Meet the KMA Team

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Founded in 2007 and based in Falmouth, Maine, KMA Human Resources Consulting sports a team of highly skilled and qualified Human Resources experts with more than 100 years of collective HR experience.

KMA’s deep bench of HR experts are collaborative problem-solvers—your partners for managing and growing your most valuable resource—your people.

The Leadership Team

Kim Anania
President and CEO
phone 207.781.6486
Kim Anania, President and CEO

KMA Consulting is built on a foundation of trust, integrity and expertise. Doing the right thing is key to our mission and values, and this is borne out in every KMA interaction – large or small. We invest the time to understand each of our client’s unique circumstances, and guide them confidently toward achieving the best possible outcome.(Kim Anania, Owner)

Kim Anania, President and CEO

Kim founded KMA Consulting LLC in 2007 to provide businesses with practical HR advice and guidance, helping them to eliminate areas of risk.

Her distinguished career with New England-based companies has covered all aspects of Human Resources and organizational development. Kim has supported, managed, and led company-wide initiatives such as human resource information systems  conversions, federal and state compliance, benefit management, recruiting, retention, safety, workers compensation, employee relations, coaching, and training.

Kim earned a certificate in Organizational Development through the National Training Labs in Alexandria, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Kim lives in Cumberland, is the proud mother of two sons, and has an awesome, supportive husband. She loves traveling and doing anything outside, particularly in the summers by the ocean in Maine, and in her home state of Connecticut.

Anita Krieg KMA HR Consultant Anita Krieg, SPHR
Operations Director
phone 207.781.6470
Anita Krieg, Operations Director

“The KMA Consulting team serves as an important resource and key partner to businesses for compliance and best practices. I enjoy partnering with clients to provide human resource support and services, so they can focus on running their business.” (Anita Krieg)

Anita Krieg, Operations Director

Anita has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience, including recruiting and employment, benefits, compensation and training. Anita has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses on staffing, job classification and compensation, employee handbook development, human resources assessments, employment law compliance, performance management, and training.

She has worked within a number of industries, including manufacturing, service, telecommunications, staffing, technical and professional services, insurance, research, and education.

Anita holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Management from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Iowa. She has earned the designation as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). She is a member of the National Human Resources Association – Rochester Affiliate.

Anita enjoys staying fit in the great outdoors including hiking, biking, and cross country skiing as well as baking, a good book, family adventures, and exploring out of the way places.

Debby Olken KMA Business Development Manager Debby Olken, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Business Development Director
phone 207.781.6465
Debby Olken, Business Development Director

“I am so pleased to be part of KMA’s collaborative and energetic team of HR professionals and to translate my experience as an HR director in single organizations into my KMA consultant role. I am also thrilled to be focusing on KMA’s sales and business development, helping to grow our customer base throughout northern New England.” (Debby Olken)

Debby Olken, Business Development Director

Debby is an experienced human resources professional. For nearly 20 years, she worked as HR director for two complex organizations (the Maine Judicial Branch and the Maine State Legislature), and as a KMA consultant, she has worked with a variety of small and medium-sized businesses.

As KMA’s Business Development Manager, Debby meets regularly with prospective clients to understand their HR needs and explore how best KMA can provide immediate assistance and solutions, and establish long-terms partnerships in all things HR.  She also works closely with strategic business partners to ensure that KMA clients have broad access to the variety of professional business services that they may require.

Debby earned her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and her SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional) designations and served on the Board of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from Indiana University, a Masters an MS in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver, and a Certification in Mediation from the University of Southern Maine.

Mary Mickiewicz KMA Office Manager Mary Mickiewicz
Finance & Administration Director
phone 207.781.6469
Mary Mickiewicz, Finance & Administration Director

“The work at KMA is challenging and changing, which I find very satisfying. No two days are alike. It’s also great to be part of such a strong team and a growing company.” (Mary Mickiewicz)

Mary Mickiewicz, Finance & Administration Director

Mary directs the financial and administrative functions of KMA. She is also the information technology liaison and manages facilities, office, and equipment operations. She is an experienced team player with strong analytical and customer services skills.

Prior to KMA, Mary worked for Maine Revenue Service.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Husson College.

She lives in Portland with her husband, two daughters, and their rescue dog. In her down time, Mary enjoys camping excursions with family and friends, reading, and hosting parties.

