Board of Directors

PRESIDENT: Jori Blumsack

PRESIDENT: Jori Blumsack Jori Blumsack

A CPA, Jori graduated magna cum laude from Bentley University. She earned an Elijah Watt Sells Award for her performance on the CPA exam, scoring in the top 125 nationally from over 67,000 candidates. She began her career with Ernst & Young, an international public accounting firm, specializing in financial services and computer auditing. Jori left the firm to become Director of Reporting for Bolt, Beranek & Newman, Inc., a publicly traded high tech/government R&D firm. In this role, Jori was responsible for all internal and external reporting. After leaving Bolt, Beranek & Newman, Inc. after its acquisition by GTE, she worked with small businesses as an interim Controller/CFO.

Jori is responsible for all front and back office operations for The Vesume Group, supporting the day to day operations of the company.  Jori also serves on the Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the largest employer’s association in Massachusetts, co-chairs the Small Technology Business Initiative of the Mass High Tech Council (MHTC), and is actively involved with the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a Regional Partner Organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Jori A. Blumsack, CPA | Chief Operating Officer
The Vesume Group, LLC

CHAIRMAN: Bob Siemering

CHAIRMAN: Bob SiemeringBob Siemering

Bob co-founded John Galt in 1997 with his wife, Kirstin, and two other staffing industry professionals; and has been active in the day-to-day operations of John Galt as Executive Chairman since 2004. John Galt provides technical professionals on contract and direct hire basis nationwide.

Prior to his current role with John Galt, Bob was President and CEO of Cyrk, Inc., a leading distributor in the Promotional Products industry with revenues of approximately $150 million. Bob had extensive senior level experience in a variety of industries including Business Services, Industrial Distribution, Retail, Apparel, Software, and Industrial Automation.

Bob is a member of the New England and Patriot Chapters of World Presidents Organization and is currently Chapter Chairman of Patriot. Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Contact Information:

Mr. Bob Siemering
John Galt Staffing, Inc.
77 S. Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01803-4545



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As Partner and Senior General Manager, Stuart Coleman oversees the strategy and operations of WinterWyman’s Financial Contract Staffing divisions in New England and New York. Since joining WinterWyman in 1999 as an Account Manager, Stu has helped the company expand its financial services placement offerings and managed and mentored both recruiters and account managers. Previously, he served as the Sales Manager for Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. (MAMSI) Health Plans.

Stu has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is also a contributor to where he chats regularly with viewers on job search strategies.

Contact Information:

Mr. Stuart Coleman
Winter Wyman Financial Contracting
75 Federal Street
Boston MA 02110
(617) 880-3206

SECRETARY: Daphne Phalon

SECRETARY: Daphne Phalon                                                                                                       Daphne Phalon.Davis Companies head

As Chief Operating Officer at United Personnel, Daphne provides operational and strategic guidance to drive growth, profitability and ensure organizational compliance.  Before joining United Personnel, Daphne was the Director of Human Resources for The Davis Companies from 2000-2015.  Prior to entering the staffing world, Daphne worked in at The Key Program, a private, non-profit organization providing care and treatment for troubled teenagers. At Key, she was the Regional HR Generalist and Corporate Trainer from 1994-2000.

Daphne is highly involved in compliance and legislative matters facing the staffing industry. She works closely with the American Staffing Association and Massachusetts Staffing Association and is a member of NEHRA and SHRM. Daphne also works closely with OSHA both Federal and State as a member of the ASA Safety Committee and OSHA/ASA Safety Alliance Implementation Taskforce. Through this partnership with OSHA, Staffing Industry Leaders work toward creating safe work environments for all of our workers; contract and permanent alike.

Daphne is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in English and a Minor in Psychology. Additionally, Daphne has held her SPHR Certification since 2005 and achieved both her CSP and SHRM-SCP certifications in 2014.   

Contact Information:

Daphne Phalon
Chief Operating Officer
United Personnel Services
293 Bridge Street,
Springfield, MA 01103



Bill Diana is Chief Financial Officer of the WinterWyman Companies. He oversees all financial matters and strategies. He joined the firm in 2000. Bill earned a bachelor degree from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College, and is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts.

He resides in Medfield with his wife and three children.

