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Chapter Leadership 

1. President: Connie Ward 
2. President Elect: Kristi Telschow
3. VP of Membership: Kristi Telschow 
4. VP of Legislative Affairs: David Lichtenberg 
5. VP of Finance: Open
6. VP of Programs: Daniel Benducci 
7. VP of Workforce Readiness: Open
8. VP of Marketing & Communications: Open
9. Chapter Secretary: Kathy Bender 
10. Chapter Advisor: Robert Micera (Past President)                                           

Board Members

President: Connie Ward, PHR SHRM-CP

Connie is currently Principal at C Ward Consulting LLC, a Career Services and Placement firm assisting talent in transition and a resource to businesses with hiring needs who require expertise in sourcing, engaging and recruiting niche talent. Her most recent contract was with Amazon as a Technical Recruiting Specialist and has previously worked at other notable industry diverse firms such as HSBC, RGP and Merck.  

As a senior talent acquisition professional with more than 20 years of experience as a successful staffing leader, Connie’s expertise in strategic sourcing, recruiting processes and staffing solutions have added substantial value via assignments within varied industry notables (such as HSBC, RGP, Merck, Avaya, ADP, Panasonic, T. Williams Consulting).  Her ability to quickly build professional relationships via Social Media and other talent sourcing tools has become a unique differentiator for success in engaging talent for her clients.  

Connie is a forward thinking leader with a keen sense for uncovering trends and building collaborative teams that can unlock the power of new ideas and changes that deliver on businesses goals. She has served as the President of Society Human Resources Management MC NJ Chapter, and Director of Communications with the SHRM Garden State Council.  Possessing both the HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and a SHRM CP, Connie is also a graduate of William Patterson University, where she received a B.A. in Broadcast Communication.  

President Elect and Vice President-Membership: Kristi Telschow

Kristi Telschow is the CEO and Founder of Jersey Staffing Solutions, LLC. With a desire to succeed and an unstoppable work ethic, Kristi started developing her clients the old fashioned way, cold calling and door to door sales, to build lasting relationships. Kristi has received impressive accolades in the media, including being nominated to the Top 25 Finalists of Leading Women Entrepreneurs in NJ Monthly Magazine in 2012, being featured in the March 25th, 2013 issue of Forbes Magazine as a Women Business Leader in NJ and nominated by NJBiz as a 40 under 40 Winner in September 2013. In May of 2014, Kristi also received the Maroon and Gold Alumni Award from her Alma Mater, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. To add to these awards, Jersey Staffing was recently voted as one of the top 25 staffing firms in NJ, because of Kristi’s leadership.

Kristi works with customers not only to provide the best possible candidates for each organization, but collaborates with customers to understand individual needs and expectations. Her concept, "Beyond the resume" is a motto she lives every day. Kristi trains her staff members to personally meet with their clients and candidates to determine the short term and long term goals of their recruiting needs and partnering in developing a road-map to accomplish those goals. With her philosophy and customer experience approach, she has fostered long term clients with many more to come.

Chapter Secretary: Kathy Bender, SPHR

After serving 15 years in corporate Human Resource and Organizational Development leadership positions, Kathy, SPHR, founded KB Management Consulting in 2001.  In this capacity, Kathy partners with leadership teams of growing companies to help them get the most for their human capital investment, and serves as a project resource to HR Executives of larger companies who have high accountability but limited staff.  Kathy believes strongly in networking with other HR and business professionals to stay abreast of industry and employment trends, and to nurture referral and partnering resources.  In addition volunteering with the MC SHRM executive board, she is involved with the NJ Technology Council, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the NJ Organizational Development Learning Community.  She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, SPHR and Predictive Index® Analyst Certifications.

Vice President-Finance:

Open Role

Vice President-Programs: Dan Benducci, SPHR

Dan is currently the MC-SHRM Vice President of Programs.  Prior to his current positon Dan served in the Program Chair role for 4 years and before that as a program advocate.  Dan is a Human Resource professional with more than 20 years’ worth of experience primarily in the Healthcare realm.   Dan currently holds both the SHRM- SCP and SPHR designation and is a graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A in Psychology and also earned an MBA from Fairleigh Dickerson University.    

