as a trainer, providing safety, leadership and management training to the construction industry.  Over his career, Mike has interviewed roughly 6,000 applicants and hired about 600 new employees, with a six-month retention rate of over 80%. Mike is currently employed as the Director of Human Resources for E.J. Prescott, Inc., a Waterworks Distributor with 28 locations spread over nine states. 

Session: Conduct A Great Hiring Interview

Hope Burnell

Hope BurnellHope Burnell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer at InterMed, has worked in HR since 1997. After spending the early part of her career in the staffing services industry, she found her niche in healthcare 13 years ago. Despite her self-declared introversion, Ms. Burnell is on a mission to share what she has learned in her HR career with those seeking practical words of wisdom through stories of great success and spectacular failure.

From executing effective recruitment strategies to guiding Board directors in making tough people calls, Ms. Burnell helps organizations understand the importance of making the business of people a priority. Ms. Burnell is a Maine native, mother of three, and master of belly rubs for dogs. 

 Session: Beyond the Balance Sheet: An Inspired Conversation with HR and Finance

Mardi Burns

Mardi BurnsMardi Burns joined Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting in 1987 and has over 30 years of experience in employee benefits, with a focus on assisting medium to large employers design, implement and manage their benefit plans. Her specialties include multi-sited self-funded plans, strategic benefit planning facilitation, public employer plans and integrating the benefit strategy with engagement and wellness strategies. She provides renewal and benefit analysis, union negotiation consulting, employee education, healthcare reform analysis and planning and wellness consultation, while keeping an eye on strategic recommendations. Mardi has been involved in the design and implementation of several employer on-site and near-site health clinics including facilitating cooperative multi-employer clinics. Additionally, Mardi is a frequent speaker on employee benefits costs and solutions.

21st Century Students

21st CenturyThe Lewiston 21st Century program is an after school and summer program serving students in grades K-12 in the Lewiston Public Schools.  The program provides tutoring, academic enrichment, and leadership programming.  The Lewiston 21st Century Leaders program is a branch of the Lewiston 21st Century program at Lewiston High School.  This group meets two days per week to plan and execute student-led community service and leadership projects.  The group’s most current project focuses on Restorative Practices, an alternative method of school discipline.

Erahm Christopher

Erahm ChristopherErahm Christopher is an award winning filmmaker, author and speaker who bridges social divides with storytelling. He has directed over twenty productions including stop-motion, scripted, documentary, animation, opera and his debut feature, Listen

Beyond film, Christopher has developed innovative programs that teach how to use creativity to shift perception and change behavior.  He has worked with the federal government, non-profits, schools, health organizations and companies around the world. He has reached over 7 million people with his Teen Truth film series, over 2 million with live experiences he crafted and has personally presented to nearly a million people around the globe. 

Sessions: KEYNOTE: Active Listening... It Only Takes a Moment, Active Listening Exercises: Enhance Your HR Skills

David Ciullo

David CiulloDavid Ciullo is the CEO of Dale Carnegie Maine and Career Management Associates, a 20+ year old HR Services firm headquartered in Northern New England. He is also the talk show host of the HR Power Hour, a national HR focused radio show streaming worldwide from the Newstalk WLOB studios in Portland, ME and at hrpowerhour.com. In 2012 David was elected President of Lincolnshire International an Arbora Global Company and also serves on its Board of Directors.

Session: Wednesday Moderator

Mark Cook

Mark CookMark is a career coach and associate with Heart at Work Associates with a history in corporate Human Resources, where he held senior management roles, most recently at L.L Bean. He has a life-long commitment to personal growth, both for himself and his clients. He works in partnership with clients, listening closely, being fully present, and getting to the heart of what is most important and meaningful for each individual person. He combines a big picture view along with practical knowledge and skills to help guide clients to their career goals. He is a certified professional coach through the Coaches Training Institute and credentialed through the International Coaching Federation. In addition, Mark is certified in high performance coaching and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator through the Center for Applications of Psychological Types.

