Thank you for joining us for an incredible HR Convention in 2017! The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the fall for updates on what is ahead for next year.

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Pamela Megathlin

Pam Megathlin

Pamela Megathlin is the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards of the Maine Department of Labor. She served as the bureau’s Deputy Director beginning in 2012 prior to accepting her appointment as the Director in January 2013. As Director, Pamela leads the agency tasked with providing oversight and enforcement of Maine’s labor laws, including laws on minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, family medical leave, prevailing wage contracts, drug testing, severance pay, and workplace safety and health for public sector employers. Her bureau also oversees SafetyWorks!, the department’s on-site health and safety consultation and training program for both the public and private sectors. She provides guidance to the Department’s policy positions on areas of the law under the bureau’s jurisdiction.

In addition to her role as the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, Pamela serves on a number of governmental and industry panels, including the Board of Occupational Safety and Health and the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. Pamela also serves on the Executive Board for the National Association of Government Labor Officials.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has dedicated her career to protect America’s workforce and partners with employers through compliance assistance, education and outreach. Prior to her role as director, she worked for the U. S. Department of Labor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. She earned numerous awards and recognition for her service and expertise.

Session: Overtime Regulation Compliance in Transition

Sandra Monfiletto

Sandra MonfilettoAt Martin's Point Healthcare, Ms. Monfiletto is responsible for Delivery System operations, Compliance and Legal Affairs, and Strategic Planning. Ms. Monfiletto has more than 30 years of leadership experience with more than 20 years in human resources. She has worked not only in health care, managed care, and hospital administration, but also in banking and technology. Her professional assignments have been with IDEXX Laboratories, Maine Medical Center, WEX, and CIGNA. She holds a BS in Accounting and an MS in Business, both from Husson University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Session: Maine Great Leaders: Martin's Point Healthcare

Bob Montgomery-Rice

Bob Montgomery RiceMr. Robert S. Montgomery-Rice, also known as Bob, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Bangor Savings Bank since April 1, 2015 and as its President since January 1, 2015. Mr. Montgomery-Rice served as the Chief Operations Officer at Bangor Savings Bank. Mr. Montgomery-Rice oversees consumer banking, information technology and real estate management. Mr. Montgomery-Rice joined Bangor Savings Bank in 2004. He held various senior and executive roles at companies such as BankBoston, Cambridgeport Bank and Fidelity Investments. He has been a Trustee of Bangor Savings Bank since April 1, 2015.

Michael Murray

Michael MurrayMichael Murray has devoted his career to working with hospitals, institutions of higher education, and businesses large and small to find the best solutions for their immigration law needs. Whether obtaining work visas or assisting employees through the Permanent Residence process, Michael is a trusted advisor who can be counted on to find efficient, practical solutions that work for your organization. Michael has assisted numerous private and public schools to establish F-1 Foreign Student Programs. He provides training and counseling on SEVIS compliance. Michael is also an expert in the field of I-9 compliance. He has defended companies in government initiated I-9 investigations and regularly works with employers to conduct internal I-9 audits and training. He prides himself on being accessible, listening to client needs, and working at the pace of your business. Before establishing FordMurray with Russell Ford, Michael practiced at large national law firms in Boston and New York. He has represented clients across a wide variety of industries, including software development, semiconductor manufacturing, retail and investment banking, telecommunications, higher education, biotechnology, aquaculture, machine manufacturing, and healthcare.

Session: The Immigration Big Picture and the I-9

Amie Parker

Amie ParkerA dedicated HR leader, passionate community servant and optimist extraordinaire. In 2014, Amie was recognized by peers for her commitment to the human resource profession and named the Maine Human Resource Volunteer Leader of the Year. In addition to her contributions and volunteer work with the Society for Human Resource Management and the College and University Professional Association for HR, she is currently in her second year of an appointment to the Maine Labor Relations Board, with unanimous bipartisan support from the Maine House and Senate.

Jim Peacock

Jim PeacockJim Peacock, a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator, is a two-time president of the Maine Career Development Association and the recipient of the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the National Career Development Association. He offers professional development training for career practitioners. His background includes individual career coaching in private practice with Heart At Work Associates as well as leadership roles in career offices in higher education, including Colby and Bates Colleges.

