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Ayako Chan-Hosokawa, MS, D-ABFT-FT — Forensic Toxicologist, NMS Labs
Ayako (Aya) Chan-Hosokawa is a forensic toxicologist with NMS Labs in Horsham, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2004 and her Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Minnesota in 2006. Ms. Chan-Hosokawa is also certified as a Diplomate through the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT).
Ms. Chan-Hosokawa received specialized training at The Robert F. Borkenstein Courses on Alcohol & Highway Safety and DUID, The Center for Forensic Sciences Research and Education certificate programs on analytical toxicology, postmortem interpretive toxicology, and Forensic Pharmacology and Thomas Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences class on general pharmacology.
Professionally, Ms. Chan-Hosokawa’s primary area of interest is drug-impaired driving; she evaluates positivity data, the changes in drug trends and observed blood drug concentrations. Her focus is to help maintain NMS Labs’ leadership role in forensic toxicology testing by developing appropriate scope of analysis at the sensitivity required for purpose of DUID investigations. She also serves as a faculty member for The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute for their annual training of prosecutors and investigators.
Kelly Day, Esq. — Day Law Group
Kelly brings to her clients over 17 years of experience as an employment lawyer, internal investigator and human resource consultant and trainer.
Kelly heads the Internal Investigations unit of Day Law Group, and specializes in conducting internal investigations related to discrimination, harassment, bullying, retaliation, theft, whistleblower, Title IX, and other complaints of misconduct and policy violations.
In addition to handling internal investigations, Kelly is a highly sought-after national lecturer on the process of conducting internal investigations and has trained hundreds of human resource practitioners as to the best practices when handling internal investigations. She also conducts seminars and management training sessions on a variety of issues, including anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, bullying in the workplace, and overall respect in the workplace. Kelly and her firm are an MEA partner, and Kelly conducts anti-harassment training and workplace investigations for MEA members through MEA.
Holly DePalma — Managing Director, MEA Predictive Index, MEA
Holly DePalma is a Workplace Behavior Expert with over 20 years of experience in Human Capital Management. She is the Managing Director of MEA’s PI practice. Holly is a Certified Talent Optimization Consultant and a Certified Predictive Index Consultant. As the Managing Director of MEA’s PI business, Holly works with 100’s of business leaders to ensure organizational talent is optimized to be able to execute on company goals. Holly utilizes business data and insights from the Predictive Index platform and training and consulting services to deliver these results. Holly is a passionate and energetic trainer and consultant who inspires leaders to think differently about their talent. Holly works with start-ups, developing companies and large-scale organizations in a variety of industries.
Holly graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management. She also holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Public Policy. She is a member of both the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy (PSPS).
Jeff Kaplan, Ph.D., MBA, MCC — President, IGW, Inc.
In 1999, four years after receiving his doctorate in psychology, Dr. Jeff Kaplan ventured on the path of executive coaching, getting over 1,000 hours of coach specific training, becoming President of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Coach Federation, teaching and supervising new coaches, and building an ICF accredited coach training and certification school. Today, Jeff is one of less than 700 coaches worldwide with the designation Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation.
In 2007, while in business school, Dr. Jeff Kaplan started a small behavioral health company with two other founders and built a team of over 35 professionals as Chief Operating Officer. Through this experience, Jeff learned firsthand about strategy and execution, forming partnerships, managing stakeholder relationships, building and motivating teams, resource management, and raising capital.
Jeff coaches, trains and consults with Director to C-Suite leaders on “all things people.” He believes that every leader is inherently creative and resourceful. Having helped thousands of leaders across industries, Jeff helps leaders see circumstances and people from perspectives other than the one that has them stuck. He both supports and challenges clients into new ways of thinking and behaving. He is best known for his creative “5-minute homework” assignments, difficult conversation role-plays, and insightful questions. “What’s in the best interest of the organization” is one of Jeff’s favorite questions for helping clients regain perspective and get unstuck.
In 2002, Jeff co-authored a book for parents of teenagers and in 2014 released the self-published book, Habit Change: An Executive Coach’s Step-by-Step Guide to Defeating Unwanted Behaviors. He has been quoted in several magazines and newspapers, including CEO Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Hospitalist Magazine. In his spare time Jeff enjoys playing chess, but admits that his game has been a bit rusty the last few years.
Michael E. Lamb, MS, D-ABFT-FT — Forensic Toxicologist, NMS Labs
Michael Lamb is a forensic toxicologist at NMS Labs in Horsham, PA. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2010 and his Master of Science in Forensic Science from Arcadia University in 2012. Mr. Lamb has been working at NMS Labs since 2012 where he started as an analyst in the lab responsible for the testing of thousands of samples a year for the presence of drugs, alcohol, poisons and other intoxicants.
Mr. Lamb is board certified as a Diplomate in Forensic Toxicology through the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT). He is an active member of both the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Mr. Lamb has presented at various conferences related to postmortem forensic toxicological testing.
