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Consultants’ Bios

Consultants’ Bios

Mary A. Rizzuti, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP, Managing Director
Diana D. Neelman, CCP, SHRM-CP, Director
Sara D. Schmidt, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP, Senior Manager
Paul R. Dorf, APD, Advisor

Mary A. Rizzuti, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP
Managing Director

Mary A. Rizzuti is Managing Director of Compensation Resources. Ms. Rizzuti has over 23 years of compensation experience.

As Project Manager for consulting assignments, Ms. Rizzuti has extensive experience within the not-for-profit and private company sectors and provides clients with comprehensive consulting in the areas of Executive Compensation, Salary Administration, Sales Compensation, and Performance Management, and advises Senior Management and Boards of Directors on applying best practices and market data within their organizations. She also leads our Training Institute, delivering customized compensation and human resources training to senior leadership and human resources professionals. Ms. Rizzuti also manages Compensation Resources’ Litigation Support Practice and is responsible for overseeing activities relating to research, analysis, and expert report development, as well as developing litigation support case methodologies.

In her role as Managing Director, she is also responsible for executing the firm’s vision and strategic plan, while continuing to develop relationships with the firm’s wide range of privately-held, publicly-traded, and not-for-profit clients.

Prior to launching her consulting career in 1997, Mary was employed by Sidley Austin, LLP (formerly Brown & Wood) in New York as a training coordinator and paralegal. Ms. Rizzuti graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Dominican College. Ms. Rizzuti holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications, and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a member of WorldatWork, and holds the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification. She also sat on the Board of a local not-for-profit organization from March 2014 through June 2015.

Diana D. Neelman, CCP, SHRM-CP

Diana D. Neelman is a Director with Compensation Resources.  With over 30 years of collective compensation and human resources experience, Ms. Neelman is responsible for business development and project management in all areas of compensation, consulting to a variety of industries on salary administration, performance management, and incentive compensation, with a specific emphasis on executive and general compensation matters within not-for-profit organizations.  Ms. Neelman is also responsible for developing and conducting training programs covering various compensation topics, presenting to both clients and to the external marketplace.  Furthermore, she provides high level consulting for Compensation Resources’ Survey Department, which publishes various compensation studies each year.

Prior to launching her consulting career in 1995, she was employed as a Human Resource Generalist for Citizens First National Bank/NatWest Bank (currently Bank of America), and was responsible for various functions including compensation and benefits, HRIS, and recruitment.  Ms. Neelman received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She maintains the designations of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) from WorldatWork and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a member of the national and local chapters of both associations.

Sara D. Schmidt, CCP, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Manager

Sara D. Schmidt is a Senior Manager with Compensation Resources.  Ms. Schmidt has over 20 years of compensation consulting experience, with a focus in the healthcare, not-for-profit, insurance, and manufacturing industries.  She is responsible for business development and providing consulting services related to the design and implementation of compensation and human resources programs, with specific expertise in developing salary administration and performance management programs, as well as executive compensation matters within the not-for-profit arena.  Ms. Schmidt also conducts training programs covering various compensation topics.

Ms. Schmidt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rochester.  Ms. Schmidt maintains the designations of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).  Ms. Schmidt is a member of WorldatWork and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Paul R. Dorf, APD

Paul R. Dorf is the Advisor of EA Compensation Resources. With over 45 years of experience in compensation and human resources consulting, Mr. Dorf has gained significant expertise in executive compensation, sales compensation, incentives, performance management programs, and salary administration.  Mr. Dorf is qualified as an expert witness in compensation and related matters in both Federal and State courts.

Along with over 30 years of consulting success with Compensation Resources, Inc., Mr. Dorf has held various executive positions with a number of large corporate organizations. His experience includes direct consulting as head of the executive compensation consulting practices for major accounting and actuarial/benefit consulting firms, including KPMG, Deloitte Touche (formerly Touche Ross) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Kwasha Lipton).

Mr. Dorf is widely quoted in newspapers and business publications, and has appeared on numerous televised business programs.  He has been a featured speaker at professional conferences throughout the United States and internationally, including the American Management Association, WorldatWork, American Bar Association and the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as many other professional and business associations.

Mr. Dorf was awarded an Accredited Personnel Diplomat (APD), the highest level of Personnel Accreditation, by the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA), and the Lifetime Achievement Award by WorldatWork, a membership organization of total rewards professionals.

Prior to his role at EA Compensation Resources, Paul was Chairman, Managing Director of Compensation Resources Inc.