MEET THE TEAM

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-SCP

Vice President of Operations and Human Resources

 

Stephanie is a seasoned HR professional who has been a cornerstone of PEAR's success, offering exceptional HR support to clients since 2014. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University, where she majored in Human Resources and minored in Communications.

 

With a comprehensive skill set, Stephanie has proven expertise in HR legal compliance and audits, payroll and benefits administration, HR technology proficiency, employee relations, and the intricate landscape of federal and state leaves of absences. Her educational background and practical experience form a solid foundation that allows her to navigate the complexities of the HR domain with precision and finesse.

 

Stephanie's reputation as a trusted professional at PEAR is not only attributed to her robust skill set but also to her calm and composed demeanor, even in the face of challenging situations. Her ability to maintain a steady presence and exhibit serious diligence has made her a go-to resource for clients seeking top-notch HR service.

 

As SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Stephanie has demonstrated a commitment to continuous learning and excellence in HR practices. Her role at PEAR extends beyond HR, as she actively takes on new challenges, consistently seeking opportunities to enhance the performance of PEAR Core Solutions and elevate the level of service provided to our clients.

 

Stephanie's dedication, expertise, and commitment to ongoing professional development make her an invaluable asset to the PEAR team, contributing significantly to the success and growth of the organization.

 


Linda Ludwig-Tisch

Director of Human Resources

 

Linda brings to the table a wealth of experience as a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources, amassing over two decades of expertise that spans various facets of HR management.

 

Her journey includes serving as the Director of Human Resources for the YMCA, in New York and Rhode Island. In these roles, Linda has finely tuned her skills across diverse domains such as employee relations, investigations, compliance, and benefit administration.

 

What truly distinguishes Linda is her unwavering commitment to fostering effective communication and ensuring utmost customer satisfaction. This commitment extends to both clients and employees, as she believes in creating a harmonious and productive work environment for everyone involved. Linda's leadership style is marked by a balanced and compassionate approach, always maintaining a level head even in challenging situations.

 

In every endeavor, Linda strives for optimal outcomes, demonstrating a dedication to excellence that permeates every aspect of her work. Her role is not merely transactional; it's about building lasting relationships and contributing to the success of the organizations she serves. With Linda on board, our clients benefit from a trusted partner whose commitment to excellence aligns seamlessly with our mission of providing top-tier HR solutions. She is undeniably an instrumental part of our team, embodying the values that underscore our commitment to delivering unparalleled Human Resources services.

 


Tiffani DeAngelis

HR Administrator

 

Tiffani brings to our team a diverse professional background in Human Resources that spans across various industries. Over the past two years, she has dedicated her skills and expertise in the dynamic field of Hospitality.

 

Her passion lies in fostering positive company cultures, and she is dedicated to enhancing different aspects of HR, such as meticulous compliance enforcement, strategic talent acquisition, and comprehensive employee lifecycle management.

 

Currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at Empire State University, Tiffani is committed to furthering her knowledge and skills in HR Management. Her academic journey, coupled with her hands-on experience, reflects her dedication to staying abreast of industry trends and best practices. Tiffani's academic pursuits underscore her commitment to excellence and her aspiration to contribute meaningfully to the field of Human Resources.

 

Tiffani is known for her strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and ability to navigate complex HR challenges.

 


Nathalia Mayer

HR Administrator

 

Nathalia is a graduate of St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, NJ, where she majored in Criminal Justice. Currently, she is engaged in pursuing a Master's Degree at St. Elizabeth's, specializing in Human Resource Management, showcasing her commitment to furthering her education in the dynamic field of HR.

 

Before joining the dynamic team at PEAR, Nathalia accumulated valuable experience in the field of Human Resources, refining her skills and gaining a nuanced understanding of the intricate aspects of HR practices.

 

Thrilled to contribute her expertise to the PEAR team, Nathalia is driven by her passion for Human Resources and a genuine commitment to supporting PEAR's clients. Her enthusiasm for the field is contagious, and she brings a fresh perspective to the team, eager to contribute to the success and growth of the organization.

 

 

 

 


Camille Pavelko

HR Administrator

 

Camille has dedicated a decade to Human Resources, developing her skills in the healthcare and warehouse industries. Her diverse experience encompasses a broad spectrum of HR functions, showcasing a wealth of knowledge acquired through hands-on involvement in compliance management, team building, employee relations, ethics, and performance development. In addition to these core areas, Camille possesses deep proficiency in other crucial aspects of HR, including compensation and benefits, payroll administration, and talent acquisition.

