Eileen Levitt CEO
SPHR, SHRM-SCP – CEO
As Founder and CEO of The HR Team, Eileen Levitt attains great personal satisfaction in helping small, mid-size, and emerging companies focus on what they do best; directing business growth and profitability.
Eileen’s previous employment saw her talents in fostering business growth expand as she contributed to her employers’ development. As the Human Resources Director for Rapid Systems Solutions, a Maryland-based technology firm, Eileen helped grow the company from a staff of 28 to 350 in five years. In her role as Human Resources Administrator for The Discovery Channel, the company grew from 90 to 450 employees in just three years.
In 1996, Eileen re-focused her vast knowledge and experience in human resources, including business strategy, communications, training, coaching, and financial management, to found The HR Team. Eileen has built her company on the strength and commitment of her talented team of employees. In addition to leading The HR Team, Eileen currently serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. Appointed by the Governor, the Commission is dedicated to ensuring opportunity for all through the enforcement of Maryland’s laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts.
Eileen has also served on the following nonprofit boards: The Red Devils (where she serves as board development chair); Athena PowerLink Baltimore; Association for Corporate Growth (where she is a past board president); Executive Alliance (where she served as chair of the membership, mentoring and philanthropy committees; University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business (where she served on the entrepreneurship advisory board); Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund (where she served on the board); Business Women’s Network (where she is a past board president); American University Alumni Association (where she served as the Baltimore Chapter president) and Leadership Howard County (Class of 2003 and served on the General Membership Executive Committee).
In addition, Eileen has served on the board of Integrity National Corporation, a for-profit privately held government contractor based in Rockville, Maryland.
Eileen has been published and/or quoted in numerous magazine and periodicals including: The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Employment Management Today, HR Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Baltimore Sun, The Business Monthly, Baltimore and Washington Business Journals, The Daily Record, and Forbes.com. She is a featured contributor on negotiation in the Dale Carnegie Sales Training Book Sales Advantage and on the interviewing process for the book The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work. She also served as the “Recruiting Expert” for the online career management site: vault.com
Eileen is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) and holds an MBA from The University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The American University.
With the honesty, integrity and exceptional work ethic that Eileen brings to her company and to all her community partnerships, she has been recognized and honored with the following awards:
- Maryland Daily Record: 2020, 2014 and 2008 Maryland’s Top 100 Women (Circle of Excellence induction)
- Baltimore Business Journal: 2014 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses #19
- Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise: 2013, 2010 & 2008
- Howard County Committee for Business and Economic Diversity: 2011 Individual Achievement Award
- University of Baltimore Alumni Association: 2006 H. Mebane Turner Service Award
- Baltimore Smart CEO Magazine: 2004 Future 50
- Business Women’s Network of Howard County: 2003 President’s Award
- American University Alumni Association: 2003 Ethel L. Smith Award
- US Small Business Administration: 2003 Maryland’s Women in Business – Advocate of the Year
Lisa Boss, MS Consulting Director
Lisa Boss, MSConsulting Director
SPHR, SHRM-CSP, CPSP
Lisa joined The HR Team in 2018. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience assisting small to mid-size organizations. Lisa brings a wealth of experience across a diverse range of industries including: government contracting, construction management, professional services, education, and not-for-profit businesses. Working directly with and for senior leadership teams, Lisa has designed and implemented recruiting/hiring/onboarding strategies, benefit programs and effective recognition programs, together with managing compliance issues, payroll and defending legal action.
Before joining The HR Team Lisa worked extensively assisting new and existing businesses establish and maintain strong, and compliant, human resource practices. Most recently Lisa worked as the Human Resources Director for a large independent school in Maryland. Lisa is most proud of her work as the founding Chairperson of the Maryland Independent School Consortium that enabled 14 different independent schools to design and purchase health insurance as a large group. The consortium ultimately saved Lisa’s employer more than $250,000 over 4 years while minimizing rate increases and maintaining an extremely strong health insurance program.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Science in Employment Law from Nova Southeastern University. She holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a CPSP (Certified Plan Sponsor Professional) and holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Peggy Dawson Managing Consultant
Peggy DawsonManaging Consultant
Joining the HR Team in 2016, Peggy has over 20 years of experience specializing in small to mid-size organizations providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startup, growth and stable organizations. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management. She has experience in various industries including professional services, technology and insurance.
