Our Team

Our Team
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Experience and Knowledge in HR Outsourcing & Consulting

We only employ proven, top-performing consultants and candidates. Our human resources outsourcing and consulting experts have many years of successful experience which they convey to each project. There are an average of 40 completed projects per consultant which means you’ll always be in safe and reliable hands.

Our vast knowledge of HR operational expertise spans all 50 states, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, we have consultants in International locations with critical private, government, and corporate HR experience in 32 countries across the globe.

Our staff is of the utmost importance to ensure our clients obtain the best service. Annie, one of Flex HR’s Client Success Managers, speaks to how our staff sets us apart from the rest.

Meet Our Executives and Consultants

Flex HR, LLC. has a large cadre of senior human resources professionals who have decades of proven effective hr leadership capabilities. Their tenure involvement as HR Consultants with Flex HR has covered thousands of different organizations, in various industries, from a few to over 75,000 employees.
Jennifer Morehead Flex HR CEO

Jennifer Morehead

Jennifer “Jenny” Morehead is the CEO of Flex HR. She is an entrepreneur, sales and marketing expert, independent board member, and author. She prides herself on building strong teams that exceed expectations for their clients. Before Flex HR, Jenny successfully launched and ran a company that created marketing solutions for local businesses through the country. She created a high growth environment for the business and ran human resources in addition to her duties as CEO. Before her marketing solutions business she helped run a sales department at a media company that included roles in recruiting, hiring, and putting together new employee training sessions.


Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Jenny co-authored Make Your Business Social, which was published by New York-based Business Expert Press. She has also written CEO From Home, expected in 2021 from John Hunt Publishing. CEO From Home details how people can start, acquire or maintain a virtual business and features important human resources advice throughout the book.


Jenny is married to her husband Brad and has three sons. She serves on numerous boards including the leadership council for the Field Museum, the regional council for Northwestern University, and the guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

photo of Flex HR Consulting CEO Jim Cichanski

Jim Cichanski

President and CEO of Flex HR, Inc., Jim has 30+ years experience in human resources, holding senior level positions in companies that were privately held, pre-IPO, foreign owned, joint venture, Fortune 50 and one labeled the “fastest growing F1000 in America.” He has a solid background in high tech, manufacturing, services and management.


His background in human resources includes organizational process evaluation and improvement, labor laws, integration of businesses, cost reduction, organizational development, and all functional areas of human resources. These include but are not limited to Benefits, Compensation, Staffing, Diversity, ERISA, DOL Compliance, Immigration, Learning & Development, Stock Administration, Executive Compensation, Employee Relations, and over 300 Mergers & Acquisitions. Jim’s experience includes operational HR management knowledge globally in 32 countries, and has transitioned companies from 30 to 67,000 employees worldwide. Companies he has worked for include UnisysNovellPremiere Technologies and PaySys International. Jim is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.


Jim also spent 26 years in the Army National Guard achieving the rank of Colonel, was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, and received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit. Jim holds a BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences, is a graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Institute, has served on the board of HealthSource of Georgia, and was an inside board member of 17 companies. He is an active member of many HR professional organizations.


Inc. Magazine in September 2008, 2012 and 2013 recognized Flex HR, Inc. as an Inc 5000 “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America”. In 2008, Jim was recognized by the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as The “Small Business Person of the Year.” And recently, Catalyst Magazine recognized Flex HR as 1 of 18 Companies CEO’s in Atlanta would like to own. Jim is married to his wife Eldeen for 40 years and has two daughters. He recently served on the Board of Directors for HomeStretch.

Lisa Bisgard, CCP

HR Consultant

Lisa has built her experience leading HR technology implementation projects for multinational companies to enhance their globalization initiatives. She has worked for The Coca-Cola Company, Equifax, Georgia- Pacific Corporation, Chemtronics, Willis Towers Watson, Kaiser and several HR technology companies.


With 30+ years of Human Resources capabilities, Lisa is a guru in processes as she engages in implementation of HRIS systems and prepares the documentation and flow of administration. Lisa is a true Project Manager in implementation of any technology solution for our clients.


While she is very accomplished at the HR technology and solutions side of HR, her project management skills play an important role in start-up companies to implement compensation, HRIS and benefit programs.


Education and Professional Certifications:
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Human Resources Management from Florida State University.
Certified Compensation Professional World-at-Work Association

Joanna Boon

HR Consultant

Joanna has extensive and diverse human resources management experience in small to large size global organizations. She has also been a small business owner.


Joanna provides leadership, guidance, and solutions to organizations through
various stages of creation, growth, retrenching, change and stabilization. She drives solutions that enhance what already exists, with an appreciation of the past and a vision for the improved.


