David Weaver, CCA
David is President of the Compensation & HR Group and is responsible for all consulting functions within the organization.
Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, David spent 20 years managing a human resources membership and consulting organization. He has also held positions with industry leaders Liberty Mutual, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard as a corporate human resources professional. During this period, he gained essential hands-on experience in compensation program development, marketing and internal communications.
A graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, David has also made his mark in academia, having served as adjunct faculty member for both Northeastern University and Newbury College where he taught courses in Compensation Management and Human Resource Management. He also worked as an instructor for the certification courses at the Compensation Analyst Academy, WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jim Gray, CCA
Jim is Head of Compensation Consulting and is responsible for designing compensation programs and incentive plans (including plans at the executive level).
Jim has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and as a corporate HR professional, during which time he has been responsible for the design and implementation of compensation and benefit programs, health services and worker’s compensation, and company employee assistance programs. Previously, Jim was VP of Consulting Services at The Survey Group. In addition, he’s held key roles at Lockheed Martin, Itek Corporation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Continental Can Company. He is also an Instructor for the Compensation Analyst Academy.
Jim earned an MBA at the University of Bridgeport, and has been an adjunct faculty member at both Southern New Hampshire University and Rivier College, teaching courses in Compensation/Benefits Management and Organizational Behavior. He is also an Instructor for the Compensation Analyst Academy and he is the author of “Compensation Management in a Knowledge-Based World”, a compensation workbook.
Yariela Brandao, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCA
Yariela is Head of Human Resources Consulting and brings to this role an energetic, creative personality and an ability to implement effective strategies to increase employee engagement. She also brings more than 20 years of hands-on experience and expertise in every phase of human resources management, from recruitment to talent management to succession planning. She has helped startups get to the next level and has served as top-management advisor to global organizations, aligning resources and strategies with corporate goals. Her diverse experience spans multiple industries and market sectors, from technology to life sciences to academia and non-profits.
A bilingual professional fluent in Spanish, Yariela began her career as an HR Consultant, then became head of the fiscal section of the Panama Canal Authority. Later, she served as HR Regional Manager (North and South America) of attune Consulting, helping the company increase its revenue from $5 million to $25 million in three years. Most recently, she served as Human Resources Director for Inflexxion.
Yariela is passionate about special needs services, social responsibility and the environment. She has spearheaded several initiatives with the New England Project of the Perkins School for the Blind.
Yariela earned an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College, Boston. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP), a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA), and an active member of the New England Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Melissa Cassarino, SPHR, CCA
Melissa is a Vice President in the Consulting Group and when it comes to hands-on HR experience, the search stops at Melissa Cassarino. From the food industry to non-profits, startups to corporate giants, Melissa has led HR efforts in every aspect.
Melissa’s 20+ year career began in operations management at the New York restaurant chain, “Bill Gray’s Restaurants.” After moving to Massachusetts, she found success in Human Resources positions at Boston Market, Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp, Greencore USA and, most recently, in the non-profit sector with The Greater Boston Food Bank.
In addition to Melissa’s experience designing total rewards programs, her HR know-how covers all aspects of talent-management and HR operations — from full-cycle recruitment strategies and on-boarding to performance management, succession planning, and employee engagement.
Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree from The State University of NY at Brockport and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA). As a certified trainer and facilitator, and an active member of the New England Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management, Melissa is seen as a leader in the HR community.
Erin Hoye, CCP, CCA
Erin is a Senior Compensation Consultant and is a frequent seminar leader on compensation topics. She is also an Instructor for the Compensation Analyst Academy. Through her work she helps a wide range of organizations assess their compensation structures, variable and executive pay programs and sales programs, for competitiveness and effectiveness.
With over 20 years of experience in compensation and human resources, Erin has a strong background in building pay structures, market analysis, job evaluation, FLSA and wage laws, and compensation policy development. Her track record working in industry is equally impressive, with compensation-related positions at The Survey Group, New England Baptist Hospital, Jordan’s Furniture and Sovereign Bank, along with a variety of human resources positions at Harvard University, Marcam Corp., BankBoston and Fleet Bank.
Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) through WorldatWork.
Sandra Makhlouta, CCP, CCA
Sandra is a Senior Compensation Consultant with over 10 years of experience in human resources, Sandra has worked on a broad spectrum of compensation projects including market analysis, job evaluation, reward and recognition, incentives, salary planning, survey participation, union compensation, and pay equity.
Prior to joining the Compensation & HR Group, Sandra held a variety of human resource positions at Atrius Health (formerly Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates).