John Larock, SHRM-SCP — Director of Human Resources, Qfix
Experienced HR leader with engineering degree and expertise in strategic planning, employee engagement, talent acquisition/staffing, university relations & college recruiting at Fortune 100 company and medium-sized business. More than 10 years of experience in HR leadership, in manufacturing, non-profit, and staff positions. More than 20 years of professional, collegiate recruiting experience in engineering, manufacturing, materials, digital printing, agriculture industries. Energetic and passionate about continuous improvement, college recruiting, diversity recruitment, career readiness, STEM outreach, and technology education.
Specialties: HR leadership, Manufacturing Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, HR program design/development/improvement, Recruiting & Retention, Pre-employment assessments, College Recruiting, University Selection, University Relations, Project Management, Analytics, Engineering Recruitment, Diversity Recruitment, Performance Management, New Employee Orientation, Educational Robotics, Robotics Event Coordination, Robotics Team Coordination
Debra Lawrence — Regional Attorney, Philadelphia District Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
DEBRA M. LAWRENCE is the Regional Attorney of the EEOC Philadelphia District. She oversees the litigation program for the district, which involves the prosecution of cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. She lectures and trains frequently on all aspects of laws enforced by the agency, including litigation and trial practice. She has been a speaker for various bar associations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association’s (“NELA”) annual conventions, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conferences, and the Defense Research Institute’s (“DRI”) annual meeting. She has written articles for the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Trial Reporter and for NELA’s The Employee Advocate.
Jason Link — General Manager, NCC Automated Systems
A leader and mentor with many years in automation and industry. Starting in engineering and then moving into management has provide the practical knowledge to lead technical companies to achieve great results. Positions in both large publicly traded firms and small privately held company settings always emphasized performance and excellence.
Experienced in guiding large and small groups with training, problem solving, planning, and succeeding. Well versed in the operation of a custom project organization with lots of dynamic moving parts. Also comfortable digging into the details to find the root of the problems and create the best solution.
Avid practitioner and promoter of the Entrepreneurial Operating System and Great Game of Business.
Predictive Index Profile = Individualist`
Amy McAndrew, Esq. — Director of Legal and Compliance Services, MEA
Amy McAndrew is MidAtlantic Employers’ Association’s (MEA) Director of Member Legal Services. Amy is a highly skilled labor and employment law attorney who spent 18 years with the Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, a general practice firm with offices throughout the United States. She then spent a year with Littler Mendelson P.C., an international Labor and Employment law firm, before joining MEA. Amy graduated from Rutgers College with a double major in English and Communication, where she received highest honors in Communication and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1994.
As Director of Member Legal Services at MEA, Amy provides legal advice and compliance services to the Association’s Members, in addition to providing Members with updates on developments in employment law. Amy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Dan O’Meara — Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Dan O’Meara is a Shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Ogletree Deakins. Dan has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, with extensive experience in employment litigation, labor relations, and preventive human resource practices. Dan has substantial experience in matters involving trade secrets, noncompete agreements, and the employee duty of loyalty. He has written and spoken extensively on these subjects, and in a two-year period, obtained more than 60 injunctions for employers in courts around the country. Dan has successfully tried cases to a conclusion in state and federal courts, and in arbitration. He served for a time as the sole in-house employment counsel at a Fortune 200 company.
Kevin Robins — CEO, MidAtlantic Employers’ Association
Kevin is CEO of MEA, the region’s only association dedicated to helping organizations attract, retain and motivate their workforce. MEA’s members know they can rely on MEA to help them stay current and compliant and for delivering a flexible array of services that support their internal resources. From HR services such as recruiting, AAP and handbook development, and interim staffing to training and development, compensation surveys and design, employee benefits, engagement surveys and strategic HR support, MEA delivers high quality solutions at an affordable price.
Kevin is a strategic executive with over 25 years of hands-on experience in legal, financial and business processing services. He has helped develop transformational business and market strategies through a unique blend of technical knowledge, direct market experience and an ability to analyze complex issues and create innovative end to end product solutions. Prior to joining MEA in 2011, Kevin spent 15 years with SEI Investments, a NASDAQ company focused on financial and investment business process services. He was named General Counsel at the age of 32 and managed a 20 person legal team as well as multiple outside law firms as the company executed several transformational global growth strategies. In 2000, while a Member of the SEI Executive Leadership Team, Kevin shifted roles to develop and launch a new offering for the Ultra High Net Worth market. This unit developed an innovative approach for wealthy families to manage their life and wealth through an integrated advice process. He also oversaw the creation of a centralized global investment product team that was responsible for product management for SEI’s more than $100 billion in assets under management. This team successfully developed and launched innovative investment programs based on principles of behavioral finance, created alternative investment capabilities and consolidated vendor and operational platforms resulting in millions of annualized cost savings.
From 2007 through 2010, Kevin pursued his own entrepreneurial interests by opening a children’s cooking school with his wife and consulting with several businesses. He started his career as a law clerk to a federal judge and as a business and finance attorney with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in Economics and Villanova School of Law where he was a Managing Editor of the Law Review.