Joanna partners with her clients to establish effective HR strategies and delivery of advisory and operational services aligned to business values, strategies, and financial goals. She builds, transforms, and leads full-service HR functions including talent management (acquisition, succession & workforce planning, training & development, coaching, employee relations), total rewards (compensation and benefits), regulatory, compliance and vendor management, HRIS and shared services. She thrives on building high performance teams and is most proud of her ability to listen, influence, coach and build trusted partnerships.


Joanna earned her Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management degree from Clemson University with a minor in Occupational Safety and Health. She is also volunteer career consultant.


Due to her wanderlust and cultural curiosity, Joanna has lived in 12 US states (MA, MI, IL, PA, OH, GA, SC, AL, NY, NJ, CT, NC), England (London), Ireland (Dublin) and has traveled extensively. Out of all these, the beautiful autumn landscapes and colors in New England are her favorite.


When Joanna has time away from Flex HR, she enjoys spending time with her close- knit family and friends (both human and animals) and taking on old house renovations. She has a love of historical architecture (particularly farmhouses and barns), landscaping/gardening, reading, all music (particularly classical), a true southern homemade biscuit, a genuine NYC bagel and finding interesting and clever gadgets.

Akilah Bradford

HR Consultant

Akilah is a results-driven Human Resources executive offering 20 years of knowledge successfully executing business strategies including reorganizations, downsizing initiatives as well aggressive growth strategies with start-ups. Her background consists of extensive hotel and education industry experience. She has effectively managed HR functions for organizations employing 60 to over 500 associates, all the while
demonstrating the ability to positively manage change, deliver challenging messages, identify and resolve employee relation issues.


Some of Akilah’s specialized skills include legal compliance, HR audits, HR toolkits and Employee Handbooks, compensation planning, performance management, sexual harassment training, recruiting, staffing strategies, payroll operations, and benefits administration.


She received her Bachelor of Arts, in Communications from the University of Illinois, Chicago, her MBA – Specialization in Human Resources Management and Development from National-Louis University and her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.


In her spare time, Akilah is an in-door spin instructor and weight-loss coach. She is the mother of a college senior and future Sports Journalist, Janae and the mother of a 15-year-old Poodle-Mix, Scruffy.

Vanessa Carmack

HR Consultant

Vanessa comes to Flex HR with over 15 years of human resource expertise. Most recently, she oversaw the Human Resources for a start-up distribution facility post Nestlé acquisition. There she reduced turnover by 30% restructuring hiring and onboarding processing, while also securing 10-15% wage increases for hourly staff. Vanessa also successfully implemented COVID, LOA, and sick pay management policies.


Vanessa’s creative servant- leadership in Fortune 500 and 100 environments combined with her long tenure in Human Resources Management, expands her ability to partner with C-Level Executives and other principal leaders. She prides
herself on building and rebuilding company culture, implementing change and reform, and designing and implementing processes to clearly navigate business uncertainties and build resiliency.


Her keen ability to identify business needs, as well as operational gaps, enables her to develop strategic outlines and tactics ensuring agility and progress in any environment. Vanessa’s penchant for detail has allowed her to successfully direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status. As a teacher and trainer, she proficiently coaches and helps counsel individuals, teams, and organizations for long term success.


Vanessa is an avid member of SHRM and also a three-time published author who in her spare time, enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Megan Carpenter

HR Consultant

Megan has demonstrated many years of success in human resources and strategic leadership across a variety of business environments. She is very results- oriented, leading human capital through diverse business cycles and has an extensive background working with high-growth, start-up and multiple, high-volume organizations. Megan enjoys providing HR consulting services and facilitating implementation of solutions that align with the company’s overall direction.


Megan’s HR knowledge spans compensation design, multi-jurisdiction handbook design, HR analytics, policy & program development, employment law, employment relations, project management, recruitment, on-boarding efforts, and compliance.


Megan currently resides in the Washington, DC, area and has served as a trusted HR-oriented thought partner for business leaders across the U.S. in their development, implementation, and evaluation of people-related programs, policies, and initiatives.


Education and Certifications:

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), HRCI
  • Certificate – People Analytics, AIHR
  • Certificate – Data Analytics, General Assembly
  • Master of International Relations, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Conflict Resolution, Juniata College

John Cascone

DPA, Senior Vice President

Dr. Cascone has been a Senior Vice President at Flex HR since 2005. During his tenure he has served as an HR consultant to numerous CEOs and Presidents of small and medium size companies in the United States and abroad. His primary areas of specialization include: Executive and Management Development, Strategic Planning, Capacity-Building and Corporate Compliance.


Prior to joining Flex HR, Inc., Dr. Cascone served as Executive Vice President Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a $ 6.5 billion public company and leading provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) services to Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. While at ACS, Dr. Cascone provided leadership in successfully integrating the 700+ employees from Consultec, Inc. into ACS’ Government Services Division of over 20,000 employees. During this integration, Dr. Cascone served as the Vice President of Human Resources and was successful in supporting a 250% increase in revenue growth.