Session: LinkedIn: The Key to Promoting Your Professional Value and Brand

Diane Davis

Diane DavisDiane joined Maine Medical Center as ADA Specialist in 2013 to collaborate with the HR Partners and the Employee Health team to enhance the existing ADA program and resources.  The MMC team has developed a robust interactive process that ensures each accommodation request is acknowledged, evaluated and implemented in an expeditious manner.  Diane’s outstanding organizational skills have significantly contributed to MMC successfully navigating the interactive process from start to finish for hundreds of individuals.

Prior to joining MMC, Diane worked in the Boston area for more than 30 years performing program management services specializing in injury, claims and disability management.  She is a long-time New Englander who has accomplished her personal goal to live and work near the Maine coastline.  Diane now resides in the Boothbay Harbor area with her husband, Peter.

Session: The ADA and Reassignment: Unlocking the Value of this Accommodation of Last Resort

Gia Drew

Gia DrewGia Drew, Program Director at EqualityMaine, is an educator, writer, and athlete who started working for EQME in January 2014. She had been a volunteer for several years, including working on the marriage campaign in 2012. While orginally from Boston, Gia has called Maine home for fifteen years. After earning degrees from Syracuse University and Savannah College of Art and Design, Gia was as a high school teacher and coach for twenty years, and in that time she became one of Maine's first OUT transgender public school teachers and one of the first transgender high school coaches in the country. 

Lori Dwyer

Lori DwyerLori Dwyer, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Compliance & Risk Officer, joined Penobscot Community Health Care in 2012 as PCHC’s General Counsel and Compliance & Risk Officer. A graduate of Duke University (B.A.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Maine School of Law (J.D.), Ms. Dwyer taught high school and community college after receiving her Master’s degree, practiced labor and employment law with Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine for 7 years after graduating from law school, and became a member of PCHC’s executive management team in 2013. Ms. Dwyer holds her graduate certification in healthcare compliance from George Washington University’s school of graduate studies, served as interim Chief Human Resources Officer until January 2016, and currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Compliance & Risk Officer. Ms. Dwyer has been devoted to public and pro bono service throughout her career, was recognized by the Maine Bar Foundation in 2012 for her pro bono service.

Peter Felmly

Peter FelmlyPeter Felmly counsels private sector employers and public schools in all aspects of labor law, employment law, and school law for Drummond Woodsum.

Peter advises employers of all sizes on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Maine Human Rights Act, and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. His practice involves counseling management and human resources personnel on hiring practices, discipline and discharge practices, conducting workplace investigations, and employee classification issues. Peter helps employers conduct training for employees and supervisors, and assists employers with the development of employment agreements, separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks. He also regularly represents employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings, in state and federal court proceedings, and before administrative agencies, including the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

Angela Fileccia

Angela FileccaAngela Fileccia, MSW, LCSW, Chief Care Management & Social Services Officer, started at Penobscot Community Health Care in 2010 as a Mental Health Therapist at the Summer Street Health Center and became Director of Care Management in 2014. She earned her MSW from the University of Maine in 2001. Prior to working at PCHC, she worked in various mental health service settings, including in-patient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, and community mental health centers. She served as the clinical supervisor for social work case managers in a variety of settings, including a HIV/AIDS service center, mental health and intellectual disabilities organizations, and in the primary care setting.

David Flotten

David FlottenDavid Flotten, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP works with employers and Associated Benefit and Risk Consulting’s benefits consultants on a wide range of HR compliance and strategic issues, with a particular focus on healthcare reform and employee benefits strategic planning. David has been advising employers on human resources and benefits for over eighteen years. Prior to that, David spent three years practicing private law and two years working in the Minnesota court system. David regularly presents seminars on healthcare reform, employee benefits, leadership skills and coaching at Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting as well as having presented for the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota. In addition to obtaining his SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications David has also taught the PHR/SPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam prep courses on multiple occasions, assisting many other HR professionals earn their professional certification. David has a law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).

