Our Team

Karen Young

Karen Young, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


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.

She is also the author of Stop Knocking on my Door: Drama Free HR to Help Grow Your Business.

“I love this book and it is a MUST-READ for anyone who owns a small business and doesn’t have an HR department. If more people would read Stop Knocking on my Door, fewer CEOs would lose sleep over their personnel issues.” Peter Margaritis, CSP, CPA, Author, Improv Virtuoso, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster

In addition to her consulting work, Karen has been recognized 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) as well as the Society for Human Resource Managers as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP.)

Since opening her firm in 2005, she has become a regular speaker for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the HR 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

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

Melissa Pattison, SHRM-CP

HR Manager

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).

Renee Kolacek

Renee Kolacek, SHRM-CP

HR Manager

Renee joins HR Resolutions with over 14 years’ experience in the industry. She “fell” into Human Resources while working as a Controller for a smaller company and decided to take the leap into full HR as she has a strong desire to help people. Renee is looking forward to expanding supporting the various industries that HR Resolutions serves as she truly believes you should never stop learning.

Renee graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associates in Business Administration and attended Villanova University to attain her SHRM certification. Renee shares her home with all males, her husband, her son, and her male dog. When Renee isn’t working, she can be found teaching people to love (or at least like) running with a local running store, coaching Special Olympics Tennis, and chasing her toddler son around.

Our Support Staff

Willow Young

Willow Young

The eldest of the Young’s, Willow “Kelso’s Devilment” Young, was adopted through Make Peace with Animals. Mom continues to explain her antics as “but she’s only 7” to which Dad replies – “You’ll still be saying that when she’s 10!” Willow is the Director of Security and Nap Time and it’s very difficult keeping track of all the activity in multiple offices.

Eugene Young

Eugene Young

The newest support staff member, Penrose Eugene, was adopted through Nittany Greyhounds. Eugene is responsible for Quality Control and Taste Testing as is obvious through almost all of his pictures! Eugene violates many HR rules because he is a hugger – our first that physically hugs Mommy and Daddyman.

Remi Packer

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.

Gambit LeBeau

Gambit LeBeau

Gambit is a Chocolate Lab and Bernese Mountain Dog mix (aka Labernese) who is 100 pounds of love. Gambit was the first baby in his family and still wonders when mommy and daddy are going to return the tiny human they brought home. His happy place is running free through woods with his enormous tongue flapping in the wind. When asked “Gambit what do you need?” he responds, “I just need”; which makes him a great Director of Needs.

Copper Young

Copper Young (Emeritus)

6/4/2014 – 11/29/2019

Copper “Craigie Coldshot” was adopted through Make Peace with Animals and took over the reins of being the wild child in the office. Copper was appointed Director of Party Time as you can tell by his picture – he was a flurry of activity. (This picture was from his FIRST DAY in our house!)

Dusty Young

Dusty Young (Emeritus)

1/1/2006 – 12/25/2017

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 was appointed Director of Security and Nap Time. She ensured that everyone received sufficient breaks in order to stay fresh for the next round of snacks.

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