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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gary's career began in education as a School and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, where he truly learned how to realize the value of people.                                                                                 

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Leaving education and private practice in 1983, he entered the field of human resources, developing a broad-based experience that stressed financial management, problem-solving, dispute resolution, proactive leadership and talent/career development.


An award-winning talent, organizational development, and operations management professional with over 20 years of experience finding ways to help individuals and organizations achieve their fullest potential. 

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Kate’s professional background includes marketing, operations management, and talent development within the life sciences, music, real estate, publishing, higher education, legal, and logistics industries. Her work has been recognized by eLearning Magazine for creating an award-winning learning culture and a best-in-class collaborative environment for employees. Kate holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Business Management from NYU and an MBA in Executive Management from Pace University.


An experienced training professional and an implementation specialist, helping to find creative solutions to organizational challenges along with a passion to serve and volunteer for the community.

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Tushar Mehta has worked across various industries for over 20 years.

He has extensive experience implementing web-based technologies for financial, media and human capital management organizations. Currently he is working as a Senior Learning and Performance Specialist at Canon USA, designing, developing and implementing training programs for the Americas market.

Tushar holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from India and MS in Instructional Systems Design from NYU.

Tushar is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) from the ATD Certification Institute.


An experienced professional with a relentless commitment to continuous improvement and leadership development.  She has over twenty years of experience across different areas of Human Resources and in Continuous Improvement.  

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Ms. Arroyo has worked across various industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Communications, Retail, Energy and is currently in Healthcare as the Director of Corporate Education & Training at Stony Brook Medicine. Shandy earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Queens College – City University of New York and earned her Master’s in Science in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

Jim Hajny is a Human Resources professional with over twenty years experience in outplacement and career transition management. He has a solid track record of building relationships with senior management, employees, and internal/external clients. 

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Jim is exceptionally skilled at aligning vision and strategy to achieve business objectives. He coaches and motivates high performance teams, and is able to effectively provide strategic and tactical counsel to managers and executives. He is responsible for the recruitment, training, and management of all Partners International career transition coaches.

Stephanie is an experienced strategic Senior HR Leader with three decades supporting leaders’ professional development. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential both in her work at Atlas Financial and in her private coaching practice,...

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Stephanie Burke Coaching. She is a certified coach through Co-Active Training Institute (CPCC), holds a Masters in HR Management, SPHR and the SHRM-SCP. She has served the Long Island Talent Management community as a Board Member of ATDLI for the past four years as President and Vice President of Membership and is Co-Chair for the Coaching Community of Practice

EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM



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Denise Downs has held progressive HR leadership roles and has a strong track record in designing and implementing strategies and solutions in areas such as organization development, change management and organizational learning.

Employing a whole-systems approach, Denise partners with leaders in developing solutions that enhance morale, inclusiveness, effectiveness, and profitability. As a trusted advisor, Denise effectively engages with all roles within organizations and is passionate about enhancing performance and increasing the effectiveness of the organization, teams, and individuals at all levels.

Denise has worked with leading organizations across a variety of industries, such as: Siemens, Young & Rubicam, MetLife, The Girl Scouts of the USA, The New York Times, Penske Logistics, Erie Insurance, Evercore Partners, Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett, St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital, The New York Power Authority, CVS Health and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Denise Downs holds an MS in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York Institute of Technology and is certified in a variety of leadership/360° assessment tools. Denise holds a certificate in Mediation from the ICCCR, Teachers College, Columbia University. As a lifelong learner, Denise has additional certifications in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and in Appreciative Inquiry from Case Western University. As a certified Community Mediator, Denise has used her high-level communication skills to collaborate with community leaders that led to her role as founding Board Member of S.U.N.N., a community organization whose goal is to promote self-esteem and personal empowerment through the removal of graffiti and neighborhood beautification.

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