About Us

Our Story

The story of Ignite HR Solutions is a simple one: with an hour-plus commute (one way) to work, how does a working mom get her kids to a 4pm soccer practice? With a goal of workday flexibility, Kira founded Ignite HR Solutions in 2016 so she could continue to be challenged professionally while having enough time for her family as well. We started small, by hiring HR professionals who wanted the opportunity to continue to hone their skills on a part-time basis.

Today we have full time Consultants too, but we always have the door open to part time work for our team members. Our own company culture encourages employees to enjoy all aspects of their life, not just work! Being a People First company not only benefits our team members individually, but our company as well.

Our goal is to help our clients become an Employer-of-Choice and build incredible company cultures of their own through world-class employment practices.

When you work with Ignite HR Solutions, you are working with over 100 years of combined experience!

Meet the Team

Kira Feick

Owner

Kira has been exposed to many facets of business, but has found that her passion is with the people. Working with managers and business owners navigate daily “people challenges” is how she has successfully turned businesses around and created cultures that are one of a kind.

  • Kira began her career in HR at Gap, Inc., where she completed their prestigious Management Development Program.
  • She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, (SHRM), the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), and the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)
  • Kira earned her certification in Human Resources Management from the University of California at Berkeley Extension
Read Kira's Story

Kira began her career in HR at Gap, Inc., where she completed their prestigious Management Development Program. Exposed to many facets of business during the program, she gravitated toward the people of the business and the “people challenges” faced by managers on a daily basis, both in stores and at headquarters. Kira moved from the Gap headquarters offices over to the high-tech world, and from there began running a series of HR “departments of one” over several startup companies. Along the way, Kira earned her certification in Human Resources Management from the University of California at Berkeley Extension, as well as earning her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) designation from the HR Certification Institute and her SHRM-CP from the Society for Human Resource Management, and most recently her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) in August of 2018.

As a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, (SHRM), the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), and the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), Kira stays on top of the ever-changing rules and regulations that govern HR, as well as the current trends in employment, and as an active member of both the San Ramon and Danville Area Chambers of Commerce, she stays on top of local employment issues and trends as well.

From leading HR departments as an employee to consulting for the last several years, Kira has extensive experience in the basics such as compliance (across multiple states), payroll, and benefits, as well as the more difficult employee relations issues including harassment claims, layoffs and RIFs, and employment litigation. With experience in multiple industries (retail, renewable energy, restaurants, high-tech, and non-profits are just a few) Kira can provide flexible guidance that makes sense for your company.

Gena Lineweaver

Recruiter

Gena is inspired by people and building strong relationships and culture. She believes that a strong culture filled with the right values can lead a company to great heights. She also believes that a company is only as strong as the people who represent it, so recruiting top talent is crucial.

  • She has lived in the Bay Area her entire life.
  • Her hobbies include running, indoor cycling, pilates, live music, and going to the beach.
  • Gena seeks opportunities to laugh and smile with others.
Read Gena's Story

Gena comes to us with over 18 years of experience in Client Relations and excels in her ability to serve her clients. She is inspired by people and building strong relationships and culture. She believes that a strong company culture filled with the right values can lead a company to great heights. She also believes that a company is only as strong as the people who represent it, so recruiting top talent is crucial. She began her HR Career at Ignite as an HR Assistant digging in and helping our clients with all facets of Human Resources. Stemming from her passion to build strong company culture she naturally found her way into Recruiting. It was the perfect transition for her as she realized how much I enjoyed helping our clients find that right fit to help them build their dream teams. In true HR fashion, she is in it for the people and helping employees get to where they want to be. It is so important for employees to really connect with a company culture and vision. When speaking with candidates she enjoys hearing their stories, understanding what lights their fire when it comes to the workplace and aligning that with our clients needs. Gena now oversees all Recruiting efforts at Ignite HR Solutions managing the full recruitment life cycle. She recruits from entry level positions up to Vice President level and everything in between. Gena has lived in the Bay Area her entire life. She has two amazing sons, a wonderful husband and a Cavapoo puppy named Clyde. Her hobbies include running, riding her Peloton, cooking, going to the beach, listening to live music and enjoying time with her friends and family. She seeks opportunities to laugh and connect with others and always looks at the bright side.

Tina Benner

Human Resources Consultant

Tina is passionate about fostering a positive company culture and believes implementing core values is key to running a successful organization.

  • Tina has her Human Resources Management certification from Cal State East Bay and has over 15 years of experience in HR.
  • She has created and implemented Learning & Development programs and employee engagement activities to support team member growth.
  • Tina is a Bay Area Native and is a sports fanatic!
Read Tina's Story

Tina has her Human Resources Management certification from Cal State East Bay and has over 15 years of experience in HR, including recruiting, on-boarding, employee training, benefits administration, and performance cycles. She is passionate about fostering a positive company culture and believes implementing core values is key to running a successful organization. Tina has also created and implemented Learning & Development programs and employee engagement activities to support team member growth and keep them inspired and motivated to do their best work.

