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Tina Sharby, President

Tina is the Chief Human Resources Officer with Easter Seals New Hampshire, Inc. She is an experienced professional with multi-state experience working as a strategic partner in all aspects of Human Resources Management.

Tina has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources Management field. She has acquired strong analytical, organizational and strategic management skills. She is a current member of the Manchester Area Human Resources Association Board of Directors, serving as their Diversity Chairperson, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and previously served on the Business and Industry Association Health Care & Workforce Development Committee in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Tina received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Keene State College in Business Management, with a minor in Human Resources and Safety Management. Tina holds a SHRM – CP certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

Jim Whitmore, treasurer

Jim is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Development at Southern New Hampshire University. Jim has been with SNHU for over 20 years and has witnessed its transformation from its roots as a small business college to the only named university amongst Fast Company's list of the world's most innovative companies in 2012.

In his role, Jim serves as a trusted business partner supporting the strategic HR needs of University College, the university's traditional undergraduate college; College for America, a competency-based program with a delivery model created to meet the need for low-cost and highly measurable degrees; and University Services, a multi-functional team of dedicated professionals who serve the needs of the university's business units.

Jim is currently a member of the Manchester Area Human Resources Association, having previously held numerous board positions including president, and the Society of Human Resources Management. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in Business Administration with an advance certificate in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition, Jim possesses his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute.

Brie Elliott, secretary

Brie is the Director of HR for Ballentine Partners. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, she worked for TomTom North America managing human resources for their sales, marketing, finance, and IT employees. Prior to TomTom, Brie was the Human Resource Manager for Home Depot, covering seven stores in the New Hampshire and Vermont region.

In 2013, Brie received her Masters of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Brie also has two bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College. She has several designations including her Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), her Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and her Certified 401(k) Fiduciary designation from The Plan Sponsor University.

Outside of work, Brie serves as Secretary on the Board of the Diversity Workforce Coalition as well as Secretary on the Manchester Area Human Resources Association Board. In addition, she and is an avid animal lover and lives with her husband Brent in Belmont, New Hampshire.

John Wilson, Past President

John is President and Partner of GoffWilson, P.A., a global immigration law firm. He is co-founder of the firm and his practice focuses exclusively on immigration law throughout the United States. John has consistently been selected as one of the 'Best Lawyers in America' under the 'Immigration Law' category published by the National Polling Firm of Woodward-White.

John has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He represents hundreds of employers in all industry sectors, including numerous multi-national companies, import/export businesses, international corporations transferring high tech, executive and managerial workers to the US, colleges/universities/secondary schools, the healthcare industry, the high tech industry and manufacturing businesses from all corners of the world. In his full-service practice he assists a diverse group of employers, employees, families and individuals.

GoffWilson, P.A. also maintains an office in Paris, France from which he can assist clients with consular processing at the US consulate in Paris for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as well as providing referrals and contacts in all matters relating to doing business in and/or immigration to France.

Some of John's past positions include an Adjunct Faculty position for the Graduate School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University, where he instructed Business, Government and the Environment, an Ethics course for MBA students. John previously served on the Global Expert Panel for SHRM. In addition, he has written numerous articles for publications, such as the International Human Resources Journal. He also gives numerous presentations to Human Resource Associations and private groups throughout New England regarding I-9 compliance and immigration law.

John is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and a member of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New England Chapter. He currently serves as Commercial Counsel to France for the State of NH and is Diversity Director for the NH State Council for SHRM. Other active memberships include the New Hampshire International Trade Association and French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England.

Armando Llorente, director state council liaison

Armando joins the Diversity Workforce Coalition with 25+ years management experience in human resources management, organizational development and diversity. He is an award-winning bilingual strategist whose efforts have helped a variety of companies and firms achieve improved delivery of services, cost savings, employee retention and cultural initiatives.

Prior to Clark & Lavey Benefits Solutions (Merrimack, NH,) where he’s been employed for 4 years, Armando was a Principal Consultant with HR-e sources LLC of Holliston, MA, assisting clients across New England with HR challenges. He previously was the Director of Human Resources for 2 divisions of Thermo Fisher Scientific in the United States, and coordinated global HR support for business units in Asia, Europe and Australia. Before Thermo, he was the Senior Human Resources Operations Manager in several divisions and corporate headquarters at EMC.

Armando received his BA from Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC), and his MBA from Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH). In 2011, he was presented with the Hayden Estrada Award by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) – Boston Chapter – for his leadership, dedication and support of chapter initiatives. The Boston Business Journal and El Planeta recognized Armando in the "Twenty on the Move" 2008 class, as one of twenty Hispanic executives making an impact in the Boston business community.