Russell Ford

Russell FordRussell Ford, founder and principal of FordMurray Law, assists public and private employers, large and small, in developing effective immigration policies and strategies for personnel movement around the globe. His clients include colleges and universities, multinational corporations, and nonprofit organizations who need legal guidance regarding the recruitment, maintenance, and retention of international personnel. Russell’s accomplishments and skill in the fields of immigration, education and employment law have been recognized by multiple attorney ranking organizations. 

Chris Forman

Chris FormanChris Forman is the CEO and founder of Appcast Inc. He has previously served as CEO of StartWire (which he founded), CEO of AIRS, and Chief Development Officer of The Right Thing. Chris has worked in the recruiting industry for 20 years, developing smart recruiting tools that have helped hire millions of people around the globe. He is a nationally recognized expert in recruiting and talent management and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Staffing Industry Review.

Rebecca Fraser-Thill

Rebecca Fraser ThillRebecca Fraser-Thill is the Director of Purposeful Work initiative and a long-time faculty member in the psychology department at Bates College, where she focuses on development and vocational identity. In her Purposeful Work role, Rebecca designs and oversees a variety of programming that helps students launch careers, make meaning, and build tangible skills, in addition to programming that supports faculty and staff development.

Rebecca's writing about meaningful work, job crafting and career decision-making has been shared widely, including on The Huffington Post, HuffPostLive, LifeAfterCollege.org, and the Stacking Benjamins podcast, in addition to on her own website, www.RebeccaFT.com. She holds a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Cornell University and is a PIVOT Method trained career coach.

Session: Job Crafting: Retain Your Best People Through Purposeful Work    

Ann Freeman

Ann FreemanAnn Freeman, municipal and labor and employment attorney at Bernstein Shur, has experience representing both public and private sector entities in a variety employment and labor matters including compliance with employment laws, negotiating labor contracts, representing management in labor arbitrations and conducting investigations on issues ranging from sexual harassment to corporate ethics and workplace bullying. She started her career in private practice for a medium size firm as a civil litigator. Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, she also worked in house as labor relations manager, ethics and compliance officer and in house counsel for Maine’s largest city. She received her BA from Dartmouth College and her JD and MS in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Ann is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts and the US District Court, District of Maine.

Session: The Top 10 Workplace Investigation Fails

Diana Glattly

Diana GlattlyDiana Glattly has been with Herman Miller for two years, working with organizations to share knowledge on ergonomics and help them achieve human-centered design solutions. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors and Ergonomics from Cornell University through Dr. Alan Hedge’s Design and Environmental Analysis program. Diana is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and is credentialed through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.

Session: Social Ergonomics: Become an HR Architect for the Impactful Use of Work Space

Kristin Guibord

Kristin GuibordAs a senior investment manager at BerryDunn Wealth Management, Kristin’s approachable and straightforward style puts clients at ease as they work together to build a plan and navigate a lifetime of financial decision making. She provides highly personalized, comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services for individuals and families, including evaluations of life and long-term care insurance. Kristin works closely with clients experiencing major life transitions, such as retirement, death of a spouse, divorce, and career change. She also advises business clients in the ever-changing 401(k) plan landscape. Previously, Kristin headed the investment research group at Commonwealth Financial Network®, which provided investment recommendations, portfolio design and construction, and marketing support to 1,000 independent financial professionals throughout the U.S. Before that, she worked as a research analyst for the international equity group at Pioneer Investment Management in Boston. You might recognize Kristin from her spots as the“News 8 Financial Expert” on Maine's ABC affiliate, WMTW. Kristin served on the Maine Women's Fund, Major Gifts Advisory Board, and Host Committee for the Fund's annual fundraiser and awards luncheon. She resides in Portland with her husband and two sons with whom she enjoys cooking, travel adventures, and doing just about anything outdoors. Kristin is a registered representative and an investment adviser representative and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC. She is also licensed for life, health, and variable insurance.

