The NAAAHR's Board of Directors is made up of career-minded, experienced HR professionals who, while they have various backgrounds, all share the goals of the Association and are committed to its mission and vision
Kevin H. Carrington
Senior Advisory Council
Affiliate HR Director
Mr. Carrington is a Vice President, Senior Consultant and Federal Practice Leader in Segal’s Washington, DC office with over 30 years of leadership, operations, and consulting experience. He consults to clients on a variety of human resources and employee benefits concerns and topics, including performance management, succession planning, organizational wellness strategies, employee engagement and HR and benefits outsourcing program selection, review and assessment.
Mr. Carrington helps clients maximize their HR investments and solve critical HR business challenges. His areas of expertise include:
- Client Relationship Management: working with large national and global clients to address complex challenges affecting the organization;
- Financial Management: managing the finances of multi-million dollar projects, with an understanding of the key levers for driving efficiencies;
- Business Management: leveraging knowledge of client goals, strategies and desired outcomes towards mission achievement, as well towards an understanding of future needs;
- Leadership: over 30 years of experience effectively engaging and leading project teams; and
- Achieving Results: obtaining desired client outcomes through effective implementation and execution of key deliverables.
Past and current clients include: Federal Reserve OEB, Department of Justice, Postal Regulatory Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy-Los Alamos National Labs, Office of Personnel Management, BCBSA Federal Employee Program, Edward Jones, Sara Lee, Nalco, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Giant Eagle and Allstate.
Prior to joining Segal, Mr. Carrington served as a Principal at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), where he was also a member of the firm’s Leadership Group (HLG). In this position, he supported federal government and corporate clients. Prior to joining Hewitt Associates, Mr. Carrington was Vice President and Senior Director of Business Development at Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. Executive Search, where he acquired and managed new client relationships with several Fortune 500® clients, placing several senior- and mid-level executives. He has also held several national and global leadership and business operations positions over 17 years with the Xerox Corporation, including General Manager and Midwest, Regional Director for Public Sector Outsourcing.
Mr. Carrington graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics. He is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Washington DC Chapter, a former President of the NAAAHR Chicago Chapter, and Life Member and Life Member Emeritus of NAAAHR. Mr. Carrington is also a past Member of the International Personnel Management Association – Federal (IPMA-Federal) .
Mr. Carrington has been a frequent guest lecturer at Trinity Christian College on the topic of “Developing Job Search Strategies for Any Economy.” He has also co-developed a process methodology for emerging leaders to create and manage their personal brand. The one-day seminar, “Brand You – Making Who You Are Make A Difference,” has been delivered to national associations, universities and corporations throughout the United States., including the Federally Employed Women (FEW) National Training Program Pre-Conference Training Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
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Pamela J. Green, MBA, SPHR, SVP
Pamela J Green, MBA, SPHR is a business executive turned entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, consultant and executive coach with more than 25 years of business leadership experience. As the former VP/Chief Membership Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (the worlds largest association for HR professionals), she was responsible for $37m P&L and strategies to engage and retain more than 260k business professionals!
Since launching her company, Power Project Institute, LLC, she has been serving as a private consultant to multi-million dollar global corporations and their business executives developing strategies that lead to greater productivity, employee satisfaction and business results!
Pamela is a highly regarded keynote speaker, has spoken to hundreds of universities, corporations and conferences, and has been featured in a multitude of media outlets including HR Magazine, SHRM Online, Association’s Now, Biz Summits, The Columbus Post, The Network Journal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, CSPNet.com, AllParenting.com and The St. Marten Daily Herald to name a few.
Pamela is a professionally trained executive coach, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resources and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio where she was born and raised.
Pamela has 4 books and a research report to her credit:
- Lead, Achieve and Succeed in HR
- Brace Yourself - This Could Be Fun
- The Power of Engagement
- The Power to Prioritize
- Engagement Outlook 2013
She is working on her fifth book, Triple Threat, What Jay-Z, Martha Stewart, and the entertainment industry can teach us about career success and motivating performers!
for publication in 2013!
