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 is working 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 bachelors and masters degree in organization behavior and psychology from UMBC and is now the VP of Operations.

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


Matthew Enekwe, MBA


Matthew is an organized, analytical, and detail-focused Accounting / Management professional with over 13 years of experience, to include but not limited to Financial, Governmental and Contract Accounting. He is also the Founder/Owner of Crystal Star Associates, LLC an accounting and management firm that performs high-quality accounting and management services. He believes, professionalism, integrity, and dedication are essential to the growth of our clients’ businesses.

With that in mind, he has pledged to maintain the integrity of our accounting and financial reporting process and remain highly sensitized to the need to maintain objectivity and independence in ensuring quality work.

Fun Fact: Matthew is a devoted husband and father of two wonderful children who like to help him with his ‘homework.’


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 resource department start-up operations. She is a results oriented, multi-tasker who is able to manage high demands on their time and changing priorities within the organization or department objectives.

Fun Fact: Karen likes to spend time boating with friends 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: Elite level certified Master Scuba Diver 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 with strategic and operational HR expertise. She has over 24 years of experience in HR.

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. TJ 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 experience in Human Resources and is and innovative and results driven Leader with proven success in managing performance management, talent, training, talent development, recruiting, and mediation of complex employee relations issues.  She’s 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.  She’s also passionate about employing best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion to support a diverse workforce and creating a corporate culture where all employees can thrive.

Fun fact about Nicola: She has recently taking 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.