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Meet Our Team

As leading experts in U.S. and global contingent workforce management, payroll solutions, and technology, our team brings together a depth of knowledge and experience to help ensure your success.

  • Jeff Phelps

    CEO and Co-Founder

  • Melissa Oliva

    Client Relations

  • Joe Prusko

    Finance

  • Lisa Soughers

    Human Resources

  • Geoff Mohun

    Legal

  • Helga Venturini Townend

    Managing Director, EMEA

  • Gustavo Sengès

    Managing Director, LATAM

  • Kafi Hauser

    Marketing

  • Andrea Norup

    Product

  • Maria Goyer

    Strategy

  • Eric Edelstein

    Technology

  • Gary D. Nelson

    Founder

  • Craig Nelson

    Chairman of the Board

Our Team
  • Jeff Phelps

    CEO and Co-Founder

  • Melissa Oliva

    Client Relations

  • Joe Prusko

    Finance

  • Lisa Soughers

    Human Resources

  • Geoff Mohun

    Legal

  • Helga Venturini Townend

    Managing Director, EMEA

  • Gustavo Sengès

    Managing Director, LATAM

  • Kafi Hauser

    Marketing

  • Andrea Norup

    Product

  • Maria Goyer

    Strategy

  • Eric Edelstein

    Technology

  • Gary D. Nelson

    Founder

  • Craig Nelson

    Chairman of the Board

Jeff Phelps

CEO and Co-Founder

Jeff Phelps is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of iWorkGlobal and is responsible for setting the strategic direction and oversight of the firm’s global operations.

His career spans 30+ years of successfully building and leading innovative human capital management organizations. Jeff is a recognized industry expert in contingent workforce management, having led organizations responsible for the design, development, implementation, and management of comprehensive workforce management programs. His client experience spans virtually every market segment and includes Fortune 500 companies as well as regional firms.

Jeff previously held various executive level positions in general management, human resources, compliance & risk management, business development, and client services with WorkforceLogic, Secure Talent, ABE Services, The Nelson Family of Companies, and AT&T.

He is a frequent speaker at legal and HR conferences, events, and seminars and has been added to the SIA Top 100 in Staffing list.

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Melissa Oliva

Client Relations

Melissa joined iWorkGlobal in 2017 as Sr. Vice President of Client Solutions. She oversees all operations for the company, guiding the iWorkGlobal team’s efforts to provide an unrivaled premium service experience to clients.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the professional services industry, Melissa has overseen successful teams specializing in IC compliance and risk management, as well as global business services. She helped grow WorkforceLogic’s team and revenue exponentially before the company was acquired by ZeroChaos in 2012, where she has since gained additional experience managing global payroll and background check services. She has also been a panelist and speaker at conferences on proper worker classification and met with legislators on Capitol Hill to collectively make a positive difference in the background screening profession.

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Joe Prusko

Finance

Joe Prusko joined iWorkGlobal as Chief Financial Officer in 2015, with more than 35 years of extensive financial management experience with both public and private companies. He has been involved in strategic planning and debt and equity financing, as well as designing compensation and employee benefit plans. An analytical thinker with a passion for finding solutions for complicated problems, Joe brings invaluable insight to his role at iWorkGlobal.

Having held senior-level financial positions with retail and staffing companies, as well as a Silicon Valley learning solutions consulting firm, Joe has continued to be advanced in recognition of his ability as a senior executive. At every company with which he’s worked over the years, his customer focus and provision of timely and useful financial information throughout the company has enhanced management decisions and ultimately driven profitability.

Joe has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and a CPA.

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Lisa Soughers

Human Resources

Lisa Soughers is a talented, solutions-driven and detail-oriented human resources professional with over 20 years of experience within the retail, human capital management, and staffing industries. Lisa has managed and overseen multi-state and multi-provincial payroll and benefits administration, worker’s compensation, regulatory compliance, employee relations, and risk management throughout both the U.S. and Canada. She advocates positive relationships between employees, employers, and their partners.

Lisa comes to iWorkGlobal from her recent position as Director of Human Resources with the Schurman Retail Group, where she oversaw HR functions for approximately 300 PAPYRUS, Carlton Cards/American Greetings, PAPER DESTINY, and NIQUEA.D retail stores. She brings significant global expansion experience to her new role, having led the implementation and outsourcing of the Schurman Retail Group’s payroll and benefit programs for their 190 retail stores in Canada.

Before her time at the Schurman Retail Group, Lisa worked with Gary D. Nelson Associates Inc. in several divisions, including ABE Services and WorkforceLogic. As Director of Operations, she managed the payroll and back office operations for 4,800 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Geoff Mohun

Legal

Geoff Mohun joined iWorkGlobal in 2018 as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for iWorkGlobal. Since the inception of iWorkGlobal, Geoff has been responsible for the independent contractor evaluation program.

Geoff brings over ten years of experience in the evaluation and classification of independent contractors to his role as General Counsel. Previously, he served as corporate counsel for Certain Software, Inc. in San Francisco, a global software company with offices in the US, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

In private practice prior to that, Geoff’s focus was civil litigation in the areas of business law, environmental law, and criminal law. He has a Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy School of Law and is a graduate of California State University, Chico. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1997.

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Helga Venturini Townend

Managing Director, EMEA

Helga Venturini Townend joined iWorkGlobal in 2019 as the Managing Director, EMEA. She leads the strategy development of iWorkGlobal’s continued expansion in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and service delivery of iWorkGlobal’s workforce solutions in the region.  

Helga is well-known as a worldwide expert in compliance within the EMEA region and brings vast experience to this role, having run an international compliance firm and in prior roles, developed extensive compliance programs for several clients across the region.