Linda Johnson, director governance

Linda Johnson is a director with McLane Middleton Professional Association which has offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She has over 30 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal agencies and courts, and in representing the interests of management and independent schools in all aspects of labor and employment, and private school, law. Linda co-chairs the firm’s education practice group and is also chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

In the area of employment law, Linda represents employers and high level executives regarding all aspects of employment law. For five years, Linda served on the Employment Committee of the Society for Human Resource Management, and has served as a President, board member and legislative liaison of the Manchester Area Human Resource Association.

In the area of school law, Linda focuses her practice on understanding and serving the needs of independent and boarding schools. She serves as outside legal counsel to many of the country’s top independent and boarding schools including the largest independent academy in the United States. She advises her clients on all aspects of school operations. Linda is recognized as a national authority on student and campus safety issues, risk management, boundary awareness, crisis response, employment law and independent school law issues.

Linda is a Member of the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute, and Safe Sports Network. She also serves as a Member of the Legal Advisory Board of The Association of Boarding Schools, (TABS) and Campus Outreach Services (COS), Board of Trustees for Rivier University (Secretary of Board, Chair of the Global Engagement Committee, and Member of the Finance and Trusteeship Committees) and is a volunteer, New Hampshire Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Linda is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for New Hampshire and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Victoria Adewumi, director at large

Victoria is a Public Health Specialist at the City of Manchester Health Department. She currently serves as a Community Liaison with the City, conducting community based health interventions in some of Manchester’s most under resourced neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Manchester Health Department, Victoria coordinated refugee outreach efforts for New American Africans, a refugee and immigrant services non-profit organization in Manchester and Concord.

Victoria has been working in community based projects for socially isolated populations for most of her career. She is experienced in grassroots coalition building, non-profit management, and youth outreach work. She is also part of the Manchester Community School Projects (MCSP) core staff, and works to strengthen relationships between residents and service agencies in MCSP's target neighborhoods as well as serving as the liaison between the Health Department and area partners in the service, business, and faith communities.

Victoria sits on the Board of New American Africans was also part of the first class of Community Health Workers trained in the state of New Hampshire as facilitated by Southern New Hampshire AHEC. In 2012 Victoria had the privilege of conducting an international research project on immigrant and refugee policy in San Jose, Costa Rica as a McNair Scholar. She holds Bachelor and Master of Art’s Degrees in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.


Val is a principal with Prime Buchholz, an independent investment consulting firm based in Portsmouth, NH. She is responsible for external engagement and communications and serves as Co-Chair of Prime Buchholz’s Mission-Aligned Investment Practice. She also chairs the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

Previously, Val was Director of Marketing for AARP Financial, a subsidiary of the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit association, where she helped launch a family of lifestyle mutual funds. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Marketing for Citizens Advisers, a socially responsible investment management firm, where she was active in product development efforts that incorporated environmental, social, and governance factors.

In addition to her Board position with Diversity Workforce Coalition, Val is co-president of a women's nonprofit organization in Boston and is an associate member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. She holds an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College and a B.A. in Public Relations, with distinction, from Purdue University.

Jenny Houston, director at large

Jenny is the Executive Vice President of Warwick Mills, a manufacturing company based in New Ipswich, NH, specializing body armor, personal protective equipment, and flexible composites.

Jenny is proud to be a part of Warwick’s management team for the past 25 years. Warwick has been awarded an Export Achievement Award by the US Department of Commerce, the Commissioner’s Award for Innovation Excellence from NH DRED, as well as recently the NH 2016 Employment Leadership Award, presented each year to a New Hampshire business that recognizes the skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce and who have adopted inclusive policies and hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment.

Jenny has served on a number of NH boards to advance innovation and competitiveness including serving as Chair for NH Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Chair for NH Innovation Research Center, and a member of Green Launching Pad Advisory Council, as well on sitting on the federal Manufacturing Council, the principal private sector advisory committee to the US Secretary of Commerce on the manufacturing sector. She joins the board of the Diversity Workforce Coalition in the fall of 2017.

Monica Zulauf, director at large

Monica Zulauf’s professional non-profit background spans three decades, having worked throughout NH in a variety of non-profit settings. Her primary interests are in non-profit management, program and leadership development, and sustainability. She has worked to both grow and turn around nonprofits by creating systems of service that improve the communities they serve.

Karen R. Young, director at large

Karen Young is a consultant and coach focused on inclusion as an innovative and strategic lever for business results.  As a former inclusion executive, she led enterprise-wide, multi-year inclusion business strategies and has extensive experience in developing inclusion as a leadership capability.

Karen holds a Master of Social Work from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in Education from Barrington College.  She was a recipient of the 2016 Carl Sciortino Ally award from the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and has received the Compassion, Courage and Professionalism Award from the Northeast Human Resources Association.  Karen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth (BAGLY), and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  Karen is also a member of the Perkins School for the Blind Corporation.

The Diversity Workforce Coalition is comprised of employers and other community members whose purpose is to promote diversity in the workplace through education, training, enhanced networking opportunities, and to identify and connect resources to its members and the public.

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PO Box 927
Manchester, NH 03105

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