Because her early childhood experiences limited her exposure to resources and information about career choices, Pamela struggled to find her career path and soon recognized she wasn’t alone. She formed the non-profit organization, Power Project Youth Camp (www.powerprojectyouthcamp.com
) to not only reduce summer learning loss for underprivileged and underexposed youth, but to also teach them strategies and techniques to expand their worldview leading to broader career decisions and improving their chances for business success.
(Note: A portion of the proceeds from her book sales go to support her non-profit organization.)
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Carl C. Jefferson, ABD
Impact Expert & Consultant
Carl C. Jefferson is Senior Vice President, Practice Leader, Organizational Leadership & Talent Management Solutions with Careers In Transition (www.career-transition.com
), a Human Capital Performance Management Consulting firm located in Tucker, GA.
He is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (www.naaahr.org
) and brings over seventeen years of Human Resources and Talent Management accomplishments to his first term as the Association’s Vice Chairman. Under Carl’s leadership, as a two term National President of NAAAHR the Association has doubled its national presence and executed over 200 leadership meetings and conferences on Human Resources, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion and Performance Management.
Mr. Jefferson is a Human Resources Executive and Talent Management Officer whose career assignments have included Chief People Officer with Al Copeland Investments; VP of Human Resources and Organization Development Consulting with Wachovia Corporation and Sr. Director of Human Resources & Talent Management with Denny's Restaurants. In each of these roles, he served as a senior business partner to executives and community leaders in customizing enterprise-wide employee engagement and people leadership initiatives.
He earned a BA in Psychology from the University Of Baltimore, and two graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University -- MS in Organization Development & Human Resources Management and an MBA in General Management. He recently completed his PhD coursework in Organizational Leadership at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
Carl is passionate about HR, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management and believes that organizations who invest in strategic human capital planning, mass career customization and inclusion initiatives outperform businesses that operate the HR function as an administrative cost center. For Jefferson, iconic business success is achieved through high levels of employee engagement and quantifiable performance management solutions.
He is based in Atlanta, GA and serves on several non-profit boards to support youth in achieving positive career and education outcomes. He is frequently interviewed and quoted in the national media and is a sought after speaker, lecturer and facilitator on human resources, inclusion, and people leadership themes. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and International Leadership Association.
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William T. Rolack, Sr.
Senior Director of Workforce Strategy, Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball
William is currently employed as the Senior Director of Workforce Strategy, Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball in the Officer of the Commissioner.
He has been featured on the Black Enterprise Business Report, WMHT’s New York Now, News 12 Long Island, Newsday, The Network Journal, The Black Collegian, Long Island Business News and has received a proclamation from the New York City Council for his work as a mentor, professional coach and contributions in the human resources field. William has served as president of NAAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources) Greater New York Chapter and as a member of the national board of directors.
William also served on the Executive Board of the Urban League of Long Island and is a 2007 recipient of the 10th Annual “40 Under Forty” Award by The Network Journal Magazine and a 2008 honoree by the Long Island Business News.
William currently serves on the Graduate and Adult Enrollment Advisory Board for Marist College, has served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York Brooklyn Economic Opportunity Center, and has been a guest speaker for organizations such as the Columbia University School of Business, Polytechnic University, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Urban Financial Services Coalition to name only a few.
He received his BS degree in business administration from South Carolina State University and his M.B.A. from Long Island University.
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Geralyn K. Smith, PHR, SVP
Geralyn K. Smith, PHR is a lifetime member of NAAAHR and recently transitioned from the role of President of the Atlanta Chapter of NAAAHR in which she served for three years. During her tenure as President, the chapter grew under her leadership more than 40% and included revitalizing a community service outreach component and a scholarship golf tournament. She has served in other roles as member of NAAAHR including VP of Membership.
Ms. Smith is Human Resources Business Partner with Kool Smiles, a growing dental practice with a mission of providing high quality dental care to underserved communities. She has the responsibility of providing HR leadership and consultation to the executive team and line managers on the people-related matters impacting the business. She adds value by partnering with business clients to provide innovative HR solutions and approaches with a focus on driving success and meeting business objectives.