Prior to ACS, Dr. Cascone spent over twenty years in Human Resources management and executive positions at Consultec, Inc. In this capacity, Dr. Cascone successfully established a Human Resources Department, and then led the department and the company’s growth to 1,100 employees. Dr. Cascone has also held faculty appointments to the Graduate Schools at Emory University, The University of Georgia, the University of St. Francis and Atlanta University, where he has taught graduate courses in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Principles of Management Administration and Public Policy. Dr. Cascone currently teaches management and public policy studies as an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University.


Dr. Cascone’s international experience includes serving as a consultant to the Carter Center, The Ministry of Health for Egypt and MEMO International, an Egyptian Consulting Firm specializing in providing Management Development Services to organizations and governments in the Middle East. Additional consulting engagement include: Sigma Consulting and Training, a company located in Dubai UAE; the UAE Ministry of Education, Zayed University in Dubai and the Apollo Hospital System, Mumbai, India. Dr. Cascone also serves on several Boards of Director including the Commission on STEM and STEAM Accreditation.


Dr. Cascone received his Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from The University of Georgia, a Masters Degree in Social Science from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Spring Hill College. He is a member of numerous of professional associations.

Amy Chism

HR Consultant

Amy brings to the table over 12 years in healthcare recruiting, most recently dedicating her knowledge as an Executive Search Consultant.


She comes to Flex HR with a focus on executive recruiting. Before entering the executive search industry, Amy worked in healthcare recruiting for the past 12 years on a contingent basis. Here she developed relationships with physicians in the company network in order to properly source, prospect and bring the recruiting process full circle.


Prior to recruiting, Amy worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations for several high-profile clients in the Houston market. Throughout her various territories, she is known for her professionalism, dedication and rapport with candidates and clients.


Amy is passionate in her goal of surpassing her client’s expectations and assisting them with talent acquisition. Working hard to truly understand both client and candidate needs to ensure a great match, she prides herself on strong ethics and honest values.


Amy holds a BA in Communications/Business Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station.


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, keeping busy with her three kids, traveling and cheering on the Texas Aggies!

Philip A. Davis

Senior Vice President

Phil Davis has a broad background in human resources and organization development, including senior level experience with companies broadly recognized for their progressive human resources practices such as General Electric, Frito-Lay, and Pitney Bowes. His industry experience includes manufacturing, foods, IT consulting and national and international sales/marketing organizations. As a corporate executive, Phil has performed at the business leadership level since 1980. Phil is highly accomplished at helping organizations grow, building organizations and infrastructure, and in tailoring Human Resources programs and initiatives to the exact requirement of organizations in high change environments.


His accomplishments include 1) supporting the development and implementation of a consumer focused marketing and sales organization at GE-Lighting to reverse revenue/price erosion and the thwart industry trends toward private label and generic products; 2) the commercial integration of Borg Warner Chemicals into GE-Plastics in 120 days thereby retaining critical commercial talent; 3) the divestiture and process re-engineering of Monarch Marking Systems from Pitney Bowes to Paxar creating an additional $100 million in market value; 4) the consolidation of eight of M.A. Hanna’s plastics compounding businesses achieving dramatic reductions in product development and product delivery cycles; and 40) the development and implementation of a full suite of support systems for the consolidation of five free standing IT consulting firms that together formed PSINet Consulting Solutions.


Phil’s Human Resources consulting experience includes many high tech and services related industries. He specializes in quickly assessing business issues and opportunities, and in helping management cost effectively achieve their business goals and develop their human capital assets.


He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with an M.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Psychology.

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Shannon Deamer

HR Consultant

With over ten years of expertise and certified endorsements, Shannon joins our Flex HR team. As a service-oriented leader, Shannon’s forte includes developing the most effective hiring practices for employers and improved job search strategies for job seekers.


Shannon’s proficient track record includes increased direct-hire placements among teams, high client retention and rapid job placements for mid-level to executive roles in a variety of industries. Her dedication and exceptional abilities have consistently yielded high growth within organizations throughout her profession.


She earned both her BS in Psychology and BA in Sociology from University of New Orleans, and an MA in Industrial/Organization Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. Most recently, she has completed her coursework toward a Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


Shannon is distinguished by certified credentials that signify her expertise and dedication to the highest degree of professionalism. She is a Certified Staffing Professional as well as a Certified Search Consultant with the American Staffing Association. She is also a dynamic presenter and speaker having led numerous workshops for various organizations. Using her mastery and leadership abilities, Shannon is invariably passionate about her goal to positively impact the lives of others.