David Pease

David PeaseDavid Pease, SPHR is the Senior Vice President of Human Rescources for Bangor Savings Bank in Portland, and an adjunct faculty member at Thomas College where he researches, designs and delivers graduate Human Resources courses. Formerly David served as Executive Vice President – Chief Resource Office at Androscoggin Bank and State Director for the Maine SHRM. Awarded the 2011 HR Leader of the Year, he is a frequent speaker and author on HR and leadership topics.   

Session: Tuesday and Thursday Moderator, Agents of Change: Takeaways from the Intersection of People and Change Management

Beth Rattigan

Beth RattiganAttorney, Director, and Labor & Employment Chair at Down Rachlin Martin, Beth Rattigan has focused her practice in the areas of employment law, labor law, and commercial litigation in Vermont and New Hampshire for over 20 years. It is this concentrated experience that enables Beth to guide her clients around obstacles before they even manifest and to resolve conflict when it finally arises. In her employment practice, Beth regularly defends employers in federal and state court matters such as wrongful discharge and discrimination claims. She provides advice and training to management regarding employment law compliance and human resource issues including hiring, discipline, termination, reductions in force, wage and hour practices, investigations, sexual harassment, employee relations, employee training, personnel policies and employment agreements. Beth also represents businesses in litigation matters including commercial disputes, contracts, unfair competition, non-compete agreements, trade secrets and insurance litigation.

Session: Seven in Seven: Economic and Cultural Trends Impacting the Law of the Workplace

Liz Rensenbrink

Liz ResenbrinkLiz is a Director of Human Resources at Tyler Technologies. Tyler is the largest software company in the U.S. focused solely on solutions for the public sector – cities, counties, states and school districts. Tyler has offices in Bangor, Falmouth and Yarmouth and employs more than 600 people in Maine and 3,800 nationwide.

Liz has worked at Tyler for 12.5 years in various roles in HR. In 2014, she collaborated with Katie Vaillancourt to create a comprehensive management training program geared to the values of Tyler Technologies and the needs of its managers.

Session: The Business Case: Creating and Sustaining Education and Professional Development

Amy Roeder

Amy Roeder

Amy Roeder has been a theatre professional for nearly 20 years, distinguishing herself as an actor, director, writer, teacher, and producer. Prior to working at Penobscot Theatre Company, Ms. Roeder was a faculty member at Chicago's famed Second City Training Center. For the past fifteen years, she has led workshops in improvisational training for businesses both with well-known improvisational theatres and as a freelancer. Past clients include Halyard Health Care, Biogen, Archer Gray Consulting and Star Com MediaVest. Ms. Roeder has also held positions as a drama therapist for a New York City public school and taught workshops for the Tony Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Ms. Roeder studied Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal in Rio de Janeiro where she also taught master classes at Cia Teatro Contemperaneo. 

Session: Dare to Improv(e): An HR Curtain Call (Tuesday/Thursday)       

Dan Rose

Dan RoseDan Rose is Chair of Drummond Woodsum’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  His practice focuses on the representation of private and public entities and Indian Tribes in employment and labor matters on a national level, including compliance with discrimination laws, wrongful discharge, wage/hour issues, workers' compensation discrimination, litigation and negotiations. He is active in representing employers before various federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Commission, and the Maine Labor Relations Board, as well as in arbitration and employment litigation in both federal and state courts.  Dan has consistently been recognized by national and regional publications which rate labor and employment lawyers including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, and New England Super Lawyers.  He is an elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the field of labor and employment law.

Session: Getting Pay Right: Compliance and Fairness

Sahil Sanan

Sahil SananSahil Sanan is an enthusiastic young member of Maine HR Community. Sahil ("Sunny") has been an international student in Maine since 2008. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from Thomas College in 2014. Born and raised in India he came to the United States to further his education calling Maine his “Home away from Home.” His desire to be an HR leader was affirmed while studying under professor/mentor David Pease. Sahil worked as an HR Generalist for Androscoggin Bank for a year and due to change in visa status had to break from this role. Sahil has been a member and a Treasurer for KV Connect – young professionals of Greater Waterville and a speaker at Thomas College. He recently joined Hays Insurance Brokerage of New England as a Benefits Analyst.

