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Patricia Trainor, JD, SPHR
Vice President, Content and Events
Before joining BLR and the HR Hero team, Trainor represented employers and school districts in labor and employment matters in state and federal court, before the EEOC, and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Ms. Trainor received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University Law School in Chicago, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the national Human Resources Certification Institute.
Catherine Moreton Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor
Ms. Gray brings over 20 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. She regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations
Chris Ceplenski, Managing Editor, News
Celeste Duke, SPHR, Managing Editor
David Slaughter, JD, Senior Legal Editor
Holly Jones, JD, Senior Legal Editor
Joan Farrell, JD, Senior Legal Editor
Sharon McKnight, BLR Senior Editor
Susan Prince, JD, M.S.L., Legal Editor
Nancy McDermott, JD, Legal Editor