HR Open Standards Consortium Announces 2021 Board of Directors

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HR Open Standards Consortium Announces 2021 Board of Directors

HR Open Standards Consortium, the only global network of HR technology professionals committed to leading the ongoing development of global HR interoperability standards, has announced its Board of Directors for 2021. The volunteer Board contributes their technical and business acumen to guide the organization in its vision, to establish HR Open Standards as an industry leader, and promote board collaboration through networking and thought leadership.

Kelly Berntson, Director of Events and Marketing, explains, “We’re excited to usher in a new year with HR Open Standards. The newly elected Board of Directors carries with it a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and geography that will bring increased benefits to our membership. The passion and knowledge of the Board will provide a better networking and educational experience for our members and we’re looking forward to implementing new initiatives for our community.”

Newly elected to the Board of Directors are:

  • Damian Newland, GM, Talent App Store Limited
  • Jonas Sauve, Senior Director of Product Management at Discovery Benefits, a WEX company

Re-elected members include Bon Idziak, Jason Sole, Ingolf Teetz, and Jan-Willem van der Boom. Continuing their two-year terms are Amanda Carr, Andrew Cunsolo, Leslie Erwin, Jim Elder, and Ryan Krouste. The 2021 elected officers include Leslie Erwin, President and Chairman; Andrew Cunsolo, Secretary; and Ingolf Teetz, Treasurer. 

Biographies for the 2021 HR Open Standards Board of Directors:

Amanda Carr, Product Manager, iCIMS. Amanda is a passionate advocate for the value that open standards between HR systems bring to companies, partners, and clients. To that end, she has been actively involved with HR Open Standards since 2007 in a variety of roles such as workgroup leader, participant, and as a member of the Board of Directors. Amanda has been in the HR systems industry since 1999 and has been focusing specifically on HR Integrations in various Integration Product Manager roles in an assortment of HR Software companies since 2006. Currently, she is the Product Manager at iCIMS focused on further standardizing and enhancing the integrations between iCIMS and HCM Systems.

Andrew Cunsolo, Senior Director, Product Management, Jobvite. With more than 15 years of product and technical leadership in recruiting technology, Andrew is currently responsible for Jobvite's recruiting marketing product lines, which include Job Broadcast, Source & CRM, Career Sites, Employee Referrals, Internal Mobility, and Apply Workflow. Andrew has been involved in the Consortium since 2002 and is a regular speaker, presenter, contributor, and Board member. 

James Elder II, Technical Implementation Consultant, Degreed. Jim’s 25 years of IT experience and 16 years of learning industry experience have enabled numerous contributions to the HR Tech and Learning IT space. Jim has served on the HR Open Standards Board for two years and is a leader in the assessments workgroup. He’s lead initiatives including the first JSON version of the API standard, released staged assessments to support learning system API's for learning paths, multi-step assessments, and video assessments. Jim continues to lead the effort to develop full end-to-end API standards for Learning Systems integrations. 

Leslie Erwin, Sr. Director – Application Development, ADP. Leslie has over 15 years of experience in HR technology, with a focus on Benefits. She has participated in the benefits workgroup as a schema editor and led the group for the 4.2 release where Plan Setup was added to the schema, allowing for a more complete benefits integration. Leslie is an advocate for HR Open Standards and is spearheading initiatives at ADP to implement partner API integrations using the standards.

Bon Idziak, Chief Compliance and Government Relations Officer, Accurate Background. Bon is a 23-year industry leader in Background Screening, Drug Testing, and HR Technology. Bon has served on the HR Open Standards Board of Directors since 2009 and has held offices of secretary, treasurer, and president/chairman. A pioneer, contributor, and early implementer of HR Open Standards, Bon is a proven advocate of the Consortium.

Ryan Krostue, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Background Screening. Since joining the company in 2002, Ryan has been involved in all aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, product management, operations, and compliance. Ryan has been an advocate for HR Open Standards since Universal joined the Consortium and obtained its first certification in 2008, he looks forward to advancing the HR Open JSON standard within the screening industry as a member of the Consortium’s Board of Directors.

Damian Newland, GM, Talent App Store Limited. Over the last 20 years, Damian has worked with hundreds of organizations to select, implement, and optimize HR technology solutions. He has held consulting, sales, and leadership roles, and currently leads an HR technology integration marketplace business, Talent App Store. His strength has always been being able to decode the technical jargon and help business leaders to focus on their needs and make decisions based on the real value that solutions and the processes that wrap around them can offer. His sales and marketing skills in the real world of HR tech will bring additional depth to HR Open Standards, in shaping how we are perceived and the value we can bring to the industry. 

Jonas Sauve, Senior Director of Product Management, Discovery Benefits, a WEX company. Jonas’ work focuses on delivering innovative products and features to brokers, employers and employees, including an emphasis on product strategy and feature development. He has been an active member in the HR Open Standards benefits workgroup for more than three years and is excited to take his involvement in HR Open to the next level to help grow the standards and help in their continued success. 

Jason Sole, Director of Sales Engineering, DirectEmployers Association. Jason runs the Sales Engineering team at DirectEmployers Association, a member-owned non-profit that specializes in recruitment marketing and federal contract compliance solutions. Jason is experienced in all facets of the software development lifecycle and specializes in problem-solving, and process design. He holds a Master of Science in Technology from Purdue University and has been involved in web and software development for 19 years. Jason has served as the Chair of the Consortium’s Technical Steering Committee since 2014 and on the Board of Directors since 2015.

Ingolf Teetz, CEO, Milch & Zucker. Ingolf is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Milch & Zucker, a provider of e-recruitment and recruitment marketing solutions. He manages company operations, initiates and strengthens technology partnerships, and is responsible for the development of its software, BeeSite. Ingolf's long relationship with the Consortium includes serving on the Board and representing HR Open Standards at international events.

Jan-Willem van der Boom, Founder, Manus Software and Services BV. Manus Software and Services is a pan-European Work Force Management and Time Attendance supplier, with a focus on time-evaluation and compliancy and originally founded by Jan-Willem in 1988, during his study of Technical Computer Science at the Rotterdam Technical University. He filled the role of CEO until 2012. In his current role, Jan-Willem went back to his roots and is responsible for Strategy and Development. He has actively been involved in HR Open Standards for over six years, leading the Time Management JSON project and participating on the Business Steering Committee.


About HR Open Standards

Founded in 1999 as the HR-XML Consortium, HR Open Standards Consortium is a voluntary, consensus-based standards organization. Our community of HR technologists facilitates discussions on global technology concepts and challenges. Members collaborate to develop free standards, which encompass the full HR domain from Hire to Retire and are open to all HR professionals.