Geralyn has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 25 years. During those years she has held various leadership management positions with the responsibilities of employee development and training, recruiting and strategic planning. She has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel/Industrial Relations from Norfolk State University , Master’s Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Geralyn held the role of Vice President of Diversity for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She has held other various leadership roles in the Human Resources Industry. She has served on several civic and non-profit boards of directors including The Breakthru House and Youth Leadership DeKalb Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership DeKalb. She is an active member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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Maximillian L. Hamilton, SVP
Communications & Branding
Maximillian is an advertising/marketing expert, entrepreneur, activist, thought leader and consultant to global business leaders. He provides winning strategies to Fortune 1000 companies, Government and Not-for Profit-Profit Organizations to effectively market their products and services to business professionals and owners of emerging businesses worldwide.
Maximillian is a team member of an elite group of marketing/advertising solution professionals at Earl G. Graves Ltd/Black Enterprise. He solves complex problems for Fortune 1000 companies who are challenged in reaching this niche market. Considered as one of the company's top revenue generators;
Maximillian is the guy you call when you’re tired of thinking small. Some would say he is a Maven, Connector and a Rainmaker!
Additionally, Maximillian is the Founder and Managing Partner at Rogue Media Group, LLC, a disruptive media sales, marketing and consultancy firm that delivers custom advertising programs and strategic sales and marketing plans for Publishers and non-for profit organizations while connecting corporate brands to a unique, duplicated, high engaged audience.
Sales and Marketing strategies, (print, digital, broadcast, events), sponsorship proposals, media partnership creation, employee branding diversity & inclusion, public speaking, personal branding, relationship selling.
Operation Community Restore
"Just Do It”
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Tamarah Saif, SVP
Tamarah Saif is VP Organization Development and Effectiveness for Adecco Group North America. In this role she has the responsibility to design and implement programs that increase employee engagement and strengthen talent management practices throughout the decentralized organization. She provides guidance and support to 11 Business Units across the US and Canada in areas including employee engagement, performance management, manager and leadership development, succession planning, and retention.
Throughout her career, Tamarah has assisted various organizations in the development and achievement of key Talent Management and HR objectives by improving the alignment these initiatives to business strategies, through the use of innovative practices and a consultative approach. Tamarah began her career as a management strategy consultant working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen and Hamilton. As a consultant at Mercer, Tamarah focused solely on the human resources function leading HR assessments, HR transformation and Merger & Acquisition projects for global organizations in various industries. Prior to joining Adecco, Tamarah was the Director, Human Resources at Sandoz (a Novartis company), serving on the HR Leadership Team and supporting 14 functions in planning and implementing HR strategies including performance management, employee development, succession planning, employee relations, litigation avoidance, staffing, coaching, retention, and diversity. During her tenure at Sandoz, she was also nominated to the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council responsible for representing the needs of US, Canada, and Latin America employees.
Tamarah is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the New York chapter of SHRM. In a past role for a local SHRM chapter, she developed curriculum and co-facilitated a PHR/SPHR study group for HR professionals planning to take the exam. She has also served as a volunteer or board member at various non-profit organizations. Tamarah received her Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2006.
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Denise Kelly Banks, SPHR
EVP, Chief Operations Officer, NAAAHR &
Director, Human Resources, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Operations leader for the Chapters in NAAAHR’s Western Region. Provides direct support to communicate and execute national and local goals, ensure chapter development and compliance, facilitate climate surveys and lead initiatives to increase chapter effectiveness.
Acts as chairperson and liaison of the regional councils which may consist of chapter leaders, members and the national board.
Denise Banks’ career includes responsibility for HR strategies, policies and programs in a range of environments including financial and professional services, corporate functional units, operating business units, manufacturing facilities and most recently pharmaceutical with Baxter Healthcare.
At Baxter Healthcare, Denise is a HR Director for the Global Functions team partnering with Legal, Corporate Communications, Government Affairs, Global IT and driving key HR programs across the global functions.
Prior to working at Baxter, she held progressively increasing leadership roles at CNA, MARSH, R.R. Donnelley, Clorox and The Quaker Oats Company with extensive experience in organization design, business process improvement, change management, leadership development, performance management, recruitment and selection, and employee relations.
