2020 Annual Conference


General Session and Breakout Speakers

Kristin Adams
Executive Vice President, Aon
Kristin Adams, Executive Vice President at Aon Risk Services South, Inc.

David Anthony
Partner, Troutman Pepper
David Anthony has a national litigation practice representing companies in highly regulated industries, including consumer financial services companies. He has significant experience in class actions and complex individual lawsuits. He has significant litigation experience defending cases under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and numerous other federal and state consumer protection statutes, with particular expertise in matters that often involve companion government investigations.
He has served as lead counsel in more than 100 class action lawsuits and more than 1,500 individual lawsuits in courts across the country. David understands the outsized financial risks and high stakes associated with class-action lawsuits that impact how these cases are defended, tried and settled.

Kevin Bachman
President, The CRA Doctor
Kevin Bachman is The CRA Doctor and host of Background Check Radio. He is a background check executive providing financial, strategic and operational solutions to owners and senior management of CRA’s and data providers. He also helps employers create optimal screening programs and find the right CRA to fit their needs and budget. When he is not teaching his children how to “carry the one,” he is available for (virtual!) speaking engagements and training sessions

Kerstin Bagus
Chief Knowledge Officer, NetForce Global LLC
Kerstin is the Chief Knowledge Officer for NetForce Global where she uses her more than 30 years of screening experience to assist clients and their data subjects. She is a frequent PBSA presenter and has served in leadership positions with PBSA including Board participation and Committee leadership. Kerstin is one of the few individuals in the screening industry who is privacy certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (www.IAPP.org).

Kevin Coy
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Kevin Coy is a Partner in the Washington DC office of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and co‐chair of the firm’s privacy practice. Mr. Coy’s practice focuses on advising privacy‐sensitive organizations on U.S. and international privacy law and policy matters.

William Current
Founder and President, Current Consulting Group, LLC
Bill Current is the author of “Why Drug Testing: Updated and Expanded for 2020,” as well as 9 other books on substance-related issues. He founded the Current Consulting Group in 1998 and it has become the number one recognized brand name in compliance and business development consulting in the drug testing industry. He created Current Compliance, the only comprehensive online subscription database on all state laws related to workplace drug testing, including marijuana and workers’ compensation laws. He is the former Executive Director of the American Council for Drug Education and Vice President of Consulting at Employee Information Services, a national drug testing provider.

Pamela Q. Devata
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Pamela Devata is a Labor and Employment Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, IL. Pam leads Seyfarth’s nationwide Background Screening, Litigation and Compliance Team. She is a national authority and firm go-to for all issues related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening compliance, use of criminal and credit history, and Electronic Signature issues as well online and manual employment applications. A nationally recognized employment counselor, Pam has participated in numerous interviews, speeches, webinars, and trainings to employers on the subject criminal history and credit checks. She has leveraged her niche area of expertise into a thriving class action practice.

She represents employers, resellers, and consumer reporting agencies of background information on compliance requirements under FCRA and related state laws, develops procedures for appropriately handling high-volume national hiring needs, and she regularly litigates these issues on a single-plaintiff and class-wide basis throughout the country.  Pam also testified before the EEOC at a Public Meeting regarding the use of credit checks in employment in Washington, D.C. Pam is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and was formerly an adjunct professor of Legal Writing at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

CJ Dietzman
Managing Director, Aon

Jose Dimas

Vu T. Do
VP Compliance, PreCheck
Vu T. Do is PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). She has served in the screening industry for over 15 years and is also a past board member of PBSA where she remains active on the Industry Practices committee.

Jackie Drziak
EVP, All in Compliance
Jackie serves as Executive Vice President of All in Compliance, a firm that provides compliance outsource solutions to Credit Reporting Agencies.  In this capacity, she is responsible for all operations including marketing and service fulfillment. She has over 30 years of experience in consumer reporting with time spent in compliance, sales and operations.  Jackie has been a featured speaker on the topic of vendor management and various other compliance relataed topics.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Public Relations from Quinnipiac University.  

