2019 MRC Speaker Bios
Michelle Bennett, GMS, BHHS Alliance Real Estate
As the Vice President of Corporate Relocation at BHHS Alliance, Michelle is the first point of contact for all third-party relocation referrals, including serving as the Inventory Specialist for their relocation division. She works with several corporations and third-party companies. She has been in the relocation industry for 15 years and understands the need for quick sales at the best sale price possible .
Michelle has the pleasure of managing all operations for the relocation department, including training agents to properly execute third-party transactions, supervising referral assignments and assisting in agent selections. Her priority is working to ensure all details are looked after properly, whether it involves one transferee, or a group move. She makes sure all transactions are smooth and stress free for the transferee and that they exceed the expectations of our third-party and corporate clients.
Michelle's agent team pays meticulous attention to the entire relocation process at each and every client touch point to ensure all your inbound and outbound St. Louis transferees receive the personalized attention and support they deserve. From their superior tools and materials, to their global network, to their deep connection to our local community, they are passionate about what they do!
Erica L. Burton, CRP, Chase
Erica L. Burton is a Client Account Manager for Chase and covers the Midwest Region and relocation management company accounts for Chase’s Relocation Mortgage Program.
Erica serves as the single point of contact for Chase clients in a dedicated Account Management role. She educates and consults with corporations to evaluate home purchase policies to ensure they have best practices’ in place to support the needs of their domestic and global workforce.
Erica joined Chase in February 2006. She previously managed the Closing Relocation Team at Chase. Her knowledge of the relocation industry has enabled her to effectively manage and build relationships with her clients.
Erica has her CRP and is a member of Worldwide ERC and the Vice President of the Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago. She also serves on various planning committees. Erica operates out of the Columbus, Ohio centralized relocation service delivery center. Aside from work, she enjoys supporting her Steeler’s Fan Club, playing softball and traveling.
Sue Carey, SCRP, SGMS-T, Baird & Warner Real Estate
Sue Carey, SCRP, SGMS-T serves as Vice President, Corporate Relocation Strategies for Chicago based Baird & Warner Real Estate. A licensed broker, she has been supporting the needs of the mobile workforce for more than 25 years and is known for building customized solutions to meet corporate goals, specializing in high-touch executive level and group move management.
Sue is the Chairman of the Board for Worldwide ERC®, the mobility industry’s premier trade organization. She is a two-time recipient of WERC's Distinguished Service Award and currently serves as a member of the Real Estate and Mortgage Forum. She is a former member of WERC's U.S. Advisory Council and has served as the Chairman of their Certification Review Board. In addition, she is past-President of the Relocation Directors Council (RDC®), a former advisory council member for a number of relocation management companies, and has served as an executive board member and CRP® certification trainer for the Corporate Relocation Council (CRC) in Chicago.
Jennifer Connell, SCRP, SGMS-T, HCS, Weichert Workforce Mobility
As a Practice Leader for Weichert Workforce Mobility’s Advisory Services, Jennifer Connell is responsible for consulting with clients on industry trends. With over two decades of experience in the mobility and employee benefits industries, she utilizes her first-hand knowledge of policies and best practices to advance new program development and optimize the talent and mobile workforce goals of global companies.
She leads major research projects by designing and implementing creative research instruments to expedite data gathering and analysis in order to develop recommendations to companies and develop programs that address their unique business needs. Jen has covered a variety of mobility topics, including rotational programs, core-flex approaches, cost savings, and most recently, Weichert’s International Extended Business Traveler survey. Jen has spoken on workforce mobility at conferences in the US and Canada, and has served as a subject matter expert for publications, such as HR Magazine, Expatica, and the Boston Business Journal.
Stephen Cryne, Canadian Employee Relocation Council, CERC
Stephen Cryne is the President and CEO of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), the leading provider of research, professional education and information to the relocation industry in Canada. CERC also works with governments to effect change to legislation and regulatory practices to better facilitate the movement of talent.
Prior to joining CERC, Stephen had his own consultancy practice providing strategic planning and communication services. He has an extensive management background in both the private public and sectors, association management, human resources and government relations.
Stephen is a regular speaker at human resources management and talent mobility industry conferences. He also writes for several industry journals and magazines. His articles are featured in national print and he is often called upon by the media for comments about mobility and migration.
