Maria N. Smirensky has spent her career in the Human Resources and Benefits arena. She has an extensive background working in the not-for-profit, financial, education, and healthcare industries.   Her educational background includes her SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA, and MS in Employment Law.

Maria has served on the NYS SHRM Council as the Chair of the Foundation Committee.  Maria is a member of the Hope House Board of Directors and sits on the Personnel Committee.  Maria has been a member of CRHRA, NYS SHRM, and SHRM for over 20 years and is the Chair of the Legislative Committee for CRHRA.

Godin_Headshot_2020.jpgDanielle Godin is an experienced HR Business Partner at Barrett Industries, a manufacturing and construction company.  She is the team lead for the Colas USA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Foster Mobility Initiatives. Danielle also serves as a Colas Mentor to female employees who want to further their career development by increasing their business, strategic, and financial acumen.   She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Sage College of Albany, an MBA from the College of Saint Rose and a SHRM-CP Certification.

Danielle’s passions lie in collaboration, strategy, developing people and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is committed to promoting a workplace environment that recognizes the unique contributions of each member of the team.

Nafeesa is Director of Workforce Development and Culture for AIM Services, Inc. in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is a motivated, energetic professional with a combined 25 years of progressive responsibility in the hospitality industry, recognized for outstanding leadership as a General Manager. Nafeesa is committed to team dynamics delivering quality services in a customer-centered environment. 

Tom Schin, Creator of Build Better Culture, has been a staple in the recruitment realm for over 15 years working with businesses throughout the Capital District, small and large. Prior to this part of his career, he worked for 10 years as a leader and manager in the publishing industry. Tom brings with him broad training and relationship building experience. In recent years, he has served as President of CRRN, and currently is on the Board of Directors for the Home Made Theater. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Saratoga, and is a CultureTalk Certified Partner. By day he’s helping organizations find skilled team members, and by night he’s partnering with local companies to build stronger culture, engagement and leadership programs.

Margaret D. Stephenson, Esq. is a Member at Dowling Law, PLLC. Ms. Stephenson advises and represents not-for-profit organizations and for-profit  corporations on employment and other matters in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Unemployment Board, the OFCCP, and other federal and state courts and agencies. Ms. Stephenson also focuses her work on affirmative action compliance for federal government contractors and subcontractors, developing, maintaining, and advising contractors on Executive Order 11246, Section 503, and VEVRAA-compliant affirmative action plans 

Ms. Stephenson previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Warren County District Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted numerous matters throughout the North Country. She is an active member of the Adirondack Women's Bar Association, previously serving as Vice President and President, and currently serving as Treasurer, and is a member of the Junior League of Albany.

Joe is an HR Consultant / Business Partner with Integra HR, where he supports a wide variety of clients in all aspects of people management. His career has been characterized by a combination of broad operations management experience and human resource specialization in a variety of industries and environments, with a focus on employee relations, process improvement, and leadership development. He is passionate about making people and their organizations better.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College, as well as a Master of Science in Organization Management from Sage Graduate School. Certified since 2009, Joe is also a proud 2017 graduate of CRHRA’s HR Leadership Program. A member of CRHRA since 2008, Joe served on the Membership and Student Chapter committees before joining the Board in 2016. After 2 years as Vice President and 3 years as President, Joe is now serving CRHRA as the Past President. This role allows Joe to assist CRHRA’s strong, diverse, and passionate board and committee volunteers in their mission to ensure that CRHRA is the trusted resource of the HR professional.