About E. K. Ward & Associates

Our Practice Leaders

All of our people are highly trained professionals with a wealth of practical real world experience.

Lateyfa Ali, President and Senior Advisor, has over 25 years experience in human resource management, personnel assessment, executive coaching, executive search, strategic planning, team leadership, and project planning.  Lateyfa has also used her talent and project orientation on a wide variety of HR outsourcing projects and especially on diversity and inclusion initiatives and training. She has also been instrumental in assisting organizations with regulatory compliance including HR Audits, AAP development and EEO litigation investigation. Her corporate experience includes VP of Human Resources at a $15 billion diversified financial institution where she established innovative recruitment and employee relations programs. She also held senior positions at the General Motors Center for Human Resources and the Housing Division of the City of Atlanta. Lateyfa’s generalist experience, leadership skills and diverse background make her uniquely qualified to manage value-based performance improvement projects.  Her approach is pragmatic, energetic and direct enabling her to quickly engage and deliver solutions that support your objectives. lali@ekward.com

Carolyn McKinney, Senior Career Consultant, is a career coach with more than 10 years’ experience in HR generalist functions including recruitment and staffing, training and development, employee retention and EEO. Carolyn specializes in assisting professionals who find themselves facing career uncertainties or transitions. Using a supportive coaching style, she helps them to clarify values, identify key strengths and abilities, and then use these insights to move forward and launch a successful job search. She is skilled in assisting clients in telling their career stories and developing market-driven resumes that effectively highlight their career achievements and accomplishments. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (with concentration in Human Resources) earned at SUNY at Buffalo, NY.

Jan Reicis, Senior Consultant, serviced as a Senior Level HR Executive with corporate and operations HR leadership experience for global companies such as TOSOH, Graphic Controls (Division of TYCO), and Moog, Aerospace and Defense. Jan contributed to senior executive teams directing company growth through planning, improving organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement and executive development. Jan is recognized for creating and aligning human resources vision with corporate philosophy. Coaching areas of excellence include: Building Executive Competence, Succession Development, Onboarding and Leadership Development. Jan holds an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo and is adjunct faculty for the School of Management and a faculty member of Daemen College, School of Administration.

Natalie Trueheart, Senior Compliance Consultant, has over 18 years of experience in EEO and Affirmative Action, Employee Relations, and Compliance Reporting. As the former Corporate Manager of Fair Employment Practices for Delphi, Natalie was responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the entire FEP process covering over 70,000 employees, both hourly and salaried, in 12 states. In that role, she has successfully presided over more than 100 OFCCP compliance reviews conducted in 5 of the 6 OFCCP regions; completed as many as 46 AAPs annually and conducted disparate impact testing, Open Door resolutions and employee investigations. Natalie has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Equal Employment Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College, a Master’s degree from Kettering University and an Executive Juris Doctorate from Concord University School of Law. ntrueheart@ekward.com

Melissa Tucker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Consultant, is a practice leader, HR consultant and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience. Melissa brings a strong business background developed through positons and consulting assignments in Fortune 500, multi-national and regional companies in industries including health care, financial services, and manufacturing. She has extensive experience in human resource planning and operations, organizational change and effectiveness, team building and facilitative leadership. She has also developed talent assessment and leadership development programs to unlock individual and team potential to drive growth, innovation and continuous improvement.  Her corporate experience includes VP of Human Resources for a multi-billion-dollar health insurer where she worked extensively with the Board Executive Compensation and Succession Planning Committee and led a team of 40+ professionals in 3 regions specializing in talent acquisition, talent management, talent development, compensation, benefits, wellness, employee and labor relations. Melissa is also experienced in presenting at industry conferences, workshops and seminars.