Summit Presenters

Valerie Oswalt

Valerie OswaltExecutive Vice President and President, Campbell Snacks

Valerie Oswalt was named Executive Vice President and President Campbell Snacks in March 2020. She reports to Mark Clouse, President and CEO, and is a Corporate Officer and member of the Campbell Leadership Team.

Oswalt leads the company's $3.8 billion Snacks division, which includes brands such as Goldfish, Milano, Pepperidge Farm, Snyder's of Hanover, Lance, Kettle Brand, Cape Cod, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and Late July, among others and the company's Latin America businesses. The combination of these brands makes Campbell the No. 3 snack food company in the United States.

She has more than two decades of experience in the snack food industry, leading both large and established brands in senior positions at Kraft Foods and Mondelēz International, as well as at fast-growing start-ups. Oswalt most recently served as CEO of Century Snacks, a privately held trail mix and nut products company, where she led the turnaround of the business with a portfolio of more than 400 branded, private label and commercial products. Previously, she held the position of President of Mondelēz's North American Confections business, a $1.5 billion portfolio that included well-known brands such as Oreo, Cadbury, Trident, Halls and Sour Patch Kids. Earlier in her career, she held executive roles including President of North American Sales at Mondelēz and Vice President, Walmart Customer Team Coffee, Beverage and Grocery at Kraft Foods Group. She began her career as an accountant at Deloitte.

Oswalt earned her MBA in Marketing, Strategy and Finance from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Queens College, City University of New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors for FMI – The Food Industry Association.

Elizabeth A. Campbell

Elizabeth A. CampbellDirector, Inclusion and Diversity, Campbell Snacks

Elizabeth A. Campbell is an employment attorney, HR professional, and diversity and inclusion leader. She is also an author, speaker, and training facilitator on D&I and employment law-related topics. Effective July 16, 2018, Elizabeth became the Director, Diversity & Inclusion for the Campbell Soup Company in New Jersey. One year later, July 2019, as part of the roll-out of a new, two-division operating model for the company, Elizabeth became the Director, Inclusion & Diversity, for the Snacks Division of Campbell Soup. In this role, Elizabeth has responsibility for the development and implementation of the inclusion and diversity aspects of the Campbell Snacks business strategy as a member of the HR Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Campbell, Elizabeth led D&I strategy as the Partner & Chief Diversity Officer at the Houston-based law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon and previously served as the VP Employment Practices and Corporate Diversity Officer at ARAMARK in Philadelphia. Elizabeth has also worked in business operations and has led HR functions. She began her legal career in Washington, D.C. first as a Program Attorney in the Solicitor's Honors Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, then in private practice, later going in-house.

She actively supports several non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the National Diversity Council. Effective January 2, 2020, Elizabeth became the Board Chair of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. She is a member of the University of Michigan Law School's Advisory Board on Race and Racism. In addition, she serves on the National PTA's Committee on Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C., and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. She is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. In 2019, Elizabeth earned certificates from the Yale School of Management in "Leading Effective Decision-Making" and "Foster Inclusion & Diversity".

Elizabeth is the proud mother of two adult sons.

Lisa Cristantiello

Lisa CristantielloVice President of Human Resources, Campbell Snacks

Lisa Cristantiello is the Vice President of Human Resources, Snacks Division of the Campbell Soup Company where she leads the HR team within the division and is located in the Charlotte, NC location. She is responsible for driving the inclusion and diversity enterprise strategy, culture and talent management practices to include succession planning, performance management and leadership development within the division. She has diverse experiences as a change and talent leader which have enabled her to provide a unique perspective on key issues facing leaders and teams. Her experience working in different industries; Consumer Good, technology, operations and manufacturing have provided her with the opportunities to lead large enterprise change initiatives, stay ahead of rapidly changing industry trends and build leadership capability.

Lisa joined Campbell's in 2006 as HR Business Partner supporting the commercial businesses within Pepperidge Farm driving organizational change, building leadership capability and talent development. In October 2015, Lisa and her family relocated to the Philadelphia area to lead change management for the global cost management initiative "smart spend." She was then promoted to the Vice President, Talent Management for the organization designing enterprise talent and culture programs.

