Staff Directory

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Payroll Department

The payroll department at Human Capital Strategies is where the magic happens. Dealing directly with the company’s more than 100 payroll clients, they receive time cards, process payments, and ensure that everyone receives their checks, whether that’s weekly or quarterly. A large part of their work includes answering questions; nothing is too small or big for them to handle.


Stephanie Melvin, Payroll Manager (center)

Stephanie is the Department Manager. She also manages our employee database, is responsible for on-time delivery, and accuracy of the payroll each week. Stephanie is and avid photographer, and Girl Scout leader.

Candice Eggerling, Account Representative (left-center)

Candice is a Client Rep and process payroll, manages employee changes, and is the overall support for her group of clients. Candice is an accomplished cake decorator and mother of four kids.

Crystal Hetherington, Account Representative (far left)

Crystal is a Client Rep and is responsible for processing payroll, making employee changes, and overall support for her assigned group of clients. Crystal loves to curl up with a good book; her favorites are suspense novels.

Pamela Loh, Account Representative (right middle)

Pam is the voice of Human Capital Strategies, directing all client calls to proper person to meet their needs. Pam addresses client questions and makes updates to our employee database. Her hobbies are cooking and gardening.

Sara Mercado-Soebbing, Account Representative (far right)

Sara is a Client Rep and is responsible for processing payroll, making employee changes, and overall support for her assigned group of clients. Sara loves to travel, especially to Maui.


Human Resources

The heart of everything that happens at Human Capital Strategies emanates from human resources, where we have developed a team of experts who know everything there is to know to keep our clients in compliance. The team provides HR consulting and coaching, as well as employment management. We will even visit client locations to manage hiring, firing, background checks and drug screens, performance improvement plans, and employee relations and conduct workshops and trainings. Unemployment claims and workers’ compensation also fall under the category of HR.

Sharon Van Kilsdonk, HR Director (left)

In the role of HR Director at Human Capital Strategies, Sharon Van Kilsdonk not only enures that potential issues are abated and handed internally, she also oversees all of the HR components for all company clients. IT is no small task, but Sharon tackles it with a smile (most of the time).

Before joining the Human Capital Strategies family, Sharon spent 30 years with a local beverage distributor, where she managed HR matters for the nearly 700 employees. It’s no wonder she is so adept at working in the industry!

Sharon is an Arizona native and loves the area. One of her favorite things to do is cook, and she often incorporates the vegetables her husband grows in their backyard garden. When not in the kitchen, Sharon is happily cheering on her kids at their baseball and volleyball games or traveling to new destinations and old favorites.

Rocio Mankel-Lopez HR Generalist (right)

Rocio manages workers’ compensation for all of our clients, looking out for the safety and recovery of any employee that is hurt on the job, while keeping the costs down for our employers. As she points out, there are so many things that she does it would make quite the list. Rocio’s favorite word is “improvement,” and she adores Charlie, her Labrador Retriever mix. When not working, Rocio loves to make jewelry and accessories

Shelby Stiller HR Generalist (left)

Shelby writes employee handbooks for our clients, handles 1-9 verifications for our clients, represents our clients at unemployment hearings, and supports our clients with answers to their HR related questions. Shelby is a skydiver and loves to jump over the beautiful Arizona desert.

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Benefits are the lifeblood of employee engagement for many companies, and Human Capital Strategies has a whole department dedicated to shopping for the best benefits to provide our clients with a variety of options. We manage health, dental, life, and disability insurance as well as 401(k) plans.


Joshua Vincent, Benefits Administrator (Left)

Once clients have chosen their benefits package, Josh sets them up in the system, audits bills from clients, and pays invoices. He is also the on-site administrator for COBRA and FMLA. Josh is an avid sports fan, ranking football and golf among his favorites.

Rex Reynolds, Benefits Broker (right)

Rex’s main goal is to identify what clients need and to design plans to meet those needs. In addition to working in benefits, Rex is often found out networking on behalf of Human Capital Strategies, telling business owners about all we can provide. On his off time, Rex is an avid musician and plays a mean bass guitar.

