Meet Our Team of Experts

Melanie Toliver

Principal HR Consultant and Managing Director
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Melanie has over 20 years of experience in people management strategy, having worked with numerous multinational companies throughout the years as HR Director, Senior HR Leader and HR Operations overseer for insurance firms and pharmaceutical companies. She also served as Entrepreneur and HR Specialist for several Center of Excellence teams, overseeing their Total Rewards Strategy.

Melanie’s industry experience includes working with high profile leaders in oil and gas, education, healthcare, engineering, airline and information technology sectors, to name a few. Her experience with HR strategy, workplace development, total rewards, mergers and acquisitions, HCM transformation and global human resources management is matched with a key understanding of leadership development.

Laura Phillips

Senior HR Consultant
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Laura is an expert when it comes to generalist human resources, information systems, operations and legal, both in the public and private sectors. Her experience spans more than thirty years, and spans everything from startups, to small companies looking for effective HR strategies and solutions. She has been actively involved in single and multi-site strategic planning, compensation and staffing plan development, not to mention benefits plan design, training program development, mergers and acquisitions, and turn-arounds. Laura has worked with a number of high profile clients in high tech, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, real estate, construction, and the municipal government.

Juanita H. Nañez

Senior HR Consultant
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Juanita works with The Hopkins Group as a human resources and diversity consultant with a distinguished executive leadership career in the banking, energy, and hospitality industries. She has held the positions of Corporate Recruiter; Manager of Employee Relations; Executive Director of Corporate Human Resources and Employee Relations, and Vice President of Diversity. She actively and regularly engages with the Dallas community by working with various organizations whose mission is focused on diversity-based developmental and educational initiatives. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Karen Cunningham

Senior HR Consultant
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Karen is a seasoned human resources leader with an accomplished history centered around strong strategic management skills, and a solid background in human resources. Her career has focused on creating value for organizations through the effective delivery of HR practices. Karen has demonstrated success in assessing organizational needs, and implementing Dallas strategic HR planning to enhance company performance.

Karen’s diverse background in human resources includes strong experience in recruitment, workforce planning, policy development, employee relations, performance coaching, investigations, payroll, benefits and HR strategic alignment. She has earned a reputation for increasing the credibility and effectiveness of the Human Resource Management function through her commitment to excellence in HR delivery, and strategic business alignment.

Carla Fulton

Senior HR Consultant
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Carla is a Senior HR Leader with extensive experience as a leader in manufacturing, retail and financial services organizations, as well as HR Generalist expertise in consumer products, oil and gas, and telecommunications. She has worked with various startups and established businesses on everything from HR Function, to mergers and acquisitions, and organizational redesign. She also specializes in compensation and benefits.

Carla is a member of SHRM, and has served for many years as an officer in Dallas HR. She was a founding member of an HR professional organization, and is currently an active member of the Women’s Boardroom Initiative. She is also a passionate about animal rescue, and demonstrates this dedication with her work through the Small Paws Organization.

Linda Ellis

Senior HR Consultant
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As a Human Resources professional, Linda’s experience encompasses multiple disciplines including strategic planning, shared services, outsourcing, technology utilization, project management, benefit and HR program design and administration, in addition to financial and vendor management. She has serviced companies both great and small, right up to large corporations with 100,000+ employees. As a strong business partner, Linda has been recognized for her ability to communicate successfully with leaders, employees, consultants, vendors, and customers. Industry experience includes legal, financial, banking, retail, services, technology, insurance, manufacturing, and Dallas HR consulting services. She is known among peers for her strategic approach to benefit and HR plan design, development, implementation and administration.

Susan A. Amason

Senior HR Consultant
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Susan has over 17 years of experience in various aspects of human resources management, including recruitment, policy design, industrial relations, HRIS, benefits, compensation and generalist roles for companies of all sizes. She has significant experience developing compensation strategy and policies, salary planning and costing, salary survey design, performance management system and incentive plan design, and salary structure design. She has a strong background in financial, retail and service industries with a keen emphasis on information systems organizations.

Susan has designed, implemented and administered all areas of the compensation function, from non-exempt to executive level, at both national and international levels. She has managed Dallas HR consulting services for large and small compensation projects for clients using her extensive experience and wide reaching resources.

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  • 512.713.0617
  • Corporate Headquarters 
    77 Sugar Creek Boulevard Center, Ste 600
    Sugar Land, Texas 77478

  • Dallas Address
    1301 Preston Rd Ste 110-013
    Plano, TX 75093

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