Welcoming our GMSHRM Board Members for 2019




Jonathan Ross, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP



An executive recruiter and business consultant with nearly decade of experience and a dedication to relationship recruiting in addition to his previous work experience in sales and marketing. He prides himself creating the right connections and matching not just what looks good on paper. His clients have ranged in size from Fortune 50 companies to privately owned organizations.  He and his team have specialized in the placement of personnel in Human Resources, Operations, and Procurement, where he serves as their Director -Consulting, and Search, but his group has also previously done recruitment for Finance & Accounting, Banking, Legal, and Sales & Marketing. He is committed to bringing the latest industry knowledge and content to my clients through his continuous thirst for knowledge of the HR Industry and its related areas. He holds both of the HR Certifications of SHRM-SCP and SPHR. In addition to his work at Business consultant and Recruiter, he is heavily involved in local and professional service organizations in the local community. He involved and serves on various community boards and has taught community classes on personal budgeting.  He has served on the Board of GMSHRM (Greater Miami Society of Human Resources Managers) for 7+ years and currently as President 2019. In addition, he has been actively involved with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami program since 2010. Jonathan holds degrees in Business, Psychology, and Accounting, and various state-level certifications. He attained his MBA degree from Florida International University, where he has served as a volunteer and supporter since graduation.


Tatiana Milian, SHRM-SCP, SPHR



Tatiana Milan is Director of Human Resources for OBMI, a global master planning, architecture and design firm based in Miami.
In her role at OBMI, Milan leads the strategic and operational human resource activities for six international offices, and
navigates the legal and regulatory requirements for hiring and benefits in those countries.

Prior to joining OBMI, Milan served as a human resources manager at both Fortune International Group, a high-end high rise
developer in Miami, and Bisazza, an upscale Italian manufacturer of mosaic tile and murals. She joined OBMI in 2006.

Milan is active in the South Florida community and has participated in food drives and events benefiting St. Jude Hospital,
Walk for Wishes, Susan G. Komen, and Operation Christmas Child. She holds a bachelor’s degree in personnel
management from Florida International 
University, and senior level HR certifications by both the Society for Human Resource
Management and the Human Resource Certification Institute.



Past President



Carol Lang is currently a Human Resources Consultant with Advancement Associates, Inc.  She has more than 18 years' experience providing HR strategy, direction and support for non-profit and government organizations.  In addition to serving as the Manager of Human Resources & Administration for Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, 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. 


David Barlaam




David Barlaam is the Director of People Attraction Operations at T-ROC (The Revenue Optimization Companies), an award-winning, 4000+ person, fast growing, people and technology-centered sales solution startup, headquartered in Miami Florida. David has spent the last decade in Global TA Leadership roles, successfully designing, implementing, and executing top-notch talent acquisition programs. He has built several corporate recruiting organizations from the ground up and has led more than 100 people in teams worldwide. In 2014, Barlaam was honored with the Cleveland 2014 SHRM Talent Management Award and has enjoyed being a keynote speaker/presenter on various talent acquisition, HR, & Social media related topics with Human Capital Institute (HCI), ERE, IQPC (HR Metrics & Analytics), PSRA (Social Media) and others.

Barlaam has specialized in internalizing, developing, and leading global talent acquisition in companies ranging from Tech Start-ups to Fortune 500, hiring up to 18,000 employees per year in more than 120 locations around the world. His work and travels have brought him to more than 35 countries and all across the US. Under his leadership, organizations greatly reduce their headhunter reliance, use, and expense while improving quality and retention. He has also led several successful multilingual applicant tracking system implementations and employment branding/web strategy redesigns. David believes that talent acquisition is truly the most important supply chain in any organization, and spends his time focusing on how to improve the process for both the organizations and applicants impacted. David resides in South Florida with his wife Holly, their two young daughters, and their golden doodle. In addition to spending time with his family, he loves technology, gaming, music, sports, and travel.



VP, Membership

Tim Simokonis



Tim is the South Florida business development leader for the global insurance and human capital consulting firm, Willis Towers Watson. Tim primarily works to develop new business relationships with large employers for Willis Towers Watson Health Care Benefits consulting division. He has been in the human capital consulting business for over 10 years. He is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees and is currently serving on the Florida President’s Council for the university.





Melissa Doval, SHRM-SCP, CPA



Melissa Doval, the Founder and CEO of MeDo Consulting, LLC, has 20 years of experience as a highly successful professional with expertise in finance, accounting, human resources, business strategy, and technology.  She has a track record of successfully taking companies with significant operational and compliance deficiencies and streamlining and actualizing successful infrastructure, policy and process improvement and implementation.  She has built various accounting and human resources departments from the ground up and has developed countless strategic plans for high growth companies in addition to developing crucial KPI metrics and dashboards for various CEOs. 