Affiliations and Education
Professional affiliations include the Board of Directors of NAAAHR and the Corporate Advisory Council for the Chicago Chapter of BDPA.
Banks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana University Kelley School of Management specializing in Organizations and Organizational Change with a minor in Speech Communications.
She is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional.
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Kay Blake, Regional VP
Bio Coming Soon
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Reggie Farrar, Regional VP
Reggie is a native of St. Louis who received his B.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A. in Human Resource Development and Management from WebsterUniversity.
For the past three years, he has served as the Manager of Human Resources & Safety for BJC Behavioral Health. He has been in Human Resources for 21 years. In addition to BJC, he has spent part of his career at US Bank, AG Edwards, and Edison Brothers Stores.
Reggie is actively involved in his professional development and his community. He serves as a member the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, the Society of Human Resource Management, and the Urban League of Greater St. Louis Employment Committee. He recently was name to the Board of Directors of Life Skills (an organization dedicated to connecting people with disabilities to the community). He is a recent graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Fellows Program (a leadership development program for professionals of color), a past mentor in the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Mentoring Program and a former member of the Beaumont High School Academy of Finance Advisory Board. He has also been involved in his community by volunteering his time to the Mathews-Dickey (where he was recently named a 2008 Outstanding Alumni) and the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs. Finally, he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Reggie believes Human Resources is a critical component to every organization and should be a strategic partner in helping an organization meets its goals and objectives. In addition, Human Resources should be a driving force behind moving the organization and its most important resource, PEOPLE, to the next level.
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Tina Pannel Ellis, Regional VP
Bio Coming Soon
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Christopher E. Lopez
– Sr. Human Resource Officer - Bluerose Consultant Group
Regional Vice President of East Coast Operations
- National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
– Whine and Dine Human Resource Networking Group – Plymouth Meeting (Philadelphia Area), PA
Christopher E. Lopez is a Human Resource Professional with over 12 years of experience in talent acquisition, labor/employee relations and diversity management. He has developed strategies that have lead to permanent solutions for companies within different industries and markets. In 2004, Chris and his partners started a Human Resource Consulting firm called Bluerose Consultant Group, where he has leveraged his proven techniques within diversity management, human resource management and talent management for clients in medium and/or small markets.
Prior to working as a consultant, Christopher worked for AON Hewitt formerly known as Hewitt Associates. Where he was one of their Senior Analyst within the division of Multi Process Outsourcing. He grew in the field of Human Resources Management, while working for: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, West Chester University, ARAMARK and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Human Resources, Christopher worked as a Multi Unit Food and Beverage Manager for Walt Disney World, Delaware North Park Services, Host Marriott Services (HMS Host) and Woods Foodservice.
As a graduate of Cheyney University, Christopher holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. As a person who has dedicated his professional career to growth, development and networking within the human resource community. In2010 he was appointed to the NAAAHR national board of directors. He also, is Co-Leader within the Whine and Dine Human Resource Networking Group for the Philadelphia Area. Christopher currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Tanya, and two young children, Christopher, Jr. and Christian.
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Dr. Debbie Bullock, SVP
Chief Administrative Officer
Dr. Debbie Bullock is a seasoned and results-oriented facilitator of the adult learning and work experience with a 25 year successful career history in the public and private sectors. She has major strengths in human resource management and is passionate about leading diverse groups and individuals to meet career, educational, and organizational goals. Dr. Bullock is the author of the book entitled, “It’s All Good: When Lessons lead to Blessings” and has conducted research studies on mentoring programs for women in leadership, and success factors for African American women in management. She holds an earned Doctorate of Education and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Currently, Dr. Bullock is the Chief Human Resources at the historic Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband, Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church, and they have two sons, Benjamin and Daniel.
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Karen A Dyels
Wells Fargo Corporation
Corporate Human Resources
Project Manager, PMP
As a Senior Human Resources Project Manager, Karen provides strategic leadership, thought leadership and Program and Project management for large scale HR strategic enterprise initiatives.
