XpertHR Team

Management Team

Peggy Carter-Ward

Peggy Carter-Ward

Head of Content, peggy.carter-ward(at)xperthr.com

Peggy Carter-Ward is the head of content for XpertHR - US.

She has 20 years of business compliance publishing experience, most recently as the editor-in-chief for 9 years at Business and Legal Resources, Inc., managing their HR, compensation, workplace safety and environmental compliance editorial operations.

Peggy has also judged for several prestigious publishing awards, including the WebAwards, SIIA CODiEs, and the AZBEEs.

Jonathan Hamer

Jonathan Hamer

Head of Sales, jonathan.hamer(at)rbi.co.uk

Jonathan Hamer is Head of Sales for XpertHR US and UK and joined the group in 2011. Prior to this, Jonathan led the commercial operations for Estates Gazette in the UK, across a portfolio of data services, events and advertising solutions for the real estate market.

Jonathan has almost 20 years' experience in the media industry and is a passionate advocate of using digital solutions to address business challenges, having worked with hundreds of organizations to help them achieve increased efficiency, innovation and profitability.

Simon Lemos

Simon Lemos

Head of Sales, simon.lemos(at)rbi.co.uk

Simon Lemos heads up the US business for XpertHR USA. Based in New York, he oversees sales for XpertHR’s products helping clients reduce risk and stay compliant.

Simon has been successful in developing sales teams globally, driving growth as well as developing strategic partnerships.

During his time at Reed Elsevier, he has also worked in London with responsibility for EMEA and Singapore where most recently he was focused on developing key markets across Asia Pacific - driving growth and increasing market penetration.

He was involved in helping to shape the product roadmap for Risk & Compliance across Asia as well as opening up new offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul.

Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, Simon worked with the Legal and Regulatory division of Thomson Reuters.

Alicia D. Smith

Alicia D. Smith

Product Manager, alicia.d.smith(at)xperthr.com

Alicia D. Smith is the product manager for XpertHR - US, with responsibility for customer-driven product strategy, planning and development, as well as content and production management.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Alicia was a legal editor with LexisNexis, another Reed Elsevier company, where she worked to develop new content and customer-focused solutions in the LexisNexis litigation and alternative dispute resolution product lines.

Before joining LexisNexis, Alicia practiced law for four years as a civil litigation associate in New York City.

Editorial Team - Content Editors

Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

Melissa Gonzalez Boyce

Legal Editor, melissa.boyce(at)xperthr.com

@MelissaGBoyce

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/mexjsmr

Melissa Gonzalez Boyce is the legal editor for the labor relations section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Melissa practiced labor and employment law with a focus on union-related matters, including collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures and unfair labor practices, as well as a variety of other employment-related claims.

Melissa represented private and public employers before the US District Court, the New Jersey Superior Court and Appellate Division, the EEOC and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.

Melissa Burdorf

Melissa Burdorf

Legal Editor, melissa.burdorf(at)xperthr.com

@melburd21

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/k54ofbl

Melissa Burdorf is the legal editor for the FMLA, ADA, USERRA, Jury Duty and other forms of leave content in the employee leaves and employee management sections of XpertHR.

Before joining XpertHR, Melissa served as associate counsel for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. In that role, Melissa provided legal advice on all company matters, which included providing advice to HR on a multitude of employment-related issues.

Prior to working in-house, Melissa worked as an employment associate at LeClairRyan (formerly St. John & Wayne), where she handled a diverse docket of employment-related matters.

Michael Cardman

Michael Cardman

Legal Editor, michael.cardman(at)xperthr.com

@michaelcardman

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/ko5gvv5

Michael Cardman is the legal editor for the wage and hour content in the employee compensation section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael was the managing editor for Thompson Publishing Group's library of HR publications.

Mark Crail

Mark Crail

Head of Salary Surveys and HR Data Benchmarking Services, XpertHR UK; mark.crail(at)rbi.co.uk

@markcrail

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/kdlbt9t

Mark Crail oversees the collection and publication of pay data through the Salary Surveys business and manages XpertHR UK's wider HR research program, which forms the core of XpertHR Benchmarking.

Mark has written on a wide range of employment issues, but has a particular interest in the organization and structure of the HR function itself.

Mark's other interests include collective employment relations and the role of trade unions, and the rather broad topic of innovation: how organizations respond to change and either manage it or are reshaped by forces beyond their control.

Michael C. Jacobson

Michael C. Jacobson

Legal Editor, michael.jacobson(at)xperthr.com

@HRTerminator

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/lf2hrnr

Michael C. Jacobson is the legal editor for the organizational exit and investigations and litigation sections of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael worked as an attorney in Manhattan for six years where he defended employers and healthcare providers against wrongful termination, discrimination, medical malpractice and general liability claims.

Michael obtained his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the notes and comments editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal.