She enjoys volunteering with her church and local nonprofit, Empower225, and serves on two organizations in Chicago as a Board member. She is a mother of two – 1 daughter and a bonus daughter – and two fur babies – oversized cats who act like dogs. Shannon spends most of her time with family, friends, and helping people in need. She is so passionate for the work that she does, which never really feels like work to her.

Matinah Drew

HR Consultant

Matinah joined Flex to help manage consulting and recruiting projects for Flex HR’s clients. Her responsibilities include managing the recruiting process, consulting with our clients on new hiring needs, talent acquisition, and future talent growth planning with our clients. Matinah has worked with applicant tracking systems to assist clients everywhere through the country.


As a Certified Staffing Professional and Search Consultant, Matinah is poised to bring her recruiting expertise to the next level through accessible hiring practices to employers and improved job search strategies and career coaching for job-seekers. Matinah has been recruiting for nearly 10 years.


Matinah holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Organizational Development and Clinical Psychology, as well as professional HR certifications, including SHRM-SCP and PHR. Additionally, she is a certified recruiter. Based in Putnam County, NY, Matinah spends most of her time outside of work with her family enjoying road trips across the U.S.

Barry E. Flink

Executive Vice President & Partner

Heleen Grossman

Senior Vice President

Heleen Grossman is a results-oriented executive with over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Sales. She has multifaceted experience with major Fortune 100 companies such as Mars, Inc., Quaker Oats, PepsiCo, and Kimberly Clark.


Her current area of focus however is working closely with Senior Leaders within smaller organizations to help them with their Human Resources challenges. This includes audits, compliance, training (including Respectful Workplace training), employee relations, and integrating or creating new procedures and policies to reduce risk in
the organization.


Heleen is a native of Atlanta and holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University.


She is currently a member of SHRM – The Society of HR Management (National and Atlanta Chapter), Professional Women’s Network, a mentor for Pathbuilders (a mentoring organization for women), member of several Chambers and Networking Alliances, and a volunteer in her community for many local programs and projects.

Mary Ann Haskins

HR Consultant

Mary Ann is an experienced, senior human resources professional with a passion to encourage and support a strengths-based culture in a professional, ethical manner. She uses fresh ideas and proven knowledge to build, develop and transform organizations and staff for optimum operational success. Mary Ann has over 30 years of HR knowledge and is skilled in creating an employee-oriented, high-performance culture while emphasizing goal attainment and superior workforce optimization.


Mary Ann’s comprehensive background includes working at major companies like AER Energy Resources and Siebel Systems, which was bought by Oracle. Mary Ann has a very broad knowledge base that contributes to her successful consulting including implementing HR policies, payroll procedures, compliance audits, employee & management training, benefits, payroll, leave administration, compensation analysis, recruiting & talent acquisition, performance management, and employee engagement.


Mary Ann has built multiple start-up HR departments with emphasis on compliance and systems support. This included identifying and implementing HRIS systems and all processes guiding the support and compliance in the HR functions. She coached, guided and counseled the development of individuals, the organization and the strategic recruiting process.



  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • IPMA-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP)
  • SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)



  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jacki Hertenstein

HR Consultant

As a seasoned HR executive, Jacki joined Flex HR and continues her proven and repeated track record of building, leading, and scaling high performing People teams for global, high growth technology companies.


Before coming to Flex HR, Jacki’s experience includes building a robust and highly talented HR organization that enabled the business to scale from $1M to 100M+ revenue and expand internationally in two years. She also grew the employee headcount grew from 100 to 2,000 within the same time period which resulted in the sale of the company where she led integration efforts.  In another role, she grew the employee base from 650 to 1500 in over 23 countries in two years.  This included scaling the People function globally and introducing a shared services model for the business as well as leading the integrations of four acquisitions. Other positions she’s held include running global HR for publicly traded and private-equity backed companies.


Jacki enjoys the Chief People Officer role where she builds and oversees all the people operations, business partners, total rewards, HRIS, talent acquisition, talent development, DEIB, Mergers & Acquisitions, and engagement programs to support a company’s growth. She is very knowledgeable in directing operations on a global level with experience with Global People Teams and heading up Global HR departments.


Jacki received her Bachelor’s Degree from State University of NY and her Masters in HRD, from Georgia State University.  She is originally from upstate NY, but has lived in Atlanta for over 25 years.  Jacki is an avid Buffalo Bills fan, loves to travel, and is an animal rescue advocate.

Carolyn Hill

Vice President

For over 17 years, Carolyn has proven leadership experience in Human Resources, with a strong business partner background, working in various industries such as medical device, pharmaceutical, professional service organizations, consumer products & manufacturing. She was responsible for multi-site & matrix organizations supporting a wide range of functional client groups including sales & marketing, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, customer service, & corporate functions.