Nick Fishman
Principle, Nick Fishman, LLC
Nick Fishman, Partner, Morris Consulting Group A 20-year industry veteran, Nick Fishman co-founded EmployeeScreenIQ, a global leader in employment background checks and served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President until the company was acquired by Sterling in 2015. He currently is an operating partner at Morris Consulting Group which helps CRA’s develop strategic plans with a primary focus on revenue optimization, product development, scalability and market positioning. He also serves as an expert witness on matters related to FCRA/EEOC litigation.

Nina French
Senior Vice President Employer Solutions, Hound Labs
Nina French is the Senior Vice President of Employer Solutions. Nina entered the screening industry in 1992 and is a highly regarded speaker and thought leader in employment drug screening.  Nina is an author and speaks at industry conferences, SHRM events and has been featured on radio and news segments on workplace drug screening trends, practices and laws. 

Cindy Hanson
Partner, Troutman Pepper
Cindy Hanson is a partner in the Consumer Financial Services practice at Troutman Sanders and focuses her practice on class action defense. Cindy has handled hundreds of matters under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including over two dozen class actions. Her practice includes the representation of consumer reporting agencies, entities who furnish information to consumer reporting agencies and employers who use background check information for employment purposes. In addition, she has significant experience representing companies defending class actions under consumer protection statutes and state common law.

Katie Hawkins
Associate, Hudson Cook, LLP
Katie Hawkins is an associate at Hudson Cook.  Ms. Hawkins’ practice includes advising financial institutions, consumer reporting agencies, background screeners, technology and information companies, service providers, and others on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and other privacy and data use and protection laws.  Ms. Hawkins also advises financial institutions on regulatory and compliance matters including, but not limited to, deposit, credit and non-deposit investment products and services, as well as electronic banking services

Andy Hellman
VP, International Operations, Accurate Background
Andy Hellman leads Accurate Background's International Operations team. He brings over twenty-five years of experience to this role in organizations ranging from venture-capital backed startup to Fortune 100s, including over 15 years in background screening. He is also privacy certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

Nikki Holton
Global HR Investigations and Screening COE, Eli Lilly and Company
Nikki Holton is a Consultant working for the HR Global Investigations & Screening COE for ELI Lily and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has over 30 years of experience in various facets of Human Resources but her concentration lies with managing Lilly’s background screening program for both their employee population and the contingent workforce for over 13 years. She has spoken at past PBSA conferences and is a member of the End-User Advisory Panel through the PBSA.

Kevin Horval
Research Manager, Intellicorp
Kevin is a Research Manager at IntelliCorp Records overseeing vendor recruitment for more than 10 years. He has served in leadership roles with PBSA including Government Relations and the Access subcommittee. Kevin has also participated in the Public Access Software Specifications and PACER initiatives to improve access to court records. He holds LSS Yellow Belt and PBSA Advanced certifications.

Chad Kaldor
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Chad Kaldor is a lawyer at the national law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. They focus their practices on advising and defending employers and CRAs on background check issues across the country.

Brian Kelly
VP Marketing and Business Development, Appriss Insights
Brian Kelly is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Appriss Insights. He leads the go-to-market strategy development and execution for Appriss Insights including Justice Intelligence, Risk Intelligence and Incarceration Intelligence.

Scott Kimball
CTO, TazWorks
Scott Kimball, chief technology officer and a founding partner at TazWorks, is a computer scientist by degree and a software engineer whisperer at heart. Scott takes pride in his even-keeled approach to working with stakeholders throughout the business. He has overseen the technological growth of TazWorks from a single engineer and a repurposed PC in the backroom to dozens of engineers in software development, quality assurance, support, and research and development. Prior to the creation of TazWorks in 2002, Scott worked as a software engineer in the publishing and content management industry.

John Kloos
President, BackChecked, LLC
John Kloos has over forty years of experience in high-tech product development, security, and marketing. He has held senior management positions with both large companies and start-up enterprises. He has extensive experience with mainframes, high availability systems, reengineering, internet commerce and security.

Rebecca Kuehn
Partner, Hudson Cook LLP
Becki is a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office, where she chairs the Credit Reporting, Privacy, and Data Security Practice Group. Her practice focuses on consumer financial services and consumer protection matters. Becki counsels financial institutions, consumer reporting agencies, service providers, and others in complying with consumer financial laws and prohibitions against unfair, deceptive, or abusive trade practices. She is an experienced advocate and litigator, representing clients before federal and state agencies and the courts, particularly the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in investigations and other proceedings.

