About Performentor

People Science is our formula for success.

We help you grow fast, smartly.

We’re a team of people science pros. Our job is to be the coach who proactively helps with seeing blindspots, providing suggestions and implementing those suggestions which you feel complement your mission. You’ll notice we aren’t overly focused on cost because your people are the business and we don’t feel you should have to choose between the two.

Founded on Core People Values...and Science

Our Founder and Principal, Alicia Parr, is endlessly curious about how people work and perform (as individuals and in groups). She understands that a business is a process of converting people energy into economic value, which is why getting the people part right matters deeply.
That’s why your business needs people science!

Meet Our Team

Alicia Parr

Principal & Founder

Alicia is the founder of Performentor, with deep experience in HR, she delivers a behavior science-informed and small-business approach. An entrepreneur at heart, Alicia has 20 years of HR experience in small businesses spanning multiple industries. Her expertise is coauthoring learning cultures, amplifying innovative environments, and building high-performing teams of HR experts.  She frequently serves executives as an executive coach and advisor.

Alicia is endlessly curious about how people work and perform as individuals and in groups.  Applying the people science of human performance, she knows theory only matters when it works in practice. With a Bachelors degree in Marketing, a Masters in Mass Communication, and post-graduate work in Clinical Psychology, she also has deep experience as an endurance athlete.

Casey Chen

Operations Manager & Consultant

Casey specializes in a little bit of everything HR. Whether you need support related to benefits, leave administration, employee relations, compliance or a spot of recruiting, she is laser-focused and ready to help. She has an extensive background, rooted in customer service, the healthcare industry and as a generalist in Human Resources. She’s worked for established companies in manufacturing, to technology-driven startups and has a love for providing advice and counsel to leaders.

Her degree is from North Carolina State University in Interdisciplinary Studies, which she self-designed and wrote a custom curriculum for, including interpersonal & cross-cultural communication as well as foreign language. Her knack for reading people, reading the room and tailoring content provides a cutting edge for supporting companies and leaders. Always curious for more information, she can help untangle delicate issues, address people with care and craft a thoughtful path forward based on your needs. She’s a star on the rise and we’re grateful to have her on the Performentor team.

Ginger Miley

Talent Manager & Consultant

Ginger always has an eye on the future and growth-readiness when building systems that match great talent to any role. She has over 12 years of experience with high-volume hiring for a rapidly growing organization with a primarily remote workforce. Organized, creative, and diplomatic, she is a company culture champion and expert question asker. Her favorite word is “yet” as in “I don’t know …yet!”

Ginger has a strategic approach to hiring, recruiting, training, onboarding, editing, and designing curriculum. More than that, she brings a scientific pedigree to her work. She received her BS in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. A true people scientist!

Mollie Hodl

Partnership Development Exec & Consultant

Strategic and empathetic, Mollie has over 13 years of sales, business development, and marketing experience in the human resources services industry and non-profit arenas.   She has a sharp sense for how to enhance any small business operation, especially on the revenue generation and strategic partnership side.  She is passionate about community service and has contributed her skills in grant writing, donor | fund development, event planning, strategic planning, project management, volunteer recruitment | management and board leadership to numerous nonprofits. 

Mollie is a natural collaborator with a knack for conducting business conversations and analyzing current operations to help companies identify weaknesses and challenges. She’s also a great career coach and strategic sounding board for leaders. She received her BA in English and Communication Arts from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. We are lucky to count her as a Performentor team member.

Amy Rawls

Consultant

Scientist, editor, operations, HR leadership- Amy’s got it all with a PhD and HR certification.  This enviable combination of experience gives her a deep business acumen combined with strategic and innovative leadership practices, all with the lens of a people scientist.  With an ability to transition from the most tactical to the highly strategic, Amy applies rigorous technical know-how with savvy influencing skills. With her formative experience in fast-growth, remote work contexts, she knows how to drive the results you want without the fluff.

Amy has specialized experience working with remote, distributed teams; supporting a results-oriented workplace; reinforcing authentic company culture and core values; talent and leadership onboarding and development; and partnering with senior leaders to drive important business priorities. Amy is exceptional at balancing the needs of humans with the realities of a business setting, which makes her an incredible asset to the Performentor team and our clients!

April Rhodes

Consultant

Warm, engaging, and communicative, April puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She’s an exceptional recruiting and onboarding specialist who has experience with career coaching. She has experience recruiting for just about every kind of role you can imagine– from the trades to pharma to hospitality to high tech. April is great at keeping the lines of communication open between colleagues and our clients.

April Rhodes is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Walden University. She is a National Certified Counselor with a specialization in Career Coaching and Talent Acquisition. With over 12 years of experience in the HR Industry, April is a tremendous asset to our collaborative approach to client support. We are glad to call her a team member!

