Shaw HR Consulting is a boutique Human Resource consultancy specializing in providing employers with a full range of Disability Compliance Management services to support their compliance with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). We provide comprehensive and practical solutions to employers to help them successfully manage some of their most challenging Human Resource and Workers’ Compensation issues. We serve private companies as well as more than 250 public sector organizations including cities, counties, school districts, utilities and colleges.
As practitioners in the field of Disability Management, our consultants have first-hand knowledge of what really works. Our team consists of a complement of advisors with high-level experience as in-house practitioners, service providers, and consultants in the private and public arenas. Many have led the HR function in major organizations or at high-level consultancies giving them a background in every HR process and sub-process in addition to the specialty of Disability Law. Our senior consultants average more than 15 years of experience and are considered thought leaders in the industry having spoken at seminars and led a number of training sessions.
Rachel Shaw is the President and Principal Consultant of Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. With more than 20 years of executive-level Human Resources experience, Rachel is recognized nationwide as a leader in helping public and private sector employers manage their most challenging disability-related personnel issues. Rachel and her team provide comprehensive solutions to employers on how to successfully manage the interconnected roles of human resources, workers’ compensation and disability compliance to successfully reduce litigation, the costs of claims and improve employee-employer relations throughout the process.
Rachel is known nationally as the authority on how to implement and manage the ADA Disability Interactive Process for candidates and employees. Her trainings and seminars are highly anticipated by Human Resource and Risk Management professionals as informative, dynamic and packed with real-life practical solutions. She is author of the industry best-selling and award-winning book, “The Disabled Workforce: What the ADA Never Anticipated.”
Rachel served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Oxnard and prior to that was the Human Resources Director for the Montebello Unified School District. She is a graduate of Brown University and later earned a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Chani BeemanSenior Consultant
Chani Beeman is a Senior Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. Her expertise is in developing complex medical supplemental questionnaires to support employers and employees in obtaining a clear understanding of work restrictions / functional limitations in need of accommodation. She is a practical and compassionate practitioner who understands the need for accuracy as well as the balance of responsibility between the employer and employee to maintain a timely good-faith interactive process.
Chani brings more than 15 years of Human Resources experience as an advisor in the areas of disability compliance, Title IX, workplace diversity and sexual harassment prevention. Prior to joining the Shaw Team, she was the Director of Diversity, Equity and Compliance for Riverside Community College District. Before that in her tenure at California State University, San Bernardino, she held a number of senior roles as University Ombudsman, EEO Officer, and other diversity officer positions. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University. A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, Chani holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Rikke Bovresenior consultant
Rikke Bovre is a Senior Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated and performs the full range of disability interactive process activities for clients. Rikke is known for her strong ADA acumen. She is a key leader in the company managing difficult, often emotional and always complex disability interactive processes. Though Rikke manages cases across all industries, over the years she has become known for being especially skilled in managing public safety and transportation agency disability matters. With an unmatched work ethic, she ensures that every case is managed expertly and with good faith.
Originally from Norway, Rikke is a graduate of California Lutheran University and has been with Shaw HR Consulting since nearly its inception.
ANGEL HO, Esq.Senior Consultant
Angel Ho, Esq. is a Senior Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. She leads the organization’s workplace investigation unit, and is one of the organization’s skillful interactive process meeting facilitators. Having conducted and overseen hundreds of workplace investigations for sworn and non-sworn personnel, Angel has a thorough understanding of the vital role of a fact-finding third-party investigator. Further, when it comes to facilitating interactive process meetings, she has deep knowledge of disability law which she employs when leading employers and employees through the disability interactive process. She has a talent for guiding open communication between parties and ensuring all reasonable options are explored.
Angel has served as Employee Relations Manager and EEO/ADA Administrator for the City of Anaheim, and a Principal Human Resources Analyst and a Management Analysis for the City of Pasadena. Prior to that she was an Associate Attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Deb HossliSenior Consultant
Deb Hossli is a Senior Consultant at Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. Deb leads Shaw HR Consulting’s Fitness for Duty and Workers’ Compensation Programming and Audit Units. With more than two decades of experience in Human Resources and Risk Management, Deb has the experience and expertise needed to tackle difficult Fitness for Duty processes, as well as develop and lead workers’ compensation auditing and programming work to identify opportunities to reduce organizational costs and improve outcomes for work-related injuries.
Most recently, Deb was the Risk Manager for the City of Santa Monica. Prior to that she served in a number of roles in the County of San Luis Obispo including Human Resources Director. Deb holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts in Public Administration from California State University, Chico.
Rita PerezSenior Consultant
Rita Perez serves as a Client Manager at Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. She is our most senior consultant, having assisted Rachel in building Shaw HR Consulting from the beginning. Rita provides day-to-day trusted support to Clients to manage their disability interactive processes. With a thorough understanding of ADA disability compliance obligations for employers, Rita excels in developing processes that support solid and defensible outcomes. She is respected by employers and disabled employees alike. Rita is not afraid to have hard conversations needed to best prepare employees and employers for the difficult work that sometimes is required in the interactive process.
Rita brings more than 15 years of professional experience to Shaw HR Consulting. She spent more than 11 years with Jafra Cosmetics International. In her tenure there she held a number high-level positions within marketing, communications and sales divisions where she managed a wide variety of complex projects and project teams. Prior to this, Rita was the Director of Member Services for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce where she managed current member and member retention activities.
