Chuck McPherson, Partner
For more than two decades, Chuck has transformed teams of all sizes through organizational effectiveness, change management, strategic planning and professional development initiatives. His success reflects his commitment to leading through untraditional planning processes, managing relationships, improving organizational behavior and driving organizational results. Formerly a senior human resources manager at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, Chuck managed major strategic and human resource projects across multiple geographic locations and cross-functional departments.
In 2003, Chuck launched IMS Consulting and IMS TrackMeet™, management consulting firms focused on business management and collaborative technologies for small to large businesses in the financial, technology, hospitality, nonprofit, wine and education industries. In 2009, Chuck merged IMS Consulting and IMS TrackMeet™ into Leap Solutions Group, Inc., formalizing a business partnership that began as a collaborative consulting agreement with Scott Ormerod in 2004.
Chuck has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sun Sentinel, New York Times, Top Consultant and Training Magazine. Chuck earned his bachelor of arts in business administration from Williamstown University.
Community Involvement: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
Scott Ormerod, Partner
Scott launched Leap Solutions in 1998 to share and inspire creative, innovative business solutions based on organizational values, vision and mission. With more than 30 years of experience in people management, coaching, organizational development and human resources, Scott incorporates individualism, diversity and growth into organizations’ employee, staff, and management development programs. His vast background includes facilities management, risk management, administration, finance, nonprofits and higher education. Scott also teaches human resources and management courses as an adjunct faculty member for Pacific Union College and University of San Francisco.
Committed to his motto that “it takes a whole community to make a community whole,” Scott is passionate about volunteering. He devotes the bulk of his nonprofit service to children’s causes, including wish-granting for Make-A-Wish Foundation; providing permanent, stable housing for foster children; and developing leadership in junior-year high school students. On May 16, 2001, His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored Scott—as one of only fifty individuals in the world—for his community service, particularly with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Scott earned his masters of business administration in management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Community Involvement: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce 2016 Board Chair, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
Tracy Emmerich, SPHR, Human Resources Consultant
Tracy has a passion for people and works tirelessly to achieve the win-win for both organization and employee. After working with Leap Solutions from 2009 through 2011, she happily returned in 2019 with more than thirty years in progressive human resources and extensive experience in employee and labor relations, workforce planning, change management, regulatory compliance, recruitment, payroll and HRIS, safety management, training and development, investigations, and policy and procedure design. Tracy has worked in organizations large and small, including Waste Management, Inc., and RITZ Foodservice, as well as in nonprofits, including Goodwill of the Redwood Empire, where she oversaw Human Resources, Safety, Loss Prevention and Facility Maintenance as Director of Administrative Services.
Tracy holds a bachelor of science in business management from University of Phoenix and a Certificate in Human Resources from Sonoma State University. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2005. Tracy has served on numerous boards, including The Children’s Village of Sonoma County, PASCO HR and the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, and she is a graduate of Leadership Rohnert Park. Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and hiking.
Community Involvement: Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Susana M. Morales, Organizational Development Consultant
Susana is a seasoned facilitator, evaluator, and researcher. She is trained in a multitude of techniques to authentically engage and facilitate constructive and productive conversations, and she has in-depth experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and data analysis. Susana has consulted and worked extensively with non-profits, state, and local governmental agencies in the Bay Area and nationally. She has particular expertise in workforce development, education, community participatory planning and research, community economic development, community health and youth development. Susana is also a Lecturer at the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University and the Department of Public Health at Sacramento State University.
A native Spanish speaker, Susana was born in rural Mexico and grew up in East Oakland. Her background has given her a deep understanding of communities of color and historically disadvantaged populations. Susana strongly believes in lifting up the collective voice in order to create and nurture healthy, sustainable, equitable communities. She earned undergraduate degrees in anthropology and psychology from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in gerontology from San Francisco State University.
Community Involvement: Founding Board Member of Latinx Leadership Oakland, Co-Leader of the San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators and Applied Researchers, Board Member of Latinos Unidos del Condado de Sonoma
Judy Coffey, RN, MBA, Senior Consultant, Leadership Coach and Mentor
Judy comes to Leap Solutions with more than 25 years of leadership experience with Kaiser Permanente, where she spent the last 15 years overseeing two hospital operations, 16 medical offices and 5,000 employees as Chief Executive Officer for the Marin-Sonoma Service Area and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. Judy has skillfully mentored seasoned and emerging leaders across Northern California to enhance their skills in employee engagement, department management, effective communication, emotional intelligence and much more.
Judy is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She completed the Executive Education Program with UNC Chapel Hill and has extensive training in leadership, performance improvement and operational strategy development and implementation.
