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Ed Hurley-Wales, ADP

Paul D. Dietl, Commonwealth of MA

Nancy Persson, The Hanover Insurance Group

Board of Directors
Scarlett Abraham, Bright Horizons Family Solutions 
Christine Carmody, Eversource
Julie Celano
Carlos Echalar, CDM Smith
Michael Fontaine, KPMG
Lorraine Goffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Joy McCune, Boston Financial Data Services
David P. Ryan, Esq., Hallmark Health
Susan Sgroi, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Senior Advisory Board
Tracy Barac, Fluency Advertising/GVC
Fred K. Foulkes, DBA, BU School of Management
Daniel B. Klein, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Board of Directors 

 Scarlett Abraham

Scarlett Abraham joined Bright Horizons on March 5, 2007.  Scarlett’s passion for HR began after she graduated college and worked for a staffing agency.   In her current role, Scarlett is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management.  She serves as a consultant and strategic partner to leaders and collaborates with department managers to help fairly implement our policies and to assist them with coaching employees and supporting their development. 

She supports the creation of a work environment that lives by Bright Horizons HEART Principles, and encourages professionalism, growth and diversity. Scarlett is committed to employee growth and supports such commitment by partnering with members of the organization to identify training needs at every level.  Scarlett is passionate about retaining good talent and often facilitates trainings geared towards employee development. In addition to the support that employees receive from their direct supervisor or local leadership team, she assists employees with successfully resolving questions and concerns that may arise. 

One area of focus for Scarlett is partnering with the business to  focus on the company culture and develop Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives that grow and strengthen the overall organization. She acts as an employee champion and change agent and is committed to providing an overall  positive employee experience.


Scarlett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Suffolk University.  She and her family live in Hyde Park, MA.


 Christine Carmody

Chris Carmody is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities) and is currently responsible for leading all of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness operations, including: Employee and Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources Information Systems, Safety, Security, Health Services, Staffing, Process and Technology and Diversity.

Chris has a proven track record of driving organizational change to achieve customer-focused results and a better working environment. Since joining Northeast Utilities in 1996, Chris has held positions of increasing responsibility in Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness.

Chris has also worked as an independent consultant specializing in leadership development, coaching and organizational change in the telecommunications, healthcare and utility industries. Prior to joining Eversource, Carmody held human resource positions at Talbot's and Bradlees, Inc.

Chris holds a master's degree in business administration from Anna Maria College, and a bachelor of arts in liberal arts from the College of Holy Cross. Chris and her husband, Robert, reside in Canton, Mass. with their two children.


Julie Celano

Julie Celano was most recently the VP of Human Resources for Brigham and Women’s Health Care. Celano joined BWHC on May 1, 2012, after serving as vice president of Human Resources at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, since 2009. While at Fox Chase, she was responsible for leading the HR team and partnering with senior leadership in all domains, including clinical, research and administration, as well as strategic planning and implementation of HR initiatives. Celano led numerous cultural change initiatives and leadership development programs.

Prior to joining Fox Chase, Celano served as vice president of Human Resources for ACE – INA Holdings, Inc., a publically traded global property and casualty insurance firm that conducts business on a worldwide basis with a physical presence in 53 countries. Celano has also held leadership positions at Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J. Celano began her career as a physiologist.

She received a Master of Science in Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in Professional Human Resources Management from Villanova University. Celano also holds a master’s degree in Education/Physiology and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Speech Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Paul D. Dietl

Paul Dietl is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Resources Division. Paul is responsible for providing policy guidance and oversight to agencies and employees of the Commonwealth's Executive Branch. The Human Resources Division provides HR services and policy development.

Paul has been in state service for 18 years. He joined the Massachusetts Division of Human Resources as Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer in 1998. He previously served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, Assistant Secretary for the Executive Office of Consumer Affairs and Assistant Budget Director for the Massachusetts Fiscal Affairs Division. He began his career with the Commonwealth in 1990 at the Massachusetts State House as Deputy Budget Director for the House Ways and Means Committee.

In November 2004, Paul was the recipient of the Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award in recognition of his exceptional accomplishments in the area of human resource development and training, and for demonstrating excellence in leadership, innovation and creativity. This honor is the highest public service award presented by the Governor of the Commonwealth.

Paul holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Hamline University.


 Carlos Echalar

Mr. Echalar is an accomplished human resources executive with more than 20 years of experience leading human resources strategy, talent management, compensation, organizational development and delivery for global engineering and technology firms. Most recently, Echalar was the CHRO for MICROS Systems, a $1.4 billion, 6,500-person technology company recently acquired by Oracle. He has also served as the CHRO of ManTech International, and a global HR executive for Computer Sciences Corporation and SAIC Corporation. He earned an MBA from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business and a BS in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University.


