Press & Reviews
I highly recommend working with Donna at Chrysalis Partners!
Jeff Demland, Attorney, Demland & Cromwell LLC and Vice Chair, MITCH Charter School 2016-2019
…One of the most accomplished human resource professionals I have ever worked with.
"I worked with Donna for 12 years in a business environment that was changing rapidly, requiring the human resources department to adjust to technological, financial, employee relations and legal challenges, while providing employees with the information and guidance to adjust to new workplace norms. Donna developed strategies to implement both current changes while looking forward so that a comprehensive plan for future requirements could also be developed."
Shirley Ross, former Benefits Administrator at Oregonian Publishing Co.
Donna is a true partner in our business and we value her expertise.
“When I became Vice President of Human Resources, Papa Murphy’s International, Donna helped my team develop our goals, processes and procedures. We were transitioning for aggressive growth of stores, corporate employees at home office & the field and couldn’t afford missteps. We needed to also develop our HR team in our own skill set & new employees. She helped us with the strategic direction, learnings and our own professional development.
“Currently, we are franchise owners & area developers for a restaurant chain in the Pacific Northwest. Donna has been there for us in helping us set direction, develop our team, coaching of our franchise owners. She is a resource for employment needs, issues, performance management, potential harassment claims, and guest complaints regarding employee interaction. Donna helps us with goal setting and follow up. She’s an active listener, pushes us in her coaching with curiosity, learning what is needed for us, for our team. Donna is a true partner in our business and we value her expertise.”
MaryEllen Mech, Franchise Owner and Area Developer, Firehouse Subs
Donna was a tremendous resource in helping us understand and implement HR best practices.
"I want to thank Donna for all of her HR support throughout the years of working with Compass Computing Group. As an IT staffing company, we needed to understand staffing which included hiring new full-time and part-time employees, hiring contractors and terminating employee contracts, identifying and fulfilling talent needs, utilizing various recruitment technologies to acquire a high volume of applicants, terminating contracts were necessary, maintaining ethical hiring practices, and writing employee contracts—which included negotiating salary and benefits. With [Compass Computing Group having] little or no knowledge in each of those areas, Donna was a tremendous resource in helping us understand and implement HR best practices."
Robert Phillips, founder and president of Compass Computing
Donna is professional, organized, efficient and an ‘outside the box’ problem solver.
Jennifer Harrington, Assistant Executive Director, Mittleman Jewish Community Center.
…Honest, experienced, and personable…
Former MITCH Charter School Board Director
Certified Salesforce Consultant
…We are a much better organization due to Donna’s guidance. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
“Donna is always quick to identify a ‘unique situation’ that is really a pattern in need of policy and efficiently pulling together the stakeholders to define effective guidelines, whether with employee conduct, compliance responsibilities, even ADA accommodation requests. And she’s led our charge to make performance review a consistent, regular part of our rhythm instead of a yearly exercise, resulting in improvements both in the quality of work and satisfaction of the employees.
“The short of it is we are a much better organization due to Donna’s guidance. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
Greg Thompson, Sales Director
Donna brought a high level of experience and expertise
— Steve Albert, Non-profit Executive Director
…We couldn’t have done it without Donna!
"In the six years I've worked with Donna she has developed HR and hiring strategies and processes, created HR policies and procedures, assessed our workflow and organizational design, and developed succession and transition strategies for our not-for-profit charter school. Her knowledge and professionalism have been critical to hiring and retaining teachers and staff who embody our core values—we couldn't have done it without Donna!
"One of the things that distinguishes Donna is her strategic insight—you can always count on her to understand your unique business needs. If you are looking for help to grow your HR practices and you want someone brilliant, efficient and an expert, then you're in great hands with Donna and Chrysalis Partners.
"It has been awesome to work with Donna—her expertise and humor have been perfect!"
— Melissa S. Meyer, MITCH Charter School Executive Director, 2013-2019