Our Team

Karen Young, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - President

Karen Young is the award-winning founder and President of HR Resolutions, a full-service human resources management company. With over 25 years of experience in personnel and human resources, Karen has worked with distribution, service and manufacturing organizations along the East Coast to lower their HR costs and increase their bottom line.

In addition to her consulting work, Karen has been recognized by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell as one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community. She is also recognized by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Since opening her firm in 2005, she has become a regular speaker for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the HP Professionals of Central PA, PA Society for Human Resources Managers and many private clients on a national basis.

Karen lives in Harrisburg with her husband, Barry, and their retired greyhounds. She currently is an active participant in several Chambers of Commerce in the Central PA area, including serving on the Board of the HR Professionals of Central PA as well as the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. In her spare time she and her husband support several local greyhound adoption groups.

Barry Young - Vice President Operations

Barry brings over 35 years' Employee Relations, Distribution and Transportation experience to the Team. Having most recently served as Safety Manager for NAPA Transportation, he will be responsible for client safety programs and training as well as any of our Department of Transportation regulatory updates and record keeping. He has worked in union and union free environments and recognizes the need to effectively communicate, educate and develop employees in order to improve operational efficiencies. He will also be responsible for managing our HR Help Desk.

Barry holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from St. Francis University as well as an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Penn State University. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. In his spare time, Barry enjoys spending time with his grandsons.

"I am thrilled to be working with Barry as HR Resolutions continues to grow and provide even more services to our clients in the Harrisburg area and beyond. His work ethic and understanding of client service further advances our values as an organization" says Karen Young of our newest team member.

Melissa Packer, SHRM-CP - HR Specialist

Melissa joins HR Resolutions with 5 years of experience in the industry. Melissa will provide both ongoing administrative support within the office, as well as on-site client support as necessary. With her broad knowledge of HR administration concepts, Melissa is excited to round out the team of professionals at HR Resolutions who hold HR management to a higher standard.

Melissa graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is highly active with the Harrisburg Rugby club, and serves as the women's Player Representative. Additionally, Melissa enjoys volunteering at a local horse rescue and taking her dog for long runs (although the dog, inevitably, is the one running her).

Support Staff (in keeping with our Core Value - HR is Fun!):

Dusty Young

The fifth child of the Young's, Dusty "Indiper" Young was adopted through the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area after a few years off the track. As the eldest of the pack, Dusty has been appointed Director of Security and Nap Time. She ensures that everyone receives sufficient breaks in order to stay fresh for the next round of snacks.

Willow Young

The youngest of the Young's, Willow "Kelso's Devilment" Young, was adopted through Make Peace with Animals. Mom is often heard explaining her antics as "but she's only 3" to which Dad replies - "You'll still be saying that when she's 10!" Willow is Director of Employee Entertainment and making sure there are always sufficient toys to keep the mind occupied and the paws busy.

Remi Packer

Remi Rebel Nubbin (AKA Remi), a purebred German Shorthair Pointer, was brought home from a small breeder located in Lewisburg, PA. In her free time, Remi enjoys training her humans to throw Frisbees soaked enough slobber to hydrate half the backyard, as well as gallivanting around with her two pygmy goat sisters (who, more often than not, want nothing to do with her.) As Director of Canine Affairs, Remi is responsible for the cuteness factor of the Support Team.