Lisa Blanton, SHRM-SCP
Lisa Blanton possesses a diverse business background that includes over 30 years in corporate positions such as COO, CFO, and CHRO; including 13 years as a business owner.
Lisa has a proven track record of helping leaders drive for high achieving results through strategy, integration and people relationships with a focus on financial, people service, and enterprising aspects of a business.
Lisa’s career is filled with success stories of assisting entrepreneurs build the business functions of operations, finance, accounting, and human resources while they concentrate on the development of their product or service. She is passionate about guiding leadership teams to successfully build their organizations and provide the best environment and culture for their employees.
Lisa teaches leadership teams to get what they want from their businesses. She does this by providing a complete system with simple tools to help teams achieve alignment in their vision, get traction to execute to achieve every part of their vision and to help the leaders become a healthy, functional, cohesive leadership team.
Always wanting to help others, Lisa is an active member of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) and has served on the Board of Directors of the 800+ member association as the Treasurer, Co-VP of Conference, and currently as President-Elect. She also holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and has an MBA in Organizational Studies. In her free time, Lisa enjoys cheering for the Texas A&M University sports teams, traveling, and meeting new friends.
Her core values are to help first, do the right thing, do what I promise, grow or die, and be humbly confident.
Strategic Planning, Ownership Transition, Change Management, Operations Management, Human Resources Management, and Management Advising.
Alice Dendinger, SPHR
Alice has over 30 years of experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. Alice has demonstrated success at linking HR initiatives and programs to the overall business mission and goals of an organization thus creating a positive impact on the overall bottom line. She is often called upon to “transform the organizational culture.”
Alice has focused her work on strategic management, organizational development, employee relations and communication, mediation and conflict resolution, performance management; and assisting the leaders, managers, supervisors, and direct reports at every level to “work better together.”
Since 2002, she has led the Alice Dendinger Alliance Group providing HR Consulting, Coaching and Mediation services and in 2014, she launched PivotU – A Training, Learning, and Transformation Company. Her true passion is providing personalized service by uncovering and addressing the real issues affecting clients’ teamwork and productivity.
As a popular speaker and workshop facilitator, Alice has engaged audiences in the topics of cultural transformation, conflict management, enhancing communication and several topic areas of human resource management and HR professional competency. She is skilled at taking a very difficult topic and making it understandable to audiences at all levels within an organization.
Alice is a pre-approved provider of HRCI recertification credits at a strategic and general level. Noted for her success as a keynote and public speaker, Alice was a 2014 inductee into the HR Southwest Conference Speaker Hall of Fame. Alice was most recently named as a Blazing Star by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Alice has contributed to the advancement of the HR profession and serving over 20,000 HR professionals throughout Texas as State Director of the SHRM Texas State Council (2007&2008), Member of the SHRM Texas State Council (1999-2010), Austin Human Resource Management President (1999) and AHRMA Board Member (1995-2001). In addition, Alice has served as President or member of many nonprofit boards such as The Dispute Resolution Center, Peoples Community Clinic, Seton Northwest Community Advisory Board and The Down Home Ranch to name a few.
Alice has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Masters in Communication. Additional education/certifications include Coach University graduate, Texas Certified Mediator, DiSC Behavioral Analyst, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Accredited Facilitator, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence Profile 2.0, and Future Search Strategic Planning Facilitator. Alice has continued education in organizational development, strategic planning, communication, group facilitation, conflict management, team development, interpersonal skills, leadership development and 360° assessments.
Adrian Porter possesses a diverse business background that includes over 18 years in corporate administrative positions such as VP of Administration and Client Satisfaction, Office Manager, Project Management Administrator, and Executive Assistant.
Adrian has a proven track record of helping business owners, COOs, CEOs, and other executive leaders shine. She is the implementer and gets great joy out of helping others to be successful. Adrian is often known around the office as “the hot pink duct tape holding everything together.” She is passionate about guiding leadership teams to successfully build their organizations and provide the best environment and culture for their employees.
In the past, Adrian has successfully assisted executives in building the business functions of operations, finance, accounting, and human resources. With Adrian implementing business processes, company leaders are free to concentrate on the development of their product or service.
Adrian is self-directed and driven. Her ability to act quickly and without hesitation is always impressive, and she takes pride in her ability to creatively solve problems. When managing teams, people have described Adrian as a “pleasant and endearing” leader. Others who have worked with Adrian would describe her as “fast-paced, a pleasure to work with, intelligent, warm-hearted, and genuine.”
Adrian’s adaptability and drive allow her to not only survive but ensures that she is able to easily excel and thrive within a quickly changing and evolving workplace, making Adrian an invaluable asset to any team.
Always wanting to help others, Adrian is an active member of her church and takes pride in organizing volunteering opportunities for the corporations she works with. In her free time, Adrian volunteers as a range officer for competitive shooting events. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her Australian Shepherd dogs, and shopping with her girls.
