About Us

Since its founding in 2003, The Sierra Institute (TSI) has been pursuing a simple Vision – to provide a safe place for top HR leaders to hone their craft and form powerful relationships. This idea arose out of the simple recognition that CHROs face truly lonely circumstances – who are you supposed to go to for help when you most need it? TSI primarily fulfills this Vision by hosting 2 meetings each year, in wonderful locations around the US.

Throughout its history, TSI has fulfilled its Vision by focusing on 3 things – Great People, Great Content, and Great Relationships. We invite and attract whole People; people who are balanced with broad and varied interests. We trust and promote the creation of powerful ideas and supportive Relationships, relationships that are fostered 365 days a year. We actively seek out speakers who provide thought-provoking ideas that fuel Content-rich discussions.


The power and value of TSI is most singularly realized through the quality of its members, who we refer to as “Senior Fellows”. “Senior” because we only have the senior-most HR leaders, those who are most accountable for their organization’s human capital strategies; and “Fellows” because, at its core, TSI is all about learning and evolution, conceptually similar to think tanks.

In evaluating a potential Fellow, we look for a leader who:

• Is the HR leader of a stand-alone company (public or private), or of a large Business Unit;
• Is pursuing a robust human capital strategy;
• Has a history of delivering unique value to her/his organization;
• Shares our Values and is a “whole” person.

Our membership is limited to no more than 50 Senior Fellows. Collectively our members have responsibility for leading the human capital agendas for organizations employing over 400,000 employees, doing business in 65 countries, and have 840 years of experience in #1 HR roles.

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The Sierra Institute Leadership

Bob Ryan

Michael Keane

Theo Killion

Courtney B. Murtaugh

The Sierra Institute Members

Vivek Arora

Tamara L. Bray

Andrea J. Barry

Caskie Lewis-Clapper

Anastasia Falconio

Larry Fultz

Margie Harris

Nathan Hay

Andre Joyner

Jordana Kammerud

Bruce Kendrick

Katie Lawler

Jim Link

Deon MacMillian

Melissa Marshall

Ed McCann

Brian R. Powers

Brian Rogers

Mary Ellen Schopp

M. Shane Smith

Brenna Stevens

Carol Summersgill

Nancy Tostanoski

Lori Wall

Elizabeth Wood


Vivek Arora

Vivek currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for SAM Companies. Vivek has been a Senior Fellow of TSI since 2014.

  • SAMS Companies – August 2022 – present
  • Mears Group, Inc. – Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel (2015-2022)
  • Quanta Services, Inc. – Head of HR (2012-2015)


  • Bachelors’ – University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
  • Doctorate – Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Master’s – Rice University, M.B.A.

Personal &/or Professional Affiliations

  • Corporate Boards/Advisory Groups –
  • Non-Profit Boards – Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.
  • Personal Advocacy Interests –

Areas of Expertise: (e.g. labor, compensations, comp committee. Board management) Compensation, People Development, Training, Labor and Employee Relations

Tamara L. Bray

Tamara Bray is Group Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for DCP Midstream, “one of the largest producers of NGLs and one of the largest natural gas processing companies in the U.S.” DCP gathers and/or processes about 12% of our nation’s gas supply. Since joining DCP in 2014, Tamara has had positions of increasing responsibility. She currently leads employee and organizational development, talent management, culture change, compensation and benefits. She also leads corporate real estate and facilities management. With over 20 years of human resources management at leading companies like Ford Motor Company, Bechtel Corporation, Dana Holding and Molson Coors prior to joining DCP, Tamara is a broad based manager with a strong international background. Tamara lives in Denver and is a Purdue Boilermaker.

Andrea J. Barry

Andrea J. Barry is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Methode Electronics.

Andrea works closely with senior management and focuses on talent development programs, performance management, and succession planning, among other HR functions and employee-facing initiatives. Prior to joining Breakthru Beverage Group, and its predecessor Wirtz Beverage, she held increasingly senior roles with Borg-Warner, Kellogg Company and Culligan International, where she served as SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer.

Andrea was elected to the HRMAC Board in 2014 and currently serves on the Future Leaders Committee. Andrea olds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Aston University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also obtained a CEBS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Caskie Lewis-Clapper

As chief human resources officer, Caskie Lewis-Clapper is accountable for the evolution of Magellan’s strategic workforce capability. With more than 25 years of experience in organization development and human resources, she has extensive experience in leading organizational transformations, championing large-scale change and shaping culture to align with business strategy.