Marta Moakley

Marta Moakley

Legal Editor, marta.moakley(at)xperthr.com

@marta_m811

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/l6as5ge

Marta Moakley is the legal editor for the training and development, employee retention, performance appraisals, promotions, employee communications, managing employees in special situations, employee discipline, and recordkeeping and minimizing liability content in the employee management section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, she worked as an assistant attorney general with the Florida Attorney General's Office, and as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Marta also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul C. Huck, Senior US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Tracy Morley

Tracy Morley

Legal Editor, tracy.morley(at)xperthr.com

@TracyMorley527

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/ms4xhgd

Tracy Morley is the legal editor for the employee benefits section of XpertHR.

She has over 25 years of HR experience encompassing multiple HR disciplines including employee relations, benefit plan administration, payroll administration and performance management and compensation.

Tracy is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and facilitates the SHRM Learning System, a course designed to help prepare HR professionals for their PHR/SPHR certification exam.

Rena Pirsos

Rena Pirsos

Legal Editor, rena.pirsos(at)xperthr.com

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/kt7gwsx

Rena Pirsos is the legal editor for the payroll content in the employee compensation section of XpertHR. She is a graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Hofstra University School of Law.

Rena has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor of professional legal publications, particularly in the payroll subject area.

Ashley Shaw

Ashley Shaw

Legal Editor, ashley.shaw(at)xperthr.com

@AshleyShaw21

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/lx58ten

Ashley Shaw is the legal editor of the risk management - health, safety, security chapter of XpertHR.

Ashley graduated with honors from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA receiving a BA in English, with a concentration in Professional Writing.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Ashley graduated from Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, AL. While there, she received certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

While mediating cases in the Montgomery County District Court, as well as in the Autauga County District Court, Ashley helped resolve landlord/tenant concerns and business disputes, among other issues.

Melissa A. Silver

Melissa A. Silver

Legal Editor, melissa.silver(at)xperthr.com

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/n3822ge

Melissa A. Silver is the legal editor for the employment offer, terms of employment, new hire paperwork, negligent hiring, onboarding and orientation, recordkeeping and minimizing liability content in the recruiting and hiring chapter of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Melissa practiced law for 10 years.

During the last 8 years, Melissa engaged in private practice and focused on the defense of clients in cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Melissa has successfully litigated cases before the New Jersey Superior Court, US District Court, the EEOC and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.

David B. Weisenfeld

David B. Weisenfeld

Legal Editor, david.weisenfeld(at)xperthr.com

@DavidWeisenfeld

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/mko3u4t

David B. Weisenfeld is the legal editor for the preemployment background check, job advertising, and interviewing and selection content in the recruiting and hiring section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, he served as US Supreme Court correspondent and editor-in-chief of a nationwide legal news service, as well as co-anchor of the company's newscasts and editor of its employment law product.

David's work also has appeared in the ABA's Supreme Court Preview, Employee Rights Quarterly, USA Today and The Washington Times.

Beth P. Zoller

Beth P. Zoller

Legal Editor, beth.zoller(at)xperthr.com

@BethZoller1

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/mefz5ce

Beth P. Zoller is the legal editor for the discrimination, affirmative action, harassment, retaliation, employee privacy, and employee handbooks/work rules/employee conduct content in the employee management section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Beth practiced law for more than 10 years representing employers with respect to employment discrimination and harassment claims, contractual disputes, restrictive covenant issues, family and medical leave, wage and hour disputes and a variety of other employment-related claims.

Editorial Team - Production and Support

Che Blackwood

Ché Blackwood

Associate Product Manager, che.blackwood(at)xperthr.com

@HR_Che

LinkedIn: Che Blackwood

Ché Blackwood is the Associate Product Manager at XpertHR, supporting all aspects of product development and functionality.

After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Professional Writing Certification, Ché worked as a content manager, writer and copy editor for various digital publications and industries before joining the XpertHR team.

Richard Blount

Richard Blount

Production Editor, richard.blount(at)xperthr.com

LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/md3xg2c

Richard Blount is a production editor for the XpertHR editorial team.

Rick earned his BA in History at Rutgers University, where he gained interest in information management.

Before joining XpertHR, he worked over two years copy editing press releases for online distribution and four years developing digital and print educational materials.

Bradley Schmidt

Bradley Schmidt

Production Editor, bradley.schmidt(at)xperthr.com

Bradley Schmidt is a production editor for the XpertHR editorial team.

Brad earned both his BA in English and MA in Writing Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.

He has worked as an editor of print and web publications focused on the healthcare, hospitality and laboratory science industries since 2006.

Our Sources

The XpertHR team consults several well-regarded and authoritative sources in preparing content for the site.

This includes the suite of legal research products published by LexisNexis, such as lexis.comTM and the Employment Law Deskbook, authored by employment law firm Shawe Rosenthal LLP.