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The following professionals will judge entries in the Employer of the Year and Human Resources Team categories in 2017. 

Stevie® Award winners in the Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of judges' average scores and public votes, with each public voting adding 1/1000 to the average score. 


Ivonne RocaIvonne Roca, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
The Word & Brown Companies, Orange, California, United States

Ivonne Roca is Executive Vice President of Human Resources at The Word & Brown Companies. She is one of many long-term employees, having joined the Word & Brown General Agency in 1988, just three years after its founding.

Ivonne is responsible for providing strategic leadership in developing and executing human resources strategies in support of the overall business plans and direction of the organization. She manages recruitment and retention; benefit administration; employee relations; organizational and performance management; training and development; change management; compensation; and company culture and employee programs. She supervises all office facilities, including the corporate headquarters and sales offices nationwide, managing lease negotiations, moves, and other changes. She also oversees the corporate training and development department, which provides a wide variety of training and education programs to more than 550 employees.

Ivonne has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Professional in Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

On being invited to Chair, Ivonne commented: “Providing a positive, welcoming, diverse work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally and personally should be every employer’s goal. These Awards recognize companies who achieve, sustain, and foster those goals.”


Hussein AlSayed AhmadHussein AlSaied Ahmad, Senior Consultant
Dubai Statistics Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

I have a Master's Degree in Business Administration and am certified as a lead assessor from EFQM. My experience covers more than 15 years in strategic planning and corporate excellence and development  for both the private and government sector.

Christina AugustineChristina Augustine, Global HR Consultant
Sling Sound Consultants, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Christina Augustine is a proficient Global HR leader with 18 years of experience in steering HR in diverse industries and capacities including IT, Telecom, FMCG, and Health Care. She is currently Director HR-Global Human Resources at VirtusaPolaris Corporation.  Christina was honored with a national award in India, the “Indira Super Achiever” in HR Excellence; and she and her company have also received international HR accolades in The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia Best Employer Awards, Golden Peacock Awards®, and the UK Top Employers. She is the President of Women of Virtusa, a Diversity & Inclusion initiative. Christina earned her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, with expertise in leading Digital HR and OD domains, from the University of Madras. She is an experienced therapist and mentor specializing in counseling and psychotherapy, and has published several scientific papers. She is a Human Resources evangelist and international keynote speaker through TV Shows, social forums, print, and other media; and her TV show, “Enna Seivadhu?” is a good family treat. 

Heather BartonHeather Barton, Human Resources Consultant
Freelance, London, United Kingdom
Oxford graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with signification experience at HR Director level in Further Education, Probation, Housing and cultural exchange. Currently working as an HR Consultant with small businesses and charities mainly in the Health and Wellbeing sector.

Annekatrin BuhlAnnekatrin Buhl, Head of PR & Marketing
trendence Institut GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Annekatrin Buhl is Head of PR & Marketing at trendence, Europe’s leading research institute for employer branding, personnel marketing, and recruiting, and is responsible for the company’s strategic and operational communications in Germany and Europe. After completing her studies in communications in Leipzig,  Annekatrin worked for wbpr in Munich, starting as a consultant and going on to become Project Manager for Employer Branding und Evaluation.  

Yavuz DuyarYavuz Duyar, HR Coordinator
Opet Petrolculuk A.S., Istanbul, Marmara, Turkey  
Industrial Engineer in HR :)   


Brenda GallickBrenda Gallick, Director of Team Member Success
Billhighway, Troy, Michigan, United States
Brenda’s primary role is to innovate and nurture a team-oriented culture that aligns with Billhighway’s core values.  In addition to culture and engagement strategies, she is responsible for talent acquisition and development, as well as compensation, benefits programs, policies, and strategic performance objectives. Prior to joining Billhighway in 2010, Brenda worked in human resources and benefits consulting at Great Lakes Strategies.  Brenda is SPHR certified and earned an MSA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a BBA in Human Resources from Western Michigan University.   

