Board of Directors
Ashley Kobelan is the Compensation Manager at Berry Appleman & Leiden, a global firm singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and clients more successful. In her role, she manages all aspects of Compensation for over 1,000 employees. Ashley has held various roles in accounting, finance and human resources over the past 11 years, with her last 5 years focusing in Compensation.
Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Texas State University.
Alma Mater: Texas State University
Years on HC&B Board: 4th year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: I value the connections and knowledge I have received since joining the HC&B Program. Through the interactions I have had in each of the meetings I have attended, I have been able to gain valuable knowledge and tools. HC&B draws in Houston’s most intelligent and respected professionals in the field, and I am honored to be a part of the program.
Industry Advice: You can never truly know the outcome or the impact that a new opportunity may bring, so always be open to them when they are presented to you. No matter where you are in life, there will always be room to develop personally and professionally.
Most Interesting Fact About Me: In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and catching up with my family and friends. I am fortunate to have the majority of my family living in Houston where I was born and raised.
Junaid Karimi currently serves as Vice President of Total Rewards and HRIS at Hines, a global real estate investment firm. He brings over a decade of total rewards experience, including prior leadership roles in the energy sector and management consulting.
Junaid attended The University of Texas at Austin and received bachelor’s degrees in Actuarial Science and Economics. He is an accredited US pension actuary.
Junaid loves to spend his free time with his family. He also likes to stay involved in the local community.
Alma mater: University of Texas at Austin
Years on HC&B Board: 3rd year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: The opportunity to learn and grow by interacting with interesting people.
Industry advice: Always keep an eye on the end-users of your work and look to create positive experiences for them.
Most Interesting Fact About Me: I started doing Crossfit a couple of years ago, and wish I had started sooner.
Denise Guerra is a Compensation Manager at The Friedkin Group, a privately-held consortium of businesses and investments and affiliated with one of the world’s largest independent Toyota distributors. She was recently awarded the “Friedkin Award of Excellence” for outstanding customer service. In her role, she manages all aspects of Compensation for over 3,000 employees. Her responsibilities include compensation strategy development for executive and incentive compensation. In addition to compensation program development, implementation, and administration for salaried and hourly employees. Denise brings over 18 years of experience in human resources having worked across multiple industries – financial services, healthcare, chemical, automotive, and oil & gas.
Denise holds a BBA from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and holds the CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certification. She is currently working towards the CBP (Certified Benefits Professional) certification.
Alma Mater: Baylor University
Years on HC&B Board: 3rd year
Favorite Attribute about HC&B: The sharing of knowledge, giving back to the community, and building strong relationships with colleagues.
Industry Advice: Always be flexible and creative when looking at Total Compensation and Benefits, and keep up with the latest trends.
Most Interesting Fact About Me: I am a proud soccer mom to three amazing children!
Kerri Franz is a full-time Senior Manager in the Employee Benefit Plan Services for Weaver and Tidwell LLP. She has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, with her practice emphasis in the last 15 years in employee benefit plan audits for a variety of industries and plan sponsors, including several publicly traded companies that sponsor multiple plans.
In addition to being a certified public accountant, Kerri holds memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Houston chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), and Southwest Benefits Association (SWBA).
Alma mater: St. Edward's University in Austin
Years on the HC&B Board: 4th year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: Networking with a lot of great people.
Industry advice: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Most Interesting Fact about Me: I was a college athlete and continue to love sports to this day.
Eric is the Head of HR for Conquest Completion Services, LLC, a leading provider of large diameter coiled tubing and related completion services controlled by Warburg Pincus. Eric joined Conquest in 2018 with over 10 years Energy and HR experience, where he has led teams in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, HR Operations and Total Rewards.
Eric received his BBA from Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and his MS in HR from Mays Business School at Texas A&M.
Alma mater: Baylor University
Years on the HC&B Board: 2nd year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: Having the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented Comp and Ben professionals in Houston.
Industry advice: Be mobile! You have your whole career to figure out where you want to retire.
Most interesting fact about me: I love to travel- been to 22 countries and counting!
Taylor is a Compensation Analyst at Waste Management, a leading waste, and environmental services company. Taylor joined WM in 2019. Prior to her time at WM, she held other HR roles within a variety of industries including the pharmaceutical and the paper industry.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Quincy University and a Master’s in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).
Alma mater: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Years on the HC&B Board: 1st year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: Having the opportunity to learn and connect with individuals
Industry advice: You really don’t know what you don’t know, so never be afraid to ask questions
Most interesting fact about me: I enjoy playing chess and I collect postcards!
