Our Team


Brenda McChriston, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CEO and Principal

Brenda is CEO and Principal of Spectrum HR Solutions. Her vision for the company began in 2004. Since then Spectrum has helped more than 80 companies and organizations nationwide save money, improve employee productivity and achieve organization growth. In the community, she is an advocate for youth and women’s issues.  She was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Commission for women in 2018. As Commissioner, she works to protect and promote young women’s issues such as education and workforce development.  She is past President of the Howard County Human Resources Society and a member of the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau.

Fun Fact: Brenda sings with the renowned Columbia ProCantare, a classical chorus that performs several concerts a year with internationally known vocal classical artists. She has a passion for horses and live sports games.


Kelly Brooks

VP of Operations

Kelly joined Spectrum as a Jr. Productivity Partner consultant in 2010 while completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Organizational Behavior and Psychology from UMBC. She is now the VP of Operations.

Fun Fact: Kelly loves to hike and bike through tough terrain, including Machu Pichu, Peru.

Kenneth Brown

Administrative Assitant

Kenneth Brown

Administrative Assistant

Kenneth is a 2010 College Graduate from Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Communication Technology. He has over 12 years of in Administrative support, Technical Support and Security Administration. He's also an Entrepreneur with a steam cleaning business since 2018. He loves technology and keeping up with social media trends such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. He believes in building strong relationships with the community and organizations to reach their full potential for team growth and professional development.

Fun Fact: Kenneth enjoys watching sports, playing and coaching. He also enjoy swimming, exercising, traveling and binge watching tv shows.


Karen Dean

Senior Productivity Partner

Karen joined Spectrum in 2011 and is the team’s HR ‘Guru’. She is an expert at Human Resources Management and specializes in human resources department start-up operations. She is a results-oriented multi-tasker who is able to manage high demands on her time amidst changing priorities and objectives within organizations.

Fun Fact: Karen likes to spend time boating with friends and loved ones around the Chesapeake Bay.

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Karen Jacobs, MBA, PCC

Senior Productivity Trainer and Coach

Karen is a business leader experienced in Leadership and Organization Development disciplines navigating the corporate landscape particularly within a Fortune 200, government and not-for-profit organizations. After 26 years as an executive in the corporate world, Karen has transitioned into an entrepreneur of a training, business coaching and consulting firm empowering employees, teams and organizations to grow and succeed. She joined the Spectrum HR Solutions Team in 2014 as a Senior Productivity Trainer and Coach. As an innovative solutions provider within complex organizations, Karen understands the challenges of today’s workforce, and she delivers relevant and practical training and executive coaching to encourage professional, teaming and personal growth.

Fun Fact: Karen is an Elite-level certified Master Scuba Diver with experience spanning from the Great Barrier and Coral seas of Australia to the depths of the Hammer Head infested Caverns of San Salvador.


Amy S. Ledbetter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior Productivity Partner

Amy joined the team in 2017 as a Senior Productivity Partner. She brings over 24 years of management and Human Resources expertise from healthcare, engineering, and software development industries, and in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her ability to work with companies to assess and prioritize their needs, and her guidance to actively manage change with a positive attitude, has resulted in client successes with measurable outcomes. She believes in helping organizations reach their full potential through clear strategic direction, flexibility, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Fun Fact: Amy enjoys reading and cooking, but her number one passion is hiking and camping with her family in our National Parks.


TJ DeLoatch

Productivity Partner

TJ DeLoatch is a 20-year seasoned  Human Resources Professional. She is a results-driven HR professional who strives to set, achieve, and exceed professional goals. She has spent the majority of her career in the retail and commercial furniture industry, with developed experience in areas such as compliance, training & development, and organizational change.

Fun Fact: While HR is her primary job function by day, TJ changes the world as an avid baker, budding graphic artist, and Life Coach.


Nicola Edwards

Productivity Partner

Nicola has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and is an innovative and results-driven Leader with proven success in performance management, training, talent development, recruiting, and mediation of complex employee relations issues.  She is a solution provider with excellent analytical skills and consistent results, with the ability to quickly build strong relationships with stakeholders and strategically align Human Resources with organizational goals and objectives. Nicola is also passionate about employing best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion to support a diverse workforce and create a corporate culture where all employees can thrive.

Fun fact about Nicola: Nicola has recently taken up cycling and has been riding to raise money for organizations such as Children's Cancer Research Fund, American Diabetes Association, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Lisa Morris

Productivity Partner

Lisa Morris joins Spectrum HR with extensive experience in human resources including human resources management, training and development, policy and procedures, performance management, compensation and analysis, benefits administration, employee relations, corporate communications, recruitment, and employee assessment.

She has led organizations through change, revitalization, turnaround, and accelerated growth.  She is an expert in staff mentoring, leadership, communication, and relationship-building skills.

Lisa earned her BA in Psychology with a Training and Organization Certification, and  She also holds the CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) from World at Work and PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification from the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).


Denna Balkom

Productivity Partner

Deanna Balkcom is a transformational Human Resources Executive with over 15+ years of experience leading and guiding global organizations with effective HR strategies.

In her capacity as an HR Consultant, Deanna has worked with countless startups and SMBs, building their HR departments from the ground up. Additionally, Deanna has worked with organizations establishing the company culture and strategic goals while creating an organizational structure, operational processes, and implementing HRIS systems.

As a person who loves to give back to her community, Deanna has volunteered her time with numerous school advisory councils. When not involved with all her endeavors, Deanna enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children, and her lovable Dog.


Erika McKay

Productivity Partner

Ericka McKay is an HR professional on a mission to innovate the employee experience. She has over 10 years of experience in HR and holds 2 certifications- PHR and SHRM-CP.

Ericka has had a strong career trajectory, from HR Admin to VP, in various industries. She has worked as an HR department of one, building processes and procedures from the ground up, and managed teams to achieve company KPIs. She has a strong grasp of the operational needs within HR but her strength lies in marrying people strategy to business needs. Ericka is a native NYer, plant mama, a wannabe chef, and a former Interior Designer.