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, MA
Vice President 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. Kelly is an organizational development specialist focused on creating better workplaces and improving business sustainability.
Fun Fact: Kelly loves to hike and bike through tough terrain, including Machu Pichu, Peru.
Administrative Services Coordinator
Lisa brings over 17 years of customer service & administrative experience. Driven by the belief that loving what you do and bringing that joy to the workplace, Lisa brings a joyful, bubbly personality to our team.
Over her career Lisa has worked in the medical administrative field and for the last 7 years in the construction/logistics field. During that time her true passion has been customer service and ensuring that every experience she has with a customer, whether it’s internal or external, is memorable and exceeds their expectations. While Lisa specializes in administrative functions, she also specializes in business process improvements. Her approach to process improvement focuses on the deficiencies in the system processes and the people. Lisa has endless hours of coaching, training & creating S&OPs to ensure her team members not only understand the improvements to the process & how it affects them; but she does it in a fun, interactive & personable way!
Lisa is currently working on completing her Salesforce Administration Certificate to enhance her salesforce/CRM knowledge.
Fun Fact: Lisa can wiggle her nose like the witch on bewitched! Besides this fun life skill, Lisa loves reading, baking & wood crafting! When she isn’t spending time with her family or friends you will find her doing one or all of those things!
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.
TJ DeLoatch, B.A. Criminal Justice, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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.
Ruth Bassham, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Ruth Bassham’s 25-year Human Resources career spans a wide spectrum of industries, from Fortune 500 to start-ups, government contracting, manufacturing and distribution, and professional services organizations. As an employee, she has been hands-on with each HR functional area, supervised teams, and headed an HR department of 6 in a complex environment.
Ruth helps businesses to be more effective through policy development, change management, training development and delivery, and communications; her expertise also extends to labor and employee relations, mergers/acquisitions, compensation and benefits design, and retention plans—all in multi-state and global operations. In early 2022, she requalified in her longstanding dual Senior HR certifications—SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Fun Fact: When it’s time for even more fun, Ruth loves singing and making harmony with family and friends and in her church. A backyard barbeque—also with family and friends—is her ideal summer evening.
Dr. Tonya Cannon, PhD, SHRM-CP, ACUE, CHEP, SOLC, CCEM
Sr. Productivity Partner
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”…I’m not sure I’d be getting into anything nefarious but I’d definitely be bored!
My name is Dr. Tonya Cannon and I would describe myself as a “Jill” of various trades and master of a some. I earned a PhD in Organization in Management with a specialization in Management Education, a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts & Psychology. As you can see, I’m both cerebral and creative which helps when you’re an innovator.
I have more than 20 years in the field of Human Resources and more than 25 years in the field of entertainment. I consider myself a lifelong learner and that keeps things interesting. I look forward to bringing my wealth of education, experiences, and insights to bear in support of the strategic goals you have for your organization.
Fun Fact: Not only can I analyze and advise on strategic business functions, I can also get on stage or in front of the camera and give engaging performances, some of which were award winning, many of which I’ve written and produced myself.
Erin Callahan, BBHR, MSHRD, SPHR
Erin has over 14 years of Human Resources experience solving complex organizational challenges, driving growth, and leading strategic change initiatives through people focused solutions. Over her career, Erin has worked in several industries ranging from construction, manufacturing, logistics, government contracting, non-profit, and finance. Erin specializes in employee relations, unions, continuous improvement, process/system design, and change management. Erin has earned her Master’s degree in HR Development & Leadership from Louisiana State University and has obtained certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Fun Fact: Erin is a car enthusiast who spends her free time working on cars and drag racing in community sponsored events.
Melody Gratic M.A. Ed
I will begin with one of my many favorite quotes “I believe that every person is born with talent” by Maya Angelou, which supports my view that every human being has something to offer the world.
My name is Melody Gratic, and I am currently living out my purpose and dream. I completed my Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration and retired honorably from the United States Army with 24 years of active service. A central thread becomes apparent in my lifelong learning journey, we can transition careers and experience success on our terms.
I have more than 24 years of leadership and management experience, instruction and facilitation. Here’s a pearl of wisdom I’d like to share and that is, the importance of being “fiercely consistent.” Put another way, it’s a firm resolve to never quit. On another note, I look forward to adding my diversity of experiences, knowledge and skills to an organization’s strategic goals and mission.
Fun Fact: Melody loves reading, visiting museums, and attending Broadway plays. Not to mention, traveling on vacation (e.g., tropical beaches) with family and friends.
Nicola Edwards, MBA, SHRM-SCP
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: 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.
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.