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 participates on the Business and Industry Association Health Care & Workforce Development Committee. She was recognized by Business NH Magazine for Excellence in Leadership - Non-Profit in 2019Tina received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Keene State College in Business Management, and a Master's Degree in Leadership from Granite State College. She holds the 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.
JERMAINE MOORE, director STATE COUNCIL LIAISON
Jermaine Moore is the founder of The Mars Hill Group, a consulting practice that partners with organizations to support their efforts in building and developing highly engaged, high-performing teams. Previously, Jermaine led the training and development efforts at Vapotherm, Inc., a medical device company based in Exeter, NH.
Jermaine has more than twenty years HR experience working across various industries introducing and reinforcing behaviors that drive business results and team performance. His areas of expertise include Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Culture Development, Team Development, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Communication training, and Change Management.
With a passion for Diversity and Inclusion, Jermaine currently serves as the Diversity Director for SHRM's NH State Council and the Seacoast Human Resources Association (SHRA).
Armando Llorente, director At large
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.
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.
VALENTINA T. DINGLE, DIRECTOR MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Val is a Principal with Prime Buchholz, an independent investment advisory firm based in Portsmouth, NH. She is responsible for external engagement and communications and serves as Chair of the firm's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. She also co-chairs Prime Buchholz’s Mission-Aligned Investment Practice.
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. Val also earned the Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University.
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.
JESSICA LOCKE, DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Jessica is a Senior Recruiting Manager with The Nagler Group in Bedford, New Hampshire. A tenured employee of 9 years, she has partnered with countless local companies and Human Resource professionals identifying and strategizing staffing solutions based on a company’s need. Jessica’s area of focus includes but is not limited to Administrative, Human Resource, and Legal focused candidates and job opportunities. She takes a consultative approach to staffing, working closely with managers to analyze their positions, compensation, and market conditions. Jessica has become a trusted business partner to many local organizations.
Jessica holds two Master’s Degrees from Southern New Hampshire University. She completed her Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s in Organizational Leadership in 2010.
Jessica is currently a member of the Human Resource Association of Greater Concord, serving on their Board as Treasurer for the past 4 years as well as sitting on the Finance Committee for the past 5 years. Additionally, Jessica is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and has earned her SHRM-CP certification. She was named to Union Leader’s Top 40 Under 40, and is an active volunteer with multiple non-profits throughout New Hampshire.
AURA MARIA HUOT, DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Aura is a Human Resource Generalist at Stonyfield Farm. She is an influential and passionate business professional with broad understanding of people and business environments. Aura loves to translate opportunities into action to drive strategy, process improvement, employee experience, engagement, diversity, inclusion, communication, financials, digital transformation, and organizational mission. During her career, Aura has had multiple roles within manufacturing, loss analysis, finance, training, and human resources.
Aura is a current member of the Manchester Area Human Resources Association (MAHRA), and Human Resources Association Greater (HRAGC.) She serves at the Student Advisory Board at Granite State College, and on the Finance Committee at HRAGC. Aura has a dual role as the Student Representative for Granite State College on the University System of NH, and the Educational Excellence Committee.
Aura earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Granite State College, where she is also working on her Masters of Science in Leadership with a minor in Human Resources. Aura holds several certifications, including DDI-Certified Facilitator from Development Dimensions International, Human Resource Management Certification from UNH, Inbound Certification from HubSpot Academy, and a Project Management Essentials Certification (PMEC) from the Management and Strategy Institute.
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.