Bernadette Johnson, CPT

Bernadette acts as a collaboration strategist and catalyst for organizations who want to create an environment that nurtures the human spirit while achieving award-winning results. With nearly three decades in the learning and organizational development fields, serving numerous industries, her experience in the areas of culture alignment, leadership development, performance improvement, change/transition management, group process, and intentional dialogues create fertile ground for developing greatness in others while achieving results in organizations.
Courtney Woodruff, Human Resources Consultant for People Matters

Dominica Palacio

Dominica has been working in Human Resources for over 20 years assisting businesses with improving operations and bottom line results. She has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwood University. With a variety of industry experience, she brings innovative and creative solutions to maximize both short term and long-term benefits in the workplace. She has worked in talent acquisition of non-management positions, management/executive positions, succession planning, strategic planning, compensation, benefit administration, training and development, performance management, employee relations, compliance/auditing, and mergers/acquisitions, so she has a long list of experience to bring to our clients.
Emily Phipps - Human Resource Consultant

Gina Polce

Gina is an experienced human resources leader who enjoys helping organizations create engaging and supportive workplaces. With her over 18 years of human resources experience, Gina provides skilled guidance and support in benefits, compensation, compliance, organizational design, performance management, policy development, talent acquisition, and employee and labor relations. Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Michigan State University and is certified as a PHR and SHRM-CP.

Courtney Woodruff

Courtney has over 7 years of experience as a human resources professional. Most recently, she served as a strategic HR Business Partner for business units that spanned through several states. Courtney has experience solving complex employee relations situations and reducing turnover in challenging talent markets. Courtney graduated Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Management. She also holds a SHRM-CP accreditation.
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Emily Phipps

Emily has over 20 years of experience in human resources. She has served as a strategic HR business partner to leadership teams and led core HR functions such as talent acquisition, talent management, and performance management. She has a wealth of experience in compensation, employee relations, employee engagement and development, succession planning, and change management. She has supported both labor and non-labor organizations. Emily enjoys designing and delivering HR solutions that help businesses meet their objectives and create environments where employees can succeed.
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Heather Heckman - Human Resources Consultant

Heather Heckman

Heather has over 20 years of experience as a human resource professional. Heather has been successful in implementing changes to positively affect turnover and employee engagement. She has experience in leading high-performing teams, solving employee relations issues, creating and implementing new policies and procedures, bringing on employees through acquisitions, and building reward and recognition programs to meet the needs of the business and individual manager. Heather has her bachelor’s degree from the Michigan State University Business College and her master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations also from Michigan State University. She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified.

Michelle Kolodziej

Michelle has over 20 years of experience in human resources. She began her career specializing in Talent Acquisition for a variety of industries. In recent years, she considers herself an expert in Employee Relations understanding employment law, risk, and compliance. She has partnered with leadership teams to solve complex business and people initiatives and has a wealth of knowledge in performance management, employee engagement, talent management, and acquisition onboarding experience. Michelle has her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Michigan State University and is certified as a PHR.
Human Resource Consultant Michelle Kolodziej