Ashley Henderson

Consultant

Ashley is an energetic, strategic partner who thrives in helping leaders achieve their mission and carry out values. With more than 12 years of experience providing human resource services to an array of industries, she brings to each client the ability to listen, provide practical solutions and help companies unleash their people capabillities. She serves as a thoughtful sounding board for any business leader in a growth-oriented organization. 


Ashley holds both the PHR certification and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management  from Kaplan University. Ashley serves as HR champion in administering and advancing HR functions for short/long term projects while acting as a resource on policy interpretation and implementation. Her combination of HR leadership, consulting, and recruiting experience make her an invaluable team Performentor team member. We’re delighted to have Ashley contribute to building great cultures that know how to get things done.

Brenda Foca

Consultant

Brenda is an energetic, proactive expert who thrives in helping small, mid-size and emerging organizations focus on what they do best, growing their business. With more than 20 years of experience providing human resource services to an array of fast-growing organizations, she bring to each client the ability to listen, assess and develop customized solutions for effective employment management, talent and workplace strategies. She’s a true business partner for any time-stretched executive in a high-growth environment. 

 Brenda holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and a degree from Towson University. Both a strategist and change agent, she’s also a sharp problem solver and project lead who knows how to make things happen. Her combination of HR leadership, consulting, and operations experience make her a true asset to Performentor and any client looking for smart progress, compliance, and team performance. We’re glad to have Brenda on the team!

Diana Turnbough

Consultant

A customer-focused and detail-oriented HR pro, Diana knows how to make things happen and do it in an efficient and thoughtful manner. With a broad range of experience from retail, manufacturing and logistics, Diana brings a positive energy and work ethic to all that she does. Her HR loves are talent acquisition, process development, employee engagement, training and development. She’s also an advocate for building and scaling a great culture among remote and hybrid remote teams.

Diana has an AAS Degree in Business Management and is an entrepreneur herself! She owns and operates a successful wedding photography company specializing in destination weddings. She is dauntless and action-oriented, even when the conditions are evolving and ambiguous, which makes her an incredible consultant for smaller businesses. Most of all, Diana takes pride in open cultivating honest relationships with team members and clients, which is something we love at Performentor.

Dominique Grimes-Medlin

Consultant

Some of the most amazing HR pros come from operations backgrounds, which makes us all excited to have Dominique on the team. Not only does he have a real passion for HR, but his on-the-ground knowledge about what it takes to get work done through a team of people lend him practical knowledge that you don’t see in every HR department. Further, Dominique’s superb organizational skills and detail-orientation are a wonderful addition to the value we bring our clients.

A continuous learner, Dominique has received his HR Certification and Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in HR from Western Carolina University. Dominique’s training and expertise help businesses fulfill their employment requirements, process improvement, productivity enhancement, strategic planning, and employee engagement. Additionally, his experience with recruiting and training has made him an excellent addition to the Performentor team.

Jeanne Mikkelsen

Consultant

Jeanne has a can-do optimism to all she does. With decades of Human Resources experience in both national and international companies, she’s an expert in policy development, merger and acquisitions, and transforming businesses to a coherent structure and company culture. In addition, she possesses a strong acumen in both training and development as well as safety and health. Based in Florida, Jeanne is bilingual (Spanish) and has worked with a cross-section of companies including retail, hospitality, and agriculture.

Jeanne earned both a Bachelors in Communication and Spanish at Rutgers University and a Masters of Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She’s dual certified with a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a SHRM Certified Professional (CP). Jeanne is also a chef and an owner of properties, which brings a breadth of business-savvy understanding to her HR practice. We’re thrilled to count Jeanne as a Performentor team member!

Jim Needell

Consultant

Strategic, thorough, and down to earth, Jim brings sincerity and depth of experience to the team that truly enhances the Performentor capacities markedly. With 18 years of solid HR in service-driven business models (concessionaire, big-box retail, non-profit, and furniture distribution), Jim’s a flexible and thoughtful resource for many clients. For example, he led the transformation of the HR function for the Autism Society of North Carolina developing sustainable and scalable processes in preparation for rapid organic growth.

Jim earned a BS in Management and Marketing followed by a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Occupational Studies. Providing innovative people practices in the hospitality and the food and beverage industries a passion for Jim, which is an arena that gains immeasurably from the Performentor delivery model. We couldn’t be happier having Jim on the team!

Kathryn Brant

Consultant

Kathryn is a level-headed people-strategy innovator who focuses on helping small to mid-sized businesses grow their people practices in a sustainable way. With a specialty in advising and supporting tech companies, her expertise spans an impressive track record in recruiting, development and employee relations. During her tenure at Gartner, Kathryn managed recruiting for Consulting, Sales and Marketing for the world’s leading technology adviser.