Angelica Arellano is a Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated with over 20 years of Human Resources management experience. She supports clients with the full range of disability consulting services, including meeting facilitation. Having implemented the Shaw HR Consulting Hallway model at her past government employer, Angelica brings real-life expertise in how to successfully resolve complex disability cases. She is not only a skilled technician, but an excellent communicator and collaborator as she has been the employer, and she know what our clients are living every day in performing this important and meaningful work.
Angelica holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Alison DobnerManaging Consultant
Alison Dobner provides critical and valued support to clients, as well as her team at Shaw HR Consulting. Alison ensures the Consulting team has the training, support and resources needed so they can focus on exceeding client expectations. She provides guidance and support as needed to assist consultants when workload demands can’t be met by one consultant alone. Alison is a trusted resource for the team – sometimes a content trainer, sometimes a cheerleader and sometimes a coach. Simply put, she ensures Company standards are always met or exceeded and that everyone on the team becomes better at their craft over time. Alison will also manage ADA interactive process files herself when a case would best benefit by her unique talents and communication style. Alison also partners with Rachel to manage operations.
Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from California State University, Long Beach.
Ann Hoffman is a Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. Ann and Rachel worked together at Brown University where Ann served as the Director of Administration and Human Resources. Ann has extensive experience performing complex HR functions and labor relations. In her various responsible roles at Brown, Ann also managed ADA workplace accommodations for food service employees and student workers, as well as performance management and compliance. Rachel and Ann always planned on working together again, and we are so pleased to have Ann join the team! Ann performs the full range of disability compliance support activities for clients where she not only brings her extensive professional acumen with her to the company, she also brings a calming confidence that assists in building trust and understanding in this important process.
Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University, and earned an MBA from Bentley University. She also holds SHRM-SCP certification. She and her cat live in Providence, Rhode Island and as such, Ann has taken Shaw HR Consulting bi-coastal!
Amanda Law is a Consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated responsible for supporting clients by managing their outsourced disability interactive processes. She has quickly built a cult following with her clients who do not want anyone else supporting them but her! Her calm competence allows her to manage very difficult cases with a style that allows both parties to feel more heard and less emotional. This supports more opportunities for reasonable accommodations to be found.
Prior to joining Shaw HR Consulting, Amanda worked for nearly a decade managing successful teams in high-paced industries.
Matthew McSorley is a consultant with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. Matthew heads the Essential Functions Position Analysis® (EFPA®) unit where he creates complex and descriptive documents that define the traditional physical, mental and emotional demands of a position. These documents are a key tool in the ADA Disability Interactive Process to assist employees, employers and medical providers to understand and compare essential functions of a job against specific work restrictions / functional limitations. Matthew is known for his quick smile and easy-to-like personality. A hard worker, he uniquely understands how important it is to properly document the work that is done in a job to reduce injuries and reinjuries.
Matthew is a service-retired Fire Captain and has extensive labor relations and occupation evaluation experience making him an ideal addition to the EFPA team. During his 23-year career as a professional firefighter Matthew was recognized for his service to the community with numerous awards and accolades. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Ashley Muguerza is an Associate with Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. She is an experienced administrative assistant and brings a wealth of technical and organizational skills as well as the ability to build and develop positive relationships.
Ashley works alongside the company’s team of consultants to ensure the disability interactive process is kept timely and that all parties are communicated with at each step of the process. Providing administrative assistance for a wide variety of projects, Ashley also manages correspondence and follows up for medical clarification and other information with medical providers, attorneys and adjusters. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Business from California State University, Channel Islands.
Christina Porter is an Associate with Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. assisting with Special Projects and providing support to the Essential Function Position Analysis team. With over 20 years of experience in the field of education, she brings a depth of industry knowledge and is especially adept at organizing complex tasks, ensuring details aren’t overlooked and communicating with clients.
Christina was born and raised in Alaska and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Brianna Lane is a Controller with Shaw HR Consulting, Incorporated. She is responsible for all accounting functions for the organization from payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and employee benefits. With more than 15 years’ experience with Accounting and Technical consultation, she brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.
Brianna has gained her unique experience from working for organizations such as Apple, Inc. corporate and Santa Barbara Humane Society, as well as local startups, non-profits, and larger organizations.
Valerie Stevens is an Associate with Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. As our newest member, she supports the team by performing Administrative Assistant duties, with a focus on finding ways to grow her support offerings and her career within Shaw HR Consulting. Valerie communicates regularly with medical offices to obtain completed questionnaires and works hard to shorten timelines so reasonable accommodation discussions can occur as quickly as possible. Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands.
Jody Szymanski is an Associate with Shaw HR Consulting, Inc. She brings over 20 years of experience from iHeartMedia Inc. with both Operations and client facing responsibilities. Her most recent position in revenue and inventory management ensured fulfillment of multi-million-dollar media campaigns for Fortune 500 clients and advertising agencies. Jody collaborates with the company’s team of consultants to support operational efficiencies and ensure client satisfaction. She performs many of the supportive day to day interactive process activities to ensure that there is clear communication between the parties and that the data needed to support reasonable accommodation decisions is gathered.
Rebecca WicksSenior Consultant
Rebecca Wicks is as a Senior Consultant for Shaw HR Consulting. In addition to supporting clients to manage their outsourced disability interactive process, she serves as a researcher and writer for a number of special projects. Armed with an understanding of ADA disability compliance obligations for employers, Rebecca often works with Rachel to review existing and to draft policy and disability compliance programming for clients. She is especially adept at project management and has a knack for taking large amounts of often complicated information and distilling it to create clear and concise communications. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.