PEAR™ Team

Executive Team

Deidre Koppelman

Founder and 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.


Karen Randle

Chief Human Resources Officer

Karen Randle, joined PEAR Core Solutions in 2005 and serves as the President of our outsourced Human Resources Management division.

Karen brings over 25 years of Executive level Human Resources support, with extensive experience in Legal Compliance, Employee Relations, Talent and Performance Management, Training and Development, Benefits and Compensation Management as well as Talent Acquisition.

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 and businesses ranging in size from 10 to 2000 individuals confront a broad range of human resources challenges. A highly regarded HR advisor, Karen is known and heavily relied upon for putting the “human” back into Human Resources.


Jonathan Gassman

Chief Financial & Strategy Officer

Jon has been a long-time client of PEAR, and a dear friend with a mind of incredible growth strategies.  Jon serves as our Chief of Financial and Strategic Operations 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.

Sue WIlson

Sue Wilson, PHR

Vice President of Human Resources

Sue Wilson is a Strategic Human Resource Professional and brings with her over 25 years of experience in the field of Human Resources primarily in multi-company/location organizations in the defense, semiconductor, financial services and health care sectors.  Sue’s expertise includes organizational management, selection and implementation of HR systems, strategic partnerships, employee relations, talent acquisition, employee benefits plan selection and design, compliance and performance management.   Sue’s experience is highlighted by her ability to support and partner with senior management through all phases of business operations, by managing people and projects to improve overall company performance.

Sue earned her PHR in 1997 and has a Bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Organizational Management. Additionally, Sue is experienced in ISO:9001 and the creation of management systems, and is a certified internal auditor. Sue is a member of SHRM, SHRM Long Island Chapter, HR East End Circle, and the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation.

Professional Team Members


Stephanie Rufa, PHR

Human Resources Generalist

Stephanie joined the PEAR team in 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.


Nicole Mucaria

Director of Talent Acquisition

A natural leader with the grace and style that always makes you smile. 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 brings to PEAR a well-rounded business acumen that she gained from being trained and 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. Nicole is also MBTI certified.

With all of her experience in leadership, operations and hiring, Nicole brings to the PEAR talent acquisition division a level of professionalism and guidance to her team and service to our clients that we are all very grateful for.


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 Specialist

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 Specialist

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.

Falisha Indarjit

Falisha Indarjit, MBA

Human Resources Assistant

Falisha received her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and her Bachelor of Science from CUNY York College. While at Keller she interned at Phoenix House where she was able to quickly contribute to the Human Resources team.

Falisha gained additional business knowledge and experience from the fashion and health care industry, before transitioning into Human Resources.

As an intern for the American Cancer Society, Falisha visited medical centers educating women about breast cancer. Falisha is dedicated to client service and always brings the sunshine wherever she goes and we are happy to have her on our PEAR HR team!


Anthony Monteleone

Human Resources Coordinator

Personable and a client favorite, Anthony adds his talents to the PEAR Human Resources team with confidence and drive. A graduate from CUNY Queens College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Student Services and Counseling, Anthony was an active member of the Peer Counseling program.

He is now also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations at New York Institute of Technology and is also a SHRM officer member of the student chapter on campus.

Anthony has worked in a wide range of industries including, Healthcare, Education Services and Finance. While working at Allen Health Care Services, he was promoted and responsible for leading the payroll department. Anthony aims to please and we are so happy to have him a part of the PEAR team.


Jairo Rondon

Human Resources Coordinator

Jairo began his professional career in Human Resources working full-time for Tri-Ed Distribution.  When Jairo joined PEAR, he was more than just a welcome addition.  His “can-do” attitude and desire to be challenged quickly earned him a seat working at our client’s offices where he continues to develop relationships with the employees, as well as senior management.  Jairo is an amazing educator and will be relied on to provide training courses in all aspects of human resources including payroll, onboarding, employee relations and benefits.

Jairo graduated from Hofstra University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications with a concentration in Human Resources.

We welcome Jairo to PEAR and look forward to watching him take on every challenge with zest!

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