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Best Places to Work Program and Helping Heather Abbott

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Peter Burke,
President & CofounderX
Best Places to Program –XXX

Peter started Best Companies Group in 2004 with the mission of identifying and recognizing great places to work through the creation of “Best Places to Work” programs. BCG now manages over 40 “Best Places to Work” programs across the US, Canada, and now in the UK. In 2012, BCG surveyed over 500,000 employees representing over 3,000 employers.

Jessica Palladino, SPHR
Maine Co-Chair
Jessica has more than 10 years of human resources experience in financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. She is currently the Director of Human Resources at Maine Center for Cancer Medicine. Jessica has served as the vice president and president of Central Maine Human Resources Association.

She is currently an adjunct instructor with the University of Southern Maine where she helps students prepare for the national human resource certification exams.  Jessica is currently part of the Maine state human resource council as the Best Places to Work co-chair.

Kelly Nelson
Maine Co-Chair
Best Places To Work in Maine

Kelly has more than 15 years of human resources experience in the staffing, non-profit, and automotive industries. 

Presently, she works at Lee Auto Malls as the Human Resources Manager. Kelly has served as the Vice-President and President of the Central Maine Human Resources Association and serves on the Society for Human Resources Maine State HR Council as the Best Places to Work co-chair. She lives in Lewiston with her husband Randy.

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Bud Bernstein
Northern New England Law Publishers

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Bud is the CEO of a Portland, Maine company that produces the Maine HR Convention, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Summit, and the Strategic HR New England retreat. An attorney and writer by training, he has turned his focus in recent years to creating unique conferences and alliances that promote the role of human resources.

His motto is, “Everyone thrives when HR is on top of its game, because HR is the bridge to all parts of an enterprise.”

Heather Abbott
Boston Bombing Victim

To Help Heather

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Heather was badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. She suffered a a severe injury to her left foot which resulted in a below knee amputation. It will be a long road ahead for Heather, and we are hoping to relieve some of the impending financial burden by raising funds in her name. This will allow Heather to focus all of her energy on getting better. Please share this page with your friends and donate to help Heather and her family during this very difficult time.

In Heather’s own words, “Thanks to all who have shown their support. I really can’t put into words how much it means to me.”