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Education & Development

Most business owners understand that their employee are their assets. So, developing their hard and soft skills is natural. But, how do you do it? And, what does it cost? And how can I find the time to do that?

Human Capital University has created 30 one-hour courses to support employee development in areas of management, effective communication, team building, and personal accountability. All courses are outcome oriented, not designed to be just entertaining, but really changing behavior.


Scott Sandberg, Manager of Education & Development

Scott's love of business and his deep understanding of effective training and employee development led him to his 18 year career in corporate training. After starting some profitable businesses of his own, Scott found a niche in professional development training bringing passion for business and a flair for captivating facilitation to the corporate arena. Strategic employee development through effective instructional design is a hallmark of his career. In the capacity of talent management, Scott has worked with The Limited Inc, Northern Automotive, The University of Phoenix, and Quma Learning Systems.

Scott holds a BS Degree in Business Marketing and an MS degree in Organizational Psychology. This branch of psychology is really the science of building effective and productive teams in a business environment.

Scott is an accomplished automotive artist, capturing his passion for cars on canvas for all to enjoy.

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Bookkeeping has to happen to keep things running smoothly, and the accounting department at Human Capital Strategies is behind the scenes ensuring we’re able to provide you with everything you need.





Melanie Erwin, Controller (left)

Melanie is the right person for the job. Her attention to detail and her ability to learn and leverage software tools makes her effective and efficient as the leader of the accounting department. Melanie received her Bachelors of Accounting from the University of Phoenix while working as an accountant for a local Phoenix valley firm.

Melanie’s interests include skydiving and wild game trapping. She is the mother of 5 kids that keep her busy.

Stacey Fisher, Assistant Accountant (right)

Stacey’s role is to assist Melanie in her responsibilities as well as manage the accounts receivable and accounts payable. Because of her outstanding organizational skills, she takes on many more tasks delegated to her.

Perhaps her most amazing talent is quilting, creating the most wonderful works of art in the form of a bed comforter.

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Client Relations

Scott Sandberg and Aubrey Badeau lead our company initiative supporting our clients’ success. This involves listening to their immediate challenges and following through with solutions.

Whether giving support for the online tools at their disposal, or suggesting training initiatives for developing their staff, the goal is to be a continuing resource for success.

Scott and Aubrey makes sure our services are on target and meeting expectations.



Aubrey Badeau, Client Relations Specialist (right)

Aubrey heads to clients’ offices or works with them remotely to teach them how to submit payroll or handle new-hire on-boarding procedures. Her goal is to be available for any business need. Her passions are spending time with family, hiking, camping, and playing with the family dogs.

Scott Sandberg, Client Services Specialist (left)

Scott also works with our clients to make sure they are taking advantage of the full range of services offered, including our Human Capital University courses.


 Jason Knight, Founder/Principal

Jason Knight's limitless energy is surpassed only by the depth of his  compassion. A true entrepreneur, Jason has been at the helm of two successful PEOs, starting Liberty Payroll & Benefit Solutions in 2007, which morphed into Human Capital Strategies in 2007. He built his team from trusted friends and colleagues, creating an environment that is focused on excellence yet never loses sight of family and what truly drives us all.

 After receiving his B.A. in economics and business management from Northwood University, Jason delved into the financial services world, which eventually introduced him to the concept of a PEO. The idea really hit a chord because he had seen his father run a successful drywall contracting business that he didn't expand due to his fear of hiring and working with employees. Jason saw this as a way to help other small-business owners achieve their dreams while alleviating many of the stressors along the way.

In addition to his role as owner and CEO of Human Capital Strategies, Jason is extremely involved in the community. He serves on the board of directors of Gabriel's Angels, is a member of Arizona Business Leadership, and is a frequent guest on the John Adam show. When not working hard at the office, Jason enjoys being with his bride of 15 years, Lisa, and their two children. His favorite way to unwind is to get the whole family piled up on the couch together enjoying a movie and some quality time. Jason is an avid soccer player.



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