Christa Holmans is a central Texas native with a diverse business background. Her core focuses have included roles in customer service, project management, employee relations (recruiting, hiring, and retention,) marketing, operations, leadership, and administration. Christa is an out of the box thinker with a proven track record of helping organizations, business owners, and teams to create more efficient and harmonious workspaces.
Christa has successfully worked to help organizations of all sizes but will admit to having a soft spot for startups and small businesses. Corporate and personal branding are her passions. Christa enjoys helping organizations, leaders, and influencers to define and reach their unique customer base.
Her positive attitude is infectious, and she especially enjoys challenging tasks. She is extremely self-motivated, takes pride in her accomplishments, and gives the absolute best customer service experience to each and every person she comes in contact with because she truly cares about people.
Christa is highly driven and possesses excellent creative problems solving skills. She enjoys teaching and prides herself in being someone on the team everyone can count on and trust.
Always wanting to give back, Christa has sat on advisory boards for multiple nonprofits, including the Foundation for Life Guides for Autism and the International Board of Sensory Accessibility.
Founder of Neurodivergent Consulting and the internationally recognized Neurodivergent Rebel blog, Christa currently enjoys living in an RV full time with her best friend and partner David (along with 4 dogs.)
Her core values are honesty & integrity, people first (our clients and our team,) accountability, quality & expertise.
Everything DiSC, PXT Select, Project Management, Employee Recruitment & Retention, Corporate & Personal Branding, Autism & Neurodiversity in the Workplace, Business Operations
Kim Jones, SHRM- CP
Kim is a native of Austin, Texas, has a diverse background in HR, and over 12 years’ experience in the field of Business Development. She has demonstrated success with multiple start-up companies and is excellent at identifying the needs of an organization while linking their business goals and objectives.
In the past, Kim has served as an individual contributor and consultant for small to mid-sized companies based all over the United States, giving her a wealth of knowledge that equipped Kim to be a valuable asset to businesses in both their start-up and growth phases.
While her range of experience is broad, she maintains specific skills in Finance, Accounting, Business Formation and Structure, Payroll, HRIS platforms, and Business Operations.
Kim is a continuous learner and, in addition to her education, takes advantage of webinars, seminars, and blog posts to further her understanding of HR and stay up to date on policy changes around the country. Kim supports and provides counsel to women in business and enjoys helping entrepreneurs with the formations of their new business ideas.
In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with family, camping, reading, and gardening. Kim has been a foster parent, has donated her time and baking skills to multiple foster care organizations, helped start and now manages a non-profit youth basketball league and regularly volunteers to read in the library to elementary age students.
Leah Jaramillo, SHRM-SCP, Certified Instructional Designer (ATD)
Leah Jaramillo is a senior business management and organizational leader with over 15 years of experience utilizing and leveraging information systems to improve operations and client services.
Leah has a proven track record of helping leaders drive for high achieving results through strategy, integration and people relationships with a focus on financial, people service, and enterprising aspects of a business.
As an established business management and organizational leader, Leah teaches leadership teams to get what they want from their businesses. She does this through Strategic Planning, Benefits Administration, Human Resources, and Learning & Talent Development.
Leah is an active member of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) and has been elected to the AHRMA Board as the Co-VP of Conference for 2020-2022. She also served as Vice President of Programs for WilcoHR in 2019.
Leah is a member of the Society/Industrial + Organizational Psychology (SIOP), holds certifications as an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Licensed Texas Insurance Agent, Certified Instructional Designer (ATD). She is an Accredited Advisor in Insurance Management (AAI-M), and Leah is also a Certified Everything DiSC Facilitator.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Organizational Leadership & Communication and is currently working toward her MBA in Healthcare Management.
Business Optimization, Workforce Planning, Information Systems, Compensation Analysis, and Post-M&A Integration
Rachel Blanton is extremely excited to begin her role as HR Coordinator with Austin Alliance Group. She is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University with a BS in Sport Management and a Minor in Business. Her passion for sports carried her through several job specialties throughout the collegiate and professional sports industry, including working in marketing for Texas A&M Athletics and being a community relations ambassador for the San Francisco Giants. Most recently, she interned in the sales department of the Boston Red Sox.
While her experience may be diverse, she found that her passion for helping people was a common thread. She loves to create relationships and help solve problems. She enjoys discovering why people love what they do and help them do it better. She is eager to start her journey in HR and to continue to serve others in this way. When she is not on the job, Rachel can be found watching any Bay Area sports team or relaxing by the water.
Tina Cooper, SHRM-CP
Tina Cooper comes to Austin Alliance Group with over 10 years of forwarding-thinking Human Resource experience. Her experience includes the five stages of the employee life cycle, performance management, benefits administration, HRIS management, employment law, and compliance. Her range of industries includes health care, manufacturing, retail, and construction. Her passion is helping others become a better version of themselves, through education. Tina has served as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related conflicts.
Tina earned a bachelor’s degree with a focus in Finance and a master’s degree with a focus in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources accreditation (SHRM-CP).
Tina moved to Austin, Texas upon her husband retiring from the US Army with their 3 children. Her two boys are currently serving in the US Army and her youngest daughter is currently attending college in Austin, Texas.