Welcoming our GMSHRM Board Members for 2017
Josie Gonzalez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Josie Gonzalez has more than 15 years of progressive human resources experience. She has had the priviledge of working in different industries (hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and wholesale distribution) and holding various management positions throughout her human resources career. Currently, she is the Vice President of Human Capital at Intradeco, Inc., a wholesaler distributor of finished apparel consumer goods. She began her career with intradeco in 2001 by developing the human resources department from the ground up. She is accountable for HR results in the US operations and partners with the company's overseas operations in developing ongoing executive leadership and succession management programs.
She enjoys mentoring and coaching new HR professionals and those HR professionals in transition. It's a good way of paying it forward as in her career many professionals took their time to work with her. Josie has been involved with GMSHRM for over ten years. She has served on the GMSHRM Board of Directors for the last 3 years. Josie holds a Master's Degree in Human Relations and Business and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Carol Lang, MS HRD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Carol Lang is currently the Manager of Human Resources & Administration for Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. She has been with MDX since 2012. Carol previously held the position of Human Resources Director for Jackson Health System's International Program and the Jackson Memorial Foundation, as well as Human Resources Director for the Zoological Society of Florida. She received her B.S. from Florida State University and her M.S. in Human Resources Development from Florida International University.
Carol holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is also certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. She has been a member of SHRM and GMSHRM for more than 15 years, and has served on the GMSHRM Board of Governors since 2013.
Gigi Gerson Glazer
Gigi works for Ryder Systems as Senior Manager of Organizational Leadership Development across the enterprise. She has had a long and vast career in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Gigi has been honored with the ASTD Excellence in HRD Award for Training and Development and the ISPI Award of Excellence for Outstanding Instructional Intervention for her work in leadership development. Her professional articles have appeared in publications including HR Magazine, and she has been a presenter for the ASTD and ISPI International Conferences. Gigi is a frequent contributor speaker for Human Resources and Organizational Development organizations in South Florida. She has served on the board of South Florida OD Network and ASTD of Birmingham, Alabama.
Gigi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional graduate study in Adult Education at Mississippi State University.
Erika Mand, PHR
Erika Mand is a Global Talent Acquisition Consultant for Medtronic-HeartWare, currently managing projects and requisitions internationally. She has over 10 years’ experience in Talent Acquisition including agency, RPO and in house and previously held sales roles in both the oil and energy industry and the PGA Champions Tour. Originally from Wisconsin, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, before spending 14 years in Houston and now Miami. Erika enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. She currently sits on planning committees for both the Miami Children’s Museum and St Jude Children’s Research hospital, amongst her many other volunteer initiatives.
Gary Lyew-Ayee, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Gary Lyew-Ayee is a Human Resources Manager with Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF) and brings extensive experience in human resources; including areas such as employee relations, benefits, compensation, talent acquisition, on-boarding, training, employee engagement, talent management and performance management. Gary has successfully implemented various processes and systems. As a strategic partner, he has the ability to develop meaningful working relationships with all employee levels, from frontline staff to executives.
In addition to serving as the Treasurer on the GMSHRM board, Gary is also an active member at his church through his volunteer work in the Kids’ Church and participation in community outreach.
Gary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.
Maria Martinez holds the position of Regional Marketing Director for TEAM Concepts, a woman owned certified agency, which is listed in the Top 25 Staffing Agencies in Florida. Maria’s expertise is in branding and business development in start up operations in the US and abroad. Her international experience was brought back to Florida where her focus has been the staffing industry for the last 16 years. Maria is a "Top Producer" with a vision for turn-key solutions that involve the HR process and Maximization of Talent Acquisition.
Maria is currently enrolled in the Certification Process for SPHR to support the growth potential of small and mid size clients. Successful in the opening, branding and growth of the first Miami office for AppleOne Employment Services in 2001. Responsible for running 3 locations in Dade and Broward, hiring, training and development of a 15 person staff. Direct management of the Implementation of ISO 9000 certification in the Doral Branch. Consistently performed, top ranked manager with P&L responsibility. Maria has run successful marketing and events productions for Fortune top US and Global Firms.
