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Peggy Dawson

Senior Consultant / SPHR

Joining the HR Team in 2016, Peggy has over 20 years of experience specializing in small to mid-size organizations providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startup, growth and stable organizations. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management. She has experience in various industries including professional services, technology and insurance.

Prior to joining The HR Team, Peggy supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising through them their stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. Peggy’s most recent positions have been as HR Manager and Director for technology services companies including Ease Technologies and Advance. In addition, she provided sales support for Apple Computers. Peggy is most proud of her ability to successfully recruit and team with highly skilled and technical professionals such as software developers and IT engineers.

Peggy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Melissa Ferrell

Consultant / SPHR/HCS

Ms. Ferrell rejoined The HR Team in 2014 and was with the firm from 2006-2009. She has 17 years of human resources experience with a specialization in talent management including workforce planning, recruiting, performance management, employee development and employee engagement. She also has significant experience managing employee relations, benefits, compensation and compliance issues.

Ms. Ferrell was most recently employed as Director of Human Resources for Len The Plumber where she was responsible for working with the management team in defining and implementing training, recruiting, compensation performance management, employee engagement, compliance, workers compensation, benefits and more.

During her prior tenure with The HR Team, Ms. Ferrell developed, participated and implemented various client projects including HR compliance audits, handbook development, job analysis, training, recruiting, and compensation design. In addition, she participated in internal firm projects regarding quality, marketing, and process improvement.

Ms. Ferrell has also held human resources positions with Baltimore County Government, Odwalla, Inc., and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Ms. Ferrell has a BA in Communications with honors and an MS in Human Resources Development from McDaniel College. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS) by the Human Capital Institute. Ms. Ferrell is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).

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Kate King

Consultant

Kate joined The HR Team in 2012.  She has 25+ years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.

Prior to joining The HR Team, Kate held human resources leadership positions for several government contractors, including Windermere and its successors Essex and Northrop Grumman. While at Northrop Grumman, Kate was the Human Resources Business Leader for the Cyber Intelligence & Information Assurance Operating Unit where she supported 300+ employees and partnered with Operating Unit leaders to ensure alignment of HR strategies with business initiatives and goals. Her roles within Essex and Windermere included management of the compensation program, Affirmative Action and EEO compliance, HRIS management, and development of policy and procedures.  Kate was Director of Human Resources for Cidera, Inc. (a global internet satellite infrastructure company,) and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PGI, Inc. (a corporate communications company.)  She was also an independent consultant specializing in human resources for 5 years, and Director of Human Resources for Rowley-Scher Reprographics, Inc.

Kate earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Maryland with a major in Personnel and Labor Relations and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management.

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Mariela Leary

Consultant / SPHR, SHRM-SCP & CCP® 

Mariela joined The HR Team in 2008. She has 17 years of human resources experience. Mariela has extensive generalist experience working at both large and small firms and is also proficient in creating and implementing productivity-inducing practices through the application of human resource information systems.

Her employment history includes positions such as Human Resources Manager for Hanley Wood, LLC, a Washington, DC based B2B Media Company. In this role she was responsible for evaluating and implementing a company-wide web-based performance review system and developing and delivering training to managers and staff. Prior to that she was the Human Resources Representative at Quintiles, a Bio-tech company in Arlington, VA, where she managed a number of programs, including salary administration, health, life, and retirement and stock benefit plans. Mariela also worked as the Human Resources Generalist at the Washington, DC offices of Faison & Associates where she had direct oversight of the office budget and administrative staff.

Mariela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baruch College, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and World at Work.

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Angela Martin

Consultant / PHR, SHRM-CP

Angie joined The HR Team in 2007. She has 19 years of human resources experience.  Angie has extensive experience working with Human Resources Information Systems (“HRIS”) and in Human Resources Generalist roles, with large and small companies in a variety of industries including trades/industrial, not-for-profit organizations, technology, banking/financial, law, and professional services.

Prior to joining The HR Team, Angie’s work history includes being a Senior Analyst for Accenture where some of her projects were to analyze and document human resources business requirements for a new information systems implementation (Oracle), manage small and medium sized acquisition projects to ensure all human resources and payroll data correctly mapped into the information system database, managed applicant tracking systems, consulted with clients to analyze, assess and implement changes and additions to the information systems database. Prior to Accenture, Angie was the HRMS Analyst for PHH Arval where she consulted, analyzed  and assessed information system requirements and implemented solutions.  At Alpharma and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Angie held HRIS Specialist positions and was the Human Resources Generalist for Ryland Homes and First Union National Bank. 

Angie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA, Business/Management from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD.  Angie is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management.

 

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Angie Meaux

Consultant / SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Angie joined The HR Team in 2015. She has over 20 years of human resources experience including developing HR processes and policies, compliance, employee relations, performance management, recruiting, benefits, compensation and training.

Her career has included management and consulting positions with large, mid-sized, and small companies in various industries including research, manufacturing, sales and distribution, marketing, financial services, healthcare, restaurants, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to joining The HR Team, Angie worked for Employers Resource Management where she provided HR consulting and outsourcing services for small to mid-sized companies. In addition, Angie has held human resources management roles for Cotton Incorporated, Pepsi Bottling Ventures and in an interim role for Exxon Mobil.

Angie earned her BS in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management from East Carolina University and her MBA from Norwich University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management.

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Helene S. Meyers

Senior Consultant / SHRM-SCP

Helene joined the HR Team in 2015. She has over 20 years of experience in small to mid-size organizations providing strategic leadership to senior managers in startup and fast growth organizations. Her experience includes talent acquisition and talent management, training, career development and employee relations. She has experience in various industries including professional services, healthcare, nonprofit, agency, biotech and manufacturing.

Prior to joining The HR Team, Helene supported fast growth companies by linking people strategies to business strategies. Helene’s most recent positions have been as a Director and SR HR Director for several medical, biotech, finance and non- profit organizations including Meso Scale Diagnostics, Medifast, McCormick and Columbia MedCom Group. Helene also worked for 6 years as independent consultant in numerous industries. Her strategies realized consistent results in decreased days to hire and decreased turnover rates. She has experience creating talent management programs that included career pathing and succession planning as well as being an experienced leadership coach. She was a speaker at multiple local chapters of the National Association of Professional Women on “Branding Your Job Search”. Helene also presented in 2013 at the Maryland Hispanic Business on the importance of Internal Branding.

Helene earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from William Paterson University in New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York. She earned an AIRS Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC), is certified in Prosci Change Management and is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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