Management Team

Peter B. Canalia, J.D.

Executive Director

Peter, our executive director, has been with the ABHRS since its inception in 1996. His commitment to the board is evident in his dedication to attending the many board meetings, annual examinations, and ISHRS meetings over the years. Peter is a 1970 graduate of John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate and has practiced law in the greater Chicago area for over 45 years. He is highly regarded by his peers for his experience and knowledge in legal and various board matters. Peter’s attention to detail is extraordinary, evidenced both in the workplace and his snappy appearance.

Emily Valerius

Director of Operations

Emily, our director of operations, has been with the ABHRS since 2008. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, ensuring a positive experience for our diplomates from the application process through to the examination. Emily received her BA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996 and her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Chicago in 2004. She takes great pride in her work, and her leadership skills are evident in her passion and commitment to excellence.

Colette Elbaor


Colette, our administrative assistant, joined the ABHRS team with great enthusiasm. She brings her experience working 30-plus years in business administration with exceptional organizational skills. Colette is always willing to take on new tasks and spearhead special projects like the Diplomate newsletter. Her devotion and sense of humor are true assets for our staff and diplomates.