After having put her schooling on hold after the death of her only son in 1987, Maria received a Bachelors of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing in 2007 from Almeda University. The experience over the years brought her back to a management leading role with global player, Manpower in Miami as Market Manager running the start- up operation of the SMB Division in Miami. Maria’s personal production was 1 million in the startup model, with the highest gross profit and single perm billing in Manpower history at that time.
Maria serves on various Boards in a Directors including present role as VP of Marketing GMSHRM and Vice Chair Westchester Miami Dade Chamber. Certified as a Reiki Master, and in her quest to help others heal from illness or personal loss, Maria works with terminally ill children and women in distress. Maria is also an ordained minister with a passion for the helping others see that their greatest potential is always within.
VP at Large, CLA
Jonathan Ross, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Jonathan Ross is a Practice Director Randstad Professional Human Resources division. He is a Professional recruiter with nearly a decade of experience and a dedication to relationship recruiting. He prides himself on matching the best person to the role, not just the best resume. I am committed to bringing the latest industry knowledge and content to my clients. These companies range in size from Fortune 100 companies to privately owned organizations. He and his team specialize in the placement of personnel in Human Resources, but his office also covers Finance & Accounting, Banking, Legal, and Sales & Marketing. In addition to his work at Randstad Professional he is heavily involved in local and professional service organizations in the local community. He currently serves on three community boards, and teaches various community classes on personal budgeting. He has served for on the Board of GMSHRM (Greater Miami Society of Human Resources Managers) and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami program for the last 5 years. Jonathan holds degrees in Business, Psychology and Accounting, and is a certified SPHR and SHRM-SCP. He attained his MBA degree from Florida International University, where he has served as an active volunteer since graduation.
VP at Large, Professional Development
Juan Gaitan is a Managing Director with MSH Group, a global talent acquisition, outsourcing and management consulting firm with a footprint across the US, Latin America and India spanning nearly 35+ markets and 3 continents. Juan founded MSH Group with two partners in 2011. He is responsible for the Miami-Dade, Latin American, Caribbean, and Canadian regions as well as leading the global business development, marketing and organizational development for the organization.
Having prior experience in various human resource executive positions, he understands the importance of matching a candidate to the unique needs of the business and the sense of urgency in achieving this task. Creating a trademarked methodology called Selection Process Management that has been a key differentiator in the market, Juan has successfully placed thousands of candidates and assembled teams to serve organizations across industries, functions and territories.
Additional career experience includes: FedEx Corporation in change management, human resources and field integration; Mankuta, Gallagher & Associates as business development manager; and also an executive recruiter in the hospitality, life sciences, retail and automotive industries.
Director, College Relations
John Williamson, SPHR, GPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP
John is well-versed in many of the specialties that fall within the Human Resources Generalist realm including employee relations, total rewards, recruiting, employee and leadership development, HRIS implementation, TQM inception and continuity and employee experience programs. With a 2 decade background in business including the healthcare, insurance, non-profit, finance and utility sectors, John successfully integrates employee engagement with organizational financials to optimize customer fulfillment. In addition to his HR leadership role with Baptist Health South Florida, John is committed to the community and has volunteered in leadership and mentoring roles with many organizations and currently serves as Chair for the Baptist Health South Florida Federal Credit Union as well as Coach for the FIU HR Student Case Competition members.
John is an ardent supporter of HR certification and has facilitated over 15 professional cohorts aimed at pursuing PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP designations. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management and World@Work, holds 4 HR related certifications and has both an MBA and an MA in Human Resource Management. John was honored as a Member of the Baptist Health South Florida HR Team of the Year in 2015 for his work on an enterprise-wide job description conversion project and was presented with the HR Professional of the Year in 2009 by the Coastal Organization of Human Resources.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Mary L. Martinéz
Mary L. Martinéz, is President and Principal Consultant of InclusionFocus LLC, which provides tailored solutions for organizations seeking to leverage the power of inclusion for business success. Mary has more than 25 years of experience as an HR leader and consultant in talent and organization development, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion. She has held corporate roles for CIGNA, Honeywell, Sanofi, and Alcatel-Lucent, and has been a senior consultant and practice leader for ORC/Mercer and APTMetrics. Drawing upon her broad experience in HR, Mary has implemented a wide range of initiatives across multiple industries and in both the for- and not-for-profit sectors. Mary has authored numerous articles for diversity publications, served as an instructor for diversity courses for Cornell’s Continuing Education program, and presented on webinars and at a number of symposia, including national SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conferences. Mary also serves as the Education-Co Chair for the South Florida Diversity Chapter of the National Diversity Council. She holds an M.B.A. in management–organization behavior from Bernard M. Baruch College, NYC.
