Melissa Peña Gallis Named HR Executive of the Year

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces its Annual Summit and the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2017. Honorees will be celebrated on Nov. 1 at ASE’s Annual Summit.

Livonia, Mich.

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce the honorees for its annual Michigan HR Executive of the Year for 2017. Through a nomination process overseen by ASE, candidates are selected in four categories and recognized for their admirable work that distinguishes them in the field of Human Resource Management. The category winners are:

  • Kris Munroe, HR Director, Roush Enterprises, Inc. – Organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees
  • Julia Kellogg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, North American Bancard – Organizations with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees
  • Greg Ghilardi, Chief Human Resources Officer, MidMichigan Health – Health and Human Services organizations with 500 or more Michigan employees
  • Melissa Peña Gallis, Chief Talent Officer, Leader Dogs for the Blind – Health and Human Services organizations with fewer than 500 Michigan employees

“This year’s nominees have proven such dedication and passion for the field of human resources,” stated ASE President & CEO Mary E. Corrado. “ASE congratulates each of them on their impressive accomplishments and looks forward to honoring them on November 1st.”

The Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2017 will receive their awards at ASE’s 14th Annual Summit, which celebrates not only the honorees but the pivotal role of the HR profession in Michigan’s business and non-profit communities. This year ASE’s 115th anniversary will also be celebrated. The ASE Annual Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club.

ASE’s 2017 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for HR information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, ASE, 248-223-8040,


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