Kathryn’s addition to the Performentor full-stack HR delivery model is a grounding, forward-looking influence. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Florida State with 20+ years of HR experience. We’re lucky to have her on the team and know that every business we work with can benefit from her expertise, her people systems building know-how, and her eye toward the future.

Katrina Keys

Consultant

Katrina Keys is an innovative and business-savvy HR professional with over 25 years of impacting the employee experience and maximizing people performance. She’s served both domestic and global organizations in a variety of industries including IT Consulting, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, HR Consulting, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications. Her people strategy track record spans employee engagement initiatives, compensation systems, cost reduction initiatives, and legally compliant programs that reduce risk and yield significant business impact. Plus, Katrina is a great coach and business partner.

Well-credentialed, she holds a Senior Certified Human Resources designation, and has earned an MBA, an MA in Organizational Management, and Bachelors in Journalism. Katrina’s biggest accomplishments are her two children; her daughter who is living her best life and her son who plays football for the University of Idaho. We love having Katrina on the Performentor team as an outstanding collaborator and people practices expert.

Kelly Gangl

Consultant

Kelly is a positive, collaborative and seasoned HR leader who has experience working in many industries from large publicly traded organizations to smaller nonprofit as well as family-owned businesses. She blends her knowledge of people behavior science with positive corporate change strategies to support organizational growth. Animated by a passion for supporting leaders, individuals, and teams, she takes a strengths-oriented approach to helping people expand their individual and collective potential.

As a lifelong learner, Kelly committed to pursuing a graduate degree midlife and earned a Master’s in Organization Development (MOD) from Bowling Green State University in 2015. Kelly earned a B.S. Degree in HR Management from The Ohio State University, and actively maintains the SHRM-SCP Certification. Further, Kelly became certified as a Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification in February of 2016 and is actively pursuing the ICF ACC Coaching certification in 2022. She’s a credible resource who brings gratitude and zeal to her work, a true advocate for unleashing people energy in and for small organizations!

Krystee Chase

Consultant

Krystee is one of our mid-level consultants with a bright future.  She has worked in non-profit settings, the medical field, technology, and other fields. She’s brought her diligence and positivity to small organizations up to Global Fortune 500 organizations. Krystee’s talents have been recognized in Candidate Experience, Diversity and Initiative Impact, University hiring & programming, and more. She supports Performentor clients with flexibility, precision, and grace.

Krystee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Meredith. Her specialties talent acquisition, onboarding, operations, and university relations.  Outside of working in human resources, she enjoys volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels.  Her passion for equality, entrepreneurship, and giving back keeps her inspired to positively impact lives. We are thrilled to have her on the Performentor team.

Kyle Ditzian

Consultant

At Performentor, we are serious about our people science, and Kyle makes the grade on that account. Kyle is a doctoral student at Western Michigan University studying industrial/organizational behavior management. His research spans employee motivation, incentives, and strategies for maintaining change. Kyle’s passion is helping business leaders maximize performance through the use of behavioral science.

Of course, people science only works in a growing business when it’s simple and focused. Kyle understands this deeply and grounds his recommendations in the kind of collaboration that leads to rigorous-yet-simple-to-apply approaches to generating high performance. Kyle’s experience includes external consulting firms providing internal performance improvement within school systems and a variety of other business verticals. We are lucky to have Kyle on the Performentor team!

Lakesia Wimberly

Consultant

Lakesia brings a spirit of enthusiasm and intelligence to the business of people, which you can feel right away. Through her people-centered focus, she leverages a keen ability to identify and develop talent in others thinking outside the norm. Her impactful coaching ideology assists all leaders of the business in goal achievement and increased bottom lines.

As a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), Lakesia has over 9 years of experience assisting startups with the development of their HR departments from the ground up. Industries that she has worked in include retail, non-profit, marketing, finance, legal, and real estate. Her road to success began as a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice and later obtained her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. We are happy to have Lakesia on the Performentor team!

Leslie Knickerbocker

Consultant

Strategic and operations-savvy, Leslie is a highly flexible HR-and-more executive with great depth of experience. Notably, she oversaw HR for the rapid-growth MLB Advanced Media, the digital arm of Major League Baseball. She assists clients with a broad range of needs including talent acquisition, benefits and rewards, succession planning, employee relations, performance management, workforce diversity, learning and development, and employee engagement. She is also well versed in shepherding a company through mergers and acquisitions to streamline HR functions and make sure employees are supported.

Leslie grew up in Virginia Beach, graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Communications Studies and spent the next 25 years in New York City. However, her love of the beach drew her back to her hometown where she is consulting on talent acquisition, HR strategy and event planning. She’s an excellent people strategist and understands how to evolve people practices in a fast-growing startup environment. We are lucky to have such a capable executive and collaborator with a track record of helping company leaders create the kind of high-performance culture they dream of.