Melissa began her career in 2001 as a CPA with Kaufman, Rossin & Co.  She then went on to work for various companies such as World Fuel Services (NYSE), Live Nation (NYSE), and MTN Satellite Communications as internal auditing and accounting staff and eventually became CFO for The Recon Group, Inc. where she was crucial in growing the company to triple its size.  Throughout her career, Melissa has been placed in highly challenging roles and has always achieved favorable and successful results.

Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University and a Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University.  She is a Florida CPA and a SHRM Senior Certified Human Resources Professional.

Melissa was born to Cuban immigrant parents and raised in Miami.  She has strong ties to the community through various charitable organizations that she is involved with.  She is on the steering committee for the South Florida CFO Leadership council and one of the Chapter’s founding members.  Melissa has a passion for entrepreneurship and technology and is focused on helping Miami become a mecca for these through her work with MeDo Consulting, LLC. 





VP, Marketing

Leyda Aleman



Leyda Aleman, Executive Coach & Everything DiSC® Facilitator, a highly trained senior certified HR professional with more than a decade of experience, commitment and dedication to providing HR strategy, direction, support, and professional coaching opportunities. She is a highly sought-after and well-known HR Executive, Mentor and Leadership Coach who works with executives from around the world to help identify developmental opportunities for both individuals and organizations. Leyda’s corporate background includes holding various senior-level corporate positions ranging in Fortune 500 organizations to privately owned companies and start-ups. As a change agent, leadership coach and strategist she supports companies and top executives with a unique perspective and appreciation that human capital is the greatest asset to an organization. Her approach assists in translating business vision into leadership initiatives that improve company-wide performance, growth and employee engagement. She strongly believes that the most profitable and sustainable way to generate results and build high-performing teams is through a commitment to leadership excellence.

Leyda founded Human Capital Consultants International after partnering with her mentor, the renowned Leadership expert John C. Maxwell. Throughout her 15-year career as a strategic and innovative leader, she has consistently expressed a keen passion and desire to make a difference in people’s lives. She believes in adding value by helping them realize their significance and potential to lead extraordinary and fulfilled lives; This to her, continues to be the greatest reward of all.

Leyda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Master Certificate in Human Resources Strategy and Leadership from Cornell University, ILR school. She has additionally earned the designation of Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. She is also certified as a Coach, Mentor, Trainer and Speaker from John Maxwell Company, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner.


VP, Core Leadership Areas

Pilar Proctor, SHRM-SCP


Pilar Proctor, SHRM-SCP is a Global Human Resources leader with over 15 years of career progression.  She brings a wealth of experience in the international arena  directing HR strategic programs and solutions aligned to business objectives.

Pilar’s areas of expertise cover Organizational Design and Effectiveness, Expatriate Management, Startups, Mergers and Acquisitions,  Systems and Change Implementations, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development. 

Pilar is a true “corporate gypsy”,  multicultural professional, with a solid career working  in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East for global organizations including ExxonMobil, Panasonic, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company, etc. 

Since her repatriation to Miami, FL in 2015 Pilar has designed and implemented several client projects including Startups, HR process and operational efficiencies, and transformational improvements resulting in significant cost reduction, in diverse industries such as oil & gas,  manufacturing, consumer goods and legal services.

Pilar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Industrial and Organizational) from Florida International University, and a Masters in HR Management from Florida Institute of Technology.   Pilar is fluent in English and Spanish and speaks French and Portuguese.

Pilar has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management (GMSHRM), as Director of Professional Development Programs 2016 – 2018; and was elected as the Vice President of Core Leadership Areas for  2019.



Jeri Dembrak



Jeri is a bilingual, English/Spanish, Consultant for TBTI, The Benefits Translators, Inc, which originally started out as a translation company specializing in employee benefits & open enrollment meetings and grew into an HR portfolio consulting business that can analyze an organization from the customer, vendor & employee perspectives to create a 360 of the organization –good, bad and ugly and how do you move the needle?  Business was full-time from 1996-2002, part-time through 2014, dormant from 2014-2017 and then restarted January 2017. She also worked at Accor Hotels at their regional office providing talent, culture & recognition services for North America, Central America & the Caribbean where she delved into all areas of compensation, benefits, HRIS, nine-box and succession planning and trained field teams to pick up her responsibilities due to the M&A with Fairmont as the hotels assumed responsibilities for their own compliance, open enrollments, compensation analysis, recruiting & payroll & benefits processing.  Jeri set up an HR department from scratch for Nutritionsmart. Before moving to South Florida from DC, Jeri served as a Spanish Smithsonian Teacher Leader for four years in Prince William County Schools teaching students to be digital natives and as an ESOL teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools where she was an instrumental steering committee member that built a community center to serve as a resource to provide life-skills coaching & career advice for immigrant parents.  She also taught salsa and ran the now defunct website, TheSalsaNews and newsletter rating top 10 in SEO ratings for Latin dance and music in DC and served as the Washington area’s Latin American Music Historian and created Latin music concerts, festivals, fundraisers and Hispanic Heritage Month events.  She worked at NADA for a short time to audit their benefits, set up self-service & open enrollment & conduct a cost/benefit analysis of rolling out the association programs to member dealerships. Finally, Jeri started out as a benefits consultant earning her CEBS in 1996 and serving as an Assistant Vice President of Employee Benefits for Sedgwick.  She is a continuous learner who is currently studying project management, Agile methodologies, design systems thinking, blockchain and robotic process automation and how they will impact the future of people & processes and the customer, vendor & employment experiences. 