Amanda Daering, newance
We started newance to solve the workplace chicken and egg. To hire amazing talent, you need to have great opportunities. Great opportunities are built by and around talented people. You can't have one without the other.
We provide recruitment, workshops and other unique services like cohort recruitment to help the area's best employers both keep and bring talent into our region. I'm beyond excited to be partnered with NEWaukee to bring their expansive community network and expertise in engagement to newance.
Kelli J. Duehning, BAL - Berry, Appleman & Leiden, LLP
Kelli Duehning is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, practicing in the firm’s Compliance and Government Relations team. Kelli joined BAL after a 17-year career with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Prior to joining BAL, Kelli managed the Western Law Division of USCIS and was responsible for developing and coordinating all legal strategies in the western United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and offices in the Asia Pacific District. She also worked closely with government investigators and federal law enforcement officials and was a close advisor to agency leadership on complex immigration issues.
Kelli was promoted to the Deputy Western Regional Counsel in 2007 and, in 2008, became the Chief of the Western Law Division for USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel. Before the creation of the DHS, Kelli started with INS through the DOJ Attorney General’s Honor Law Graduate Program in June 2000 and was stationed at the San Francisco, Calif., district office as a Trial Attorney.
Lisa Fontana, CRP, GMS-T, Quicken Loans
Lisa Fontana is Senior Account Executive for Quicken Loans. She has over 30 years of experience in real estate related business development and account management roles, and currently focuses on relocation/mobility business development in the Midwest.
Prior to joining Quicken Loans Business Development, Lisa served as Director, Broker Relations for a sister Family of Companies, Rocket Homes. In addition, she has held several positions within the industry, including Corporate Property Manager and Office Manager for prominent real estate companies, Client Services Consultant, Senior Relocation Counselor, Director of Operations, Director of Client Services, Account Executive, and Director of Broker Alliance Management for leading relocation management companies.
Lisa is a graduate of Roanoke College in Virginia where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has completed additional real estate and relocation training/certifications such as real estate licenses previously held in Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, and designations of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council®, including Certified Relocation Professional® (CRP®) and Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS-T®).
Deisy Garcia, GMS, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Deisy is a Global Mobility Manager for Walgreens Boots Alliance. As a Global Mobility Manager, Deisy partners with transferees, vendors and the Business to ensure a smooth transition and assignment for the employees. She is also responsible for policy and program development. Deisy brings over 15 years of human resources experience. Her professional background includes filling roles in global mobility, domestic relocation, benefits, eave of absence management, and general HR.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Deisy has earned Worldwide ERC's Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation. Giving back to the community is important to Deisy. She has lead several fundraising and volunteer recruitment events for Junior Achievement and has taught financial literacy classes to school aged children. We can’t forget to mention Deisy’s passion for dogs, travel and culture.
Cesar Gonzalez, Northern Trust
Cesar Gonzalez is Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager/Specialist, Client Operations Services, Latin Heritage Leadership Council President 2014 -2016, 2018- present.
Cesar joined Northern Trust in 1998, supporting client financial and regulatory reporting for Institutional Client segments. In Cesar’s nearly 20 years of experience within the financial industry, he has held the relationship manager role, supporting the investment manager on behalf of clients. He also supported large corporate clients in the account manager role and managed various levels of servicing teams within enterprise and security operations at Northern Trust. Most recently, he returned from a two-year expat assignment in Northern’s India Operations office. There, he served as the India Head of Client Accounting, with local staff along with partners in North America and Manila. Cesar has also enjoyed several opportunities to serve as a board member of not-for-profit organizations that focus on community outreach, housing and educational services within the Chicagoland area.
Teresa Guitterez, GMS, IOR Global Services
Teresa is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Global Talent Development group and working closely with clients and assignees to ensure high quality program delivery.
Prior to joining IOR, she and her family lived in Shanghai, where she managed the role of settling her family and that of trailing spouse. Teresa worked as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at a K-12 international school. She was a key member of a team that achieved record high enrollment and worked creatively with expatriate service providers to meet the needs of diverse expat families regarding school enrollment.
Teresa also resided in Belgium for six years as a trailing spouse. During her time there, she earned a master’s degree then worked as a Senior Business Consultant for Arthur Andersen. She holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and a Master’s of Science in Management from Boston University. Given her international experiences, Teresa can truly empathize with those undergoing a relocation and leverage this experience to ensure a seamless process.