Cindy J. Lau-Evans
Cindy Lau-Evans is the 2017 GMSHRM Director, Foundation.
She is also the 2017 HR Florida State Council District Director, District #9 and served as the HR Florida State Council’s Director of Diversity in 2012 through 2016.
Ms. Lau-Evans is a past GMSHRM President (2011), operating on a platform of serving the professional and the profession by offering continual re-certification credits, expanding workshop subject content, soliciting high-caliber speakers, creating new and multi-activity programming, expanding social media presence, use of electronic tools and collaborating and/or partnering with media, HR and other professional associations, affinity groups, charities and governmental agencies. Other roles GMSHRM roles included Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Director of Professional Development.
In her paying job, Cindy is currently the Assistant Director, Equal Opportunity Programs/ ADA/ Title IX at Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in the United States. Cindy has 25+ years’ experience in management of the HR function and specializes in strategic talent management and development, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution and employee relations in small companies as well as large corporations and entities in the financial, physical security services and higher education sectors.
A past-President of the Caribbean Students Association at the University of Miami in Florida, Cindy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Education, Organizational Training at the “U.”
Director, Workforce Readiness
Sylvia Willin is the Employee Relations Officer at Miami Dade College. She has extensive experience in HR and with a specialization in Employee Relations and Talent Acquisition (TA). She has worked for major organizations such as Burger King Corporation, Baptist Healthcare Systems, Assurant and Bupa. She also has an entrepreneurial mindset and has been a consultant and started her own stain glass business.
Sylvia has industry knowledge in healthcare, insurance, hospitality and education. She has proven abilities to deliver strategies that solve organizational objectives, increase employee performance and improve operating results. One of her major accomplishments was the successfully deploy of a centralized TA Department, focused on strategic change management initiatives, which included: strategic partnerships, process improvement, technology optimization, operations management, people management, vendor/university partnerships and branding.
Sylvia has been an active member of SHRM since 1989 and GMSHRM, where she served on the membership committee from 2005-2006. Sylvia holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional Studies from Barry University and has served as an Advisory Board Member to FIU’s Career Management Services, College of Business Administration.
Director, Legislative Affairs
Naveen Paul, Esq.
Naveen Paul is an Associate in the Miami, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counsel. Naveen holds a law degree from Boston University as well as a MBA from Binghamton University.
Alyssa Ramos is presently the CEO, Chief Events Officer, of the award winning, Que Belle Event Production & Marketing, which provides event and marketing services to individuals and corporate clients. She and her team work with clients to create memorable and impacting events while ensuring they are a guest at their own event. Some of the most impactful events produced include the grand opening of IKEA Miami, the A Safe Haven for Newborns Gala, Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Winter Wonderland Extravaganza and most recent the ground breaking of Aventura Hospital’s new ER.
Prior to her current position, Alyssa was the Executive Vice President for Latin Builders Association, the largest Hispanic construction association in the US where she executed an assortment of events such as Decision 2012 with Republican Presidential Candidates and black tie corporate galas in excess of 1,000 guests. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University and completing a Business Development Certification at the University of Michigan, she held positions such as Sr. Customer Service Representative and Value Added Packaging Supervisor at Bacardi USA, Inc.
Personally she places high priority on developing relationships to cultivate business opportunities for those in her network. Alyssa currently participates in two local chambers and is particularly enthused to be the Eastern Regional Manager and Miami Chapter President for the National Association of Professional Women. Although her professional accomplishments are vast, she is most proud of her roles as a Wife for over 17 years and Mother to her two beautiful children; Soleil and Beau.