Director, College Relations

Erika Mand



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.




Chair, Diversity & Inclusion 

Cody Bess



Cody Bess started out as a non-commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps, supervising aviation electrician work on fighter jets, as well as managing special projects and audit programs. He has since been involved in e-commerce in silicon valley, project finance & investment banking in Miami, and most recently, in consulting (for IT, HR, and SOX compliance). He has worked in many functions of HR including talent acquisition, technology upgrades, payroll, training, performance, and organizational development. Cody developed a talent around curating business software and managing software projects, and is currently bringing the frontier of People Operations & Analytics to Miami with his company Poprouser. He views South Florida as the archetype for diverse communities of the future, where we have a unique opportunity to create a system of equity and sustainability in the workforce.
Cody graduated from Florida International University with a BBA in Finance and a minor in 
economics, and created a student organization to send minorities to Wall Street that still thrives in its mission today. Cody holds numerous certifications across Microsoft enterprise suite and is PHR certified.





Director, Workforce Readiness

Paula Franco



Paula Franco is a Senior Recruiter with Peoplscout a Trublue company -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 Directors. 


Director, Legislative Affairs

Christopher T. Perré 



Christopher T. Perré is an Associate in the Miami, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. 

Mr. Perré advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, including those involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and whistleblower and retaliation claims brought in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration.

Mr. Perré received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, with specialized studies at Columbia Law School and the École de Droit de l’Institut d’Études Politiques (“Sciences Po Paris”).  He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018 and 2019. 


Director, Sponsorships

Rossana Tabares



Rossana Tabares is a global human resources executive and HR consultant with extensive experience designing HR strategies, developing talent capability and implementing talent solutions required to deliver sustainable business results.

Her practice covers the full spectrum of Human Resources disciplines with a deep focus on talent management, leadership development, executive coaching, change management, people engagement, and organizational development practices. 

During her career, she has held senior level positions in Fortune 500 organizations and has consulted for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 within multiple industries. Her geographical span includes North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Rossana is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University where she earned her Master of Science in Human Resources Management. She additionally holds the designations of Senior Certified Professional (SHMP-SCP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPRH), and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). She has served as Board Member for the Greater Miami Society of Human Resources Management (GMSHRM) in various capacities since 2008


Social Media Chair

Mario Riveron


Mario Riveron is an HCM Account Executive for the Human Resource and Payroll  technology based  company, Paylocity. Mario’s position allows him to develop new business relationships with mid to enterprise level organizations providing them with technologies to advance their Human Resource and Payroll departments. Mario has been a solution consultant for the past 5 years. He is a Florida International University graduate and forms part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni association. 



Director, Programs

Marc Weinstein


Marc Weinstein is a Clinical Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Masters of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program at the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University. Dr. Weinstein’s research has been widely published and explores the development and adoption of innovations in occupational safety research.  He has served as the Director of College Relations and Vice President of the Core Leadership Area at the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management as well as on the boards of other professional and community organizations.  Dr. Weinstein received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has had previous appointments at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Oregon.



Director, Membership Engagement

Robert Garcia




Robert is Principal and Founder of RX Global Consulting providing global business development, HR consulting, and Executive Coaching.  He focuses on establishing and growing businesses by building relationships with global clients in multinational companies, universities, and associations throughout the world.  

He brings a wealth of experience in the fields of business, human resource management, training and development, sales and marketing, leadership consulting, health care administration, operations, and diversity. Most recently he was Vice President of Global Operations at Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) where he established a network of over 50 providers to deliver the SHRM HR Certification program globally.  He previously held executive positions at Baptist Health South Florida, Florida International University, Lee Hecht Harrison, ADP, and United Healthcare.  

He has worked with executive teams in industries that include: international banking, financial services, automotive, pharmaceutical, hospitality, medical, and transportation/logistics. He is tenacious at securing customer loyalty and forging strong relationships with business partners in over 80 countries.  

