Meet the Melitians

At Melita, we are proud of many things, but chief among them are the amazing people that make up our team. We are passionate about helping our clients achieve success through people-focused HR management practices, and we are passionate about building a culture in which all Melitians can thrive and prosper. And we think that’s the most meaningful characteristic of all in determining the ultimate impact a company has on the lives of its employees and its customers.

Key Members of our Team

Paul Mifsud

Founder / CEO

Paul is Founder & CEO of Melita. He started Melita in 1992 to provide comprehensive HR and benefits consulting and outsourcing services to businesses of all sizes.

Under Paul’s leadership, Melita has evolved over the years to become a leader in helping businesses of all sizes achieve great HR and build an engaged workplace.

Prior to Melita, Paul was the founder and CEO of ClearBenefits, one of the pioneers in the cloud-based benefits software industry.

Karen Garavatti

VP of HR

Karen is the senior HR leader and executive advisor to HR clients of Melita. Karen is responsible for the design, project planning and delivery of all HR initiatives and programs within Melita’s HRElevate portfolio of offerings.  Her areas of focus include:

  • Performance management and talent assessment
  • Training design and facilitation
  • Career and professional development
  • Leadership coaching and development
  • Employee engagement assessments, including needs/gap analysis
  • Corporate culture development

A seasoned professional, Karen brings a wealth of experience to Melita and its’ clients, with a background that includes VP of Human Resources for AtHoc, Inc., a crisis communications start-up where Karen built and led the HR function, Sr. Director and Global HR Business Partner of Ericsson telecommunications and HR Director of Better Place, an electric vehicle start-up where Karen designed global human resources programs and processes. Prior to that, Karen was head of HR for SAP Labs in Palo Alto. Karen holds an MS from San Francisco State University.

Jodi Shah

Director of Talent Acquisition

Jodi has a recruitment background that is built off of experience both in-house, as well as in executive search.

In her role as Director of Talent Acquisition, Jodi leads the design, implementation and operation of Melita’s Talent Acquisition process services for our clients. It includes training and oversight of the process to ensure our clients’ hiring managers, recruiters, and business leaders are engaged and effectively executing a well defined Talent Acquisition process to ensure high quality and consistent results.

Prior to joining Melita, Jodi led her own full-service search practice, where she built a successful track record in full lifecycle recruitment. During this time, Jodi helped build the management team and global operations for a well-funded start up in the electric vehicle infrastructure sector as well as revamp the marketing organization of a successful pre-IPO company.

Camille Dee

Sr. People Operations Leader

Camille is the Sr. People Operations leader at Melita. As Sr. People Operations Leader, Camille is responsible for the successful installation and service delivery of our HRComplete service offerings in addition to providing senior level consulting on a long list of initiatives/programs including compensation design and systems, performance management, people analytics, employee relations, manager and conflict resolution training, etc.

Camille has over twenty years HR experience working as a generalist, business partner and Sr. HR Leader. The majority of her experience has been working with both small and medium-sized companies that have undergone rapid growth and change.

Prior to joining the Melita team in 2016, Ms. Camille held the position of Director, Global Human Resources at ADARA (an internet and advertising/media company) where she built and led their HR Department supporting over 200 employees globally. Prior to ADARA, she worked at Ravix Group (a Finance and HR consulting firm) as a Human Resources Consultant for six years. At Ravix, she worked mainly with early-stage to mid-sized companies in the technology and non-profit sectors. Camille’s work experience previous to Ravix includes her role as Vice President of HR at Water and Power Community Credit Union as well as other HR Management roles held at companies such as Universal Music Group, Crave Entertainment and BSMG Worldwide.

Jodi Costello

Jodi Costello

Benefits Technology Specialist

Jodi is the Benefits Technology Specialist at Melita. She manages benefit technology implementations, open enrollments and provides ongoing support for clients that use technology to manage their benefits. Her areas of focus include:

  • Full system implementation of benefit plan rules, details, rates
  • Test client sites to ensure proper functionality
  • Ongoing maintenance of client site, including the set-up or annual open enrollments
  • Primary point of contact for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) issues and carrier discrepancies

With over 12 years of experience working in the Benefits field, Jodi has developed advanced knowledge of ADP’s WFN, PlanSource, Ease Central, and SychHR. She is also experienced with BeneTrac, Ascentis, and ClearBenefits.

Dawn Curtis

Dawn Curtis

Payroll & Implementation Manager
Dawn is a payroll expert with 20 years experience. At Melita, she oversees all client implementations of the ADP WorkForce Now system to ensure clients gain maximum benefit from the system. She also manages full cycle payroll for new clients. Adding to her credentials, Dawn has the following certifications:
  • ADP Certified Specialist: ADP Workforce Now – Payroll
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), American Payroll Association

Greg St. Geme

Vice President / Client Advisor

Greg is a Vice President within the Benefits Division of Melita. Greg has over twenty years of Benefits consulting experience. Prior to joining Melita in 2001, Greg worked in the Group Sales Division of Genworth Financial, a subsidiary of GE Capital. Greg works with many emerging venture backed companies in Silicon Valley. His deep knowledge of the benefits marketplace and his understanding of the needs of growing companies make him an invaluable resource to clients.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Community Gatepath as well as the Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters.

Jeff Hull

Vice President / Client Advisor

Jeff is Vice President / Client Advisor at Melita. He has over 15 years of experience in HR and Employee Benefits.

At Melita, Jeff works with small to mid-sized companies in a variety industries offering creative, innovative solutions to help them save money, time and legal liability associated with benefit plans and HR. Jeff has a hands-on approach, working with clients to understand their challenges and provide cost effective solutions, often using their current budget to help provide services that help HR be more proactive, while improving employee communications and moral.

Jeff is experienced in employee self-service technology and the benefits it offers. He has helped to install and maintain employee self-service technology into dozens of companies with wide ranging success.

He also has experience helping companies establish and grow satellite offices both domestically and internationally.

August Kats

Vice President / Client Advisor

August is Vice President / Client Advisor at Melita, specializing in Employees Benefits. He helps clients make decisions with a long term view in mind, which usually translates into bottom line savings.

August is also up to date on all industry changes, and informs clients on what is required to stay legal and to get all around competitive Benefits package. August is truly an extension of your HR team!