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Human Resource Management Advisory Board

Ryan Shea, President, Right Management’s Florida/Caribbean Region

Ryan Shea
President, Florida/Caribbean Region, Right Management

Ryan Shea brings client-first focus to his multifaceted role in leading business performance, growth, and strategic innovation throughout Right Management’s Florida/Caribbean operations. He began his career with Right Management in 2009 with the accounting team, and he oversaw the implementation of an updated accounting system. He quickly moved into sales and continually exceeded his goals, grew into sales management, and inspired the team to surpass their sales quotas, and then he became an EVP of Right Management in 2015.

In October of 2019, Ryan was promoted to President of Right Management Florida/Caribbean. He is responsible for the growth and development of the Florida/Caribbean region. Under Ryan's leadership, there has been tremendous growth in their outplacement business, thus overseeing additional team members and creating new consulting solutions to capitalize on the demand. During this time, Ryan has been an inspirational leader, driving activity and successful outcomes for associates and clients. Right Management’s Vision is to “Guide and Inspire,” and Ryan leads from these beliefs.

Previously Ryan worked with Regions Bank, where he was a Corporate Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager. While he was there, he analyzed public and private middle-market-size companies ($10-$300 million in annual revenues) to determine loan amounts and investments for working capital, acquisitions, recapitalization, and real estate financing purposes and managed those investments. Before that, Ryan worked with Woodbridge Holdings (formerly known as the Levitt Corporation) and Merrill Lynch.

Ryan received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate with a minor in Economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee. In 2008, Ryan received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of Right Management’s global Emerging Talent Program.


Jackie Chanin

Jackie Chanin
Vice President, Colleague Strategic Partner, Merchant Services Team, American Express 

Jackie Chanin is Vice President of Human Resources – U.S. Markets at American Express. Known for efficiency, thoroughness, and her well-rounded understanding of each and every part of an organization, Jackie’s business acumen makes her a valued and respected partner to leadership both within and outside of HR. She is highly respected by colleagues as a mentor and coach.

Prior to her current position, she was Director of Human Resources at TeamHealth, where she developed and led a team of 11 remote professionals collectively responsible for 6,000 employees in 27 states. She traveled regularly to hospital sites to onboard new and incumbent providers for multiple new contract start-ups and M&A’s resulting in a smooth and engaged transition process.

Jackie is PHR and SPHR certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Babson College and a master’s in Human Resource Management from Villanova University.

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Jess Forero
Senior Vice President, Director of Teammate Relations, Truist Financial Corp.

Jess Forero is the Director of Employee Relations responsible for leading an Employee Relations COE in the effective delivery of enterprise-wide employee relations consultation and regulatory compliance. She is experienced in building an effective Employee Relations program designed to manage employment-related risk from a regulatory, compliance and technology perspective allowing for solid business insights and consulting.

Forero has designed and implemented multiple Salesforce-based case management systems allowing for robust analysis and executive-level reporting of Employee Relations and Fraud metrics. She currently manages teams of HR Professionals responsible for remediation of employee relations risk through proactive support for mangers, advocacy on behalf of employees, and strategic coordination with other functions including Legal, Risk, Security, Audit and relevant HR partners. Jess provides thought leadership relative to enterprise initiatives including consumer sales practices, cyber-security threats, workplace safety and security, and organizational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

She also offers guidance on the development of employment-related programs and policies with the potential to impact large segments of the employee population subject to FRB, CFPB, FINRA, OFCCP, DOL, DOJ and acts as a representative of the corporation in employee-related litigation serving as a 30b6 witness, when necessary.

Forero has also served as a liaison with third parties to include EEOC, FEPA, NAACP, etc. and regulators to include FRB, CFPB, FINRA and others.

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Melissa Martin
Senior Director, Global Employee Relations and EEO Compliance, Citrix Systems

Melissa Martin is an HR leader specializing in leading a global employee relations center of excellence. A dedicated, results-oriented human resource professional, she has extensive experience in change management, process improvement, succession planning, benefits and compensation, employee relations, HR strategy, talent development, engagement, client relations, and mergers/acquisitions.

A communicative leader who leverages strong interpersonal skills to build lasting relationships within and outside of an organization, Martin uses a broad mind and a keen eye for detail to resolve problems quickly and implement innovative processes for improvement while promoting continuous corporate success.

Upendra Mody

Upendra Mody
Co-Founder, Vervet Associates


Joe Penna

Joe Penna, PHR
Vice President of Human Resources, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Florida

As Vice President of Human Resources, Joe Penna leads the HR, Talent Management, Learning and Development strategies for Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Florida located in Boca Raton, comprised of 2,500 employees and $2.6 billion in revenue. The largest North American wine and spirits distributor, Southern Glazer's exceeds $18 billion in sales and employs a workforce of 20,000+ throughout the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Joe held the roles of Vice President of Human Resources at AIMCO, Regional HR Manager at Advance Auto Parts, and Division HR Manager at ANC Rental (Alamo and National Car Rental).

He is a results-oriented business partner with a comprehensive grasp of business efficiency, performance management and profitability concerns. Joe is widely recognized for creating partnerships between HR and business units, managing change, and elevating workforce competence to achieve organizational goals. He also has experience in Diversity & Inclusion as well as EEO Investigations.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from California State University. He received a master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix in San Jose, CA.

Todd Rogers.

Todd Rogers
Principal, HR Peak Performance, LLC

Todd Rogers is a Human Resources professional with an extensive 25+ year career, working in diverse and fast paced organizations. As the Principal at HR Peak Performance, he consults with small to mid-sized organization’s HR teams.

Rogers' expertise is in helping organizations audit, create or enhance any or all of the eleven stages of their Employment Lifecycle from Attraction through Alumni. He also has extensive expertise in Executive Coaching, mentoring, guiding, and advising HR professionals who may be newer to the  field or in need of a peer partner to execute HR processes, policies, and programs – without adding headcount to payroll.

Brett Schneider

Brett J. Schneider
Partner, Chair of Labor & Employment Division, Boca Raton Office Managing Director, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman

A Partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, Brett Schneider is the Managing Director of the Boca Raton office and Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Division. As a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Labor and Employment Law, Brett helps public and private sector employers resolve issues in a prompt and efficient manner.

Certified by the HR Certification Institute and by the Society for Human Resource Management, Brett advises employers on human resources issues including personnel policies and procedures, discipline and discharge matters, drug and alcohol testing, employee privacy rights, and educational and training programs for managers and supervisors. He works closely with employers to ensure that their practices comply with federal, state, and local laws.

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