Robert obtained a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University, has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from Nova Southeastern University, HR Certifications from SHRM and the HR Certification Institute and in addition, an Executive Coach Certification from Lee Hecht Harrison.  


He has also been an adjunct professor at Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, and Barry University.  Robert is fluent in English and Spanish and has been interviewed for his perspective on business and career management and is a frequent keynote speaker throughout the world.  




Certification and Accreditations Director 

Yussi Medina, PHR, SHRM–CP 



Yussi Medina is currently a Talent Acquisition Supervisor at Baptist Health South Florida. Her background in the healthcare field started back in 1996 as a Registered Health Information Technician for Baptist Health South Florida. While taking a Human Resources class as part of her undergraduate degree, Yussi fell in love with the field and decided to change her career from Health Information Management to Human Resources. In 2000, she started working for Mercy Hospital as an HR Receptionist. Before leaving Mercy Hospital, she had six years of Human Resources experience and was a Sr. HR Generalist. In 2003, she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management with a minor in Human Resources. She then graduated in 2006 from Saint Thomas University with a Master’s degree in Science Management specializing in Human Resources. For the last 13 years, Yussi has been with Baptist Health South Florida and has held multiple positions within the Human Resources department. During her employment with this organization, she has been involved in many different projects and the implementation of processes, policies and procedures that have bought progressive and positive improvement to different divisions of Human Resources. Over the past 18 years in the Human Resources field, she has accumulated experience from employee/labor relations, recruitment/talent management, compensation, training and development, compliance, auditing as well as most generalist duties. Yussi is both SHRM–CP and HRCI PHR certified. 



Community Relations Director

Ana Alfonso Pagliery



Ana Alfonso Pagliey is the President & CEO of Workforce Dynamics Consulting. Her expertise, experience and track record in the field of Human Resources makes her a true business partner and sounding board on all matters related to human capital management. 

Ms. Pagliey has built her career as a broad based generalist in Human Resources and Shared Services business operations, and has worked in both multi-national and domestic business settings. She has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. In addition, she has completed Human Resources management and strategy training through Cornell University's School of Labor Relations, and holds active SPHR and GPHR certifications from the Human Resources Certification Institute. 

As an executive staff member, in both startups and established businesses, Ms. Pagliey has helped companies improve their human capital performance by optimizing systems, processes and policies to a best in class operating level. She helps clients mitigate employment risk by integrating regulatory compliant solutions with business objectives. Ms. Pagliey also works with legal teams and investor groups in due diligence activities during the buying and selling of companies. 

In 2018 Ms. Pagliey has been a speaker at the Human Resources Association of Broward County annual conference on the topic of human resources innovation and legacy and has been a guest panelist at numerous local events. 

Ms. Pagliey is a member of the Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management, where she holds a Board seat and serves as Director of Community Relations. Ms. Pagliey also serves on the Executive Leadership Board of Extraordinary Women Leading Change, a national movement to expand gender inclusion at the C-Level. Through these organizations Ms Pagliey demonstrates her strong commitment to advancing the HR profession and promoting the inclusion of women in leadership roles. She is also a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Chamber South in Miami Dade.

Her incredible ability to help her clients identify challenges, find solutions and produce strategies that generate results makes her an essential partner for companies that strive for rapid growth in their markets.


Chair, Global Forum

Leo Alexander


Leo Alexander is a marketing and sales executive with more than 20 years of experience in progressive business development roles. He has conducted business in nearly every country throughout the Americas and the Caribbean and leverages a unique background in export development, international banking, engineering applications and professional services.

Leo has lived, traveled, and worked throughout the world. He has an extensive working knowledge of the LATAM region and possesses a deep understanding of the diverse business practices and cultural differences within this dynamic marketplace.

Presently as Vice President of Global Sales for TMF Group, Leo consults and advises companies of all sizes – from start-ups expanding overseas for the first time to fortune 100 companies with multinational operations. TMF group provides business-critical services, such as international incorporation and legal entity management, payroll and HR administration as well as accounting and tax compliance services. 

Prior to joining TMF, Leo led the business development and sales strategy for McGladrey's (RSM) Miami office and it’s Latin American Center of Excellence. In this role, he advised domestic and international companies and recommended the firm’s audit, tax and advisory consulting services. He also established and led McGladrey’s ERP technology consulting practice for South Florida and Latin America. Leo also worked as an international corporate banker for Fifth Third Bank in the Midwest, where he advised middle-market companies on foreign exchange hedging, letters of credit, multi-currency treasury accounts, export and trade finance, equipment leasing, expatriate banking, commercial lines of credit and investments.

Leo holds a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio and completed numerous Masters’ level business courses at Indiana Wesleyan University. Early in his career, he completed American Express’ Financial Advisor training program and obtained his FINRA Series 7 Securities License, Series 66 Investment Advisor Registration and Life Insurance License.