Megan Busovicki, human resource manager
Megan Busovicki has spent the last six of her nine years in the HR industry working for AdvoCare Group. As human resource manager — and the sole human resource staff member at the company — she has led a number of initiatives that have enhanced the quality of AdvoCare Group’s workplace, impacted business success and attracted top talent, playing an integral role in the company’s overall growth.
One of her recent initiatives is leading AdvoCare Group University — an internal professional and personal enrichment program — by chairing an AdvoCare Board of Education committee. She is designing a core curriculum based on direct feedback from departments and individual employees and implementing a companywide policy for continuing education, ensuring employees have access to both professional and personal enrichment options.
Busovicki also co-chairs the Quality and Assurance Committee, the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance Planning Committee and is the chairperson for the AdvoCare Group Wellness Committee. She supports and coordinates various charitable initiatives and has developed policies to create an adaptable and flexible workplace for employees seeking to work either in or outside of the office.
Child Guidance & Family Solutions
Lyn L. Gwinn, manager of human resources
Lyn L. Gwinn has worked as manager of human resources for Child Guidance & Family Solutions, which serves Summit County, since 1991. Her work on behalf of the nonprofit organization contributed to it being distinguished among the “50 Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work For” by The NonProfit Times two years in a row. She’s also completed four North Coast 99 award submissions for CGFS, earning the organization a spot among the 99 best employers in Northeast Ohio for top talent three of the four times.
With more than 20 years in the field — including previous work for Andrews, Bartlett & Associates Inc. and BFGoodrich — Gwinn has proven experience in administering complex benefit programs, designing new benefit packages, suggesting alternative funding arrangements and clearly maximizing benefits to employees by communicating various health, life, pension, 40l(k) and dependent/health care options.
She received her education from the University of Akron.
Monica Brown, director of human resources
Monica Brown is the director of human resources for the Cleveland Foundation, where she has worked for the last six years. She has previous experience serving as the director of human resources for the Western Reserve Historical Society, as well as experience providing human resources consulting to a number of other nonprofit organizations including the Beck Center for the Arts, the Literacy Cooperative, the Fund for Our Economic Future and Neighborhood Connections.
Brown is a certified senior professional in human resources and serves as a mentor to junior-level human resources professionals through the Cleveland Society for Human Resources Management.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and her master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Cleveland State University.
HR STUDENT CHAPTER ADVISER OF THE YEAR:
Cleveland State University
Vickie Coleman Gallagher, Ph.D., assistant professor and CSU SHRM student chapter adviser
Vickie Coleman Gallagher, Ph.D., returned to her alma mater, Cleveland State University, in 2010 as an assistant professor and soon stepped up her engagement with the school. Volunteering in 2011 to serve as the CSU Society of Human Research Management student chapter adviser, Coleman Gallagher has helped the organization overcome challenges and achieve many goals.
She kept the organization running smoothly through a period of transition: coordinating activities with an entirely new student officer board, a new Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management liaison to the student chapter and staffing changes at the SHRM national office.
But her efforts didn’t stop at merely maintaining the organization. Last year, Coleman Gallagher was a featured presenter in a Saturday development workshop for HR students held at CSU and guided student officers in planning an evening panel presentation that showcased successful HR alumni. She also participated in both Cleveland SHRM student leadership workshops and coordinated the spring workshop hosted by CSU, and she has been an active member of the Cleveland SHRM Education Committee.
Cleveland State University
Olga Nagdaseva, master’s of business administration student
Olga Nagdaseva is pursuing an MBA at Cleveland State University, from which she has already earner a bachelor’s degree in management and labor relations.
Nagdaseva demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence, consistently being selected as an honor student. She was inducted by CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business honor society.
The Monte Ahuja College of Business also selected her to represent the student body at the its Corporate Roundtable, as well as at the Net Impact National Conference, Crain’s Cleveland Business Emerald Awards, Entrepreneurship Immersion Week sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium and to serve as a student delegate to participate in the final stage of the AACSB accreditation process.
Additionally, Nagdaseva served as the president of Net Impact and secretary of Society for Human Resource Management — two prominent CSU student organizations. She maintains affiliations with SHRM, Cleveland SHRM, Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, APICS, Net Impact, the Institute for Supply Chain Management and the Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland.
The Lubrizol Corp.
Tom Tomasula Jr., director of global staffing and domestic relations
Tom Tomasula Jr. serves as the director of global staffing and domestic relations for The Lubrizol Corp., a specialty chemicals manufacturer. In this position, he leads the corporate recruiting and staffing team to conduct and complete fulfillment of open positions with top performer, focusing on implementing talent acquisition and talent management strategy for the corporation.
