Human Resource Advisors is a full-service Human Resources Consulting and Staffing company founded in 1988 by Barbara Freet.
In the beginning, Barbara was a successful Recruiter for independent insurance brokers. In response to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1991, many brokerages began asking HR-related questions on behalf of their clients prompting her to expand her staffing business to also focus on more generalized human resources issues. What she found was a huge need for overall HR services in the small to mid-sized business niche. Since then focusing primarily in that niche has brought continuous growth in both products and services, as well as staff. Now, Human Resource Advisors has three regional offices and a continually growing professional team to serve our clients and candidates throughout the US.
Our highly-skilled Consultants serve as the HR department for our clients providing both “administrative” and “guardian” functions. The “administrative” function includes recruitment, new hire orientation, benefits administration, setting up compensation structures, managing vacation accruals, writing Employee Handbooks, managing payroll, etc. The “guardian” function is designed to keep clients out of trouble by applying both legal and practical solutions to their problematic employment issues. This has been a winning combination for our clients and has brought about continued growth and success.
Our team brings a high level of expertise and is available to assist you with your simple question or complex issue. Please call our office at (925) 310-4824 . We look forward to serving you and your company.
Meet Our Team
Barbara specializes in consulting, product development, sales and training. Prior to founding HRA, she owned a recruiting and staffing company. She is sought out by professional groups and private employers as a guest speaker on a variety of employment-related topics. She has a BA degree in Social Science and coursework toward an MBA.Barbara Freet
Amy has over 16 years of HR consulting experience with an emphasis on compliance and best practices. Amy has been employee #1 for an Optometric practice tasked with setting up the facilities, hiring and managing all employees and participating in marketing the practice to the community. Amy authors some of our products and oversees several of our key services, particularly the handbook customization process for clients in every state. Amy has a BA in Psychology.Amy Freet
Wendy has held upper management HR positions in a number of recognizable companies in high tech, wealth management and pharma, in addition to owning her own small business. Wendy specializes in the areas of strategic human resources work, complex employee relations issues, leaves of absences and training and has a very engaging personality which our clients appreciate. She has a BS in Psychology.Wendy Warner
Sandra brings years of experience as the COO/VP of Human Resources for a large regional insurance brokerage. Prior to that position, Sandra worked in HR for high tech, marketing and management consultant firms. Sandra is our workers’ compensation specialist in addition to providing HR guidance. Sandra has a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development.Sandra Herman
Marianne brings over 20 years of HR Generalist Management experience, ranging from large companies to start-up environments. She gives wise advice to ensure compliance in company policies and procedures. Marianne has an Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and a BS in Human Services.Marianne Sullivan
Rebecca is a Human Resources professional with nearly two decades of experience in a broad range of Human Resources functions. Specializing in labor and employee relations, culture development, compliance, benefits administration, strategic planning and talent management.Rebecca Sedgwick
Marina has the distinction of bringing 20 years of HR manager-level experience specializing in hotel management to our group but also provides much needed bilingual interpreter and translation experience. Marina also provides onsite consulting for our clients with a Hispanic workforce.Marina Martinez
Michelle brings over 11 years of extensive HR experience consulting with business leaders of small to midsize businesses from various industries. She is a business focused HR professional who has the proven ability to partner with owners and management in many areas, including but not limited to: employee relations, wage and hour issues, performance management, training and development and overall State and Federal compliance. She is a trusted Consultant with a passion for driving performance and results. She is also bilingual in Spanish. Michelle holds a BS in Business Management.Michelle Abaunza
Jani has extensive experience owning and managing her own restaurant before joining HRA. Jani provides payroll services for several of our clients who want to outsource their payroll function. Jani also handles all our accounting functions, manages our office resources, and brings excellent homemade treats to the office.Jani Chayut
Patty has over 20 years of experience in the HR field, with an emphasis in administrative work, sourcing and recruiting. She enjoys the full cycle of the recruiting process and client relations. Patty currently works part time assisting with handbooks, new employee coordination and administrative projects.Patty Glafkides
We just completed our “first” HR seminar with Barbara Freet of Human Resource Advisors. This was of course being AB 1825 (Sexual Harassment Seminar) put in effect with our “Governator”. I must say that I was very pleased with Barbara’s professionalism with one of our key accounts (The Hilton in Torrance). Barbara gets the audience involved and really knows her stuff from A-Z. She was able to present two seminars in one day and still not lose her voice by the end of the day. She is truly amazing. I strongly recommend her for those accounts with 50 or more employees to give her office a call or email her to utilize her services. I am booking her for three more seminars in the next 4 months. Good luck to all…Feel free to call me if any questions 818-952-8818 ex.11.
It was a great seminar and a very good presentation!
Content was very appropriate; manageable amount of information; adequate amount of interaction; nice relaxed flow and comfort with topic.
I liked Barbara’s enthusiasm!
I liked Barbara’s ability to gain and keep the attention and interest of my employees. I also liked the content and means of the presentation—verbal, written and visual.
Good info and great case studies. Examples to really generate interest in applications.
Well done. Very professional and informative.
Very informative, direct, and entertaining. Barbara is an incredible presenter, and kept the employees engaged.
Good exchange of information; clarified things we were not aware of; friendly presentation; good visuals.
Very informative and really let me know where we are responsible as a company.
Good pace; good interaction. Barbara was an excellent presenter—very knowledgeable. Case studies were very helpful.
Emphasis on importance of RESPECT. Good, clear direction on procedure.