Bianca Lager
President, Socialintel
Bianca Lager is President of Social Intelligence and a guest lecturer at UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine University. 

Carol Miaskoff
Associate Legal Counsel, EEOC
Carol R. Miaskoff is the Associate Legal Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Commission or EEOC). As deputy director of the Office of Legal Counsel, she is responsible for managing development of the Commission regulations and guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. She also provides legal advice to the Commission on a wide range of matters, and works with the Department of Justice to defend the Chair and the Commission in litigation when stakeholders challenge Commission rules, guidance, and actions in court. During her career at the EEOC, Ms. Miaskoff has supervised the development of proposed Commission policy on workplace harassment and final Commission guidance on retaliation and national origin discrimination.  She served as a member of the EEOC’s equal pay task force and speaks frequently to labor and employment groups about issues ranging from the use of big data in employment to psychiatric disabilities and the ADA. Ms. Miaskoff graduated from Harvard University and from the George Washington University Law School, with high honors. In the community, Ms. Miaskoff has been active in the Montgomery County, MD, Mental Health Advisory Committee, and guest lectures at a Georgetown University undergraduate class on Women and the Law. 

Montserrat Miller
Attorney, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Montserrat C. Miller is a partner in the Privacy and Consumer Regulatory; Immigration; and Government Affairs practice groups at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (AGG) in Washington, D.C. She is the co-chair of the firm’s Background Screening Industry Group.

Jennifer Mora
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Jennifer Mora is a Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. Jennifer is a nationally recognized expert on employment-purposed background checks, and regularly advises employers and consumer reporting agencies on the intersection of federal and state background check laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting and state law equivalents, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, state and local ban the box laws and state fair employment laws. She is a prolific author on cutting edge background check issues for employers and regularly speaks at industry conferences about employment screening, including at the Professional Background Screening Association mid-year and annual conferences and local and regional conferences and webinars. Jennifer also regularly advises clients on compliance with medical and recreational marijuana laws as well as federal and state drug-free workplace and drug-testing issues, including compliance with Department of Transportation-mandated programs.

Stephanie Morgan
VP & Deputy General Counsel, backgroundchecks.com
Stephanie Morgan is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for backgroundchecks.com. Stephanie is responsible for managing the company’s litigation, responding to consumer demands, and advising the company on all aspects of consumer reporting compliance.

Jason Morris
Principle, Morris Group Consulting, LLC.
Jason B. Morris, President, Morris Consulting Group. As a long-time background screening and risk management expert, Jason Morris serves as a consultant to the CRA’s on issues related to business strategy and growth, the latest trends in background screening, mergers and acquisitions and recruiting top executive talent. He is a highly sought-after expert witnesses on litigation concerning background checks. 

Cierra Newman
Associate, Hudson Cook, LLP
Cierra Newman is an associate in the firm's Washington, D.C. office where she is a member of the Credit Reporting, Privacy, and Data Security Practice Group. Cierra advises financial institutions, consumer reporting agencies, and financial technology firms on a broad range of federal laws. Cierra's practice focuses primarily on day-to-day regulatory compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and other privacy data use and protection laws. Prior to joining Hudson Cook, Cierra served as an Attorney-Advisor for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Law Clerk for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked as an aide for Senator Charles E. Grassley, Chairman and President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate.

Erin Novak
Attorney, Montgomery McCracken Walker Rhoads LLP
A former Plaintiff’s lawyer, now industry defender, attorney Erin A. Novak is litigation partner at Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She focuses her practice on defending clients in FCRA class actions and individual cases, helping companies involved in regulatory inquiries and actions, and providing advice and counsel on FCRA compliance. Erin has been counsel of record in more than three hundred cases involving FCRA claims in courts throughout the country. 

Scott Paler
Attorney, DeWitt LLP
Scott Paler is a partner at DeWitt LLP. He serves as Chair of the Firm’s Background Screening Practice Group.  Over his career, Scott has advised more than 100 background screening companies on compliance and business issues. Scott previously served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Avoidance Committee for PBSA, led PBSA’s Insurance Task Force, and participated in PBSA’s Best Practice Steering Committee. He regularly presents on industry trends and best practices at national background screening conferences.

