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One of NEHRA’s most important efforts as a professional organization is offering our members the highest quality educational opportunities. This effort would not be possible without the leadership of our talented and dedicated faculty, most of whom are volunteers. Each of these individuals has a passion for teaching coupled with a desire to further the HR profession by providing relevant and insightful learning opportunities to students of all ages and experience levels.


If you are interested in volunteering as faculty, please contact Alex Mascaro, Project Coordinator, at or 781-239-8709



Susan Glover
Benefits and Wellness Manager, CDM Smith

Benefits portion of Total Rewards Module of HR Basics

Susan's background includes over 25 years of Human Resources management, focusing on benefits and compensation. Her award-winning work in the wellness field has been recognized by Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, The Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine. Sue is the producer and co-host of a cable TV show in her town of Hanover, MA called “The Healthy Hanover Show” and also serves as a Transition Advisor for the Successful Transition Planning Institute, helping prepare pre-retirees for the emotional and social aspects of retirement and planning a purposeful next phase of their lives.

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Laura Horlitz
Talent Acquisition Manager, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA

Teaches: Hiring Basics Module of HR Basics; Talent Lifecycle Module of Beyond the Basics

Laura’s talent assessment and development skills were developed over a 15-year career with nSight in Burlington, MA. Laura grew and managed the staffing division of the communications services firm with responsibility for major accounts including Fidelity Investments, Massachusetts Medical Society, State Street Corporation, and major high tech companies and internet start-ups.  

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Cheryl Jacobs
Senior Vice President, MCG Partners

TeachesCommunicate portion of Communicate & Negotiate Module of Beyond the Basics

Cheryl is an executive coach of MCG, working with leaders on team effectiveness, conflict management, influence & persuasion and overall leadership effectiveness requirements. Cheryl is dedicated to helping leaders and organizations to achieve their potential. She leverages her extensive business background to assist our clients in achieving higher levels of performance.

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Daniel B. Klein, Esq.
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Teaches: Employment Law Basics portion of HR Basics

Dan's practice includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities. He lectures frequently on a variety of employment law topics for human resource specialists and in-house counsel.  

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John Koester, PHR
Senior HR Leader and Business Partner, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Employee Engagement Module of Beyond the Basics

John Koester has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, with the past 14 leading HR functions for companies ranging from 50 to 700 employees in industries such as professional services, non-profit social services, and technology.  John has been responsible for both the day to day performance and strategic oversight of all facets of the HR function, with a particular emphasis on talent acquisition and management, and employee engagement.

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Kate O'Leary
Manager of Compensation and Recognition, Babson College

Compensation portion of Total Rewards Module of HR Basics

Kate has more than 17 years of experience in Human Resources in areas including compensation, talent acquisition, employee relations, HRIS, and recognition. In 2009, Kate started Babson’s first employee wellness program: BeWell@Babson, which has grown to more than 25 different programs with upwards of 300 participants. Babson’s award-winning wellness program has been recognized by the American Heart Association, the Boston Business Journal, the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and World@Work. Most recently, Kate has focused on improving institutional recognition, and has been the catalyst for the creation of multiple new awards and ways in which to recognize employees in the workplace.

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Kathleen Phelan
Senior HR Business Partner, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Employee Relations Module of HR Basics

Kathleen Phelan is a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  In this role, she is responsible for coaching and consulting with the senior management of the organization in the areas of department re-organizations, compensation plans, employee engagement survey results, succession planning, employee relations and diversity and inclusion initiatives.  As a member of the HR Leadership Team, she assists in the development multi-year Human Resources strategies for HR alignment to the organization’s business objectives.  In collaboration with her HR team, she develops and supports the organization’s change management model and talent management strategies.

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Erika Putnam Chin
Executive Director, Chin Compensation & Performance LLC
Compensation portion of Total Rewards Module of HR Basics

Erika has been a human resources practitioner in corporate settings and with a major global management consulting firm for over 20 years, specializing in strategic design and tactical implementation of compensation and performance management programs. Her experience spans four industry sectors: life sciences, consumer products, technology, and financial services. Most recently, Erika led the global compensation function at Millipore Corporation, where she was hired to manage the redesign of a global performance management and compensation system.

