About Us

Julie Tschida

Julie TschidaJulie has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, leader, and educator in various settings including large and small organizations, government, health care, non-profit, and education.  As a business person, Julie coached, counseled, and partnered with business owners, leaders, managers, and employees on a wide range of topics related to achieving optimal results.    As faculty at Concordia University St. Paul, Julie has taught Human Resource courses for over eight years and coached students and businesses on improving their people practices.

Throughout her career, Julie has designed and deployed numerous solutions to meet the needs of business leaders and learners.  As a consultant and business partner, she offers well-researched and practical strategies to address the people-related challenges business face.   She has extensive experience in the employee life-cycle from hiring to retiring, including staffing, performance management, compensation and benefits, regulatory compliance, training and development, employee relations, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.

Julie has led staff with a style that energizes and motivates others.  She knows how to design, structure, and staff functions to optimize individual and business performance.   Julie considers both short-term and long-term business goals, and designs structures and systems that attain results.

Julie’s first book, A Park for Amanda: A Guide to Teaching Kids Life Skills, is testimony to her passion of helping others find simple and practical solutions to achieve their greatest success.

Education

  • B.A. in Human Resources Management
  • M.A. in Organization Leadership
  • Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification
  • Certified in Myers Briggs Type Inventory assessment and interpretation

Professional Associations, Boards, and Committees

  • Society of Human Resource Management Member
  • Past President of Human Resources Leadership Association of the Twin Cities

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Cindy O’DonovanCindy O'Donovan

Cindy brings skills and business acumen gained from over 30 years of professional experience in a variety of roles and business settings, from large corporations to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

Through experience in operations management, Cindy understands that in small and large businesses alike, the focus on customer service and emphasis on excellence are the foundations for success and growth.  “Bringing out the best” in people through recruitment and performance management is a key success factor and Cindy has developed effective tools and processes to guide these activities.

Incorporating her personal belief in the values of servant leadership, Cindy has led corporate-wide systems projects through the development of multi-disciplinary teams.  Successful initiatives include developing benefits service centers, centralizing recruitment functions, staffing for strike contingency planning, contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, designing and executing employee recognition events, and regulatory compliance activities.

Cindy has been recognized as an effective coach, mentor, and connector of people and ideas.  She enjoys researching best practices and new ways of working and networking to help others succeed.

Education:

  • B.A. degree in Organizational Communications
  • M.A. degree in Leadership and Management
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Certified in Myers Briggs Type Inventory assessment and interpretation

Professional Association Boards and Committees:

  • President, Minnesota Association for Colleges and Employers (MN ACE)
  • Minnesota Association for Experiential Learning (MAFEL)
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)
  • Healthcare Education & Industry Partnership (HEIP)
  • Past-President, Minnesota Association of Health Care Recruiters (MACHR)
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