GROWING CONNECTIONS IN THE TOTAL REWARDS COMMUNITY.


Annie Dieu - President

Annie Dieu is Lead Compensation Analyst at BMC Software, Inc based out of Houston, TX. Prior to her compensation role, she spent several years in global benefits and retirement at BMC. During her tenure in Total Rewards, her team has won numerous communications awards such as the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards, Pensions and Investments Eddy Awards, Hermes Creative Awards, and Gold Communicator Awards. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from South University, and a Global M.B.A – HR Concentration from University of Houston – Victoria. Annie also holds her CCP and CBP.


Jeff Swerdlow - President Elect

Jeff is an executive compensation consultant and attorney with experience assisting public, privately held, private equity, and non-profit organizations. Jeff joined Alvarez & Marsal (formerly Compensation & Benefit Solutions, LLC) in March 2011 while completing his LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Denver. In his profession career, Jeff has focused primarily on assisting companies across all industries in evaluating, designing, and administering compensation programs and incentive plans. In addition, Jeff has focused on developing his technical expertise to assist clients with Internal Revenue Code sections 409A, 280G, and 162(m) matters as they arise in the development and administration of compensation plans. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver. Jeff has been admitted to both the Florida Bar and Colorado Bar. In his free time, Jeff can often be found failing in his attempts to exhaust his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zuri.

Lora Manternach - VP, Programs

Lora Manternach, CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Human Resource Manager at BI, Inc. a GEO Group Company with over 20 years of human resource experience. Lora has earned a Bachelors in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University. She has been a member of Rocky Mountain Total Rewards Association and World at Work since April 2015 and earned CCP in June of 2016. She has also been a member of SHRM since 1996 and has volunteered in many roles in the past contributing to the COSHRM conference, DCPA conference and Day at the Capitol events. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing indoor sand volleyball and traveling.


Jim DeVerna - VP, Membership

Jim is a Director with Alvarez & Marsal. In his role at Alvarez and Marsal, Jim focuses on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including deferred compensation agreements, equity compensation plans, short-term and long-term incentive plans, and severance arrangements. Additionally, he advises clients regarding the design and administration of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Jim also performs due diligence on employee benefit and executive compensation matters in corporate transactions. Mr. DeVerna earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Following law school, he earned an LL.M. in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center with a certificate in employee benefits and executive compensation.

Kelsey Dennis - Treasurer

Kelsey Dennis is an HR Business Partner at Grant Thornton. She was previously a Total Rewards professional at Four Winds Interactive, a visual communications software company located in Denver, CO. In her role at Four Winds Interactive, she was responsible for compensation, recognition, wellness, and work-life programs, while also partnering on benefit plan design.  Previously, Kelsey focused in general HR including performance management, employee relations, and recruiting. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and holds her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. In the coming months, Kelsey hopes to begin her pursuit of the CCP certification.


Elise Lieberman - Secretary

Elise Lieberman is an HR Business Partner for Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 technology company located in Centennial, CO. Prior to moving into her current genera

list role, Elise began her career in Total Rewards as an Analyst and Project Manager on Arrow’s Sales Compensation team, focusing on sales compensation design, implementation and communication. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Denver, as well as her SHRM-CP professional designation.


Nicole Davies - VP, Conference

As the Vice President for Learning, Talent and Performance Nicole helps Valet Living redefine talent and performance management while also building top-tier leadership and development programs. Prior to coming to Valet Living she led a team of Human Resource Business Partners at ADP Inc. ($12B) with a specific goal of realizing human capital potential.  Nicole’s human resources management experience has included for and not-for-profit organizations as well as higher education. 

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University.  Nicole also maintains her credentials as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  Nicole has a passion for travel and mountain climbing.  When she isn’t working, she can often be found hanging out on a peak somewhere in the world. 


Emily Beckman - VP, Communication and Technology

Emily Beckman is the Sr. Benefits Specialist at TalentWave, supporting corporate and contingent workers across the country, while becoming the local, state, and federal benefits rules and regulations expert. She takes lead on benefits programs, the 401(k) plan, open enrollment, ACA reporting, onboarding, and offboarding. She earned a Bachelor of Science in both Business Administration and Psychology, and earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She is currently pursuing her Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) certification. 


                                                                       Michele Girard - Past President 

Michele Girard, has over a decade of experience in human resources and total rewards, with a specialty in sales and variable compensation, working with companies of all size including high tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She has strong experience with building client relationships, strategic design and development, project management and analytics. Michele is currently Sr. Director of Total Rewards with P2 Energy Solutions, a high tech/Software firm in Denver, CO. Prior to joining P2, she worked for many years in high tech and telecommunications for companies including Qwest Communications (now Centurylink), and Charter Communication, as well as many years as an independent consultant. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Management & Administration from the University of Colorado. Michele also holds the following certifications: SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP, CBP and CSCP and is studying for her ACCP. She is an active member of WorldatWork, RMTRA, and SHRM. Michele has served the board of RMTRA passionately in numerous capacities including Secretary, Co-leading the Education function, Local Network Liaison to WorldatWork and President 2016-2018.

Holly Mertens - Education Chair

Holly Mertens is the Manager of Total Rewards at P2 Energy Solutions located in Denver, CO. At P2, Holly works as the functional lead in the administration and design of global benefit programs including group health coverage, wellness programs, and retirement savings plans. She also assists in the development of a variety of projects including compensation program design, analysis and implementation of new and existing programs.

Holly earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resources from Grand Valley State University and a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Michigan. She is currently pursuing her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) Certification.

In her free time, Holly enjoys the outdoors, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband.


Kristie Rossi - Education Chair

Kristie Rossi is a compensation professional, specializing in compensation strategies, salary structure implementation, merit and bonus plan design, as well as benefits. She previously worked at Marketo, where she was responsible for managing all compensation plan administration. Prior to Marketo, she worked at Denver Public Schools and Ports America, based in Arizona.

Kristie received her BS in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting from Sonoma State University (CA). She will be taking her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam this fall and hopes to begin work on her CCP soon. In her free time, she like to read, do puzzle and spend time with her family.



Kelly Hawker - Conference Chair

Kelly is a health and benefits consultant with Willis Towers Watson’s Health and Human Capital and Benefits practice. She specializes in the leadership and delivery of strategic client engagements focused on healthcare cost control, increased employee engagement and efficient human resource administration. Kelly works closely with client service team members and national practice subject matter experts to align the firm's resources and expertise with individual client strategies while ensuring consistent delivery of the highest quality consulting services and professional partnerships. Kelly has a special interest in thought leadership and emerging trends surrounding health and benefits topics, and participates in driving the company’s local seminars, conference participation, and speaking engagements. Kelly received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.

Jolynn Lenz - Special Projects Chair

Jolynn is a Principal of Total Rewards at Mercer in Denver, while also working in the Bay Area. Jolynn brings subject matter expertise and insight of Total Rewards, compensation, health and retirement benefits, legal/compliance, HR operations, and administration for business challenges from the client perspective to the consulting side of Mercer. She is also a trusted advisor across several industries, including technology, biotech, legal, aerospace & defense, e-commerce, and other global industries. Jolynn teaches "Total Rewards" at UC Berkeley Extension; inspiring the next generation of talent to join and contribute to people leadership. Prior to Mercer, Jolynn held roles of VP of People and Global VP Total Rewards & HR Operations for multiple tech companies in the Bay Area with global reach.

Jolynn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Business while receiving a Human Resources certificate at Regis University. She's also a Board Member for Epic Experience, a non-profit organization that provides camps and support for adults with Cancer. Jolynn enjoys spending her downtime living healthy, and the outdoors with her husband and three children.



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