PEAR™ 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, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Capital Management

Dave has 18 years of experience in human resources consulting, working 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 outsourced HR management, workplace investigations, employee handbook development, talent management, 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.

Shireen Imani

Director of Talent Acquisition

Shireen comes to PEAR with over 10 years of Talent Acquisition experience. Her experience and expertise ranges from recruiting talent for companies of all sizes, and across multiple industries including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing including working with many of the top Fortune 500 companies.

Her passion for searching for the best talent for organizations and successful employee retention rates has led her to secure relationships as the exclusive recruiter for the largest health insurance company in New York City, #1 of 5 exclusive agencies for the second largest health insurance company in New York City, and an exclusive on site contract with one of the top hospital systems in the nation.

With a degree in Business and Marketing, Shireen has the passion for creating organizational change and is dedicated to improving business processes for all of her clients.


Stephanie Quinn

Associate, Human Capital Management

Stephanie, AKA “Quinn”, joined the PEAR 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 PEAR Core Solutions.


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.

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