Diversity and Inclusion

    Diversity and Inclusion Director Contact:

    Dennis Martinez | President
    Regional Business Relations Coordinator
    (p) 716-848-8071


    Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members:

    Brandon Bless, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)
    Sharlene Buszka, DPhil MBA SPHR and Associate Professor of Business Administration, Daemen College
    Frank Cammarata, Executive Director, Office for People with Disabilities, Erie County
    Jennifer Duer, Recruiter, Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
    Joel Feuerman, Human Resources Manager / ASDS, Home Depot
    Collin Gehl, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Child and Family Services
    Ruth Higgins, Contract Recruiter / Talent Acquisition and Development, Catholic Health Services
    Andrea Todaro, Innovative Placements

    SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Video :

    Read Diversity and Inclusion committee member Andrea Todaro's interviews with:

    Ben Bissell, Executive Director of Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) (February 2017)

    Dennis Martinez, Regional Business Relations Coordinator of ACCESS-VR (June 2015)

    Joel Feuerman, HR Manager with the Home Depot (Nov 2013)

    BNHRA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mission:

    To foster awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues among HR professionals, their employers and other business leaders.

    To assist BNHRA members in managing a diverse workforce by providing diversity-related materials, workplace tools, publications and linkages to other organizations.

    Our focus is to make the business case for diversity and to value individual differences.

    What is Workplace Diversity and Inclusion?

    Workplace diversity involves the qualities, experiences and work styles that make individuals unique. Our goal is to help organizations maximize these qualities in support of their business objectives.

    Some Areas Related to Diversity and Inclusion

    • Generational differences
    • Business case for diversity
    • Gender differences
    • ADA/disabilities
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Managing diversity
    • Sustaining diversity initiatives
    • Religious differences
    • Race, ethnicity differences
    • Conflict resolution
    • Mentoring
    • Glass ceiling



    For more information on diversity, SHRM members can visit the Diversity Focus Area at Diversity and Inclusion Resources

     Diversity and Inclusion Resources