Prior to joining Magellan, Lewis-Clapper served as senior director for human resources operations for Helix Health (Medstar), a Baltimore-based healthcare system. At Helix, Lewis-Clapper held a variety of senior leadership positions, including senior director of human resource operations and director of training and organizational development. Prior to joining Helix, Lewis-Clapper was a consultant with General Physics Corporation, providing training and performance improvement consulting services, and conducting human performance improvement research. She is a published author of articles on team building and human performance improvement.

Lewis-Clapper received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Fellows in Change Management program and serves as a member of the Board for the Organizational Design Forum.

Anastasia Falconio

Anastasia Falconio is the Chief Human Resources Officer of The Quikrete® Companies. An industry pioneer known for its iconic and unmistakable yellow bag of concrete, The QUIKRETE Companies is a scalable, single source for commercial, residential and industrial building, repair and rehabilitation projects that proudly contributes to the growth and health of our country’s structure and infrastructure every day. A lawyer by training, Anastasia has been leading human resources functions domestically and internationally for over 25 years. In addition, she has had executive leadership over risk management, employee health and safety, asset protection, and business continuity planning. Her skill and capability has been demonstrated in diverse assignments at Walt Disney, Caesars Entertainment, Caterpillar, American Girl, and Kids2. Anastasia holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois. Anastasia is currently based in Atlanta, GA.

Larry Fultz

At the time of their sale in March 2017 to Sycamore Partners, Larry was the EVP and Chief Operating Officer for The Limited, a 256 store $450M in sales specialty retail business.  Larry was responsible for all Stores, Stores Operations, Real Estate and Construction, and Human Resources. In November, 2017 Larry assumed responsibility for Marketing and the $120M E-Commerce Channel. He joined the Limited in 2014 as SVP and CHRO for the company.

Prior to The Limited, Larry was the SVP and CHRO for Vanguard Health Systems, a $6 Billion dollar Healthcare company based in Nashville, TN. Larry assisted in taking Vanguard public in June, 2012 and help guide the company through its sale to Tenet Health in October, 2014

Other top CHRO roles Larry has held include Victoria’s Secret/Pink (a$7B specialty retailer); Cintas (a $3B uniform and business services Company located in Cincinnati, OH); Lexis-Nexis (a $1.8B premier on-line legal information business located in Dayton, OH), as well as several HR roles with Whirlpool Corporation (the world’s largest appliance company, located in Benton Harbor, MI).

Larry has deep expertise in all areas of HR and has led major projects and strategic initiatives in the areas of: Organizational Design/Performance; Change Management; Succession Planning; Leadership Development; Training Curriculum Design; Compensation/Benefits Redesigns; and HR Systems Design and Implementation.

He has a long history of Leadership roles totaling over 38 years of business experience primarily in Human Resources, Business Operations and Accounting. Larry has both an MBA (’82) and a BS degree (’79) both in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He serves on the New Albany, OH Chamber of Commerce and is a current member of The Sierra Institute, an organization of Chief HR Officers for major US and International corporations.

In the past he has served on the Corporate Advisory Boards for the University of Dayton and Xavier University. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at Miami of Ohio University, Vanderbilt, and The Ohio State University. He was a member for several years of the Health Management Academy HR Forum consisting of the top 50 healthcare companies in the United States and SHRM (the Society of Human Resources Management). He has spoken at numerous industry conferences on various topics including annual conferences for SHRM Executive Leadership Forum, AON/Hewitt, Towers/Watson, and Gallup.

Larry has been married for 37 years and has 3 grown children. He currently resides in Nashville, TN and maintains several business interests in Nashville, TN and Columbus, OH.

Margie Harris

Margie Harris is the SVP and CHRO at Tellurian, Inc. Margie is an accomplished HR leader. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in both industry and consulting leading Human Resource change initiatives.

Margie has held leadership positions at several large Fortune 500 companies. Most recently she held the position of Executive Vice President of Human Resources of Apache Corporation, a global Exploration and Production Company headquartered in Houston, Texas. Prior to Apache, Margie served as an Executive Vice President, at Texas Genco, a wholesale electrical power generation company where she established the human resources group. She also headed the human resources groups at Integrated Electrical Services, a national electrical contracting company and Santa Fe Snyder, an independent exploration and production company. Margie was a lead design consultant at Hewitt Associates focusing primarily on executive compensation, broad based compensation and benefit program design. Prior to her emphasis in Human Resources Management, she also held the position of financial controller for the international division of Continental Airlines and served as a landman at Shell Oil Company.
She serves on the alumni board of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the University of St. Thomas. Margie is a speaker at industry events and coaches and mentors professionals regarding their career goals.
Margie holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance from The Ohio State University. She also earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.

