Deidre Koppelman

Founder & CEO


Since founding PEAR™ in 2003, Deidre has worked closely with business owners, senior-level executives, and organizational teams providing strategic business management consulting across a variety of industries. Deidre puts her focus into strategic planning, organizational development, leadership development, and workplace behavioral issues for her clients. Deidre is one of 5 individuals in the State of New York that is a Kolbe® Certified Consultant.


In 2016, Deidre created GutwiZdom, a movement to help others succeed in business, and in life, by sharing the "wiZdoms" and journeys of thought leaders around the globe. GutwiZdom launched as a weekly radio show that aired on WCBS Newsradio 880 every Saturday night. The on-air episodes can be found here, where you can listen to interviews with: CEO of JetBlue, Robin Hayes, on creating a culture of accountability; Mark Sanborn, leadership speaker and best-selling author of "The Potential Principle"; Dr. Jonathan Winston, a highly regarded nephrologist along with Dr. John Puskas, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery (both from the Mount Sinai Health System); as well as Executive Editor of INC Magazine, Laura Lorber, and many more.


Deidre is a national speaker for Vistage International; a group dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives. As a long-time student of Strategic Coach, Deidre is always on the path to increase her knowledge so that she can share what she learns with every client.


Her well-developed “toolbox” 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.



David Freedman, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Organizational Development


Dave has over 20 years of experience in HR consulting, working with companies of all sizes and in many industries, from startups and small family business to many of the Fortune 100, as well as state and federal government agencies.


His wide-ranging experiences include outsourced HR management, workplace investigations, harassment training, employee handbooks, talent management system development, engagement, and culture surveys, exit surveys, and multi-rater feedback processes. Additionally, he is also experienced in talent acquisition, including developing job descriptions, structured interviews, role-plays, and onboarding processes that ensure new hire success.


Dave’s 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.
Furthermore, Dave’s focus on compliance and position success plans ensures that all of our clients are legally compliant and that each individual has a plan designed for them to help them grow with intention.




Stephanie Quinn-Schulman, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources


Stephanie has provided stellar HR support to our clients since 2014. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Human Resources and a minor in Communications.


Stephanie’s expertise includes HR legal compliance and audits, payroll and benefits, HR technology know-how, employee relations, and navigating federal and state leaves of absences. Stephanie is best known for her calm demeanor on the outside and serious diligence to provide the absolute best in service to our clients.


As a SHRM certified professional and trusted member of the PEAR team, Stephanie continues to take on more challenges and is always seeking to enhance the performance of PEAR Core Solutions and our clients.






Christine Mathewson-Rajca

Human Resources Generalist


Christine started her HR career as a PEAR intern in 2012 after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Farmingdale State College with a major in Professional Communications and a minor in Sociology. She was with PEAR for over 5 years, and then after a brief break, we were thrilled to welcome her back to the PEAR family!


Christine has years of experience in building business relationships and providing HR solutions. She also has deeply honed skills in recruitment, and helps PEAR’s clients to build and execute optimal talent acquisition plans, including legally compliant hiring practices, and ensuring only the best candidates are hired.



Christine is always a joy to work with, and her unwavering focus on client satisfaction means that she will stay dedicated to finding new and improved ways of helping our clients and their employees.





Michel Lukas

Human Resources Administrator



Michel is a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Organizational Leadership and was President of the National Communications Association. After graduation, Michel relocated from Bloomsburg PA to New York City and immediately found himself immersed in the NYC hospitality industry, where he spent 17 years in various leadership roles, developing his skill and passion for employee relations and performance development.


Michel is excited to be a member of the PEAR team where he is focusing on ensuring client compliance, talent acquisition, employee relations, performance development, and HR administration.


PEAR’s clients benefit from Michel’s thoroughness, enthusiasm, and positive attitude!





Olivia O'Neil

HR Associate


Olivia was raised by a lawyer, and this has guided her to take an interest in the field of HR. She’s about to enter her final year of study at Goucher College in Maryland, where she has been working towards her degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology.


Her main interests in HR are talent acquisition, performance development, and employee relations. She is eager to expand her knowledge of HR and pursue her career further.


Olivia supports PEAR’s mission to provide the best HR support to our clients, and she ensures that PEAR is responsive and meticulous in caring for our clients’ employees. From providing deep research and analysis on HR issues to executing daily HR needs, Olivia enjoys the day to day challenges that HR brings and looks to learn and grow from each one. We all appreciate her passion for the field, her skill and thoroughness in research, and her adaptability to the ever-changing nature of our work.





Katherine Posniak

HR Assistant


Katherine is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Pace University in Manhattan, where she is concentrating on Strategy and International Business. She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL), as well as minors in Spanish and Global Studies.


Through her work managing the USA branch of an international social enterprise, Katherine discovered her passion of working in a business setting that helps make a positive impact. Her primary strengths include interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, and she has a particular passion for matters involving ethics.


Katherine is looking forward to putting the skills and expertise she has learned throughout her MBA program to use with the rest of her PEAR team.