2009 Honorees

joycerussellAs President and Chief Operating Officer of Adecco USA, Joyce Russell oversees field operations and executes new growth strategies for the company to help sustain Adecco’s role as the global leader in workforce solutions. Her main charge is running the company’s core office and industrial staffing business, of which it is the market leader in across the U.S.

Russell runs all sales initiatives and leads the company’s talent acquisition and development strategies. And to promote Adecco’s brand, Russell manages marketing strategies, maintains business connections with senior leaders of many Fortune 100 corporations, and is Adecco’s key media liaison.
An effective and strategic leader, Russell has been with Adecco for two decades, and has firmly established her talent for cultivating sales and providing high quality service. She initially joined Adecco as branch manager and gained experience in various positions at the company. Russell would eventually become senior vice president of Adecco’s Southern Division- the company’s largest operating unit with more than 200 offices.

Russell is well recognized in the staffing industry for her achievements, most recently winning the 2006 Highest Leaf Award from the Women’s Venture Fund, a non-profit organization that supports the business aspirations of women entrepreneurs. Russell also won Adecco’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1988 and Most Improved Area Award in 1990, and was recognized in 1998, 1999, and 2002 for running the most profitable divisions in the company
Russell earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Communications from Baylor University in Texas. Additionally, Russell was selected as one of two Adecco employees to be an official torch runner at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She is on the Board of Directors for the Chief Diversity Officer’s Roundtable at Cornell University and is a volunteer of the Young Life and Hope Unlimited organizations. She is married with two sons.

Elaine Burnett is a highly qualified professional with two decades of executive experience. Her diverse background in credit operations, human resources and risk management continue to provide her with the expertise to manage the record retrieval process at MedSave USA. Elaine’s focus has always been improving the process to work smarter. Her commitment to deliver highest quality has always kept her widely recognized as a trend setter in the industry.

Elaine joined Citicorp (now known as Citigroup) as a collector in March 1978. Based on her prior collection knowledge, she advanced to Supervisor of the Skip trace unit within 3 months where she incorporated additional functions – bankruptcy, consumer credit counseling and deceased cases.

By 1985, Elaine was promoted to senior Assistant Manager and in 1987 was promoted to Manager. She was assigned to the collection support unit which quickly expanded to fraud management. She managed two geographical sites New York and Denver and created detection programs that identified potential fraudulent credit applications saving the business approximately 3MM in losses per year.

In 1999 Citigroup transformed the business and the Melville location became the pilot sales center. Again Elaine’s role changed and she was named Senior Recruiter for Human Resources. After ramping up a corporate center to 750 employees she accepted the position as Assistant Vice President on the Sales Center where she maintained the position of having the highest quality assurance levels within the top three for sales nation wide.

In 2005 CitiGroup relocated out of New York and Elaine took a year off. When she returned to the workforce she accepted a management position with HIP Insurance. After being with HIP for 16 months, she accepted an Operation Management position with MedSave USA. Elaine says: “This position has presented me with many challenges. But my prior experiences have propelled me past all of the obstacles.”

Susan Shevlin joined North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in September, 2004. Ms. Shevlin has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry serving academic and tertiary care medical centers and has extensive background in the development of recruitment programs for both Nursing and Allied Health. Prior to joining North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System she served as Senior Director of Recruitment and Staffing at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She has also served as the Director of Career Services for NewYork Presbyterian Hospital,

The University Hospitals for Columbia and Cornell. Ms. Shevlin is a board member of AHHRA, The Association of Healthcare Human Resource Administrators of Greater New York. She holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Education from Columbia University in New York City.

Diane Womack is a forensic accountant, litigation consultant and expert witness. She provides expert services and testimony in cases involving fraud, lost profits, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, damages claims and business valuation issues. She has additional expertise in forensic investigations and matters involving bankruptcy reorganizations, fraudulent conveyances, solvency analyses, and trust and estate matters.

Diane has worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and major law firms on a variety of cases including white-collar crimes, tax, business and bankruptcy litigation, as well as providing forensic investigation services to insurance firms and Fortune 500 companies. She has lectured on litigation consulting and forensic techniques to legal and accounting groups including the New York Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Society of CPAs and the American Women’s Society of CPAs. She has also written articles for the New York Law Journal on valuation and forensic issues.

Throughout her professional career, Diane has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence and contributing her talents to her profession, community and the advancement of others. In addition to her prior service to the Long Island Center as Treasurer and President, she served as Treasurer for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Long Island Chapter for several years and addressed professional issues faced by women in business in her role as former Chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Women in the Accounting Profession. Her altruism is further demonstrated by her involvement in programs and committees designed to prepare minority college students for the job market, introduce high school students to the accounting profession and expand the overall representation of minorities in the profession. During her tenure as President of the Long Island Center, she worked diligently to ensure that the rich heritage and spirit of the Center continued to elevate and empower women of all ages.

Diane is very active in professional organizations and holds professional credentials including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV). She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General. She is a member of the AICPA CFF Credential Committee, former chair of the AICPA Task Force for the creation of the Forensic Competency Model and a former member of the AICPA Litigation and Dispute Resolution Committee and the AICPA National Accreditation Commission.

Diane credits her success to the grace of God, the support and encouragement of her loving husband, Curtis and her “boys” Curtis, Justin, Colin, Eric and Chris and the wisdom gained from the family members, friends and mentors that have blessed her life.

She firmly believes that “To Whom Much is Given, Much Is Required”

Gloria Kick is a Senior Vice President at a large financial institution where she directs the operations of check processing. Since joining the bank in 2001, she has implemented strategic and best practices in the workplace. Gloria has been on several acquisition teams. Prior to her employment, Gloria was a Regional Manager for First Union Bank in Pompano Beach Florida.

Gloria’s entire career has been in banking in various positions. She has been a member of the NY Clearing House Fraud Committee, attended BAI classes and has been invited to sit on several panels to share her expertise and experiences.

In her current role, Gloria oversees a staff of 175 associates in three states. She has full responsibility for managing a large segment of consolidated operations, which include, Return Items, Research and Adjustments, Collections and Legal Processing.

A graduate of Dowling College in Oakdale, New York Gloria received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is actively involved in both professional and community organizations including Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women and is a member of the Newfield High School Alumni.

Like most achievers, Gloria works hard to find a positive balance between her personal and professional life. She resides in Selden, NY and is surrounded by a large family and cluster of friends.