Lois Coburn

Consultant

Lois is an HR executive with experience in bio-medical, pharma, and non-profit.  She has a dauntless style and strategic approach that enables her to tackle the toughest challenges and unleash previously undiscovered capabilities in any team.  She has an excellent track record in building Human Resource strategies aligned and integrated with business strategies, developing high-performing teams, and partnering with leadership to drive results.

With a Bachelors in Science of Business & Management and a Masters of Arts in Management, Lois helps organizations with culture transformation, interim HR leadership, executive coaching, team development, and talent management.  Lois states, “My success is due to my focus on understanding multiple perspectives, encouraging new ideas, recognizing biases, and being open to change.” Here capabilities add immeasurably to the Performentor team.

Mark Kunze

Consultant

Mark is a people scientist, business strategist and organizational architect who happens to have a core of HR experience and a love for businesses and people who work with their hands. Mark recognizes that the business environment is not the same as it was even ten years ago and the organizations that figure out how to make work more human and unleash innovation and deal with today’s complexity are the ones that will be around for the decades to come.

Mark’s credentials are many and include a Ph.D. in Human Resource Management and he enjoys finding ways to apply sound theory in business settings, knowing that what works in practice can be informed by the science but also must adapt to the on-the-ground realities of the organization. He spent a decade working in HR for both profit and non-profit firms and another decade as a university professor instructing others on how to design organizations, manage human resources, and engage in labor relations. Mark is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mirenda Mason

Junior Consultant

Mirenda is passionate about people and a diligent contributor to any innovative HR function. Whether she is recruiting or working with current employees, she is driven to ensure great experiences for those involved. Her specific interests are global human resources, employee experience, and work-life balance.

In the final year of her Master’s program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management at Appalachian State University, her experience includes internships in marketing, product development, and human resources. The variety of her past work lends her a holistic perspective to business and exemplifies her journey as a continuous learner. We are incredibly grateful to have Mirenda’s contributions to our team!

Mona Melanson

Consultant

An alumna of the US Peace Corps, Mona has a deep background in human resources in many different industries including manufacturing, high-tech, bio-medical, non-profit, and financial services organizations. A true optimist and global citizen, much of her HR career has involved supporting organizations in 27 states and other countries such as Hong Kong, The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, England, France, and Germany. Her hands-on experiences also include work with DOD/Fed Contractors, the OFCCP, Lean Six Sigma continuous process improvement, Sarbanes-Oxley, and ISO-9001.  

She has a BA from the George Washington University and an MA in Student Personnel Services from what is now Kean University. She has taught three different HR certificate courses at the extensions of UC Berkeley, the George Washington University, and San Diego State University. She has also served on the San Diego boards of  SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management), ATD (American Training and Development- a professional association), and the San Diego Recruiters Roundtable. We’re grateful to have an expert like Mona in our midst.

Nelmar Cruz

Consultant

Nelmar is a budding HR Professional with roots in the Philippines and branches in the Pacific. As a behavioral scientist, he is endlessly curious about why people do what they do. Nelmar has a scientific mind that’s tuned to organizational behavior and creating an environment that promotes a high-performance and high-engagement. He values and enjoys seeing others succeed and hopes to impart that same passion and curiosity to all people in an organization.

Nelmar is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech. He also earned his MS from Florida Tech, majoring in Organizational Behavior Management and Applied Behavior Analysis. He received his BA in Psychology and English from the University of Guam. He enjoys applying science using rigorous yet practical methods to improve performance and business outcomes. His experience and interests include performance management, performance diagnostics, process improvement, and work engagement. We’re thrilled to have Nelmar on the Performentor team.

See What Our Clients Have to Say

I’ve come to rely on Kathryn and Performentor’s ability to quickly assess situations and present a series of viable solutions to pick from. Unlike many subject matter experts, Kathryn has taken the time to learn our business from the plant-floor to the boardroom. Without exaggeration, I know that working with Performentor ties directly to our bottom-line performance.

Kevin McConnaghy
CEO at Automated Solutions

If you are serious about strategically utilizing your people and culture to differentiate and grow your business, then I highly recommend Performentor. Alicia and her team have helped Chapel Hill Tire successfully create the systems and infrastructure to more fully develop our people to scale up our business AND more fully engage our team at the same time.

Marc Pons
President at Chapel Hill Tire

As an executive in a small, venture-funded biotech firm, I appreciate the support we get from Alicia and Performentor as a sounding board for team relations, policy, and compliance. Having an expert in our corner who knows the team and our business goals is tremendously helpful and gives our CEO and I peace of mind.

Roberto Alfaro
COO/CFO at Camras Vision

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We’re not your standard blocking and tackling HR professionals, therefore, we’re quite easy to talk to and level with. Schedule a consultation with us if you’re seeking an HR partnership for the long haul. Whether you need us for an hour or a standing meeting to build and run the leanest and simplest people practices, we’ve got you!
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