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Paula S. Pelissero


Professional Adjunct Lecturer

Programs/Classes Taught:

HRM513 – Total Rewards

HRM520 – Talent Acquisition and Retention

HRM599 – Integrating Business and HR Strategy

Areas of Expertise:

All areas of Human Resources


Dynamic and highly regarded human resources leader, valued for creating positive change in the workplace by aligning staff outcomes to the mission. Extensive expertise in creating successful brand recruiting, employee engagement and retention programs for corporate and non-profit organizations.

Experience and Skills:

  • 30- years of experience in human resources leadership
  • Expert in human resource management of home healthcare and voluntary health organizations
  • Former Senior Director of Human Resources & Staff Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association (National Headquarters in Chicago, IL)
  • Former Vice President of Human Resources at Option Care, Inc. overseeing HR for 39 office locations and 1,700 employees
  • Specializing in the areas of change management, performance management, compensation, employee relations, recruiting and retention strategies
  • Instructor, National Louis University
  • Instructor, Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, Nonprofit Professional Development
  • Former Human Resource Management Instructor at Loyola University Chicago, School of Continuing and Professional Studies


MS Human Resource Management and Development – National Louis University

BA Journalism, Broadcast - University of Oklahoma

Research and Interests:

Passionate instructor focused on de-coding HR-speak into usable, practical and best HR practices for students

Contact Information:

Paula S. Pelissero 

cell: 847/863-4857 




    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

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    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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