Session: Behavioral Finance: Boost Retirement Plan Participation

Sara Hellstedt

Sara HellstedtAn associate of Berntein Shur in Portland, Sara has years of experience fighting for schools and institutions, students and families. Sara has represented public and private sector education clients on a variety of matters, and has handled complaints before the Maine Human Rights Commission and the federal Office for Civil Rights. Her experience as a Labor Relations Manager for the University of Maine System gave her crucial on-the-ground experience in collective bargaining, grievance resolution, discrimination and Title IX investigations. In addition, Sara has dedicated her skills to volunteering hundreds of hours of pro bono legal service to the community and received the Katahdin Council Award from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for her efforts in 2013. Whether she is in the courtroom or the classroom, Sara is a proven and passionate advocate for her clients.

Session: The Top 10 Workplace Investigation Fails

Colby Houdlette

Colby HoudletteColby Houdlette is a driven Professional bringing an innovative approach to Human Resource Management by leveraging technology and minimizing touchpoints to drive continuous improvement. Colby currently works at Maine Medical Center as an Operations Business Partner where she supports the business through various project works and reporting. Colby graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a bachelor’s of science in Human Resource Management and a minor in Communications. Because of her passion for continuous learning, she has been working on her MBA and plans to complete her graduate degree in the fall of 2017. As an active member in the HR community, she serves on the Maine State Council as the College Relations Director, where she engages and educates students about the HR profession. She also supports FocusMaine initiatives by partnering with professionals throughout the state to study knowledge workers and create robust internship programs. In her spare time, Colby enjoys fly fishing, golfing, and spending time at her camp on Moosehead Lake with friends and family.

Session: 3 Under 30: A New Approach to Business and HR

Shannon Kashinsky

Shannon KashinskyShannon is the Vice President of Human Resources at PeoplesChoice Credit Union in Saco, Maine. PeoplesChoice Credit Union (PCU) has approximately 18,000+ members and assets of 180 million. She began her career with PCU in 2010 as a Human Resource Specialist. Before coming to the credit union Shannon held senior level HR and Finance positions in a number of industries including Vocational Education, Audio Technology, Design, Marketing, and Medical Outsourcing. As part of a senior management team who has created a positive work environment of mutual respect and staff engagement, PCU has earned the honor of being names as one of the best places to work in Maine for 7 years running. Shannon has a B.S. in Accounting from Husson University, a Master’s Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine, an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Andover College and an LPN diploma from SMCC. In addition to sitting on the Coastal Counties Workforce Board, Shannon is the President of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, and is an active board member of the Social Responsibility Committee for both the Maine Credit Union League and Insurance Trust located in Westbrook.

Session: Blazing A New Path for HR!

Brandy Kendall

Brandy KendallDespite working in a world of numbers and budgets, Ms. Kendall is a strong advocate for employees and patients in her position as InterMed’s Chief Financial Officer. Managing six departments, Ms. Kendall’s leadership style is built on trust, empowerment, and an open door policy. A consummate team player, Ms. Kendall serves as an invaluable resource for the HR team at InterMed, working closely with leadership and staff on topics ranging from budget and compensation to benefits and communications.

Ms. Kendall joined InterMed as a Financial Analyst in 2000, became Director of Finance 6 years later, and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2014. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.

Session: Beyond the Balance Sheet: An Inspired Conversation with HR and Finance

Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett KrosoczkaNew York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.

Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Krosoczka has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film.

Realizing that his stories can inspire young readers beyond the page, Krosoczka founded School Lunch Hero Day, a national campaign that celebrates school lunch staff, and Platypus Police Reading Squad, a program in which police officers read aloud to children in schools and libraries. A consummate advocate for arts education, Krosoczka also established the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships, which fund art classes for underprivileged children, in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Krosoczka lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank. Learn more about Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his work at studioJJK.com.

