Mary Lynn FayoumiMary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President & CEO

Mary Lynn is a highly respected speaker, prolific writer, facilitator, advisor and an accepted authority on organizational issues including workplace culture, employment trends, people management and leadership. Countless organizations and their teams have benefited from her expertise during her twenty-nine years at the Association. 

Mary Lynn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Industrial Relations/Human Resources. She holds an MBA with Honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition to serving HR Source’s 1200 member organizations, she volunteers on several business association and charitable boards and advisory councils.

Although the line between Mary Lynn’s personal and professional life is almost non-existent, she manages to find time to be a mother, a sister, a friend, a mentor, a Hawkeye, a yogi, a world traveler, a researcher and a pop-culture fan.

Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin, JD
Employment Counsel

Jim regularly works with members to provide thoughtful advice regarding their pressing employment law and human resources matters, including complaints of harassment or discrimination, medical leaves of absence and accommodation requests, employee discipline and discharge, and wage and hour law compliance concerns. Jim helps members develop separation and other employment agreements, employee handbooks, and training programs. He also represents employers before the EEOC, the IDHR, the IDOL, the USDOL and other state and federal agencies.

kelly Hayden

Kelly A. Hayden, JD
Chief Legal Counsel

Kelly provides counseling and representation to employers before the IDHR, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the EEOC, the IDOL, the USDOL and other state and federal agencies. She also assists employers with employee handbooks, employment law compliance training, employment agreements and all areas of employment law including discrimination, leave administration, wage/hour, layoffs and terminations.  You will often find Kelly presenting on employment topics as a keynote presenter and for small groups/workshops locally and throughout the U.S.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah, JD
Senior Employment Counsel

Sonal has over twelve years of experience counseling employers on properly complying with the law and managing their workforce; preparing employment and severance agreements; drafting/revising disciplinary and termination notices; and crafting employment policies and handbooks. As part of her practice, she has represented over 100 employers against wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in front of the EEOC and IDHR. Sonal also provides employment law compliance training and is part of our HR Hotline team.

Compensation & Surveys


Joy Lynn Hyer

Joy Lynn Hyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP
Senior Compensation/Survey Analyst

Joy Lynn is HR Source’s joyful analyst, spreading joy inside the office and out. As our employee engagement expert, she surveys and advises employers on how to increase employee engagement, retention, and loyalty. Joy Lynn is also a key contributor to the compensation department, where she leads market benchmarking projects, performs FLSA analysis, and shares her compensation expertise on the HR Hotline.

Kathryn O'Connor

Kathryn O'Connor, PHR, SHRM-CP, CCP, GRP 
Director, Compensation Services

Kathryn is the association’s chief economist who oversees all compensation and survey-related services. You’ll often find Kathryn creating pay ranges, benchmarking human resources practices, creating performance evaluation systems and reclassifying employees as non-exempt. With a smile on her face and an FLSA flowchart in hand, Kathryn ensures our members stay competitive with the market and compliant with wage and hour laws.

Monica Sorenson

Monica Sorenson, PHR 
Senior HR & Survey Analyst

Monica oversees the administration of our various compensation and benefits surveys. She also works with external clients to administer their custom survey projects. She is a friendly voice on the HR Hotline, and is a regular contributor to our weekly newsletter.

Affirmative Action


Angela Adams

Angela Adams, CEBS, SPHR
Director, Human Resource Services

Angela has been with HR Source since 2000. She has expertise in affirmative action programs and general HR services and provides assistance in training for member organizations. Angela is also a part of our HR Hotline team.

Rosanne Mesce

Rosanne Mesce, SPHR
Senior Human Resource Specialist

Rosanne provides affirmative action services to member and non-member organizations including program development, consulting in program implementation and assisting with compliance evaluations by OFCCP. Rosanne has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of affirmative action compliance spanning manufacturing, service, union and non-union environments.

Sally Weldin

Sally Weldin
Senior Human Resource Specialist

Sally offers strategic affirmative action services including program development, consulting, and training to organizations. She is a sympathetic ear on our HR Hotline. In addition, she contributes material to The Source and our social media platforms where she generates ideas for video content. She’s a news seeker and a sports fan.