Christopher R. Thorn — Chair, Immigration Practice, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Chris Thorn focuses his practice on employment-based immigration matters. He serves corporate clients of all sizes in a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, engineering and higher education. He helps clients gain a competitive advantage by guiding them through our complex immigration laws so they can attract and retain top global talent. He regularly helps companies acquire employment-based visas for key employees so they will be authorized for employment in the United States. Chris also provides strategic advice on I-9 and other immigration-related compliance matters. He represents clients before federal agencies, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of State through its consular posts abroad.
Chris recognizes that his role as an immigration counselor means being a partner in achieving his clients’ business goals. He thinks outside the box and uses that creative mindset to help his clients develop an immigration strategy that is forward thinking and incorporates processes that are efficient and cost-effective. Chris understands that service makes all the difference. To that end, his clients can count on him to be accessible and responsive. They can rely on him to communicate at every step. Chris understands that a client’s business is his business. To serve his clients at the highest level, he strives to be sufficiently steeped in their business to understand their needs at all times and address them proactively.
Michael G. Trachtman — Director, General Counsel Initiative, Wisler Pearlstine
Michael G. Trachtman is a partner in Wisler Pearlstine LLP where, utilizing his 40+ years of experience and Wisler Pearlstine’s resources, he counsels businesses in planning, business structure and organization, employment law compliance, protection of trade secrets and key employees, commercial dispute resolution, contract drafting, succession planning, dealing with competitors, and managing business transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and other opportunities.
Mr. Trachtman serves as outside general counsel for an array of closely held companies, and is the founder and director of the Wisler Pearlstine General Counsel Initiative, which provides small and midsized companies with the competitive advantages large companies obtain from fulltime, in-house general counsel, but without the cost. For over a decade, he has been general counsel to the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association, a trade organization of over 500 companies.
Mr. Trachtman is an adjunct professor at the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University, where he has taught courses in the Representation of Closely Held Businesses, and Law and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Trachtman is the author of What Every Executive Better Know About the Law, published by Simon and Schuster, and The Four Mistakes – Avoiding the Legal Landmines That Lead to Business Disaster, published by Sterling Publishing. He is also the author of The Supremes’ Greatest Hits: The 44 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life, now in its third edition, published by Sterling Publishing. PBS featured the book as an adjunct to its nationally-televised series on the Supreme Court, and at various times it has been ranked #1 by Amazon among books on courts and the law. The Supremes’ is used as a classroom text in various colleges, universities and high schools.
The author of numerous articles published by business and professional organizations, Mr. Trachtman is a frequent lecturer to business and professional groups on topics pertaining to the intersections between law and business, and has been featured on radio and television programs throughout the country. The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, selected Mr. Trachtman to serve as a panelist or moderator on a variety of seminar topics, including the representation of closely held and family-owned businesses, litigation techniques, constitutional law, law firm management, and professional ethics. In 2007, Mr. Trachtman received a special award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Clarity Award, given for “the use of plain English in promoting the justice system.”
Mr. Trachtman holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings for professional ability and ethical standards, and has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List from 2005 to 2018. He graduated with honors from both Dickinson College, in 1971, and the Villanova University School of Law, in 1974, where he was selected to serve as Case and Comment Editor of the Villanova Law Review, in which he published two articles. Upon his graduation, he was elected by the faculty to the Order of the Coif (a national law honorary), the law school’s highest honor.
Margaret Uhrich, MS, CPC, ELI-MP — Managing Director Learning & Strategic HR, MEA
Margaret brings 25 years of leadership and entrepreneurial expertise gained in the healthcare, construction, pharmaceutical, and technology industries along with an extensive background in training and development to MEA.
Margaret founded and grew a commercial contracting firm to $8MM which in 2002 was ranked in the top 10 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
In 2010, she graduated from LaSalle University’s Master’s program in Instructional Technology Management. Leveraging her business experience and education, Margaret works with other organizations as a consultant, coach, and facilitator to train and develop their greatest assets, their employees. She has the unique ability to address the needs of the business and the desires of the employees with her solutions.
In demand as an industry speaker, Margaret has spoken at the Delaware Women’s Conference, ASTD SIG events, LaSalle University, E-Women Chapter meetings, Youth Work Foundation Career & College Fair, and various other associations.
Margaret is a member of the Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy, Greater Valley Forge SHRM and International Coaching Federation.
In addition to her master’s degree in Instructional Technology Management, Margaret is a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She is also a Talent Optimizer and Predictive Index Certified Trainer.
Ciana Williams, Esquire — Employment Counsel, SPHR, MEA
In her role as Employment Counsel for MEA, Ciana advises employers and human resource professionals regarding compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws; the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); state wage and hour laws; and regulations promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL). She frequently speaks on various employment law topics, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement has shared her anti-harassment expertise on various panels and TV outlets.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her career has included working as an attorney for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Rubin, Fortunato & Harbison, P.C.; and Saul Ewing LLP.
Ciana is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a former Member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, and American Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.