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 is Founder & CEO of HR Cert Prep Pros, Inc.; Founder & Principal of Denver Executive Consultants; and senior HR executive and consultant for start-up and growth companies.
She excels at building and transforming cultures to become strategically aligned, engaged, high-performing, and driven to succeed. Her practice includes organizational 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.
During her professional career, Debi has served as VP, Human Resources, IntelePeer Cloud Communications; Sr. HR Consultant, Summit HR Solutions; Director of HR & Employee Engagement, Unisyn Medical Technologies; Director of HR, Aztek Networks; Founder and VP—HR & Administration, Live Wire Networks.
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 Colorado State University. Debi earned her PHR in 1997; SPHR in 2001; SPHRi and SHRM-CP & SCP in Spring 2018.
Debi has instructed, coached, and mentored more than 1,700 HR colleagues since 2004 in her PHR/SPHR Certification Prep Courses at Colorado State University, Regis University, and HR Cert Prep Pros. Her courses have consistently achieved student pass rates of 80-100%. In 2017, she founded HR Cert Prep Pros to bring her passion for teaching, certification, coaching, and mentoring to a broader audience of aspiring HR professionals and HR certification prep course instructors and sponsoring organizations.
GAYLE HENDERSON, SPHR, M.Ed.
Gayle is Sr. Consultant & Lead Instructor for HR Cert Prep Pros, Inc. and Founder & Principal of GH2R Ltd., an HR consulting practice. She has co-instructed PHR/SPHR Certification Prep Courses with Debi since 2010, with student pass rates consistently in the 80-100% range. Her career experience spans multiple industries, including high tech manufacturing, commercial food production, energy, automotive, and professional services through roles in both management and human resources. Her practice centers on aligning organizational practices with strategic goals and objectives to maximize business efficiencies and increase revenue while limiting liability exposure.
Gayle served as Director of Human Resources for Advanced Assembly and has held HR roles with Coleman Natural Foods, Administaff (now Insperity), AutoNation and Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in Organizational Performance and Change from Colorado State University. She has been SPHR certified since 2001.
DEE ANNA GRISMORE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ODCP
Dee Anna is Sr. Consultant & Instructor for HR Cert Prep Pros; Founder & Principal of Higher Results LLC since 2007; Sr. Human Resources Director for The Denver Post and sister company Prairie Mountain Media, where she provides human resources support for 15+ media outlets around Colorado. In her current role as a strategic HR business partner, she is 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 Associates Degree in Management / Human Resources and graduated with honors with a Bachelors Degree in Business / Finance. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Dee Anna is an Organizational Development Certified Professional (ODCP) and became SPHR certified in 2008 and SHRM-SCP certified in 2015.