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Officers

Chair
Ed Hurley-Wales, ADP

Chair Elect
Lorraine Goffe, MIT

Secretary
Paul D. Dietl, Dept. of Corrections Central Headquarters

Treasurer
Nancy Persson, Leadership Growth Solutions

Board of Directors
Scarlett Abraham, Bright Horizons Family Solutions 
Karen Anderson, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals 

Julie Celano
Carlos Echalar, CDM Smith
Cynthia Ring, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Lorraine Goffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Andy Porter, The Broad Institute

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.

 

 Karen Anderson 

Karen Anderson joined Alnylam in 2014 from Biogen Idec where she served as Vice President, Human Resources for R&D and Corporate Development. Prior to Biogen Idec, Karen was the Vice President of Human Resources, Commercial for Pfizer Inc. covering both Developed Markets and Emerging Markets. Earlier in her 10-year tenure with Pfizer, Karen supported Worldwide R&D. Before joining Pfizer, she spent 6 years at Baxter, most recently as Global Human Resources Director. Her career as a human resources leader in the bio-pharma industry began in 1995, when she joined Bayer as Director of Compensation from her role as an Associate Consultant with the Hay Group. Karen received a Masters in Organizational Psychology and Development from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in both Psychology and Labor Relations from York University in Toronto, Canada and serves on the Board of Directors for Advancing Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology (WEST).

 

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. Carlos 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.

  

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.

 

Nancy Persson

Nancy Persson is the principal of Leadership Growth Solutions, a consultancy providing executive coaching, leadership development and strategic team solutions to businesses and not for profits.

Before starting this business, Nancy led the Talent Solutions team at The Hanover Insurance Group, providing Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Learning & Development solutions to the $5B property and casualty insurance company’s 4,200 employees. Prior to The Hanover, Nancy was with Staples for 20 years, where she held a variety of leadership roles in Executive Development, OD and Learning. Before Staples, Nancy held Talent Leadership roles with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts, 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, executive coach and development consultant, widely recognized for her expertise in talent and organization development and her bottom line focus. Nancy 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 William James College. She also has earned both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  

Nancy also holds a first-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. Knowing that fresh challenges lead to continuous learning, she has added kickboxing and beekeeping as hobbies. Nancy 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. 

 

Andy Porter

Andy Porter is the chief people officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. There, he leads the Human Resources function and is responsible for creating an organizational environment that fully enables the success of the Broad mission by attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

Porter brings over fifteen years of experience to the job, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Merrimack, he served as head of Human Resources at Dyax Corp, worked for several years as an independent consultant within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and held roles in Human Resources at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Additionally, Porter has spent time outside of his full-time roles teaching as an adjunct professor at MCPHS University, and sharing his views on organizations and talent management as a contributor to the blog “Fistful of Talent.”

Porter holds a B.S. degree in organizational psychology from Bridgewater State University, and an M.S. in organizational development from American University.

Cynthia Ring

Cynthia Ring has served in a variety of Leadership roles within Human Resources over the last twenty years.  Her current role is as Chief of Human Resources at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare where she serves to champion a People and Business Strategy.  Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, she served as Vice President of Human Resources & Patient Experience at Central New England HealthAlliance Hospital.  Prior to joining HealthAlliance Hospital in 2012, Ms. Ring served as Executive Director of Human Resources for Commonwealth Medicine/ University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She also served as Director of Human Resources for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system for over ten years. 

She was instrumental in implementing a number of workforce investment and development programs as well as talent acquisition strategies.  Over the last six years, she received special recognition from the Stepping-Up Program, JobClubRI and the Governor’s office for her work in establishing an innovative career ladders program and her commitment to community workforce investment and development programs.  She is committed to community service and corporate responsibility and serves on many non-profit Boards.  

Ms. Ring holds a masters degree in business administration from Bryant University, and an undergraduate degree in English from Framingham State University.

 

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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