Joy Gulik, GMS, Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
Joy Gulik attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, and has spent the bulk of her career working in global mobility.
Joy is currently the Global Mobility Program Manager for ITW Inc. (Illinois Tool Works, Inc.). ITW is a global industrial company with seven industry-leading segments that deliver highly innovative, customer-focused solutions. Founded in 1912, ITW has revenues of $14.3 billion and employs over 50,000 dedicated colleagues globally. Joy is responsible for tax and immigration compliance; and global mobility policy, procedure, and provider management. She also advises the HR community and senior management on leveraging global mobility to meet operational goals.
Prior to ITW, her experience included various roles in client management at Xerox Relocation and Assignment Services for seven years; heading up the mobility program of Molex, Inc. for 14 years; and implementing the International Assignment System at Price Waterhouse for three years. As Director, Client Services at Xerox Relocation and Assignment Services, Joy was responsible for managing the global service delivery teams, including workload management and process refinement. She was also responsible for client relationship development and various consulting projects. While at Molex, she developed, communicated, interpreted, and implemented global mobility program goals, philosophy and policy. In addition, she was responsible for the management of the tax and immigration programs and all global mobility providers providing services to the company. As Tax Associate in the Tax Technology Group of Price Waterhouse (PW), she was responsible for the implementation of the International Assignment Management System (IAMS), which was the first version of an expatriate management software developed by PW.
When she’s not working, Joy may be found at a local swimming pool or soccer field, cheering for one of her three kids. She enjoys biking and traveling with her family, good movies and scrapbooking. She actively supports AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs, Junior Achievement and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Jodi Harris, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Jodi Harris sometimes enjoys talking about herself in the third person, so finds writing a bio amusing. Jodi has 13 lucky years of progressive global mobility expertise, from the both sides of the mobility fence (service provider and corporate).
Like others, she fell into the mobility industry, but she feels like she found a great balance of complete insanity and professional challenge, with the occasional caped presentation thrown in for fun. She has also relocated about eight times now in the past 15 years, so has a user perspective she likes to focus on when managing programs or supporting clients. Currently, she manages the Global Mobility, US Wellness, and US Disability functions at Johnson Controls, Inc., and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jodi has an interesting level of niche experience in mobility within government contracting organizations like Harris and Northrup Grumman, as well as commercial global relocation and assignment support experience with MOVE Guides, Computer Sciences Corporation and now within JCI. She has a strong focus on program transformation and process improvement, aligning programs with business and talent goals, as well as tax, legal, and immigration compliance.
She is passionate about finding ways to navigate the risks and challenges of doing business internationally, and helping to ensure that assignments and relocations are successful. Jodi holds a Masters in HR Management and a BA in Business Administration from Strayer University, where she completed both degrees as a working parent, but mostly in her pJs.
Arlene Kozlowski, Kohler Co.
Arlene has administered global mobility operations at Kohler Co. for over 20 years. Kohler Co. is a global manufacturing company, doing business in six continents with over 33,000 associates.
She partners with executives, human resources teams, and business unit leadership to successfully action expatriate assignments, international relocation requests and immigration consults.
Inherently involved with policy development, process structure, and immigration regulations, Arlene has participated in numerous business initiatives, mobility process and vendor reviews, and immigration case management. Arlene is an expert in her field through real-time experience and has a genuine passion for global immigration.
Tonya Krebs, CRP, Shorewest Realtors
Tonya Krebs, CRP, is Director of Relocation for Shorewest Realtors® in Metro-Milwaukee - Southeastern, WI. In this position, she leads all aspects of the relocation division for Shorewest with a full-service relocation division.
Shorewest, Realtors® is Wisconsin’s Largest Home Seller ™, family owned company with 22 sales offices and over 950 sales associates.
Tonya has over 19 years of relocation industry leadership. Prior to joining Shorewest Realtors in 2015, she was Corporate Relocation Director for First Weber Group, serving Southeastern, WI and Relocation Director for Coldwell Banker in Northwest Arkansas. She also managed relocation for Kohl’s Department Stores in Menomonee Falls, WI.
Tonya is a member and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Relocation Directors Council (RDC); a member of Worldwide ERC, from which she holds her Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation; a member and past board member of the Wisconsin Employee Relocation Council; a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network; and a past board member of the RELO Direct Strategy Council.
