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Alice Dendinger, SPHR

Alice Dendinger, SPHR

PivotU founder Alice Dendinger, SPHR, is a 30-year veteran in the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. She is skilled at linking HR initiatives and programs to the overall business mission and goals of an organization thus creating a positive impact to the bottom line.

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Christa Holmans

Christa Holmans

Christa Holmans is a central Texas native with a diverse business background. Her core focuses have included roles in customer service, project management, employee relations (recruiting, hiring, and retention,) marketing, operations, leadership, and administration.

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Kim Jones, SHRM- CP

Kim Jones, SHRM- CP

Kim is a native of Austin, Texas, has a diverse background in HR, and over 12 years’ experience in the field of Business Development. She has demonstrated success with multiple start-up companies and is excellent at identifying the needs of an organization while linking their business goals and objectives.

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Leah Jaramillo SHRM-SCP, Certified Instructional Designer (ATD)

Leah Jaramillo SHRM-SCP, Certified Instructional Designer (ATD)

Leah Jaramillo is a senior business management and organizational leader with over 15 years of experience utilizing and leveraging information systems to improve operations and client services.

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Rachel Blanton

Rachel Blanton

Rachel Blanton is extremely excited to begin her role as HR Coordinator with Austin Alliance Group. She is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University with a BS in Sport Management and a Minor in Business.

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Bettye Benten, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Bettye Benten, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Bettye Benten is a leader in the Human Resources industry with extensive experience in all aspects of Human Resources. 

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Desiree Bohls

Desiree Bohls

Desiree Bohls is a Human Resources professional with progressive experience including full-cycle recruiting, onboarding and implementation of HR best practices. Desiree began her adventure in Human Resources after transitioning from a successful career in business development, building upon external relationships to become an internal brand ambassador as a recruiter.

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Diana L. Garcia, PHR/CCP

Diana L. Garcia, PHR/CCP

Diana L. Garcia, PHR/CCP, has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. Diana has demonstrated success by linking Human Resources initiatives with organization business goals and objectives.

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Dorothy Person

Dorothy Person

Dorothy Person consults with small and large employers in employment settings of public, private and nonprofit, including Masters of Public Administration certificate from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN and studied Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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Jack Guskin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Jack Guskin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Jack Guskin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, of Austin-based Human Resource Initiatives has led numerous pay system design projects and also specializes in HR function auditing, survey analysis and usage of technology within HR. Additional experience includes leadership development, culture change, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and business process mapping.

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Jim Kochanski

Jim Kochanski

For 20 years Jim was a Senior Partner in Sibson Consulting, a Division of The Segal Group. During his time with Sibson, he served as Practice Leader for Performance and Rewards, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness.

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Sheila Armitage, PhD

Sheila Armitage, PhD

Sheila Armitage has worked, coached and consulted in diverse business sectors with Fortune 10 companies to small businesses, public sector organizations, and non-profits.

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Sue Breland

Sue Breland

Sue Breland is a facilitator uniquely adept at integrating the art and science of collaboration. Sue holds the national Certified Public Manager designation, a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Texas State University and is on the faculty of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and Texas State University.

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