Holly Lancaster
Recruiting Director
phone 207.781.2774
Holly Lancaster, Recruiting Director

“KMA’s unique approach to recruiting really complements my own personal philosophy. Finding top talent is just the beginning. It’s equally important to be able to recognize the candidate who will be an engaged and productive employee for the long term. That’s a number one priority for KMA, built on our collective years of experience matching skillsets with job descriptions, and personalities with cultures, to achieve the best fit.” (Holly Lancaster)

Holly Lancaster, Recruiting Director

Holly has more than 20 years of experience in recruiting, sales, and client service. She thoroughly enjoys helping organizations achieve their business goals through hiring and retaining top talent, and believes that matching people with companies is all about getting to know the key players and what inspires and motivates them.

Throughout her career, Holly has worked in sales, engineering, aerospace, manufacturing, government, and technology, among other industries. She earned her B.A. from West Virginia University in English Communications.

A Scarborough resident, Holly and her family enjoy all that Maine has to offer—from beaches to mountains, and everything in between. She also devotes her energies to EmpowerME, a nonprofit she co-founded that’s committed to empowering communities through documentary film.

Jenny Ellis
Marketing Manager
phone 207.781.6467
Jenny Ellis, Marketing Manager

“Whether working to promote an organization’s products and services, develop a communications strategy, or manage a multi-phased marketing project, what I’m most passionate about is taking a complex subject, synthesizing the information, and then packaging it in a way that’s clear, relevant and on-brand.” (Jenny Ellis)

Jenny Ellis, Marketing Manager

Jenny is a marketing and communications professional with a talent for organizing and synthesizing complex information and connecting to a target audience.

She has worked in a variety of industries, including non-profit, retail and B2B. She has also worked as a freelance copywriter, designer, and project manager for several Portland-based advertising agencies.

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Jenny earned her B.A. in Creative Writing.

Jenny and her husband have lived in Falmouth for more than 20 years. In addition to appreciating the constantly changing landscape of Maine, she enjoys painting, jewelry making and generally being creative. And while she loves traveling and experiencing the wider world, for Jenny, home is where it’s at.

Consulting Team

Emily Dyer KMA HR Consultant Emily Dyer
Consultant
phone 207.781.6466
Emily Dyer, Consultant

“How many people can say they love what they do professionally while creating a future for someone else? HR is a wonderful industry where we get to help both individuals and organizations. I love working with people, talking with people, and getting to know people. The team at KMA is all about making a difference in an individual’s life, while helping an organization grow.” (Emily Dyer)

Emily Dyer Consultant

Emily has worked under the HR umbrella for about 10 years with an emphasis in recruiting, onboarding, and customer service. She comes from the hospitality, staffing, and executive search world.

Emily has worked at an executive search firm recruiting for community banks and credit unions in New England and the east coast. She has recruited for the manufacturing industry, financial services, medical industry, hospitality, and administrative and support services.

A proud Wildcat from the University of New Hampshire, Emily graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and Policy, and a minor in Hospitality and Tourism. She is looking forward to expanding her education by getting her HR certification.

Emily loves the Maine outdoors: hiking, camping, fishing and boating. She enjoys playing with her puppy, “Scottso,” gardening, and taking walks with friends and family.

Sarah Evan KMA HR Consultant Sarah Evan
Consultant
phone 207.781.9927
Sarah Evan, Consultant

“I apply the core values of respect and gratitude every day, and find that when you show others respect and appreciation, people feel valued, and relationships strengthen as a result.” (Sarah Evan)

Sarah Evan, Consultant 

Sarah has almost two decades of experience as a Human Resources professional, focusing on recruitment, onboarding and training, employee relations, performance management and general HR administration.

Some of the industries in which Sarah has developed her professional capabilities include marketing, food service, healthcare, non-profit and retail.

Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Vermont.

Sarah is devoted to animals and is passionate about holistic health and well-being through nutrition.

Angela Hansen KMA HR Consultant Angela Hansen
Consultant
phone 207.781.6056
Angela Hansen, Consultant

“Building positive relationships comes naturally to me. I am very empathetic and able to connect with people, which is well-suited to the HR profession. I am able to be there for people when they need HR help. They trust me to do right for them, and I find it very rewarding when I am able to satisfy their needs, and the organization’s needs as well.” (Angela Hansen)

Angela Hansen, Consultant

Angela is an HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in employee relations, leadership, performance management, policy development, benefits, recruiting and corporate compliance. She has also served as a college-level instructor.

Her extensive work spans industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, media and marketing, non-profit, construction, municipal, and transportation.

Angela holds a BS in Organizational Leadership as well as an AS in Medical Assisting. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and is certified as a Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association.