Contact Information:

Mr. Bill Diana
Winter Wyman Financial Contracting
880 Winter Street, Suite 200
Waltham, MA 02451


Mark is a Market Director at Advantage Technical Resourcing, an operating unit of Advantage Resourcing, and has been with the company since 1992. Advantage Technical Resourcing provides qualified engineering, IT, manufacturing, scientific and R&D associates to clients around the globe. Prior to his involvement with the Massachusetts Staffing Association, Mark held several positions with the NTSA (National Technical Services Association) including President and Treasurer.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He resides in Acton, MA with his wife and two children.

Contact Information:

Mr. Mark O’Hara
Advantage Technical Resourcing
460 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451


LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR: Janet Santa Anna, CSP Janet Santa Anna

Janet is the President and CEO of The Resource Connection, Inc. (TRC) which she co-founded in 1987. TRC is a full service staffing company headquartered in Middleton with a branch office in Boston. TRC provides temporary help services specializing in office support and administrative personnel. Janet is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) with over 28 years of experience in the staffing services industry. Prior to starting TRC, Janet was an Area Manager for an International Staffing firm for eight years.

Active memberships include The Commonwealth Institute, Center for Women & Enterprise, Middleton Board of Trade, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, American Staffing Association, and Massachusetts Staffing Association. Janet holds a Masters of Management degree and a specialized graduate certificate in Organizational Development from Cambridge College School of Management.

Contact Information:

Ms. Janet Santa Anna
The Resource Connection
161 S Main Street, Suite 300
Middleton, MA 01949-2485


DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Patrick McNamaraPat McNamara

Patrick McNamara is a 18-year veteran of developing IT workforce solutions for companies of all sizes. Since joining Atlantic Associates in July 2010, he has served as the company’s Market Director, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business as well as overseeing the company’s business development and growth strategy. Under McNamara’s leadership, the company has achieved year-over-year growth annually despite operating in a challenging financial and business market. At AAI, McNamara has successfully implemented new sales strategies and also brought the company onto a cutting-edge technology platform that has increased efficiencies throughout the entire recruiting and sales process. Prior to joining AAI, McNamara spent more than 15 years at TAC Worldwide. There he rose from an account manager to the company’s Market Director where he was responsible for overseeing the IT staffing company’s $25M Northeast region and managing a team of 25 account executives and recruiters.

Contact Information:

Mr. Pat McNamara
Atlantic Associates
1208 VFW Parkway
West Roxbury, MA 01032


Kevin_GrassaDIRECTOR AT LARGE: Kevin Grassa

Kevin Grassa is Chief Executive Officer of Whitridge Associates. Kevin founded, Whitridge in 1991 to meet customers’ demand for recruiting support from a trusted advisor. This trusted advisor philosophy led to the guiding principle of Whitridge – Think Success Architecture. Kevin’s priority is to be the best provider of subject matter experts.

Kevin’s entire career has been dedicated to providing the best possible service in the staffing business. Prior to starting Whitridge, Kevin worked for Data Arts and Sciences (DASI) where he was their top performer for five years, working both sides of the sales and recruiting desk to support customers in the financial services industry.  His career began at CDI Corporation where he was recognized for exceptional performance supporting clients in the engineering industry.

Kevin earned a BS from Fitchburg State College and studied Information Technology at Northeastern University.

Kevin is a founding member of “The Staffing CEO Group”, serves on the Board of Massachusetts Staffing Association, and he also belongs to the TechServe Alliance, American Staffing Association, Staffing Industry Analysts, CEO Club of Boston and the CEO Dialog Program SBANE Group.

Contact Information:

Mr. Kevin Grassa
Whitridge Associates
744 East Squantum Street
Quincy MA 02171


DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Tricia CanavanTcanavan_2015 headshot

Tricia Canavan is President/Owner of United Personnel Services, a local, certified woman-owned staffing firm. In this capacity, she manages operations, strategic planning, marketing and community engagement initiatives for the company’s Springfield, Easthampton and Pittsfield locations. United has received numerous awards including: Commonwealth Institute/Boston Globe Magazine Award for #5 Woman-Led Business in MA; several Chamber of Commerce awards including Small Business of the Year and Super 50/Super 60 award of the Springfield area’s top performing companies.

Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Springfield Public Forum, one of the nation’s longest running public lecture series. In addition to non-profit management, Canavan has held various human resources and education positions throughout her career.

