Joe is a Human Capital Generalist with Maximus, Inc. in Albany, where he supports call center and back office employees as a member of a passionate and dynamic HR team. His career has been characterized by a combination of broad operations management experience and human resource specialization in a variety of industries and environments, from managing operations and HR in retail settings to grooming the next generation of leaders in a pharmacy benefits management company.

Joe hold a Bachelor of Arts in English and a theater certificate from Siena College, as well as a Master of Science in Organization Management from Sage Graduate School. A member of CRHRA since 2008, Joe served on the Membership and Student Chapter committees before joining the Board in 2016.

Chris has over 14 years of recruiting experience, and in 2009 co-founded Pinnacle, a staffing company specializing in providing talent to technology organizations.In addition to spending most of his time recruiting, he also manages all HR responsibilities for the company.

Chris has an MBA from UAlbany with an HRIS concentration (2004) and has been HRCI certified since 2009. Chris has been an active CRHRA member for 16 years, starting in graduate school serving as President of the UAlbany SHRM student chapter, going on to be involved in several committees over the years and serving on the CRHRA board from 2008-2011.

Chris is currently a Vice Chair of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY (and an active classroom volunteer), as well as a past board member of organizations such as the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, the Capital Region Recruiters Network, the UAlbany Alumni Association, the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals, the Stakeholders, GenNEXT, and Best Buddies New York.


Kristie is an Area Manager with Nesco Resource in Latham, NY where she focuses on training & development, creation of operations manuals, client satisfaction, area growth, contract negotiations and employee engagement. Kristie opened the Latham office of Nesco Resource back in 2005 as a Recruiting Manager and has worked in progressive roles across all lines of business and divisions for the past 13 years.

Kristie holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Siena College and spent the first 5 years of her professional career as an Internal Auditor. She has a CSSR (certified social sourcing recruiter) certification from AIRS and is committed to staying up to date on the latest recruitment trends. Kristie is a new member of the CRHRA and is looking forward to serving as the new Treasurer!

Shannon has been in the recruiting and talent management industry for six years. She is a Regional Recruiter for Service Experts, a national leader in heating and cooling services, and manages talent acquisition efforts in the northeast.

She graduated from the University at Albany in 2013 with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business with a focus in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She was an I-O Psychology Research Assistance and an active member of various organizations within the University. Shannon has received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification.

Shannon became a member of CRHRA as a student and continued her involvement afterwards. She joined the Programs Committee in 2015 and co-chaired the Annual Holiday Party the past two years. After serving as Special Projects Chair in 2016-17, she was elected to the Board as Membership Committee Chair in 2017.

Jessica currently works in the HR Department at the Center for Disability Services, where she provides support in the areas of employee relations, personnel changes, unemployment, compensation, training and compliance. The Center
provides comprehensive health care, residential services, education, adult programming, and skilled nursing care to people with disabilities. The Center employs over 2,700 workers in over 80 locations throughout the Capital Region.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Strategic HR Development concentration from SienaCollege. She has been a member of CRHRA since joining as a student in 2015 and continued her involvement with CRHRA afterward as a volunteer. She has been a volunteer on the Communications Committee since 2017 and has stepped into a leadership role as the Communications Chair. In this role, Jessica provides oversight and direction forall aspects of CRHRA communications, including social media, website and email content, and the monthly newsletter.

Matt serves as Benetech’s Director of Business Development, assisting employers in their transition to technology-driven HR administration and focused Talent Management Programs. He is a published writer on topics of HR technology and Human Capital Management. Leveraging years of talent-development and leadership experience in the military, Matt aims to introduce those same focused talent-cultivation and management methodologies to employers seeking a competitive advantage attainable through improved talent management. Active in the Capital Region, Matt also formerly chaired the Capital Region Chamber’s Executive Mentorship Program. A transplant to the Capital Region, Matt resides with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Avila, in Troy.

Courtney Schingledecker is a motivated HR professional who lives in the Capital Region. In May of 2011, Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College with a dual major in Human Resources Management and Management and Leadership. Courtney joined Thoroughbred Advisors in May of 2015 as the Director of Selection and Development. In this role, she is utilizing her recruiting background to build a team of financial and insurance professionals, focusing in the Capital Region where three of their offices are located.

Courtney has been a member of Capital Region Human Resource Association since 2013. With a passion for connecting people and reducing our local unemployment rate, Courtney is the Chair of the Workforce Readiness Committee. She is responsible for organizing the committee to attend events throughout the year where they support job seekers in our area. Combining her positive attitude and optimistic outlook, Courtney is driven to succeed through empowering others to reach their full potential.

Azita Hirsa is a lecturer in the Industrial Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Over the years, she has developed and taught a broad range of management courses at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, as a full-time faculty and an adjunct professor at various area colleges. Her main teaching and research focus include Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.

Azita has been a member of SHRM since 2007 and a member of CRHRA since 2013. She served as a member of the Public Relations committee in 2015 and has been chair of the certification committee since August 2016. She has also served on the board of trustees at the Clifton Park_Halfmoon Public Library and as chair of its Personnel Committee.

Dr. Hirsa earned her Ph.D. at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology with a focus on
Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Shauna is a certified Human Resources professional working within the Employee Benefit Management Group at Rose & Kiernan. Shauna has broad HR experience across multiple industries and brings a unique perspective while supporting clients in areas of compliance to include those governed by ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, State and Federal Regulations. She also provides employers with guidance on all forms of Wellness initiatives. Shauna received her Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from The Huether School of Business at The College of Saint Rose with a concentration in Human Resources and Financial Planning. Shauna also earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution. Shauna is a long-standing member of SHRM at the National and Local level and has served for the past couple of years on the Government Affairs Committee.