2006 Judges

Terry D. McCallister

Terry D. McCallister is President & Chief Operating Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Washington Gas. He is responsible for all aspects of the regulated utility including business development, construction, operations, environmental, safety, engineering, rates and gas acquisition, information technology and human resources activities. He also serves on the board of directors for several wholly owned subsidiaries of WGL Holdings, Inc.

Mr. McCallister plays an active leadership role in the natural gas industry and the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Gas Technology Institute (a research company for the natural gas industry), the Leadership Council of the American Gas Association, and the Board of the Southern Gas Association. He also serves on the board of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Misti Mukherjee, Esq.

Misti Mukherjee, Esq., a principal in the law firm of Odin, Feldman, & Pittleman, P.C., is co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. A community leader and frequent speaker on employment law issues, Ms. Mukherjee’s practice is management-oriented, and she counsels and trains businesses, non-profit organizations, and trade associations to anticipate and avoid labor and employment problems. She also negotiates and drafts a wide range of employment-related agreements and she represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before local, state, and federal agencies, including the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Mukherjee was recently named among Virginia’s “Labor and Employment Legal Elite: according to Virginia Business magazine. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the HR Leadership Forum, a past Judge for the HR Leadership Awards, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Madeira School.

Lovey Hammel  

Lovey Hammel, a native Virginian, is Co-Founder and current President of Employment Enterprises, Inc. (EE, Inc.), a staffing and human resources company.  EE, Inc., a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), offers a full range of services through its subsidiaries:

Temporary Solutions, Inc. – Co-Founded in 1980 at the age of 21.  A temporary employment service offering a comprehensive line staffing options for clients in the Northern Virginia Region. Named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States for four consecutive years.

Checks & Balances, Inc. – Co-Founded in 1989. A Professional Employer Organization with prestigious clients nationwide. Provides one-stop outsourced Human Resource services including: employee benefits, training, administration, worker’s compensation coverage, and payroll.EE, Inc. has sales of $85 million and conducts business in forty-six states.

The Corporate Headquarters is located in Prince William County, Manassas, Virginia. EE, Inc. was named to Working Women magazine’s 2000 list of the 500 largest women-owned companies in the United States, “Working Women 500”; is consistently named to the Washington Business Journal’s list of “Top 25 Women-Owned Companies in the Metro Area” and is #95 on their list of Top 100 Privately Owned Businesses in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Lovey is involved in numerous civic, business and community programs. She focuses her efforts on education and women’s issues.

Ruth E. Starr 

Ms. Ruth Starr, a new Adjunct Professor in the National-Louis University School of Management and Business at the McLean-DC Campus, has a rich in-depth knowledge of telecommunications and technology from over 20 years in federal government service. She began her government career as a clerk-typist for the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983 and steadily rose through the ranks with the help of caring supervisors. She now works for the General Services Administration, Federal Technology Service, in the Nation’s Capital. Ruth began taking college level courses through correspondence, now known as “snail mail,” before the internet and email were invented.  Ruth is an avid reader, practicing artist, 10-pin bowler, and spends her spare time listening to music. She spends time with young women in government to help them plan their career. She and her husband travel together whenever possible.

Larry McIsaac

President, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC

Larry McIsaac joined Newell Rubbermaid in November 2003 as President of Burnes Group. In May 2004, he was named President of Rubbermaid Commercial Products. Larry is a seasoned global executive with over 25 years of leadership positions in various high profile branded consumer products businesses such as Tasco, Brunswick, Remington, Zebco, True Temper and Samsonite Furniture. He has served in progressive financial, general management and presidential roles in the U.S., Australia and South America.

Larry graduated from Manhattan College.

Janet Samuelson

Janet Samuelson is the President of ServiceSource Network, a network of 4 non-profit organizations headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mrs. Samuelson has worked in the rehabilitation and employment field for 25 years. She is an active participant in state and national workforce development and rehabilitation concerns.

Mrs. Samuelson currently sits on the Executive Committee and the Youth Council of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. She has served on the Board of VaACCSSES and on the Employment Service Organization Advisory Program for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in Virginia.the U.S. Department of Labor.

Cookie Perlmutter

Ms. Perlmutter was the 2004 HRLA award winner for service in a large company. After graduating from college with a BA in Humanities, Ms. Perlmutter began her career with a non profit organization dedicated to easing racial tension within the school systems in Louisville, KY.  She took a twelve year hiatus from work to be a stay-at-home Mom and acculturated her family to her return to work by returning to school.  Newly armed with a Masters in Human Ecology, Ms. Perlmutter re-entered the professional world in an administrative capacity.  She soon found herself doing a myriad of basic HR tasks and slowly migrated to a full time HR position.

During a ten year employment in HR for a biotech company, Ms. Perlmutter took advantage of the tuition reimbursement program to earn her MBA in Strategic Human Resources Management.  In the government contracting industry since 1997, Ms. Perlmutter is currently the Vice President of HR for Perot Systems Government Services, Inc. a company of 2200 associates located across the United States and abroad. She took a twelve year hiatus from work to be a stay-at-home Mom and acculturated her family to her return to work by returning to school.  Newly armed with a Masters in Human Ecology, Ms. Perlmutter re-entered the professional world in an administrative capacity.  She soon found herself doing a myriad of basic HR tasks and slowly migrated to a full time HR position.

Sheryl Phillips

Sheryl D. Phillips has been partnering with leaders in organizations for the past 20 years as a leadership coach, organizational consultant and human resources executive.  Before beginning her own coaching and consulting practice in 2001, she was the senior Human Resources Executive in large organizations, most recently for Arlington County, Virginia, an urban municipality directly adjacent to Washington, DC.

Sheryl is on the faculty of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program, an ICF accredited program for certifying leadership coaches.  Sheryl has her Master’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.  She received her Coaching Certification from the Newfield Network and has a certificate in Organizational Learning from George Mason University.

Sheryl works extensively with executives and leaders in the federal government, local government, private and non-profit sectors.  Her practice areas include executive coaching, leadership development, strategic and business planning, and leadership team development.

Sheryl is a frequent speaker on the subject of leadership and coaching, speaking at the 2003 ASTD international conference in San Diego, and SHRM, ASTD and OD organization conferences in the Washington DC Region.  In 2003, Sheryl published Executive Coaching—A Leadership and Organizational Development Method, offered by the International Personnel Management Association for Human Resources.

Paul Baldino

Paul Baldino understands human resources from the perspectives of both an operating and staff manager. He is the Deputy Director of the Arlington County Human Resources Department which provides recruitment, compensation, employee relations, benefits, training, retirement and risk management services to the county government’s 3500 full-time employees and 3,000 retirees.

Before joining Arlington, Baldino retired as Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority where he managed a 22,000 acre park system with $100M in operating and capital budgets, 550 full-time and 2300 seasonal and part time employees. Previously, Baldino was employed by Fairfax County’s Human Resources Department in a variety of roles including Acting Director, Assistant Director and Employment Manager.

Baldino is a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. His awards include Fairfax County’s Managerial Excellence Award and Distinguished Public Service Leadership Award, and the Baltimore-Washington Local Government Personnel Association’s Executive of the Year Award.