Since founding PEAR™ in 2003, Deidre has worked closely with senior level executives, business owners and organizational teams, providing HR solutions and counsel across a variety of industries. Deidre puts her focus into organizational development, leadership development and behavioral analytics for her clients. Deidre is one of 8 individuals in the State of New York that is a Kolbe® Certified Consultant.
Prior to founding PEAR™, Deidre served as President of a direct marketing catalog company, where she oversaw the operations and strategic direction of the 85-person organization. Deidre previously held various positions at Time Warner, NBC, GE Capital and Doubleday.
Currently a member of Vistage International; a group dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives, Deidre also serves as; Co-chair of the Gotham Mentor Partnership Program and is an active member of the Long Island Business Association. Deeply rooted in her community, Deidre volunteers her time to provide counsel and support to the Industry and Commerce Council for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, the Education & Assistance Corporation, and the Kidney and Urology Foundation where she was just honored as Humanitarian of the Year.
Karen brings over 25 years of Executive level HR support, with extensive experience in Legal Compliance, Employee Relations, Talent and Performance Management, Training and Development, Benefits and Compensation Management as well as Recruitment.
Having spent most of her career in executive level positions in Operations and Human Resources, Karen has helped clients with both union and non-union employees from 10 to 2000 in every industry confront a broad range of human resources challenges. A highly regarded HR advisor, she is known and heavily relied upon for putting the “human” back into Human Resources.
Certified as a financial planner and public accountant, Jonathan acts as a chief financial advisor and coach to many highly respected C-level executives and fortune 500 companies. As Founder and CEO of the Gassman Financial Group, Jonathan has guided management teams across a variety of sectors through pivotal business operations including: organizational health analyses, talent acquisition, talent leadership and development, assessing and developing sales objectives, creating a culture of accountability, team building, and creating process efficiencies.
Jonathan received his education at the Long Island University/CW Post Center for undergraduate and graduate school, where he earned B.S. and MST degrees. Jonathan has earned his CFP® designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He earned the (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He received additional professional training through the Rainmaker Academy, the Strategic Coach Program, the Values Based Planning Academy, and the Renaissance Charitable Giving Foundation. Jonathan has been a member of The American Institute of CPA’s, The Financial Planning Association, New York State Society of CPA’s, National Committee on Planned Giving, Planned Giving Group of Greater New York, and the Estate Planning Council of NY. He is a frequent participant in both the AICPA and FPA conferences.
Professional Team Members
Stephanie joined the PEAR team since April 2011. She has been in the Human Resources field for over 5 years and previously worked for a non-for-profit special education preschool, and privately held alarm systems company. Stephanie has a background in benefits, payroll, training, workman’s compensation, and employee relations and is quickly developing her skills and knowledge in other areas. She has a Master of Science in Human Resources Training and Development from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Art from SUNY Geneseo. Currently, Stephanie is on the National Executive Board of Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, an organization geared towards educating and advancing women and children to receive higher education through tutoring and mentoring programs, community service programs, and educational opportunities, panels, forums, and events. She also participates in other organizations affiliated with Lambda Pi Upsilon to empower others across the nation.
Karen Calabro, Payroll Specialist
Karen has over 25 years of payroll experience with a concentration in implementation of upgrades in both payroll systems and time keeping systems. She is a certified payroll expert with ADP and has processed payroll using AccuData, Timberline and various in-house payroll products. She has worked in retail, manufacturing and construction environments with both union and non-union employees. Along with extensive payroll knowledge she has a strong background in Employee Benefits including benefit billing reconciliation and open enrollments.
Matthew graduated from SUNY Oswego and received a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies with concentration in Human Resources. He also acquired a certificate of the Essentials of Human Resource Management from NYIT. Matthew was previously a Professional Medical Recruiter for a Medical Staffing Agency located in Melville, NY. Before that, Matthew was employed for ten years within a privately owned franchised McDonald’s . He quickly rose up the ranks and successfully completed four promotions until he was awarded the entire restaurant as a General Manager. As a GM, Matthew received a vast amount of corporate training that included Management, Leadership and Human Resources.
Christine started as an intern at PEAR in March 2012 and just four months later she became a full time member of the team as an Administrative Assistant. She recently started working remotely, but is still supporting PEAR with their administrative actions. She is also responsible for allocating assessments as needed for the PEAR team. Christine has a Bachelors degree in Professional Communications and a minor in Sociology from Farmingdale State College. Her experience at and prior to PEAR encompasses all aspects of customer service and administration.
Nicole graduated from SUNY New Paltz with her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. While at New Paltz she was an active member of the national Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. Nicole has gained her experience from working in numerous industries such as education,, sales, and management. While working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car Nicole was promoted to Assistant Branch manager in which she was responsible for assisting with branch operations. As a Sales Representative for Paychex she was responsible for acquiring and maintaining numerous both new and old accounts. With all of her experience, Nicole has acquired the skills to assist PEAR with recruitment, leadership training, and employee development.