Anthony Scardino is the President at Scardino HR Partners, a private HR Consulting company he established at the beginning of 2020. From March 2016 until the end of 2019, he served as the Director of Total Rewards and Global Mobility at Frank’s International where he directed the design, strategy development, and maintenance of all compensation and executive compensation programs after the company’s IPO in 2013. In this role he also led the transformation of Franks’ benefit programs including development and rollout of the company’s first High Deductible Health Plan and transition of both the company’s 401(k) and equity recordkeepers. Before joining Frank’s, Anthony was the Compensation Manager at Tesco Corporation where he joined the team after holding various HR and Compensation roles at Halliburton.
Anthony holds a BBA in Finance and an MS in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University and attained his PHR from HRCI in 2011.
Alma mater: Texas A&M
Years on HC&B Board: 2nd year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: the willingness of members to go out of their way to ensure the success of others.
Industry Advice: If you have to respond with a "no" then you should always be prepared to provide an alternative solution. "No" should never be the end of a conversation at work.
Most Interesting Fact About Me: My dream job is owning a BBQ joint. I love to cook, but especially enjoy the smells and process associated with making good BBQ.
Lisa joined bp as a Reward Analyst in 2018. Previously, Lisa worked in various HR and compensation roles with Schlumberger for over four years. Over this time, she gained knowledge on compensation policies and process and experience as a business partner for a technology center.
Lisa has Masters of Human Resource Management degree from Rutgers and is currently pursuing the CCP designation.
Alma mater: Rutgers University
Years of HC&B Board: 2nd Year
Favorite attribute about HC&B:
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Alexis Bailey is the Global Compensation Manager at NOV, a leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production, oilfield services, and supply chain integration services. In her role, she manages all aspects of compensation for a global community of over 30,000 employees. She has over 10 years of experience in Compensation within the oil services industry and has also held roles within global mobility and benefits.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwestern University and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Alexis also maintains the CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) and GRP (Global Remuneration Professional) certifications.
Alma Mater: Southwestern University, MA- Middle tennessee State University
Years on HC&B Board: 2nd year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: Networking
Industry Advice: Don't be afraid to take on new projects or opportunities.
Most Interesting Fact about Me: In my free time I enjoy baking and spending time with my family
Matthew Griffith is a Compensation Advisor at Tellurian Inc., a gas company focused on building an LNG terminal in Louisiana and being the low-cost provider of LNG by owning assets throughout the natural gas value chain. He is the sole compensation practitioner within the company and is responsible for all aspects of compensation and equity administration. Prior to moving to the corporate world, Matthew has previously worked as an executive compensation consultant for ten plus years and has worked as a risk analyst for an energy power trading company.
Matthew holds a BS in Economics from the University of Houston and working towards the CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certification.
Alma mater: University of Houston
Years on the HC&B Board: 1st year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: I appreciated the opportunities for knowledge sharing from other practitioners. Moving to a company, helped my transition from consulting to corporate.
Industry advice: A strong business acumen and knowledge of compensation & benefit trends go a long way in increasing your creditability among stakeholders.
Most interesting fact about me: I enjoy reading nonfiction. Favorite subjects: culture & leadership and where business and geopolitics meet. Also preparing for his first stand-up gig by writing jokes in his little green field book.
Josh Novak holds the position of Sr. Manager of Total Rewards and Global Mobility at Parker Drilling, a global provider of drilling contract services, along with rental and well services to the energy industry. In his role, Josh is responsible for all aspects of Parker’s compensation programs, employee benefits and mobility for more than 2,000 global employees. Josh’s experience in total rewards began in 2010 and he has served multiple organizations in the upstream segment of the energy industry with his expertise in compensation and benefits. He is also a veteran of the US Marine Corps.
Josh holds recognizable total rewards certifications in the profession: CCP (Certified Compensation Professional); CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist); CEP (Certified Equity Professional).
Alma mater: University of Phoenix
Favorite attribute about HC&B: The opportunity to get to know others in your professional field and building networks
Industry advice: Actively seek out new opportunities to learn, engage and lean into your discomfort when you’re not confident… this is the path to growth!
Most interesting Fact: Love road trips and the interesting things you find along the way to your destination
Robert is a Sr. Retirement Plan Consultant at UBS where he serves the needs of corporations and non-profits. He was recognized by PlanSponsor as a finalist for "Retirement Plan Advisor Team of the Year" in 2012, '13, '14 & '17 and as one of PlanAdvisor's Top 100 Retirement Advisors from 2012 - 2017.
He graduated from Baruch in New York City with a MS in Finance, and later earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designations from the Wharton School of Business. Robert also served in the United States Army and earned the Combat Action Award.
Alma mater: Baruch College
Years on HC&B Board: 3rd Year
Favorite attribute about HC&B: The ability to network with like-mind individuals.
Industry Advice: Make sure you do not end your career with regrets.
Most Interesting Fact About Me: I am originally from NY/NJ Area.