 

A proud graduate of Herzing University, Camille graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Prior to venturing into the HR realm, she served as a restaurant general manager, an experience that ignited her passion for the intricacies of Human Resources. This background not only enriches her skill set but also provides a unique perspective on workforce dynamics, instilling in her a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between leadership and HR practices.

 

Camille's transition into the field of Human Resources reflects her genuine enthusiasm for the field. Her journey, marked by a diverse set of experiences, has shaped her into a dedicated professional with a deep-seated commitment to excellence in HR practices. Her passion for compliance, team dynamics, and employee development makes her an asset to the PEAR team.

 

Excited to contribute her wealth of knowledge and skills, Camille joins the PEAR team with a readiness to assist clients with their varied HR needs. Her diverse background, combined with her dedication to fostering positive workplace environments, positions Camille as an invaluable resource for PEAR and its clients, ensuring tailored and effective HR solutions.

 


Anthony Astacio

HR Assistant

 

Anthony is a dedicated and accomplished HR professional with a solid foundation in Business Administration and a passion for Human Resources. Currently on the path to obtaining his bachelor’s degree in HR, he has already earned an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College.

 

His professional journey has been marked by his role as a Talent Acquisition Specialist at one of Miami's leading healthcare institutions. In this capacity, Anthony played a pivotal role in identifying and acquiring top-tier talent for the organization, contributing to its success and growth. His hands-on experience in both Human Resources and Talent Acquisition has equipped him with an enthusiasm for the HR field, which is evident in his proactive approach to each opportunity, as he embraces challenges with a positive attitude and a drive for continuous learning.

 

Anthony's passion for Human Resources, coupled with his hands-on experience and his determination to stay abreast of industry trends and best practices make him a valuable asset in driving PEAR's HR initiatives forward.

 


Tom Weiss

Talent Acquisition Specialist

 

Tom brings a decade of invaluable Human Resource experience to PEAR, marking a significant addition to our team. His passion for the intricate processes of recruiting and onboarding sets him apart, making him a dynamic force in ensuring a seamless and positive experience for both prospective employees and the organization.

 

Before venturing into the realm of Human Resources, Tom carved out a successful career as a Marketing/Advertising executive for various advertising agencies in NYC. This unique background infuses a creative perspective into his HR approach, allowing him to approach talent acquisition with a strategic mindset.

 

Tom thrives on the meaningful connections he builds with prospective employees, leveraging his expertise to identify the perfect fit for each open position. His commitment to ensuring a positive onboarding experience reflects his dedication to the long-term success and satisfaction of the individuals he recruits.

 

Prioritizing a deep understanding of each client and candidate's unique needs, Tom is poised to elevate the recruitment process at PEAR. His strategic approach ensures that our clients consistently receive highly qualified candidates, tailored to meet their specific staffing requirements. Tom's commitment to excellence and personalized attention to detail sets the stage for successful partnerships, where both clients and candidates can thrive in their respective roles.

 

Tom's dual expertise in marketing/advertising and Human Resources positions him as a well-rounded recruitment professional, capable of not only identifying top talent but also ensuring that the onboarding process aligns seamlessly with the organization's goals.

 


Hillary Doloboff

Talent Acquisition Administrator

 

Hillary brings a unique blend of expertise to the PEAR team, rooted in her educational background and global experiences. Having a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in education, her professional journey is driven by a passion for effective communication, education, a deep understanding of multicultural dynamics, and the desire to help others obtain their professional goals.

 

Her academic journey commenced with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, laying a solid foundation for a career in Talent Acquisition. Hillary’s ability to articulate information clearly, and persuasively, has proven invaluable in creating engaging interview questions, communicating with applicants, and fostering effective relationships with both clients and candidates.

 

Hillary’s passion for understanding diverse cultures has been further enriched by her extensive travels across five continents. Whether communicating with candidates from various cultural backgrounds, or collaborating with international employers, her firsthand experiences have provided her with a global perspective that is invaluable in today's interconnected professional landscape.

 

This multicultural awareness not only enhances her ability to connect with a wide range of candidates, but also allows her to assist employers in building inclusive and diverse teams. Hillary is proud to work with our clients in celebrating diversity and capitalizing on the strengths that a varied workforce brings to the table.