HR/Advantage Advisory is staffed by certified HR professionals and draws on a deep bench of partnerships to provide your business with the human resources services it needs.

Kristin Baker

DIRECTOR OF HR/ADVANTAGE ADVISORY

Kristin brings with her over 25 years of progressive HR experience.  Kristin comes to HR/AA from The Ayers Group where she was an Executive Consultant providing outplacement and services to a variety of clients/industries.  Prior to The Ayers Group, Kristin held the role of VP, Global Human Resources for Percepta (JV between Ford Motor Company and TeleTech).  In this role, Kristin was a member of the senior executive team and was responsible for leading the HR function for a $100M, 1800 employee organization which operated in 14 countries.  Kristin has also held senior level leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies including Kelly Services, BASF and General Electric.

Kristin has a solid HR background in a variety of areas with particular strengths in Employee/Labor Relations, Recruiting/Staffing, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Compensation, Team Building/Development, Executive Coaching, Employee Engagement, Change Management, M&A, Organizational Development/Design and Training.

Kristin holds a B.A. in Social Science and a M.A in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Detroit SHRM and a variety of volunteer organizations.

Melinda Lapan, PHR, SHRM-CP

DIRECTOR OF HR/ADVANTAGE ADVISORY

Melinda brings with her over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Clark Hill, she was Vice President of Human Resources for ITS Technologies & Logistics, LLC where she reported to the CEO and was responsible for the company’s overall HR strategy and operations. Previously, she held the position of Director of Human Resources for companies such as AIG, TRAC Intermodal, and Premier Retail Services. Melinda has been a Strategic Business Partner to CEOs and other business leaders and her responsibilities have spanned all functions within HR: Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations & Engagement, Training & Development, Facilities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Event Planning, and Change Management.

Melinda earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Melinda is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She has been a long-time member of and volunteer with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a global professional association with over 285,000 members worldwide. She was the President of two SHRM-affiliated Chapters in NJ: The HRMA of Princeton and the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources. Melinda was also the Chairperson for the 25th Annual Garden State Council – SHRM Annual Conference & Expo in 2016.

Paul W. Boehms

PRESIDENT OF HR/ADVANTAGE ADVISORY

Paul W. Boehms is the President of HR/Advantage Advisory, in addition to being the Practice Group Director of Clark Hill’s Labor & Employment and Real Estate Groups. In these capacities, Paul is responsible for the daily operations as well as strategic planning, business development, and all aspects of human capital management. In his role at Clark Hill, Paul worked with the Labor & Employment attorneys to develop HR/Advantage (hr-advantage.com) which captures the best practices of Clark Hill’s Labor & Employment group to offer packaged products and solutions at predictable fees. HR/Advantage Advisory was created in response to client demand for HR consulting and products offered through a non-legal services channel. Paul now works to develop relationships with strategic partners to enhance their value proposition by providing outsourced HR solutions via HR/Advantage Advisory.

Paul previously worked for 15 years at Deloitte serving in client service, financial, and operational roles. At Deloitte, Paul earned his Black Belt in Lean/Six Sigma, and has provided guidance to both manufacturing and HR professionals regarding implementing these concepts in their workplace. Paul is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his M.B.A. in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Economics and Theology from Wheaton College in Illinois.