Session: KEYNOTE: Honor in Recognition

Sue LaChance

Sue LaChanceDirector of Learning and Organizational Development for TripAdvisor, Sue LaChance has 25 years of experience in human resources focusing on organizational and professional development. Her responsibilities have included developing and implementing company-wide leadership models, driving and managing strategic talent management practices; including the design, promotion, implementation and evaluation of programs and systems that facilitate the continuous learning of team members, particularly executives, senior managers and emerging leaders. Her arsenal of secret weapons includes interactive learning, learning through discovery, learning by teaching others, and learning in a fun, not fancy, environment. Sue has served in a variety of leadership roles at TripAdvisor, Constant Contact, Monster.com and AECOM (formerly ENSR International, an environmental consulting and engineering firm.) She enjoys frequent speaking opportunities for sharing thought leadership on innovative ways to develop results-oriented teams and high-performing cultures. Sue is a graduate of Williams College and nurtures her competitive spirit in a variety of athletic arenas, especially running, cross country skiing and cycling.

Session: Mastering Your HR Coaching Skills: The Power of Peers

David Lee

David LeeDavid Lee, the founder of HumanNature@Work, helps employers improve employee engagement, customer service, and morale, through his work as a trainer, consultant, and coach. He has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad. An internationally recognized thought leader in the field of employee engagement and performance, he is the author of Managing Employee Stress and Safety, Storytelling Techniques for Training, as well as nearly 100 articles and book chapters on topics related to employee performance that have been published in trade journals and books in the US, Europe, India, Australia, and China. The second edition of the business classic, The Talent Management Handbook, features a chapter of his on the topic of Onboarding. His work in the last few years has focused increasingly more on the role relationships play in organizational and individual effectiveness. Whether the goal is increased employee engagement, improving the customer experience, growing sales or client relationships, David Lee’s message to leaders and business owners is this: “Every better business result requires creating better relationships, and every better relationship requires having better conversations.”

Session: Why Your Employees Are Just Not That Into You... And What to Do About It

Thomas LeRoy

Tom LeRoyTom’s early career as a Physical Therapist led to him focusing on providing services in an occupational setting as varied as the State of Maine government to Barber Foods.  An interest in injury prevention led him in pursuit of a Masters in Ergonomics.  The coursework sparked an interest in Systems Ergonomics and how the overall macro and micro design of the work environment shape outcomes.  His time at Maine Medical Center has led to progressive responsibilities and he now oversees Return to work/Stay at work efforts, Absence, Accommodation, STD/LTD and Workers Compensation Programs for MaineHealth’s 18,000 employees.  In the recent past, he was an integral part in moving MaineHealth towards more thorough compliance with the ADAAA by developing and implementing a rigorous reassignment process.

Session: The ADA and Reassignment: Unlocking the Value of this Accommodation of Last Resort

Peter Lowe

Peter LowePeter D. Lowe is a partner with the Lewiston, Maine law firm of Brann & Isaacson.  Peter serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc.  Peter edits the Maine Employment Law Letter and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in American every year since 2013 for representing management in employment law. Peter has worked extensively with businesses and schools advising them on the legal issues presented by questions of diversity and discrimination.

Session: Conversations on Transgender and Workplace Culture

Nancy Lyons

Nancy LyonsNancy Lyons is a CEO, entrepreneur, and all around good human who speaks about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology, and people. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business. Seeing work and the culture of work as the next economic frontier, she pushes the progressive boundaries of how we think about professional and personal lives.

Nancy has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She is co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” (New Riders, 2012) and author of the upcoming book, “How to win at business by being nice to humans.”

She serves as the Chair of the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is on the Board of Trustees at Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, on the advisory board for American Public Media’s Marketplace, is on the Open Twin Cities Advisory Board, and is a member of the advisory board for the innovative entrepreneurial conference, Giant Steps. She is also a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Round Table.