Canavan studied American history and culture at Trinity College (Hartford) and Boston University and is a member of the several Boards of Directors including Baystate Health Foundation, the Springfield and Northampton Chambers of Commerce and the UMASS Fine Arts Center as well as Springfield Business Leaders for Education.


DIRECTOR AT LARGE: John Bogosianbogosian_s1

John Bogosian, President and a principal of King & Bishop, as well as the CEO of Biomedical Search Consultants Division, brings over 25 years of well rounded entrepreneurial experience in Management Consulting, Coaching, Staffing, Human Resource Consulting, and Business Development. With John’s innovative approach, vision for the future and leadership and guidance, King & Bishop is growing nationally and internationally offering a portfolio of services designed to meet clients’ needs.

Before John joined King & Bishop in 2004, he was a national recruiter and gained increasing responsibility in managing the New England Region for B&M Associates, a National Temporary Technical Staffing Firm. From there, he went on to start up a local Temporary Staffing Firm. He was recruited to take his experience in staffing and business development to one of the larger international career and executive coaching companies. During his tenure, John was Vice President and responsible for career coaching, facilitation and new business development. He developed an appreciation and passion for assisting organizations and individuals at all levels through the coaching process.

John earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and completed MIT Sloan School’s program, “Reinventing Your Business Strategy.”

Mr. John Bogosian
King & Bishop
333 Wyman Street, Suite 175
Waltham, MA 02451

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON: Kenneth Reisman, Esq.

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON: Kenneth Reisman, Esq.

Attorney Kenneth Reisman has been a practicing attorney since 1975 in Massachusetts. He has served in a variety of business roles, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel for a major corporation, and over three decades of advising and representing the staffing services industry. In his career, he has negotiated a wide variety of business transactions, both domestic and international, including real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions, cooperation agreements and crafted the legal policies of Human Resources departments. His current practice is focused on labor, business, personnel, employment and “workplace” law for businesses in a variety of industries. Ken has recently been honored for his volunteer work for the Senior Partners for Justice, a branch of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.

He earned a BA at UMass Amherst and his JD at Suffolk University.

Contact Information:

Mr. Kenneth Reisman
Law Offices of Kenneth Reisman
997 Chestnut Street
Newton Lower Falls, MA 02464



Aravinda Rao Souza is Bullhorn’s director of marketing communications, in charge of the company’s global public relations, analyst relations, and internal communications strategy. A technology PR pro by trade, Vinda also manages Bullhorn’s strategic positioning with influencers and industry associations. Before joining Bullhorn in 2012 she held managerial positions at DataXu and fama PR. Follow Vinda on Twitter @seriousvinda.


Contact Information:

Mrs. Vinda Souza
Bullhorn, Inc.
33-41 Farnsworth Street 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02210



Senior Vice President – US Enterprise, Staffing, Healthcare & Software Solutions

Matt O’Connor is currently Senior Vice President for the US Staffing, Healthcare Business, Commercial Field Sales and Software Solutions. Matt is an industry veteran and has been with Monster for over 12 years working out of the corporate headquarters in Maynard, MA. Since joining Monster Matt has held numerous positions in SMB Sales, Monster Government Solutions and the Enterprise and Staffing Business. Matt helped launch Monster’s Government Solution’s business in 2002 and pioneered Monster’s relationships into such places as the CIA, NSA, FBI, OPM and the Department of Defense. Matt has won numerous awards and accolades while at Monster and has held various management roles since 2004. Before Monster, Matt spent 9 years in the Financial Services and Insurance industry working his way up in a variety of sales, underwriting and business development roles. Matt serves on a number of boards and in 2008 Matt was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Board of Trustees for the State Library at the Mass. Statehouse and continues to serve on this board. Matt is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the 15-40 organization which serves cancer awareness for people between the ages of 15 and 40.

Mr. Matt O’Connor
133 Boston Post Road, Bldg 15
Weston, MA 02493




David M. O’Connor is the principal of O’Connor & Associates, LLC, an AV-rated law firm with offices in Boston and MetroWest. David, a Massachusetts SuperLawyer in several practice areas, speaks nationally on issues affecting the firm’s staffing, construction and insurance clients. The firm’s lawyers counsel and represent employers and institutional interests across Massachusetts in administrative, judicial and MCAD/EEOC proceedings. David is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, and was recently made a member of the MSA Board of Directors.

Contact Information:

David M. O’Connor
O’Connor & Associates, LLC