Michael Fontaine

Mike Fontaine is the National Managing Partner for KPMG Human Resources.

Prior to this role, Mike held several HR Leadership positions at IBM including leading recognition for IBM’s 400,000 global employees, business unit compensation leader IBM Research, HR leader for Lotus, and other key executive roles focused on sales incentives transformation, HRIS, leadership development, and manager productivity.

Previously, Mike served as a Knowledge Management and Human Capital Consultant in IBM’s Global Services division and implemented HR solutions at the United States Navy, National Security Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, State Farm, British Petroleum, International Monetary Fund, Pan Canadian Energy, Tesco, The UK Government, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Intel, British Telecom, Bank of Montreal, Aventis, Novartis, Buckman Laboratories, SAS, The World Bank, and United Technologies.

Mike is a member of SHRM and holds a MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Finance and Economics from Johnson & Wales University.


Lorraine Goffe

Lorraine Goffe is the Vice President for Human Resources at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Vice President, Lorraine is responsible for the strategic direction, operations, services, and programs that support the 13,000 plus faculty and staff at the Institute. Lorraine joined MIT in February 2015, where she serves as an advisor to the President and other senior administrative and academic leaders.

Lorraine has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of human resources. Prior to joining MIT, Lorraine served as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at Washington University, where she held several leadership positions from 2000 to 2015. Lorraine has also served in HR leadership roles at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

Lorraine earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from William Woods University and an MBA from National University in San Diego. She is an alumna of Leadership St. Louis, a selective leadership development program for community leaders. Lorraine has served on many professional and non-profit boards during her career and currently serves as a member of the TIAA-CREF Advisory Council and on the board of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).


Ed Hurley-Wales

Ed Hurley-Wales is Vice President of Market Diversity for ADP. In this role, he is responsible for developing Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives that grow and strengthen client relationships and improve ADP’s overall D&I competitiveness.  Ed provides strategic diversity consultation to senior market leaders, and works closely with the ADP Corporate Diversity group and divisional HR to ensure alignment with business plans.  He also collaborates with teams across ADP to identify and develop diversity advisory services for current clients.

Ed joined ADP, an HCM software and services firm, through the acquisition of Workscape in August 2010. He joined Workscape in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.  In addition to providing HR functional oversight, Ed was responsible for ensuring that the company exemplified world-class human capital management strategies through strong operational management and a forward-thinking approach to growth, both organically and through strategic mergers and acquisition activity. 

Ed holds a Masters of Science degree in education from Cambridge College, and serves as a Board member of the New England HR Association (NEHRA) and Machine Science.  He is a member of the U.S. Council of D&I Executives. He also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for Perkins School for the Blind.  Previously, he served on the boards of the Human Resources Leadership Forum of New England (HRLF) and WARM2Kids organization.  Ed also served in the United States Navy.

Joy McCune

Joy McCune is a senior vice president in State Street’s Human Resources (HR) department, responsible for providing strategic support to the State Street Management Committee and their lines of business. As leader of the HR Business Partner organization, she is responsible for ensuring that her team of more than 80 professionals provides strategic consulting services to the company’s business leaders that include succession planning, launching new lines of business, and HR considerations of mergers/acquisitions.  Ms. McCune and her team oversee the analysis, design and execution of HR business strategies that support the recruitment, development and retention of staff in both US and Non-US locations.  Joy has additional responsibility for overseeing the University Relations strategy in North America and facilitating strategic partnership with a number of top tier colleges and universities. On a matrix basis Joy has responsibility for Talent Acquisitions in N. America and Change Management.  She also serves as a member of the HR leadership team.

Previously, Ms. McCune was a senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), responsible for overseeing the staffing organization, North American HR Business Partner organization and Talent Management organization for SSgA.  She joined State Street in 1997, and at various stages of her tenure with State Street, has provided HR business partner support for all of State Street's major businesses. She has been responsible for overseeing a number of acquisitions, off-shore initiatives, new business launches and talent development projects.  Prior to joining State Street, she held HR roles in the high-tech, insurance and the banking industries.

Ms. McCune earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and holds an advanced certificate in HR studies from Bentley College. She serves as a member of the State Street Corporation Human Resources Leadership Team.  She also serves on the Board of Overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and is a member of the Boston Club.