Helen Mikulski

Helen Mikulski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Resource Specialist

Helen has been with HR Source since 2001 offers a wide variety of human resource expertise through her experience across several industries. She holds special expertise in affirmative action program development and consultation and answers the HR Hotline.

Training & Organizational Development

Blaise Adams

Blaise Adams
OD Support Specialist

Blaise provides support to the Training and OD Department by assisting in the development of training materials, supplying customers with reference information on training content, and helping prepare and track proposals for potential new members. In his spare time Blaise enjoys reading classic Science Fiction, trying-out new recipes in the kitchen, and ordering pizza when those recipes fail spectacularly.

Candace Fisher

Candace Fisher, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Certified Coach
Director, Organizational Development

Candace works with members to help develop the talent in their organizations.  This includes facilitating training sessions, coaching individual managers and teams and designing organization-specific performance management systems. She also facilitates training sessions at HR Source and, as part of our HR Hotline team, advises members on a variety of organizational issues such as employee relations, supervisory and management concerns and change management. In her spare time, Candace volunteers at a local humane society and has earned the moniker, “Crazy Cat Lady” at the Association.

Lauren Soderstrom

Lauren Soderstrom, PHR 
Senior Organizational Development Partner

Lauren’s passion is helping others realize their potential. She accomplishes this by conducting training at our members locations or at our public programs and through executive and interpersonal coaching. As a Gallup certified strength coach, Lauren’s feels her life’s mission is helping others discover and maximize their unique gifts and improve team performance.

Membership & Marketing

Julie Belloli

Julie Belloli, CAE
Director, Member Experience  

Julie lives and breathes all things membership when she’s out and about visiting members, recruiting brand new ones or planning our next big event. She also helps facilitate our Human Resource Advisory Council and manages our social media presence (so start following us, please!). 

Julie used to face a shocking amount of HR challenges early in her career as a restaurant manager. This experience motivates her to support our members in every way possible.

Maura O'Brien McDermott

Maura McDermott
Senior Designer

As staff “aestheticist,” Maura is responsible for managing marketing initiatives and making our brand pop through the abundant collateral materials she produces for our organization. 

Maura’s first job was as a vet assistant at a small animal hospital. Today she gets her canine “fix” from her 125# Great Pyrenees, JJ.

Christopher Schneider

Christopher Schneider 
Director, Membership & Business Development

As “Chief Pesterer in Charge”, Chris gently and tactfully steers new members to HR Source, while educating, engaging and retaining more than 1,200 member organizations. Chris also manages new business opportunities including exhibits, speaking engagements, partnerships and the Provider Partner Program. 

He is an army brat, a Hoosier, a free thinker and an amateur beer-maker. Past careers include begging on a philanthropic scale – so offering our great association services in exchange for currency seems natural to all who fall under his spell. Beware.

Admin, Operations & Membership Support

George Khoury

George Khoury 

As the resident “numbers guy” George has been part of our organization for more than 25 years. George provides invaluable insight and leadership to our team, all while safekeeping the Association’s finances. When he’s not crunching numbers, George enjoys Jeeping with the doors and top off!

Dawn Pintozzi

Dawn Pintozzi 
Coordinator, Member Services

Ever the team-player, Dawn provides valuable support services to our membership team, employee engagement surveys and general support to the daily function of the Association. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from DePaul University. 

Speaking of teams, Dawn is an avid follower of Chicago sports teams and always enjoys re-hashing "yesterday's game".

Kevin MacTaggart

Kevin MacTaggart
HR Assistant

Kevin provides valuable support services to our survey and affirmative action departments. In his spare time, you can find him hiking at the Morton Arboretum or refereeing soccer on the weekends.

Laura Reinbold

Laura Reinbold
Training Coordinator

Laura has been with HR Source since 2006. She is the "go-to" person for coordinating training. Additionally, she's always ready with a helping-hand to supporting the daily function of the Association.

By the way, there's not a random fact, musical song and dance, or movie fact Laura doesn't know... watch out Ken Jennings.

Kevin Menzer

Kevin Menzer
Chief Operating Officer

In his role, Kevin coordinates the member services, business development and marketing functions of the Association and also oversees IT and administrative support. Kevin likes to introduce himself as the "Vice-President of Other Duties as Assigned"!

