Travis Roy

Travis Roy is a powerful motivational speaker and former hockey player for Boston University. Just 11 seconds into his first ever game, Travis slid head-first into the boards cracking his first vertebrae leaving him a quadriplegic.  That fateful night in October of 1995 signaled the death of one dream and the rebirth of another kind of hope.  Travis gradually found the grit and will to reclaim a fulfilling and productive life and moved on to be a compelling motivational speaker.

Dave Juvet

Dave Juvet is Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association in Concord representing state-wide businesses in New Hampshire.  Dave is responsible for public policy regarding, tax, economic development, human resources, education and workforce development.  Dave graduated from Arizona State University and has over 20 years of public policy experience.

Michelle Strasburger

Michelle Strasburger, of Emerson Ecologics, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the 3 year honors program at Southern New Hampshire University and pursued a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.  In addition to her family, Michelle is passionate about helping businesses achieve success through their culture, talent and talent programs.  Michelle has taught HR and Organizational Leadership classes at Southern NH University and currently teaches the SHRM Certification Prep Course.

Stephanie Manners

Stephanie Manners, SPHR, is an HR professional with a career focused on Health, Wellness and Fitness. Currently she is the Director of The People Team at FoodState, a company that is in the business of improving lives by staying true to the intention of food. As a generalist with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, she has a broad experience in talent management, compensation, benefits planning, and employee relations. She has been the leader in HR for three privately-owned companies experiencing significant growth.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is an experienced Human Resource professional. He has worked in a variety of Human Resource positions for companies such as General Electric, Citicorp and R.H. Donnelley.  Currently, Kevin is a Senior Recruiting Consultant with Kelly Services working in their Outsourcing and Consulting business. Kevin has taught Human Resources Management and Organizational Development courses as an Adjunct Professor at Bentley University, Suffolk University, the University of Phoenix and Granite State College. He has published 10 articles in a variety of media such as the Wall Street Journal’s Website and HR News. Kevin earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Ryan MacLean

Ryan MacLean is the HR Leader for the US & Canada commercial organization of GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences business, which is responsible for an estimated $1.8 billion in annual revenue. In this role, he is focused on employee engagement initiatives such as the elimination of the annual ratings and review process, the contemporization of reward & recognition, and a culture focused on the power of positive psychology and constructive conflict. Prior to his two years in this role, he worked at Philips Healthcare in an HR Management role supporting R&D, finance, marketing, business development & business excellence clients. In addition to his time starting out as a HR contact center representative fielding benefits, payroll and policy questions, Ryan has a total of six years of experience in progressively challenging HR roles. He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s Human Resource Management program, a lifelong Granite Stater who loves to travel, and he lives in Nashua, NH with Penny the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Tracey Smith

Tracey Smith, Numerical Insights, has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Global Influencers in HR Analytics”. Specializing in business analytics, Tracey has helped well-known companies in the U. S., Canada, the UK and Europe plan and execute their strategic initiatives.  Tracey is the author of several books and often presents at conferences, industry events and corporate functions on a variety of business topics, primarily on the strategic benefits of data analysis and its value to the organization. Tracey holds a BMath degree in Applied Mathematics and a MASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada specializing in numerical modeling.  She also holds an MBA from Texas Christian University in the U. S. specializing in forecasting.

Catharine Mirabile

Catharine Mirabile is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has 20+ years of experience in the Human Resources field. She currently manages the HR Support and Benefits Administration Department of CGI Benefits Group which includes compliance, benefits administration and human resources solutions for CGI’s clients. She comes to CGI with a diverse background in the area of human resources, including compliance, staffing, employee relations, training, benefits, compensation and payroll. Catharine has utilized these skills in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, and technology firms. Prior to joining CGI, she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corporation, in which she managed a full human resources department in a multi-state environment. Catharine has her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida. In addition to her education and experience in the Human Resources field, she continually strives to dedicate herself to the profession by her involvement in the national and regional HR professional groups. She most recently served as the President of the Greater Nashua Human Resources Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for the HR State Council of New Hampshire, a SHRM affiliate.

Ryan Polly

Dr. Ryan Polly is a recognized thought leader, presenter, researcher and educator with over 20 years combined professional experience in organization and leadership development, diversity and inclusion and university-level teaching.  Personal triumphs in the face of adversity have provided Ryan with unique insight into the complexity of the human experience.  He is currently the Leadership & Workforce Development Leader, University of Vermont Medical Center.

Paul Belliveau

Paul Belliveau’s HR/HCM domain experience includes generalist and specialized HR discipline focus, office automation and HR information systems, especially HCM-in-the-Cloud, global business requirements, and talent management. Paul is currently a Founding Member/Academic Chair with HRPMO – developing and supporting HR Project Management educational content, talent management & as-a-service delivery.  Concurrently, he is a Global Human Capital Management Advisor with AVANCÉ, providing HR practitioner advisory services in a variety of HR and human capital management functions, and HR technology enablement with the goal of increasing the value of the people within organizations.  He is also on the faculty for Southern New Hampshire University’s Organizational Leadership Graduate Program and serves on the Advisory Committee for SERESC’s STEM Center of Innovation and Excellence.  He is also Co-Lead for SHRM’s Technology & HR Management Special Expertise Panel, previously on the Global and the Human Capital Measurement/HR Metrics Special Expertise Panels, SHRM’s HR Standards taskforce.

