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Mission-focused, Hands-on, Strategic Leader with 20+ yrs of experience

Mount Airy, Maryland, 21771, United States
November 20, 2017

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Serena G. Weisman

Mount Airy, MD ***** • Home: 301-***-**** / Cellular: 240-***-**** •

Mission-focused, Hands-on, Strategic Leader with 20+ years of experience in Organizational Management

Core Competencies

Executive Leadership/Management • Exceptional & Persuasive Communications • Relationship Building • Governance Financial & Strategic Planning • Client & Project Management • Motivating Excellence • Managing Shifting Demands Operational & Administrative Development • Succession Planning/Training/Retention • Change Management


Executive Director Aug. 2015 to present

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Shock Society

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Society Management Services, Bethesda, MD

Manages, executes, and evaluates all activities for scientific and medical organizations, as contracted, to include: daily operations, finances, governance, meeting oversight, communications, membership, and marketing. Develops policies and strategies that support the mission and vision of the organization; followed by implementation of action items.

Accountable for two client societies with over 3,000 members made up of students, PhD’s, MD’s and enthusiasts.

Provides management and leadership of Executive Council and Volunteer Committees.

Evaluation of organizational capabilities, techniques, and procedures for deficiencies.

Maintains industry compliance and awareness.

Key Achievements

Creation and implementation of a Sexual Harassment Policy to meet the specific needs of the client. Policy has been called into action at conferences up to 1,150 attendees and due to education and awareness of 0% tolerance, in two years, reached a 0% claim status.

Successful onboarding of new medical society resulting in an 11% increase in annual meeting registration.

Has received an “exceeds expectations” rating from client satisfaction surveys throughout employment.

Utilized innovative marketing and communications to reach record setting responses to Executive Council elections.

Vice President, Finance & Human Resources/ Consultant Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2014/

Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Silver Spring, MD Aug. 2014 to Aug. 2015

Decision making authority for the Human Resources, Finance, Database/IT, and Administration departments; charged with developing offices, staff, and systems, policies and procedures, as well as, financial operations and budget management, within a non-profit health organization. Reports to President/CEO; manages 8 and responsible for 48 staff members.

Continual evaluation of operational capabilities, techniques, and procedures for deficiencies.

Managed core HR processes (Associate Engagement, Career Cultivation/Training, Staff Events, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Retention, Succession Planning, Policy Analysis and Design, Employee Rewards Programs, On-boarding, Corrective Actions, and Terminations, I-9 Administration, etc.)

Created, delivered, and monitored training program. Recognized and elevated high achievers.

Proficient in employment law, human resources policies and practices, and governmental licensing requirements.

Key Achievements

Instrumental in opening regional offices in CA, IL, NY, and TX; logistics, staffing, and policy development.

Evaluation and restructuring of human capital, policies, and procedures improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness resulting in a fortified development department and cost savings.

Developed and executed an employee recognition and appreciation program, as well as a training program.

Designed and implemented innovative initiatives that contribute to the development of organizational culture and serves to create a positive work environment.

Created and implemented budget process; educated staff members and monitor status.

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Director, Finance & Administration (HR)

ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter, Rockville, MD Mar. 2008 to Feb. 2012

Position was eliminated due to budget constraints; duties outsourced.

Managed overall operations, for a multi-regional chapter, of a national non-profit health organization all while developing, monitoring, and analyzing short-term objectives and strategic long-term plans. Accountable for multiple departments

including: Human Resources, Finance, Administration, IT, Patient & Family Services (Program & Volunteer Services), and Development. Reported to Executive Director and Board; managed up to 24 staff members throughout MD, DC, and VA.

Managed the delivery and acceptance of core HR processes (Associate Engagement, Career Development, Performance Management, Staffing, Leadership Development, Change Management, Succession Planning, Policy Analysis and Design, Employee Rewards Programs, On/Off-boarding, Corrective Actions, etc.)

Achieved conflict resolution, executive/team integration, and relationship development.

Developed innovative solutions to enhance performance; generated and maintained employee and training manuals.

Key Achievements

Developed and executed an employee recognition and appreciation program.

Increased staff by 38% filling positions throughout MD, DC, and VA, accommodating programming needs.

Appointed Interim Executive Director from April 2010 through July 2010.

Orchestrated opening of satellite office in Richmond, VA; lease review, vendor management, and licensing.

Manager, Finance & HR/Administration

BioSET, Inc., Rockville, MD July 2006 to March 2008

Accountable for the day-to-day operations of a start-up turned manufacturing bio-technical engineering company while ensuring productivity, safety, cost-efficiency, and leveraging of business plan. Accountable for multiple departments including: Human Resources, Finance, Administration, and IT. Lead a team of 14 and reported to CEO.

Evaluation and maintenance of employee handbook, health insurance policies, and overall corporate benefit and compensation packages. Oversaw proper maintenance of legal, trademark, and patent files.

Recruitment, hiring, and orientation/training of scientific and office personnel. Accountable for workforce relations, diversity training, career development and education, and personnel retention. Consulted with immigration attorneys regarding visa processing and strategies.

Assembled seminars and meetings for employees, Board of Directors, and industrial colleagues.

Key Achievements

Saved company $92K yearly by vendor selection, contract negotiation, and grant management.

Increased staff by 57%, moving from a start-up company to a manufacturing company.

Eliminated overtime by employing alternative work schedules and time management training.

Business Manager

Custer Environmental, Inc., Silver Spring, MD Nov. 1999 to July 2006

Oversaw accounting, human resources, safety compliance, and IT functions; within an environmental consulting firm. Reported to President/CEO and was responsible for a team of 11.

Responsible for recruitment, benefits analysis and design, employee relations, training and supervision, career development, policies and procedures, legal and safety A.

Managed commercial, workers’ compensation, and group health insurance policies, as well as the company 401K Plan and profit share program.

Effective oral and written communicator and consensus builder; adept at building rapport with governmental agencies, non-profit and private sector counterparts, and individuals on all levels.

Key Achievements

Reduced receivables by 47% and lowered aging from 90-120 days to 30-60 days within 8 months.

Initiated and administered the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Contract.

Responsible for site surveys, lease negotiations, as well as corporate office relocations.

Bachelor of Science • Organizational Management • Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland

Certificate • Human Resources Generalist • Society for Human Resource Management

Certificate • Kolbe Certified Consultant • Kolbe Corp

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