About Us

BlueFire HR, a FutureSense Service assists corporations to develop a solid human resources (HR) foundation and strategy so they can be successful. BlueFire HR, a FutureSense Service offers the Full Employee Life-Cycle – from recruitment to exit and everything in between. We partner with our clients to improve HR services, productivity, organizational alignment, organizational development, change management, company culture, employee relations, harassment investigations and training, expert advice and witness testimony, and reduce your risk overall.

BlueFire HR, a FutureSense Service will provide strategic HR insight and tactical direction to maximize your investment in human capital. Set-up a call today to discuss your potential HR needs.

BlueFire HR, a FutureSense Service was founded in 2015 by Stephanie H. Nelson, MBA, CPC, Stephanie Nelson Headshot 2015CHHR –  with the thought of improving efficiencies, advancing cultures, and reducing budgetary expenses for organizations. Stephanie is based in Denver, CO, and has over 20 years of human resources experience in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, non-profit, and a variety of professional fields. Stephanie’s professional career has allowed her to become an expert in workforce topics, labor issues, talent and performance management, reduction-in-force, training, and various organizational initiatives. She has provided expert advice and insight to executive leaders with respect to organizational matters, workforce and labor issues, legislative issues, organizational development, change management, and wide-ranging human resource and governance topics. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and obtained an Executive MBA from Thomas More College. Stephanie is certified in health care human resources (CHHR), and is certified as a professional coach (CPC). You can reach Stephanie at snelson@bluefirehr.com

Andy Baker, Senior HR Consultant based in Chicago, IL currently works with small and Photo mid-sized companies to support their HR functions and drive HR strategy. A key aspect of his expertise is participating in the development of corporate HR programs as a strategic partner in the following areas: compliance; talent acquisition and onboarding; compensation, benefits and payroll; training; employee retention; and employee relations. As part of his consultative role and personal passion, Andy champions the development and support of areas like employee engagement, culture, and performance management. Andy strives toward building well-rounded recruitment and talent acquisition programs focusing on diversity, military and veteran outreach, as well as campus and university relations. His experience spans various industries that include: IT; financial services and accounting; insurance; healthcare; medical devices and labs; packaging; and food distribution. During Andy’s career, he has held multiple senior HR leadership roles in organizations from Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and has earned his SHRM-CP HR certification. Andy can be reached at abaker@bluefirehr.com

Aisling Byrne, Senior HR Consultant, based in Los Angeles, has over 18 years of Human Resources experience in entertainment, retail, hospitality, healthcare, real estate and non-profit industries as well as a variety of professional services. Aisling provides Aisling Photo 2018 strategic HR direction and has strong expertise in the areas of employment practices, compensation and benefit plans, recruiting, HRIS systems as well as HR policies and operations. Aisling received a Master’s in degree in Business with a focus on Leadership and Management from WGU. Aisling is a certified Senior Professional in HR (SHRM – SCP), and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist [CEBS] as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Aisling also serves as a SHRM Foundation Advisor and mentor for new HR professionals and volunteers as a Google Guru teaching children computer science.  She is also an adjunct instructor at UCLA. Aisling can be reached at abyrne@bluefirehr.com 

Megan Cook, Marketing and Human Resources Consultant, based in Hudson, OH, has over 12 Megan-Cook-Color-2018-3286345456-1540922592740.jpgyears of Marketing, and Business Development, and Human Resources experience in the fast-paced Television and Digital industry. Cook manages the organization’s marketing across multiple platforms and researching and exploring new business opportunities and strategy partnership development. Megan also supports clients in the Cleveland/Akron region with onsite HR support. Cook received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Linder College of Business with a focus on Marketing.  Megan can be reached at mcook@bluefirehr.com

Laura Nelson, Social Media Partner, based in Chicago, IL, has over 3 years of Social linkedin profMedia experience, and over 5 years in the client services industry. Laura manages all social media platforms, providing relevant Human Resources content for our followers. Laura strives to deliver content that is applicable to the different generations in the workforce, as well as trending topics affecting the HR community. Laura received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, School of Environmental and Public Affairs, with a focus in Environmental Management. Laura can be reached at hr@bluefirehr.com

Bryan Nizer, Recruitment Partner and co-founder of Hire-ific, based in Wilmington, ohoteNC, nationwide recruitment and consultant firm, has partnered with Blue Fire HR to assist in our recruitment efforts. Bryan brings over 12 years of recruiting and staffing knowledge in roles from recruiter to Vice President. Bryan has worked in IT, Healthcare, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, Sales, HR and Light Industrial, to name of few. Bryan’s recruitment process is different than most – “Beyond the resume”, is a term he uses often with his clients. He adds, “The best hires are not just those who meet or exceed my client’s experience and skill expectations, they are those that will easily blend in with corporate culture, those with that special trait that you know from day one, will immediately make a difference. Hire those not just to fill today’s needs, but those who will lead tomorrow’s efforts.” Bryan looks forward to working with you and can be reached at bnizer@bluefirehr.com

Stephanie Smith, HR Consultant is from Montana, but moved to Colorado in 2008.  She currently resides in Lakewood Colorado with her husband, son, and 2 pups. Stephanie has a Bachelors from CSU-Pueblo in Psychology and a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Argosy University.7DCA6F16-7D5B-4169-B434-D15A905E081B

It was during her Masters’ program that she fell in love with the Human Resources world. Her passion is working with people and solving issues. Stephanie has 5+ years experience in HR (all aspects) and Compliance working in various industries including healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and food.  Stephanie looks forward to working with you and can be reached at ssmith@bluefirehr.com

Stacey Wanninger, Senior HR Consultant, a native and current resident of Denver, CO, has over 13 years of experience in all areas of HR from policy development to massive Stacey Wanninger Pictureorganizational restructuring. She possesses strategic HR planning by developing policies, leading performance management efforts, helping management build stronger teams, understanding the intricacies of payroll and benefits and becoming the trusted source in the company. She has worked in the private sector, non-profit, public sector, and in a startup environment using her skills and expertise to tailor HR for the culture and needs of the business. She has a passion for how people relate to one another and how those relationships build a strong culture that boasts of engaged employees leading to business optimization. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Colorado State University Global Campus and is an active mentor to other HR professionals as well as those starting their careers, participates regularly in networking events, and keeps abreast of human resources changes by attending webinars and maintaining membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Stacey looks forward to working with you and can be reached at swanninger@bluefirehr.com

Dr. Eric Valdez, is a Human Resources Organizational Development professional with over 15 years of experience and is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Eric is dedicated to the coaching process and has a passion for supporting all
employees to reach their full potential while enabling organizations to reach optimal
performance. As a senior OD/HR leader, Eric has brought vision, strategy, and expertise
to drive exceptional organizational performance for several Fortune 500 companies. As
a trusted partner and business adviser to leaders, he provides consistent feedback and
recommendations to attract, engage, develop and retain top talent as well as
supporting corporate culture.EEV.headshot
Currently, Dr. Valdez serves as an independent executive coach and contractor who provides innovative solutions with an expertise in learning & development, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, performance management, employee relations, occupational health & safety, and HR strategic planning needs.As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps., Eric’s support and encouragement of U.S. Veterans has been recognized several times throughout his career. He was awarded the ESGR Patriot Award, a Department of Defense award that recognizes leaders who support their Guard and Reserve employees.
Dr. Eric Valdez earned his PsyD in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor. Eric looks forward to working with you and can be reached at evaldez@bluefirehr.com.

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