Vince Pascarella
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Wholesale Screening Solutions
Vince joined Wholesale Screening in 2012 as Executive VP of Sales and was promoted to General Counsel in 2016. Vince developed his pre-Wholesale Screening executive management skills in roles as president, vice president and general counsel, vice-president of sales, and director of business development and compliance. Vince has been an attorney and executive in the enterprise risk mitigation industry since 1998. He is a licensed attorney, is SHRM certified SHRM-SCP and PBSA certified FCRA Advanced, and is the former two-term Co-Chair of the PBSA Industry Practices Committee. Vince earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Long Island University.

Lester Rosen
Attorney at Law and CEO, Employment Screening Resources
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com ), an accredited national background screening company headquartered in California. He is the author of, The Safe Hiring Manual: The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters and Jobseekers (826 pages-Facts on Demand Press/3d Edition 2017), the first comprehensive book on employment screening.

He is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences and webinars. He has qualified and testified in court cases as an expert witness on issues surrounding hiring and due diligence. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and served as the first co-chairman in 2004. He received the PBSA Lifetime Achievement award in 2019. 

Scott Sadler
Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, Certified Mindful Facilitator, Creative Conflict Solutions
Scott Sadler is an executive coach, corporate trainer, facilitator and Trusted Advisor for CEOs, top executives, managers, directors, business owners and individuals who want to manage the pressure to perform, reduce stress and burnout and have high functioning teams through his company Creative Conflict Solutions. He cares deeply about enhancing the most vital and expensive aspect in business, human capital. Scott believes all leadership and management problems ultimately have a communication solution, and he lives to help people navigate forward to those solutions. He is a Certified Mindful Facilitator and has assisted numerous organizations in bringing mindful awareness into their organizations. Secular, science backed programs that create happier and more productive team members means less turnover and better customer satisfaction for companies that add this component to their wellness programs. 

Jennifer Sarvadi
Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP
Jennifer L. Sarvadi is a partner at Hudson Cook, LLP. Ms. Sarvadi counsels businesses on compliance with federal and state consumer financial and privacy laws, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Graham Leach Bliley Act, and the avoidance of unfair, deceptive, or abusive trade practices. Ms. Sarvadi assists with the development and implementation of compliance management systems, new product development, and system integrations and enhancements in the financial services space. 

William Simmons
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
Bill is a lawyer at the national law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. They focus their practices on advising and defending employers and CRAs on background check issues across the country.

Brent Smoyer
Director of State Government Relations and Grassroots, Smoyer Government Affairs
Brent Smoyer, of Smoyer Government Affairs, serves as the NAPBS State Government Relations and Grassroots Director. Smoyer’s combined 15 years of experience includes work on federal, state and local political campaigns, state level policy craft as a legislative aide and legal counsel in both the Iowa and Nebraska Legislatures, and (as he calls it) “time served” in elected office as a County Commissioner for Lancaster County, Neb. While he jokingly refers to himself as a “recovering bureaucrat”, it is that experience he uses to help build relationships, craft quality policy, and dodge pitfalls often present in state government. Prior to partnering with NAPBS, Smoyer was Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislature.

Timothy St. George
Attorney, Troutman Pepper
Timothy St. George's practice includes the representation of clients in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Tim focuses his practice in the areas of complex litigation and business disputes, financial services litigation, and consumer litigation.

Mark Sward
Vice President and Global Head of Privacy, Sterling
President and Global Head of Privacy. He leads Sterling’s global privacy team, which oversees Sterling’s privacy program, supports internal data protection compliance initiatives around the world, and provides information and best practice guidance to Sterling’s clients through webinars, whitepapers and other documentation. With over ten years of experience in the screening industry, he has been responsible for Sterling’s privacy program in Canada since 2013 and globally since 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University and a certificate in law from the Université de Montréal, and is recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Canada and Europe) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager

Jamie Tucker
Partner, Akin Gump
Jamie Tucker is a partner in the Public Law and Policy practice at Akin Gump, Washington's premiere lobbying firm.