Master of Science in Human Resources Management
Melissa Fender is Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business.
Her specialty is organizational behavior, but she also teaches general management,
strategy and human resources. She holds a PhD in organization and strategy
from Drexel University, an MBA from Penn State and a BS in computer science
from Cabrini College, all summa cum laude. She is a lifetime member
of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. Her research focuses
on the impact of after-hours connectivity to the organization on employees’
work-family conflict, stress, job attitudes, and performance.
The courses she teaches at HFU include: Organizational Behavior, Principles of Management, Human Resource Management, Business Policy and Performance Management.
She has published in the Organization Management Journal and in the Encyclopedia of Career Development. She has made numerous conference presentations at the Teaching Conference for Management Educators both at the regional and international level, as well as at the Eastern and the international Academy of Management. The first paper from her dissertation was nominated for the Academy’s prestigious William H. Newman dissertation award.
Dr. Fender has extensive business experience in management, marketing and MIS, across the high tech, financial, marketing and health care management lines of business; she has held positions from entry to executive level. Her most recent positions were as vice president of credit systems at FirstUSA Bank and vice president of IT at RMH Teleservices. She brings not only a strong grounding in theory, but also practical knowledge and many personal stories into the classroom with her.
A lifelong classical music lover, Dr. Fender sings with the Wayne Oratorio society, a choir of 150-200 members that gives 3-4 public performances each year. Melissa also serves on its board and serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Wayne Pres church choir. In her spare time, she volunteers with the American Cancer Society and makes jewelry.
John Biasiello is President at Sukay & Associates, Inc. and has more than 20 years of professional experience in the insurance industry. He earned his Masters of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Holy Family University. He held several senior positions with the leading insurance broker Alexander and Alexander, Inc. In his role as Vice President of Finance and Administration, he was responsible for the entire regional accounting function of this international firm. In 1997, he joined Commerce Insurance Services, Inc., a division of Commerce Bancorp Inc., as its Vice President of Finance. He led the integration of the acquired agencies and the internal operations of each agency and also became the Chief Administrative Officer and was responsible for all financial and operational aspects of any potential acquisition candidate. During his tenure, he oversaw the financial analysis of over 200 transactions that included insurance agencies, insurance software vendors, insurance companies and other related transactions. In addition, to his internal responsibilities at Commerce Insurance, he coordinated activities with the parent company peers in various functional areas including: marketing and advertising; facilities management; purchasing; computer integration; compliance issues related to the Patriot Act; and all privacy and security issues banks and insurance agencies face. He was also the primary insurance agency contact with the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware Departments of Insurance.
John has been teaching at Holy Family since 2003.
Dena B. Calo is a Partner in Genova Burn Giantomasi Webster and is Director of the firm’s Human Resource Practices Group. In that function, Ms. Calo provides employment law counseling, including preparing and reviewing employee handbooks, establishing and auditing human resources policies and procedures and conducting on-site investigations. She also trains organizations on best human resource practices.
She has litigated cases to state and federal juries throughout the United States involving Title VII, ERISA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, state and federal constitutional issues, defamation, restrictive covenants and contract disputes.
Ms. Calo has authored the following articles published in The HR Specialist: “ADA Amendments Act Means Changes for Employees, Employers”, “Pending ‘No-Match’ Rules Put Employers in Difficult Positions”, “7 Elements of a Social Media Policy that Limits your Liability”, "Leave as a Disability Accommodation: Are your policies compliant?", "DOL's Advice: Think twice before using interns as free labor" and "FMLA Eligibility: DOL expands definition of 'son and daughter'". Her article titled “Harassment Liability—How Employers Can Protect Themselves” was published in the Philadelphia Enterpriser. Ms. Calo also wrote “Social Media: Legal Risks and Practical Remedies”, which was published in the New Jersey Apartment Association’s AIM Magazine. She belongs to the New Jersey Bar Association.
She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 1995, and her bachelor’s degree from Stockton State College in 1992.
Margaret Karpinski graduated cum laude from Holy Family University; received a Masters of Arts in Education from Arcadia University and secondary mathematics certification from Temple University. Margaret Karpinski has served as an adjunct faculty member at Holy Family since 1988 receiving two part time teaching excellence awards from the university. Margaret has taught at Bucks County Community college and LaSalle University. Her teaching experience includes elementary, secondary, undergraduate and post graduate levels. Margaret has worked with teachers as a mathematics consultant for Riverside Publishing Company. She is currently the director of a special admissions school located within Northeast High School with an enrollment of 692 students. She also teaches AP Calculus.
Fred Leh holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Holy Family University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Gordon College. He received his certification in Labor Relations from Michigan State University and also his certification in Organizational Development and Professional Effectiveness from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Leh has been an adjunct professor at Holy Family University since 2004, and he is also an adjunct professor in LaSalle University’s MBA Program.
He brings over 20 years of experience with a strong understanding of manufacturing processes as well as a diverse background in various support roles. Mr. Leh started his career with Air Products & Chemicals working in R&D, Sales & Marketing and Human Resources/Training. His current role is Director of Human Resources for Crown Cork & Seal where he oversees numerous Human Resource functions for their $2Billion North American Beverage Division. His focus is on both tactical and strategic areas of Human Resources and works closely with Operations, Sales, Engineering, Quality and Finance to support this business.
Renée L. Rosenfeld earned an MBA with a concentration in HR Management from Temple University and an AB in Human Resources Administration from Muhlenberg College. She has been with the university for 14 years and is the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. Ms. Rosenfeld is responsible for overseeing the university’s compensation and benefit administration, employee relations, risk management and non-faculty recruitment and for developing and facilitating professional development programs. In 2005, lead by Ms. Rosenfeld, Holy Family’s Human Resources/Payroll Department was recognized as a “Delaware Valley HR Department of the Year” for service excellence. She teaches “Applied Compensation, Benefits and Retirement Plans” in the university’s graduate program in Human Resources Management.
Ms. Rosenfeld began her career as a Marketing/Public Relations Specialist at BioSciences Information Service (BIOSIS). She then shifted her focus to Human Resources, first as Human Resources Director for Famous Artists (a subsidiary of AFLAC at the time), then as Human Resources Manager for AmeriHealth Administrators (an Independence Blue Cross subsidiary). Ms. Rosenfeld is an active member of the following professional associations: IFCEBS, CUPA-HR, PEBA, PSPS, SHRM, and SEPCHE, and she holds the professional designations of HIA, CEBS, and SPHR.