Helga holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Belo Horizonte.

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Gustavo Sengès

Managing Director, LATAM

Gustavo Sengès joined iWorkGlobal in 2019 as the Managing Director, LATAM. He leads the strategy development of iWorkGlobal’s continued expansion in Latin America and service delivery of iWorkGlobal’s workforce solutions in the region.  

Gustavo draws on deep experience in labor law and in prior roles has led the LATAM development and implementation of market strategy for Pride Global, a large, human-capital firm

Gustavo holds a JD from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, an MBA from Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro and was a visiting scholar in Comparative Law at Fordham University, School of Law.

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Kafi Hauser

Marketing

Kafi Hauser joined iWorkGlobal in 2019 as the Director, Global Marketing. She serves as marketing and communications subject matter expert when identifying, prioritizing and developing innovative and competitive marketing enhancements.  

Kafi draws on experience in B2C and B2B brand and product marketing management within the consumer packaged goods, retail and education industries, including Kellogg’s and Safeway. She has launched over 50 products, managed multi-million dollar categories and is excited to bring her marketing expertise to evangelize the iWorkGlobal brand.

Kafi holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from UCLA with a bachelors degree in Molecular Biology from Rutgers.

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Andrea Norup

Product

Andrea Norup joined iWorkGlobal in 2016 as Vice President, Product and Implementation.

Prior to iWorkGlobal, Andrea spent 10 years with MarketLive (now known as Kibo Commerce), where she worked in program and project management successfully delivering a multitude of projects for a variety of clients and industries. She managed the design, development, integrations, and delivery of complex technical solutions. She brings significant experience to iWorkGlobal, having led successful ecommerce implementations reporting to internal and external stakeholders, executives, and PMOs.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

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Maria Goyer

Strategy

Maria Goyer joined iWorkGlobal in 2019 as the Sr. Vice President of International Expansion. Maria is responsible for driving the strategic expansion of iWorkGlobal’s international operations.

Maria brings over 20 years of experience, providing industry and strategic expertise in the development of all aspects of Business Process Outsourcing – including the design, implementation and administration of multimillion-dollar projects for Fortune 500 companies around the globe. As a pioneer in the MSP, VMS, Payroll and Compliance industries, she has designed several SaaS applications and worked with customers across all industry verticals to build contingent workforce and procurement solutions. She is well-known for her creative and innovative approach to product and program evolutions and is a frequent contributor and speaker for contingent workforce industry events and publications.

Connect with Maria Goyer on LinkedIn

Eric Edelstein

Technology

Eric Edelstein joined iWorkGlobal as Chief Technology Officer in 2018. Eric oversees the development and implementation of the enterprise technology strategy and provides direction to the business.

Eric draws on a distinguished application development track record with industry leaders including Bachmann, Fidelity Investments, Aetna Insurance, and Varian Semiconductor, where he served as a principal architect in designing the first real-time remote DCOM control system. The developer of several workforce-related systems, including customized timekeeping and integrated VMS systems, Eric brings his technical and industry expertise to developing innovative solutions for iWorkGlobal clients.

Eric holds a Ph.D. in mathematics with a doctoral minor in quantum physics.

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Gary D. Nelson

Founder

Gary Nelson is a forward thinker whose passion, creativity, and determination make him a visionary in business. A graduate of San Jose State University with advanced work in industrial relations, Gary had ten years of experience in human resources before founding Nelson in 1970. He continually explores new ways to provide value to clients and to maintain his company’s standing as a clear leader in the workforce management and human capital industry.

He believes in a personal-touch approach with both clients and job candidates and instills this practice in his businesses. His wealth of industry experience has earned him recognition as an expert. He is regularly asked to speak at human resource-related events and conferences and has shared the stage with many industry leaders and dignitaries, including Dr. Henry Kissinger, Lloyd Bentsen and Scott Cook of Intuit.

In 2011, he was listed in SIReview’s Who’s Who: The Staffing 100 as an influential leader in the field of staffing. In his local community, Gary is recognized as an outspoken advocate for healthcare and education. As a community activist and philanthropist, he has spearheaded efforts to open and support public charter schools. He was a leader in developing Sonoma’s “Field of Dreams” project to create a major youth baseball and soccer complex. Additionally, Gary and his wife, Marcia, established the Gary and Marcia Nelson Emergency Care Fund in support of emergency room services in Sonoma Valley.

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Craig Nelson

Chairman of the Board

Craig Nelson is the Chairman of the Board of iWorkGlobal and the Nelson Family of Companies. He joined the Nelson Family of Companies in 2001 as General Counsel. He led the Nelson staffing units from 2005 through 2011 as Executive Vice President; and Chief Executive Officer from January 2012 through September 2013.

Prior to the Nelson Family of Companies, Craig spent seven years with the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice and before that, three years as a litigator with the Law Offices of Bowles and Verna. Craig has a Masters of Law from the University of San Diego, his Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, and degrees in Business Administration and Economics from California State University, Chico. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.

In 2012, Craig was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Staffing Industry by Staffing Industry Review.

Craig has been quoted by a wide variety of news organizations including National Public Radio, the Sporting News, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Staffing Industry Review and the Recorder on a wide variety of topics such as employment trends, recruiting, family businesses, the San Francisco Medical Leave law and California’s Three Strikes law.

Highly involved in the community, Craig is the current Chair of the North Bay Leadership Council; he was the Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee of the 2011 North Bay Heart Walk; he was Chair of the Marin County Workforce Investment Board and a former Board Member of the Marin Economic Forum. Craig is the recipient of both the Spirit of Marin and Spirit of Sonoma Awards recognizing his community service.

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