Director, Member Recruitment and Retention
David Davidoff, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
David Davidoff, SPHR is a Senior Advisor with Nason & Nason, Executive Search. He has over 20 years of professional Human Resources management experience in multiple industries including retail, banking and pharmaceutical/health care. His areas of expertise include recruiting, employee relations, HR policy and procedure development and Talent Management. David is a Miami native who has been an active member of GMSHRM for virtually his entire professional career and previously served on the Board as VP, Programs in 2004 and as Director, Special Events in 2012. David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Psychology from Florida State University.
Director, Membership Engagement
Paula Franco is a Managing Partner at BeaFranc & Associates a women-owned boutique recruiting and Executive search firm located in Miami, Florida -She has over 30 years’ experience in the recruiting and Staffing industry. Her executive leadership and in-depth knowledge of the industry complements her innate abilities to find the gems within organizations. She has been an active member of Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management (GMSHRM) for over 15 years and has held a variety of senior leadership roles on the organization's Board of Director
Rossana Tabares, MS-HRM, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Rossana Tabares is a results oriented human resources executive and HR consultant with extensive experience designing strategies and implementing solutions for domestic and global organizations. Her practice covers the full spectrum of Human Resources disciplines with a deep a focus on Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Development, Change Management, People Engagement, and Organizational Development practices. As an organizational alignment expert and talent strategist, she has held various senior level corporate positions in Fortune 500 organizations and has consulted for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50. She brings extensive experience collaborating with senior management to develop the internal infrastructure, organizational process and talent capabilities required to deliver sustainable business results.In her most recent role, Rossana joined Phelps Dodge International, a General Cable Corporation, as Head of Talent Acquisition and Development in order to build the internal talent capability for the Rest of the World Division (Latin America, Asia Pacific, Oceania and Sub-Sahara Africa). She also served as Interim Regional Director for General Cable, Central America, and was later appointed Regional Director of Human Resources for the Latin America Region, impacting a 1.6 billion dollar operation and an employee population of 3500 across 14 countries. In this capacity, Rossana partnered with the Executive Team to define and drive the People priorities for the region, and drove the transformation of the HR function from reactive culture to a proactive business-partner role. She also played a key role in the redefinition of organizational values (Global initiative), successfully driving the introduction and harmonization of redefined values across Latin America.Rossana also serves as adjunct professor at Florida International University, where she earned her Master of Science in Human Resources Management. She has additionally earned the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Rossana has served as Board Member for the Greater Miami Society of Human Resources Management (GMSHRM) in various capacities since 2008.
Chair, Networking Events
Odalys R. Girado
Odalys R. Girado is the Sr. Business Executive for Right Hire Staffing Solutions, Inc. in which she oversees the South Florida Region. She has been in the staffing services industry for the last 20 years. In addition to her current position, she has been a Board Member of the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management since January 2001, this year serving as Community Relations Chair. She is also the former President of the Executives Association of Greater Miami—Associates Group. She was formerly recognized as a “Staffing Expert” with CBS4, Miami, where she conducted monthly TV interviews with Al Sunshine regarding the current job market trends.
Born in Miami Beach, Florida and raised in Key West, Florida, Odalys graduated from Key West High School in 1990 with Honors in Business and Performing Arts. She went on to receive her Associate of Arts degree from Florida Keys Community College in 1992. After relocating back to her hometown, she decided to pursue her studies in Accounting at Florida International University. In May of 1995, she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Accounting Degree. In the Spring of 1998, Odalys also received a certification in Human Resource Administration through FIU’s Center for Management Development.
Professionally, Odalys was chosen as a finalist for the 2003 Up & Comers Awards. She is also a member of several organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management, Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, Executive’s Association of Greater Miami, and the West Kendall Business Association. She is also a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader and a member of the NFL Alumni Association and the Professional Cheerleaders Alumni (PCA). She was a Superbowl Halftime performer in 1995 as a backup dancer to Patti Labelle. In 1996, She was also a regular dancer on MTV’s The Grind, and Univision’s Bailando.