Session: 3 Under 30: A New Approach to Business and HR

Megan Sanders

Megan SandersMegan Sanders, Esq., Vice President of Human Resources, Associate General Counsel, joined Pebobscot Community Health Care in 2016 as PCHC’s Vice President of Human Resources and Associate General Counsel. Ms. Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She is a member of the University of Maine School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Interim Director, RSU 26 School Board. Prior to joining PCHC, Ms. Sanders served at the University of Maine, most recently as Chief of Staff to President Susan J. Hunter, Ph.D., and Vice President for Human Resources. Ms. Sanders has 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and service in higher education and the practice of law, and oversees all aspects of PCHC’s human resources functions as well as provides legal counsel and risk management oversight.

Session: Cluster Bs: How to Effectively Manage Dramatic, Emotional, and Erratic Behavior in the Workplace

Teresa Schulz

Teresa SchulzWith more than 20 years of experience as a Human Resource professional, Ms. Schulz has led HR efforts for several large organizations in Maine, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Tufts Health Plan, Tom’s of Maine, and Central Maine Health Care. As Chief Human Resources Officer at Martin's Point Healthcare, Ms. Schulz is responsible for the overall stewardship of People and Culture. In addition to her Human Resources leadership responsibilities—including Talent Acquisition, Training & Development, Employee Relations, Benefits, Compensation, Employee Communications and HR Operations—Ms. Schulz also leads our Executive Office Administration and our Martin’s Point Management System team focused on organizational process improvement. Ms. Schulz holds a Master of Arts in Multi-Cultural Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. She has served in a variety of ministries for children and adults in Maine with a focus on communal and personal relationships.

Session: Maine Great Leaders: Martin's Point

Anne-Marie Storey

Anne-Marie Storey

Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq. is a partner in the Bangor law firm of Rudman Winchell, where she practices in employment law, including general advising of employers, litigation, administrative actions, trainings, and workers’ compensation.   Anne-Marie graduated from Middlebury College and Vermont Law School, cum laude, and was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.   She is a Past-President of the Maine State Bar Association, and is a member of the Maine Overseers of the Bar’s Professional Ethics Commission.  She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Discovery Museum and the Bangor YMCA, and is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.  Anne-Marie is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.  She is a regular speaker to human resource groups and other entities on employment related topics.

Session: Employment Law Year-In-Review

Jennifer Turgeon

Jenn TurgeonJennifer is currently a Director of Education and Content Development with Tyler Technologies.  Tyler is the largest software company in the U.S. focused solely on solutions for the public sector – cities, counties, states and school districts. 

Prior to starting with Tyler Technologies, Jennifer worked for Auto Club Enterprises, a AAA holding company with 13,000 employees, for fifteen years in a variety of roles in operations management and learning and development. This combination of operations and learning/organizational development experiences continues to inform her work today.

Session: The Business Case: Creating and Sustaining Education and Professional Development

Gio Twigge

Gio TwiggeMr. Twigge has been Chief Human Resources Officer of IDEXX since August 2010, and leads worldwide human resources. Prior to joining IDEXX, from 1999 to 2010, Mr. Twigge held various human resources leadership positions at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a broad-based healthcare company that manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, medical products, and diagnostics. Before joining the company, Mr. Twigge was Divisional Vice President, HR, for Abbott Diagnostics. Prior to that, he served as Divisional Vice President, HR, for Abbott Nutrition International and as Regional HR Director for a number of international operations including those in Europe, Latin America/Canada and the Middle East. Mr. Twigge earned his B. Commerce (Honors) degree in personnel management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Session: Blazing a New Path for HR!

Mike Vail

Mike VailMike Vail became the president of Hannaford Supermarkets in 2015 and is responsible for all company operations, including strategy, financial performance, product assortment, pricing, customer service, marketing and people. In his role, he serves as a member of the Delhaize America Leadership Team.

Mr. Vail has more than 30 years of experience in retail, beginning his career at Hannaford as a high school student in Maine. Since, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility and scope.

Prior to leading Hannaford, Mr. Vail served as chief merchant and supply chain officer for Delhaize America, responsible for the delivery of best-in-class supply chain and merchandising, developing private brand strategies and managing national vendor relationships. He previously held leadership roles, including President, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Chief Diversity Officer, and Vice President of , at Sweetbay (previously Kash 'n Karry), a Florida-based Delhaize America supermarket retailer.

Mr. Vail began his professional career at Hannaford as a retail management trainee in 1985, going on to become a store manager, district operations manager, category manager and director of Deli Merchandising.