Nathan Hay

Nathan is originally from Heron Lake, MN; a small rural town where he grew up on a farm. He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities majoring in Agriculture and Food Business Management and included a one year of study abroad at the Cass Business School in London, England. He also holds a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Nathan started his professional career with Cargill as a Business Manager for their Animal Nutrition Division and leading their business operations for several different regions around North America. This included management of supply chain, customer service, P/L management, credit, procurement, and risk management. He spent two years in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as Cargill’s integration leader for the Provimi Vietnam acquisition.

Nathan Joined POET Biorefining in 2014 as a General Manager at their Bingham Lake, MN plant. POET is the world’s largest producer of sustainable biofuels and other bioproducts based in Sioux Falls, SD. In 2018 he was promoted to Regional Vice President, overseeing a group of seven biorefineries. In 2021 when POET acquired the ethanol assets of Flint Hills Resources, Nathan was the operations integration leader for the acquisition. Recognizing Nathan’s passions for people development and culture building POET tapped Nathan to be their Vice President of People and Culture in late 2021.

Nathan is married to Nhi and they have two children, William (7) and Chloe (5) and they reside on their diverse and sustainable farm in Renner, SD.

Andre Joyner

Andre Joyner is the senior vice president, chief human resources officer at JCPenney, reporting to Marc Rosen, JCPenney chief executive officer. Andre is responsible for the development and execution of strategic human capital decisions and leads the Company’s human resources functions.

Andre brings more than 20 years of innovative human resources and management experience in retail, health care, and consumer packaged goods industries. Most recently, Andre served as the senior vice president, head of human resources at Victoria’s Secret where he led the brand through its most significant organizational transformation. Earlier in his career, he held HR leadership roles at Merck & Co. and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group.

Andre holds a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Committed to lifelong learning through ongoing education, Andre holds designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SH RM-SCP).

Jordana Kammerud

Jordana Kammerud is Executive Vice President, CHRO, and Head of Strategy and Transformation at Claire’s, a global brand for self-expression that caters to children, tweens, and teens across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Claire’s creates and sells exclusive jewelry and accessories and offers world-leading piercing services, operating under two brand names, Claire’s and ICING, with approximately 2,500 stores and thousands of concessions locations, employing approximately 15,000 employees worldwide.

In her role, Jordana is responsible for setting and delivering a people strategy that delivers business impact and supports the growth and care of employees worldwide. She is also responsible for ensuring the company’s strategic routines in its long-range planning process and ensuring project management and tracking of strategic initiatives across the organization.

Prior to her role at Claire’s, Jordana was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Core-Mark, a Fortune 500 company distributing to the convenience retail industry across North America. Throughout her 20 plus years in business, Jordana has held globally focused positions within human resources across multiple industries and companies, including SC Johnson, American Express, Chrysler, and Pepsi Bottling Group.

Jordana holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Bruce Kendrick

Bruce Kendrick was appointed Executive Vice President of Human Resources for MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. in March of 2018. In addition to driving value as a business minded HR leader, he is heading up the Company’s Continuous Improvement Transformation and providing Executive leadership over the Environmental, Health and Safety areas.

MasterBrand, a $2.4 bn division of Fortune Brands (FBHS $5.8 bn) with 27 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees, is the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America.

Bruce came to MasterBrand with over 30 years of experience holding a variety of Human Resource leadership positions beginning at the shop floor level and culminating into roles such as Global Head of HR for Goodyear’s Engineered Productions Group; CHRO for Veyance Technologies, a global PE venture held by The Carlyle Group; and Head of HR for the Contitech – Continental AG Americas Region.

Bruce holds a BS degree in Business Administration with an additional concentration in Human Resources from Nebraska Wesleyan University and earned his Senior Professional of Human Resources Certification in 1997.

His experience base is comprised of employee and labor relations, collective bargaining, organizational change, communications, and continuous improvement. He has extensive experience in turnaround as well as growth environments, merger and acquisition culture and HR business process integrations.

Katie Lawler

Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Katie joined ITW in October 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company). Katie began her professional career as an attorney in private practice handling labor and employment matters.

Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

Jim Link

Jim Link is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management. With more than 315,000 members around the world, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world and the leading voice for matters related to workers and the workplace.

Jim’s career includes roles of increasing responsibility across a variety of industries and companies including General Electric, the Pillsbury Company, Porsche Cars, and Randstad. In his most recent role as CHRO for Randstad North America, he led a global team of 150 HR professionals who were instrumental in transforming the company into an award-winning, inclusive, and sustainable global leader.

Jim has served as a volunteer leader in several organizations including the SHRM Foundation Board, the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Human Capital Advisory Board, and the Human Resources Leadership Forum.

Jim holds undergraduate and master’s degree from Murray State University. Born and raised on a working family farm in western Kentucky, he currently resides in Atlanta and Alexandria, VA.

Jim is an adjunct instructor in the Executive MBA program at the University of Poznan (Poland) School of Economics and Business and the University of Liège (Belgium) Asia-Pacific campus in Taipei, Taiwan.

Deon MacMillian

Deon MacMillian is the Chief HR & Communications Officer for Ardent Mills. Deon has led the creation of joint venture between Cargill, ConAgra, and CHS. She has successfully managed organizational transition, organizational design, selection of all non operational talent, and stood up a brand new HR function to deliver immediate value to the business. Deon is responsible for talent acquisition, learning and development, change management, labor relations, internal and external communications, employee experience, employee performance, total rewards, HR technology & Board Leadership.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management as well as an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall is the Vice President, People & Organization (P&O) at Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the U.S. With 20,000 associates working across 1000+ hospitals nationwide, Melissa is responsible for leading the enterprise people strategy. She has end-to-end oversight of the human resources function and drives organizational efforts to reimagine the holistic associate experience, creating a practice where associates can start, stay and grow in their careers. She is a highly collaborative and inclusive leader who brings 18+ years of human resources and operations leadership experience from various segments and divisions of Mars Inc. Melissa began her career in P&O on the consumer packaged goods side of the business with Wrigley, working in both Canada and the U.S. From there she has taken on roles of greater responsibility, and has also served in leadership positions within Mars Pet Nutrition and Mars Corporate prior to joining Banfield, a division of Mars Veterinary Health. She is a proud Torontonian, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University.

Ed McCann

Ed is responsible for providing HR leadership across all ED&F Man businesses within the North America region. His role includes managing HR business partner teams as well as the benefits, policy, and payroll functions. Ed joined ED&F Man in April 2015.

ED&F Man is a privately held, specialist merchant of agricultural commodities, trading specifically in sugar, molasses, coffee, grains and pulses. The company provides services across the whole supply chain, including sourcing, processing, marketing, distribution and transport.  Founded in 1787, ED&F Man operates in 60 countries with over 7000 employees.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Ed has 20+ years of HR generalist experience, and has been a Fellow of TSI since 2015.

Previous HR Leadership Roles

  1. AMCOL International Corporation; VP Human Resources,   2006-2015
  2. BP, HR Manager,  1999-2006

Bachelor’s Degree – University of Illinois  (Champaign/Urbana); Industrial Psychology, 1994

Master’s Degree – University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana); Industrial Labor Relations, 1995

SHRM Advocacy Team – Member since 2016

Areas of Expertise –Change Management, Labor Relations, and Benefits

Brian R. Powers

Brian Powers is the VP/CHRO for TTX Company. He is responsible for the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs encompassing all aspects of human resource management including employment, employee benefits, compensation, employee training, placement, organizational development, security, ADA and EEO compliance, and employee assistance. Brian leads all aspects of the company’s labor relations programs, policies, and procedures. He directs labor-management relations, negotiate and interpret collective bargaining agreement, and serve as a point of contact for management on labor matters. His duties also include direction of office services and facilities management. He holds a BA in Industrial Supervision from Northern Illinois University and an MS in Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago.

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers joined rue21 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. He is responsible for directing all of the people functions of the Company. With over 30 years of human resources leadership experience, Mr Rogers comes to rue21 from Ascena Retail Group, Inc. where he was for nearly seven years, serving most recently as Senior Vice President Human Resources Corporate. He also held leadership positions as Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Justice Tween Brands division. Prior to Ascena, Mr. Rogers was with L Brands where he served as Vice President, International Human Resources for four years and Vice President, Human Resources for nearly four years. He began his career as a Human Resources Director at Nike and Human Resources Manager as Deutsche Post AG.

