HR Affiliates’ team is our greatest strength. Our diverse talent allows us to provide a unique full-service approach to human resource services.
We have a management team with multiple years of experience in the industry, founders and advisers who have worked together in the “people” business for more than 30 years, experts in recruiting, hiring, payroll, employee benefits and management of workforces and Human Resource functions of all sizes. We are supported by Certified Professionals in Human Resources.
Paul Gordon and Blair S. Gordon, Managing Members, are entrepreneurs and seasoned leaders with a history of building successful businesses. The Gordons’ experience includes forming and founding several healthcare companies, including taking one of their ventures through a public offering. Their companies have been named to INC Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies for consecutive years. The Gordons founded HR Affiliates in 1997.
Operational and Client Solutions Team
Shannon Justus, Executive Director of Client Solutions and Business Development, has worked in the staffing and recruitment industry for 28 years in both Fortune 500 and regional firms. Her expertise is in niche-focused professional staffing, including Finance and Accounting, IT, Engineering and Human Resources.
Shannon makes your priorities her priorities: quality of candidate, fit, focus, cost and timing. She enjoys working with employers to find solutions for their staffing and HR needs.
“I am very passionate about the industry and HR Affiliates’ service offerings. I find it truly fulfilling to find the right solution for our candidates and clients,” she says. “I love taking on challenging situations and finding answers to the problems.”
When Shannon is not in the office, you can find her outdoors enjoying nature. A contributing member of several local and national conservation organizations, she enjoys horseback riding, biking, hiking, gardening and bird-watching. When these activities work up an appetite, this self-proclaimed foodie whips up something in her own kitchen or visits locally-owned Louisville restaurants.
She is a former bio-chemical engineering student who had the “crazy” idea of meshing plastic and skin for orthotics (now a reality!). Also, Shannon loves to sing, just not in front of an audience.
Jennifer Wheatley, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, VP HR Consulting and Outsourcing, Jennifer has expertise across all human resources disciplines, proving her to be a true, seasoned generalist. With over 25 years of experience in human resource management, she has consistently demonstrated an ability to succeed above and beyond expectations. Jennifer has experience in multiple industries including manufacturing/distribution, banking, and retail. Prior to starting her own practice, Jennifer was a Senior HR Consultant with an HR outsourcing firm, where she supported multiple clients, providing strategic and day-to-day HR consulting. In addition, Jennifer was previously employed with JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President, Employee Relations Manager, where she championed leadership coaching and development programs, partnering with leaders to help achieve business results through workforce productivity. With a strong edge towards employee relations, training and development and HR compliance, Jennifer is a results-oriented, HR leader. Jennifer has a simple formula for success which is to engage with her clients to understand their needs, to build relationships and to deliver results in a flexible and fun manner.
Jennifer holds an M.A. in Human Resources Management and a B.S in Business Administration and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) as well as a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR). Jennifer is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management, the Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management where she serves on the State Council and the Louisville Society for Human Resources Management (LSHRM), where she serves on the Board as the Director of Certification and Member Development. Jennifer also is an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville.
In her spare time, Jennifer’s priority is spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, following the various sports of her favorite university, and being a life-long learner!
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Amy Rose Olds, PHR, SHRM-CP, Manager of HR Outsourcing, joined HR Affiliates with over 15 years of progressive Human Resources experience in multiple industries including distribution, manufacturing and healthcare. Amy has significant expertise in employee relations, leave administration, unemployment, multi-state employment law, change management and training and development. She enjoys assisting clients with identifying professional goals and working toward a plan to meet those goals. “My favorite part of Human Resources is building that relationship with the client and working on solutions to existing issues as well as identifying ways to make the employee feel engaged in their work and workplace. We spend so much time at work and my mission is to make that work environment a positive and productive space for both the employer and the employee. “
Amy is an active member of local and national Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has been an active volunteer with the Kentucky Humane Society and Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. An avid reader and a self-proclaimed “foodie”, Amy loves discovering new places to eat and supporting local businesses. She also enjoys spending time with her family and listening to live music. Amy also has a degree in Music Education and studied opera for seven years, teaching music in the school system as well as privately.
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Patricia Turner, Manager of Recruitment Solutions, has worked in the staffing and recruitment industry for over 20 years in both Fortune 500 and public and private sector . Her expertise is in professional staffing, including Finance and Accounting, Medical, Administrative, Purchasing, Information Technology and Human Resources.
Patricia enjoys developing solid relationships with clients and candidates by fostering teamwork, partnership and collaboration.
Her ability to search for qualified professionals, conduct effective screening/interviews and managing candidates placement will exceed our business partners expectations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, shopping, sporting events, personal training, and theater/plays.
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Mary Ann Glaser, Human Resources Operations Lead, has 13 years of experience in full-lifecycle recruiting, staffing and human resources coordination that spans various Fortune 500 companies. She is dedicated to providing the best in quality and customer satisfaction to our Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) clients. She is knowledgeable in working with multiple applicant tracking systems, including Taleo, used to deliver effective RPO recruiting. Additionally, Mary Ann’s prior recruiting experience in staffing and administration has given her a strong foundation to provide exceptional administrative support to our Executive Search and Staffing division.
“I enjoy working with our RPO clients to help give them an effective recruitment platform allowing them to focus on their core business and hire the talent they need to improve their operations. I absolutely love working for an organization that provides such a diversified set of human resources solutions. Our culture and team are the best and I’m happy that I get to be a part of it. We truly are an HR solutions based company!”
Mary Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business with a concentration in Human Resources from Auburn University. In addition to supporting her Auburn Tigers, she is also a Kentucky Wildcats fan. War Eagle and Go Cats!
Teresa Gipperich, PRH, SHRM-CP, HR & Benefits Consultant, has over 25 years of human resources experience in the financial services, manufacturing, human services and healthcare industries. Her expertise includes multi-state human resources and payroll administration in both union and non-union environments, onboarding, compliance, talent acquisition and management, compensation, training, employee relations, HRIS implementation, retirement and leave management, and benefits design and administration. She has served on various teams involving HRIS implementation, TQM, acquisitions and divestitures, and workplace health, safety and wellness. She has a passion for implementing solutions that promote quality, process improvement and employee satisfaction in the workplace.
A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota alum, she has also lived in Illinois and California but considers Louisville her home. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has served on the board and various committees of the local chapter (LSHRM). She supports many non-profit organizations including American Cancer Society, Dare to Care, American Heart Association, Best Buddies, and various veterans projects. When not spending time with her family, she enjoys the arts, photography, and traveling to her favorite destinations -New York City, San Francisco and Napa.
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Strategic Partner Team
Susan L. Harmansky, MBA, SPHR, Strategic Partner, is Principal in Workforce Strategist, a management and organizational design consulting practice specializing in strategic people issues. In her professional career, Susan has served in HR leadership roles with LG&E-KU Energy, Papa John’s and SGS International and as a leader and board chair with state and national HR professional organizations. Working at the strategic level, Susan assists our clients in such areas as succession planning, management inventory, workforce planning and many other HR activities aligned to the strategic objectives of the business.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville and a Master’s in Business degree from Bellarmine University. She holds lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute.
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Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Strategic Partner is an employment strategist who has worked with several business and HR consulting firms, and also led her own company for more than 20 years. She is The Business Book Strategist, and has authored seven books, including—On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks, and her newest, Hallelujah! An Anthem for Purposeful Work. Cathy works with our clients in many areas including alignment of HR strategy with business strategy, creation of mission, vision, and values to create purposeful workplaces and development of strategic plans for managing top talent. She is also an experienced trainer and coach and assists our clients with employee engagement, leadership development, and team-building retreats and workshops.
Cathy has served on the faculty for the Society for Human Resource Management for their national seminar programs, and is the Immediate Past Chair for KYSHRM. She has received the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, and is life-time certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is recently certified as SHRM-SCP. Cathy has her undergraduate degree from Western KY University, and her Masters in human resources from the University of Louisville where she taught HR.
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Sandy Ringer, PHR, Strategic Partner is Principal in Business Visions Consulting, a business consulting firm specializing in human resources. With more than twenty-five years of experience Sandy has held senior executive positions with a major publishing company, The Bingham Companies, Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, and a public CPA firm. Sandy helps our clients with organizational and leadership development, strategic alignment, conflict management, team building, generational issues, communication and performance coaching.
Sandy is a graduate of Leadership Louisville, and was a facilitator of several CEO Roundtables. She is currently a Board member with New Hope Service, President of an Advisory Board for the Business School at Spalding University, a member of the National and Local Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM & LSHRM) and has her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and her Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR). Sandy gained national recognition serving as a United States representative to the USSR under the auspices of The American Center for International Leadership.
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Steve Roberts, MPA, SPHR, CCP, LSHRM, Strategic Partner has more than thirty years of Human Resources management experience, having worked in the areas of compensation, benefits, labor relations, employee relations, recruiting and staffing and workforce planning. This includes having held positions with RCA, WHAS-TV, Humana, Providian and LG&E Energy. He worked in manufacturing, utilities, insurance, healthcare and broadcasting.
Steve administered numerous employee welfare and ERISA plans, including bidding and costing medical plans, managing 401k defined contribution plans, administering defined benefit plans, and non-qualified officers benefit plans. Steve developed market priced and point factor compensation plans, established pay ranges for positions, developed performance appraisal documents, recommended salary adjustments, and has participated in salary surveys. His experience includes labor relations, including contract negotiations, presenting arbitration cases on behalf of management, and negotiating grievance settlements with the IBEW, IAM, UAW, Steelworkers and Teamsters unions.
Steve has dealt with many employee relations concerns, including EEOC claims of gender and race discrimination, harassment claims, the negotiation of personal services contracts, and wage-hour charges filed with the Department of Labor. Steve has recruited and hired thousands of employees, ranging from PhD level scientists, engineers and accountants to employees for manufacturing and distribution positions. He implemented pre-employment testing programs for clerical and technical employees.
Steve developed and held training sessions for management teams in such areas as sexual harassment, FMLA and ADA, FLSA, progressive discipline, as well as personality assessments such as the Personal Profile (DiSC). Steve developed Workforce Plan and Succession Plan documents, and he has trained supervision in union-avoidance programs. As an HR consultant, Steve conducted legal compliance audits, prepared employee handbooks, developed and implemented benefit plans, and assisted in employee relations matters with several companies in the Louisville area in the manufacturing, transportation, retail and media industries.
Steve has a BA from Indiana University Southeast, and an MPA in labor relations from Indiana University at Bloomington. He has a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) designation from the Society for Human Resources Management, a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from World at Work, and he is a member of the Louisville Society of HR Management (LSHRM).
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Finance, Accounting & Client Support Team
Cheryl Cunningham, Director of Finance and Accounting, has been a member of the HR Affiliates team since 1997. She has more than 10 years of management experience, as well as 20 years in the accounting field. Her experience includes client onboarding, payroll processing, tax filings, invoicing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, bank account reconciliation and cash handling, financial statement preparation, computer technical issues, software installation and various other office management functions.
When Cheryl isn’t keeping the office operations running smoothly, you can find her volunteering at her church charity drives, gardening, working jigsaw puzzles or scrapbooking.
A former grade school baton twirler, Cheryl enjoys Shirley Temple and Sci-Fi movies. Now that’s a combination!
Linda W. Witten, Director of Business Operations, has 32 years of personnel and accounting experience in the human resources field. She has been a member of the HR Affiliates team since 1998. Linda has considerable expertise in payroll and payroll tax filings and currently has oversight of payroll administration for both the Outsourcing and Staffing Divisions. She also has a background in the administration of workers compensation and loss control processes and procedures. She values the partnerships that she has built with clients during her years of service with HR Affiliates.
Outside of the Office, Linda can be found teaching pre-school music at West Broadway Baptist Church or singing in their choir. A Mississippi transplant, she enjoys cooking, supporting the University of Kentucky and spending time with family, her dog Winnie and her growing brood of grandchildren.
Sometimes Linda feels she should have been a detective and vicariously lives that life through the television shows Castle and NCIS.
Diane Wall, Accounting Assistant, has more than 18 years of experience in accounting and payroll, specializing in invoicing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll processing, payroll tax filings, bank account reconciliation and inventory management. She has used her accounting skills in such professions as television, tourism and now human resources.
Diane enjoys being a member of HR Affiliates accounting team and hopes to spend many years with them. “Working at HR Affiliates and with our outstanding team has been a blessing. Everyone is committed to doing their very best for their clients and helping them solve their human resources problems and needs.”
For several years, Diane has volunteered on the board of administration for Grenden Fields Homeowners Association and has also helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity of Southern Indiana. Volunteering means a lot to Diane, serving with multiple charities that support the youth, including Ronald McDonald House and Brandon’s House.
Diane enjoys scrapbooking and traveling, especially cruising and Disney. She also enjoys cooking and watching DIY programs, which can be dangerous. Previously, she taught scrapbooking and card making classes.
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