As a fourth generation Arizonan, Tara is fanatical about investing her time and talents in Arizona’s workforce. A natural connector, Tara brings resources to companies and individuals to recruit, retain, and grow their internal talent. Far from the typical HR person, Tara brings energy and humor to every engagement in addition to solid talent research and tried-and-true strategies from the HR trenches. She values enthusiasm, integrity, and service to others and her passion is helping companies invest in their most important asset, their employees. Her past projects have led to increased employee engagement, reduced turnover, the creation of effective evaluation and professional development plans, as well as implementing culture change initiatives, and navigating top leadership transitions.
Before diving into the consulting space, Tara served as the Senior VP of Human Resources & Risk Management at a large nonprofit healthcare organization, where she changed the employee culture from one of basic compliance to a community of engagement. During her tenure, the organization received Holleran’s Highest Honor for Employee Engagement, Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer for mid-size companies (twice!), the HR Best Practices award from the Journal, and Tara was selected a 40 Under 40 recipient in 2017 for her mentorship work with up and coming leaders.
Tara earned an Executive MBA, with an emphasis in Servant Leadership, from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources, from Arizona State University. She holds both national HR certifications, the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society of Human Resources’ Senior Certified Professional designation (SHRM-SCP). She is a proud graduate of Valley Leadership Institute’s Class 33, the Women’s Leadership Development Forum Cohort VI, and Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Professional Interim Executive Director training.
When not working on Copper Quail Consulting projects, Tara can be found hanging with her husband and adorable, yet beastly kidzillas, teaching yoga, reading, eating at local spots, and drinking wine with friends. Her secret weapons are karaoke and stand-up comedy.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.- Mother Theresa