Vice President-Legislative Affairs: David Lichtenberg, Esq.

David is a partner in the New Jersey office of Fisher & Phillips.  David focuses his practice on employment litigation, counseling and management training.  He received his juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Union College.

David has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  David has also handled a significant number of administrative matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state agencies.

In addition to his litigation/administrative practice, David regularly counsels clients on employment law matters, with a particular emphasis on disability management.  He has dedicated his entire professional career to representing management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. 

Vice President-Work Force Readiness:
Open Role  

Vice President - Chapter Marketing and Communications:
Open Role

Chair Persons

Ambassador Chair: Christine Scott 
Bio to follow.

Certification Chairperson
Diana Black 
Diana, PHR, SHRM-CP- has been a member of the Morris County SHRM chapter since 2011.  She has been the Certification Chair for the past one and half years.  Diana has been in the Human Resource function for 10 years, and prior to a personal leave was in the Human Resource function for two large companies for 15 years. Diana’s experience is in compensation, benefits, policy development and HR administration.  

Diana studied for the PHR exam and took the FDU course offered by the chapter.  She recently completed the SHRM-CP certification.  She assisting members currently studying for the exam and coordinates weekly meetings to discuss the modules.  Certification is important in today’s  marketplace to show  your commitment to the HR profession and Diana enjoys helping members achieve that goal.  

Communications Chairperson: Open

Community Outreach Chair: 
Lisa Petti-Sisco

Diversity and Inclusion Chair:
Mari Marques-Thomas

Mari Marques-Thomas is currently vice president, HR Organizational Capability for Wyndham Hotel Group.  As a strategic business partner to the business, Mari is responsible for associate learning and leadership development, associate engagement, and change management strategies, as well as all tools and processes required to support talent assessment, succession planning, performance management, among many other associate initiatives focused on driving productivity through engagement. In addition, Mari is a member of Wyndham’s Global Diversity Council where she is responsible for driving the organizations diversity and inclusion strategy, focus, goals and a global D&I ambassador. 

Previous to Wyndham Worldwide, Mari worked for Randstad USA providing human resources generalist support to field-based sales leaders and teams across various industries including automotive, financial, distribution and publishing, to name a few. Prior to transitioning into human resources, Mari worked at the property level for Marriott International for a number of years.

Mari was awarded the Tri-State Diversity Multi-Cultural Leadership Award for her work in not only upholding and promoting the principles of diversity and leadership but for making a difference through achievement and exemplifying excellence in her field. She is also a former board member of the Tri-State Diversity Council and is currently the education co-chair for the NJ chapter. Mari attributes her passion for D&I - the issues of fairness, respect and inclusion – to the experiences and influences of growing up in a diverse city such as Newark, NJ and her multi-cultural family.  

Finance Chair: 
Anne Haley
Bio to follow.

Foundation Chairperson:Gail Hardenburg
Bio to follow

Legislative Chairperson: Open

Member Chairperson: Patrick McDermott

Mentor Program Chair: Beatrice Body-Miller
Bio to follow.

Program Chair: Open

Registration ChairpersonKaren Fallen
Bio to follow.

Social Media Chair: Open 

Sponsorship Chairperson: Dennis Bartley 
Dennis Bartley, Jr., Vice President, joined USI Insurance Services in April 2011 and is based out of the West Orange, NJ office.  Dennis specializes in developing effective benefit solutions in the medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, life, disability and voluntary sectors that maintain the delicate balance between employer financial solvency and best in class employee options. Dennis’ responsibilities include procuring new business in the middle market segment, as well as managing his existing book of business.  Prior to joining USI Dennis held consulting positions at Michaels & Associates and First Reliance Standard.

Dennis received his degree in both Finance and Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Originally from North Arlington, NJ, he now resides in Bloomfield, NJ with his wife, daughter and son. 

