The people in our pond



Chuck McPherson

Chuck has led large and small teams through organizational effectiveness, change management, strategic planning, and professional development initiatives. With over two decades of global business and management experience, his focus includes leading businesses with traditional teams through untraditional planning processes, and supporting clients in the fields of organizational development and human resources. As a senior human resources manager at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, Chuck managed major strategic and human resource projects across multiple geographic locations and cross-functional departments. His success in the HR and production management fields reflects his commitment to managing relationships, improving organizational behavior, and driving organizational results. In 2003, Chuck launched IMS Consulting and IMS TrackMeet TM, management consulting firms focused on business management consulting and collaborative technologies for numerous small and large businesses in the financial, technology, hospitality, nonprofit, wine, and education industries. In 2009, Chuck merged IMS Consulting and IMS TrackMeet into Leap Solutions Group LLC, formalizing a business partnership that began through a collaborative consulting agreement with Scott Ormerod in 2004. He has been published and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sun Sentinel, New York Times, Top Consultant and Training Magazine. Chuck received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Williamstown University.


Scott Ormerod

Scott seeks and inspires creative, innovative solutions that develop and enhance teams with a focus on organizational values, vision, and mission. With almost three decades of organizational development, management, and human resources experience, his expertise includes incorporating individualism, diversity and growth into organizations’ employee, staff, and management development programs. Scott launched Leap Solutions in 1998. His diverse experience includes human resources, organizational development, facilities management, risk management, administration and finance. This background, combined with his nonprofit and higher-education experience, allows him to bring distinctive and diverse solutions to consulting engagements. He also teaches human resources and management courses as an adjunct faculty member for Pacific Union College and University of San Francisco. Volunteering and community involvement are Scott’s passions. His personal service motto is “It takes a whole community to make a community whole”. His nonprofit service includes a focus on childrens’ causes, including wish granting for Make-A-Wish; permanent, stable housing for foster children; and leadership development for junior-year high school students. On May 16, 2001, His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored Scott, one of only fifty individuals from throughout the world to be selected, for his nonprofit service, particularly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Scott received his Masters of Business Administration in management at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.


Christine Rodman

Christine comes to Leap Solutions with over seventeen years of progressive human resource experience and a passion for developing positive employee relations within diverse workforces. She has successfully managed employee relations issues, workplace investigations, and developed a variety of training workshops to increase productivity, ensure compliance and help boost morale. Her specialties include employee relations, recruitment, performance management, training and development, compliance, benefits, and corporate drug testing within the staffing sector. A Sonoma County native, Christine has been involved with various community organizations, including the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Active 20-30 (Redwood Empire 1029), STARS Program, and is an active volunteer within the Asian American community. She scuba dives, snowboards, bikes, hikes, ice skates, and runs. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, a PHR-CA certification with the Human Resource Certification Institute, and a HR Management Certificate from Sonoma State University. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Mary Henderson

As Leap’s Executive Recruiter & Coach, Mary’s coaching expertise is her go-to tool when seeking the right person for her clients.   After over a decade of Sonoma County-based communications, administrative, marketing and recruiting for companies including NeilMed Pharmaceuticals, New York Life and Thermasource, Mary formed her own personal coaching firm and received her coaching credential from the Center for Coaching Certification. She recently completed ORSC training (Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching), as well.  She became part of the Leap Solutions family in the summer of 2014 and brings the same recruiting philosophy that has driven the growth of Leap’s recruiting services from its inception —  a focus on quality over quantity, finding the best person for the role, and creating a win-win for both the client and the candidate.  Mary is a self-described “geek” who enjoys camping with her family, and has her first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s also “international”, born in Madrid to Spanish and Cuban parents, and raised in Texas. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.


Claudia Sarmiento

As our newest addition to the Leap Solutions team, Claudia joins us as an HR Consultant.  Claudia has moved up the HR and administration ladder from HR administrative and executive assistant at NorTel to specialist, analyst, project manager and into leadership development.  Family and opportunities brought her to Santa Rosa in 2008, where she merged her experience with a commitment to explore and experience Sonoma County’s wine industry. She worked as an HR specialist for several Sonoma and Napa County companies.   She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix and her SPHR certification. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.  Claudia’s personal time is filled with mountain biking, snowboarding or indoor soccer. She’s also the scorekeeper for her sons baseball team and relaxes by gardening.


Maria Hernandez

Maria has consulted to Fortune 100, public entities, foundations and nonprofits for 17 years. As facilitator and strategist, Maria supports executive project teams to insure goals are aligned with strategy and managed effectively; works on large scale change initiatives; and provides strategic and content expertise in professional development and diversity awareness programs. She is a native Spanish speaker, and has consulted in Mexico for a technology accelerator with joint ventures in the U.S. and Mexico. After teaching and managing cultural outreach programs at a private liberal arts college in Northern California, she transitioned to full time consulting as MGH CONSULTING, with a focus on training, executive coaching, and strategic planning consulting. Between 2008 and 2010, Maria was managing director, western region, for Global Lead, LLC. Global Lead acquired her firm, and in July, 2010, Maria resumed her Northern California consulting practice. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is a Danforth Fellow and holds a doctorate in community psychology. Maria has provided commentaries to Perspective, a KQED radio series, and Latino USA of Public Radio International, and written a careers and business column for Latina Style. She has been voted Outstanding Hispanic Entrepreneur by the Northern California Region of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and is a past or current member of: LinkSV Empowered Partners in Consulting (EPIC); Forum for Women Entrepreneurs-Silicon Valley; and Association for Women in Technology and the American Psychological Association.


Teri Powell

As Leap Solutions’ office manager, Teri Powell draws upon over twenty-five years of human resources, facility management, and office administration experience to keep Leap’s projects on time and on target. Teri joined Leap Solutions in January 2011. She began her career with Bank of America in 1984 and has served as an executive assistant, office manager, project coordinator, insurance chiropractic assistant and property manager. Teri also worked as an administrative assistant in administrative services as well as a benefits specialist in human resources for Kendall-Jackson from 1997 to 2008, and moved on to Medtronic and L-3 Communications as project coordinator in the human resources recruiting sector and learning and development. A life-long Sonoma County resident, Teri volunteers as a Wish Grantor and committee member with Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area. Her passions, in addition to her two daughters and two beautiful grand-daughters, are hiking, gardening, camping, traveling, NASCAR, SF Giants and SF 49ers.

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