Prior to joining The HR Team, Peggy supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through their stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. Peggy’s most recent positions have been as HR Manager and Director for technology services companies including Ease Technologies and Advance. In addition, she provided sales support for Apple Computers. Peggy is most proud of her ability to successfully recruit and team with highly skilled and technical professionals such as software developers and IT engineers.
Peggy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Kate King Senior Consultant
Kate KingSenior Consultant
Kate has 25+ years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.
Prior to joining The HR Team, Kate held human resources leadership positions for several government contractors, including Windermere and its successors Essex and Northrop Grumman. While at Northrop Grumman, Kate was the Human Resources Business Leader for the Cyber Intelligence & Information Assurance Operating Unit where she supported 300+ employees and partnered with Operating Unit leaders to ensure alignment of HR strategies with business initiatives and goals. Her roles within Essex and Windermere included management of the compensation program, Affirmative Action and EEO compliance, HRIS management, and development of policy and procedures. Kate was Director of Human Resources for Cidera, Inc. (a global internet satellite infrastructure company,) and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PGI, Inc. (a corporate communications company.) She was also an independent consultant specializing in human resources for 5 years, and Director of Human Resources for Rowley-Scher Reprographics, Inc.
Kate earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Maryland with a major in Personnel and Labor Relations and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Mariela Leary Senior Consultant
Mariela LearySenior Consultant
SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP®
Mariela joined The HR Team in 2008. She has over 18 years of human resources experience. Mariela has extensive generalist experience working at both large and small firms and is also proficient in creating and implementing productivity-inducing practices through the application of human resource information systems.
Her employment history includes positions such as Human Resources Manager for Hanley Wood, LLC, a Washington, DC based B2B Media Company. In this role she was responsible for evaluating and implementing a company-wide web-based performance review system and developing and delivering training to managers and staff. Prior to that she was the Human Resources Representative at Quintiles, a Bio-tech company in Arlington, VA, where she managed a number of programs, including salary administration, health, life, and retirement and stock benefit plans. Mariela also worked as the Human Resources Generalist at the Washington, DC offices of Faison & Associates where she had direct oversight of the office budget and administrative staff.
Mariela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baruch College, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®). She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), World at Work and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Angie Martin Senior Consultant
Angie MartinSenior Consultant
Angie joined The HR Team in 2007. She has over 20 years of human resources experience. Angie has extensive experience working with Human Resources Information Systems (“HRIS”) and in Human Resources Generalist roles, with large and small companies in a variety of industries including trades/industrial, not-for-profit organizations, technology, banking/financial, law, and professional services.
Prior to joining The HR Team, Angie’s work history includes being a Senior Analyst for Accenture where some of her projects were to analyze and document human resources business requirements for a new information systems implementation (Oracle), manage small and medium sized acquisition projects to ensure all human resources and payroll data correctly mapped into the information system database, managed applicant tracking systems, consulted with clients to analyze, assess and implement changes and additions to the information systems database. Prior to Accenture, Angie was the HRMS Analyst for PHH Arval where she consulted, analyzed and assessed information system requirements and implemented solutions. At Alpharma and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Angie held HRIS Specialist positions and was the Human Resources Generalist for Ryland Homes and First Union National Bank.
Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA, Business/Management from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD. Angie is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR, SHRM-CP), is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Jill Updike Compensation Consultant
Jill UpdikeCompensation Consultant
Jill re-joined The HR Team in 2019 and was with the firm from 2011-2015. Jill is a hands-on, dynamic professional with over 20 years of human resources management experience working in the fields of high technology, government contracting, manufacturing, and healthcare. Her areas of expertise are in compensation design and administration, benefits strategy and operations, HRIS, recruitment and retention, performance management, and staff training & development.
Jill’s most recent work prior to rejoining The HR Team, included the position of Director, Total Rewards at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Md.
She has also held the position of Director of Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS for BravoHealth, a Medicare Advantage health care provider. While serving in the position her duties encompassed directing all aspects of the company’s compensation and benefits plans as well as implementing a new HRIS system.