Previously, Carolyn spent 6 years providing HR guidance and leadership to Kimberly- Clark Healthcare and the pharmaceuticals sector, directing all start-up aspects including talent management, learning and development, performance management, employee engagement, and compensation and benefits systems. Carolyn completed a Merger & Acquisition special project by partnering with cross-functional teams on integration activities, establishing and merging compensation, benefits, performance management system, and HRIS platforms.


Her responsibilities have included but are not limited to: Strategic HR Planning & Execution, Human Resources Policy & Procedure, Benefits, Compensation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Culture & Change Management, Performance Management and Employee Relations, Recruiting, Organizational Development and Training Programs & Workshops.


In addition to her Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification, Carolyn also received her ADKAR Methodology Change Management certification. She is a certified human behavior consultant and DiSC facilitator through Personality Insights. Carolyn earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in HR Management degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ. Carolyn now resides in Cumming, GA with her family.

Janice Johnson

HR Consultant

Janice has made her career out of placing herself in service to others. She comes to Flex HR from UPS, where she spent 30 years in Employee Relations. Janice provided HR guidance and oversaw organizational development community relations efforts in her various Director roles.


Janice is passionate about being able to coach, counsel and lead others. She excelled at transitioning hundreds of employees in their careers during a transformational downsizing. She even created an annual global Employee Engagement Survey to gather and analyze input from over 400,000 UPS team members, managing UPS’s global Employee Recognition Program including Retirement, Safety, Years of Service programs for both union and nonunion workforces, and planning employee recognition events such as the 100-year anniversary celebration.


One of the things she is most proud of is the development of “UPS Road Code,” a free national program educating teens on safe driving using UPS training, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of America. Under her leadership over 25,000 students were impacted by the program. Janice’s portfolio included the oversight of a $20 million philanthropic budget annually for UPS’s Global Volunteerism, Diversity & Inclusion, and Road Safety initiatives.


Career Certifications include:

  • Associated Certified Coach – International Coaching Federation
  • Certified Professional Life Coach – Professional Christian Coaching Institute
  • Ennegram Accredited Practitioner/Integrative9 Enneagram Solutions


Janice received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Arkansas State University and is a member Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Human Resources Development from Webster University.


Heart for Africa is a faith-based organization Janice is extremely involved in. Her missions include caring for orphans in Eswatini and strengthening the community by offering workshops to help them understand self-care, improving their communication and reading skills. Janice is also on the board of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, providing services for vulnerable child populations, including foster care.


Residing in Atlanta with her husband of more than 30 years, Roy, Janice also has a daughter, Jessica who is an attorney. She remains an active member of North Point Community Church where she volunteers often.

Stephanie Ledford

HR Consultant

Stephanie is a high-performing human resources and recruitment professional coming to Flex HR with over 15 years of HR generalist, employee relations, training and development, and recruiting/talent acquisition experience. Her strengths include affiliating HR strategy to organizational and departmental goals, combating personnel issues and organizational development that align with organizational mission, vision, and values.


Although her HR passion is HR policies and procedures, Stephanie is also experienced in talent acquisition, employee relations, employee engagement, training and leadership development, benefits and compensation, employment and labor compliance, performance review processes, and human capital management.


Receiving her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Kentucky, Stephanie then earned her Master of Science in Human Resources at Western Carolina University. She also is certified with the Society of Human Resource Management and remains a member.


Stephanie resides in Florida with her husband and two young boys. She enjoys running and in her free time, makes iced cookies for friends, family, and sometimes clients!

Lytana Kids

Senior Vice President

Lytana comes to Flex HR from UPS with over 34 years of progressive human resources operations and management experience.


Her responsibilities have included but are not limited to: Strategic HR Planning & Execution, streamlining HR processes, Human Capital efforts during transformations, creating positive employee relations, succession planning, talent acquisition, mergers & acquisitions, effective business partner training, employee investigations and compliance. Lytana’s excellent planning skills give her an added edge when creating multi-year project plans. She is proud to have been a strategic business partner, leading enterprise transformation human capital efforts, directing the move of 70+ HR processes to Shared Services with enhanced technology solutions, spearheading methods to hire more than 150,000 employees annually, and leading an acquisition of over 8,000 employees.


While at UPS, some of Lytana’s leadership roles included:

  • VP, HR Operations & Business Partner
  • VP, Enterprise Transformation
  • VP, HR Delivery Services
  • VP, Talent Acquisition and Employment Compliance
  • VP, HR – Small Package and Marketing Transformation
  • VP, HR – Executive Compensation
  • UPS project Management Certified


Additionally, Lytana has multiple affiliations with the H.R. Conference Board and has been SHRM member for over 20 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the East Texas University.

