Jill Avey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has made an effective difference for businesses throughout the state of NM through the development of Human Resource practices. Jill has more than 15 years of business expertise in Human Resources (HR) to include previously serving as the Director of HR in private industry and as an officer on a corporate Board of Directors. She also has experience in program management, and as a New Mexico small business owner.

    Jill is passionate about helping organizations become compliant, documented and consistent in the implementation of HR best practices across industries. She helps organizations bring clarity to the employment process and is a trusted HR advisor to her clients. A few areas of support include employee handbooks, job descriptions, hiring processes, compensation analysis, performance management, investigations, and terminations.  Her team works to Keep HR Simple!

    Jill is currently President Elect for the Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) and is an instructor for the preparatory course for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification program.  SWHRC is a corporate sponsor to Paws and Stripes and members of Keep It Querque and the Hispano Chamber of Commerce. 


    Elizabeth Benton has 8 years of experience in management, performance and organizational development consulting. Not only does she have significant experience facilitating strategic growth and implementing learning solutions for organizations, she also holds experience in sales promotion and branding. 

    For several professional associations and small businesses, Elizabeth has managed social media channels by developing and outputting high quality, engaging and consistent content. 

    She is best at building strong, strategic partnerships and listening to her clients to ensure she is delivering sales promotions and organizational development strategies that add the most value to her clients’ businesses. She loves to develop approaches to helping organizations and people realize their highest potential.


    Elaine Bogard, “Modern Day Medicine Woman”, has a gift for helping company owners and leaders discover the true essence of their business using a variety of modalities to help them reach their visions.  With both an educational background in information technology and the healing arts Elaine works with leaders to remove the subconscious blocks so they can achieve their strategic goals.

     Elaine’s work transcends all industries, organizations and individual matters.  She utilizes muscle testing to identify misalignment and then combines traditional healing modalities, alternative medicine, and best practices in organizational development to support her transformational work.

    Elaine studied at the Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, where she became a Certified Reflexologist in 2011. She then went on to obtain certifications as a Natural Health Professional (CNHP), Reiki Practitioner, Gems of Excellence Practitioner and Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist. Elaine also has trained in Traditional Mexican and Peruvian Healing.

    Elaine’s passion for helping business owners is contagious.  Her work has been described as “life-changing, transformational, and critical”


    Jessey Cherne-Durkin has over ten years of experience in photography, graphic design and social media management. She has worked with a variety of organizations, from non-profits and fortune 500 companies to mommy-bloggers looking to expand their reach through digital and traditional methods of advertising.


    Cherne-Durkin’s work has been featured in publications world-wide—from her photography, to advertisement placements and digital reach. She specializes in branding, digital advertising, media relations, graphic design, photography, videography, website design/hosting, and social media. Her other passions include music, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her yorkie-poo.


    Albuquerque the Magazine named her a “blogger to watch,” after her local blog was featured on multiple digital outlets, including Lucky and Glamour Magazine. Jessey holds a Bachelors of Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and a minor in Art Studio with an emphasis in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has worked with Organizational Rebel since April 2017 and is looking forward to expanding the “rebel alliance!”


    As an automation and content specialist, Meredith can cut through all the “technology fog” to create effective automated marketing campaigns for attracting clients and then turning them into raving fans. As an experienced marketer with a flair for technology, Meredith works with business leaders to create automated systems that are both “hands-off” and “high-touch”.

    Before hanging out “virtual shingle” 10 years ago, Meredith spent 10 years as a Public Information Officer for Fairfax County, VA where she created nationally-recognized partnership and PR campaigns.  

    Meredith holds certifications in several online automation tools including Active Campaign, Infusionsoft, 1Shopping Cart.  She also is a Guerrilla Marketing Coach and holds a Digital Marketing Certified Professional credential from Market Motive. 


    Trained as an Agricultural Economist, Bob Grassberger spent much of his career in workforce and economic development in rural New Mexico, the Middle East, and Central Asia. He has published over five dozen impact assessments, policy papers, and journal articles.  Bob has been central to multiple New Mexico startups and served as the COO of the Vitel Corporation from 2000 to 2004. In 2010, Bob joined the faculty of UNM’s Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) where he taught OD Consulting, Human Performance Improvement, Social Capital, and the Business of Learning. In 2012 he was named one of UNM’s Lecturers of the Year and received a UNM Teaching Fellowship in 2015. Today he is an emeritus faculty and runs a boutique consultancy that serves a handful of select clients.



    Beth Hemmerich is a goal-oriented, positive individual, committed to excellence and integrity. Able to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people and a people-pleaser, Beth will do what is necessary, to get the job done. She performs well under pressure and is always prepared for shifting deadlines. Utilizing the skills of organization, time management, and problem solving to achieve optimum results, Beth works with her clients to ensure the best event is produced, the best grant is written, or the best training is provided.

    Beth is a long term volunteer with TEDxABQ (Albuquerque’s local TED Talks chapter), a Leadership Team Member with Polka Dot Powerhouse, and she enjoys traveling, adventures, and being spontaneous


    Jim Hughes has extensive experience in Training and Organizational Development beginning in 1995.  He has worked with large and small, as well as public and private sector organizations.  Jim leads with a Heart-Mind approach and prides himself on connecting with his customers by developing trust and providing individualized solutions with best practice organizational development methodologies.  Skilled in the following: Facilitation, Meeting Management, Communication Skills, Leadership/Management Development, Conflict Management, Negotiations, Strategic Planning, Competency Mapping and Documentation, Building High Performing Teams and Organizational Communication.  Jim has held leadership positions in ISPI NM, ASTD NM and the Albuquerque Quality Network.


    Alexis Kerschner Tappan has more than 16 years of marketing communications experience. Trained in print journalism, Alexis’ uses that background when crafting compelling messaging and developing strong, trusting relationships with the news media. As the Vice President of Public Relations at Rick Johnson & Company Advertising, Alexis worked with a variety of statewide clients and some of the brightest creative minds in the state, developing a keen understanding of what it take to develop marketing communications that sparkles. She then served as Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Special Assistant to the President at Central New Mexico Community College. Those experiences allow Alexis to work with large organizations and governmental entities with an understanding of their needs. She now serves as a marketing, communications and public relations consultant for a variety of large and small clients. 


    Kristi D. Lawrence is putting 20 years of media experience to work for Organizational Rebel. Kristi is a veteran journalist who has worked with entities including CNN, FOX5 Atlanta, and the Lifetime Network. She moved to Albuquerque in 2011 and began using her expertise in the world of PR and marketing. Her creative media pitches and the strategic partnerships she initiated breathed new life into her clients' marketing and promotion. That experience inspired her to form her own PR firm, StarFire PR & Marketing. 

    Sharing good news is Kristi's passion. She is thrilled to partner with Organizational Rebel to help its clients get the word out about what they offer and why it's special, important, and worth getting. She strives to elevate the profile of Organizational Rebel's clients through media outreach, press releases, content writing, and other efforts. Kristi is proud to be on the OR team, and true to her motto, looks forward to helping others Shine Brighter.


    With over fifteen years of experience in organizational management, Sarah Lindblom has significant experience working with organizations to improve operational outcomes.  She has considerable experience working with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and commercial entities providing program planning and management, quality improvement processes, and client outcome measures.  

    She has led the design, development and delivery of multi-dimensional programs that improve operational outcomes and maximize available resources to various organizations.  Sarah has in-depth knowledge of contract administration, compliance requirements, and marketing/outreach.

    New Mexico Business Weekly named her a “Woman of Influence” for her professional accomplishments and active role in the community.  Sarah holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management and Organizations with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Iowa. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Policy and Planning at the University of New Mexico.


    Dr. Shanelle Mennella is an organizational behavior psychologist with over 12 years of applied research and evaluation experience. She assists clients with gathering user-friendly data in a systematic way to inform the development and implementation of workplace strategies and tools for maximizing the effectiveness of people, practices, processes, promotions, productivity, and profit. 

    As an organizational strategist, evaluator and certified Return on Investment (ROI) professional, Dr. Mennella is experienced with collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data using a variety of methods. Her data-driven approach to organizational learning and improvement provides clients with concrete action plans and interventions that lead to specific and meaningful outcomes. 

    Dr. Mennella has worked with public and private sector organizations to help build their member’s capacity to collect and use data to improve programs and meet organizational goals. She holds M.A. and doctorate degrees in Psychology in the area of Organizational Behavior, with a specialization in evaluation capacity building, from Claremont Graduate University.


    Shannon Morrison, Ph.D., is a sociologist with 25 years of program planning, evaluation, and research experience in the areas of health, homelessness, violence against women, organizational development, child and maternal health issues, criminal justice, substance use, and mental health issues and taught undergraduate courses in sociology and research methodology for four years at the University of New Mexico.  She has been the Principal Investigator for several federal grants and has been a speaker at many National conferences. 

    She has extensive experience in conducting strength-based program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, writing grant proposals and research reports, and working with culturally diverse populations. Since 1994, she has worked with several community and state-level programs in New Mexico, utilizing a participatory approach and providing meaningful, client-driven program planning and evaluation.


     She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico.

    Areas of expertise include coaching, instructional design, development, and implementation of various types of learning solutions, facilitation, team building, and project management. Ildikó is on the Board of Directors of the ICF New Mexico (NM) chapter, and is a former board member of NM Evaluators and past president of the NM chapter of ISPI. She is a member of ISPI, ICF, and the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). When not coaching or implementing performance solutions, she can be found volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters or walking her rescue dogs.

  • SHARON ORTIZ, MBA, PhD (Candidate)

    Sharon provides consulting and research for organizations and develops surveys, assessments, measurement tools, business processes, and team development strategies. In addition to an extensive IT and business background, she is also a Dispute Resolution Specialist & Mediator helping various private, corporate and government agency clients mediate conflicts in today’s complicated technical and business climate.

    Sharon holds a BS in Information Technology, a Master of Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Mediation & Dispute Resolution, and is pursuing a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Currently, Sharon is the President of New Mexico Mediation Association, is a Commissioner of the State ADR Commission led by NM Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura, is co-Chair for The New Mexico State Bar ADR Committee, and is a mediator with the Bernalillo Metropolitan Court mediation program, where she is doing her dissertation research.


    James Portzline is a master of all things technical. His background includes diagnosing & resolving hardware and software issues, and system maintenance. He excels at setting up, configuring, and testing computer systems.  He is adept at analyzing customer needs, providing instruction and support to individual users and researching and implementing solutions. He is proficient in all operating systems. 


    Tracy holds a Bachelors of Accountancy degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked in public accounting for over 30 years, assisting individuals and small businesses with their accounting, tax needs and small business support.

    Because of her extensive work with small business owners and exposure to the vast array of unique challenges they face, she has developed a passion for working with entrepreneurs and their businesses to help them solve these unique challenges as well as take advantage of the unique opportunities available to them.

    Tracy's role within Organizational Rebel is to help business owners assess their current financial condition, and chart a course to improve profitability in their business and address the unhealthy mindsets and habits around managing both business and personal finances. "Seeing the transformation take place on the mental and emotional level for the business owners as their business finances stabilize, and their business begins to flourish is incredibly rewarding! As a financial adviser, I cannot think of a better way to make an impact."


    Social Media Advisor, Networking Entrepreneur, and founder of Dog attire of DAPPER SHERLOCK ®. I teach organizations to increase productivity and boast morale by implementing "bring your dog to work" policies. There are many benefits to having dogs at work  - they keep employees active during their break periods, they reduce stress and definitely improve employees' job satisfaction.

    I also captivate people’s hearts and minds by my expressions through my Instagram following! I advise companies and organizations on promoting services and products though social media.