Beth Soehlke

Beth Soehlke 

With a head for numbers, Beth provides valuable support services to our accounting department. She has a finance degree from Northern Illinois University and has served the Association for almost 19 years. 

In her free time, you’ll find Beth cheering on the Cubs and spending time with her “grand-dog” Ivy.

Andria Curtis

Andria Curtis
EngageHR Coordinator

Andria supports our EngageHR program helping to coordinate EngageHR team member assignments and recruiting assignments. She loves collaborating in all her roles both here at HR Source, as well as her other endeavors, including acting as Social Chairperson on her Homeowners’ Association Board.

Cathy Peterson

Cathy Peterson, PHR, CSSR
EngageHR Recruiting Manager

Twenty years of talent search experience has made Cathy the expert in not only finding that ‘needle in a haystack’ candidate but also implementing recruiting strategies that work. From designing internship programs, getting creative on recruiting sources to positively presenting an organization's offerings, Cathy makes recruiting a non-stressful process. Have a stalled talent search? Cathy brings difficult searches across the finish line.

Jackie Throop

Jackie Throop, SPHR
Director, EngageHR

Jackie has a long history with HR Source. As a staff member from 1996-2002, she focused on training and started Interim HR, now known as EngageHR. She then spent many years with a member company focusing on Employee Benefits and HRIS. Jackie returned to HR Source in 2020 and now leads the EngageHR team. Jackie is always anxious to share her many years of HR experience with our members!

EngageHR Team Members

Bob Baxa

Bob Baxa
EngageHR Team

With 40+ years of experience in HR in a variety of organizations, Bob has handled just about everything at the operating level. “He knows a thing or two because he’s seen a thing or two.”

Nancy Kazarian

Nancy Kazarian
EngageHR Team

With over 30 years in Human Resources, Nancy brings our members the depth of her experience to enable them to navigate through their HR concerns and issues. She focuses on relationship building to ensure that concerns and issues are addressed in a timely manner.

Mary Petersen

Mary Petersen, SPHR
EngageHR Team

With a focus on recruiting, Mary has over 12 years of experience in HR including HR Project Manager, HR Manager, and Compensation Analyst. Mary received both her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and her Master’s in Human Resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her free time Mary enjoys staying active, spending time with her two kids, and anything and everything outdoors.

Mary Cherry

Mary Cherry, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, CIR
EngageHR Team

A natural people connector, Mary was the person voted "most likely to chat up her classmates" in school. Mary brings her passion for learning about people and connecting them with their best work to the EngageHR team. In her spare time, Mary can be found hanging out with her family and friends, enjoying local fare and putting pen to paper.

Sophia Kouvartis-Kempe

Sophia Kourvetaris-Kempe
EngageHR Team

With a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Management and two decades of HR experience, Sophia Kourvetaris-Kempe is always prepared with informed, detail-oriented and creative solutions to the many challenges organizations face.

Laurie Scavotto

Laurie Scavotto
EngageHR Team

Laurie Scavotto has had over 25 years of Human Resources experience. Her leadership experiences range from hospitality and service industries to small manufacturers. She enjoys putting the "human" back into Human Resources as she relates to all levels of staff with her humor and kindness.

Teresa Surdyk

Teresa Surdyk, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
EngageHR Team

Whether you're looking for that “diamond” in the applicant landscape or in need a little Human Resources on-site support, Teresa is a versatile team player that can juggle many priorities! Rich with a great attitude and experience, Teresa is always ready to support your organization’s mission, whatever it may be.

Mital Joshi

Mital Joshi
EngageHR Team

With ten years of HR generalist background and experience in the legal field as well, Mital is an experienced at building and maintaining employee relations. She has a passion for helping others and loves the role of collaborating with our team and our members. In her free time, Mital enjoys working out, cheering on her Cubbies, and attending/watching NFL games. 

Annelle Paschal

Annelle Paschal
EngageHR Team

Annelle brings her passion for helping others and over 30 years experience in Corporate Human Resources and business to the Engage HR Source staff. In her free time, she loves traveling with her husband, loves her dogs, is a volunteer at a local hospital and several non-profit organizations serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Diane Schultz

Diane Schultz
EngageHR Team

From small nonprofits to complex global organizations, Diane has led the way providing solutions for people initiatives. As a career HR business partner she adds value for clients beyond their expectations.
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