Kristin brings with her over 25 years of progressive HR experience. Prior to joining HR/Advantage Advisory, she was an Executive Consultant for The Ayers Group 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 an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Detroit SHRM and a variety of volunteer organizations.
John is the Practice Group Director supporting Clark Hill’s Intellectual Property & Technology, International Trade, and Labor & Employment Law Practice Groups. In this role, John is responsible for managing the daily operations of the practice group, as well as directing the strategic planning and business development activities that will allow the practice group to achieve its ambitious objectives. In addition, John serves as President of HR/Advantage Advisory.
At Clark Hill, John brings significant cross-functional leadership experience in the corporate world, acquired by directing global finance, operating and business planning activities. Prior to joining Clark Hill, John spent over 19 years as an executive at Compuware Corporation, which was one of the world’s largest independent software vendors and IT professional services providers. Prior to joining Compuware, John spent 10 years at General Motors in various finance positions on GM’s Corporate Financial Staff, at General Motors Acceptance Corporation and at Delphi Automotive Systems.
At Compuware, John most recently held the position of Vice President International Finance, responsible for all financial activities outside of the United States. Reporting to the CFO in this role, John led a team of 100 finance professionals in 24 countries. Previously, John was a Vice President in Operations, functioning as the chief of staff for the COO and leading a 100 person organization that included inside sales, telemarketing, global pricing and quality planning. John also managed worldwide corporate planning activities while reporting to the CEO, which included the development of the company’s annual operating plan, the consolidation of monthly revenue and earnings forecasts and providing analytical decision support for all departments.
John’s corporate experience includes the integration of acquisitions; facilitating carve-out divestitures to strategic and private equity buyers; establishing finance shared service centers in Europe and coordinating corporate restructuring and reorganization initiatives. During his corporate career, John served as a member of Corporate Executive and Operating Committees. John also served on the Board of Directors for numerous country entities.
Michele Hanson is a Vice President with HR Advantage Advisory with more than 20 years of strategic and practical HR experience.
Michele is the consulting lead for a variety of clients across multiple industries. Some example engagements include helping set up all HR and payroll processes for a start-up chemical manufacturer. Michele implemented an HR technology system that allows the client’s HR processes to be virtually paperless. She has also worked on a large-scale hiring process improvement initiative with one of the largest municipalities in the US. Other engagements and projects include investigations, individual leader coaching, policy creation, employee relations support and customized training creation and delivery. Michele is skilled at quickly being able to understand a client’s business needs and challenges, she offers practical and compliant HR solutions that meet and exceed client expectations.
Prior to working as a consultant, she led the Talent and Recruiting function for Learning Care Group, a leader in the early childhood education industry with over 900 childcare centers in 37 states where she and her team were responsible for over 11,000 hires annually. Michele also worked at the world headquarters for Fortune 500 Kelly Services for ten years, where she was HR Director for seven years and started Kelly’s first Talent Management function.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She has been certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in HR since 1998.
Courtney brings with her over 5 years of solid experience in a variety of HR disciplines including staff recruitment and retention, orientation/onboarding, and organizational development.
Prior to joining HR/AA, Courtney worked as a Team Leader for Kelly Connect which is part of Kelly Services. Kelly Connect is a leader in recruiting and staffing home-based contact center agents for companies nationwide. In her position as Team Leader, Courtney supported Fortune 10 companies by leading a high performing team of onboarding specialists responsible for hiring and onboarding over 1,000 contact center agents per month nationwide. In this role, she gained valuable experience in employment law, employee relations, multistate operations, state labor law, and project management.
Courtney also serviced the citizens of Detroit by working as a Telecommunications Operator for the Detroit Police Department in the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit.
Courtney earned her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Cultures and Politics with a minor in African Studies from Michigan State University. During college, she also studied in South Africa at the University of South Africa in Pretoria and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban and is fluent in IsiZulu.
Melinda has over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles across multiple industries prior to joining HR/Advantage Advisory.
Melinda is a trusted advisor to clients, as they look to her for her expertise and guidance throughout the entire employee lifecycle from recruiting to the end of employment. Melinda supports businesses with due diligence of the HR function for M&A transactions, she conducts thorough assessments of existing HR operations, and she helps clients implement solutions for continuous improvement. Melinda also services clients in a variety of other ways, such as assisting with 401K implementations and audits of 401K Plans and she delivers a variety of training programs. Melinda has served as an interim HR Leader when an unexpected vacancy occurs or she can provide temporary on-site support to businesses who need an HR presence for a period of time.
Melinda earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Melinda has been a long-time member of and volunteer with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at the National, State, and Local level.
Holly has worked extensively in the human resources field as a senior-level practitioner and advisor to both large and small businesses. She handled all aspects of human resource management in her previous role for a rapidly growing relocation services provider. Prior to joining HR/Advantage Advisory, Holly was President of an HR consulting firm that focused on providing strategic advice and day-to-day HR support on recruiting, compensation, and employee relations to a variety of corporate and non-profit entities. She also served as Managing Director of the Human Resource Management Group at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Holly is a frequent presenter, including being selected as a speaker at the 2006 national SHRM conference, on the topic, “Introverts and Extroverts: How much Space is Too Much Space?” A graduate of the Entrepreneurial Fellows Program at the Katz Graduate School of Business, Holly has a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and holds both SHRM-SCP and SPHR credentials. She is also a winner of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s “Best 50 Women in Business” in Pennsylvania.
Shannon brings 20 years of progressive HR experience to the HR-AA team. Originally rooted in Talent Acquisition, she supported and led recruiting operations for both private and public corporations during times of significant growth. Her knowledge and interest then drove her into HR Operations, focusing on process improvement, automation and the effective management of benefits and payroll. As a project manager, she has led HRIS and payroll system integrations for 4 different companies. Shannon has strategically managed HR operations for Jack Morton Worldwide and AAA Life Insurance and Revere Plastics.
A proven partner to executive leadership, Shannon has also led HR teams through multiple M&A challenges including the divestiture of key business units and the collective bargaining process in the US and Canada. Her work with executive teams includes coaching, authoring annual communication plans, speech writing, and the creation of strategic annual plans for the HR discipline.
Shannon holds a BA in Psychology from Taylor University and studied with honors at the graduate level in the MA in Professional Psychology program at Geneva College. She is an experienced facilitator of the Gallup strength-based assessments and has multiple training certificates from the American Society of Employers.
Jill brings with her over 18 years of experience in the human resources field. She has worked in generalist and management roles in a variety of industries including technology, non-profit, medical equipment and public education. Jill’s background includes benefits management, employee relations, FMLA/leaves of absence, recruiting, compensation and performance management.
Prior to HR/Advantage Advisory, she worked as an HR Specialist at Pine-Richland School District managing benefits administration, onboarding and offboarding, HRIS database management, time and attendance, mandatory state reporting and employee relations.
Jill earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.