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One of NEHRA’s most important efforts as a professional organization is offering our members high-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.


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Stephen De Bellis, CCP

Stephen De Bellis is the Principal Compensation Consultant and Executive Director of De Bellis Partners. The theme of Stephen’s career has been original design and/or major revitalization of existing compensation programs, including the entire cycle of development, from assessing and planning to implementation and administration.


His experience includes roles in corporate compensation management and program development, compensation program manager within corporate, headquarter, and divisional environments, and as an external national consultant.


Stephen has worked in both the public and private sectors, in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations from start-up to Fortune 500 organizations, and within technology, research and development, technical lean and non-technical manufacturing, healthcare, biotech, insurance, and university and other educational organizations and institutions.


Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, cum laude, is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) with WorldatWork, and is a member of NEHRA as well as the New England Compensation Consortium (NECC).


Stephen teaches the Compensation Fundamentals module of NEHRA’s Beyond the Basics program.



Susan Glover  

Susan Glover is the Client Relationship Manager and Director of Corporate Wellness for 360 Corporate Benefit Advisors. Her background includes over 25 years of Human Resources management, focusing on benefits and compensation.

Prior to working in the benefits consulting field, she served as Director of HR Operations at Bentley University, Benefits Manager at Babson College, Director of Compensation and Benefits at Mount Auburn Hospital and Health and Wellness Manager for the Boston Consortium for Higher Education. 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. Sue has been teaching the HR Basics Total Rewards program since 2010.  She is a graduate of Boston Latin School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University.



Laura Horlitz

Laura Horlitz is the Talent Acquisition Manager of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. She joined BCBSMA in 2003 as Senior Recruiter and has responsibility for Talent Acquisition for several major corporate areas of the company including Finance, Legal, and Corporate Strategy. Previously, Laura was an independent corporate recruiter and human resources consultant for numerous organizations, guiding their efforts in building best practice recruitment functions.  


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.  

Laura has been a presenter at career seminars sponsored by Harvard Business Publishing, Bookbuilders of Boston, Society for Technical Communication, and numerous Colleges and Universities. In 2011, Laura was recognized by her peers in the Association of Employment Professionals annual excellence in recruiting recognition event.  


Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ithaca College.  


She teaches the Hiring Basics module of NEHRA's HR Basics program.



Cheryl Jacobs

Cheryl Jacobs is Senior Vice President for MCG Partners, a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions. Cheryl develops and delivers a broad spectrum of customized training and development programs, and provides advisory and consulting services to our clients with their employee and leadership development, succession, talent management, and selection needs. Cheryl is an executive coach of the firm 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.


Cheryl brings over 15 years experience in sales and marketing, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Previously, Cheryl was the founder of Talent Transformation, a coaching, training and talent management consulting firm. Beforehand, she was the Executive Director of Sales for The Providence Journal Company, a multimedia organization owned by Belo Corporation. Here, Cheryl oversaw a sales and marketing staff of 60 and drove strategies, revenue, and multimedia product development for a $50m budget. Prior to the Providence Journal, Cheryl spent 10 years in Sales and Strategic Planning at and The Boston Globe.


Cheryl holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from Suffolk University and is a member of Suffolk's Executive MBA Alumni Board. In addition, Cheryl is a certified Executive Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®).


Cheryl teaches the Communicate module of NEHRA's Beyond the Basics program.



Daniel B. Klein, Esq.

Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw's Boston office. His 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.  


Dan holds a B.A. from Colgate University (cum laude) and a J.D. from Boston College Law School (cum laude).


He teaches NEHRA's Full-Day Employment Law Updates as well as the Employment Law Basics module of NEHRA's HR Basics program. He also hosts our Quarterly Legal Webinars.



John Koester, PHR 

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.

John was part of the committee that conceived of and created both the HR Basics and Beyond the Basics programs for NEHRA.  In the Beyond the Basics program he created and teaches the Employee Engagement Module and has served as an instructor for the Employee Relations module, and has taught the Talent Management module for the HR Basics program. John holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College and a B.S. in Management from Keene State College.



