Full-Service HR Consulting

Serving the Business Community Since 1988 Meet Our TeamRead Testimonials

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

Founder and President/CEO

Amy has over 16 years of employee handbook customization experience with its emphasis on compliance and best practices. Amy provides HR consulting for our clients and creates our USB drive of forms for hiring, firing and everything in between. Before HRA, Amy held office management and administrative positions for 12 years as an optometry office manager. Amy has a BA in Psychology.

Amy Freet

Executive Vice President

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

Senior HR Consultant

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

Senior HR Consultant

Maria has experience building firm structure and culture from the ground up.  She co-founded and built two energy efficient engineering startups into thriving, robust firms, and developed systems that led to significant industry awards. She also pioneered an HR reporting and transparency program. Maria brings great depth of knowledge in innovative recruiting tactics, sustainability practices and corporate operations to bear for her clients. Maria has a BA in Political Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal and she has an HR Management Certificate.

Maria Berta


Jaime has over 16 years of experience providing risk management and employment consulting services to dentists surrounding professionals and employment liability along with Workers’ Compensation.Assisting with recruiting efforts and delivering leadership coaching and best practice recommendations for small businesses, Jaime helps our clients by troubleshooting issues and placing the right candidates with the right companies. Jaime has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Jaime Welcher

Senior Recruiter and HR Consultant

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


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

Senior HR Consultant / Manager of San Jose Office

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