Session: KEYNOTE: Cultivating a Human-Centered Culture

Stacie Mallen

Stacie Mallen

Videoloco is Stacie's 7th successful start-up since earning her "random degree" in Chemistry. After 20 years of working in organizations to optimize the experience of employees to drive business and build companies with true purpose, she became painfully aware that we are need of a revolution. Rulesmakerebels.com is a personal account of her experiences and how her team became a key catalyst for success with 6 start ups and one Fortune 5O company all experiencing explosive growth. Today Stacie speaks to Human Resources Events & Conferences, Universities, and Trade Associations about People-Centric Business founded and guided by purpose. She challenges the audience to find their authentic voice and rebel against the status quo. Each participant has the opportunity to walk away with a plan on how to create their own rebellion of change within their business to maximize growth while fostering compassion, kindness and transparency. She challenges each audience to find their own truth in order to create tangible change and transformation in the world.

Session: Keynote: Do Rebels Make Good HR Leaders?

Sarah Mann

Sarah MannSarah Mann is a Leadership Coach and strategic HR consultant with experience in B2C, B2B, Global and startup environments. She has held several senior level roles in marketing, operations and human resources. Sarah’s passion is developing leaders at all levels, driving teams and individuals to higher levels of performance through coaching and performance consultation. She has been described as a “force of energy,” and “strategic,” with a “refreshing perspective.” Most recently, Sarah held a senior HR role at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), supporting different lines of business, with revenues of more than $325M. While there she coached and led her executive and leadership teams through numerous organizational re-­‐structures and cultural transformations. Prior to ADP, Sarah was a key leader at AMP, a youth marketing agency, where she led national promotions for clients including, Converse, Timberland and Gillette. Sarah was instrumental in helping grow the agency from six employees, to a robust organization generating nearly $45M in revenues. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds several certifications including: SPHR, Linkage’s Managing Organizational Transitions, MBTI, and Motivation Factor. Sarah is active in several organizations including NEHRA, The Boston Club, Boston Facilitator’s Roundtable, and HRLF.

Session: Mastering Your HR Coaching Skills: The Power of Peers

Allison Manswell

Allison ManswellAllison V. Manswell, CPLP is a seasoned HR and talent management professional with experience working with Fortune 100 companies like Exelon, PepsiCo, Lowe’s, State Farm, Johnson & Johnson. Her expertise includes organizational, leadership and executive development, diversity and inclusion. She has held leadership roles in corporations and community organizations responsible for strategy development, program execution and change management. In addition to the industry credential as a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Allison holds an MBA in leadership. She also holds in BA in Justice and Law Enforcement from the University of Winnipeg where she started her career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Allison has also been an adjunct faculty member in classroom and online learning environments for Bachelor and Masters degree programs. Allison is the author of Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace and serves as a thought leader and advocate for issues in the African--‐American community. Her other publications include The Champions’ Ride: Success Skills from an SUV, a character--‐building curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students used in school systems nationally and internationally. Allison enjoys working with adults as a life coach and mentoring youth. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of three sons who inspire her every day.

Session: Lifting the Unconscious Bias Roadblock: A Talent Quest

Steven McKinney

Steve McKinneySteven McKinney is Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist for the Northern New England District Office of the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. Steven started working for the Department of Labor in 2010 as a Wage and Hour Investigator. Over the next 6 years, Steven obtained direct experience enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon and Related Acts, the Migrant and Seasonal Workers Protection Act, H-2A, H-2B, and OSHA (Field Sanitation and Temporary Labor Camps). Prior to becoming an investigator, Steven worked as an attorney for the Law Offices of Ferris & Ferris in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Session: Overtime Regulation Compliance in Transition

Laurel McClead

Laurel McCleadLaurel McClead is a member of Drummond Woodsum's Labor and Employment Group. Her practice is focused on the representation of public and private employers in all aspects of employment law.  Laurel regularly counsels employers of all sizes on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as state wage and hour, discrimination and leave laws. She also assists employers facing government audits from the U.S. Department of Labor and the New Hampshire Department of Labor.

Laurel works with employers to manage risks related to the employer-employee relationship. She provides advice and counsel to employers on hiring, discipline, termination, lay-offs, workplace complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employee classification issues, and a variety of other human resource and personnel matters. She helps employers conduct workplace investigations, training for employees and supervisors, and assists employers with the development of employment agreements, separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks.

Session: Getting Pay Right: Compliance and Fairness


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