Stephanie Lewin, GMS, Envoy Global
Stephanie Lewin is Head of Global Immigration at Envoy Global. Stephanie is an attorney who bring over 20 years’ immigration experience. Before joining Envoy, Stephanie served as Senior Counsel for Global Immigration at Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL), as well as held management positions at Crown World Mobility and Emigra Worldwide in London.
Earlier in her career she worked at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and was an in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company.
Chris Lagerman, CRP, GMS, WHR Group
As WHR Group’s Director of Global Operations, Chris provides additional oversight to quality assurance, program and policy guidance, and service escalation support, backed by his 16-years of experience. Chris is a certified Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) and a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®), with a deep working knowledge of global mobility and compensation processes. He is responsible for internal operational development, which includes streamlining, documenting, developing, and continuously improving all processes related to operations. As part of his continued innovation in client experience, Chris attained the Certified Net Promoter® Associate (NPS2) designation in 2016.
Diana Markovich, GMS, IOR Global Services
Diana has over five years of international relocation and account management experience. As IOR’s Director of Global Client Solutions, Diana is responsible for developing and maintaining partner relationships, and identifying effective and cost- competitive solutions for her global client base.
Prior to cultivating business opportunities for IOR, Diana began her career in global mobility as an expatriate in Taiwan and Antigua for two and a half years. While navigating the many challenges of living and working abroad, Diana developed empathy for her non-native English-speaking students and a desire to bridge cultural gaps with her fellow colleagues, expatriate friends, and soccer teammates from across the globe.
Upon her return to the States, Diana continued to pursue her passion for helping people in international pursuits by accepting a position as a Relocation Coordinator for BGRS. In 2015, Diana joined IOR Global Services as a Destination Program Manager which later evolved into her current role.
Along with her global mobility experience and extensive travels across Asia, Europe, and North America, Diana’s professional background is enhanced with conversational Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, as well as a B.S. Ed degree in Health Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Dori McBride, CRP, RELO Direct
Dori joined RELO Direct in May 2017, bringing with her three decades of experience in consulting, project management, and business development in a variety of fields including training, language support, and benefits and insurance. Dori is a senior sales professional with a proven ability to implement new business channels, deliver measurable sources of revenue, and creatively manage client and prospective client objectives.
Her excellent track record of building new business, forging strong relationships with clients, and achieving company profitability targets began in the employee benefits consulting industry and continued into a health and life insurance brokerage. Just prior to joining RELO Direct, Dori was a sales director for a third-party relocation industry service provider. There, she identified, built, and managed relationships with both corporations and relocation management companies.
In her role as Director, Business Development, Dori consults with multi-national corporations in the Midwestern U.S. and proposed business solutions to meet their employee mobility needs. Dori also engages with RELO Direct’s supply chain to source new business and collaborates with real estate firms affiliated with RELO Direct’s parent company, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
Dori attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI and actively participates in local regional councils, including the Detroit Regional Relocation Council (DRRC) and the Corporate Relocation Council – CRC Chicago. Dori has also earned the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation from Worldwide ERC.
George Mokrzan, Ph.D., Huntington National Bank
An economist with more than 25 years of experience, Dr. George Mokrzan is Director of Economics for Huntington National Bank. In that capacity, he provides economic analysis and commentary to management and clients, giving them insight into the global economy as well as the local economies served by Huntington. Dr. Mokrzan first joined Huntington in 1996. He has been recognized as an important source to turn to for commentary on employment, manufacturing and international trade and its impact on the Midwest.
Previously, Dr. Mokrzan was both the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers’ Association. For 10 years he served on this national committee that meets regularly with policy officials. He is a panelist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Livingston Survey and also serves on the CNN Money Economist Poll.
Prior to his career at Huntington, he was the senior economist covering Australia and New Zealand for WEFA, Inc., an economic consulting firm in Philadelphia. Immediately out of graduate school, he taught economics in the S.U.N.Y. system.
Dr. Mokrzan earned a doctorate in economics from Duke University in 1990, with a specialization in macroeconomics, international economics and econometrics. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester.
Mary Mossberg, GMS-T, CMA, SHRC-CP, Plexus Corp.
Mary serves as a dynamic functional leader providing advisory oversight in a fast-paced environment to all regional global mobility stakeholders. She drives the development, implementation, administration and evolution of the Global Mobility Center of Excellence and rolls out the Global Mobility strategy across global and organizational borders.
Mary builds relationships and leads work teams, embodying a team approach within and across global cross-function organizational boundaries to support execution of the business and development needs while aligning with the Plexus Best People strategy.
She ensures compliance with immigration, labor, and tax laws and mitigates risk in support of policy and governance. She coaches, mentors and develops team members.
She developed, created, and implemented the immigration program at Plexus with global programs, policies, and procedures and the Global Mobility program at Plexus with global programs, policies, and procedures. She developed and delivered mobility/immigration training on complex matters; made simple to all stakeholders.
Mary’s experience spans five years within immigration practices and three years within global mobility.
Betsy Ortolano, Accenture
Betsy is currently a global mobility policy manager for Accenture. Her responsibilities included overall management of Accenture’s international training, trips & assignment policy as well as permanent relocations and in-country travel policies. Prior to this role she held other positions in Accenture on the North American mobility and travel teams managing destination services, corporate housing and permanent & temporary transfers. Before joining Accenture six years ago, Betsy spent her career as a service supplier for the trade-show/events industry in a variety of sales/marketing roles.
Bob Rosing, Dwellworks, LLC
Bob is an accomplished business executive with over 30 years’ experience in the relocation and real estate industries. He has solid strategic and tactical expertise in global operations, client relations, fiscal management, sales, and new product development. He is an innovative leader who builds structure, team, and culture to produce positive results in both public and private company environments. Bob is an expert at scaling operations, planning/executing mission-critical business initiatives distinguished by double digit revenue gains and achieving profitability objectives. He has demonstrated success in formulating effective go-to-market strategies and negotiating multinational acquisitions and partnerships.
Dwellworks’ footprint includes the U.S. for appraisal management, property management, and destination services/rental management, and Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, the U.K., Luxembourg, and Germany for destination services. The company's innovative business model is designed from the customer’s perspective and seeks to fill a niche in the marketplace by shortening its clients' supply chain via consolidated, compliant, cost-effective, and high-value delivery of downstream services for key relocation needs.
Dr. Michelle Rozen
As an expert on motivation and how it really works in the human mind, Dr. Michelle Rozen has devoted her career to teaching individuals, teams and organizations how to motivate themselves and others, increase engagement and address the human factor in every situation in the most effective, meaningful and growth oriented manner.
Thousands of leaders, teams and individuals have benefited from Dr. Rozen's insights and guidance in maximizing their potential while managing relationships, situations and challenges. Dr. Rozen finds an opportunity for growth in every challenge and turns it into a ladder toward growth.
Dr. Rozen is the author of three books, a TEDx presenter and a writer for the Huffington Post. She has been interviewed by CNN and the New York Times and makes regular appearances on NBC, ABC, FOX News and more. Dr. Rozen is a nationwide-‐recognized thought leader and top rated keynote speaker on motivation, leadership, change management, women issues and the human factor. Her keynotes are focused on the most up to date, cutting edge research with practical real life applications.
Dr. Rozen is on a mission to help people and organizations to unleash their full potential by understanding how they can motivate themselves and others and how motivation actually works in the human mind. Dr. Rozen holds a Masters and a Ph.D in Psychology.
Conor Schoemer, GMS, Mercer
Conor Schoemer is a Principal with Mercer, based in its Chicago office and is the Central Market Leader for the mobility practice. Conor brings over 16 years experience in the global mobility industry to advise a range of multinational clients on strategic, cost effective, and best practices on operating their global mobility programs.
Conor’s focus is on policy design, expatriate compensation and global mobility data and cost of living comparisons. He is involved with global consulting projects for clients ranging from organizations in all industries and global mobility program size.
In addition he conducts global mobility training sessions, presents on global mobility topics at conferences and through webinars, and manages Mercer’s Global Mobility North American Roundtable client conference.
Prior to joining Mercer in 2014, Conor worked at Brookfield Global Relocation Services as a Director in Client Services. He has managed large multinational programs in all regions of the world having spent 6 years as an expatriate living both in London, UK and Singapore. Conor is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management and of Wayne State University, where he received a MBA in Organizational Development.
Jennifer Stein, EA, Global Tax Network (GTN)
"I'm proud of the fact that I can call many of our clients my friends. Developing a strong relationship helps us work together as a team."
Jennifer loves working on puzzles and that's how she feels about some the global tax issues she handles for clients. While clients' projects may look similar on paper, she feels that every employee is unique, bringing her a different challenge to puzzle out. She has lived in Europe two separate times and credits those experiences for helping her appreciate the needs and concerns of international assignees.
She has more than 20 years of experience in expat and foreign national tax preparation and consulting. She joined Global Tax Network in January 2011 and serves as Managing Director for the Great Lakes region. She started her career with Arthur Andersen, and then joined Ernst & Young where she served for over 14 years.
Jennifer is known for extensive technical tax knowledge; coaching clients to understand the complexities of sending employees overseas; working through the different requirements of home and host reporting; explaining international tax issues in understandable terms.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drake University in 1991, and a Master's degree in international business with an emphasis in German from Pepperdine University in 1994. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent.
Tracy Toth, CRP, GMS, McDonald’s Corporation
Tracy Toth, Global Mobility Manager for McDonald’s Corporation is responsible for managing internal and external resources related to the successful delivery of the company’s global mobility program.
Prior to assuming this role in 2007, she played a key role in the design, development and implementation of McDonald’s U.S. domestic relocation programs.
In addition to her current role at McDonald’s she is also an active member of The Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago as Education Chairperson and has been active in serving on other CRC board positions throughout the years.
Tracy began her professional career in 1991 in Illinois as a Realtor selling real estate. She entered the corporate relocation industry two years later in an entry level position for American Escrow & Closing Company. Before joining McDonald’s in the late 1990s she also held mobility positions at Waste Management, Coldwell Banker Relocation and National Residential, Inc.
Hiroko Teshikawara, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Hiroko is a seasoned HR professional with 15 years of experience specializing in global mobility. For the past several years, Hiroko has been leading the growing Global Mobility function for Takeda, a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company with over 230 years of distinguished history in Japan.
Hiroko has primarily been managing the US relocation program, but has also been playing a leading role in Takeda's mobility program administration globally with responsibility over the management of preferred global mobility suppliers. Prior to joining Takeda in 2012, Hiroko successfully managed the global mobility function for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle from 2005 to 2012 as its program's annual volume grew tenfold and increased complexity as the organization crew its endowment and global reach.
Deanna Trevino, GMS, Rockwell Automation
Deanna Trevino, GMS, has been the Senior International Relocation Specialist for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, WI for 5 years. Previously, she was with S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, WI for 16 years, holding various global mobility roles. Deanna has earned her GMS and GPHR certifications.
Deanna recently served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Arc of Racine, a non-profit organization in Racine, WI that advocates for children and adults with disabilities. Deanna chaired the Arc’s annual Gala fundraiser for 6 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources degree from the University of Parkside in Kenosha, WI.
Michael F. Turansick, Fragomen, Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Michael Turansick is a Partner in the Chicago and Troy, Michigan offices of Fragomen, Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP. Michael has been practicing in the field of immigration and nationality law for over 30 years and manages a diverse practice that is comprised of individual, start-up, mid-size, and large multinational companies encompassing a broad range of industry sectors.
He is a member of numerous professional organizations and is a frequent author and speaker on immigration topics. Mr. Turansick has been recognized by several industry publications, including The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Leading Lawyers, for excellence in the field of immigration law.
Sandy Weaver, GMS, SML Relocation
Sandy’s career in relocation began in 1990. Having spent a few birthdays in the industry, Sandy’s career encompasses a broad range of experience including, Account Manager for a leading San Francisco-based temporary living provider, National Account HHG sales and Account Management and Business Development positions with leading relocation management companies. Sandy is a member of WERC and holds the GMS designation.
She is a member of six regional relocation groups, having served on the Board and former President of the North Texas Relocation Professionals. As a member of the Dallas HR (mega SHRM Chapter) Sandy is the Communications lead for the Membership Engagement Committee. She earned her B.A. from Northwood University.
Stephen Westerberg, Nelson Westerberg, Inc.
Stephen has been in the transportation and logistics field since April 1996. He has held numerous positions starting with a full-time career in sales. He was recognized as the top sales producer for Nelson Westerberg, Inc. (NWI) and Atlas World Group in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
He’s launched many new opportunities for his organization including Charter Transportation in March 2006 and American Van Lines supporting the Department of Defense Personal Property Program in 2011. In 2014 Stephen became the CEO of Nelson Westerberg Inc. They provide moving and storage services and commercial moving to Relocation Management companies and Fortune 500 companies. NWI manages over 9,000 shipments per year.