Pinar GocgunPinar Tuba Göçgün, Human Resources, Learning & Development
Metlife, Istanbul, Turkey
Pınar joined MetLife in 2015 as Human Resources Director for Turkey. Pınar has 19 years of Human Resources experience in various industries. Prior to joining MetLife, Pınar worked for two years as HR Executive Interim Manager and Senior Consultant at Genuine People Consulting.  Between 2006 and 2013, Gocgun held local and regional management roles at Alcatel Lucent Telecommunications in Turkey and Azerbaijan, CIS Central, Southern Europe, and Africa. From 2000 to 2006, Pinar worked as Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Eli Lily Pharmaceutical Company, and as Project Manager and Consultant for Arthur Andersen and Ernst Young Turkey. Pınar graduated from Istanbul Technical University Industrial Engineering Department, and in 2012-2013 attended the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Leadership Program in Europe, completing the Co-Active Coaching Program in Istanbul. She is fluent in English and French.

Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Ed.D., Assistant Director, Student Engagement and Experiential Education    
University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, United States    

Jodi KatzJodi Katz, Founder and Creative Director
Base Beauty Creative Agency, New York, New York, United States

Base Beauty, a full-service creative agency dedicated to the beauty industry, was founded in 2007 by long time industry pioneer and beauty expert, Jodi Katz. Founded on the philosophy “WHERE BRAINS MEET BEAUTY” the agency develops innovative, clever and engaging work for industry trailblazers, both large and small. Base Beauty’s brand elevating capabilities are separated into three strategic divisions: + Image: Brand Strategy, Creative Development, Image Campaigns, Social Media Content, Advertising + Packaging: Design & Development + Public Relations: Media/Influencer Strategy & Execution.

Chris LitherlandChris Litherland, Founder and Lead Consultant
Mariposa Consulting International, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany     

Founder and Lead Consultant with Mariposa Consulting International, working in Organization Effectiveness, Business Support Services, HR Excellence, Change Management, M&A's and Executive Search & Coaching. He has held senior international HR roles in Honeywell, Intermec Technologies, SAS Institute, and Fujitsu ICL. An Environmental Studies graduate from Sheffield University, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, SHRM-SCP and GPHR accredited, and former global advisory board member with SHRM. A regular Judge for: International Business Awards, HR Awards, and a member of Workforce Business Intelligence board. He is a frequent presenter and panelist at global conferences, seminars and webinars. A keen supporter of charitable causes and organizations including: Save the Children and International Red Cross. Located in Germany for the past 19 years and a long-time mobile worker.

Chatellle LynchChatelle Lynch, Chief Human Resources Officer
McAfee, Plano, Texas, United States
Chatelle Lynch is chief human resources officer at McAfee. She oversees compensation, benefits, rewards and recognition, systems, services, and workforce intelligence, along with learning, development, and talent. Known for her expertise in producing cutting-edge programs that best meet the needs of diverse business models, Lynch is well versed in organizational design and development for today’s dynamically changing landscape. Lynch has global and executive expertise in the high-tech industry, with experience in designing stock, cash, bonus, and other incentive programs. Additionally, she is proficient in executive and sales compensation, and has designed and implemented a world-class HR services center for McAfee.

Jesintha RajaratnamJesintha Rajaratnam, Partner & Management Consultant
Money Garden, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Management Consultant for over 25 years.Partner, 'Money Garden', an investment consultancy firm.Based in Bangalore, India.Serving as a Stevie Judge for various management categories since 2011.

Shonda Scott Shonda Scott, CEO
360 Total Concept, Oakland, California, United States   
In 2006, CEO Shonda Scott created 360 Total Concept as part of the solution, providing program management services to organizations needing support in public relations, monitoring and contract compliance, logistics, and facilities management. 360 is headquartered in the Bay Area, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Shonda Scott has two decades of business experience that she leverages to assist clients with Turning Concepts into Reality. 360’s client list ranges from TV networks to federal agencies, school districts, & major corporations. Shonda was appointed to President Obama’s Platform Committee, is a recipient of the 2016 Silver Stevie, and the 2017 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award. In addition to her entrepreneurial and civic work, Ms. Scott is executive producer & host of talk show Spotlight with Shonda Scott, highlighting positive success stories in the Bay Area. Shonda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (with a business emphasis) from University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate studies at Holy Names University, MBA program.