Alisa Kline

HR Consultant

Alisa is an experienced senior human resources professional who uses fresh ideas and proven knowledge to build, develop and transform organizations and staff for
optimum operational success. Alisa is a relationship-focused, 15+ year veteran in human resources, quality, and compliance.


Alisa works to perform and deliver at an exceptional level as a relationship-focused partner. She is passionate about lifting the burden of compliance from her clients, so
they can focus on growth and operational excellence. Alisa works with a variety of industries in her practice, including small businesses, nonprofits, government
agencies, education, and human services organizations.

In her HR experience, Alisa has worked at the HR Director level and has led talent acquisition teams. She has also been in many different types of HRIS and payroll platforms, created data management support systems, completed HR and payroll audits, and crafted HR policies and procedures.


In her spare time, Alisa is a beach enthusiast and a foster parent; she loves traveling with her husband, reading, and playing with her dog.



  • Longwood University, Bachelor of Arts



Zarena Marcus

HR Consultant

Zarena has demonstrated over 20 proven years of success in human resources and strategic leadership across a variety of business environments including New Line Cinema (A Time Warner Company), Nissan North America, Inc., The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and House Of Blues Entertainment, Inc. She is very results-oriented leading human capital through diverse business cycles and has an extensive background working with high- growth, start-up and multiple, high-volume organizations. Zarena enjoys providing HR consulting services and facilitating implementation of solutions that align with the company’s overall direction.


Her HR knowledge comprises of labor relations & compliance, employee & labor relations, H&SH investigation, employee training & development, policy & program development, diversity & community outreach, sexual harassment, project management, recruitment, strategic sourcing & relocation, on-boarding efforts, and compliance.


Zarea is also engaged in running Emergent Initiative which see founded to build the enhancement of life and leadership skills, mentoring to youth and adults by offering career coaching and one-on-one interviewing skills training for private school, high school, college, and employment interviews. She also enjoys donating her time working with non-profit organizations and getting their HR departments up and running.


UCLA – Certification Program: Human Resources Management
CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer) Certified & Trained
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training (Certification & License)


Though currently residing in Texas, Zarena is a California native. As a mother of five, when she is not consulting, you may find her blanket-wrapped in the bleachers of the ice rink at 6am watching her figure skaters or late at night at the dojo watching all of kids while on the phone with her older daughters in CA. Zarena is married to a foodie F&B executive, so she enjoys being spoiled by her husband’s fine dining cooking. She also enjoys working in her garden or being on the road with a fully-packed car headed to a mini-vacay (80lb doberman included) – always with a Starbucks in hand.

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell, HR Consultant

Nicole is an experienced Human Resources professional who utilizes process-oriented approaches to build, develop and transform organizations and staff for optimum operational success. She has over 17 years of HR knowledge and is skilled in creating an employee-oriented, high-performance culture while emphasizing goal attainment and superior workforce optimization.


Her comprehensive background includes working at major companies like Target and CSI Laboratories. Nicole has a very broad knowledge base that contributes to her successful consulting including implementing HR policies, programs & procedures, compliance audits, employee & management training, benefits, payroll, leave administration, compensation analysis, recruiting & talent acquisition, performance management, and employee safety measures.


Nicole has built many start-up HR Departments with emphasis on compliance. This included identifying and implementing HRIS systems and all processes guiding the support and compliance in the HR functions. She coached, guided and counseled the development of individuals, the organization and the strategic recruiting process.


M.S. of Management in Healthcare and Administration from the University of Maryland
B.S in Biology from the State University of New York

Teresa Monday

Teresa Monday, Director, Compensation & SR HR Manager

Teresa Monday joined Flex HR, Inc. at the beginning of 2009, to lead the Recruiting/Executive Search efforts for all Flex HR’s Clients. Teresa’s responsibilities include managing the recruiting process, consulting with our clients on new hiring needs, talent acquisition, on-boarding and future talent growth planning with our clients. Teresa or a member of her team also works virtually or at our client’s sites as needed on a consulting basis part time when a full time recruiter is not needed year round.


Teresa is a proven and accomplished Recruiting professional with over 20 years of experience providing consultative services including both Corporate and the Staffing Industry to include 12 years of Management experience. Working both sides within recruiting industry, she has been able to provide upscale candidates to all her clients past and present regardless of industry or position.


Teresa has implemented HR initiatives that have had an impact on business objectives, has lowered turnover rates for companies by 50% within the 1st year of servicing a client by understanding the company’s exact needs and most importantly, driving their business performance. Some initiatives include talent acquisition, career development, compensation analysis, performance management, workers’ comp, train the trainer, employee relations, workforce planning, forecast needs, strategic staffing and talent management. Listening and understanding the clients exact need is Teresa’s biggest asset to all our clients.

