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Our consultants play an essential role in the success of our firm. We have a dynamic team who value and share the firm’s commitment to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, diversity, collegiality and community service.

Expand HR Consulting comprises a diverse group of consultants with in-depth experience working successfully with organizations and individuals. Our clients view us as trusted advisers in addressing their human resource challenges.

Stacey BerkKert QuashieErica ThomasErica RaphaelEileen McBrearty CrossRaisa RazzaqueEileen MumaDanielle GilbertSharon OssiJohn DurkinJennifer IraniBecca AdesanyaQuil Woodford

Stacey Berk, Founder & Managing Consultant

Phone: 301.502.1191
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Stacey is the Founder & Managing Consultant for Expand HR Consulting. She founded the firm in 2006 and serves as the lead project director on most engagements, including research and client facilitation. Her primary role is to grow the organization and ensure that each client’s needs are met.

Stacey has over 20 years of human resources experience. She got her start in human resources as a generalist with Internet Interstate (now a Verio company, a global internet communications leader) from 1997-1999. From there, she joined Sodexo, a world leader in food and facilities management services, which has more than 110,000 employees. Stacey worked for Sodexo’s corporate headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, where she was responsible for the oversight of corporate recruiting and human resources from 1999-2004. As a generalist, Stacey was responsible for employee relations and recruitment, policies and compliance, coaching, performance management and diversity outreach. In 2006, after two years of independent HR consulting for nonprofits, Stacey launched Expand HR Consulting.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, with a major in human resources/conflict management and minor in general management. She has her certification in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Further, she is employee relations and executive coaching expert and has a strong command of related federal and state employment laws. Throughout her career, Stacey has led, overseen and managed workplace and sexual harassment investigations at the executive, management and staff levels. She has also led, overseen and managed related trainings and policy development for numerous clients.

Stacey is a member of SHRM, WorldatWork and ASAE.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of a non profit based in Rockville, Maryland and served on its Human Resources Committee. Stacey is regularly quoted in the media, most recently, Media Bistro, The Muse and several articles on SHRM.

Stacey acts as a volunteer for Dunks for Diabetes, part of the American Diabetes Association. Volunteer activities include sponsoring & fundraising, coordinating and running an annual tournament in support of the Potomac Dunks for Diabetes event. In her spare time, Stacey created Expand Home & Kitchen (www.expandkitchenandhome.com), a food and baking blog.  She also helps in her community to support a local women’s shelter several times a year.

EHR’s practice focuses on nonprofits in various sectors, including community-based health, social welfare, and arts/cultural organizations, international NGOs, professional membership associations, higher education, government relations, and public policy. Nonprofit missions of our clients range from real estate and land use, transportation policy, and environmental sustainability to aging services, public/private partnerships, and community and public arts engagement.  For-profit clients include professional services firms, consulting firms and entrepreneurial businesses in diverse industries including real estate, biotechnology, communications, government contracting and government relations.

Kert Quashie, JD, Senior Affirmative Action Consultant

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Kert serves as the senior affirmative action consultant to the firm.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Kert served in the capacity of affirmative action and supplier diversity subject matter expert for three Fortune 100 companies where he revamped their diversity programs and implemented company-wide strategies to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws. He has successfully interfaced with federal agencies in numerous affirmative action and supplier diversity compliance evaluations.

Kert holds a juris doctor degree (highest honors) from Concord University School of Law, Los Angeles. Kert has worked with Expand HR Consulting since 2008.

Erica Thomas, SPHR, Senior Human Resources Consultant

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Erica is a senior generalist who works with clients in New York City and Washington, DC.

Erica has 10 years of human resources experience with expertise in aligning HR activities with strategic business goals. She has strong knowledge in recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, international HR and training. She has provided human resources services to nonprofit, technology, airline and legal industries.

Erica earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She serves on the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club of New York City. Erica has worked for Expand HR Consulting since 2012.

Erica Raphael, Senior Human Resources Consultant

Phone: 301.257.8947
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Erica is a senior generalist who works with clients virtually and in the Washington, DC area.

Erica has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and nonprofit administrative operations. Before becoming a consultant, she worked for Iona Senior Services as Director of Administration, HR and Development for twenty years.

Erica is an outsourced HR Generalist for nonprofit, biotechnology and government contracting clients in Washington, DC. She has worked on numerous HR research, compliance, benefits and employee development projects for clients of varying size and complexity  and has done work to support nonprofit boards of directors.

Erica has been a consultant with Expand HR Consulting since 2008.  She completed the Social Entrepreneurship Program for Nonprofits training from Community Wealth Ventures Inc. Erica holds her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from the University of Chicago, both in cultural anthropology. She is currently completing a certificate in workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of South Florida Muma School of Business.

Eileen McBrearty Cross, Senior Human Resources Consultant

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Eileen is a senior generalist who works with clients virtually and in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources in the nonprofit and publishing sectors, Eileen has experience in the areas of recruiting, benefits administration, compliance, performance management, employee development. Most recently, Eileen was a generalist at the Benedictine School, a Maryland based nonprofit, where she was responsible for managing HR efforts for the organization. This included supervising a small HR staff, recruiting, orientation, managing the performance management system, management coaching and employee relations. Prior to her experience with the Benedictine School she was an independent HR consultant and also worked as a generalist for Fairchild Publications and News Corporation in New York.

Eileen completed the Executive Education Certification Program from Harvard Business School and the ICoach Executive Coach Certification Program from Baruch College. She holds an A.A.S. in business administration from Monmouth University.

Raisa Razzaque, Human Resources Associate

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Raisa serves as a Human Resources Associate for the firm. She has collaborated with senior consultants on various human resources and research projects for clients. She has evaluated job applicants and provided candidate recommendations for recruitment searches, written job descriptions according to client requirements and standardized report and presentation formats for complex compensation projects. She has assisted with technology upgrades to meet the firm’s expanding business needs and assisted with marketing efforts via promotional product design.

Raisa has a bachelor of science from Cornell University in Information Science, Systems and Technology. She has been a consultant with the firm since 2011.

Eileen Muma, Human Resources Consultant

Phone: 410.916.1433
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Eileen has over 15 years of recruitment experience. With outstanding recruitment, follow up and client service skills, Eileen specializes in nonprofit and finance recruiting projects with large organizations. Prior to joining the firm, she was a recruiter for ProStaff and Peak Te.

Eileen has been with Expand HR Consulting since 2008.

Danielle Gilbert, Human Resources Consultant

Danielle is a skilled Human Resources Consultant and experienced trainer.

Danielle works with EHR’s clients on training initiatives and facilitation. She is a facilitator and leads the certification preparatory courses for the HR Certification Institute. Danielle has worked with EHR since 2021.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in business administration and holds Master’s degrees in Human Resources Management and in Public Administration from Strayer University. She holds two certifications from the Society of Human Resources Management. Danielle has experience with a large healthcare organization as an Administrative Director of Human Resources where she was responsible for employee engagement and development, employee relations, and training.

Sharon Ossi, Human Resources Consultant

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Sharon, a consultant with EHR, is a generalist who works with clients virtually and in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. She has been with EHR since July 2016. She has experience in executive and specialty search, HR compliance research, onboarding projects and professional development engagement. She has developed and managed internship programs and campus recruiting. She conducts research to support EHR’s compensation and benefits practices and human resources consulting projects. Sharon has assisted and helped manage complex discrimination and sexual harassment investigations and trainings.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from UMBC. Her Master’s Capstone project involved developing an internship program for one of EHR’s clients.

John Durkin, Human Resources Consultant

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John serves as a Human Resources Consultant for EHR in Northern Virginia. He has recently joined EHR.

He offers a wealth of knowledge across the entire Human Resources spectrum in the areas. His specialities include recruitment, employee relations, and performance management. Prior to joining EHR, John worked for the National Democratic Institute and Overseas Cooperative Assistance as a Human Resources Director, and Heritage Savings Bank as a Vice President, Human Resources.

John received a Master of Business from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland.

Jennifer Irani, Human Resources Consultant

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Jennifer Irani is a HR professional with experience in many areas of HR, including unions/labor laws, employee relations, creation and implementation of policy, performance management/corrective action, full-cycle recruitment, and training. Jennifer obtained her M.S. degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University. She has supported work groups spanning multiple states in both a field and virtual capacity, with as many as 1,000 exempt and non-exempt employees.

Becca Adesanya, Graduate Student Human Resources Intern

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Becca joins EHR as an intern, learning the fundamentals of human resources techniques in the workplace. She will also complete her Capstone Project with the firm. Becca is a full-time graduate student at UMBC studying Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology.


Quil Woodford, Graduate Student Human Resources Intern

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Quil joins EHR as a graduate intern, learning the fundamentals of recruiting and human resources techniques in the workplace. Quil is a full-time graduate student at UMBC studying Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology. He is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in psychology and a Qualified Mental Health Professional, who works with youth who run the risk of being taken out of their homes for various reasons. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge and skills while working at this internship.

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