As President of Berkshire, Beth Ronnenburg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is responsible for leading one of the most reputable and respected brands in affirmative action compliance solutions. Beth, who became President in June 2011, is the steward of Berkshire's strategic vision, “to help companies build their ideal, balanced workforce.” She oversees all business interests and operations, and more importantly, Beth is a well-known thought leader who speaks regularly at conferences including SHRM, National Industry Liaison Group (NILG), and other national events. She currently serves as a board member for the NILG, where she represents the Mid-Atlantic Region. She is also on the board of the Baltimore ILG.
Cheryl Boyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is currently the Director of Diversity Services for Berkshire Associates. She brings over 25 years of HR experience to Berkshire’s leadership team, providing valuable strategic direction to the company on solving client’s business issues as they relate to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Under Cheryl’s direction, this service takes a quantitative look at data to evaluate a company’s DEI-related metrics and progress. Cheryl also provides consulting on EEO, Affirmative Action, and DEI to clients seeking an expert with “real life” experiences leading HR and senior level executive in these areas.
As Berkshire’s Director of Audit & HR Services, Lynn Clements, Esq. manages Berkshire’s Pay Equity, HR Services and Audit Defense practices. With over 20 years of experience in the EEO and affirmative action space -- including nearly eight years working as a former senior official at the EEOC and OFFCP -- Lynn brings a unique blend of regulatory expertise and keen legal analysis to every project she oversees. At Berkshire, Lynn’s superpower lies in her unique ability to guide clients through the stressful process of responding to government investigations.
Karl Hester is the Director of IT & Product Development for Berkshire, a leading provider of high quality, state-of-the-art software products and consulting services, specializing in human resources and affirmative action. Karl has been with Berkshire since 1998, and has been involved with and managed all aspects of Berkshire's products throughout his tenure, including software development, system implementation, application deployment, and client support. In addition to managing Berkshire’s product line, Karl has worked extensively with clients to design and develop custom software solutions to extend the needs of Berkshire’s core offerings. As IT Director, Karl is also responsible for the day to day management of the IT infrastructure for both the corporate network and for Berkshire's SaaS based offerings. Karl has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. He has experience in architecting and developing desktop, client/server, and web based solutions primarily for the Windows platform.
Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Director of Affirmative Action and Training Services and responsible for overseeing, developing, and providing consulting services related to human resources management. From concept to implementation, Michele is involved in every aspect of Berkshire’s consulting services; ensuring clients receive the support they need to meet their unique goals. With over 15 years in the human resource industry, Michele is an expert in HR practices and procedures. This experience allows her to provide leading customized solutions on a variety of human resource issues that surface in all types of business. Michele holds a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Management Skills from New York State University at Buffalo.
As Director of Finance and Administration for Berkshire, Lisa Roeder oversees the Accounting, Human Resources, and Facilities departments. With over 30 years of accounting and business management experience working in the government, manufacturing, and services industries, Lisa understands what it takes to keep business processes running effectively. Lisa is an active member of both the Society for Human Resource Management, and the American Society of Women Accountants. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri.
As Director of Sales and Marketing for Berkshire, Mike Jalali spearheads marketing, and client acquisition and retention strategies. With a degree in economics and over 30 years of significant business leadership, including time at IBM and the American Red Cross, Mike applies his in-depth knowledge to addressing the unique needs of each of our Berkshire clients. Having navigated the non-profit, government and education, technology and professional services industries, Mike understands how to build the important connection between client service and client retention as he supports the Berkshire commitment to building mutually beneficial relationships.