Among his many accomplishments at Lubrizol he provided strategic recruiting consulting and training solutions for clients up to $1 billion in revenue, managed the recruiting function at a national, $700 million organization, led the human resources function for a 320-person multioffice division, and performed the budgeting and analyzed the financial results for a $65 million division.
Prior to Lubrizol, Tomasula held talent-acquisition-related positions with Ratliff & Taylor, Employers Resource Council, Cole National and Cole Vision, among others. He received an MBA in accounting from the University of Michigan and a BBA in accounting and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Main Street Gourmet
Kelly Loebick-Frascella, director of human resources
Kelly Loebick-Frascella is the director of human resources at local bakery manufacturer Main Street Gourmet. She began her career in 1999 when she created and developed the human resources department for the company. Her efforts have continued to evolve, with her focus now directed toward leadership development, diversity, safety and wellness.
Last year, the company’s efforts in workplace wellness earned it the first annual “[email protected]” Grand Prize Award for small- to midsized companies from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Employee programs include a healthy lunch program, guest speakers on fitness, a bicycle program, a weekend hiking club, a lunchtime walking club, an annual health fair that includes individual health assessments, free smoking cessation seminars and free employee immunization clinics.
Loebick-Frascella earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron and is currently enrolled in their MBA program.
Gerard “Jerry” J. Torma, director of human resources global support
Gerard “Jerry” J. Torma is the director of human resources global support for dispensing equipment company Nordson Corp. Serving with the company for nearly 30 years, he develops and directs effective human resources global support programs that enable Nordson to achieve business objectives on a worldwide scale.
In addition to his efforts with Nordson, Torma is affiliated with a variety of organizations including the board of the Northern Ohio International Business Network, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the U.S. National Foreign Trade Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society for International Human Resources Management, the Lorain County Community College Business Advisory Council and the Cleveland State University International Business Advisory Council.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University.
Petrus HR Solutions LLC
Amy Petrus, human resources consultant
Amy Petrus is a human resources consultant with Petrus HR Solutions LLC, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She manages HR-related projects and programs serving a diverse client base, ranging from technology, manufacturing, service and nonprofit organizations.
Petrus’ areas of expertise include compensation, performance management, policy and procedure development, training, executive/management coaching, staffing assistance, and employee relations and communications.
She has more than 10 years experience in consulting roles at KPMG and Employers Resource Council and serves on the Human Resources Committee of the Board of The Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate. Petrus is also a member of the Northeast Ohio Human Resources Planning Society.
She earned her master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Cleveland State University and holds the designations of certified compensation professional through World at Work and senior professional in human resources through the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jeffrey A. Hudson, manager of training and organizational development
Jeffrey A. Hudson is the manager of training and organizational development for specialty polymer materials, services and solutions provider PolyOne Corp. Serving in various positions in his eight years with the company, he currently has global responsibility for training and development, performance management, career planning, employee engagement, and other organizational development functions.
Hudson is also a member of the United Way committee at PolyOne. He continues this spirit of community outside of the company as a volunteer for the United Way of Lorain County’s annual “Week of Caring” projects. Additionally, he is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and an alumnus of Cleveland Bridge Builders.
Prior to working at PolyOne, Hudson held roles in organizational development and change management leadership at American Greetings and Accenture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.
ORGANIZATIONAL & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT:
Christa Lenko, director of employee development
Christa Lenko has served as director of employee development for CPA, business and financial advisory firm Skoda Minotti since 2005. She is responsible for managing, supporting and assessing the company’s organizational needs to foster an environment that maximizes personal and professional growth.
To this end, Lenko has applied her more than 10 years of progressive human resources experience to design and implement professional development programs, manage recruiting activities, and develop and maintain talent management and performance improvement programs.
Prior to working for Skoda Minotti, she served as the manager of human resource strategies at Thompson Hine LLP, HR generalist at CTI Molecular Imaging and HR generalist at LexisNexis. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and her master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Carol Burhenne, director of human resources
Carol Burhenne is the director of human resources at Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Upon joining the company in 2011, she set out to restructure the HR department, implementing a new benefit plans for health insurance as well as more affordable ancillary benefits through a joint effort with Northeast Ohio Area Agency on Aging.
Burhenne completed her master’s degree in clinical counseling at John Carroll University during her first six months at WRAAA and became a licensed professional counselor through the state of Ohio. She received certification in trauma-focused therapy and is a certified by the state of Ohio as a chemical dependency counseling assistant. This education and training enables her to better assist employees who may experience work and life challenges.
In addition to her work to improve WRAAA from the inside, Burhenne strives to make a difference in her community. She participates on the HR Committee at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Inc. and as a “wish granter” and PR liaison for Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.