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Culpeo HR

About Culpeo

Culpeo is the HR Partner Built to Strengthen and Align Your People and Culture

The Culpeo Story

Culpeo HR was built on (and named after) our fundamental belief that successful organizations start with culture and people. We would later learn that we shared names with the culpeo fox– also known as “The Golden Fox”– which is known for its observation, determination, and agility.

At Culpeo HR, we tackle each problem and strategy with the same observation, determination, and agility. This is what sets us apart and ensures security and long-term success for all of our clients.

Our People

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Leslie McIntyre Tavella

 

President + CEO

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Laura McPadden

Human Resources Consultant

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Diana Burns Derivan

Managing Partner

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Anaka Mastrianni

Director of Brand Communications
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Nick Toto

Recruiter
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Leah Torla

Office Manager

Our People

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Leslie McIntyre Tavella

 

President + CEO

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Diana Burns Derivan

Managing Partner

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Laura McPadden

Human Resources Consultant

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Anaka Mastrianni

Director of Brand Communications
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Nick Toto

Recruiter

How We

H.U.S.T.L.E.

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Help

Do whatever it takes.

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UNITE

Foster team collaboration.

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SERVE

Deliver exceptional value.

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TRUST

Be consistent + reliable.

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LISTEN

Embrace new ideas.

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EMPATHIZE

Promote kindness + care.

How We

H.U.S.T.L.E.

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Help

Do whatever it takes.

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UNITE

Foster team collaboration.

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SERVE

Deliver exceptional value.

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TRUST

Be consistent + reliable.

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LISTEN

Embrace new ideas.

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EMPATHIZE

Promote kindness + care.

"Working at Culpeo has truly been a breath of fresh air."
"Working at Culpeo HR has truly been a breath of fresh air. After working for a few other staffing firms throughout my career, there are two things that set Culpeo apart; the culture and the people, and its tied into the company name! I have learned so many new business practices working with Leslie and look forward to many more years to come."
- Culpeo Employee
"We pride ourselves on providing HR guidance covering all areas of the employee experience"
"Each of our clients have a dedicated HR Business Partner which gives the client one point of contact. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with HR guidance covering all areas of the employee experience."
- Culpeo Employee
"Accessibility & communication are at the forefront of Culpeo's projects."
"Working at Culpeo HR I have developed a deep understanding of cohesion between companies and their people and the value of a strong partnership. Accessibility and communication are at the forefront of Culpeo HR’s projects and the reason for our overarching success. It is our goal to understand all facets of our customers to keep them compliant, innovative, and well-staffed with top talent."
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Careers

Are you passionate about helping businesses unite culture and people? We are always looking for energetic, culturally aligned people to join our team.

At Culpeo HR we hire based on fit and train on function. Share your resume and our team will reach out to learn more about you and your story.

Ready to Elevate Your
People and Culture?

Laura McPadden

Laura is a results-oriented HR professional with a proven record of delivering HR strategies to support an organization’s growth, culture and transformation. As an HR business partner with over 25 years of experience, she is skilled in providing strategic guidance to management in the areas of employee relations, performance management, talent acquisition, culture development and employee engagement.

Laura has worked in the industries of media, marketing, retail, consumer product goods and biotechnology life sciences. Her prior employers include News America Marketing, a former News Corporation Company, Aspira Women’s Health and The Caldor Corporation.

At Culpeo HR, she will work with clients to build and maintain high performing workforces by implementing employee focused HR solutions.

Laura holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Communications and a Human Resources Certification from Fairfield University. Laura served as a board member for a local Fairfield non-profit, Operation Hope from 2017 to 2021.

She resides in Connecticut with her husband and labradoodle. In her free time, Laura enjoys baking, entertaining, reading and gardening.

Diana Derivan

Diana has over 25 years of Human Resources experience, with emphasis on HR compliance and policy development, employee relations, benefits, recruitment, hiring and onboarding, temporary staffing, training and development, leadership coaching, mentoring, and implementation of HRIS platforms.

She is well versed in working with diverse cultures and teams, within all organizational levels. Diana serves as an HR business partner for clients by identifying human resources issues and contributing analysis, strategies, and recommendations to assist companies in reaching their organizational goals and objectives. She most recently served as Director of Human Resources for a global distribution company as well as holding HR leadership positions for national firms in previous years.

Diana holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University where she also served as captain of the women's varsity tennis team. Diana served as a board member for the SOCT chapter of SHRM from 2017 - 2020.

She resides in Connecticut with her large extended family and two dogs. In her free time, Diana enjoys playing tennis, running, and walking with friends and family.

Anaka Mastrianni

Anaka grew up in Connecticut and traveled to the nearby state of Rhode Island for college at Bryant University. Initially planning to focus her degree in Management, her plans shifted after her first-year Psychology of Marketing class, discovering a love for Customer and Consumer experience and Psychology. Anaka graduated from Bryant University with her BS in Business Administration and a double major in Marketing and Psychology.

After college, she traveled to New York City where she worked for a luxury menswear company specializing in Customer Service and E-commerce. Since joining the Culpeo HR team where she is using her creative eye, love of psychology, and exemplary customer service skills to represent Culpeo HR as their Director of Brand Communications.

Anaka’s big passions in life are the four F's... Family, Food, Fashion, and Fitness. On the weekends she spends her days shopping and exercising with her sister, and her nights trying new restaurants or having big family dinners with all her extended relatives.

Nick Toto

Nick is a native of Connecticut, born and raised in Milford CT. After high school, Nick attended Springfield College to study business and play basketball. His first job out of college was in staffing, and he has been in the staffing industry now for 6 years. He is very passionate about recruiting and is dedicated to helping people find their dream jobs.

At Culpeo HR, Nick will partner with a team of seasoned veterans and focus on developing strong partnerships with candidates to successfully fill clients’ needs across several different areas, ranging anywhere from HR, accounting and finance, administrative, technical, or engineering.

Away from work, Nick’s passion is basketball, and he is very involved in extracurricular sports. His second job is a high-level basketball official. Nick’s goal is to rise through the ranks and ultimately become a collegiate level official. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family, going to the beach, going to Red sox games, and trying new spots to eat.

Leah Torla

Leah grew up in the Southeast of England and graduated from Art & Design college in Kent. Although Leah will always have a passion for art and design, she decided to take a sidestep into Administration. Leah worked her way up from Receptionist to Office Administrator before taking a career break to travel the world, where she had the opportunity to experience various cultures and see some amazing places. Returning to the workforce, Leah wanted to ensure that she followed her passion for people and moved to the City of London to secure an opportunity in the Recruitment industry where she was able to expand her skillset and work with people every day. When her Niece was born a few years later, she moved back to Kent to be close to family, where she continued her administrative career within the Healthcare industry.

Leah relocated to Connecticut in 2021, leaving everything and everyone she knew behind to follow her heart and settle into life with her new husband. Joining Culpeo HR has enabled Leah to combine her love and talent for Recruitment and Administrative support into the role of Office Manager. Leah now supports the HR & Recruitment team for managing recruitment activities, social and brand management, and administrative support.

Leah is a romantic, a lover of good food and enjoys spending her time surrounded by good people and experiencing new things. Now an Auntie of 4, she is even more excited for family reunions and plans to travel to the UK at least once a year.