HR Consulting Team

Human Capital Management and Payroll Consultants



Ken is the partner leading the Human Capital Management & Payroll Consulting practice at Sikich. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational design, process and systems analysis, vendor evaluation and selection, and change management. His industry experience includes government, higher education, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, property management and retail.

Kevin Mallett


Kevin’s expertise includes extensive leadership and consulting work with large corporations, higher education institutions and information technology firms. Prior to his current role, Kevin was the President/CEO and founding member of a management consulting firm acquired by Sikich.

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Nannette Bell, PMP

Nannette delivers expert solutions in implementation, continuous improvement and in leading large scale transformations. She designs and implements programs, such as performance-based compensation, resource management and workforce planning, organizational design, and customer interaction analysis. She has provided operational management for mergers & acquisitions and transformational ways of working, including establishing Centers of Excellence.

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Steve Dawson,

Steve has technology expertise in all phases of the system lifecycle including selection, implementation, upgrade and assessment. He has delivered solutions in absence, benefits, compensation, core HR, recruiting, payroll, talent and time tracking. Steve also has extensive experience solving application security, reporting and data integrity challenges.

Laura F

Managing Director

Laura has an extensive background in corporate recruiting and talent management. She is recognized for building strategic partner relationships by using her keen industry knowledge, strong business acumen and innovative approach to provide unparalleled client service.

Pam Guyette


Pam serves clients with strategic design, information systems and process improvement. Her areas of expertise include HR organizational design, process and systems analysis, policy design and implementation of integrated human resource and payroll systems. Pamela also has a broad range of HR functional experience.

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Gary Humphrey,

Throughout his career, Gary has provided managed services, private and public cloud hosting, integration analysis and strategic planning to large, complex global organizations as well as small to medium sized businesses. He also possesses a deep understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and cloud system consulting with the capabilities and complexities of various products.

Richard Lawler


Richard provides clients with strategic planning, technology assessment, project management, and business process design and improvement support. He also works with organizations to offer objective, independent advice on the identification, design and deployment of HR business processes. Richard has experience with software vendors including Workday, Oracle, SAP, ADP and Infor.

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Dave McKeon,

Dave leads the Human Resources Advisory practice within Sikich’s Human Capital Management & Payroll Consulting group. He is an established HR professional with a unique blend of experience in strategic planning, talent management, executive coaching and business development.

Rachel Saunders,
Managing Director

Rachel is a managing director with an in-depth understanding of human capital management technology, payroll solutions and business process development. She helps clients with vendor evaluation and selection, change management, internal controls, project management, regulatory compliance services, and more.

Neil Verma,

Neil is a managing director with over 30 years experience in the field. He is a skilled payroll professional, who possesses expertise in global payroll and HCM process and systems implementations, HR and payroll process and compliance, and qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation.

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Cindy Walter,

Cindy has experience in human capital management technology and human resources. She provides a unique and thorough understanding of client challenges and how to support their organizations. Cindy excels in technology, human resources, change management, process redesign and executive coaching services.


Darren Smith, MBA-HRM, PHR, SHRM-CP

Darren brings in-depth knowledge of human capital management services to each client project. He excels at performing change management, organizational development, and strategic human resources and business processes services. He has extensive experience working in both shared services and Centers of Excellence business environments.

Jill Smith


Jill provides Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) consulting services for client companies to implement customer-focused business processes aligned with organizational goals. She has a unique ability to integrate both payroll and HR requirements and processes to simplify and streamline the flow of employee information. Jill also has broad expertise in Workday, UltiPro, ADP and PeopleSoft inclusive of HR, benefits, talent acquisition, payroll, time & labor modules and functionality.

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Joe has expertise in serving clients with payroll and strategic business processes and operations as well as effectively managing cross-functional teams to achieve strategic goals and evaluating customers’ operations to determine opportunities for improvement. He assists companies with identifying needs, gaps and next steps, utilizing a hands-on approach to work with clients.


Lisa Trujillo, STA

With experience in recruiting and talent acquisition, Lisa has supported multiple industries, from luxurious casino hotel resorts and national security and defense leaders to global geothermal renewable energy and SaaS-based start-up companies. In her current role, she develops best-in-class recruitment strategies, guides dynamic teams and implements various talent acquisition software systems and solutions. 

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Sarah Truman, CPP

Sarah has experience in domestic and global payroll services. She has concentrated expertise in a number of specialties, including transformation projects, payroll automation as well as equity and bonus programs. She assists clients with their payroll implementation and optimization, SOX control evaluation, software evaluations and recommendations, in addition to procedure development and writing.


Violet Balulis, MBA, PHR
Senior Consultant 

Violet specializes in employee relations, training and development, and regulatory compliance, as well as HR policy and process development, organizational development, risk mitigation, staff coaching, and mentoring. She often assists clients with their talent management, HR administration and compliance, HRIS system implementation, and time and attendance management.

Anne Joubert,
Senior Consultant

Anne is a highly analytical, detailed-oriented IT professional with experience designing and developing solutions that exceed the expectations of businesses. She has extensive background in HR/Payroll, Labor Management and Retail/Wholesale systems. Her career highlights include architecting and building custom applications for budgeting, labor management, incentive pay, retail merchandising and stores systems.

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Amy provides the team with internal support, performing a variety of clerical duties and activities. She has expertise in managing network clients, preparing reports and assisting with client engagements. Before transitioning into this role, Amy spent more than nine years with Sikich as an administrative assistant.