With 30+ years of experience, Karen has held a number of line and HR leadership roles with Wachovia, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, including HR Generalist, Recruiting Manager, Sales Initiative Lead (Consumer Skill Building) and HR Director (Operations Division-Wachovia). She has experience in a range of human resources disciplines, including HR Strategy, Talent Management, Recruiting, Learning & Development, Performance Management and Project Management.
Karen is a lifetime member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and currently serves on the Board as a Director of Projects at Large. Karen has served on the boards of the Greater Forsyth County YMCA and Forsyth County Human Relations Commission. She is past President and Vice-President of the Piedmont Chapter of the Urban Financial Services Coalition and volunteers project management services for various non-profit organizations, including International House in Charlotte, NC.
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Nathaniel Alston is the President & Founder of The Horizons Group, LLC, a human capital consulting firm specializing in human resources strategic planning, talent acquisition, management development training and succession planning.
Nat has over 35 years of executive level and mid level human resources experience in a variety of positions covering such industries as financial services, health care, hospitality, food service, food distribution, higher education, local and state government.
Prior to the December 2000 founding of The Horizon Group, Nat was the Vice President of Human Resources for the State Employees Credit Union of Maryland. In that capacity he directed the overall human resources function for the largest credit union in the State of Maryland. With over 450 employees and one billion dollars in assets, Nat was part of the senior management team that set the strategic direction for the credit union.
Before joining SECU, Nat was the Regional Director for Human Resources for Service America Corporation, a major food service contractor. In that capacity, Nat supervised a team of 4 and was responsible for the regional human resources function, which consisted of approximately 8,000 employees in 16 states.
Nat has been employed by The Marriott Corporation as Corporate Manager of Employee Relations and Management of Employment, by Holiday Inns, Inc. as Manager of Employment, by Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Care System as manager of Human Resources, by PYA Monarch a division of SARA Lee Corporation as manager of Corporate Employee Relations, and by The HBH Corporation as an Overseas Recruiter.
Prior to entering corporate America, Nat spent 10 years in Law Enforcement serving as a Maryland State Police Officer, a Prince George’s County Police Officer and as Director of Public Safety, Bowie State College (now Bowie State University).
In 1998, Nat along with twelve other senior human resources’ executives founded the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. In 2001 he was elected the National President. This is an organization which represents over 7,000 African American Human Resources professionals in over 30 cities. In 2007 Nat was bestowed the Lifetime Member Emeritus designation of the organization.
Nat is also the 2011-2013 Immediate Past President of The University of Maryland University College National Alumni Association. The Alumni Association represents over 20,000 UMUC Alumni.
Nat is a weekly contributor to radio station WEAA< Morgan State University on Mondays on the Sandy Mallory Show with his “Tips to Elevate Your Career” and a frequent presenter at the “Moneywise Empowerment Seminars” with kelvin Boston.
He has spoken before numerous Civic Organizations, Colleges and business organizations.
Nat received his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland University College
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Ivan Crosling is the Association Director for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). In this role, Mr. Crosling is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the association, including identifying revenue- generating opportunities through the use of the national website, establishing and managing relationships with corporate sponsors/vendors, and serving as the Project Manager for the Annual Symposium.
Mr. Crosling began his tenure with NAAAHR as a volunteer for the first-ever national conference in 1998. He has since served as a board member, committee leader and Conference chair for the organization.
Prior to his role as Association Director for NAAAHR, Mr. Crosling worked at PECO Energy Company in Philadelphia, PA for over 10 years in various roles culminating his tenure with the company as a National Accounts Manager. Through his work with PECO Energy, Mr. Crosling also served as the company’s Volunteer Ambassador for the Annual Multi-Cultural Events, Manager for the Employee Network Groups, and company spokesperson for various community events. Mr. Crosling’s commitment to the community and the company, earned him the 2004 Cherry E. Cooper Award. This is PECO Energy’s highest award of recognition given annually to an employee for outstanding dedication professionally and personally to the company and the community.
Mr. Crosling is a current member of The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Atlanta Chapter. He is also a Life Member, past president and past Regional Officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter. As Chapter President, he led his chapter in providing community based services focusing on higher education, voter registration and education, as well as Project Alpha, a nationally recognized program.
Mr. Crosling currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Erica.
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