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CRHRA February Dinner Program: Successful Onboarding Programs
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When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00 PM
Where: The Century House
997 New Loudon Rd
Latham, New York  12210
United States
Contact: Molly Bibisi

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Successful Onboarding Programs – A Panel Discussion with Local HR Leaders

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Join us for an informative and engaging panel discussion on successful employee onboarding programs!
Colleen Williams-Wright will moderate this panel discussion, featuring three local HR leaders: Schyler
Houck from Saratoga Casino Hotel, Kathleen Proper from Taconic Biosciences, and Mark Ward from
Curtis Lumber. Together, the panelists will discuss initiatives that have worked well and dissect
challenges they’ve faced with onboarding new employees.

Attendees will come away from this program with insights into best practice concepts to successfully
integrate new hires into company culture, provide employee and manager tools to support ongoing
success, learn how to better retain top talent through effective onboarding, and measure your
program’s effectiveness.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
5:00 – 5:45 PM: Registration and Dinner
5:45 – 6:00 PM: CRHRA Announcements
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Panel Discussion

The Century House
997 New Loudon Rd, Latham, NY 12110

Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students/Retirees: $25

Molly Bibisi
(518) 694-4582

This program has been submitted for 1.5 credit hours through HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and

About our Speakers:

Colleen Williams-Wright (moderator) is a certified Human Resources Professional with over 25 years of
experience. Colleen is the founder and President of Braecon HR Solutions, LLC, a firm that provides
human resources expertise in talent acquisition, retention, corporate culture, training, leave
administration and day to day human resource management to local businesses. Prior to starting
Braecon HR Solutions, Colleen worked as the Director of Human Resources for AuthentiDate Holding
Corporation and subsequently Astria Solutions Group, for over 17 years. While operating as
AuthentiDate, Colleen was responsible for all aspects of human resources for the Schenectady based,
publically held software organization and all of its U.S. subsidiaries including: Computer Professionals
International (“CPI”), docSTAR, AuthentiDate and TracMedical Solutions Inc. Prior to working for
AuthentiDate/Astria Solutions Group, Colleen worked for 3 years recruiting technical resources for
Uniforce Staffing Solutions.

Colleen earned a Master’s of Science in Management with a finance concentration from Purdue
University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Mary Washington.
Colleen is certified as a Professional of Human Resources from HRCI and is also a SHRM Certified
Professional in Human Resources.


Schyler Houck is the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations at the Saratoga Casino Hotel
where he leads the HR team in ensuring that there is an exceptional employee and guest experience.
Schyler has a MBA from Clarkson University and a BS in Marketing and Management from Siena College.
He is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) through HRCI and SHRM-SCP through
the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Schyler was selected as one of the “Top 30
Under 30 HR Professionals” by SHRM in 2016. He currently serves as a President of the Capital Region
chapter of the Association for Talent Development and as a member of SHRM’s Young Professionals
Advisory Council.

Schyler has worked across several industries, for organizations such as the New York State Government,
Bechtel, and most recently the Saratoga Casino Hotel (SCH). His team at SCH supports the operation of
a race track, hotel, casino, multiple restaurants, night club, simulcast, and online wagering platforms.
His experience has run through a wide array of HR and business functions, but he enjoys working on
organizational development, process improvement, coaching, and strategic planning initiatives.


Kathleen Proper has over 15 years HR experience and is currently Senior Manager, Human Resources at
Taconic Biosciences.  She has responsibility for compensation, benefits, training, recognition, and
compliance in her role.

Kathleen holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management and the Senior
Professional in Human Resources and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designations.  She is also
certified as an adult distance running coach through the Road Runners Club of America.


Mark Ward is currently Director of HR at Curtis Lumber Inc. Mark’s professional career started as an Air
Traffic Controller in the U.S. Air Force where he honed his skills developing and training others. Marks
experience from the Air Force lead his enthusiasm of working with people in human resource and safety
fields where he has enjoyed twenty plus years as an experienced leader in the profession. Mark’s areas
of strength include overseeing talent management and development, strategic planning, HR service
delivery, HR policies/programs, recruiting and safety.

His career includes working in the staffing, manufacturing, call center and private industries. Mark
currently enjoys his position as Director of HR supporting Curtis Lumbers 21 facilities throughout New
York the Northern Vermont. Mark has a degree in Airway Science (aviation degree) with a minor in
business and has enjoyed many years of continued education attending national and local seminars,
classes, and webinar learning opportunities. Over the years Mark has enjoyed building long lasting
relationships from every aspect of his career and is looking forward to continuing to build new
relationships into the future.

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