Prior to joining Campbell's Lisa has worked in numerous industries leading organizational change, talent development and learning and development. In addition, to her extensive HR background, she holds many certifications and is a certified executive coach with a passion for helping people achieve their career goals.

Dr. JP Jameson

Dr. JP JamesonProfessor, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Appalachian State University

Dr. JP Jameson is a Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and completed a post-doctoral residency at the Baylor College of Medicine and Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. His research interests focus on the prediction and prevention of suicide among rural residents, the effectiveness of school-based mental health programs, and the use of empirically supported treatments in rural community mental health settings. Dr. Jameson is a master trainer in Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, a suicide prevention protocol aimed at reducing access to the most lethal suicide methods for at-risk individuals. He is currently developing a suicide prevention program for gatekeepers called CARPE Diem, which combines elements of means reduction with traditional gatekeeper suicide prevention methods. Additionally, he is involved in numerous community-based research projects both locally and regionally. He also directs the Alleghany County Schools Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center, one of three school-based mental health programs operating in area school systems that provide mental health services for K-12 students free of charge.

Dr. Shawn Bergman

Dr. Shawn BergmanKulynych/Cline Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Appalachian State
Director of Research, Vela Institute

Dr. Shawn Bergman is the Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Professor of Psychology, the founder and co-director of the HR Science Research Team, and the co-founder the Center for Analytics Research and Education at Appalachian State University. Shawn is also the co-founder and Research Director at the Vela Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated using evaluation and data to increase educational outcomes. He has published 36 academic articles, co-authored over 80 professional and technical reports, and given over 100 keynote addresses, invited talks, workshops, and conference presentations. Dr. Bergman's work reflects his dedication to use science, psychology, data, and technology to solve organizational problems, help individuals make positive changes, and improve peoples' lives. Dr. Bergman is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Academy of Outstanding Graduate Mentors, has received multiple Psi Chi Excellence in Teaching Awards, earned one of Appalachian's Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Awards, and has been inducted into Appalachian State Faculty Hall of Fame.

Annie Jankura

Annie JankuraLearning Consultant, KeyBank

Annie Jankura is a Learning Consultant at KeyBank, located in Cleveland, Ohio. In her current role, she supports the growth and development of Key Technology, Operations, and Services (KTOS) team members. She is responsible for partnering with KTOS team members and leaders to address training needs, increase training engagement, create self-paced and instructor led courses, facilitate instructor led courses, and analyze training data. These activities provide KTOS team members with the tools they need to succeed in their jobs today and in the future.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Kent State University, majoring in Psychology. In 2019, Annie graduated from Appalachian State University with a M.A. in I/O Psychology & HR Management.

Evea Kaldas Stuart

Evea Kaldas StuartSenior Organizational Development Analyst, HD Supply

Evea Kaldas Stuart is a Senior Organizational Development Analyst on the Talent Team at HD Supply, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role, she is responsible for providing subject matter expertise, user-friendly tools and resources, tailored coaching, and solution-focused consulting to individuals, teams and departments throughout the organization to increase effectiveness.

Evea's career at HD Supply has included roles on the Learning & Development Team as well as the Talent Acquisition Team. Evea joined HD Supply immediately following her graduation in 2016 from Appalachian State University where she obtained her masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia with a major in Psychology and minor in Management.

Evea and her husband currently live in the Atlanta area with their two dogs.

Stephanie Jeffer

Stephanie JefferOrganizational Development Specialist, Mansfield Energy

Stephanie is the Organizational Development Specialist at Mansfield Energy's corporate headquarters in Gainesville, Georgia. In this role she is responsible for the design and facilitation of company-wide development programs, promotion of employee engagement and recognition, and ownership of the talent management and performance review processes.

Previously in her career, Stephanie worked as the Early Career Program Manager for a fortune 500 company, specializing in the recruitment and development of students and recent graduates. Here she worked closely with global leaders in developing specialized programs for workforce planning initiatives.

Stephanie graduated with a Master's in I/O Psychology and HR Management and a Master's in Business Administration from Appalachian State University in 2018, and graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Business from Pennsylvania State University in 2015.