Tina is a Bay Area native and currently lives in Concord. In her free time, you’ll find her working out, mixing up fun craft cocktails, spending time with friends and family and rooting on her favorite Bay Area sports teams! 

Soraya Brittendahl

Human Resources Consultant

Soraya’s goal is to make a difference in the modern workplace and help bring balance, health and wellness through HR initiatives and programs.

  • Soraya has built HR departments from the ground up, implemented HR systems and successfully supporting the rapid growth of a start up company’s team from 20 to nearly 100 employees.
  • She strives to always provide excellent HR services and bring a culture/people first mindset.
  • Soraya has over 12 years of experience as an HR Professional and is PHR certified.
Read Soraya's Story

Soraya is a Bay Area Native with over 12 years of experience as an HR Professional and is PHR certified. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing. She specializes in small businesses, startup companies, tech, manufacturing, health care and medical device.

Soraya has built HR departments from the ground up, implemented HR systems and successfully supported the rapid growth of a startup company’s team from 20 to nearly 100 employees.  She has improved people operations and transitioned to a more competitive benefits plan and saved clients $30k per year in benefits costs. Win for the employees and the company.

Soraya prides herself in providing exceptional service and enjoys long term client relationships. She hopes to be a leader in creating happy and positive work environments. She strives to always provide excellent HR services and bring a culture/people first mindset. Her goal is to make a difference in the modern workplace and help bring balance, health and wellness through HR initiatives and programs.

Nancy Calderon Derbish

Human Resources Consultant

Nancy’s goal is to bring focus to your company’s mission, purpose, and values to instill these in the company’s business practices.

  • Nancy is a versatile business partner who works to engage with business leaders, managers, and staff to build connection between operations and its people.
  • Nancy and her husband reside in Pleasanton.
  • Nancy is a proud Latina.
Read Nancy's Story

Nancy is a versatile business partner who works to engage with business leaders, managers, and staff to build connection between operations and its people. Her goal is to bring focus to the company’s mission, purpose, and values to instill these in the company’s business practices. She emphasizes connections to build learning and collaboration throughout in policy & program development, hiring, onboarding, training, etc. Every business is different; she works collaboratively to find the best fit, user-friendly, pragmatic solutions to support the team.

Practice areas: Organizational Diagnostics (for better practices and updated policies) | Change Management Facilitation | Leader & Team Coaching | Employee Relations & Investigations | Compensation & Performance Management | Talent Sourcing & Recruiting Strategies | Benefits/Payroll Vendor Selection | Learning & Development Practices| Start-ups, Large enterprise, and non-profit organizations

Nancy earned her B.S. in Business Administration/Management at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. She carries the Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation.

Nancy and her husband reside in Pleasanton and she enjoys hiking our amazing parks in the Bay Area. She is a proud Latina.

Dana Morton

Human Resources Consultant

Dana has a passion for cultivating the progressive cultures, people strategies and HR operations that enable companies to flourish as employers of choice.

  • Dana is a certified HR Professional (SHRM-CP) with the Society for Human Resources Management, with a specialty certification in California Law.
  • Dana is a native of the South San Francisco Bay Area
  • She sings for local cover bands.
Read Dana's Story

Dana has over 15 years in Human Resources, operations and legal and client services. Dana is a certified HR Professional (SHRM-CP) with the Society for Human Resources Management, with a specialty certification in California Law. Dana has a master’s degree in Justice Studies from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She has comprehensive HR experience from a variety of organizations including Silicon Valley start-ups, non-profits, small businesses and Fortune 500 global corporations. As Director of Human Resources, HR Business Partner, and HR Consultant, Dana has directly supported all levels of the organizations across a variety of functions. Dana is skilled in a full spectrum of HR initiatives, including HR operations, compliance, performance management, workforce planning, employee development and coaching, compensation and benefits, employee relations, teambuilding, engagement, diversity and inclusion. She is well experienced in startup operations, including fundraising, investor relations, due diligence, M&A and integration change management. Dana has a passion for cultivating the progressive cultures, people strategies and HR operations that enable companies to flourish as employers of choice. Dana is a native of the South San Francisco Bay Area, enjoys her young son, family and pets, sings for local cover bands, and enjoys the outdoors.

Michelle Noble

Human Resources Consultant

Michelle is an HR Consultant with over 30 years of experience in business operations, including a background in Information Technology, Supply Chain, Nonprofit Development and Human Resources.

  • Michelle was instrumental in the formation of Gap, Inc.’s first Employee Resource Group, the African American Network Group (AANG), and served as the Co-Chair and Board Member for five years.
  • Michelle is a volunteer Advisor and HR Consultant for the Urban Cowgirl Ranch Foundation.
  • Michelle is an avid artistic roller-skater.
Read Michelle's Story

Michelle Noble is an HR Consultant with over 30 years of experience in business operations, including a background in Information Technology, Supply Chain, Nonprofit Development and Human Resources. Michelle began her career in HR, as an HRIS Analyst for Gap, Inc. Michelle was instrumental in the formation of Gap, Inc.’s first Employee Resource Group, the African American Network Group (AANG), and served as the Co-Chair and Board Member for five years.

In 2013, Michelle chose to follow her dream of serving the community in the nonprofit sector, first as a Development Associate, and Development Manager at Curry Senior Center, and then as a Talent & Evaluation Manager for Youth UpRising, a youth development center. Michelle has supported a variety of functional areas of HR, including recruitment and selection/onboarding, RIF’s, payroll, employee engagement, 401K and HRIS system administration. Today, Michelle strives to share her experience and deliver exceptional customer service, with a personal touch, to her clients.

Michelle is a volunteer Advisor and HR Consultant for the Urban Cowgirl Ranch Foundation, a fiscally sponsored project of Urban Cowgirl Ranch, LLC, her daughter’s equine business. Michelle, also known as “Mom” and “GrandMe” (pronounced Grammy), is the proud mother of two daughters, and two granddaughters, her greatest achievement. Michelle is an avid artistic roller-skater, loves to travel and make organic gourmet granola for family and friends.

Lynn Sargent

Director of Consulting

Lynn believes HR’s role is to ensure employees (from executives to hourly) are engaged, empowered and contributing to the business’ strategic objectives. She prides herself on developing strong partnerships.

  • Lynn has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University and she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, (SHRM).

  • Lynn has over 25 years of Human Resources experience working in a variety of industries, including gas/energy, automotive, medical and tech.

  • Lynn is a lifelong community volunteer and has served in several leadership capacities.

Read Lynn's Story

Lynn graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She went on to finish her Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Linked In profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-sargent-0b68437/

Her career spans over 25 years with experience in a variety of industries including, automotive, energy, medical and tech and has worked across a variety of functions, including manufacturing, Engineering, R&D, Sales and G&A (IT, Finance, HR, Legal). Lynn has served in a variety of progressive roles, including global HR BP, regional HR Manager, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, HR project management, and talent management. She currently serves as the Director of Consultants for Ignite HR Solutions, which includes people management responsibilities of its consultants.

Lynn has been an active volunteer since college and has assumed leadership positions in several of these organizations, most recently having served the past three years as the President of the Del Amigo Pool Association in Danville. Lynn is married and has junior high aged twins.

Ally Sastry

Human Resources Consultant

Ally is very passionate about relationship building and the role employees play in the business’ success.

  • Ally has over 10 years of HR experience delivering a diverse range of human resources functions that support management and staff in achieving organizational goals.
  • In her spare time, you can find Ally volunteering in her community.
  • Ally has a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Psychology with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Read Ally's Story

Ally has over 10 years of HR experience delivering a diverse range of human resources functions that support management and staff in achieving organizational goals. Ally has a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Psychology with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Ally has led as a Regional Human Resources Manager overseeing multiple sites in California as well as a few sites across the States supporting a variety of roles that include HR & Benefits Administration, Workers Compensation, Labor and Employment Relations, Conflict Resolution, Staff Training/Development, Team Leadership, New Program Implementation, Policies and Procedures, Recruiting and Multi-Site Operations. Ally is very passionate about relationship building and the role employees play in the business’ success. She resides in San Ramon with her husband, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, 10-year-old daughter and 2-year-old Golden Retriever. In her spare time, she enjoys her family, friends, watching her kids play sports, working out, volunteering in her community and traveling!

Martha Woodard

Human Resources Consultant

Martha strives to approach each situation with empathy and attention to detail believing that human resources’ function to serve all employees: front line, management, and executive.

  • Martha obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
  • Martha lends her time as a volunteer for SHRM Northern California’s Professional Development Committee.
  • Martha is a native Spanish speaker and can understand French.
Read Martha's Story

Martha honed her human resources skills while at Industry Capital Advisors as the sole HR contact for its portfolio of companies, working with new and seasoned managers representing a variety of industries in different fields and stages of growth. She strives to approach each situation with empathy and attention to detail believing that human resources’ function to serve all employees: front line, management, and executive.

She obtained her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and renewed her designation through 2024.