Gray Chynoweth

Gray Chynoweth is a proven technology executive, board member and community leader. Gray is focused on working with an amazingly talented team to help SilverTech scale to meet the demand for its world class digital and technical services. At SilverTech, Gray manages the company’s service groups in addition to setting the company’s strategic direction as part of it senior leadership team and acting as relationship manager for its largest accounts. Prior to joining SilverTech, Gray helped Dyn scale from less than 20 to more than 400 employees, raise more than $38,000,000 in venture capital funding, grow revenue 30x and establish global operations, with offices in the US, the UK and Australia.  He also serves or has served as a director for numerous for-profit and non-profit corporations. He has a JD from Duke University School of Law, an MA in Public Policy from Duke University and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Joanna Young

Joanna Young is a senior technology executive experienced in multiple types of organizations, operations and programs. Managed large operations and strategic, complex initiatives across multiple units and constituent groups, including Service Delivery; Internal and Cloud/SAAS Application Development, Implementation & Hosting; Internal & Outsourced Infrastructure Development and Management. Built and managed multiple Program Management and Quality Offices, IT Call Centers and Development Centers.

Tracie Sponenberg

Tracie Sponenberg is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling and propane supplies based in Concord, NH.  With expertise in strategic business development, employee engagement, employment branding, culture development and turnaround, leadership and team development, organizational and strategy development, along with legal compliance, she has gained a broad generalist background across a wide range of industries in her more than 20 years in human resources, with much of her career focused on working with CEO’s to develop people strategies to help the organizations grow. Tracie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of The Holy Cross, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Administration from Framingham State University.  She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. She is a member of SHRM, MAHRA, HRA-GC, the Board of Directors of Families in Transition, and Anthem-NH Customer Advisory Board.  Tracie lives in Concord, NH with her family.

Matt Toy

As Group Account Director at Manchester, NH based GYK Antler, Matt Toy focuses his attention on ensuring the Account Services team has everything it needs to support the agencies growing client base. Prior to joining GYK Antler Matt spent 5 years helping grow and scale Manchester’s Dyn and 7 years changing the K-12 private school market at Bedford’s WhippleHill Communications (which was acquired by Blackbaud in 2014). Before entering the technology industry, Matt worked in financial services for such companies as Hutchens Investment Management, Mascoma Savings Bank and Fidelity Investments. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from New England College in Henniker, NH. Originally from New London, NH Matt now lives in Amherst, NH with his wife Tilea, two children Lilly & Oliver and three rescue dogs. Within the community, Matt is a founding member of the Souhegan High School Business Advisory Board as well as current co-chair of Stay Work Play’s Board of Directors.

Paul Chiesa

Paul Chiesa is a Finance & operational senior leader with solid record of results in problem solving, complex cost-saving, project design, and growing revenue. Critical decision-making administrator, capable of managing business turnarounds, streamlining procedures, implementing expenditure controls, and coordinating a highly effective workforce. Experienced in P&L and Balance Sheet oversight with sharp focus on the bottom line. His major areas of expertise include: Investment modeling, cash flow management, strategic planning, team building and coaching.

Greg Laney

Greg Laney, MA, CCP has 20+ years of HR experience including heavy career focus on leading teams to develop technology resources that improve US and global HR and compensation capabilities. Considered an industry expert on hospitality compensation practices – Greg has presented at multiple hospitality industry conferences, is founder of SalarySchool.com, and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Managerial Sciences at Georgia State University. Currently, Greg serves as Global HR Analytics and Information Delivery Manager for Intercontinental Hotels Group where his most recent experience included a multi-million dollar Workday implementation and he now leads a support team responsible for global HR analytics, reporting and Workday data support. Greg’s expertise includes HR Metrics, Data Analysis and Talent Review focuses as well as former experience leading compensation teams responsible for developing efficient compensation processes, pay and incentive structures and manager self-service tools to develop best practices globally. Greg also develops and supports web sites, Intranet resources, data marts, market pricing, payroll systems, and HR systems/tools including certification from Emory University for Web Database Development. Greg has served as the President and board resource for the local World@Work chapter (AACA), holds a Masters in Industrial & Labor Relations from the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Compensation Professional.

Mohamed Mesbah

Mohamed Mesbah brings more than 16 years of experience in HR, training, coaching and consulting.  A leader in HR in the area of empowerment, organizational structure and development, his reputation as an expert on work and organizations is based on his successful academic and professional career. Mesbah is known as a dynamic facilitator of change and positive role model during organizational change.  He has led many teams through significant change initiatives.  Mohamed has strong leadership skills, developed from working at both a “grassroots” and strategic level which has led him to speak at high profile events including government offices, French chamber of commerce events, Arab academy and Egyptian television in different events and programs.

