HR Answers-900 (2)Judy Clark, SPHR, CPC, IPMA-CP, Owner and Founder of HR Answers, Inc., has over 40 years of human resources experience, more than 30 of which have been in consulting. Additionally, she serves as adjunct faculty to the School of Business at Portland State University and at the University of Washington, teaching Compensation and Rewards Systems at both the entry and advanced levels.

Judy is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute, as a Certified Professional Consultant (CPC) through the International Guild of Professional Consultants, and as a Certified Professional in Public Sector HR Management (IPMA-CP) through the International Public Management Association – HR Division. She served for six years on the national Board of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and recently completed a six year term on the Board of the SHRM Foundation. She also served for five years on the national Board of Directors for SHRM’s Consultants Forum, including a term as President of the Board. She has a busy national presentation and training schedule, giving more than 15 presentations each month, some of which are designed to assist other HR professionals to attain their professional certifications. She is often sought out for media commentary, and has served as an Expert Witness for court cases on numerous occasions, many of them in the area of Compensation. Judy has been a writer for the Portland Business Journal and Oregon Business Magazine, a manuscript reviewer for the national HR Magazine, and serves on a variety of community service boards and committees.

If you’ve been to our office, you’ve probably seen some of Judy’s extensive artwork in our hallways and offices, but even more impressive is her 2,000+ collection of frogs (not on display at the office). Judy lives by the acronym FROG: Frequent Reacher of Goals. She is very proud of her two cool grandsons and enjoys reading and watching sports. And something you probably didn’t know about Judy – she once danced with the Clan Macleay Bagpipe Band for four years!


Deborah Jeffries, PHR, CPC, Co- President, is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute and has 28 years’ experience in the human resources field.  Deborah is also a Certified Professional Consultant (CPC) through the International Guild of Professional Consultants.

She is the editor of HR Answers’ monthly newsletter, Advantage, and as a consultant, she works with clients on their handbooks, policy manuals, employee relations, recruitment processes, employment, compliance, and most often their training needs.  Deborah’s past experience includes recruiting, training, education, sales, and marketing.  She holds a BS in Psychology and a teaching certificate from Willamette University.

As a trainer, Deborah works with organizations on the employment process, recruitment, orientation, performance management, recognition and retention, discharge, customer service, harassment, diversity, improved communication styles, and most often Supervisory skills. Additionally, she has served as adjunct faculty to Marylhurst University and Portland State University, teaching business students key elements of human resources. Deborah is an active member of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), and has served as Chapter President of her local human resources association. She is a past Board Member of both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s Oregon State Council and SHRM Area V, which includes Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

When Deborah isn’t in front of a class room presenting, she loves her down time. She fills her time reading romance, mystery, and self-help books, and working on arts, crafts, and gardening. Deborah Likes growing her own food (BIG blueberries and strawberries among other fruit and vegetables). She has her own rain barrel and is working on wind and solar power for the house next. When she is not doing those things, she is a HUGE sports fan….GO Mariners and Seahawks!!! Her teenage son plays baseball and is pretty darn good, if she does say so herself. So in the Spring, Summer, or Fall you will find Deborah on the baseball field taking pictures and watching her son pitch! And if you are looking for a friend for life, just supply Deborah with M&M’s and a Mocha Frappucino!

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Laurie Grenya, SPHR, Co-President with over 15 years of human resources experience in the public sector. Laurie has extensive knowledge and understanding of compensation work and Human Resource management for all sizes of government agencies. Laurie’s skills include salary surveys, classification and position description development, Human Resource system management, project planning, training, staffing and recruitment, organizational design, labor contract negotiations, interest arbitration and mediation. Laurie has extensive experience working with executive, management and staff in group settings and one-on-one meetings to explain and exchange information or facilitate discussions. Laurie has served as an expert witness in arbitration hearings and supported Attorneys in case development and settlement discussions.  Laurie is truly an expert in public sector organization compensation and has literally worked on more than one hundred compensation projects.  Laurie has a passion for effective management and has a keen eye for alternative solutions within best practice and acceptable risk.

Outside of work Laurie enjoys spending time with her husband of 20+ years and watching the success of their two adult children Rachelle and Brandon.  A good deal of her time is spent in the kitchen baking under the watchful eyes of three pugs; Yoda, Princess Leah and Yaddle (and she isn’t even a Star Wars fan).  Oh, if you spy her without a Starbucks cup the world may have actually ended without your knowledge!


                     RECRUITING AND STAFFING

Capture0214-2Gail Muller, MBA is our Recruiting and Staffing Director.   Gail has 15 years of talent acquisition and placement experience within the private and non-profit sectors in the healthcare, manufacturing, educational institutions, and business services industries.  Gail earned a Master of Arts in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Management Organizational Leadership from George Fox University.

A member of SHRM and PHRMA since 2001 Gail recently served as an Oral Judge for the SHRM Student Case Competition West.  Over the last decade, Gail has volunteered to assist the NW Youth Career Expo spring event and also to serve on college advisory and county workforce boards.  Gail is a strong advocate of education and training mentoring youth as they establish their careers.

Gail is the proud parent of two sons and grandparent of three delightful grandsons who live in the greater Portland, OR Metropolitan area.  Whenever Gail has the chance she enjoys kayaking in the beautiful Northwest estuaries or beach combing at the Oregon coast.




Cathy Lamb-Mullin, PHR, SHRM-CP is a Senior Consultant with more than two decades of human resources experience.  She has a full range of business experience including as a Human Resource Manager in manufacturing and service industries.  As a human resource generalist, Cathy has skills and expertise in salary surveys, staffing and recruiting, and assisting in compliance with federal, state and local labor regulations, employee opinion surveys, Workers’ Compensation, and OSHA reporting and compliance.  Cathy is affiliated with both the national and local human resource management organizations – Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA).  She maintains certification as a Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.  Proud to be a Duck, Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Oregon.  In addition, she holds a Master’s of Science, with concentration in Human Resources from Marylhurst University.

Cathy has an inspiring obsession with active transportation (she often rides her bicycle between SE Portland and Tigard!).  She has proudly been married to one man for 32 years, but has married him THREE times!  She is owned by one cat that loves broccoli and has a retired chicken.  One of Cathy’s favorite quotes is, “Don’t question the judgment of your boss; remember who she hired.”

HR Answers-718Paul Hutter, SPHR,  is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of management and organizational development experience in both the private and public sectors. Paul is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification institute. Paul has extensive knowledge and understanding of industry best practice in organizational and management development,  and Human Resource management for all sizes of organizations.

In addition, Paul’s skills include, Human Resource system managements, classification and compensation studies, project planning, training, staffing and recruitment, organizational design, labor contract negotiations, corporate level strategic planning and workforce/succession planning. Paul has extensive experience working with executive, management and staff in group settings and one-on-one meetings to explain and exchange information or facilitate discussions. Paul’s expertise in this area has enabled him to provide this level of service to hundreds of clients.  Paul has a passion for effective management and has a keen eye for alternative solutions within best practice and acceptable risk.



HR Answers-617Mishelle Radtke is HRA’s Executive Assistant with more than 20 years of specializing in Office Administration and Logistics. Mishelle has an extensive work history in office management in addition to accounting, event planning, website and social media updating, and all general office tasks. Her logistics background includes DOT compliance, hiring, training, and managing drivers.  A proud Duck, Mishelle holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon. In such a busy fast paced office, along with providing administrative and executive support to the Founder, Co-Presidents, and the consulting staff, Mishelle is also HRA’s Corporate Secretary and the company’s Human Resource Representative.

Mishelle and her husband of 20 years have an active young son, who they absolutely adore. Their family also includes two adopted kitties.  They love to be outdoors and are often found out in their flourishing vegetable and flower gardens.  Mishelle enjoys family trips to the beach, biking, cooking, crafting, reading, and writing. Mishelle also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, a sport that she’s played for 22 years and has been playing on the same team for 11 years.


Petrina Bigford, is HRA’s Director of First Impressions and assists the co-presidents with workshop coordination and marketing efforts and keeps a never-ending waxing and waning office environment working like a well-oiled machine.  She has over 25 years of experience in administrative services, client relations, workshop development and marketing support services. Petrina has a passion for learning and promotes the importance of life-long learning to clients while ascertaining how she can best serve their needs.

Prior to coming to HR Answers, Petrina’s previous position included Director of Program Operations and Member Services for a non-profit association, District Director for a state government elected official, Project Manager for financial institutions and Advancement Manager for a community college.

Petrina enjoys working on woodworking projects with her husband and is a mystery movie “junkie.”

Caroline Gregory, MBA, CFE, is a Senior Accountant and has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance.  She has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Oregon State University, an MBA in Finance from Portland State University and has been a certified fraud examiner since 2013.  Her business experience includes a wide range of corporate accounting responsibilities for Large Manufacturing Companies Headquartered in both Portland and San Francisco areas.

When Caroline isn’t in the office she is most likely planning her next trip, she is an avid traveler, and if asked to pick a favorite location, she might pick Scotland, or Ireland… or Italy.  It may take several more trips to decide.