Combined with her previous experience as an implementation consultant for various software companies, Martha is conversant in multiple HR platforms and always ready to learn new ones. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. In addition to belonging to HR.com and SHRM Northern California, she lends her time as a volunteer for SHRM Northern California’s Professional Development Committee. Over the years she has volunteered with the Lafayette Elementary and Stanley Middle School’s PTA Executive Board, Lafayette Juniors, and Boy Scout Troop 243.

A native Spanish speaker and still capable of understanding French, she looks forward to strengthening her language skills with future international travel.

Sara Meehan

Human Resources Consultant

Sara is on a mission to find the pot at the end of the rainbow. She strives to turn negative environments around using the & Fish! Philosophy and The Disney Way.

 

  • Sara walked a company through performance review changes, moving from standard MBOs to OKRs. This was a year long process, training managers to think differently and to all work together towards a common goal. 
  • She successfully created a new international onboarding program for a global company. 
  • Ran a pitbull rescue for 10 years
Read Sara's Story

I LOVE MY CAREER! I love helping people. I love helping companies reignite the spark within their employees. If your company has found itself in the Doldrums, I can help!

While I am well-rounded in all areas of the HR field, I have found that my favorite areas are culture change, performance reviews (OKRs), and leadership coaching.

As an HR consultant, I have worked with new start-ups having as little as 2 employees and larger global companies. I have also worked within various industries:

-Pharma
-Medical
-Tech
-Nonprofit
-Think-Tank
-Food
-Education
-Linguistics

When I was fresh out of college, I worked as both an elementary school teacher and a professional dog trainer. This marriage created a deep understanding of non-verbal communication which I use regularly as an HR Professional. I’m highly skilled in observing a situation and finding win-win solutions.

Heather Pesapane

Human Resources Consultant

Heather strives to make employee relations a top priority for every organization she is a part of.

Ensuring that a company’s culture is one that provides a positive and safe work environment with a goal of improving the experience of the employee and the employer.

 

  • Heather’s background is quite diverse in terms of the industries she has been employed in, with organizations ranging from 20 employees to over 18,000 employees, both nationally and internationally.
  • Heather received her certification in Human Resources Management from University of Phoenix.
  • Heather’s greatest loves are her family and her pets; from dogs, cats, to tortoises, she believes that our pets bring us the most joy.
Read Heather's Story

With over 20 years of expertise in Human Resources, Heather found her passion to be more focused on creating a healthy balanced relationship between the employer and the employee. She understands that employee relations are about creating trust and atmosphere where employees can feel safe knowing they can go to their human resources department freely. With this type of environment employee satisfaction improves along with the quality of work, and employee retention increases.

Heather has a background in both Operations and Human Resources, she has managed companies of varying size and has specialized in the healthcare field over 10 years. Her scope of work includes Benefits, Employee Management, Training and Development, as well as the operational aspects of managing locations.

Heather is originally from Ventura County in southern California and she relocated to the Bay Area twelve years ago with her husband and three children. While she continued her career in Human Resources, she is also a certified Infant Swim Resource instructor serving the entire bay area in educating families on drowning prevention and instructing children in life saving water skills. When Heather finds herself with free time, she surrounds herself with her family, pets and is always up for an adventure!

Erika Vieler

Office Administrator

Erika’s passion is teamwork; working together, with a team to drive the productivity and morale. She gets genuine fulfillment by supporting others and their successes and does so by developing and maintaining relationships and productivity.

 

  • Erika has a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Liberal Studies.
  • Erika has 18 years of professional experience in a variety of industries throughout the Bay Area.
  • She strongly believes in giving back to the community through volunteer work and can also be found poolside, where she has been a swim coach for Amador Valley High School for 12 years.
Read Erika's Story

Erika is a Bay Area native who comes to us with 18 years of professional experience. Her background initially was in recruiting and staffing, which evolved into business operations, project management and marketing across many industries including real estate and high tech. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Cal State Northridge. As a former Division 1 collegiate athlete, she is very familiar with teamwork, dedication, and leadership, and she brings these qualities and more to the workplace.

Erika is a natural communicator, and her organizational skills are second to none; she is a go-to resource to complete all tasks and projects, big or small. Erika strongly believes in giving back to the community and is a member of The National Charity League and the Boys Team Charity, where she and her children volunteer for many organizations throughout the community. She also has been a swim coach for Amador Valley High School since 2012.

Erika and her husband have five children, ranging in age from middle school to having completed college and starting careers of their own. Erika enjoys yoga, swimming, watching her kids in their sports, spending time with friends, traveling, and reading.

Community Involvement

At Ignite HR Solutions, we believe in being strong members of our community. That’s why in addition to volunteering time with various community non-profits, we’re also proud members of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, and the California Chamber of Commerce.

We believe in a strong work-life balance. We empower people to focus their time for causes they are passionate about which strengthens our families, communities, and our business. We love presenting to our small business community and educating them on the business of human resources!