Community Involvement: American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Board, American Heart Association North Bay Heart Walk, Go Red for Women and Inspired Women, Empire College Board, Rebuild North Bay Foundation Board, United Way of the Wine Country Board, Chair of Women’s United Way Board, Workforce Investment Advisory Board, Verity Advisory Board
Jen Chelini, Executive Search Consultant
Jen brings more than 25 years of recruiting expertise to Leap Solutions and thrives on building personal connections with both clients and candidates. Knowing that work is a vital part of one’s identity, Jen is direct but compassionate, she asks the right questions and genuinely listens, and she digs deep to place true culture fits. Jen has served an active role in all aspects of recruiting, including managing teams of recruiters and focusing on business development, across industries and in businesses large and small. She is particularly committed to and fulfilled by the uniquely tailored, boutique-style recruiting she’s able to deliver at Leap Solutions.
Raised and residing in Santa Rosa, Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from UC Davis and taught sciences at the middle school level for three years. A mother of two young adults—and devoted former 16-year soccer mom/club board member/team manager!—Jen also spent ten rewarding years raising and training guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Teri Lohrmann, Office Manager
Teri’s is our office manager extraordinaire. Drawing on 30 years of combined human resources, facility management and office administration experience, Teri has been keeping Leap’s projects on time, on budget and on target since 2011. She began her career with Bank of America in 1984 and has served as a benefits administrator, executive assistant, office manager, project coordinator, insurance chiropractic assistant and property manager. She worked for Kendall-Jackson for eleven years in Human Resources and Administrative Services before moving to Medtronic and L-3 Communications as project coordinator in human resources recruiting as well as learning and development.
A lifelong Sonoma County resident, Teri volunteers as a wish granter for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her passions are hiking, gardening, camping, hunting, traveling, SF Giants, SF 49ers, NASCAR and a good movie. Teri’s favorite joy is being with her husband and her family, and especially her three granddaughters.
Community Involvement: Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
Cassie Forman, Office Assistant
Joining our front-of-house team in 2019, Cassie enhances Leap’s support services and helps the office run smoothly and efficiently. With many years of experience in customer service and retail management for Gymboree and Target, she has become highly skilled in problem solving and decision making, planning, leadership, communication and research.
After effectively balancing work and school for years, Cassie earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Sonoma State University and joined Alpha Kappa Delta, the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. Her favorite courses focused on diversity, ethics and society, humanities, modern social problems, critical thinking, child development, criminal justice and community relations. Cassie happily shares her free time with her husband and her Siberian Husky-Labrador Retriever (Huskador!) pup, Kona.
Community Involvement: Roots of Peace
Maria Hernandez, PhD, Senior Consultant
After teaching and managing cultural outreach programs at a private liberal arts college in Northern California, Maria transitioned to full time consulting as MGH Consulting, with particular expertise in program facilitation, executive coaching and strategic planning. Maria especially enjoys working work with senior executives, community leaders, public officials, and entrepreneurs to bring strategic initiatives to life. She has worked extensively in the technology, healthcare, utilities and telecommunications industries and has consulted to Fortune 100, public entities, foundations and nonprofits for two decades.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Maria is a Danforth Fellow and holds a doctorate in community psychology. A native Spanish speaker, Maria has commentated for the KQED radio series “Perspective” and NPR’s “Latino USA” and written a careers and business column for LATINA Style magazine. Maria has been voted “Outstanding Hispanic Entrepreneur” by the Northern California Region of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and been a member of Link Silicon Valley, Empowered Partners in Consulting (EPIC), Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Silicon Valley, the Association for Women in Technology and the American Psychological Association.
Community Involvement: Link Silicon Valley, Empowered Partners in Consulting (EPIC), Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Silicon Valley, Association for Women in Technology, American Psychological Association
Alisa Ikeda, Associate
Alisa is a Marin-based writer with a background in book publishing. A former marketing manager for HarperCollins Publishers, she developed and implemented marketing campaigns and wrote book cover copy, catalog copy and press releases. She has since contracted with Harper as well as O’Reilly and Author Solutions, contributed to parenting books and written articles for consumer magazines including Child, Pregnancy and Massage Magazine. Alisa writes newsletters, press releases, brochures, web copy and more for a variety of industries and clients.
Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is also a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage (CIIM) and photographer. Alisa co-founded and serves as director of STEM Marin Fund, a nonprofit organization building community awareness, mobilizing support, and raising funds for STEM Marin, the first and only STEM-focused high school program in Marin County. Alisa is a mother of three who enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping.
Community Involvement: STEM Marin Fund, San Ramon Elementary Literacy Program