New TSI Fellows, Maurice Harapiak, Kelly Kauffman and Rochelle Krombolz

I’m pleased to announce Maurice Harapiak, Rochelle Krombolz and Kelly Kaufman as new Senior Fellows in The Sierra Institute.  Maurice was nominated by Senior Fellow, Keagan Kerr; Rochelle was nominated by Paul Dumas and Kelly was nominated by Bob Ryan.
Mr. Harapiak was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Human Resources Cliffs Natural Resources in June 2014.  He is responsible for overseeing Cliffs’ human resources function, including: talent acquisition and development, organizational development, labor relations, compensation and benefits functions, ensuring their alignment with the Company’s business strategy.  Mr. Harapiak is a member of Cliffs Executive Committee and has taken on the additional responsibility for the Health & Safety and Information Technology functions.  He has over 25 years of human resources experience in the project and operating environments of large, multi-national mining companies.
Prior to joining Cliffs, Mr. Harapiak worked at Barrick Gold Corporation, most recently overseeing the Company’s largest region in North America. During his tenure with Barrick, he provided HR leadership for capital and exploration projects, as well as worked as a member of acquisition and integration teams.
Mr. Harapiak was also President of Del Mar HR Consulting Ltd, specializing in the support of mining and construction sector clients operating in North America and internationally.  He has worked in operational and human resources management roles for several mining companies during his career, including, Anglo American and Echo Bay Mines Ltd.  He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration/business from the University of Saskatchewan.
Rochelle Krombolz joined Tekni-Plex in April of 2014 as Senior Vice-President and Chief HR Officer.  With over 25 years of HR leadership experience, Rochelle has a diverse background, working across many industries and organizational settings, with a heavy emphasis on companies undergoing significant growth and change.  She has cultivated a unique mix of experiences working with both entrepreneurial and more established companies as a corporate executive, a business founder, and an external consultant.  
Rochelle has served in senior HR leadership roles at VWR International, Lincoln Financial Company, ARAMARK, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, ARCO Chemical Company, and co-founded a strategy and business consulting company.  Rochelle’s industry background includes manufacturing, distribution, technology services, pharmaceuticals/healthcare, financial services, consumer products, managed services and consulting.
Rochelle holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Duke University. She also serves on the Leadership Committee for the Women’s Initiative of the United Way, and the Advisory Board for the Human Resources Executive Alliance.
Kelly Kauffman is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Milwaukee Bucks, a Sports and Entertainment organization within the National Basketball Association.  With over 20 years of Human Resources experience, Kelly joined the Bucks staff as a Human Resources Executive with the task of creating the organization’s first Human Resources department from the ground up.  The Human Resources function at the Bucks was implemented to set the foundation in building a world-class sports organization by supporting the team’s long term strategy and goals, including the construction of a new arena, practice facility and ancillary development that will increase the breadth of the Bucks’ reach in the community.
Prior to joining the Milwaukee Bucks, Kelly held various leadership roles in HR at Badger Meter, Racine Federated, Bombardier Recreational Products and Moore Business Forms where her focus has been on employee relations, talent management, organizational development, compensation and benefits, training and mergers and acquisitions.
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Marquette University. 
Please join me in welcoming Maurice, Kelly and Rochelle to TSI.