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Kim Cottage is a trailblazer in the recruitment industry and a co-founder of the Philanthropy Network of NY. With a passion for connecting corporate clients with their philanthropic missions, Kim has made significant contributions to the intersection of business and social impact. Her innovative approach has set her apart in the recruitment field, making her a key player in fostering meaningful partnerships between companies and their philanthropic goals.



Michele owns her own company specializing in Management and Leadership training for many Long Island businesses. She helps companies improve their productivity and profitability by educating managers on how to develop the skills to sharpen their focus on the bottom-line and enhance an organization’s ability to excel in their markets. Her workshops focus on the often-overlooked people skills that can positively impact morale, productivity, performance and profits.


Michele has a Master's degree from Hofstra University in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She has worked in the training and organization development field for close to 20 years creating management and employee development training programs in diverse industries and improving corporate cultures.


Michele is also an Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College in the Psychology Department. She is also a professional speaker.

Programming Co-Chair: Kiki Orski MBA, RN

Kiki Orski is an experienced Performance Improvement Consultant with over 20 years of coaching and training leaders to achieve great results by improving workplace relationships. Kiki coaches leaders to work more effectively with their leadership teams, their employees and their clients to improve productivity, engagement and ultimately profits.  Her company, Peak Performance Consulting is dedicated to helping organizations develop the interpersonal, leadership and client service skills needed to be an Organization of Choice.  

Kiki focuses her energies on combining the people, processes and performance metrics needed for any business to succeed. The guiding principles of Emotional Intelligence, Agile Leadership, Team Effectiveness and her certification as a “Results Systems” Coach and Everything DiSC facilitator, help provide a solid foundation for all clients in her practice.  The primary goal is to ensure the work, and learning completed is truly sustainable and achieves outstanding outcomes. Peak Performance has a client list that spans healthcare, pharmaceuticals, travel, banking and engineering firms. 

Partial client list: Swiss Army Knife Co, Air France, Chick Fil A, Hospital for Special Surgery, NY Presbyterian Healthcare System, Pfizer, and BNB Bank




Andrea has Human Resources experience in various functional areas including organizational development, employee relations and staffing. Strong written and oral communication skills as well as formidable interpersonal skills. Experience in various industries, including insurance, retail, brokerage and government. Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of management within an organization. Education background applicable to fashioning training modules, employee workshops and organizational presentations.

Specialties: Recruiting

Employee Relations


Obtained Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) - 2013


EMERGING LEADERS CHAIR-DENIELLE ELLISTON, Human Resources Business Partner at alice +olivia

LEGISLATIVE CHAIR: Melissa Pascualini, Jackson Lewis, ASsociate

Melissa Pascualini is an associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. She advises clients regarding the development and implementation of effective employment policies, handbooks, procedures and contracts. She also regularly advises clients on compliance with the myriad of federal, state, and local employment laws, including the FMLA, FLSA, state/local wage hour, sick leave laws and related requirements.

Additionally, Melissa advises national and regional companies on emerging privacy and cybersecurity issues, including the broad and growing array of mandates, best practices, and preventive safeguards. As a member of the firm’s Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity group, she has assisted numerous clients with investigating, remediating and responding to data breaches of various kinds.

While attending law school, Melissa was elected editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Trial Techniques Program. She authored a student note about reducing discrimination in workplace hiring practices under the Fair Chance Act.




Morgan Marran specializes in Advertising, Marketing and Social Media Management and is currently an Account Supervisor at Ampersand Marketing. Morgan excels in client engagement, account management, and coordinating communication strategies especially through social media for a variety of industries.

Morgan is committed to bringing a hands-on and personalized approach to SHRM-LI. As a graduate of Stony Brook University with a BS in Business Management and a Minor in Marketing, she combines academic prowess with practical experience to navigate the complexities of the business world.

Passionate about creativity, strategic thinking, and effective communication, Morgan continues to leave a lasting impact in the advertising and marketing landscape, driving success for clients and organizations.


Sheryl Haughton Taylor is the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer / Chief Compliance Officer at Osborne Association, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals and families impacted by the criminal legal system. She joined Osborne in 2018 and leads the company’s Human Resources, Security and Facilities, General Counsel, and Office Management business units. She is also responsible for providing direction and leadership to promote institutional change related to race equity and the intersectionality of affected marginalized groups. Sheryl has spent her career in nonprofit management because of her commitment to mission-driven organizations like Osborne. With over twenty years of adding value, she has focused her career on transforming organizational cultures through leadership, coaching, and development. Sheryl has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She also holds a certification from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Human Resources Studies. Sheryl is secretary of the board of directors for AABR, Inc, an organization committed to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As an active member of SHRM-LI for over fifteen years and chair of the Diversity, Equity& Inclusion committee, Sheryl is looking forward to advancing the chapter’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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