Sheridian Aiken, SPHR
Sheridian Aiken, SPHR, has over 30 years in Human Resources, working on various HR projects and initiatives, both tactical and strategic. She led one organization through a major acquisition, two operating location closures, and the integration of new locations. She has supported several operating locations through change management as they were acquired, adapting to a new culture and systems.
Sherry brings a diverse strategic background in both labor and non-union organizations. In addition, she has a strong background in recruitment, training, and strategic planning, including succession, performance, and talent development. In her career, Sherry has had responsibilities for multiple operating locations and provided leadership support.
Sherry holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the College of Saint Rose, and is Greenbelt Certified by Solving Efeso. Sherry has held numerous roles as a leader and a member of the Workforce Investment Board, Adirondack Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Capital District Human Resources Association and Society for Human Resource Management.
Kathy Fernandez, M. Jur.
Kathy Fernandez, M. Jur has over 17 years in various Executive Management to Human Resources roles. Kathy began her career problem solving with managers and employees in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and human service agencies, first in Rochester and later in Albany and Schenectady. Kathy brings a strong background in strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and financial management, including budgets, grants, and fundraising.
Kathy has a Masters of Jurisprudence (Labor and Employment Law) from Tulane University Law School and Bachelors of Arts from Alfred University. Kathy is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and active with the Workforce Development Committee with the Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA).
Most recently, Kathy received a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of Florida’s Muma College of Business. This comprehensive program is designed to help organizations improve workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
She serves on the board with Brightside Up and is Chair of the Human Resources Advisory Committee for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.