Prior to BravoHealth, Jill was Manager of Human Resources for Honeywell Technology Solutions Systems Inc., Honeywell Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary which focuses on providing government contracting services. She also has served as Human Resources Manager for Corvis Corporation (fiber optics manufacturing) as well as various other roles with Harris Corporation (high technology), and Rockwell International (avionics manufacturing).
Jill holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dwan Keith Senior Consultant
Dwan KeithSenior Consultant
Dwan has 20 years of Human Resources experience directly working with small to mid-sized companies. She is a strategic business partner and has worked alongside senior leaders throughout her career. Her passion is driven by creating an engaging and collaborative workforce.
Prior to joining The HR Team, Dwan supported both for-profit and nonprofit organizations as the sole member of their HR Department. In her roles as an HR Manager, she has gained experience in the Finance, Health Care, Automotive, and Government Contracting industries. She has worked to build programs that support HR initiatives while implementing internal processes that facilitate corporate objectives. Her vast experience includes labor and employee relations, benefits administration, performance management, payroll, talent acquisition, HRIS migration, training, and policy and procedures.
Dwan earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University and a Masters of Science in Administration Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University. She has earned certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management and Human Resources Certification Institute as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and her local Montgomery County SHRM Chapter.
Jill Johnston Senior Consultant
Jill JohnstonSenior Consultant
Jill joined The HR Team in 2021. She has 20 years of human resources experience in talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, and cultural development. Jill is an HR professional with proven success driving continuous improvement across HR services, formulating/implementing people management strategies, and analyzing interpersonal conflict factors. In addition, Jill is passionate about creating and nurturing a culture of excellence in the workplace.
Before joining The HR Team, Jill was the Director of Human Resources and sole human resources practitioner for a nonprofit housing agency in Baltimore, MD. Jill began her tenure in finance before moving into human resources, where she established the nonprofit’s human resources department from the ground up. In doing so, she created and implemented all HR standards and compliance, employment policies, procedures, job descriptions, and performance management processes.
As human resources director, she has focused on full employee lifecycle needs, organizational development, succession planning, and benefits administration. Over the years, Jill’s expertise has earned her a reputation for her ability to resolve internal conflicts by employing demonstrated structural and interpersonal management skills. In addition, Jill is a sought out leader on workplace diversity issues, having recently served as a panelist for a joint Department of Justice and Futures Without Violence conference regarding workplace inequalities. Jill is a 17 year graduate of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Leadership Program sponsored by Neighborhood Builders. It supports over 2,800 nonprofit leaders advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods. Jill also served as Board Secretary for the housing nonprofit and collaborated with the Board of Directors in strategy formulation and implementation.
Jill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lincoln University. She has taken coursework towards her Master’s in leadership management at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Jill is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP), a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Valerie Liebno Senior Consultant
Valerie LiebnoSenior Consultant
Valerie joined The HR Team in 2022. She has 10 years of experience working with small to mid-size for-profit and not-for-profit organizations focusing on recruitment, employee relations, benefits, HRIS, compliance, training, and employee engagement.
Before joining The HR Team, Valerie worked as the Director of Human Resources for a non-profit dual-diagnosis addiction treatment center with two locations in Maryland. When she was not supporting a staff of 120+, she focused her time on developing an efficient and up-to-date department by implementing an HRIS that would automate processes for onboarding, payroll, and time and attendance. She also worked closely with management to ensure staffing needs were met, employee concerns were investigated, policies were useful, and appropriate guidance was given. A proud moment for Valerie was creating and delivering her company’s first in-house training program.
Prior to that, Valerie worked as a generalist at a private equity-backed dermatology practice that grew from 10 locations to more than 40 locations within a few years. Aside from handling the day-to-day ongoing Human Resources Management, Valerie focused her time implementing an HRIS that could handle the workload of the rapidly growing company. She also assisted managers with onboarding, employee relations, performance management, and employee recognition.
Valerie earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services from Towson University. She also earned credits towards her master’s degree from McDaniel College in Human Resource Development. Valerie holds her certification as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).
Rhonda Caussin Administrative Manager