Nancy Persson

Nancy Persson leads the Talent Solutions team at The Hanover Insurance Group. Based in Worcester, Mass., The Hanover is one of the top 25 property and casualty insurers in the United States, and has provided a wide range of property and casualty products to businesses, families and individuals for more than 160 years. The Talent Solutions team comprises Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Enterprise Learning and Development. Before joining The Hanover, Nancy was with Staples for just over 20 years, where she led Leadership Development, Organization Development and Learning Technology teams providing innovative solutions for 90,000 associates. Prior to Staples, Nancy held Talent Leadership roles with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MA, Child World, and Hills Department Stores.

Nancy brings more than 30 years of talent development and Human Resources experience to her work. She is an expert facilitator, communicator, and an accomplished internal consultant who is widely recognized for her expertise in organization development and her bottom line focus on the business. She earned her BA in Communications and Education from Boston College, a Master’s Certificate in Executive Coaching, and a Master’s Degree in Organization Psychology, both from the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.  

In 2012, Nancy earned her first degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Knowing that fresh challenges lead to continuous learning, Nancy has recently taken up kickboxing and beekeeping as new hobbies. She is passionate about her family, her work, downhill skiing, and spending time with her husband Mark, her sons, Douglas and Jackson, and her clinically insane dog Scarlet.


David P. Ryan, Esq.

David Ryan is the Vice President for Hallmark Health System. He joined HHS in December, 2013. HHS is a multi-entity community health system based in Melrose, MA and includes two acute care inpatient hospitals, home care and hospice services, physician practices and multiple ambulatory care facilities north of Boston.


Previously, David was the Vice President of Human Resources at Cape Cod Healthcare where he reported to the President/CEO and was responsible for strategic planning and execution relative to Human Resources. He managed a Human Resources team of 37. Cape Cod Healthcare is a community healthcare system comprised of two acute care inpatient hospitals, home care and hospice services, assisted living, outpatient laboratory and physician practices and has approximately 4,100 employees. 

Prior to Cape Cod Healthcare, David served as Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer at Quincy Medical Center, and previously as Director of Labor Relations at Boston Medical Center. He is an attorney specializing in labor relations and employment law.


Susan Sgroi

As Senior VP of Organizational Effectiveness and CHRO, Sue oversees the HR function with a focus on fostering a culture of continuous improvement that will enable Blue Cross to succeed in the rapidly evolving health care environment.

Sue joined Blue Cross in January 2015. She formerly led the human resources function for the asset management division of Fidelity Investments. She brings more than 25 years of experience both nationally and internationally across a variety of human resources disciplines, with a proven track record of aligning strategic and business goals with organizational and workforce strategies.

Sue holds a master's degree in organizational development from American University and a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College. She serves on the St. Francis House board of directors, the largest day shelter for the homeless in Boston, as well as the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).  Sue is a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute (HRPI), and the Health Care Human Resources Forum (HCHR), both of which partner with Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.      


Senior Advisory Board

Tracy Barac

Tracy has over 15 years of marketing strategy experience with a focus on digital. Tracy joined GVC as an Account Director in 2011. She is responsible for client service including strategy development, operations and social media integration. She is also CEO of Fluency Advertising, part of the GVC family of companies. She counts some of the region’s biggest brands as her clients including EMC, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Eastern Bank. Prior to joining GVC, Tracy worked at Boombox, Inc. and Carlson Marketing Worldwide in New York City. Some of her past clients include American Express and British Airways. Before that she held a marketing position at Dun and Bradstreet. 
Tracy is an active member of several professional organizations including a junior board member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. She has a BS in Marketing from Bentley University.


Fred K. Foulkes, DBA

Fred Foulkes, director of the Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University's School of Management, is one of the most highly respected HR professionals in the country. A distinguished professor and researcher, he also has experience as a human resources practitioner. 

Fred received an AB degree from Princeton University and MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard University. He was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty prior to joining the faculty of Boston University, where he teaches courses in human resources management, strategic management and labor and personnel relations. 

He is program director of NEHRA's Senior Executive Forum and a senior advisor to the board.


Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

Daniel Klein is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. Mr. Klein's practice includes the defense of collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in federal and state courts. Dan has represented private employers in litigation under the Federal Fair Labor Standards and the Massachusetts wage payment, overtime and tip statutes. He also has conducted wage and hour audits and provided counseling to numerous employers on compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws. 

Since 1998, Dan has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Resource Partnership, a non-profit organization that assists employers in the hiring of individuals with disabilities. He received his B.A. (cum laude) from Colgate University, and his J.D. (cum laude) from Boston College Law School.


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