Ellen Spara

Vice President of Human Resources

Ellen began her career with VLS in August 2018 as Vice President of Human Resources. She oversees all areas of Human Resources, including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, performance management, learning and development, team effectiveness, and succession planning. She previously served in various HR roles at Campbell Soup Company, Mars Chocolate North America, and Guilford Mills. Most recently, Ellen served as Director of Talent Management and Corporate HR at Ascend Performance Materials and Senior Director of Talent Management at LyondellBasell.

Ellen received her Master’s degree and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Wake Forest University.

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two children, and two dogs, as well as reading, music, and movies.