While Stephanie is originally from Burlington, Vermont, she has become a true southerner and now lives with her fiancé in Athens, Georgia.

Jennifer Cline

Jennifer ClineHead of Workplace Strategy and Execution, TIAA

As Head of Workplace Strategy and Execution, Jennifer is accountable for designing and delivering TIAA's workplaces of the future, including major initiatives such as the modernizations of the headquarters building in New York, NY and the Charlotte, NC campus. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for the President and Chief Investment Officer Nuveen, where she was responsible for strategic and business activities for over $1 trillion in equities, fixed income, real estate, private markets, natural resources, other alternatives and responsible investments.

Jennifer has over 15 years of employee experience expertise, including serving as Head of HR for Nuveen Real Assets, building TIAA and Nuveen's HR affiliate portfolio, driving employee experience and merger and acquisition activity for human resources, and leading the enterprise culture survey along with various organizational effectivness initiatives. Jennifer joined TIAA in 2011.

Jennifer holds a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource management and has held several leadership roles in the community including Chair for North Carolina Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (NCIOP), President for Lower Cape Fear Human Resources Association (LCFHRA) and Membership Committee for Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She maintains the CFA Institute Investment Foundations, Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations.

Elma Lloyd

Elma LloydChief of Staff for the Life and Employee Benefits, Equitable Life Insurance

Elma Lloyd works as Chief of Staff for the Life and Employee Benefits business lines of the Equitable Life Insurance Company. In her role, Elma works with other senior leaders to deliver on primary business objectives and ensures the businesses are aligned to the overall enterprise strategy. Prior to this role, Elma was responsible for the digital learning strategy for Equitable as a member of the HR L&D team. Elma started her career at Equitable 2012 on the Wealth Management team where she worked in various capacities including recruitment and training. Elma is passionate about professional development and serves as the co-chair of the Women's Bond Club Development Committee at Equitable as well as the Leadership Development committee for the Life business. Of course, her favorite development engagement is always with the IOHRM first-year students!

Elma graduated from Appalachian State University with a M.A. in I/O Psychology & HR Management and a B.A. from UNC Charlotte. Outside of work Elma's time is monopolized by her toddler son, but when she does get a free moment these days, she is taking up a new hobby and letting her husband give her some golf lessons. She's great at saying "Fore" so far!

Cynthia Miller

Cynthia MillerVice President of Human Resources, Carolina West Wireless

Cynthia Miller is the Vice President of Human Resources at Carolina West Wireless in Wilkesboro, NC. In her role, she oversees all aspects of the "people" side of the business, including creating the people strategy, recruiting, benefits administration, training, and leadership development. Prior to her current role, she spent 15 years in multiple Human Resource roles at the Fortune 50 home improvement retailer, Lowe's. She did her undergraduate studies at Meredith College in Raleigh, majoring in Business and Psychology. After college, she explored a variety of jobs in different industries until she decided to pursue her real passion of setting people up for success and helping them reach their full potential. She then attended Appalachian State University and graduated with a M.A. in I/O Psychology and HR Management. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She and her husband and daughter reside in the High Country in Western North Carolina.

Stacey Hussey

Stacey HusseyHuman Resources Manager, Buckeye Fire Equipment Company

Stacey Hussey has over ten years of experience providing HR leadership for high-growth organizations. Currently, she serves as the HR Manager at Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, where she leads the Human Resources department.

Prior to that, she worked as an HR Manger for Tower Engineering Professionals (TEP), an engineering and construction firm in the Telecommunications industry. Stacey has also served as an HR Generalist at MDI, a wholesale grocery store distributor based in Hickory, NC. At MDI, Stacey led the training and development, performance management, and onboarding for over 1300 warehouse, office, and transportation employees.

Prior to joining MDI, Stacey designed, implemented, and analyzed employee surveys and recommended ways to improve employee engagement at Press Ganey, a consulting firm in Charlotte, NC.

A Winston-Salem native, Stacey is a 2011 graduate of the IOHRM Master's program at Appalachian State University (ASU). She also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from ASU. She holds both SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certifications. She resides in Stanley, NC with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and eight chickens.