Deborah Murphy

HR Consultant

Deborah has 20+ years of experience in human resources and has been recognized as a Top HR Leader. Her vast HR knowledge includes leadership development, improving organizational workflow, establishing safety practices & procedures, Workers’ Comp, leadership development training, employee relations, flexible staffing processes, onboarding, and turnover reduction to name a few. She has implemented several HRMS systems, created new performance and management development programs and is familiar with various payroll methods. Deborah enjoys strategic workforce planning and maximizing metric improvements all the while reflecting the importance of culture building.


As a consultant for Flex HR, Deborah enjoys working with a diverse span of clients to apply her HR leadership expertise. Deborah is the President of the Organization Development Network of Chicago where she enjoys leading Board of Directors through transition periods including strategy consultation, budget priorities, customer research, program facilitation, systems analysis and services design.


Education and Professional Associations:

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL – PhD. Organizational Leadership –2019 … Dissertation Research: Movement Capital: Personal Resources for Engagement and Performance
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL MEd, Educational Leadership
  • Human Resources Development Concentration: Mentoring and adult development
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL. BA, Education
  • President, Organization Development Network of Chicago 2018 – Present
  • Lead Board of Directors of an organization undergoing transition, including strategy consultation, budget priorities forecasting, customer research, program facilitation, systems analysis, and services design.
  • Co-Chair, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC). Interest Group 2018 – 2019. Convened team of colleagues to present professional development sessions on innovative aspects of engaging employees for local HR leaders.

Jennifer Preston

HR Consultant

Jennifer joined Flex to help manage consulting and recruiting projects for Flex HR’s clients. Her responsibilities include managing the recruiting process, consulting with our clients on new hiring needs, talent acquisition, on-boarding and future talent growth planning with our clients. Jennifer has worked with applicant tracking systems to assist clients everywhere through the country.


Jennifer was previously with Accenture and led global human resource delivery functions such as performance management, senior executive matters, career counseling, workforce management, employee relations, merger and acquisition activities.


At previous companies, Jennifer managed employee relations, compensation and benefits, legal compliance, plus performance management. At one company she managed the entire recruiting and selection process for all technical, consulting and management positions and independently recruited more than 75% of its employee base.


Jennifer is married and lives in Glenview, Illinois and has three active kids who live in ice rinks following their figure skating and hockey passions.  Jennifer loves to attend their events and games, work out, read, travel and take long walks with her dogs.

Suzie Price

HR Consultant

Suzie Price joins Flex HR as a results-oriented Professional Facilitator, Consultant, and Author with over 25 years of experience in business and management. She specializes in helping Senior Leaders build a high commitment, low drama, eager workforce.


Previously, Suzie was in operations and human resource roles with great companies like NCR, State Farm Insurance, Oracle Corporation, and Right Management
Consulting. Suzie also served as the President of the Robert S. Hartman Institute, an organization with a 45-year history of promoting the science in our assessments. Suzie’s professional certifications include:

  • Certified Axiological Practitioner
  • Certified Professional Facilitator
  • Certified Professional DISC Analyst
  • Certified Professional Motivators Analyst
  • Certified TriMetrix Expert Analyst


Suzie has been recognized by her peers:

  • 2020 Bill Brooks Impact Award as someone who goes above and beyond for
    the industry related to sales and assessments, performs well, has a favorable
    image among the network, and does serious work to elevate the sales
    industry using proven science.
  • 2018 Brand Ambassador Award for representing the brand in a positive light.
  • Multiple years Global Visioning Partner member for top sales and


She produces the Wake Up Eager Workforce Podcast and has written two books:
120 Stress Management Strategies and Daily Tips for Professionals and How to Hire Superior Performers: 70 Best Practices, Strategies and Tips for Interviewers. She
provides ongoing inspiration and success strategies for leaders and business owners.


Suzie graduated from The University of South Carolina. She enjoys fitness and health hobbies of working out, going on hikes in the mountains, and preparing and learning about health and longevity-promoting foods. Suzie is also a fan of NASCAR racing. She has been married to her soulmate for 25 years and they have two adorable fur kids: Walter (a shi-poo) and Oliver (a Tibetan Terrier).

Vivian Rodriguez-Clarke

HR Consultant

With over twenty five years of HR management expertise, Vivian joins our Flex HR team. She has worked for large companies and high-growth start-ups with multi-state operations. Her track record of building HR teams from the ground up, leading organizations of over 2500 employees and bolstering retention, engagement and performance is one of the many assets she brings to Flex HR.


Vivian is a strategic thinker and thought leader who strives to influence and advise other business leaders. She has extensive knowledge of federal and multi-state employment laws, policy creation and execution, change management, health benefits, and compensation planning. She also previously supported a region of 10,000 employees providing employee relations guidance, service culture training and conducted HR audits across the organization.