Kate O'Leary

Kate O’Leary is the Manager of Compensation and Recognition at Babson College. 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. Kate is also the recipient of Babson College’s Changemaker award, given to those employees who create positive change in the community and across the globe; as well as NEHRA’s emerging leader award.


Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree in Education from Boston College, and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Kate served as the President of SNECUPA for the 2015-2016 year and remains and active board member. Kate also has both her CCP and CBP from World@Work. 


She teaches the Compensation & Benefits module of NEHRA's HR Basics program.



Erika Putnam Chin

Erika Putnam Chin is the Executive Director of Chin Compensation & Performance LLC, a boutique consulting firm founded in 2006 whose mission is to provide competitive, innovative, cost-effective and clear compensation and performance management programs. For our customers, this means less work – more value! Specifically, Erika works with clients on initiatives including market analysis, salary structure design, incentive design, job documentation, competency and performance management design, rewards and recognition, and related training and communication programs. Erika’s clients represent diverse industry sectors including biotechnology/life sciences, financial services/insurance, high technology and professional services.


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. Major projects included competitive assessment and salary structure design, focal review conversions with merit-based pay administration tools, and performance management system design. Erika Served as Asia Compensation Manager for part of this time, collaborating with Japanese management and Human Resources to complete the project, considering local market needs and cultural norms.


Erika holds a B.S. in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s in Educational Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Erika is a Certified Compensation Practitioner and member of World at Work (formerly the American Compensation Association). She is also a member of the Northeast Human Resources Association and Human Resources Leadership Forum.



Jamie Resker

Jamie Resker, Practice Leader and Founder of Employee Performance Solutions, 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.   She's known for being ahead of her time and has dedicated half of her three-decades long HR career to reframing performance management.  As a thought leader on the topic of modernizing performance management she is a frequent contributor on the topic.   

Jamie teaches the Performance Management section of HR Basics. 




Lauri Rich

Lauri Rich 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. She is noted for establishing best practices to identify, acquire, develop and retain talent at all levels as well as coaching leaders and teams to peak performance.  


Lauri holds a BA in Management from Simmons College, where she was appointed the Talent Acquisition Executive in Residence in 2009. She has been an active member and speaker for NEHRA since 1998.


She teaches the Hiring Basics module of NEHRA's HR Basics program, as well as the Talent Life Cycle portion of Beyond the Basics. 




Ryan Rourke

Ryan joined Hays Companies in 2011 and is responsible for new business development, marketing strategy, RFP responses and benefits technology initiatives.


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.


Ryan also prides himself on volunteer and civic engagement as he has been a coach board member for Lowell Highlands Baseball Association since 1998, is the president of a local charity, and is on the City of Lowell Board of Parks. Ryan was also a former club DJ in the Boston area and can occasionally be found spinning the wheels of steel at NEHRA events. 


He currently teaches the Benefits Strategy and Design session of NEHRA’s Beyond the Basics Series.


Sasha Thaler 

Sasha Thaler is Counsel in the law firm of Bello Welsh, LLP, a premier boutique law firm in Boston, Massachusetts, concentrating in the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law.  

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.  


Sasha received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University, and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.  Prior to joining Bello Welsh, LLP, Sasha practiced for several years in San Francisco, California. 



Ronit Velde, SPHR

Ronit Velde is currently the HR Manager at Belmont Day School.  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.    


She teaches the Employee Relations Module for NEHRA’s HR Basics and Beyond HR Basics programs.



Deb Vettori, PHR

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.  


Deb holds an associate’s degree from Fisher College.


She has been a member of NEHRA since 2002. She teaches the Employee Relations module of NEHRA's HR Basics program.



Martha Zackin

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.


Before joining Bello Black & Welsh, Martha was Of Counsel to Mintz Levin, where she was a member of the Employment, Labor and Benefits department. From 1994 through 2007, Martha was corporate counsel for Keane, Inc., a billion-dollar multinational corporation with, at its peak, approximately 12,000 employees. Beyond her responsibilities as the sole employment lawyer for Keane, (now NTT DATA, Inc.) Martha assisted the company with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate governance, M&A due diligence, SEC matters, and risk assessment.


Martha teaches the Negotiation portion of NEHRA’s Beyond the Basics series.




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