In the community, Odalys enjoys participating in events sponsored by non-profit organizations around the community to include His House Children’s Home, The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Hands on Miami and the United Way of Miami-Dade County. In addition, she is a graduate of the Leadership Miami 2001 class, which involved a major ongoing community service project. She then became a facilitator for the Leadership Miami 2002 class. For many years, she had volunteered her time as a facilitator of the Preparing Youth for Industry Program (PYI) working with “at-risk” students and encouraging them to stay in school through formal classroom modules and exposing students firsthand to the working world through temporary jobs. She was also a certified mentor through Broward County Public Schools. In October of 2001, she coordinated a fundraising event to benefit The Wives & Children’s foundation of the fallen 9/11 NYC Firefighters. She also organized, choreographed and danced in 2 separate Flash Mobs in 2013 & 2014 for GMSHRM and Shoppes of Midtown Miami.
Personally, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two wonderful sons, Aidan and Logan. In addition, she is also a certified Open Water Scuba Diver, and an avid Crossfit enthusiast.
Lisa Zayas, APR
Lisa Zayas is a communications professional with over 25 years of experience in the communications field. For the past two decades, she has provided consulting services for a wide variety of national and international businesses in several industry fields (technology, service, nonprofit, trade and professional associations, tourism, retail, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, auto, banking, construction, communications), sharing with clients her strong leadership during all business stages, from start up to critical transition phases, including mergers, downsizings and transformations.
With a strong knowledge of the local business environment and a robust network of communications related professionals, through her approachable personality she attains valuable information from key sources and transforms it into content that is not only relevant but also critical in the development of sound communications strategies. Known among clients and peers for the responsiveness of her deliveries, she has a proven ability to generate ideas and initiatives that effectively align the needs of clients and publics, positively impacting the organizations’ objectives. She has the capacity and experience to think and act big but we are set up to provide individualized attention and fast service. Her experience includes participating –both as a leader and as a team player – in the development, implementation and evaluation of corporate, internal, communication and media relations programs, among others.
Graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, she also has the APR certification (Accredited Public Relations Practitioner) from the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America)
Community Relations Chair
Keith brings over 17 years of underwriting, account and relationship management experience in many different areas within the insurance and consulting industry. He has extensive experience in corporate account management consistently exceeding expectations and goals set by both clients and management. Prior to joining :DP HealthNow, Keith worked as a Client Relationship Manager with Mercer and a Senior Account Executive at United Healthcare in South Florida for over 12 years. He also worked within Underwriting at United Healthcare and CIGNA, analyzing overall financial risk to competitively price benefit plans for clients. Keith now serves as Vice President of Group Benefits for :DP HealthNow, as part of :DentalPlans, located in Plantation, Florida.
Keith's responsibilities include driving new sales through planning, developing and building a national distribution channel with Employee Benefits Brokers/Consultants, HR Executives and Employee Groups. He educates brokers and employers on :DentalPlans’ innovative employee benefit solutions, specifically our bundled telehealth & health advocacy solution :DP HealthNow, that differentiates our solutions from our competitors and expands the value of employers' benefits package.
As well, Keith formerly served on the boards for both the Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC) and South Florida Compensation & Benefits Association (SFCB). Keith has earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Business Management and minor in Marketing.
District Director Regional HR FL State Council
Teresa Davis, PHR, SHRM-SCP
Terri Davis has over 10 years of Human Resources experience and she is currently the Team Lead for Talent Acquisition at Amadeus, North America. She has extensive recruitment experience within industries such as Sales, Banking, Retail, Outplacement, and Technology. Through her expertise in the field, she has reduced turnover and met organizational goals at the various organizations’ she has worked for through her in-depth knowledge of management styles and corporate business needs.
In addition to her recruitment experience, Terri was a former Career Coach and taught various workshops and assisted job seekers in transition. She is the former President of the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management organization in 2014 and she currently serves as District Director for the HR Florida State Council as a liaison for the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Key West Human Resource Chapters. She has volunteered for organizations such as the United Way, Sister to Sister Women’s Heart Health Organization and she served as an Advisory Board Member in 2014 for the Master of Science in Human Resource Management Program.
Terri is SHRM-CP and PHR certified, she has a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Thomas University and an Undergraduate Degree in Management from Barry University. In addition, Terri served as the first student chapter President of the Saint Thomas University Student Chapter while attending school there.