Sandy founded Human Resource Specialties in 1984, following several years in both human resources and equal opportunity enforcement. Her professional credentials include more than 35 years of executive and management-level experience in all facets of human resources. Her career includes extensive hands-on experience in EEO and Affirmative Action, training and assisting clients with scores of OFCCP audits. As president, Sandy’s vision is for Human Resource Specialties to be an organization where ethics, expertise, and exceptional customer service are the focus.
Sandy L. HendersonFounder and President
Scott W. MylnechukGeneral Manager
As General Manager, Scott works side-by-side with colleagues in all aspects of the company, with a keen focus on client satisfaction and retention. He has now been with Human Resource Specialties for 6 plus years, previously as the Business Development Manager. Before joining Human Resource Specialties in 2009, Scott held management roles in other organizations with a focus in facility operations and management. He studied Business Management and Communications at the University of Montana and Portland State University, as well as advertising and video production at the Art Institute of Portland. In his free time, Scott enjoys backpacking, fly –fishing, and Oregon Duck athletics.
Janette KilgoreBusiness Manager
Janette joined Human Resource Specialties in 2002, after more than ten years experience in controller and accounting positions. She is responsible for all accounting functions and oversees invoicing and processing of client payments. She is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to her co-workers and our clients.
Janette’s educational background includes studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physical Therapy at the College of San Mateo. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and walking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Heidi L. ShawDirector of Affirmative Action Services
Heidi’s credentials include fifteen years in administrative and financial support. She began her career with Human Resource Specialties in 2004 in the accounting department and advanced into Affirmative Action Plan Specialist. She works full time preparing both AAP statistics and narratives. She takes pride in being easy to contact and easy to work with.
Heidi is a proud mother and enjoys spending time with her family. She loves almost all outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Melissa BurtonManager of OFCCP Audits & Compliance
Melissa has worked in the high-tech field in a variety of HR areas including benefits, compensation, professional and college recruiting, and employee relations. She joined Human Resource Specialties in the fall of 2013. She enjoys working with data and preparing the statistical components of Affirmative Action plans.
Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Portland State University.
Melissa is the mother of two daughters and enjoys volunteering, vegetable gardening, making green juice and smoothies, and cooking.
Lisa GreenProject Manager
Lisa joined Human Resource Specialties in 2014, bringing 12 years of experience developing affirmative action plans, including compensation analyses, adverse impact analyses, and EEO-1 Survey and Vets reporting. She has successfully guided numerous HR professionals through the OFCCP audit process.
Lisa enjoys chocolate, dog walks, a good laugh, and roller coasters.
Susan C. KokeshHuman Resource Specialist
Susan has been preparing Affirmative Action Plans for clients of Human Resource Specialties since 1998. She also has extensive finance and accounting experience in both the high technology and food manufacturing industries.
Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Willamette University. She has completed post-baccalaureate studies in Accounting at Portland State University, and also holds an M.B.A. from Portland State University.
Susan’s interests involve flower gardening, ultra-marathon running, cooking, reading/book club, her church, and spending quality time with her family.
Diane JacobsonHuman Resource Specialist
Diane began her career in finance, transitioned into Human Resources and received her PHR certification in 2002. She joined HR Specialties in September 2019. She has been an HR Manager, Regional Training Manager and HR Consultant for small and large corporations. An avid gardener, birder, writer, creative artist, she loves spending time with her beloved companion and dreaming of her next adventure.
Liz MitchellProject Manager
Liz’s professional credentials include more than eighteen years of office administration. She joined Human Resource Specialties in 2007. In addition to keeping up with her active children, she enjoys quiet moments reading and spinning tales for children and the young at heart.
Ray MckeanAffirmative Action Narratives Coordinator
Ray works with our clients in gathering and editing information for the narrative portions of their Affirmative Action Plans. Ray’s administrative background includes 16 years in customer service with a national wireless company. He is also a professional accompanist and church musician, with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. In 14 years as accompanist for the Oregon Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale, he has toured both nationally and internationally. Ray enjoys family time, reading and going to movies.
Debra HirschmannClient Service Extraordinaire
Debra is a native Oregonian and has lived in the Clackamas County area with her husband for over 20 years. She has enjoyed a long standing office administration background and has attended both Oregon State and the University of Oregon.
Debra is a Rose City Astronomers and OMSI volunteer. Her interests include music, fiber arts, bicycle riding and camping.
Schellene has worked in print media, distribution, technology and sales and holds a B.S. in Communications from Oregon State University. She’s traveled widely throughout the United States and Canada, meeting and making friends with people from all walks of life, and has a talent for building quick rapport. Most summer weekends she can be found in pre-grid at Portland International Raceway as a race volunteer, feeding her need for speed. She loves to read, cook and garden and often takes long hikes with her intrepid Scottish terrier to relax.
Schellene joined Human Resource Specialties in February 2020.