Nicole Davies - President, RMTRA

As the Vice President for Talent Optimization, 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 Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  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. 

Jeff Swerdlow - Past President, RMTRA

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.

Annie Dieu - President Emeritus

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.

Kelsey Bell - Chief of Staff

Kelsey Bell joined Arrow Electronics 10 years ago as a Human Resources Manager where she supported several domestic and global M&A projects to build out a new business unit. Kelsey was offered the role of Director, Global Sales Compensation at the end of 2015 and has been leading the function ever since. She is now the Vice President of Human Resources at Arrow Electronics. Kelsey holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Art in Foreign Languages and Literature from Colorado State University.   

Pushpa Gurung - Secretary

Pushpa Gurung is a Sales Compensation Manager at Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 technology company located in Centennial, CO. Pusha is responsible for leading global sales compensation design, projects, reporting and analysis. Prior to her current role, Pushpa was a Project Manager in Sales Compensation where she led and executed global sales compensation projects and made recommendations for process improvement. Prior to joining Sales Compensation, she worked in Payroll for 10 years. Pushpa has a B.S. in Human Resources Management and holds SHRM – CP and Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Kelly Hawker - Sponsorship

Kelly is a health and benefits consultant with Willis Towers Watson’s 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.

Jim DeVerna - Treasurer

Jim is a Director with Aon. In his previous role at Alvarez and Marsal, Jim focused 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.

Jim Streifel - Treasurer

Jim has spent 16 years of his career in finance and accounting. As a finance executive, he thoroughly enjoyed the aspects of employee development, culture, and engagement. Jim has made it his mission to impact his clients and their employees in a similar fashion; guiding them through the complex nature of employee benefits and its relationship to the employee experience. A graduate of University of Phoenix with a degree in accounting as well as an MBA, Jim is excited to join the Rocky Mountain Total Rewards Association in the Denver area where he lives with his lovely wife and their 8 beautiful children.

Jolynn Lenz - Membership Networking

Jolynn is the Vice President of Global Total Rewards and People Operations at Workrise. 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 & Workrise, 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.

 Lexi Klymkow - Membership

Lexi Klymkow is a Manager of Total Rewards at P2 Energy Solutions in Denver, Colorado. Since joining P2, Lexi has led global compensation projects, job architecture design, reporting, and analytics for base pay and incentive compensation programs. In addition to her compensation work, Lexi also partners with the Benefits and the HR Operations functions to take a holistic approach to Total Rewards.

Prior to joining P2 Energy Solutions, she served as an HR Generalist and Compensation Professional for the University of Colorado for three years. During that time, she led the creation of compensation structures, oversaw recruitments, and managed international visa processing, while also obtaining her Society of Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification.

Lexi earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, with a concentration in Human Resources Management and has completed her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification.

Terry Pickett - Membership

Terry is a Compensation and Classification Analyst for the State of Colorado. Terry has been with the State for eleven years, of which, ten has been at the Department of Personnel and Administration, and one year at the Department of Human Services.

Terry is a subject matter expert (SME) in compensation, job evaluation, classification, personal services contracts, and reward and recognition programs, providing proactive HR consultation and coaching to other HR staff and leaders of multiple agencies. Prior to working at the State, she started and operated her own company, C Suite Consulting, where she conducted Executive Searches for Manager levels and higher and provided Human Resources Consulting on a variety of topics.

Prior to that she was a Director of Human Resources for a manufacturing company as well as a Manager of Human Resources for a call center in Colorado Springs where she lived before moving back to the Denver metro area in 2012. Terry has a Master’s of Arts degree in Organizational Management (MAOM), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an Emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Terry is currently working on her SPHR and CCP certificates. In her free time, she focuses on spending time with her family, especially her three young granddaughters. She is also an avid Denver Bronco fan! Let’s go Broncos! .

Holly Mertens - Communications & Technology

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.

Naomi Nichols - Communications & Technology

Naomi Nichols is a Senior Analyst, Global Compensation at Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 technology company located in Centennial, CO. Naomi leads and supports global compensation projects, participates in annual compensation planning/merit process, reporting and provides support to HR partners and regional compensation & benefit teams.

Prior to joining Arrow Electronics, she worked in Human Resources at American Airlines based in Arizona.

Naomi earned her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and MBA from Regis University, as well as her Society of Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. In her free time, Naomi enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading and traveling.

Jen Yokley - Conference

Jen Yokley is an Account Executive at United Healthcare where she strives to provide innovative solutions that will help people to live healthier lives. Her career in the employee benefits world began at Chipotle Mexican Grill where she was a Benefits Coordinator, responsible for benefit communication and compliance. Prior to joining United Healthcare she was a Client Executive for HUB International, advising clients on multi-year strategy and cost saving solutions.

Michelle Primo - Conference

Kristie Rossi - Conference

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 holds  her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification 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.

Rene Velazquez - Education

René Velázquez is currently the Compensation Manager at Global Medical Response, the leader in delivering compassionate quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the US and around the world.

René has over 25 years experience in human resources, primarily in the areas of Compensation and Benefits. He has held numerous HR and compensation and benefits management roles with industry leaders such as DISH Network, Gates Corporation, Burger King Corporation, Black & Veatch, DCP Midstream, and ExxonMobil.

René holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BSc in Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago.

Lora Manternach - Education

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.

Lindsey Bax - Programming

Lindsey Bax is a HR Service Center Coordinator at University of Colorado at Boulder for three years. Lindsey is a CU Boulder alumnus and has earned a Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies with emphasis in Native American and Chicano studies. She also has earned an Associates in Paralegal. Lindsey joined RMTRA as a volunteer on the Programming Team to expand her exposure to the HR field and networking. She enjoys art and live concerts on her free time and spending time with her family and puppy, Gigi.

Carol Dodd - Programming

Carol is a Vice President, Employee Benefits Consultant for HUB International Insurance Services. Carol has 25+ years’ experience in the insurance industry working for consultant firms, two major insurance companies, hospital providers, and a large fortune 100 employer in the human resource benefits division.   Carol’s area of expertise includes both self-funded and fully funded insurance plans. She is well versed in strategic planning, cost containment, account management, underwriting and renewal negotiations, carrier relationship management, benefit design development, medical plan auditing, financial reporting, and HR system implementations.

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