An avid skier and golfer, Angela enjoys family and friends time at the lake and at home in the neighborhood.

Gina Hayes KMA HR Consultant Gina Hayes
Consultant
phone 207.781.6468
Gina Hayes, Consultant

“For over a decade I have been building relationships with businesses and individuals all across the country, focusing on matching qualified talent with the specific needs of an organization. The work I have accomplished has been extremely gratifying and has confirmed my ability to successfully guide both employers and employees through an often stressful and emotional recruitment and hiring process.” (Gina Hayes)

Gina Hayes, Consultant

Gina has over a decade of experience in recruiting. This includes partnering with businesses to create hiring strategies and provide recruitment support, as well as working hand in hand with candidates as they enter the job market and achieve the next steps in their career.

Her recruitment experience includes extensive executive search (sales, operations, finance and marketing leadership) as well as accounting, human resources, customer service and business development. Among the industries Gina has collaborated with are: manufacturing, software and technology, industrial, consumer products, retail, insurance and higher education.

Gina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

A believer that good food and sunshine are two of life’s greatest pleasures, Gina enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, boating and spending time with her family.

Leora Kirk KMA HR Consultant Leora Kirk, PHR, SHRM-CP
Consultant
phone 207.523.0423
Leora Kirk, Consultant

“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to be able to work within many industries and in many settings. In each of those environments two things remain constant: the employees are always a business’s most valuable asset; and the approach that leaders take toward their employees truly shapes and determines the success of a business. HR is an integral part of that!” (Leora Kirk)

Leora Kirk, Consultant

Leora has over 10 years of Human Resources experience in federal and state compliance, employee relations, performance management, policy development and recruitment.

She has worked within a wide range of industries, including retail, non-profit, manufacturing, engineering, food service, breweries, and veterinary services.

Leora holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from University of Southern Maine. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. She is the Vice President of Maine Employee Benefits Council board of directors.

Leora lives in Durham with her husband and two young daughters. She spends her free time with family, managing a busy household, and teaching her daughters how to become strong women (who also love to bake).

Chelsea Livingston KMA HR Consultant Chelsea Livingston
Consultant
phone 207.781.0990
Chelsea Livingston, Consultant

“I don’t think you can overstate the importance of setting up a strong HR framework in a small or growing business. Starting up a business can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to think of HR as something you can always deal with in the future. But right from the start, it sets the tone for the business and creates the culture.” (Chelsea Livingston)

Chelsea Livingston, Consultant

Chelsea has more than a decade of HR experience in recruitment, federal and state compliance, employee relations, performance management, payroll, benefits administration, and employee handbook creation.

Since 2011, Chelsea and her husband have owned and operated Baxter Brewing in Lewiston, with Chelsea handling the financials, recruiting and employee management.

Chelsea is a part of KMA’s dynamic Recruiting Team where she continues to hone her skills while enjoying the diversity of industries and projects she can impact.

A graduate of Susquehanna University with a degree in International Studies, Chelsea also earned her HR Certificate from the University of Southern Maine and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Chelsea and her husband live in Falmouth where they are raising their son. In addition to volunteering in the community, Chelsea enjoys experiencing the outdoors with her family. They like to spend time hiking, snowshoeing, and relaxing at the beach together.

Tara Marquis KMA HR Consultant Tara Marquis
Consultant
phone 207.781.6462
Tara Marquis, Consultant

“I’ve had the privilege to work with some great clients as part of the KMA Consulting team. Our philosophy is that we adapt to client and business needs and deliver results by educating, simplifying and streamlining processes. We are able to integrate into the companies we work with in a way where we are seen as a partner and not an outsider.” (Tara Marquis)

Tara Marquis, Consultant

Tara has more than 15 years of Human Resources experience in areas such as recruitment, federal and state compliance, employee relations, performance management, policy development, acquisitions, and HR technology implementations.

Her extensive work has included the food service, manufacturing, insurance, marketing, telecommunications, and healthcare industries.

Tara holds an AS in Computer Systems Management and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Southern Maine. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM) Program Committee.

Tara is a foodie who enjoys traveling the world, hiking, gardening, and cycling.

Rhoda McVeigh KMA HR Consultant Rhoda McVeigh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Consultant
phone 207.781.6464
Rhoda McVeigh, Consultant

“I truly believe that to every problem there is a solution. My job as a Human Resources consultant is to provide solutions to my clients that will ultimately be in the best interests of the employee and the employer. Also, to be effective in HR, one must be flexible and adaptive, have a sense of humor, and be able to see many shades of gray.” (Rhoda McVeigh)

Rhoda McVeigh, Consultant

Rhoda has more than 30 years of Human Resources and operations experience. She is an experienced business leader who excels in human behavior, and possesses depth in leadership coaching and development, pre-employment interviews and assessment, employee engagement, performance appraisal and improvement, training facilitation, succession planning, internal investigations and exit strategies.

She has held leadership positions in national full-service retail, specialty retail and food service companies on both the corporate and the field sides. She has also done consulting in manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare and non-profit industries.

Rhoda attended George Mason University where she studied foreign languages and music. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), as well as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

A firm believer that life is too short to eat bad food, Rhoda enjoys cooking and baking, as well as music, theater, arts, history and travel. She’s a voracious reader and life-long learner, and loves staying current on technology and pop culture. Her personal goal is to collect “experiences” through fine dining and travel with friends and family.

Kari Meillat KMA Compensation Consultant Kari Meillat
Compensation Consultant
phone 207.781.6482
Kari Meillat, Compensation Consultant

“By focusing on total rewards and developing a comprehensive compensation strategy, companies are able to stand apart and attract and retain top talent. I enjoy collaborating with clients to create a custom-fit and equitable compensation program that will help them meet their goals and predict costs.” (Kari Meillat)

Kari Meillat, Compensation Consultant

From internal compensation professional to an independent compensation consultant, Kari has more than a decade of experience in compensation and data analytics. She has developed a broad-based compensation background including compensation strategy development, benchmarking and job evaluations, sales compensation and variable pay programs, salary structure creation, FLSA analysis, merit programs, and policy and budget creation.

Throughout her career, Kari has worked in a variety of industries including financial services, consumer goods, technology start-ups, enterprise software, and small businesses. She also has experience in payroll, performance management, and benefits.

Kari graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.

Outside of work, Kari loves to garden, sew, travel, and spend time with her family.

Kelly Rodgers KMA HR Consultant Kelly Rodgers
Consultant
phone 207.781.6487
Kelly Rodgers, Consultant

“I believe the ability to connect the right individuals to the right positions entails more than just scanning resumes and putting people in chairs. It takes someone who can look beyond skill sets and identify the intangible traits that will allow individuals and companies to thrive.” (Kelly Rodgers)

Kelly Rodgers, Consultant

Kelly believes that consistency, transparency, and honesty are three cornerstones of a successful career in recruiting. She strives to provide exceptional service to candidates and clients, leading to mutually-beneficial, strategic matches. One of the things she enjoys best about recruiting work is discovering diverse positions and practice areas, while meeting new candidates and helping them navigate their careers.

Kelly brings more than 16 years of recruitment experience at all levels—from entry level to executive recruiting. Most recently, she worked for a Fortune 50 company, focusing on accounting, finance, human resources, legal , and administrative recruiting. Her experience also includes telecommunications, search firm, and executive protection/security industries.

Kelly holds a BA in Political Science from Hollins University and was an active member of NoVa Society for Human Resource Management.

A transplant from the Washington, DC area, Kelly is focused on learning all she can about the Maine business community, and forging both personal and professional connections. She lives in Cumberland Foreside with her husband, two very active children, and two crazy yellow labs. She enjoys swimming and exploring all that Maine has to offer.

Harold Skelton KMA HR Consultant Harold Skelton
Consultant
phone 207.781.6460
Harold Skelton, Consultant

“Listening with care and attention, communicating clearly and timely, taking effective action promptly – these are the core responsibilities of professionals in every field. My passion is using these skills to bring value and build lasting relationships with my clients.” (Harold Skelton)

Harold Skelton, Consultant

For more than 15 years Harold served as Vice President, Human Resources, for a Maine-based industrial construction firm. His responsibilities included recruiting and hiring a skilled construction workforce, managing day-to-day employment issues, overseeing safety and compliance on construction worksites, negotiating construction contracts, and providing advice about contractual and workplace risk.

Before his career in HR, Harold was a civil trial lawyer and remains a licensed attorney in the State of Maine. Harold received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

He lives in Cumberland with his wife and enjoys woodworking, repairing watches, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Shikha Vasaiwala
Business Support Specialist
phone 207.781.4218
Shikha Vasaiwala, Business Support Specialist

“It is an absolute privilege to re-enter the workforce at KMA after stepping away to raise my two young children. I see the KMA mission and values in practice every day at the office and am so proud to be a member of this KMA-zing team!” (Shikha Vasaiwala)

Shikha Vasaiwala, Business Support Specialist

Shikha has over 15 years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector, including in the areas of business development, marketing and operations.

In addition to her role at KMA, Shikha serves on boards and committees of various local charities, including the Center for Grieving Children, Falmouth Memorial Library and Junior League of Portland.

A Connecticut native, Shikha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and in Modern Languages, with a dual concentration in French and Spanish.

While traveling and sight-seeing with her family is, by far, her greatest pleasure, Shikha also enjoys cooking, swimming, boating and ice skating with her two daughters.

Janyce Volodkevich KMA HR Consultant Janyce Volodkevich
Consultant
phone 207.781.8630
Janyce Volodkevich, Consultant

“The best part about working at KMA is the diversity in clients, from manufacturing and health care to non­-profits and beyond. This diversity brings out the best in us. I partic­ularly enjoy cultivating relationships with our clients to create a strong culture, and work through solutions on hiring, employee relations and training. Our goal is to have it be seamless and to achieve the objectives together as a team.” (Janyce Volodkevich)

Janyce Volodkevich, Consultant

Janyce has more than 20 years of Human Resources experience in recruitment, conflict resolution, employee relations, performance management, and a wide variety of employee and management training, along with benefits administration.

Janyce has experience working with non-profits, manufacturing, technology and food service clients. She spent much of her HR career in the luxury hotel business, where she oversaw transitions in new hotel openings, policy development and workplace culture strategies.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is active with the associations for Human Resources throughout Central Maine.

Janyce enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She lives in the Belgrade Lakes area, and loves its natural beauty and the easy access to water activities.

Susan Wasserott KMA HR Consultant Susan Wasserott
Consultant
phone 207.781.6460
Susan Wasserott, Consultant

“I enjoy working with my clients to support them with their Human Resources needs. I’ve had the great fortune to work for a wide variety of employers throughout my career, and it’s a privilege to share those experiences with my KMA clients. One of my favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn: ‘Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.’” (Susan Wasserott)

Susan Wasserott, Consultant

Susan has more than 30 years of Human Resources generalist experience in areas such as employee relations, performance management, leadership and management training, and policy development.

Throughout her career, Susan has worked in the investment, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and education fields, and has contributed her talents and expertise to start-up companies, non-profit organizations and the Maine Department of Labor.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wilkes University, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton.

She enjoys traveling, photography, natural approaches to wellness, history, hiking, reading, writing, football — and spending time with family, friends and her dog and cat.

Client Praise

Working with KMA was a pleasure. They were professional, understood our needs, and communicated clearly. The team at KMA met every deadline, and quickly responded to last minute requests. We especially appreciated their expertise and ability to help us navigate the art and science of salary setting.

(Johanna Broadwater, Great Schools Partnership)

When it came time for Maine Outdoor Brands to hire its first Executive Director, we turned to KMA to conduct all aspects of the search. KMA handled each step, from job description development and compensation analysis, to screening applications and presenting us with the top candidates. The recruiting team managed all the communications and streamlined what would have otherwise been a daunting undertaking. In short order we found our ideal candidate and the position was quickly filled. KMA was outstanding to work with throughout the process. I cannot speak highly enough of the service and attention we received, and would recommend them to anyone looking to hire qualified talent for their organization.

(Jim Hauptman, Maine Outdoor Brands)

KMA found us the perfect candidate for our HR position and I am so pleased with the service they provided. The whole team went above and beyond in helping us find and hire exactly who we needed.

(Joanne Crepeau, Girl Scouts of Maine)

I cannot say enough about what the diligent team at KMA has done for MTS in such a short period. KMA has been a true partner through several projects, and has really helped shore up our HR systems. Their team possesses great expertise, is extremely responsive, and genuinely cares about the well-being of their clients.

(Stuart MacDonald)

I am so pleased with KMA’s responsiveness, professionalism, and feedback. They have been a valuable asset to our organization while our HR Manager is on maternity leave. They’re quick to reply to any inquiry, and always follow up afterwards to see if there’s anything else that is needed. I am so impressed with KMA’s ability to dive into an organization and quickly learn the ropes and provide insight and feedback. What superstars!

(Marney Chalmers, NAHGA Claim Services)

Your practice continues to impress me with the quality of the consultants you employ, the thought leadership you demonstrate through events, and with the clientele that all appear to be satisfied, if not ‘raving’ fans. I enjoy interacting with you and your outfit because I can literally see what ‘added value’ looks like.

(Patrick Sweeney, Chief Financial Officer, Lanco Integrated)
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