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President of Humareso
John, who has over 26 years in Human Resources, founded Humareso to strategize with companies to develop plans to manage talent, recruit for skills gaps based on employee inventories, assess markets for growth, develop long-range succession plans and influence a culture of enthusiastic buy-in.  Humareso provides outsourced human resource services, including its flagship HRO plan, which helps businesses save money, increase productivity and reduce legal risks by providing dedicated HR consulting for compliance, training, performance management, employee relations, workplace management, discipline and other important HR best practices.

Humareso handles all facets of employee engagement and business development, providing strategic direction to help employers manage talent, recruit for skills gaps, assess markets for growth, assess competition, increase employee performance, develop long-range succession plans and influence an enthusiastic, innovative culture.

Director of Human Resources, EP Henry
Fran Boody, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has over 25 years of generalist experience in human resources both in manufacturing and corporate environments.  Her responsibilities have included benefits administration, performance management, labor and employee relations, organizational effectiveness, employment, communications, training, recognition, safety and retention employment and worker’s compensation.  Fran is currently the Director of Human Resources at EP Henry Corporation.   Previously, Fran was employed with Ball Corporation as the HR Manager and at Crescent Lighting in which she had various human resources responsibilities.  Fran is a member of SHRM and currently on the Tri-State HRMA Board in her role of Treasurer.

Partner and Co-Chair of Blank Rome's Labor & Employment Group
Scott Cooper counsels and litigates on behalf of businesses and government entities in the areas of labor and employment law and regulation. In addition to leading his practice area, he founded the Trade Secret and Non-Compete Litigation group. Scott’s clients benefit from his nearly 25 years of courtroom experience, judiciary work, and political and civic involvement, including serving as President/Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He has a diverse client base, representing large publicly traded corporations, start-ups, partnerships, and government entities. Clients commend his ‘strong strategic vision and analytical prowess, bolstered by a practical business approach.’ (Chambers USA)

BILL EMERSON, CSP  (Moderator)
President, Emerson Group
Bill Emerson is President of Emerson Group, a full service recruitment firm with offices in Moorestown, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.  Emerson Group celebrated their 46th anniversary and has been “Recruiting to Culture since 1971”.  Since 1971, Emerson Group has operated on a foundation of core values that have defined who they are and what they stand for.  These values--honesty & integrity; fairness, respect and genuine care for others; personal touch--are paramount to every decision and action made. Emerson Group’s core purpose is to help others become more successful.

Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is extremely active in the community and current Board Chairman for YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties Board of Governors’.  Past community service activities include president of the MASA/Mid-Atlantic Staffing Association, chairman of Tri-State Human Resources Career Management Committee, president of Moorestown Football Parents Club, president of The Tender, Chairman of Burlington County YMCA Human Resources Council, member of Urban Promise Development Committee, president of Garden State Rotary Club, president of Moorestown Youth Football, and was an active coach in Moorestown youth sports for years.

Chief Talent Officer, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ
Teresa Gallagher is Chief Talent officer for The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey. She is a member of the Executive Team and reports to the CEO, Genevieve B. Marino.  Ms. Gallagher is responsible for providing strategic leadership to attract, develop and retain the best talent available. She is also responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of talent retention, performance management, management of employee relations and compensation and benefits. She has recently obtained her SHRM-CP certification and completed the Strategic Human Resources Leadership program through Cornell University.

Ms. Gallagher joined GSCSNJ in 2010 as the Payroll and Benefits Manager and then moved into the role of Director of Human Resources in late 2012.  Prior to joining GSCSNJ, Ms. Gallagher was the Payroll Manager for Kling Stubbins Architecture and Engineering Firm from 2000 to 2010 and a Finance Clerk from 1990-2000. During this time she obtained and still retains her FPC and CPP certifications through the American Payroll Association.  Prior to Kling Stubbins, Miss Gallagher served as a Specialist in the United States Army from 1985-1987 Active duty and from 1987-2002 in the Army Reserve, Inactive duty, while attending the University of Maryland.

Teresa's favorite quote is: “Your attitude determines your altitude. It really is true that if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can’t, you’re right”

Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Virtua
As Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Virtua, Fred Hipp, Jr. is responsible for supporting and advancing Virtua’s strategic initiatives to improve the health and well-being of people who live in the service area through public policy, and legislative and regulatory initiatives at the federal, state, county and local levels. Hipp designs and implements strategies, policies and programs to contribute to the development of health care public policy with state and national constituencies. He helps to develop external relationships, partnerships and coalitions to address health care public policy issues.

Prior to joining Virtua in 2005, Hipp served as the Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at Solaris Health System in Edison, NJ.  Before Solaris, he held several senior positions at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, NJ, and at the New Jersey Hospital Association and Center for Health Affairs in Princeton, NJ.  In addition to government relations and regulatory affairs, Hipp’s responsibilities during his healthcare career have included public relations, marketing and community relations. He has also held leadership positions for quality improvement, customer service and community health improvement initiatives.

He is a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Policy Development and Government Relations Committees, the American Hospital Association and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, among other professional associations. He serves on the boards of the NJ Policy Research Organization (NJPRO), NJHA HealthPAC and NJBIA-affiliated NEW JOBS.

Hipp served on the board of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development and as president of the Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Association. For 16 years, he served on the Healthcare Employees Federal Credit Union board, including a term as chair.

Hipp received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University and a master’s degree in Public Relations from Rowan University.  He is a fellow of Leadership New Jersey, class of 2005 and received numerous awards, including the New Jersey Hospital Association Advocate Award and the President’s Award from Voluntary Hospitals of America/New Jersey. In 2011, Hipp was honored with the American Hospital Association’s New Jersey Grassroots Champion Award in partnership with NJHA. The award recognized his “exceptional leadership in educating legislators and generating grassroots and community activity in support of the hospital mission.”

President, Saratoga Benefit Services, LLC
Amy is the president and owner of Saratoga Benefit Services, LLC. She relies on her 25-plus years of insurance-industry experience to safely navigate her clients through the dreaded task of administering employee benefits. Ms. Webb established Saratoga Benefits in 1998.

A seasoned insurance broker, Amy educates her clients’ employees to appreciate the equal importance of their benefits and their paychecks. Her success rate for helping clients get the most value from their health care and other benefits is consistent; her concern for ensuring clients’ benefit plans comply with ongoing regulatory changes is genuine. Because Amy’s maternalistic instinct kicks in, she’ll know when you need some hand-holding while making the tough health care decisions you’d rather not.

Amy has recently formed a strategic affiliation with BCA Insurance Group, a full-service broker with over 50 years of experience providing customized, cutting-edge, property casualty insurance. BCA shares the same ideals that Amy values — integrity, attentiveness and responsiveness. Together, they can offer more diverse services and still maintain the same personalized touch their clients have come to expect.

Ms. Webb holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Prior to founding Saratoga Benefit Services, she served as a brokerage manager for a major insurance firm in Philadelphia. Amy’s Chartered Benefit Consultant (CBC) certification designates her deep knowledge of consumer-directed health care. She is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida. Additionally, Amy is a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU).