Meet Our Team

 
James Dyak

Chairman of the Board

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HR Practitioner, Human Resource Leader, International Human Resources, HRO Leader in Atlanta, HR Outsourcing Company

Prior to founding Human Resource Dimensions and acquiring the assets of RA Clark Consulting , Jim spent six years with CH2M HILL in South Florida, Beijing, PRC, and Atlanta, GA. Jim's roles with CH2M HILL ranged from Vice President and Area Manager in South Florida to Northern Asia Business Manager responsible for all shared services in China, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.



Jim was Chief Administrative Officer and Board member of Gee & Jenson Engineers-Architects-Planners, Inc. before its sale to CH2M HILL in 2002. Prior to Gee & Jenson, he held positions with MSE Corporation and Public Service Indiana in Human Resource Management. He began his professional career as a Staff Psychologist after receiving his Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati and graduate degree in Industrial Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He has been an active member of SHRM for more than 25 years, serving on both local and national committees and boards. Jim is lifetime SPHR certified and is currently on the SHRM Global Panel. Through 2009 he served on the Atlanta Worldwide Employee Benefits Network steering committee and as the Vice President for Volunteer Opportunities and Placement for the SHRM Atlanta Chapter. He is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Personnel Services (GAPS).

Larry Gardner

Vice President & Principal

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Non-Profit HR Leadership, CHRO Atlanta, HR Volunteer, HR Consulting Atlanta, HRO Leader South, Strategic HR Resource

Larry Gardner works with a variety of executives and corporate leaders in his role as Vice President & Principal. With over thirty years of experience in Human Resources, Larry brings an array of knowledge and skills in every facet of HR: training and development, compensation, benefits, organizational development, and performance management. 

Larry’s forty years of HR experience includes leading the HR function as the senior executive at Johnstown-American Companies, The Portman Companies, Canada Life U.S. Division, and Cousins Properties, from where he retired in 2010. Larry joined Human Resource Dimensions in 2011 and became a partner in the firm in 2015. He believes that Human Resources must, above all, function as a key business partner in any organization. 

  

Larry has served as the chair of the Atlanta Employers Committee, as a board member of the Atlanta Society for Human Resources Management, and has been an active member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum.  He currently holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) designation granted by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Larry has an undergraduate degree from Emory University and a master’s degree from the University of Florida.  In addition to his work at Human Resource Dimensions, Larry also served as a classroom volunteer and a board member at Literacy Action in Atlanta.

Jennifer French

Recruiting Specialist

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Jennifer French partners with the Talent Acquisition Team to support the Search, Supplemental Staffing and HR Partnership clients.  Jennifer has been with Human Resource Dimensions since 2013 and has consistently generated highly-qualified candidates for the teams’ clients.  

 

Jennifer launched her HR career, working at John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods in Atlanta, where she served as Benefits and Payroll Administrator for over 1,000 employees. Prior to joining HRD, Jennifer was a Sr Account Manager, managing the daily activities of Deferred Compensation Plans at TBG Financial in Los Angeles.

 

Jennifer resides in Canton, GA with her husband and two children.  She holds a BA degree from the University of Georgia.

 

Kris Viscio 

Director of HRP

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Kris works with HRD as a Senior Human Resources Consultant.  She has 25+ years of diverse human resources and consulting experience that spans manufacturing, high tech and business services industries. Kris has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives in both the U.S. and Canada that support corporate strategic plans including HR policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HCM implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.  She has led HR due diligence activities associated with mergers and acquisitions as well as the development and execution of HR plans associated with new startup operations.   

Kris holds a BBA in Human Resources Management from Western Connecticut State University and is a certified Zenger-Miller trainer and certified facilitator with Development Dimensions, Inc.  

Dorothy Sood

Human Resources Consultant

    Dorothy works with Human Resource Dimensions on a range of projects, including talent management, performance management, talent development and functional assessments. She has over 20 years of experience working with senior business leaders and teams in the areas of talent management and development, executive search, marketing and sales. Prior to consulting, Dorothy led a team responsible for managing and building leadership development and talent pipeline programs for key functions in Coca-Cola's North America business, including Brand Marketing, General Management, Finance and Supply Chain. 

    Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She is a certified facilitator. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, history and travel. 

    Margaux Kaynard

    HR Consultant-- Projects

      Margaux Kaynard has spent over 13 years in the Human Resources and Recruiting arena, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Recruiting for Rural Sourcing, Inc. (RSI). Margaux has expertise leading talent acquisition, employee relations and employee development. Margaux is an award winning Human Resources professional being named SHRM Human Resources Leader of the Year 2017.  She has won numerous Best Places to Work awards from the likes of ComputerWorld and has been awarded the SHRM Pegasus Award for building an exceptional HR team. 

       

      Margaux has experience worked in human resources and recruiting in the consumer products arena for companies like Atlanta-based Newell Brands and with Unisource Worldwide ​(a Georgia Pacific subsidiary). She also has experience in international human resources practices and has extensive capabilities in growing and developing teams. Margaux graduated with honors with a B.A. from West Virginia University, where she was on the varsity Crew Team and received her Masters in Human Resources from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Matthew and spoiled dogs.

      Thomi Breedlove

      HR Generalist

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      As an H.R. Generalist, Thomi Breedlove serves as the key person within the human resources function of clients across various industries. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of HR operations, managing the administration of the policies, procedures and programs of the organization.  Thomi also provides assistance to the Talent Acquisition team by recruiting and staffing positions at all levels.  She is skilled in Talent Management, HR Consulting, Relationship Building, Customer Service, Deferred Compensation, Full-Cycle Recruiting, Payroll and Benefits.

       

      Thomi holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resources from Troy University and a Master’s in Business Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. 

      Derik West

      Human Resources Generalist

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      Derik is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years of Human Resources experience, serving in both Human Resources Manager roles and Human Resources Generalist/HRBP roles. Derik’s career has allowed him to work in the verticals of Finance, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications.  After receiving his BS degree in Business Operations, Derik started his career in Human Resources with Primerica Financial Services as a Human Resources Administrator.  In his spare time Derik likes to work out, hike at Stone Mountain Park and he also enjoys watching his favorite game show …What is “Jeopardy”.. Derik joined HRD in 2016, and is a member of SHRM.

      Ashley Gomez

      Recruiter

        Ashley joined HRD as a  Recruiting Specialist in 2018. She has a degree in International Hotel and Tourism from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Prior to joining HRD Ashley worked with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for a total of 18 years and currently owns Porch Light Latin Kitchen in Smyrna, GA with her husband. In her free time she loves to be with her three children, enjoys traveling, shopping, being with friends and her husband when he is not at the restaurant.

        Jessica Connell

        HR Administrator

          Jessica Connell is pursuing an internship at Human Resource Dimensions as she completes her B.B.A. in Finance at Georgia State University. Being named to Dean’s and President’s list, she consistently demonstrates strong academic performance. She is a member of Alpha Beta Gamma Honors Society and Atlanta Student Investors Club.

           

          For the past several years, Jessica has been responsible for many administrative functions in the hospitality industry. These duties include setting up and maintaining employee records, promoting enrollment and fielding questions in employee benefits, responding to unemployment claims, and coordinating with adjustors to investigate and resolve worker’s compensation claims.

           

          Jessica is looking forward to working with the HRD team as she takes the next step in her professional career. In her free time, she enjoys running.

          Brendan Grech 

          HR Business Partner

            Brendan Grech works with many different business leaders, as an HR Business Partner, to fulfill various HR needs. Brendan has 7 years of experience in Human Resources that he combines with a Master’s in I/O Psychology. Brendan uses his past experience and the belief that all tasks should be done with high levels of integrity, to help in the areas of organizational development, change management, HR analytics, learning and development, performance management, and recruiting. 

             

            Brendan has worked for both small and large organizations, and is able to work for companies of all different sizes and industries. Brendan joined Human Resource Dimensions in the fall of 2019, and can help with various approaches towards solving issues.

             

            Brendan is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Brendan has a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Farmingdale in Society, Technology, and Society; and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. Brendan has served at various speaking engagements in the Atlanta area, and is always willing to help both young professionals, as well as experienced professionals. 

            Jennifer Brock

            President

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            Recruiter Leader Atlanta, Top HR Recruiter, Georgia Human Resources Search Firm, HR Search, Top HR Talent, HR Professionals Atlanta, HR Consultancy, Human Resource Leadership, SHRM, SHRM Atlanta

            Jennifer is the President of Human Resource Dimensions, a boutique HR focused Executive Search and Consulting Firm. Joining HRD in 2006, Jennifer began her career with the company as a Recruiting Coordinator. Jennifer held several roles within HRD - Recruiting Manager, Vice President of Search and Staffing and most recently COO.  Regardless of the role Jennifer held, her primary focus was consistently on client relationships and delivery.  The services Human Resource Dimensions offers today were born out of client need.

            Over the last 14 years, Jennifer has led the development of the company's process definition, geographic expansion and client delivery model.

            Jennifer has called Atlanta home for nearly 20 years, but part of her heart remains in Kentucky, where she grew up.  While not at work, Jennifer volunteers with Crisis Text Line and spends time with her two beautifully wild children, hilarious husband and 80-pound geriatric lap dog. 

             

            Jade is the  Director of Talent managing our Executive Search,  Supplemental Staffing and Human Capital Partnership. Prior to joining Human Resource Dimensions, she was a Recruiting Coordinator with Benchmark Brands in Atlanta.

            

            During her education at Georgia Tech, she interned with Everest Group International, an advisory firm, as a Junior Associate that assisted in the marketing and establishment of a company network in Atlanta. Jade received a degree in International Affairs from Georgia Tech. 

            Jade is an active member of the Atlanta chapter of SHRM, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Jade was named an Associate Partner in 2016.

            Alexandria Guy

            Recruiter

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              Alex joined the HRD team in 2018 and is a Recruiting Specialist who provides recruiting support to a diverse range of clients.

              Alex believes that understanding the needs of clients while assisting candidates in furthering their careers is a cornerstone of a successful career in recruiting. She assists these clients in developing sourcing strategies for both short and long-term purposes, coordinates interviews and conducts candidate screening calls, and places candidates in positions across a wide range of functional areas and compensation levels.

               

              Alex attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Hospitality Management and minored in Business administration. While attending college, she volunteered heavily with the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem, NC coordinating fundraisers on campus to benefit the RMH charity. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with her husband and three children, and traveling.

              Sarah Gormally

              Recruiting Specialist

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              Sarah Gormally is a HRP Recruiting Specialist who works with HRD’s partnership clients to recruit for their open positions. After over two years in the recruitment field, Sarah believes in creating meaningful and quality connections with clients. These meaningful connections help to foster a positive, productive and proactive recruiting experience. Sarah has supported a wide range of industries with recruiting and has been involved with hundreds of hiring processes. 

               

              Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University.

              Kelley Winslett

              HR Office Manager & Benefits

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              Kelley Winslett is the HR Office Manager who works with start-up to medium sized companies advising them on their HR and Benefit needs. Kelley also manages HRD’s in-house HR and benefits.

              Kelley knows that benefits are especially critical to start-up and smaller companies to help them compete in the business world today. She also knows the smaller companies that do not need a full time HR position will benefit from the HRD model of HR Consultants.

              Kelley has secured benefits and assisted with HR needs for companies with as little as 3 employees, and helped come up with creative ways to attract the talent they need through benefits and other programs.

              Kelley is a licensed insurance agent in Life & Health and has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

              Kelley holds a B.A. in Historical Research from Auburn University as was a member of the AUMB.

              Kelley and her husband are empty nesters and have three Boston Terriers.  They work most weekends at adoptions with C.A.R.E.S., a rescue group out of West Georgia.

              Lori Howard

              Human Resources Consultant

                Lori serves as a Senior Human Resources Consultant for Human Resource Dimensions. Her current assignments include working in medium to large service and manufacturing plants with an emphasis on benefits planning and compensation analysis. Prior to working at HRD, Lori served as Senior Director Human Resource Shared Services for Comcast Cable supporting over 70,000 employees. In this role she oversaw the processing of all employee HR transactions once an employee is hired into Comcast ensuring compliance and accuracy. Lori was responsible for leading this organization, managing all personnel, databases, relationships with field HR and leaders and handling escalations. She ensured operational plans were aligned with business objectives and develops functional strategy. 

                Lori has more that 18 years of Human Resources leadership experience and holds a degree from SUNY Westchester. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and a Professional in Human resources and is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications. She lives in Atlanta with her son and daughter and is an active participant in Comcast cares and a volunteer at Church.

                Tamara Herring

                Payroll Manager

                  Tamara Herring offers a history of successful leadership in multiple aspects of payroll and human resources partnering with small to large businesses, private, state and public sectors within such industries as telecommunications, manufacturing and hospitality/entertainment working with the following companies - Hyatt Hotels, Printpack, Georgia Dome and Comcast. Trained in her field, she has over 20 years of a diverse background (in customer service, communication, leadership, project management, auditing, and much more) which provides her clients with confidence in identifying and creating efficient changes. She has been innovative in creating successful efficiencies for her clients to assist with change and streamline processes for maximized operations. 

                   

                  Tamara is proficient in identifying inefficient processes and creating successful solutions, she has helped multiple companies develop and implement processes which resulted in companies saving over a million dollars. These changes also provide a more user-friendly expedited process for employees as well as creating an informative partnership between companies and their employees.  With her skills and knowledge base she partners with her clients with professional integrity for a successful partnership.

                  Art Christianson

                  Operations Consultant

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                  Art Christianson is an innovative energetic Operations Professional with a distinguished career leading the operations teams of several Fortune 500 companies on a path of continuous process improvement. He has demonstrated a strong diverse background in the Food Industry focused on business process optimization of Multi Plant Manufacturing sites.  Art most recently was Sr. Vice President of High Liner Foods US Plant Operations where he led the operations integration of four major business acquisitions. 

                  Today as a consultant working with Human Resource Dimensions, Art brings a wealth of experience with leveraging the human resource potential to drive exceptional financial results in the areas of Continuous Improvement, Project Engineering, Maintenance CMM Systems, Supply Chain Logistics, Operational Finance, Human Safety, Quality/Food Safety and Environment Regulatory Compliance.  Art and his wife Joyce currently have relocated to Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

                  Richard N. Vilines

                  HR Consultant

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                  Richard Vilines brings over forty years of HR leadership experience in diverse environments, including manufacturing, transportation, logistics and administration.  He has led the HR function for Fortune 500 as well as privately owned companies.

                  As an HR executive, Mr. Vilines has directed all facets of Human Resources including training and development, compensation, governmental relations, EEOC compliance, employee/labor relations, policy development and administration, recruitment and union contract negotiations.

                  As Vice President of HR for Fruit of the Loom and First Group America, he was a key member of the mergers and acquisition team. He played a key role on committees that evaluated and integrated major expansions, including the integration of multi state locations and 40,000 employees while at First Group.

                  Mr. Vilines has extensive experience in both the union free and unionized sectors.  He has successfully directed multiple campaigns for companies facing unionization. This included full strategic planning and execution, while maintaining legal compliance within Department of Labor regulations.  He has also negotiated multiple union contracts across the U.S. with international unions including Teamsters, Amalgamated Transit Union and the Service Employees International Union.

                  He has been an active member of SHRM for his entire career and held several leadership positions in local chapters.  He has served on boards including Junior Achievement, Leadership Kentucky and the Private Universities and Colleges of both Alabama and Kentucky.  He has earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology and passed the Senior Professional of HR certification from SHRM.

                  Kenniva Adipi

                  HR Office Administrator

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                    Kenniva Adipi is an HR Administrator who partners with the Office Manager to keep the office running smoothly. Kenniva helps with various projects ranging from new hire onboarding for contractors to internal events such as trainings and meetings to building an office incentive program. Throughout her time with HRD, Kenniva learned that it is important to help and plug in wherever necessary. The want to lend a helping hand is something Kenniva takes seriously and believes that if everyone had that mentality, it would foster a great office culture.

                     

                    Kenniva holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and is a SHRM Certified Professional.

                    Chelsea DePrimo

                    HR Business Partner

                      Chelsea DePrimo is a Human Resource Business Partner who partners with the internal HRD team to manage various projects for a wide-range of clients, such as automating processes, implementing systems/procedures, and/or developing a strong workforce. After 15+ years within the hospitality industry, Chelsea is passionate about combining impeccable service and creative solutions to clients and team members..

                      Chelsea holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Georgia College and State University.