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Jamie Resker
Founder, Employee Performance Solutions

Teaches: Performance Management Module of HR Basics

Jamie has a uniquely singular focus - optimizing employee performance through re-shaping  communications between managers and employees based on two-way, frequent, informal conversations designed to align performance expectations.   She helps organizations make the shift away from reviewing and rating past performance to building the capacity of everyone in the organization to speak candidly about strengths, accomplishments, and more comfortably re-direct off-target performance. Jamie is the originator of the Performance Continuum Feedback Method® and The 10-Minute Conversation, frameworks proven to drive individual, team and organizational performance.

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Lauri Rich
Director of Outreach and Career Development, Boston University School of Public Health

Teaches: Hiring Basics Module of HR Basics, Talent Lifecycle Module of Beyond the Basics

Lauri began her career in Human Resources at Harvard University in 1982 and has since held leadership positions in various industries including: a high growth training solutions company, a global internet conferencing corporation, the largest managed care provider and the world’s leading education company. In 2001, Lauri founded Infinite Connections, LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm dedicated to providing innovative and scalable solutions to business challenges. She has been engaged to work with a variety of clients, aligning their business and people strategies and integrating sustainable workforce planning models to drive performance results.

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Ryan Rourke
Vice President of Employee Benefits, Hays Companies

Benefits Strategy and Design Module of Beyond the Basics

Ryan is a seasoned Health and Welfare Consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the industry. His career started with Tufts Health plan where he worked on major and national accounts such as Verizon and Walmart. He also had a specialty in the municipal sector working with such entities as City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts GIC program. In 2005 Ryan began working as a broker at USI before joining the Hays Companies team in 2011.  He is also a founding Member of the MA Health Connector Advisory Board.

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Sasha Thaler
Partner, Bello Welsh LLP

Teaches: Negotiate portion of Communicate and Negotiate Module of Beyond the Basics

Sasha’s practice spans all areas of labor and employment law, including defending employers in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour and other employment-related litigation, assisting clients in contract disputes relating to issues from employee compensation to intellectual property protection, and providing counseling to employers on a range of topics, such as employment policies and procedures, wage and hour compliance, employee discipline, leaves of absence, and reductions in force. Sasha also has experience assisting clients in labor negotiations and related grievance and arbitration procedures.

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Ronit Velde, SPHR
HR Manager, Belmont Day School

Teaches: Employee Relations Module of HR Basics

Over the years, Ronit has held positions of increasing responsibility with an emphasis on employee relations, performance management, management coaching, HRIS implementation, staffing and compensation strategies. She has over 15 years of HR experience in the biotech and high tech industries. Prior to entering into the HR field, Ronit was an educator with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa. She holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is SPHR certified. Ronit has been an active NEHRA member since 2008, has participated on the Advanced HR Committee,  and is currently co-chair of the 2016 Conference Committee.

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Deb Vettori, PHR
Human Resources Manager, Comcast Cable

Teaches: Employee Relations Module of HR Basics

Deb Vettori is currently a Human Resources Manager for Comcast Cable in the Greater Boston region. She is responsible for overseeing the human resources operations for approximately 500 employees in various locations. Since joining Comcast in 1999, Deb has held positions of increasing responsibility. She has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of HR, partnering with business leaders to meet important business challenges.  

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David Weaver, CCA
President, Compensation & HR Group

TeachesTotal Rewards Module of HR Basics and Compensation Module of Beyond the Basics

David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization. Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications. A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Martha Zackin
Partner, Bello Welsh LLP

Teaches: Negotiate portion of Communicate and Negotiate Module of Beyond the Basics

Martha has more than 20 years of experience advising and representing clients on a broad range of employment law issues and in adversarial proceedings. In her role as an advisor to employers, boards of directors, and executives, she regularly provides practical advice and counsel on a wide range of employment-related issues. Martha has represented clients before administrative and governmental agencies, courts, arbitrators, and mediators.

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