Mary Ellen Schopp

With over 30 years of experience in human resources and organizational development, Mary Ellen Schopp was selected as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Baptist Health after an extensive national search.

Schopp joins Baptist Health from Rush University Medical Center, one of the largest private sector employers in Chicago, known for its medical and nursing colleges, collaborative partnerships, and focus on clinical research and innovation.

Over her career, Schopp has led human resources in a number of top-performing organizations in health care, education, manufacturing and consumer packaged goods.

“Two factors make Mary Ellen an exceptional addition to our executive team at Baptist,” said Brett McClung, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health. “Her passion for people and alignment with our mission makes her an excellent cultural fit; and her breadth of experience allows us to draw from a deep pool of best practices.”

Reporting to the CEO, Schopp will plan, direct and have responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources at Baptist Health including strategies for attracting, developing, engaging and retaining talent; supporting diversity and inclusion; and strengthening employee engagement.

Known for her effectiveness in building high-performing, multi-functional teams, Schopp believes in advancing organizational goals through its people. For example, at Rush, she led strategic initiatives designed to accelerate the development and engagement of Rush’s 12,000+ faculty, clinicians and staff, including the development of a Leadership Academy for physicians and staff, as well as, serving as a key architect for the “People” pillar for the organizations 5 year strategic plan. a highly successful “Continuous Pursuit of Excellence” campaign across the entire health system.

“I’m energized by the opportunity to join a high-performing team that is focused on all the right things,” said Schopp. “It’s a dynamic health care environment, and the perfect time to build on our momentum at Baptist Health and further strengthen our ability to positively impact the lives of our employees, physicians, patients and communities.”

Engaged in the community, Schopp served on the Board of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed job seekers. In addition, she served on the boards of Women in Bio, Mayslake Ministries and St. John of the Cross Parish School.

Schopp received her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois. She received both her Master of Science in Industrial/Labor Relations and Master of Science in Organizational Development from Loyola University. She is a member of the Society for HR Management (SHRM).

M. Shane Smith

Shane has 30 years of experience across the beverage, manufacturing, software and retail industries in the field of Human Resources. He is known as a progressive leader that creates inspired, winning organizations to accelerate business performance with start-up, mid-size and large global organizations. His areas of expertise are in HR strategy development, employee and labor relations, M&A, operating model design, shared services operations, capability & culture development, compensation & benefits, communications & change management, talent management & succession planning, leadership coaching and step changing the associate experience.

Shane is the Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for Tailored Brands responsible for leading the Human Resources, Communications and Community Giving functions. Tailored Brands is a leading omnichannel specialty retailer of menswear. The company’s brands include Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, K&G Fashion Superstore in the U.S. and Moores Clothing for Men in Canada.

Prior to joining tailored Brands, he served as the principal for his own consulting business – working with organizations and leaders to develop people, culture and capability strategies to differentiate themselves from their competitors and to drive their growth agenda.

Prior to this, Shane was with The Coca-Cola Company for 21 years in numerous leadership roles. He served as the Global Vice President of Associate Services accountable for leading a 500+ person team that partnered with the business to drive services and initiatives across Human Resources, facilities management and travel operations – supporting internal customers in 100+ countries.

He also served as the Global Head of Human Resources for the Global Corporate Center, Global Shared Services and Commercial Product Manufacturing and Supply division of The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to this role he was the Vice President, Human Resources Integration for the acquisition of The Company’s largest franchise bottler based in the United States…Coca-Cola Enterprises, a $13B publicly traded organization with 70,000 employees. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for The Brazil Business Unit, based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Chief People Officer of Global Human Resources.

Shane also spent roughly eight years in The Coca-Cola Company’s North America business where he served as Sr. HR Director for the US Retail Division and The Minute Maid Company. He also held other key HR leadership positions supporting the Foodservice, Marketing, National Sales, Still Beverages and Finance organizations.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Shane worked for the Harland Company where he held senior HR leadership positions in their manufacturing and start-up software businesses.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a minor in Management Information Systems, from Northwestern State University.

He has served on multiple boards of directors, is active with HR Executive forums, and is an avid volunteer and supporter of the community.

Brenna Stevens

Brenna Stevens brings a strategic and hands-on approach to attracting and retaining talent with over 14 years experience managing and implementing Human Resource (HR) processes for large companies. She is a creative thinker, problem solver, and decision maker who balances employee needs with mission and vision. Breanna works closely with the team to analyze compensation packages, design new hire orientation programs and upgrade onboarding and recruiting platforms for Atlas. Her experience of seamlessly integrating HR processes comes from working with growing companies, both organically and through Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition, she is adept at managing all aspects of benefits administration including benefit plans, open enrollment, onboarding and 401 (k). A graduate of Towson University with a BA in Cultural Studies and an MA in Human Resources Development, she is a member of the Society of Professional Human Resources Management. She finds shared support for building a team that will support the company.