Mr. Vail currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Portland; as an ambassador for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine; as member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the University of Tampa School of Entrepreneurship; and on the Leadership Committee of Let's Go!

Mr. Vail earned his BS from Colby College. He currently resides in Maine with his wife. He has three grown girls.

Session: Women in HR Leadership: A 360 View

Katie Vaillancourt

Katie VaillancourtKatie Vaillancourt works with corporate clients to develop and deliver customized training solutions.

Prior to starting her consulting business in 2013, Katie served as the Corporate Training Manager at Contech Engineered Solutions LLC where she worked for over 10 years. Contech is a diversified civil engineering site-solutions company headquartered in West Chester, Ohio. At Contech she effectively defined, developed, coordinated, implemented and refined company training programs and initiatives. She led managers on company best practices and methods to educate their teams on products, process and tools. Other areas of focus included sales, communication, on-boarding programs and coaching skills. She leveraged learning tools (LMS, intranet, webinars, discussion boards, etc.) to accomplish goals reaching over 1200 employees at numerous locations. In 2013 she opened their Training Center in Fort Worth, TX.

Session: The Business Case: Creating and Sustaining Education and Professional Development

Derek & Dylan Volk

Derek and Dylan Volk

Derek Volk, is author of “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum” (www.chasingtherabbit.org  where you’ll find a press kit). The book is considered a must-read for those navigating the journey of kids on the Autistic Spectrum. He is also the co-owner of Volk Packaging Corp, a third-generation, family-owned Biddeford, Maine company, which has been providing corrugated boxes and foam packaging to customers since 1967.  He hosts the weekly Derek Volk Show on Maine’s WLOB. In addition to Derek, he is the father of three daughters. Defying the high rate of divorce among couples who raise kids on the spectrum, he’s been married to his high school sweetheart Maine State Senator Amy Volk for 27 years.

Dylan Volk, also known as Dielawn, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of eight. He  graduated from Scarborough High School in 2010, and is currently pursuing his goal of speaking nationally with his dad about “the blessings and curses” of those on the autistic spectrum, who often can’t speak for themselves.

Session: KEYNOTE: Austism in the Workplace: Managing Hidden Talent

Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Principal of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Ford has over 30 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. Ford trains frequently in New England on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, wage and hour issues, proper documentation, leaves of absence, and Title IX compliance. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

Session: Gameification, Pokemon, March Madness, the Super Bowl and Your HR Team

Nate Wildes

Nate WildesAs Engagement Director for Live and Work in Maine, Nate is focused on enabling people to seize the many opportunities for living and working here in Maine. A UMaine graduate who left to pursue employment in the mid-west only to come running back years later, Nate knows first-hand how underappreciated our quality of life is – and how much opportunity is here for people and organizations alike.

Session: Maine's Secret "Internship" Tax Cedit

Kevin Winfrey, CISA

Kevin Winfrey

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. At Tilson, Kevin leads the information systems division by setting and executing technology strategy in response to a dynamic and diverse business environment. Kevin acts as a Principal Consultant, advising clients on IT leadership and strategy, system selection and at times serving as an outsourced Chief Information Officer. His background also includes knowledge and experience in organizational leadership, organizational behavior, change management, strategic direction, project management, operations, human resources, accounting, finance, payments, and business/systems analysis.

Session: How to Roll Out a New Technology

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Tom began his career in 1980 with John Hancock Financial Services and has worked independently since 1984. He has hundreds of clients throughout Maine & New England. Tom’s accomplishments include:

Earned the prestigious Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American College of Financial Services. Quoted on various insurance topics by media outlets including; Kiplinger’s and Fortune magazines, The Boston Globe. Popular seminar speaker on topics including Social Security, Medicare, and Retirement Planning. Created the innovative “Turning 65 Workshop” to guide employees through the complexities of their Medicare-related health coverage options. Licensed Consultant for life & health insurance. Previously licensed Securities Representative. Continuing Ed instructor- Maine Insurance Agents Association. Professional Partner for firms such as Raymond James Financial Services, Maine Credit Union Insurance Trust, several property & casualty insurance agencies and financial advisors. Member of the Maine Estate Planning Council, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, and the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Session: Turning 65: Help! What Should I Tell Employees About Medicare?


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