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Frank A. Cania, MSEmpL, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the president of DRIVEN HR, LLC, a Rochester, NY-based human resource consulting firm. A business and HR professional for more than 30 years, his professional passion, and primary focus, is on helping business owners, managers, and HR professionals navigate the complex waters of regulatory compliance. Mr. Cania graduated summa cum laude from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Employment Law. In addition he is certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and in 2015 he successfully completed the Training Institute for Workplace Investigators through the Association of Workplace Investigators. A dedicated husband, and proud father of a son and daughter, Mr. Cania believes strongly in sharing his time and talents through active volunteer roles. Currently, he is Federal Advocacy Director for the NYS SHRM council, and a team captain for the SHRM National Legislative Advocacy Team.
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, a partner in Robinson+Cole's Labor and Employment Group, counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law, with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues, investigations, compliance, training, and U.S. market entry initiatives for international organizations. She represents a wide array of employers, ranging from Global 500 Companies and publicly-traded companies to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to manufacturers and has been ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment since 2014 and in Connecticut Super Lawyers® since 2013. Britt-Marie regularly advises clients regarding personnel policies, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also represents employers across various industries in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and other employment claims. Britt-Marie is a trained workplace investigator, and regularly serves as a speaker for the Association of Workplace Investigators. Robinson+Cole is an Am Law 200 firm serving regional, national, and international clients from nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California.
Donna Evans specializes in conducting timely, confidential and neutral third-party investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violence, bullying, dishonesty, ethical violations, violation of employer's policies and whistleblowing allegations. Ms. Evans effectively leverages legal expertise in labor and employment law with actual Director-level experience with a Fortune 200 company. She is a renowned trainer and educator on a variety of workplace and leadership topics.
Beth Gramigna is an employment lawyer with a practice located in Short Hills, New Jersey. Her firm’s approach is client-centered, providing professional services that support a respectful, productive, and practical manner of eradicating harassment and discrimination in the workplace through impartial investigations, mediations, and education. In addition to her legal training, Ms. Gramigna is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and has a Bachelor in Science degree in Management and Industrial Relations. She is a frequent lecturer, having lectured in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia about workplace investigations, including ethical issues presented in investigations, and has authored several publications relating to investigations. Ms. Gramigna is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law as well as the American Bar Association, Section on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, where she serves on the Workplace Investigations and Employee Privacy Sub-Committees. Ms. Gramigna is a graduate of the 2013 AWI Institute. An active member of AWI, she is the local convener of the Greater New York Local Circle, she spoke at the 2013 Annual Conference, served on the Faculty at the 2015 Institute in Mystic, CT, and has been selected to present at AWI’s 2015 Annual Conference. Ms. Gramigna authored "Recent Employment Law Decisions Impacting Workplace Investigations," which was in the April/July 2014 AWI Quarterly. She has also been selected as faculty for the 2016 Institute. Ms. Gramigna is also an active member of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), which recently published a Code of Ethics for Workplace Investigators, and she serves as a co-chair of the Grants Committee for the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
Maria Infanger is currently a Senior EEO Investigator for Lockheed Martin. Ms. Infanger conducts internal investigations of varying complexity involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, other workplace misconduct, and violations of policy. Prior to her employment as an EEO Investigator, Ms. Infanger was an attorney for the United States Postal Service for almost 30 years where she practiced in a variety of areas, including many years litigating and providing advice in labor and employment matters. Also, during her time as an attorney at the Postal Service, Ms. Infanger provided training on a variety of topics to other attorneys and clients. Ms. Infanger received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a member of the DC Bar. Ms. Infanger is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and successfully completed AWI’s 2017 Training Institute for Workplace Investigators in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Infanger was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides with her husband in the DC metropolitan area.
Karen Kramer is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. Since forming Kramer-Wiese in 2000, Ms. Kramer’s practice has focused primarily on conducting personnel investigations involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as misconduct and disciplinary matters. She previously litigated employment law matters with Porter Scott and worked as an employment law attorney with LexisNexis. Ms. Kramer’s experience includes testifying during administrative and judicial proceedings regarding completed investigations. Ms. Kramer has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for public agencies, and is well versed in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has also conducted many complex and high profile investigations involving high level public employees and elected officials. Ms. Kramer is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (1989) and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1992).
Terri Abad Levenfeld is a bilingual attorney who conducts impartial workplace, education and Title IX investigations in both English and Spanish. Ms. Abad Levenfeld's clients include public entities, private employers and educational institutions. Her workplace investigations involve all employee positions and elected officials, from entry-level laborers to leaders of large organizations. In her Title IX and education investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld works with elementary schools through post-graduate programs. She is experienced and adept at navigating the diverse and often complex issues that arise in the workplace, school and campus environments. Prior to dedicating her practice to investigations, Ms. Abad Levenfeld spent over 15 years representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment, civil rights and personal injury cases. This multi-faceted background provides her with a distinct degree of impartiality when conducting investigations.
