Board of Directors

President and CEO – David Hanley
VP, General Counsel – Shaun Reid
VP, Communications – Jovina Johnson
VP, Volunteers – Deria Webb-Cenac
VP, Organizational Development – Monique Jefferson, SPHR
VP, Secretary – Dawn Miller – Nedd
VP, Stratefic Planning – Bradley Johnson
VP, Events – Pauly Rodney
Director at Large – Greta Boggan
Director at Large – Jana Brown
Director at Large – Clif Cox
Director At Large – Grace Beasley Matthews
Director at Large, Past President – William Rolack

President and CEO

David Hanley

David Hanley is currently the President of First Step HR Associates (FSHRA) based in Hackensack, NJ.  FSHRA is a company that provides HR services to small businesses while also providing project management to corporations.  His career spans over 20 years where the majority of them were spent with Philip Morris in Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.  Mr. Hanley has held various positions in Human Resources and has been noted as an effective leader and manager with broad based knowledge in planning and implementing HR strategies that successfully align with business goals.  David has also spent several years as an independent consultant.

In his duties in Human Resources Management, Mr. Hanley has provided career management and as a consultant has provided expert guidance and services to small businesses who could not afford a full time HR staff.  He has also provided advice and counsel to line management and developed workforce diversity and equal opportunity programs.

David has also worked for a company where before he arrived there was no Human Resources Department.  He created the department and managed it for six years.  During that time he went through two acquisitions. He also made significant and sometimes drastic changes to the way the company operated and kept records.

As a founding member of the Atlanta Human Resources Association (AHRA) in the early 90’s in Atlanta, GA, David served in a number of positions including VP Membership for 2 terms, Treasurer, Sr. VP of the organization for 2 terms and Director-At-Large for 2 terms.  During his tenure in those positions, he was twice recognized with the President’s award for the member who has contributed most to the organization for that year.  In 2000, the AHRA merged with the NAAAHR and became NAAAHR-Atlanta where David continued to serve until he moved to the metro New York/New Jersey area.

Mr. Hanley has served on several Boards including the AHRA/NAAAHR-ATL, Metro Atlanta Respite and Developmental Services (an organization that provides services to children and young adults with mental, learning and physical challenges), NAAAHR-GNY, and is on the Board of Trustees for his church.  He has also served as the Committee Chair for SHRM – Atlanta for their Student Chapter Committee for three years taking the number of chapters from two schools to five.

David was born and grew up in Atlanta, GA and currently resides in Hackensack, NJ.  He received his BBA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA.

VP, General Counsel

Shaun Reid

Shaun C. Reid, Esq. is the Principal of Reid Kelly, P.C.  He advises clients throughout New York on all aspects of labor and employment law, and provides human resources counseling.  His practice includes employment discrimination litigation, representing businesses and select individuals before City and State human rights agencies, severance package negotiations, collective bargaining, involvement with grievance arbitration procedures, drafting and implementation of personnel policies, and advising clients concerning compliance with applicable labor and employment laws, wage and hour standards, and other general workplace guidelines.  He also represents employees of various New York City governmental agencies and departments in OATH hearings, informal conferences, 3020a hearings, and Article 78 court proceedings relating to discipline and discharge.

Prior to founding Reid Kelly, P.C., Mr. Reid served as the General Counsel of a retailer with stores located throughout the NY/NJ/CT metropolitan area.  Prior to that, he served as an Associate Attorney at Grotta, Glassman, & Hoffman, P.A. (now Fox Rothschild, LLP.), a large boutique management-side labor and employment law firm in the tri-state area.  He has also served twice as a legal intern at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and as a legal intern in the US. Bankruptcy Court, SDNY.

Mr. Reid received his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he served on both the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and ADR & the Law.  He is admitted to the Bars of New York and New Jersey, the Federal Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association (member of the Judicial Screening Committee), the Brooklyn Bar Association (member of the Employment & Labor Law Committee), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (member of the Labor & Employment Committee), the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (member of the Legal Committee), the Brooklyn and Manhattan Chambers of Commerce, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), New York Chapter.

Mr. Reid volunteers his time with several legal services organizations on matters related to immigration and consumer debt.

Jovina JohnsonVP, Communications

Jovina Johnson

Direct all diversified areas of Human Resources including payroll, benefits, recruiting, talent management, workforce planning, employment law, employee training and development, change management and organizational development.

Service both internal and external customers while making HR a part of the strategic planning for the organization
Partner with Global Ops Director to roll out company-wide training program called LGI Boost to promote compliance and improve retention
Long-term projects include succession planning and reducing recruiter usage by partnering with colleges that have Supply Chain Management programs 
Coach executives through organizational changes (position eliminations, involuntary exits, etc.) ensuring seamless, low-risk transitions and decrease in legal consultation fees.

Partner with first-time and experienced managers to address employee relations issues ranging from punctuality to conflict resolution
Manage HR Coordinator and HR Program Manager to ensure all visitors have positive customer service experience when interacting with the HR Department.

Deria Webb-CenacVP, Volunteers

Deria Webb-Cenac

Deria Webb-Cenac is Group Benefits Specialist with LegalShield. She is responsible for educating human resource professionals, small business owners and individuals about the affordable access to legal and identity theft services. Prior to becoming an associate, Deria was a substitute teacher in the Yonkers Public Schools for seven years. Before that she was a business banker with Fleet Bank for two years. In 1995, her career started in Corporate America. She was in a two year financial training rotation program at Beneficial, mutual fund accountant at New York Life and media accountant for Sony. Deria is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, bikram yoga and traveling.

VP, Secretary

Dawn Miller-Nedd

Dawn Miller-Nedd has worked in the Human Resources profession for fifteen years in  banking, information technology, and not for profit organizations.  Dawn specializes in developing and implementing human capital initiatives aligned with a company’s vision and goals.

Dawn began her career at Mellon Financial Services, Inc. as a Recruiter for the Retail Banking Division. During her tenure at Mellon Financial Service, Inc., she was instrumental in the communication and implementation of the drug test program and HRIS People Soft upgrade.

During her tenure at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. she developed strategies to facilitate employee development initiatives such as 360-degree feedback, succession planning, and training needs assessments in the Brokerage Division.  Dawn was promoted to the Corporate Division of ADP to plan and organize the roll-out of an automated and revised Human Resources process in the tuition reimbursement, leave of absence, basic employee policy inquiries, and manager/employee self –service initiatives functions across all divisions.

Ms. Miller-Nedd worked with community banking institution Carver Federal Savings Bank to identify and implement a web based performance management system SuccessFactors. Completion of the transition converted a manual process to an automated, web based system, which introduced the 360 multi rating system.

She is currently providing consultant services to small and medium size organizations to provide counsel to staff on employee relations issues, communicating federal/state/local regulatory policy and procedures, and re-engineering Human Resources process to enhance service to staff.

Education:
Dowling College: M.B.A., Temple University: B.B.A.
Professional Memberships; SHRM and HRNY

VP, Organizational Development

Monique Jefferson, SPHR

Distinguished career establishing best-in-class organizations that enabled New York Life, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young to achieve continued competitive growth.Noted for evaluating the needs and issues, defining the strategy, and mobilizing teams in designing and implementing programs, models, partnerships, and solutions that have positively impacted business results and supported large-scale transformations.18+ Years of Achievements in Building, Strengthening, and Aligning the HR Function with Business Goals.  Skilled in Defining Effective Recruitment, Career Development, Succession Planning, and Compensation Strategies Strength in Building Critical and Collaborative Relationships with Leaders, Strategic Partners, and Teams

Catalyst for series of human resources initiatives that have increased operational excellence, reduced costs, and supported challenging business goals across highly competitive and challenging environments. Recognized ability to develop, introduce, and oversee the adoption of standards and best practices that have elevated brand identity, strengthened employee engagement and competencies, and improved organizational success.

VP, Strategic Planning

Bradley Johnson

Brad is currently the Director of Business Development at Year Up, whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Founded in 2000, Year Up is dedicated to closing the skills gap for thousands of young adults across the country. Currently in 18 different cities, Year Up has 13,000 alumni.

Brad is passionate about developing and cultivating relationships around the world. Whether in London, Mumbai or Hong Kong, Brad has spent over 28 years nurturing business growth for companies in multiple verticals and geographies. He most recently held senior exeutive business development positions with Maynard Leigh Assocites in London, and Speakeasy, Inc. in Atlanta.

Brad has held various sales/business development leadership positions at S&P Global Platts in London and Bloomberg in New York. He has also worked in the public sector for the Philadelphia City Council and the local Philadelphia transportation agency SEPTA.

In his local town, Brad has been a volunteer basketball coach, an announcer for high school sporting events, and an interviewer for the local community cable channel. He is an avid skier and enjoys watching lacrosse games at all levels. Brad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University.

Pauly RodneyVP, Events

Pauly Rodney

Pauly Rodney is the Co-Head of Raines International’s Diversity and Inclusion Practice.  As a subject matter expert, Pauly brings a strong track record of working with Chief Diversity Officers of Fortune 500 companies, Financial Institutions, Nonprofits, and Startups to identify, recruit, and retain diverse talent.  He has years of experience engaging with senior leaders on strategic planning discussions that result in actionable plans for enhancing workforce diversity.

