Meet Our Team Of HR Experts

The Hopkins Group will support your business through growth and expansion. Focus on your business, we’ll focus on your HR needs.
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Meet Our Team

Navigating Complex Employment Issues

The Hopkins Group is an expert HR management service provider, we offer business leaders of emerging businesses the knowledge, tools, and unrivaled HR resources needed to help you grow and flourish.

Melanie Toliver

Principal, and Managing Director

Melanie Toliver is the Chief Strategist at The Hopkins Group.  She is responsible for ensuring that all clients have a great customer experience.  Her role includes growth, business development and measuring organizational progress. She has over twenty-five years of HR leadership experience working with high-profile leaders in a number of industries as a corporate leader and professional HR consultant. Her expertise includes human resource strategy, workplace development, total rewards management, mergers and acquisitions, HCM transformation, and global human resources management. 

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Tafreda Moorehead

VP of Operations

Tafreda Moorehead is responsible for overseeing operations across the business. Her role includes project management of client accounts to ensure a great customer experience. She has over twenty-five years of leadership and project management experience managing large organizational projects for the engineering, construction, and oil and gas industry. She has consulted and advised large-cap organizations with the design, implementation, budgeting, and management of multimillion-dollar projects.

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Juanita Nañez

Senior HR Consultant

Juanita Nanez is a Senior HR Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that may not have access to full-service human resources professionals. She has advised a number of businesses on HR efficiencies for over thirty years.  She has served in several executive leadership roles and has specialized experience in the banking, energy, nonprofit, restaurant, and hospitality industry. Her bilingual skills and expertise in diversity and inclusion has served a number of our clients for many years. In addition, she is an avid community leader.

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Linda Ellis

Senior HR Consultant

Linda Ellis is a Senior HR Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management.

She has worked with small, midcap, and Fortune organizations.  She is knowledgeable in a multitude of disciplines that include HR strategic planning, shared services, consulting, project management, and benefits administration. Her industry experience includes legal and financial services, banking, retail, technology, insurance, and manufacturing.

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Penny Bichard

Senior HR Consultant

Penny Bichard is a Senior Payroll Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management. She is a results-oriented, highly motivated, passionate human resources professional that has worked with small, midcap, and global businesses supporting them with a variety of projects that include recruiting, staffing, performance management, payroll administration, employee relations, HR audits, and development of HR metrics. Her industry experience includes manufacturing, insurance, financial services, technology, healthcare, food services, sales and marketing, and engineering.

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Sheryl Ellis

Senior HR Consultant

Sheryl Ellis is a Senior HR Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management. She has over twenty years of HR functional and generalist experience. She is a recognized author and expert on disability and leave management.  She also has specialized skills in the area of employee relations, training and organizational development, mediation, project management, and disability and leaves management.

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Laura Phillips

Senior HR Consultant

Laura Phillips is a Senior HR Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise on human resource management. Her career spans more than thirty years as an HR generalist working with businesses on special projects that include startups, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and turnarounds. She has been actively involved in single and multi-site strategic planning, compensation, staffing, training, organizational development, and benefits administration. Her industry experience includes legal and financial services, technology, and private and public sector businesses.

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Melina Bassey

Senior HR Consultant

Melina Bassey is a Senior HR Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management.

She has over twenty years of professional HR generalist experience.  She has served in various leadership roles and has been instrumental in helping organizations grow and expand new divisions. She has specialized experience in the PEO industry, where she has led teams and supported clients in implementing and streamlining their HR processes.

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Jeannie Blythe

Senior HR Consultant

Jennie Blythe is a Senior Payroll Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management. Her career spans over twenty years as a human resources professional serving in various human resource leadership roles supporting organizations in aligning HR initiatives with business strategy. Her key areas of expertise include operations and legal compliance, enhancing business systems, talent management, compensation and benefits program design, employee relations, and talent acquisition. She has specialized experience in the engineering and banking industry.

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Chris Lurch

Senior Payroll Consultant

Chris Lurch is a Senior Payroll Consultant that provides professional consulting and administrative services to businesses that need expertise in payroll and human capital services. She has over twenty years of experience working with small, midcap, and national technology providers. She has supported more than 500 HR, payroll and benefits professionals from varying industries with project management and implementation of human resources, benefits administration, and HCM solutions.

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Carla Fulton

HR Consultant

Carla Fulton is a Senior Consultant that provides professional consulting services to businesses that need expertise in human resource management. She has extensive HR generalist work and supports various organizations with human resources strategy, payroll administration, benefits administration, employee relations, and special projects. She has specialized industry experience in manufacturing, retail, and financial services.

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Hilary Primack

Marketing Specialist

Hilary is a Marketing Specialist that assists the business with the management of marketing, communications, and social media. She has worked with various organizations and industries supporting them with marketing, social media, email communications, and copywriting projects. 

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Cynthia Thomas

HCM Strategist

Cynthia Thomas is a HCM specialist that provides strategic direction on technology and client support. She has a broad understanding of business processes and has extensive experience supporting organizations in functional areas that include procurement, business analysis, human resources, pre-sales, eCommerce, and project management.

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Logan Star

Business Development Consultant

Logan Star supports the business sales and development function.  He has worked in a variety of industries supporting the sales function.

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Why Outsource HR?

Typically businesses outsource HR to improve efficiency and free up time for managers to focus on other tasks, and allow businesses to take advantage of the expertise of HR professionals. Outsourcing HR can help businesses save money on labor costs by allowing them to avoid hiring and training full-time HR staff. Also, this helps businesses avoid making common HR mistakes and can help them implement best practices faster.

By outsourcing HR such as payroll and benefits administration, managers can spend more time on strategic tasks such as developing new business initiatives and planning for growth.

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"Focus on your mission, while we focus on your HR"

Melanie Toliver - President
Our Core Services

Our Expert HR Management Solutions

We offer comprehensive HR services such as HR Consulting, HR Technology and Implementation, Talent Acquisition, and training.

HR Consulting

The Hopkins Group provides expert consultation for those that are struggling with employee relationships, management, implementing policies, and even layoffs.

HR Technology

Our unrivaled HR software consulting process involves collecting and organizing. It covers all the information in all areas of the employee's lifecycle, from onboarding, payroll, and to PTO.

Training & Development

Training and development are key to success in any business. We personalize our solutions based on their specific requirements, regardless of industry.

Talent Aquisition

The Hopkins Group has a distinguished approach when it comes to hiring. We manage the entire process, from screening to onboarding to help you access the best talent for your business.

Training & Development

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Training & Development

Training and development is a key driver in the success of any business. We personalize our training and development solutions based on their specific requirements.

Training & Development

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