Sandra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a concentration in Business and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Framingham State University and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) through WorldatWork and a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA) through the Compensation Analyst Academy.
Dan Weaver, CCA
Dan is a Senior Human Resources Specialist and he has experience in human resources consulting, survey administration, mental health counseling and social media management, Dan brings a unique mix of interpersonal, technical and organizational skills to the Compensation & HR Group team.
In particular, Dan’s work focuses on developing and administering CHRG’s compensation and benefits surveys. On any given day, you’ll find Dan hard at work, analyzing surveys, developing custom surveys and managing CHRG’s social media presence.
A lifelong musician (saxophone), Dan is a UMass Amherst graduate. In addition, he is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA).
Lauren Duffy, CCA
Lauren is a Human Resources leader with over 15 years of diverse experience across all HR functional areas.
Prior to working as a Human Resources Consultant, she held HR positions in the healthcare, hospitality/call center and apparel industries. Lauren has held roles in Total Rewards where she focused on programs and initiatives in the areas of compensation, benefits, HRIS, rewards and recognition, performance management and HR operations, all through rapid global growth and company acquisition. Lauren has also lead HR teams as a Director of Human Resources, overseeing all HR functions as both a strategic and tactical leader in the areas of talent acquisition, employee relations, organizational development, training, HR Communications and compliance. She is passionate about building trusted relationships with her colleagues and clients, while delivering exceptional results.
Lauren is a graduate of Providence College, with a BA in Humanities and Business Studies Certificate. Lauren is also a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA).
Lanning L. Levine, CCA
Is a CHRO of public and private companies with over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and executive management. He has been addressing compensation challenges with an emphasis on variable pay, Executive Compensation and Incentive plan design. Lanning’s senior management experience uniquely provides the Executive perspective to plan design, communication and implementation of the design and implementation of compensation and benefit programs as well as global total rewards programs.
He has held key HR leadership roles with American Science and Engineering, C.R. Bard, Brooks Automation and MediSense and was the CEO/founder of a software company.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Boston University and advanced studies in international executive management at Babson College and human resources management at University of New Hampshire. Additionally, he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LGBC) and additionally holds the 5SC, TPM, Lean, Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA) certifications.
Tami Patten, CCA
Tami is the CEO and founder of So She Did…Transformational HR Solutions. So She Did focuses on helping people who want to experience a higher level of success, both personally and professionally. Tami is passionate about inspiring others to make meaningful changes and develop skills that will impact them personally and professionally.
Prior to founding So She Did, Tami held positions with Gulfstream Aerospace, Pearl Meyer & Partners, Liberty Mutual, Deknatel (a Pfizer Company), and Bank of America. Tami has spent over 25 years as a human resource professional in both the corporate and consulting industries. During this time, she gained essential experience in many disciplines, such as: general HR, compensation, mobility, expatriate administration, international HR, organizational development, learning & development, domestic and international training, enterprise-wide HR project management, and the list goes on.
Tami is a graduate of Lesley University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, and an Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management. Tami has numerous certifications covering an array of subjects such as: compensation, international benefits, global remuneration, as well as many leadership and team training courses. She is a member of The John Maxwell Team and is able to facilitate and coach many of their courses.
Julie Levine, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCA
Julie is a Senior Human Resources Consultant bringing over ten years of broad HR experience to the team, with a specific focus assisting smaller organizations develop their HR function. She has hands-on experience in all aspects of HR, including talent acquisition and management, HR policy, benefits, compensation, culture development and employee engagement. Additionally, she has unique understanding of the specific challenges of rapid growth, high change environments.
In addition to her career in Human Resources, Julie also brings a background in purchasing and project management, specifically supporting high end construction build-outs and renovations.
Julie has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Boston University, and holds her SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA) certifications.
Rachel Gordon, PHR, SHRM-CP, CCA
Rachel is a Senior Human Resources Consultant and has hands-on experience with all aspects of HR. Rachel is an accomplished HR professional with extensive experience identifying and acquiring top talent and developing strategies that support it, cultivating dynamic teams, meeting employee needs, developing policies, and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. She is recognized for being a detailed-oriented invidiual with a proven ability to efficiently direct staff training and develop initiatives and standards that consistently optimize people to meet company goals. Rachel is passionate about growing teams for success.
Prior to joining the Compensation and HR Group, Rachel was the HR Director for Coretelligent, the HR Manager for the Greater Boston Food Bank and an HR Generalist for Dunkin’ Donuts.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also holds several academic certificates in human resources including an Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management from Cornell University, and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA).