MEET OUR TEAM
HR Consultants & Certification Specialists
HR EXPERTS & PRACTITIONERS
Our team consists of active HR practitioners who consult and serve as executives for diverse organizations and industries.
DEBI CHERNAK, SPHR, SPHRi, SHRM-SCP, M.Ed
Debi excels at building and transforming cultures to become strategically aligned, engaged, high-performing, and driven to succeed. Her practice includes organizational design and development; culture and values; corporate and employment branding; strategic and workforce planning; recruiting, motivating, and retaining top talent; coaching, employee relations and engagement; performance, learning and development; compensation, benefits, and equity programs; HR systems and implementation; employment law; M&A and HR due diligence.
In 2017, Debi founded HR Cert Prep Pros to bring her passion for teaching, certification, coaching, and mentoring to a broader audience of aspiring HR professionals. More than 1,700 HR colleagues since 2004 have attended her HR certification prep courses at the University of Denver (DU), Colorado State University (CSU), and Regis University, and achieved consistent pass rates of 80-100%.
In addition to her role as CEO of HR Cert Prep Pros, Debi is an Adjunct Faculty member for DU’s Strategic HR Master’s Degree program, serves on the Board of Directors for the Boulder Area HR Association (BAHRA), and is an active member of Mile High SHRM, the Northern CO HR Association (NCHRA), and the CSU Alumni Association. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Marketing & Organizational Behavior from Loyola University in Maryland and a Master of Education in Organizational Performance & Change from CSU. Debi earned her PHR in 1997; SPHR in 2001; aPHR, SPHRi, SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP in 2018.
CARIN OWEN, SPHR, MS
Carin is Vice President of Organizational Development for HR Cert Prep Pros Consulting Group and an HRCPP Certified Professional Instructor. A strategically focused Human Resources Leader with more than 20 years of expertise, Carin has achieved broad-based success in client relations, employee engagement, change acceleration, culture transformation, as well as leadership coaching and development. As a strategic partner and trusted advisor, Carin is passionate about engaging with human resources and business leaders to identify and execute on their individual goals and their organization’s key deliverables.
During her professional career, Carin has served as a Senior HR Leader, in roles ranging from Division Manager to Director of Human Resources, for Fortune 500 companies in the cable, wireless, healthcare, and retail industries. Companies employed by include Comcast Business, Charter Communications, Time Warner Telecom, Nextel Communications, Centura Health, HCR Manor Care and Belk-Leggett.
Carin earned her Master’s degree in Management from Regis University in Colorado and her undergraduate business degree from Elon College in North Carolina. She also holds an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) certificate from the University of Denver; a Certified Change Practitioner designation through PROSCI; and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through HRCI.
DEE ANNA GRISMORE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ODCP, BBA
Dee Anna is an HR Cert Prep Pros Certified Professional Instructor; Founder & Principal of Higher Results LLC; and Director of Human Resources for the K.P. Kauffman Company. In her previous position as Sr. Human Resources Director for The Denver Post and sister company Prairie Mountain Media, Dee Anna provided human resources support for 15+ media outlets around Colorado. As a strategic HR business partner, she focused on effectively executing human resource strategy by implementing best practices in employee relations, training and development, compliance, and human capital management. Dee Anna’s industry experience includes computer software and hardware, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, mass media, petroleum, retail, and automotive.
Dee Anna has held several Board of Director positions including District Director for the Denver and Colorado Springs areas for CO SHRM and Special Events Director and Vice President for CHRA (now Mile High SHRM). She holds an Associate’s Degree in Management & Human Resources and graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and an Organizational Development Certified Professional (ODCP). She became SPHR certified in 2008 and SHRM-SCP certified in 2015.