Our Team

David Weaver, CCA

David is Founder of the Compensation & HR Group and author of the award-winning and bestselling HR book Pay Matters: The Art and Science of Employee Compensation.

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.


Kara is President of the Compensation & HR Group and brings over 30 years of corporate human resources and total rewards leadership experience to the team.

Throughout her career, Kara has driven people and culture transformation initiatives within various organizations such as Orsted, Planet Fitness Corporate Headquarters and Comcast to support organizational growth strategy with tangible performance and results. Her expertise spans across human resources disciplines including total rewards design and program implementation, executive compensation, employee benefits, people operations and organizational culture.

Kara’s enthusiasm for aligning compensation strategies with business objectives has made her a recognized partner among industry leaders. She believes passionately in developing programs that not only meet immediate needs but also anticipate future challenges, ensuring sustainable organizational growth.

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.

Sandra Makhlouta, CCP, CCA

Sandra is Director of Compensation Consulting with over 15 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 the Director of Marketing. With 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 overseeing all marketing activities for the Compensation & HR Group and related companies. On any given day, you’ll find Dan hard at work, promoting the organization and driving traffic by managing various social media pages, writing blog posts, and operating specialized job boards for CHRG and CAA.

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).

Mara Marino, CCP, CCA

Mara is a senior level compensation consultant with over 20 years of corporate human resources leadership experience. Her areas of expertise include the development, design, and implementation of executive, physician, and employee base pay systems, short- and long-term incentive programs, sales incentive plans, and ensuring salaries and total rewards are competitive for your industry and geographic location.

Prior to joining the Compensation and HR Group, Mara held various positions in companies such as Shawmut Design & Construction, Boston Medical Center, Network Engines, EOS Holdings USA and Instron Corporation.

In addition to her career in Human Resources, Mara is a career military veteran, having served 21 years in the U.S. Navy as an Information Systems Technician.

Mara is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and WorldatWork. She is also a member of the Association for Latin Professionals for America (ALPFA), Boston chapter.

Mara holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Northeastern University with a focus on Economics. She earned a professional certification in Human Resources Management from Villanova University. She also holds certifications as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and as a Certified Compensation Analyst (CCA).

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.

Ann Hargraves, SPHR

Ann Hargraves is a strategic Human Resources Consultant for businesses that strive to leverage the power of their team and talent to achieve growth and financial success. With extensive experience in rapid growth companies going through acquisitions and prosperous sales, she’s an expert in scaling for efficiency and high performance with a keen eye for long term operational sustainability.

She was the Human Resources Director for Kettle Cuisine, manufacturer of handcrafted, small batch, all-natural soups. She built the HR function and processes to assimilate the team with its new ownership. Prior to Kettle Cuisine, Ann was the Human Resources Director for a Keurig Business Unit where she designed compensation and benefits programs, learning and development programs, workforce planning, succession planning and talent management programs.

She is a graduate of Salem State University and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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.

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).

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.