PEAR™ Team

Executive Team

Deidre Koppelman

Founder & CEO

Since founding PEAR™ in 2003, Deidre has worked closely with senior level executives, business owners and organizational teams, providing strategic management counsel and solutions across a variety of industries. Deidre puts her focus into organizational development, leadership development and behavioral analytics for her clients. Deidre is one of 6 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 is also a member of the Strategic Coach program.  Deidre is always on the path to increase her knowledge so that she can share what she learns with every client.  Her well-developed “tool box” allows her to be creative in helping her clients solve their most difficult challenges.  Deidre provides insight and confidence to all she works with in order to help assist with creating the changes necessary to achieve results.


Jonathan Gassman

Business Strategy Manager

Jon has been a long-time client of PEAR, and a dear friend with a mind of incredible growth strategies.  Jon serves as our Business Strategy Manager and we are grateful to have him as part of the PEAR team.

Jon’s background includes advising highly respected C-level executives and fortune 500 companies in a multitude of disciplines. As Founder and CEO of the Gassman Financial Group, Jonathan continues to guide management teams across a variety of sectors through pivotal business operations including: organizational health analyses, succession planning, compensation and benefits programs, talent acquisition, talent leadership and development, assessing and developing sales objectives, creating a culture of accountability, team building, and creating process efficiencies.


David Freedman, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Capital Management

Dave comes to PEAR after 15 years in human resources consulting with APTMetrics, Inc. He has worked with companies of all sizes, across multiple industries, and including many of the Fortune 100 as well as state and federal government agencies.

His wide-ranging experiences include designing competency models, engagement and culture surveys, exit surveys, and multi-rater feedback processes. He is also experienced in talent acquisition, including developing job descriptions, structured interviews, executing role-plays, and onboarding new employees. Additionally, Dave brings strong expertise in data analytics and designing reports that are easy to understand and visually striking.

Dave is at his best when building collaborative client relationships. His unique combination of professionalism, approachability, and passion for solving problems means that PEAR’s clients can be assured that he will confidently guide them to the best solutions for their needs.


Toni L. Scarito, MA, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Toni is a dedicated professional with background in Human Resources in both the private and public sectors. From orientation, onboarding, training and investigations to human resource administration and management, Toni has worked for companies ranging in size from 850 to 6000 union and non-union employees.

Toni‘s past career experiences–working in a family-run business; her twenty years as a police officer, personnel officer and detective investigator with the New York City Police Department; and nearly a decade teaching, have combined to help prepare her for a career in human resources. Her analytical, investigative and leadership skills have continued to prove invaluable in her role as a Director of Human Resources.

Additionally, Toni has extensive hands-on experience with Legal Compliance at Federal and State Levels; Employee Handbooks; Benefits Administration; Workers’ Comp and Disability Administration; Unemployment Support; COBRA Administration; Employee Relations; Training and Development; Employee Counseling; New Hire Paperwork & On-boarding; Performance Management; Sexual Harassment Training and Disciplinary Process.

Toni earned her Master’s in Education and Human Resource Administration from Seton Hall University and her PHR Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She is a member of SHRM and HRNY.

Professional Team Members


Christine Mathewson

Special Projects Coordinator

Christine started as an intern at PEAR in early 2012 and upon her college graduation she became a full time member of the PEAR team. As her journey progresses at PEAR, Christine has grown into an all-star support member to our talent acquisition team, the outsourced human resource management team and the behavioral analytics team.

Christine has a BA degree in Professional Communications and a Minor in Sociology from Farmingdale State College.

Always reliable and always focused on how best to service our team and our clients, Christine exudes what PEAR is all about.


Lauren Leprine

Talent Acquisition Account Manager

Graduating from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Lauren joined the PEAR team with enthusiasm and professionalism from the start. Her love of helping our clients find the absolute best candidates to hire shows up in everything she does, every day. Lauren is also the happiest when she can inform a job seeker that they “got the job” because she has compassion for all.

During her college years, Lauren was an active member of the Human Resources Society. Lauren was previously employed as recruitment coordinator for a small firm in Jericho, NY where she gained experience and knowledge on the art of recruiting. She also has worked for a family owned pharmacy where she acquired excellent customer service and leadership skills. With her previous employment history, coupled with her commitment to service, she is a rock star in the talent acquisition team at PEAR.


Stephanie Quinn

Talent Acquisition Account Manager

Stephanie, AKA “Quinn”, joined the PEAR talent acquisition team with tremendous passion. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources and a minor in Communications. “Quinn” is best known for her calm demeanor on the outside and serious diligence to provide the absolute best in service to our clients.

In her previous position, she worked as a Customer Experience Manager where she gained knowledge of customer service management as well as recruitment and hiring. As a member of the PEAR team, Stephanie continues to take on more challenges and is always seeking to enhance the performance of the PEAR talent acquisition team.


Milanna Otway

Talent Acquisition Account Manager

While pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Professional Communications at Farmingdale State University, Milanna worked as a recruiter for a healthcare staffing agency. Within this role she assisted clients with locating and onboarding new staff members. Milanna has a keen ability to target her candidate searching very specifically and efficiently. Milanna also brings her full life cycle recruiting and payroll experience to our PEAR clients.

Milanna combines customer service skills and recruitment experience to provide clients with the perfect match. She brings a keen understanding of building business relationships and a dedicated commitment to client satisfaction to the PEAR team.


Justin Cutler

Talent Acquisition Account Manager

Justin joined PEAR upon graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. His focus on leadership and passion for helping people has made him a great asset to our Talent Acquisition team.

Throughout college, Justin held multiple internships at Discovery Communications and America Works, where he gained experience evaluating talent within a large organization. He brings a fresh perspective to PEAR that we greatly value.

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Hamadi Sanchez, MA Industrial Psychology

Talent Acquisition Account Manager

Hamadi comes to PEAR bringing over 3 years of experience as an HR professional working in the Non-Profit, Hospitality, Finance industries. He currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salve Regina University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Fairfield University. His areas of expertise include Training & Development, Talent Acquisition, and Corporate Communications.

Hamadi has a passion for Management Consulting and is eager to deliver the highest level of service to all of his clients. Prior to working with Pear he served as an Employment Coordinator at a Non Profit Social Services organization and as a Human Capital Coordinator at a Financial firm in midtown Manhattan. Hamadi is extremely excited about using his education and experience to contribute to the overall success and growth of PEAR Core Solutions.

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