University Relations and Young Professionals Chair: Ken Sterzer 
Ken has been an active member of this Chapter since 2014. He has been the Morris County SHRM Student Chapter Advocate to the Rutgers SHRM Undergraduate Chapter since 2015, before assuming his current role supporting University Relations and Young Professionals in 2018. Ken has worked in HR Generalist, Management, and Business Partner roles since 1995 and is currently a Senior HR Business Partner at Siemens Healthineers, the Healthcare Division of the German Conglomerate. He is also an Instructor in the Human Resources Certificate Program at County College of Morris. Ken has his Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University and his Bachelor’s Degree (double major) in Communication, and Labor Studies and Employment Relations from Rutgers University. He earned his SHRM-CP professional designation in 2015 and his PHR designation in 2001.

Volunteer Chairperson: Yvonne Rocco, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, JD
Yvonne, a dedicated Human Resources professional, has an exciting career spanning 20+ years.  She recently launched the consulting practice, Raising the Bar, where she advises small to mid-sized business owners and non-profit organizations on critical HR issues.  Prior, she was the Head of Human Resources for several divisions of Prudential Financial, as well as their Business Ethics Officer and the former Head of Employee Relations for Prudential Securities and PaineWebber (UBS).  She has been SPHR certified since 1998 and has the new designation of SHRM-CSP.  

Yvonne is the author of HR publications on such topics as aligning HR with business objectives and team building. She is an industry arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). A Rutgers alum, she holds a JD from Rutgers School of Law, an MS from Rutgers Institute of Management and Labor Relations and a BA in Sociology from Douglass College at Rutgers University.  A great friend of the four legged, she has rescued several dogs and cats, collectively known as the 40-paws, who live with her husband and 3 children.  

Website Chairperson: Open

Workforce Readiness Chairperson: Open


D&I Advocates
1. Erika Gonzalez
2. Elizabeth Bryant

Membership Advocates
1. Suki Singh

Registration Advocates
1. Michelle Coalman 
2. Neavan Mekawi 
3. Kerrie Obermeyer

Ambassador Advocates
1. Maria Force
2. Janet Krusche
3. Beatrice Body-Miller

Finance Advocates
1. Susan Covalesky

Transition Services Advocates
1. Jonathan Parker

University Relations and Young Professionals Advocates

1. Alexis Lyons

Communications Advocates
1. Gail Hardenburg


Past Presidents

Should you wish to reach out to any of our Past Presidents, please note that those listed in blue provided links with their contact information.  We welcome any updated contact information you may want to share with us by clicking here to reach our Communications VP.

Lois Nagie, PHR SHRM-CP: 2015-2017
Robert Micera, SPHR: 2013-2015
Connie Ward, PHR: 2010-2013
Valerie Egan: 2009-2010
Lora Boltniew, SPHR: 2007-2009
Allen Chilson:  2005-2007
Gayle Englert: 2003-2005
Mindy Mazer 2002-2003
Steven Lindner, PhD.: 2000-2002
Nancy Urdanata: 1999-2000
Brad Neilley, SPHR: 1998-1999
Charlene Arrington: 1997-1999
Kenneth Lieberman: 1996-1998
Frank Owens: 1995-1997
Kenneth Lieberman: 1994-1996
Sergio Lorenzo: 1992-1994
Mary Windeler: 1991-1993
Nancy Glube: 1990-1992
Suzanne Watson: 1989-1991
Robin Bachman, SPHR: 1988-1990
Linda Paulhamus: 1987-1989
Mary Jane Sinclair, SPHR: 1986-1988
Robert Hein: 1985-1987
Thomas Weber, SPHR: 1984-1986
Bill Thiele: 1983-1985
Steve Petouvas: 1982-1984
Anne Greene: 1981-1983
Geoffrey Seaman: 1980-1982
Thomas Kenney: 1979-1981
Eleanor Hochhauser: 1978-1980
Paul Young: 1977-1979
Andrey Kelly: 1976-1978
Walter Jahrling: 1975-1977, 2002-2003