Board of Directors – 2017-2018

Board of Directors – 2017-2018

President Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is a career Human Resources professional.  She has specialized in compensation management and worked as a generalist in law, publishing, advertising, healthcare, higher education, research and development, government, incubator start-ups and consulting for domestic and global organizations with populations from 50 to 15,000 employees.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Pace University in NYC and a Masters in Labor Management Studies from Stony Brook University on Long Island.  She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and the new SHRM-SCP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management as well as a Labor Management certification from New York State.

An avid supporter of professional development, Christel is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM National), WorldatWork, and American Society for Training & Development.  She is the President of SHRM-Long Island, where her passion to advance the Human Resources profession has afforded her the opportunity to hold almost every chapter leadership position and establish the SHRM-LI Council on Diversity & Inclusion.

A Veterans’ champion, Christel served as the Veterans Affairs Coordinator at Stony Brook University for six years and has volunteered extensively to efforts that help Veterans transition to the civilian workforce as well as helping other HR professionals and their organizations appreciate the value of hiring Veterans.

Christel has developed and presented numerous programs on a vast array of HR topics at conferences and varied venues.   At Stony Brook University, she was an Adjunct Faculty and taught graduate level HR Management courses and facilitated the establishment of Stony Brook University as a certified instructional site for the PHR/SPHR Certification Prep course.  She is an Advisory Board member of St. John’s University’s Management Department in the area of Human Resources.

Christel has held senior compensation management positions at St. Vincent’s Hospital and The Mount Sinai Medical Center and had a very progressive HR career at Stony Brook University.  She was recently the Director of Human Resources at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and is presently at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the newly created position of Human Resources Business Partner for scientific and operations organizations.

Christel was born and raised in New York City and presently resides in Bethpage, Long Island.

President-Elect:  Jennifer Carey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Jennifer Carey, Regional Director of Human Resources at Multi Packaging Solutions, is an accomplished HR professional with over 12 years of experience in the public and private sectors.  Jennifer is responsible for executing Multi Packaging Solutions human resource management strategies for their facilities located in New York, California and Michigan. She  has shown herself to be knowledgeable in the following human resource functions:  talent management, employee relations, labor relations, training and development, worker’s  compensation, and benefits.

Jennifer also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Division of Business for Molloy College located in Rockville Centre, NY since 2015.

Jennifer holds a BS in Management from Briarcliffe College and a Master’s in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management. She is certified through SHRM National as an SHRM-SCP as well as receiving her Senior Resource Professional (SPHR) designation from HRCI.

Treasurer:  Deborah Davis, SHRM-CP, PHR


Deb Davis. SHRM-CP, PHR has been an active member of SHRM-LI since 1996 and a constant presence at SHRM’s monthly meetings and annual conferences. In 2011, she became a member of the Workforce Readiness committee and a contributor to SHRM-LI receiving the Pinnacle award. In this role, Deb is a trainer for the VHR Program and provides the VHR program to the students at Roslyn High School.

In her 25+ year Human Resources career, Deb has earned her BS with honors in Organizational Management from St. Joseph’s College and has held various HR related positions such as Sr. HR Generalist, Sr. HR Analyst and HR Manager. She is proactive in implementing efficient and cost effective strategies where significant savings have been recognized.

Deb’s expertise includes HRIS management and reporting, benefit design and administration, employee relations, coaching and counseling, performance management, recruitment, onboarding, training, and event planning including community involvement and wellness initiatives. She has also implemented diversity programs to include those with disabilities and the hearing impaired.

Deb believes that HR is a valuable part of any successful company and is fortunate to be involved in such an influential organization like SHRM-LI. Deb is honored to be in a position to help influence and promote the importance of the HR field.

Secretary:  Joan Convery, SHRM-CP, PHR


Joan Convery has worked in the Not-For- Profit arena for nearly 25 years and has been the Human Resource professional at Community Development Corp of Long Island for over 20 years, which came about as a career change from executive assistant to HR professional.

Joan has been an active member of SHRM-LI since 1999, including service on the membership
committee, certification co-chair, and annual conference co-chair, 2013 through 2015.

Annette Perry, SHRM-CP, PHR

Past President SHRM-LI

Annette Perry, PHR, SHRM-CP a respected HR professional, is currently the Immediate Past President for SHRM-LI. She holds a degree in Business Management from Adelphi University. Annette is currently the Director of Human Resources for Empire Merchants. LLC.

In 1996, Annette received the recognition of her peers when she achieved her professional certification as a PHR (Professional in Human Resource Management) by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). In addition to being President of SHRM-LI, Annette is also former Vice President for the Long Island Chapter of the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS-LI). She has served on various committees and in a number of capacities for SHRM-LI. At the April 2008 SHRM-LI Annual Conference, Annette was recognized for her dedication to the HR Profession by receiving the prestigious Joseph Duffy Award.


Robin McConnell

Past President SHRM-LI

Robin McConnell has been an integral part of SHRM-LI for over 15 years and is a former 2-time past president. Within her many roles in Human Resources, Robin keeps abreast of current trends in the marketplace and employment field. Her commitment to SHRM-LI also extends to the state level as she is the current NYS State Director. Two years ago, Robin was honored at the SHRM-LI Annual Conference when she received the Joseph Duffy Award.

Robert F. Potorski

Past President SHRM-LI

Rob Potorski is currently an Outplacement Consultant with DBM – Long Island office . He possesses over thirty years of Human Resources managerial experience including twenty at the director or VP level in both corporate and plant environments, with a specialization in staffing. He earned an Industrial Relations undergraduate degree from Rider University and an M.B.A. from Dowling College. Rob is currently Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of the Urban League of Long Island, Board Member of SHRM-LI and current Legislative Chair. He also was past President of the Long Island Chapter, and Co-Chair of the Annual Conference. Rob is a recipient of the Joseph C. Duffy Award for professional HR excellence.


Attend our next meeting

SHRM-LI Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Mansion at Oyster Bay

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SHRM-LI Chapter Executive Director
Linda B. Selden-Paduano