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Meet Your 2018 Governing Board Members

Thanks to all of you who participated in this year's nominations and election for the Governing Board. The election results are in and we are pleased to welcome this team that brings leadership, diversity, vision, willingness and ability to serve. Responsive image

Leadership Team

Greg Morton – NCHRA CEO
Greg Morton is a corporate strategy & growth development specialist and Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco based, Next Concept HR Association. With years of Fortune 500 and start-up experience within the Human-Capital-as-a-service space, he's been characterized as a visionary, strategist and marketing organization leader with a consistent record of delivering extraordinary results in growth, operational performance and profitability.


Chris Hornick – GBOD President

  • President and CEO, HBSC Strategic Services
As President and CEO at HBSC Strategic Services, Chris brings a unique blend of business, technology and strategy expertise to every engagement and work in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Utilities and High-technology industries. Unlike other firms like Accenture, PWC and Booz Allen, HBSC provides services through small highly experienced teams that help clients expertly plan and execute strategic initiatives for sustainable competitive advantage. Chris earned an MBA and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Michael Ignaffo – GBOD Past President

  • VP of Human Resources, The Lagunitas Brewing Company

Michael Ignaffo heads up HR for The Lagunitas Brewing Company (founded 1993 in California), known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text & stories on its packaging. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Mike has demonstrated capability in Engineering, Sales, Human Resources, Media, and Business Development in Automotive, Hi-Tech, and Film industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and has worked for Ingersoll-Rand, Timken, Cisco, Apple, and GoPro, as well as a couple of smaller ventures. Mike enjoys tackling new problems head on, and revisiting standing solutions using a clean sheet approach and newly-surfaced tools.

Margaret Almeida

  • Principal, Almeida HR Consulting


Margaret Almeida, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources leader with expertise in building and directing global Human Resources in start-up and high-growth technology organizations. Margaret partners with senior management to identify and address business needs through successful delivery of strategic and tactical HR initiatives. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University.

Robert Fowles

  • CFO, Opus One Winery


Recognized as one of the top 15 CFOs in the Northern California Bay Area by the North Bay Business Journal, Robert Fowles joined Opus One Winery as Chief Financial Officer in July 2006. In his role at Opus One, he is responsible for the accounting, financial planning, treasury, risk management, human resources and information technology functions. Prior to joining Opus One, Mr. Fowles held positions as the CFO of several companies, including Spectrum Organic Products, Inc. and Diageo PLC’s Chateau & Estates Wine Division. Mr. Fowles is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

Brian Gilmore

  • Lead Benefits Counsel, VP


Brian is the Lead Benefits Counsel at ABD.  He assists clients on a wide variety of employee benefits compliance issues.  The primary areas of his practice are health and welfare plans and 401(k) plans.  Brian also presents regularly at trade events and in webinars on current hot topics in employee benefits law.  Prior to joining ABD, Brian was an attorney at Trucker Huss.  He also has experience at the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration as a Benefits Advisor.  Brian received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

David Ludlow

  • Global Vice President of Product Marketing, SAP
As Global Vice President of Product Marketing at SAP, David is focused on global human capital management (HCM) solutions for SAP and SuccessFactors. David is an expert on delivering business value through technology and innovation. David earned his Bachelor degree in Finance from California State University-Chico

Nicole Patterson

  • Director of Global Employer Services, Deloitte


Nicole Patterson is a Director with Deloitte's Global Employer Services practice where she consults with multi-national companies on their global employee mobility and talent strategies and programs. She focuses on aligning an organization's approach to global mobilization of their talent to their larger business strategy and priorities. Nicole consults with clients nationally and across industries but specializes in Silicon Valley clients. Nicole also serves as Diversity and Inclusion Leader for Deloitte's Global Employer Services practice. Nicole holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Christine Tao

  • Co-Founder, Sounding Board


Christine co-founded Sounding Board, a platform that combines 1:1 coaching technology to provide customized leadership development to managers. Christine also led the global developer relations team at Tapjoy as part of the executive management team and oversaw business development, publisher sales, account management, operations with thousands of partners & developers worldwide. She has strong experience leading business development, sales & marketing in both large Fortune 500 companies as well as privately-held VC funded startups. Christine Tao received an MBA from Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joy Woo

  • Associate Vice President at AECOM


 Joy Woo is an Associate Vice President at AECOM and is a strategist, marketer, and implementer, Joy works with multi-disciplinary teams to drive strategic initiatives, design detailed plans to market and implement those strategies, and manage the programs required to meet/exceed performance metrics. As an Associate Vice President on the Cities Market Sector team, Joy manages strategic projects to promote growth in AECOM’s priority cities worldwide, including establishing a client management program. Joy earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and an MBA from University of California-Davis.