Keystone Partners

Keystone Partners, founding partner of Career Partners International (CPI), provides career management support for  individuals at all levels, and companies of all types and sizes. CPI is the largest global provider of career and talent management services, with 300 offices worldwide.


Our expertise addresses career planning, outplacement, executive career transition services, executive coaching and leadership development, team development, and training.  For more than thirty years, Keystone has led the way in providing the highest quality services for organizations who invest in their people.

A Career Management Partnership

  • We provide custom, career transition services and progressive technology to help people realize their full potential.

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  • We provide world-class advice and services for                   senior executives considering                       career and life transitions.

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  • We serve as a catalyst for the development of leaders and their organizations to create sustainable business advantage.

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The Hennessy Report from Keystone Partners. A free-flowing conversation with leaders in the HR community talking about themselves, the industry, and their work. Brought to you in cooperation with NEHRA the Northeast Human Resources Association.  If reading is your knowledge transfer of choice, click the download icon to read the transcript.
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We invite you to learn more about Keystone Partners' divisions and services. To arrange a meeting or tour, or to receive more information, please call 617-720-7300 or complete the form below.
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Ralph Roberto
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Ralph Roberto is President of Keystone Partners where he oversees the strategic direction and daily operations of the company and its divisions: Camden Consulting Group, Essex Partners, and Keystone Associates. Under his leadership, Keystone Partners has established a reputation as a leader in the human capital consulting arena.

A prominent coach and consultant to “C-suite” executives at many of the country’s leading organizations, Ralph specializes in aligning human resources strategies with business objectives.  With twenty years of experience in key corporate and operational assignments, Ralph has deep experience in the human capital aspects of organizational leadership, organizational restructuring, and executive coaching. He and his team have designed talent management programs for Fortune 500 companies, industry-leading corporations, and emerging growth organizations across many different industries.

Ralph is recognized as a leading authority on executive career issues and has been featured in many respected business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and Human Resource Executive.

Prior to joining the Keystone Partners, Ralph held senior management positions at Polaroid Corporation, where he established a unique blend of experience in human resources, sales, and marketing.

Ralph received his Masters in Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Boston College.  He has completed professional development programs, including the Consumer Marketing Program at the Kellogg School and the Advanced Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.

He is the former Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors at Direct Federal Credit Union, where he was also a board member.  Ralph has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at the former Deaconess-Waltham Hospital.

Elaine Varelas
Managing Partner
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Elaine Varelas, Keystone Partners’ Managing Partner, has over 20 years experience in career consulting and coaching development, and has worked with numerous executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness.  She has expertise in successfully resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine’s experience spans a broad range of industries and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations.  Elaine serves as Treasurer of Career Partners International, LLC, a network of independently owned career management firms which Keystone co-founded in 1987.

Elaine frequently addresses professional associations and has spoken to the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Society of Women Engineers, Hospital Financial Management Association and Simmons Graduate School of Management. Elaine is frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Business Journal. Elaine has achieved widespread recognition for her expertise and insight on career matters. She is a regular contributor to the career section of in her weekly blog postings which appear biweekly in The Boston Globe.

A graduate of the Management Development Program at Boston University, Elaine holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  She is an active member of many professional associations, including  The Boston Club. Elaine is certified Executive Coach by the Center for Executive Coaching, and MBTI certified.

Mary Fay Kattman
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Mary Fay Kattman is Keystone Partners’ Chief Financial Officer where she oversees all activities in the company’s accounting, finance, IT, administration, human resources and property management departments.

Mary Fay brings more than 20 years of financial management experience to Keystone and is an integral asset to its management team.

Before joining Keystone in 2010, Mary Fay co-founded Store to Door where she served as CFO, Secretary and Treasurer. Mary Fay was instrumental in determining the strategic direction of the company and grew Store to Door to five locations and $8M in revenue.

Mary Fay holds a Masters of Finance degree from Babson College and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Vermont. She is also a certified public accountant.

Mary Fay was a founding member of the Mobile Self Storage Association and served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for four years. Mary Fay is married, has two children and lives in Marblehead, MA.

David Hennessy
Senior Vice President
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David partners with executives and corporate clients to successfully address their career management and leadership development needs. David joined Keystone in 2000 with over twelve years of experience in management, training and sales. As a certified program leader, he has provided training in communication, leadership and management skills.

David is host of “The Hennessy Report” podcast series – a free flowing conversation with leaders in Human Resources talking about the industry, themselves and their work.  “The Hennessy Report” is produced by Keystone Partners in cooperation with the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).

A member of NEHRA’s Board of Directors, David also serves as Chair, Board of Commissioners RMLD (Reading Municipal Light Department), a municipal utility serving 29,000 customers in four towns north of Boston. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kim Littlefield
Senior Vice President
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Kim Littlefield consults with organizations and senior executives on complex career transition and workforce planning issues. Kim has over 15 years of experience in training and business development. Prior to joining Keystone, she was a senior trainer with Dale Carnegie Training. As a certified Dale Carnegie instructor, Kim has taught courses on human relations, communication, leadership, sales, public speaking and presentation skills to thousands of people from students to executives. At Keystone, she regularly trains groups on Networking, Your 30 Second Commercial and How to Work a Room.

Kim holds a Master of Science degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bryant University. She is an active member of the Northeast Human Resources Association and Human Resource Leadership Forum. Kim frequently addresses professional associations and networking groups, including the Northeast Human Resources Association and Financial Executives International.

Debbie Noschese
Senior Vice President
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Debra Noschese works closely with client companies on integrated career management and leadership development needs. She comes to Keystone with over 20 years of training and business development experience. At Eastman Kodak Company’s internationally acclaimed Marketing Education Center in Rochester, New York, Debbie led several courses including the six-week “Basic Sales Training” program, a model shared with other major corporations. She was a key contributor in developing computer based training that was used by IBM following Kodak’s acquisition of their copier division. As a Regional Training Coordinator in Dallas, Texas, Debbie designed and developed curriculum for continuous learning programs for sales staff, as well as instructed and managed training initiatives. She was involved with developing annual operating plans with the forecasting and analysis group; developing a skills inventory for sales positions; and assessing sales staff to improve productivity and performance. While a Training Consultant in Plano, Texas, Debbie developed curriculum and conducted professional development seminars focused on adult learning and presentation skills for the faculty of a local college.

Debbie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and currently serves as an officer of the Medfield School Committee.

Omar Saldana
Vice President
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Omar Saldana, Vice President of Keystone Partners, counsels organizations and senior leaders to successfully address career management and human capital challenges. He joined Keystone Partners with over twenty years experience in management and human resources with expertise in performance management and career development. Prior to joining the firm, Omar worked in the bio-pharmaceutical, professional services, technology and higher education sectors. He is SPHR certified and is fluent in Spanish.

Omar is an active member of Northeast Human Resource Association and the Human Resources Leadership Forum. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Economics from the Cornell University.

Brenda Stanton
Vice President
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Brenda is Vice President for Keystone Partners where she advises organizations and senior leaders on complex career management and leadership development challenges. Brenda joined Keystone Partners in 2011 as a consultant, partnering with individuals on the development and successful execution of customized strategic career plans.

Brenda’s experience in human resources and consulting transitioning professionals allows her to bring a unique perspective to every client engagement.

Prior to joining Keystone Partners, Brenda served as a career transition consultant for individuals in industries such as financial services, biotech and pharmaceutical, high tech, manufacturing, and professional services. She also spent 15 years in business development and marketing roles at publishing, advertising and technology firms.

Brenda attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Keystone Partners Named a Top Place to Work

Keystone Partners Named a 2017 Top Place to Work by Boston Globe