She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University. Vivian is very excited for her daughter to attend the University of Alabama. She has 2 rescue cats and one dog. Vivian and her daughter are volunteers at Fur Kids Atlanta a no-kill animal shelter. When she is not saving the HR world, Vivian loves to run and has run in 27 marathons including 2 Boston marathons.

Nicole Roux

Payroll Tax Consultant

Nicole has over 18 years of accounting, payroll and bookkeeping experience. Nicole offers a proven track record of organizational efficiency and productivity improvements
in her roles with small, mid- and large-sized firms. Nicole is performance driven with extensive experience in payroll. As a consultant with Flex HR, Nicole offers payroll
consulting services, payroll audits, payroll migration services, and will jump in to operate multiple payrolls when needed.


Nicole has operated payrolls with employees in multiple states throughout the country, such as states with intricate payroll details like California and Pennsylvania. She is
experienced in QuickBooks, Gusto, ADP, Sage, UltiPro and other payroll platforms.


Nicole received her BS degree in accounting from San Diego State University along with multiple payroll-related certifications. Nicole is the proud mom of grown boys who
are Eagle Scouts and have served in the military.

Leslie Sanelli

HR Consultant

With over 25 years of experience, Leslie has proven talent in Human Resources Management with a strong ability to communicate ideas and objectives in a fast paced, dynamic growth environment. Her areas of expertise include employee relations, employee engagement, coaching, HR systems, performance management, talent management, compensation, payroll, policy, procedure development & implementation.


She has worked with companies of all sizes, globally, in various industries including manufacturing, health, safety & environmental sector, technology, and banking to further add to her background.


Leslie received her M.S. in Human Organization Science – HR Development from Villanova University, and also has a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University. Leslie holds a Strategic HR Business Partner Certification from the Human Capital Institute.


Married with 3 kids, Leslie enjoys watching her kids play lacrosse. When she isn’t watching lacrosse, Leslie enjoys working out, walking her Australian shepherd, and reading. She is a retired ultimate frisbee player of 20+ years.

Traci Scherck

HR Consultant

Traci Scherck, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, NHA is the Chief Strategy Consultant and owner of Elevated Talent Consulting. Traci is a certified HR professional with nearly two decades of experience in employee development and engagement, performance consulting and training facilitation.


Traci began her career in retail and non-profit organizations building inclusive teams to best serve the client base. She was responsible for building an HR department
from the ground up, including training and talent development programs. Each of these programs focused on culture and organizational impact.


She transitioned into healthcare consulting with long-term care centers on developing and creating talent pathways into and through their organizations. Traci worked one-on-one with business owners and management teams to improve manager effectiveness in communication, coaching, motivation, conflict resolution, and performance management.


Traci uses her consulting expertise to serve clients in applying behavioral concepts to hiring and selection, designing and implementing talent pathways, coaching, motivation, and more.

Alison Straub

HR Consultant

Alison is a dynamic individual with a passion for people and progressive experience overseeing various facets of Human Resources and talent acquisition programs. She is a driven leader who has spent over 18 years building strong collaborative and communication skills resulting in long term, productive relationships.


Supporting the essential functions of HR, her HR knowledge base includes on-and-off boarding, benefits administration, compliance, performance evaluations, employee relations, conflict resolution, leave management, coaching, training, employee engagement and assists in defining policies and procedures.  Her expertise is in talent acquisition and recruiting.


Alison received her B.A. in Psychology from State University at Binghamton. She loves family game nights and dance parties with her two daughters and husband. She practices yoga, meditation and breath work regularly. She also enjoys nature walks and sunshine with her puppy Ruby as well as books about spiritual and personal growth.


Another fun fact is that Alison is level 1 and 2 Reiki certified and excited to obtain Master level in the near future. As a Reiki Practitioner, she believes that kindness, empathy and mindfulness are cost-effective and powerful leadership tools. She encourages her clients to practice self-care and explore their mind-body connection.

Lynette Yancey

HR Consultant

Lynette has almost thirty years of Human Resources and recruiting expertise. Her primary focus is that of executive-level recruiting in Management Consulting. Previously she has worked with BioTech, Pharmaceutical, and Healthcare industries for notable clients such as Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Amgen, and Novo Nordisk.


She prospects people, placement and develops strategic solutions concerning the full life cycle of recruiting to future hiring needs. Lynette is passionate about the candidate experience, diversity and stands by her motto “look beyond the resume” to find great candidates.


Lynette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a Certified Recruiting Specialist (CRS). She has two daughters, and is a community advocate who enjoys volunteering at the food pantry and mentoring young ladies in etiquette and self-esteem.  Lynette loves traveling, reading, music, yoga and day spas!