Carol Summersgill

Carol Summersgill is the SVP & CHRO for California Closets.

Carol is a global business executive focused on growth, talent, leadership, and culture. She is accomplished in scaling organizations for growth and transformation, mergers and acquisitions, and change leadership in both private and public company settings.

She is committed to developing people and organizations that embrace innovation, challenge conventional thinking and accomplish more with less. She is driven by companies that win through great leadership, talent, innovation and strong brands. She has a reputation as a positive, motivating leader with solid collaboration and communication skills, strategic thinker, and a track record of developing organizations, individuals and teams for success.

Carol has a dual path career in Human Resources and Supply Chain with leadership roles in several functions. Her experience is gained and applied from multiple industries.
Carol holds a BS in Business – Supply Chain Management – from Arizona State University and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She also attended the Executive Education Program at Michigan State University with a focus on logistics, materials, and supply chain management.

Nancy Tostanoski

Nancy Tostanoski joined OUTFRONT Media in 2014 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer overseeing talent acquisition and management, compensation and benefits, recruitment, diversity and inclusion, communications, and administration. With over 25 years’ human resources experience, Nancy has championed significant cultural changes at OUTFRONT, including the creation of a diversity and inclusion counsel and corporate social responsibility initiative. Before coming to OUTFRONT, Nancy served as Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits at PVH Corp. (formerly known as The Warnaco Group, Inc.), where she was responsible for global compensation, benefits and performance management for the publicly-held, branded apparel company. And before that she was Vice President, Global Compensation, Benefits and Shared Services at Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where she was responsible for global compensation, benefits and U.S. shared services for the privately-held publishing and media company. Nancy is based in the New York headquarters of OUTFRONT Media. She lives in New York with her husband and four children.

OUTFRONT Media is one of the largest out-of-home advertising and media companies and leverages the power of technology, location and creativity to connect brands with consumers outside of their homes through one of the largest and most diverse sets of billboard, transit, and mobile assets in North America. Through its ON Smart Media platform, OUTFRONT is implementing digital technology that will fundamentally change the ways advertisers engage audiences on-the-go.

Prior HR Leadership Roles
PVH (formerly The Warnaco Group, Inc.)
Vice President Global Compensation and Benefits, 2010-2013

Reader’s Digest
Vice President, Global Compensation, Benefits and Shared Services, 2007-2010

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits 2003-2006
Vice President of Global Benefits 2001-2003
Director of Benefits 1998-2001

Georgetown University, BA English 1986
Northeastern University, MBA 1992

Areas of Expertise
Compensation Committee

Personal Affiliations
Georgetown University Alumni Ambassador

Lori Wall

Lori Wall was appointed SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer of Foremost Farms USA dairy cooperative in January 2021. She is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human resources and communications strategy to drive and achieve the overall Foremost Farms business objectives and results through investing in people and culture.

Prior to Foremost Farms, Wall was Chief Human Resources Officer of Restaurant Technologies, a leading provider of cooking-oil management and cooking oil distribution to more than 24,000 food service operators to make their kitchens safer and more sustainable. In that role, she redesigned and transformed the organizational structure to support 10-15% top- and bottom-line growth and aligned HR strategies to drive operations and sales objectives.

Additionally, Wall served as the Business Human Resource Leader and member of the senior leadership team at Cargill for the Starches and Sweeteners business unit, where she was responsible for providing talent management strategy, workforce planning, employee and labor relations and change leadership to enable business-level transformation, coaching and development, and building culture to facilitate achievement of strategic business objectives.

Wall’s experience also includes Taylor Corporation, where she held roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Human Resources; Chubb Insurance Group as an international property and casualty underwriting leader; and Minnesota State University – Mankato as an adjunct professor of business.
Wall earned her MBA focused on leadership, organizational development and finance from the University of St. Thomas – Opus College of Business and her undergraduate – with a double major in marketing and management – from Minnesota State University – Mankato. She holds USC Organizational Design, HCI Workforce Planning and SPHR (senior professional human resources) certifications, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and has served as a director on the boards of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota and Simpson Housing Services.