Pauly is also a member of Raines International’s Marketing & Advertising Practice, to which he brings several years of hands-on experience in the advertising and lobbying industries.  He has advised various industries, companies, and political candidates on messaging, marketing, and building out effective management structures.  He maintains extensive relationships throughout the Marketing & Advertising and Government Affairs industries.

Pauly graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and a concentration in Public Opinion. Pauly currently serves as a Board Member of America Needs You – New Jersey, a national nonprofit organization that helps ambitious, low-income college students graduate on time, earn prestigious internships, and secure jobs upon graduation.

Director At Large

Greta Boggan

Greta Boggan is currently in Associate Relations for MSC Industrial Direct, a global industrial supply company based on Long Island, New York. In this role, Ms. Boggan is responsible for providing strategic leadership for their national sales teams in the areas of Employee Relations, Coaching, Recognition and Affirmative Action Programs.

Prior to joining MSC, Greta held the position of Human Resources Business Partner for Henry Schein, a global distribution company, providing generalist HR support and training initiatives for various business units in their corporate headquarters.

Ms. Boggan has held senior level positions in human resources in various industries including community healthcare, marketing/public relations and the entertainment industry. She has served as a panel speaker for the Community Healthcare Association of New York State (CHCANYS). A true “HR Generalist” and strategic partner, she’s pioneered innovative initiatives in talent acquisition, organizational and leadership development, employee training and succession planning.

Greta currently holds the certification of “PHR” through the Human Resources Certification Institute. A Licensed Exam Monitor by the New York State Insurance Licensing Bureau, she provides professional continuing education monitoring services for the insurance and financial services industries. She earned her BBA from Pace University and completed the HR Studies Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Jana BrownDirector At Large

Jana Brown

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HR CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & BUSINESS PARTNER TIAA, New York, NY

Accountable for HR’s strategic planning, business management, project management, workforce analytics & planning and Employee Relations functions. Serves as the lead HR Business Partner and advisor for the Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Legal Officer. Promoted to Vice President, Chief of Staff in 2014 and role expanded in responsibilities and complexity, resulting in a promotion to the current role in 2016.

Results focused Human Resources/Talent Management Executive with over twenty years of achievement providing strategic and tactical leadership across the HR continuum. Proven success in driving change through organizational development strategies. Creative problem solver with a solid track record of implementing programs that successfully improved employee and organization performance and productivity. Consistently rated as top performer. Strong presentation, interpersonal and leadership skills.

Director at Large

Clif “The Resource” Cox

Clif R. Cox, Brooklyn native, is a 15-year veteran in the staffing industry. He joined The TemPositions roup of Companies as a Senior Staffing Consultant in July 2001. Due to excellent customer service and responsiveness to clients’ needs, Clif was promoted in 2004 to Senior Account Executive. Prior to joining the TemPositions family, Clif developed and maintained a thriving office support practice at another staffing company as a Senior Recruiter for 7 years. Clif is adept at providing staffing solutions to both small privately held organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies. His strength lies in his ability to truly understand his clients’ needs and to integrate staffing solutions through the 12 different business lines offered by the TemPositions Group of Companies.

In addition to being inducted into the Million Dollar Sales Club in 2007, Clif received the prestigious Advocacy Award from YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities for creating job opportunities for people with disabilities through strategic partnerships. Passionate about community service, Clif currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities and as Director-at-Large for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Greater New York Chapter. He has previously held positions as the VP of Membership and VP of External Affairs with NAAAHR GNY. Clif is also actively involved in the New York Chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA).

Clif’s Personal motto: “Where there is no vision, there is no hope” George Washington Carver.

Director at Large, Past President

William Rolack

William is currently employed by Adecco Employment Services as the Diversity Manager for US Operations.  Mr. Rolack is responsible for developing and implementing programs as part of the Adecco diversity initiative.  The initiative key components: Diversity Education, Diversity Recruitment, Communication, Community Outreach and Diversity Solutions.

He has been featured on the Black Enterprise Business Report, WMHT’s New York Now, News 12 Long Island, Newsday The Network Journal, The Black Collegian, Long Island Business News and has received a proclamation from the New York City Council for his work as a mentor, professional coach and contributions in the human resources field. William has served as president of NAAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources) Greater New York Chapter and as a member of the national board of directors.

William also serves on the Executive Board of the Urban League of Long Island and is a 2007 recipient of the 10th Annual “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awards by The Network Journal Magazine and a 2008 “40 Under Forty” honoree by the Long Island Business News.

William has served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York Brooklyn Economic Opportunity Center, and has been a guest speaker for organizations such as the Columbia University School of Business, Polytechnic University, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Urban Financial Services Coalition to name only a few.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from South Carolina State University and his M.B.A. from Long Island University.