Judy Mims has been active in AWI since she joined in 2012 and attended the 2013 AWI Training Institute in Santa Barbara. Since then, she has been a speaker about internal investigations at an annual AWI conference, and co-presented an annual AWI Investigations Basics day long training in Seattle, WA. In 2014, she was selected to be a full-time faculty member for the AWI Training Institute and taught at the east coast institute in Mystic, CT. Ms. Mims values her involvement with AWI as she appreciates conducting workplace investigations as a profession and wants to contribute to AWI’s efforts to continue setting the standard for this body of work. She brings her experience as an EEO internal investigator at the Microsoft Corporation and 20+ years in labor and employment law as in-house counsel and HR for the University of Washington and the State of Washington. In the past, Ms. Mims has served as the chair of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as chair for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for King County in Seattle, WA. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the charity WestSide Baby which provides nearly half a million diapers and essential supplies annually to underserved populations in Western Washington.
Keith Rohman is the president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) in Los Angeles, a firm with over 30 years’ experience assisting corporations, government entities and attorneys. He has been involved in many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc., the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King, and numerous capital murder cases. Mr. Rohman is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. Mr. Rohman served as the court appointed Monitor in the matter of Pierce v. Orange County, et al., a federal ADA class action case filed on behalf of disabled inmates at the Orange County Jail. He was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations of discrimination allegations at the LASD. PII was contracted to investigate discrimination complaints against elected officials and high-level County executives with the County of Los Angeles, and was selected by the City of Los Angeles as an investigator for the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight which handles similar investigations. Mr. Rohman served as the executive director of Los Angeles City Office of Discrimination Investigation, which conducted more than 300 employment discrimination investigations, and provided recommendations to the City Council on restructuring how the city handled these matters. Mr. Rohman is a sustaining member of AWI and has been a popular speaker at AWI annual conferences, seminars, webinars, and Institutes.
Alexander M. Sperry is a partner with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. He has dedicated his career to providing labor and employment law counseling, training, and investigative and litigation services to public and private employers. Today, Mr. Sperry focuses primarily on conducting workplace investigations and training employers and employees on best practices. He is a frequent lecturer on workplace-related issues. In particular, he has studied and lectured on ethical issues in employment, including presenting “Workplace Ethics: Your Responsibilities” training to multiple groups. Mr. Sperry co-authored Applying the California Supreme Court "Mixed Motive" Analysis in Workplace Discrimination Investigations, published in the July, 2013 AWI Journal. He also presented the AWI Webinar The Attorney Investigator: Avoiding Ethical Missteps in January 2014, and the Electronic Data session at the AWI Institute in February 2014. Mr. Sperry is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc.
Alezah Trigueros an attorney who conducts impartial workplace investigations with the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer. She received her JD degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and her BA in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.During law school, Alezah worked as a Law Clerk and Decision Writer for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. There, she was responsible for making preliminary disability determinations for applicants appealing their benefit denials. She reviewed case files, requested medical records, and conducted investigative phone calls to determine applicants’ eligibility for disability benefits.Alezah also served as an editor for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, and spent a semester working for the U.S. Department of Energy Office for Labor and Pension Law. At the Department, Alezah worked to put a system in place that would allow the attorneys in her office to provide quick, consistent responses to employment law inquiries.
Lori Wolner is the founder and principal of Renlow Associates, LLC, a licensed private investigation company dedicated to providing objective, balanced and thorough workplace investigations in a timely manner. She has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations over her 30-year career as an external and internal investigator in both the public and private sectors. She began her career as an EEO Investigator for the City of Indianapolis before advancing into the HR field as an employee and labor relations professional. Prior to starting Renlow, Ms. Wolner held multiple senior-level HR leadership positions with Sysco Corporation, a Fortune 100 company. Her responsibilities included managing the enterprise’s HR compliance work relating to EEO, AAP and Diversity as well as performing in the field as a Vice President of HR for two unionized distribution centers. Throughout her 23-year tenure with Sysco, Ms. Wolner's expertise and experience were utilized by the organization to conduct critical, complex investigations. She has provided extensive training on HR compliance issues and also on how to conduct defensible investigations. Her workshops have been presented to business leaders, managers, supervisors and HR professionals. Ms. Wolner received a BS degree with Honors in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and attended the Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Indiana University for 2 years. In 2016, she became a licensed private investigator. Ms. Wolner is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and is AWI’s Houston Local Circle Leader. She is a graduate of AWI’s Institute in Niagara Falls and has achieved the AWI-CH designation. Lori is a Senior Certified Professional of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and a member of HR Houston Management Association and the Texas Association of Private Investigators (TALI). She also provides consulting services on employee relations and workplace investigations for hrQ, a national executive recruiting and HR consulting firm. Ms. Wolner is a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), MFHA (Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance), and SER (SER -Jobs for Progress.) She is a past member and conference co-chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF).