Bill Bahr is an HR Director with experience in industries including manufacturing and financial services. He has over 20 years of relevant HR experience including regulatory compliance, employee relations, policy development, risk management and labor relations. He also spent 10 years in sales giving him valuable business perspective from outside the “HR box.”
Before Achilles Group, Bill held executive HR management positions with First American Title, Camco, and Baker International. Holding a BA degree in Business from the University of Arkansas, Bill also attended South Texas College of Law. He has served on the boards of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Annual Giving Board of Saint John’s School. With his wife, Marci, he enjoys spending time with their five children and their frequent boating adventures in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dan Calvert serves as the President for Achilles Group where he offers a wealth of experience in business, human resources and the retail industry. With over 30 years of business experience and over 20 years of HR experience, Dan offers his clients shrewd business acumen and sound advice.
Before he joined us, Oshman’s Sporting Goods was home for Dan where he was Vice President of HR. He directed HR activities, policies and procedures, benefits, recruitment and training for the $350 million retail company. He also held numerous business and management positions at the company.
Dan is currently on the advisory board for InvesTex Credit Union and is a past steering committee member for the HR segment of the Houston Retail Merchants Association. Dan enjoys outdoor sports and especially loves spending time with his grandson, Jackson.
About Janelle Escayg: Janelle is an HR Coordinator who has been with Achilles Group for a year now. She plays an instrumental role in completing assignments for various clients; such as I-9 audits, salary research, constructing employee handbooks and job descriptions. Janelle takes great pride in her work and loves providing efficient and timely work to the clients’ satisfaction. Janelle has several degrees; including a BBA in Management from the University of Houston, a Masters of Science in Human Resources from Houston Baptist and a MBA in International Business and MIS from the University of St. Thomas. What great accomplishments!
Her Take on Fractional HR: Janelle says “When I think of Fractional HR, I think of a wheel. The circumference or external body which encompasses the organization’s leaders and staff while the spokes or inside the wheel represent the different areas of HR. The Achilles team is the heart of that wheel which supports the movement and goals of the organization.” Janelle’s part is working alongside the team to ensure that the client functions in a cost-effective and efficient way in regards to HR functions which allows the client to focus on their core competencies and running the business.
Janelle’s Favorite Quote: “I will attract in my life what I am, not what I want.” – Wayne Dyer
Kathryn McClanahan is an HR Coordinator on the Shared Services Team. She brings with her eight years of general HR experience, mostly in the oil and gas services industry. Graduating Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Government and Politics, Kathryn began her HR career with a midsized Dallas law firm.
Prior to joining Achilles Group, Kathryn was the HR Generalist at Seismic Exchange, Inc., where she handled benefits administration, workforce planning and employee relations. She previously worked in the manufacturing industry assigned to I-9 compliance, workers compensation and 401k administration.
Although not a native Texan, Kathryn was raised in the Spring/Klein area and considers this her home. When not in the office, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 precious little boys.
Kristen began her journey with Achilles nine years ago as a Recruiting Coordinator and today serves as Vice President of HR Services and a key multidimensional contributor to our Executive team. “I have loved growing with this company,” Kristen says. “Engaging with the Executive team has broadened my knowledge of day-to-day business transactions and what it takes to grow our brand. I am enjoying leading both the Business Development and Marketing teams, probably learning as much as I manage!”
As an HR Director, she brings substantial expertise to her portfolio of clients across multiple industries including medical services, asset management, oil and gas and manufacturing. In this capacity, Kristen advises clients on a variety of issues including disciplinary actions, legal compliance issues, workplace harassment and EEOC claims as well as employee morale and team development issues.
Kristen still serves as the Manager of our Shared Services team where she directs the workflow of nine HR Professionals as they produce deliverables for our entire client base. She remains the lead in this area just a while longer as she recreates her own path to growth by developing a protégé to take charge of this key responsibility.
Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Development with a minor in Business Management from Texas A & M University. She and her husband live in Cypress with their beautiful daughter and their happy dog.
Keely Mendoza is the firm’s Director of Accounting, bringing over 20 years of accounting/office management experience to Achilles Group. She started her career in public accounting and has worked in the accounting field in a variety of industries including Staffing, Travel and Corporate Housing.
Before joining Achilles Group, Keely was with an internet media company that purchased, developed and monetized high-quality domain names and web properties. When she’s away from the office, Keely enjoys spending time with her son and his many activities that keep them both very busy.
Jennifer Ray is the HR Director with the Shared Services Team. She received her BBA with a focus on HR Management from Sam Houston State University and achieved her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification in June of 2012. Jennifer brings practical HR experience from organizations positioned in manufacturing, oil and gas service start up, and federal defense sub-contracting.
Just prior to joining our team, Jennifer worked as the HR Manager for a Houston-based private manufacturing company. She is driven to offer excellent client service by contributing solid knowledge in many facets of HR including employee relations, policies and procedures, training, and compliance.
Originally from a small Northeast Texas town, Jennifer moved to the Houston area in 2000. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, DIY crafts and relaxing with a good book.
Monica Scott, PHR, is a Director at Achilles Group. Upon graduation from University of Texas-San Antonio with a Management Degree and a minor in Marketing, Monica spent 19 years in executive management with The May Department Stores, Foley’s (and later Macy’s) where she spent 10 years as a Divisional Vice President. She brings business experience from the public and private sectors where she held progressively responsible positions in Human Resources and Management.
For more than 12 years Monica has specifically focused on Human Resources. She is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent and helping individuals make the most of their careers. Monica lives in Houston with her husband and son.
As a Senior HR Generalist, Shaina Schwartz provides support to clients and a team of Achilles Group HR Directors in a variety of industries including manufacturing, energy, public relations and hospitality. Shaina currently provides support to clients with employee relations, job descriptions and compensation, workforce planning, and compliance issues.
With a BS in HR Development and a minor in Business Management from Texas A&M University, Shaina began at Achilles Group as an HR intern in the fall of 2011 and was offered a full time position after four months. Shaina is a native Houstonian, born and raised in Sugar Land, TX. In her free time she loves spending time with her newlywed husband, friends and family, playing with her two dogs, Laci and Sadie and being outdoors.
Courtney Shelton comes to the Achilles Group with over 13 years of HR experience. Prior to joining the Achilles Group, Courtney was the HR Manager at Granite Properties, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Dallas. Her responsibilities included overseeing the day to day operations of the HR department handling employee relations, talent acquisition, training and development, compensation, performance management, benefits administration and policy and procedure development and implementation. She has earned both her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and her SHRM CP (Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional).
Courtney attended Texas A&M University and earned a BA in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Native to Houston, Courtney lived in Dallas after college where she met her husband. They have lived in Boston, Houston and are now back in Dallas. Courtney enjoys spending her free time at the beach and traveling with her husband, their 3 year old son and their dog, Sheltie.
As Chief Operations Officer, Stan Spaulding provides expertise, leadership, guidance and professional services to business owners, executive leadership and managers in a variety of industries. He is also our Training Division leader and engages in Strategic Planning, Team Facilitation and is an Executive Coach. In these capacities Stan customizes and facilitates leadership training programs and cultural enhancement initiatives throughout our current client base and for publicly offered services.
Stan has more than 20 years of experience in HR Management. His background spans all HR disciplines and includes providing planning tools and training to develop leaders, ensuring respectful associate relations, guiding policy interpretation and ensuring legal compliance for investigations and risk management.
Stan’s scope of experience encompasses organizational development, staff restructuring, start-up and acquisitions projects within business sectors spanning oil and gas services and support operations, warehousing, distribution, pari-mutuel, electrical/mechanical services, member owned club facilities, accounting, and manufacturing.
Having earned a BS in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma, Stan is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He and his wife live in Houston and have been blessed with two fine sons.
Christina joined Achilles group as a Human Resources Coordinator. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Strategy from George Fox University just before moving to Houston. Christina worked in the hospitality industry for over 17 years, starting with a three year stint at her family company and ending with a nine year career at a Fortune 500 company. Christina earned her B.S. majoring in Political Science and Theatre Arts, minoring in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She enjoys volunteering with Dress for Success Houston, visiting Houston’s various museums and performing arts venues, and is a Member of PMI.
Jared Wondra, HR Coordinator, comes to Achilles Group from ADP and supports clients as a part of the Shared Services team. His responsibilities include performing compensation research, developing job descriptions, executing I-9 audits, FLSA Audits and recruiting. Jared graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2010 after earning a Bachelor degree and completing his college baseball career.
Although born in Tulsa, Oklahoma he has spent most of his life in Texas and is a Texan at heart. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Holly as well as friends and family! He also enjoys spending time golfing and watching his favorite Football and Baseball teams. GO TEXANS & BOOMER SOONER.