Sena Meilleur

Sena Meilleur is a Principal at OneDigital, a national team of experienced, local employee benefits advisors who create greater value for employers and inspire individuals to become more engaged health care consumers.  Sena entered the benefits consulting business in 1997, and worked in client account management for over fifteen years.  She became a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator in 2008, and earned her Registered Employee Benefits Consultant designation in 2009.  Sena’s passion is working with her client partners to develop and enhance their benefits platforms to meet the employer’s strategic goals.  With the advent of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, compliance has added another layer of complexity to employee benefits; in 2015 Sena became a Chartered Healthcare Consultant with a focus on the Affordable Care Act as it applies to employer groups.

Kevin O’Connor

Kevin O’Connor is a managing principal at OneDigital, a national team of experienced, local employee benefits advisors who create greater value for employers and inspire individuals to become more engaged health care consumers. Kevin relishes opportunities to chart employer strategies that deliver improved cost control, better benefits and healthier people. He has over two decades of experience in the health insurance industry. Prior to joining Digital, he served as president of Strategic Employee Benefit Services (SEBS) specializing in medical, dental, disability, life, and voluntary products. He believes that he is incredibly fortunate to build such strong client relationships founded on elements of trust, integrity and immediate service.  Client needs vary drastically within the industry, and he uses every opportunity to provide unique solutions, rather than a canned, one-size-fits-all approach. He also is a Registered Health Underwriter and a Registered Employee Benefit Consultant and remains present within professional organizations such as the New England Employee Benefits Council, the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Association of Health Underwriters, and the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters.

Carr Lucas

Carr Lucas, Lucas HR Systems Consulting, LLC

Carr Lucas is the Managing Principal of Lucas HR Systems Consulting.  Carr has been involved in more than 40 HR projects in his career with the majority at the Manager, Director, and Executive level.  After a career of more than thirty eight years as a human resources and IT professional in private and public organizations Carr retired as the Senior Technical Officer for Business Systems at the Defense Intelligence Agency to start his own firm.  For the decade prior to joining DIA Carr worked in Consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM Global Services as a Senior Managing Consultant, and later with BearingPoint and Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Manager, advising clients on issues related to Human Resource Transformation, Compensation, and HR systems and technologies.  Prior to consulting, Carr worked in corporate roles for a number of leading organizations in the Atlanta area.  At The Coca-Cola Company he advised internal clients in HR on technology issues.  Carr’s primary clients were The Human Resource Service Center and the Greater Europe Group business unit.  As the Director of Employee Management Systems for Georgia-Pacific Corporation (a Fortune 30 manufacturing company), Carr had responsibility for the more than 50 business systems that supported G-P’s HR functions.  He managed Georgia-Pacific’s salaried payroll operation as part of that role.  Before joining G-P, Carr was Director of Compensation, Benefits and HRIS for Cox Enterprises (a Fortune 100 media company) where he led the implementation of new compensation and benefits programs after the company merged with a sister company and became private.  Carr has a MBA and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSS GB).

Charla Bizios Stevens

Charla Bizios Stevens is the Chair of McLane Middleton’s Employment Law Practice Group.  She also practices in the Education and Health Care practice groups.  She has extensive background addressing litigated and non-litigated employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, employee classification and wage and hour claims.  Her litigation background includes practice in the state and federal courts and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies.  Charla is a member of the American Bar Associaiton, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Manchester Bar Association and the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.

Jim Reidy

Jim Reidy, of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, practices in the areas of management side labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for-profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England. Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources associations to comment on breaking news and recent developments in labor and employment law. He is the moderator of NHLABORNET, the popular Internet discussion group for human resource professionals in New Hampshire. Jim is also the creator and serves as the managing editor of Good Company, Sheehan Phinney’s quarterly e-newsletter, which features articles on legal developments and best practices in business.

Andrea Chatfield

Andrea G. Chatfield, of Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, p.l.l.c. in Manchester, NH, provides practical advice and guidance to employers on risk management issues in the workplace. She has successfully represented employers of all types and sizes before administrative agencies in discrimination, whistleblower, unemployment, and wage disputes. Andrea also serves as an outside investigator for employers who need to respond to highly sensitive internal complaints of discrimination and harassment. In addition, Andrea develops and conducts in-house trainings for businesses and other employers in such matters as preventing workplace harassment and how to manage within the law. She is frequently a public speaker on employment law topics. She has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New Hampshire’s leading Employment law attorneys and Best Lawyers of America ®: Employment Law – Management,. She graduated from Syracuse.University College of Law, J.K. magna cum laude and Suffolk Univesity, BS. Summa cum laude. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources, Manchester Area Human Resources Association, Board of Directors of Child Health Service of Manchester and the Advisory Board