May 6, 2021


The Tri-State HRMA Annual Conference is a source for professional expertise and individual development for the HR community and our valued partners. Unlike our usual in-person full day conference, this year, it will be a virtual half day of hosted speakers designed to deliver new skills or enhance current skills and learn from the experts. Join us and earn HRCI credits and SHRM PDCs!

Keynote Speaker

Brian Clapp; President, CCI Consulting

Brian has over 20 years of professional services leadership experience having helped to orchestrate and support the growth and operational success of both global and regional firms. In addition to organizational leadership, he has consulted with client companies, on strategies to orchestrate effective organizational change associated with restructurings, acquisitions, and mergers. He also has extensive experience advising employers on the effective use of executive coaching, leadership development initiatives, and talent management strategies for leaders, managers, and individuals.

Featured Speakers

Joseph DiStefano; Professional Certified Coach, Strategic Leadership Academy

I am a Professional Certified Coach with 35+years global experience in leadership, people and solution development (IBM, Trigon, Hitachi, Apple). My expertise includes Business Consulting (IBM Certified) and a focus on professional services, business development, high-performing teams, communications, organizational transformation and sustainability.

Utilizing a personable approach, my coaching style is supported by evidenced-based tools and a sense of camaraderie. The key characteristics I integrate into coaching are a judgement-free environment while encouraging creativity, humanity and experimentation. I help people attain their desired results, while experiencing sustainable, personal empowerment and growth, often in unexpected areas.

Bringing a noted degree of understanding to my coaching, I directly leverage my own corporate and personal entrepreneurial experiences to support my client’s desire for success.

I consider coaching a privilege! I work with people who are seeking to grow in some aspect of their personal and/or professional life. Coaching provides me with an opportunity to pay it forward and acknowledge all of the people who supported me throughout my life.

Eric B. Meyer; FisherBroyles, LLP

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner in the Employment Group at FisherBroyles, LLP. FisherBroyles is the world’s first and largest distributed, full-service law firm partnership, with hundreds of partners in 23 offices worldwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he’s been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist. #micdrop

Katharine V. Hartman, Esq.; Dilworth Paxson, LLP

Ms. Hartman is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Dilworth Paxson, LLP in Philadelphia. Her practice is focused on counseling employers on the full array of employment law issues, including employee discipline and termination, accommodations for medical and religious reasons, wage and hour compliance, and personnel policies and procedures. She regularly conducts internal workplace investigations. She also devotes a significant amount of time to employment litigation, including the defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims, and matters involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and employment contracts. Her practice also includes complex commercial litigation and the arbitration of labor disputes. She represents public and private employers across multiple industries and sectors. Mr. Hartman speaks frequently on labor and employment topics. She is also the Chair of Dilworth’s Hiring Committee and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Operating Committee. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Erin Galbally, Esq.; Thomas Jefferson University

Erin Galbally is Associate General Counsel at Thomas Jefferson University, where she supports the University on matters including Title IX, academic concerns, and faculty and student issues. Prior to joining Jefferson, Erin was an employment attorney in private practice in Philadelphia. Erin received her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

Mary Cheddie, SHRM-SCP; Divisional Director, East

Mary Cheddie, SHRM-SCP is divisional director, East for SHRM. In her role, she is responsible for member acquisition and retention, leadership development for volunteer leaders, chapters, and state councils, and creating the value-added proposition for SHRM.

Cheddie has more than 35 years of domestic and international experience in all aspects of human resources and training. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, M&As, and in starting and turning around businesses.

Prior to joining SHRM, she served as senior vice president of human resources for Interval Leisure Group, Inc. and its affiliated companies. The company was publicly traded on NASDAQ and the leading provider of vacation services with a global consumer membership base of nearly 2 million member families, more than 2,500 member resorts in over 75 countries worldwide, and has oversight for about 14,000 employees.

Cheddie also served as senior vice president, people with PRC, as well as vice president, human resources, strategic planning, office services, and facilities for The Orvis Company, Inc. in Manchester, VT.

She earned her MBA from Upper Iowa University, a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.

Cheddie received the HR Award of Excellence, Hospitality in 2016 from South Florida Business & Wealth. Business Leader Magazine named Cheddie one of the 2011 Women Extraordinaire and in 2012 the National Diversity Council awarded her the Glass Ceiling Award.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for Upper Iowa University, Chairs the Human Capital Committee and is a member of the Governance and Advancement Committees, Chaired the Keiser Career College’s Advisory Board, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from 2003-2008 and chaired SHRM’s governance and compensation committees. Cheddie has more than 35 years of SHRM volunteer leadership experience at the national, regional, state, and local levels.  She also served on the Waldorf College Alumni Board from 2004 through 2008 and was the President of the Dallas HR Association in 2000 (one of the largest affiliated SHRM chapters). She resides in South FL.

Jacqueline Voronov, Esq.; Partner, Hall Booth Smith P.C.

Jacqueline’s litigation experience includes the defense of employers in single and multi plaintiff actions on claims of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, race, national origin, gender, disability and age discrimination, breach of contract, family medical leave, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wage/hour laws, and related tort claims.  Jacqueline also works with her clients to prepare various employment agreements (including non-compete, confidentiality, independent contractor and separation agreements). She has extensive experience before various administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the State Division of Human Rights (SDHR), Division of Civil Rights (DCR), as well as other state, federal and local agencies.

Jeffrey M. Daitz, Esq.; Partner, Hall Booth Smith P.C.

Jeffrey M. Daitz has more than two decades of experience in employment law, labor management relations, and alternative dispute resolution. Jeffrey’s nationwide practice is focused on defending employers in Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) matters and Directors & Officers (D&O) claims, and he also monitors claims on behalf of carriers. He is often brought in to coordinate local and co-counsel in multiparty and multi-jurisdiction litigation.

Meghan O'Brien, Esq.; Associate, Archer & Greiner P.C.

Meghan is a member of Archer’s Labor & Employment Practice Group where she advises and represents employers in a broad range of matters from daily counseling through litigation.

Before joining Archer, Meghan received her law degree from New York Law School, where she was a member of the New York Law School Law Review and the Securities Arbitration Clinic.  During law school, Meghan served as a judicial extern in the New York State Supreme Court and worked in the mediation unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Meghan represented her school in the 2019 International Chambers of Commerce Mediation Competition in Paris, France. She has a Certificate in alternative dispute resolution and remains committed to the field of conflict avoidance, management and resolution.