Meet our team of consultants.
These talented practitioners deliver quality HR solutions to our clients.
Founder and President.
Early on in her corporate HR career, Kimberly Prescott earned a reputation as a confident, fearless advisor.
Kimberly noticed that while some of her HR colleagues hesitated to make the bold or tough recommendations that a situation required, she was unintimidated by sticky situations, driven to serve companies and leaders with the best advice and guidance for what to do next. Her willingness to address, head on, the issues at hand — along with her love of all things HR (employment law compliance, employee relations and business strategy) — led her to start her own HR consulting firm. Prescott HR was launched in 2014 to relentlessly handle all of the HR challenges, not just the easy ones.
Kimberly is practiced at assisting clients with developing a strong internal management and human resources structure during periods of organizational change and/or rapid growth. She’s also adept at creating and defining HR departments and practices from the ground up.
Kimberly’s commitment to helping her clients is unwavering and her confidence, palpable. With expertise, authenticity, and ease, she identifies, simplifies, and resolves problems.
Kimberly brings nearly two decades of experience from previous HR leadership and director positions, including at Whole Foods, Social Solutions, Maxim Healthcare Services, TEKsystems, Paychex, and Giant Food.
Community and giving back is important to Kimberly. Among others, she is Past President of the Howard County Human Resources Society (HoCo HRS) and she is a pro bono consultant with the Taproot Foundation. Kimberly holds the Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications. She attended the University of Maryland University College, studying Human Resources Management.
When Kimberly is not working with clients, she enjoys traveling for good food, shopping, and spending time with her daughter.
Vice President of Operations.
Valerie Dzbynski, SPHR, is a Human Resources Consultant with 30 years of experience working with employers in a variety of industries including security, retail, government contracting, and non-profit. She has worked with clients with less than 10 employees to employers with over 100,000 employees and both start up organizations and mature organizations. Currently she supports clients with a variety of Human Resources services including compliance, employee relations, recruiting, and organizational development.
Senior HR Consultants.
With over 27 years of experience in all functional areas of Human Resources, Sandy has spent most of her career working in employee relations, leadership coaching, and HR business partner roles. She has lead HR functions throughout the USA, and internationally in locations such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, India, the UK and Canada for a variety of industries, such as oil & gas, insurance, beverage manufacturing and medical. Working with companies in size from 5 to 50,000 Sandy has a passion for helping businesses create sound tactical and strategic HR practices.
Sandy is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Known for her optimism, she is always looking for the silver lining in every situation. Sandy is s true believer in the power of positive thinking and thinks that laughter should be a part of every day.
Nakia Carter is a Senior HR Consultant with over 15 years of experience providing fearless HR solutions for businesses and governments. She specializes in employee engagement, employee relations, policy and procedures, health & welfare benefits and streamlining processes.
As a Human Resources professional, Nakia has contributed to a number of industries including government contracting, non-profit, assets management, justice & sustainability, trucking, healthcare and education.
She’s worked with clients with less than 20 and over 5000 employees, start-ups and seasoned organizations. Nakia is a Notary Public and is an active member of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Girlfriends, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Human Resources Society of Howard County (HoCo).
Nakia’s mission is to be deliberate in providing confident and fearless advising. To be consistent in driving results.
Laura has over 15 years’ experience in the human resources field. She has been responsible for auditing, planning, and directing all aspects of the organization’s human resources policies, objectives, and initiatives; internally promoting the desired corporate culture; transforming HR efforts to attain business strategies; and engaging business units as true partners to help execute the overall business strategy by getting the most out of the organization’s talent.
Laura is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has also obtained her MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University and holds three Bachelor degrees from California University of Pennsylvania in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Laura is an active member of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is also an active member of FC (Frederick County) SHRM where she also served 2 years as a board member and committee chair.
Shannon has 25 years’ experience as a human resources professional leading all functional areas including compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, HRIS, employee and labor relations, workforce planning and management, employee engagement and culture, learning and development, compliance, as well as payroll. She has worked for national and international organizations ranging in employee size from less than 200 to more than 20,000.
Shannon has vast experience working with executive teams to implement human resources programs and lead initiatives that align with and execute the business strategy, mission, vision, and values.
Shannon holds a Master of Studies in Human Resources Law from Wake Forest University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Antioch University Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
She also holds professional certifications including, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
Shannon is passionate about sharing her knowledge of human resources through activities such as leading study groups for human resources related certifications, being an Executive Teaching Assistant for MBA human resources courses at the University of Rhode Island College of Business, and volunteering as a mentor for small businesses through SCORE.
Gail has over 25 years of experience in human resources and consulting services in recruiting, selection, employee relations and organizational development. She has worked predominately with local and federal agencies to improve hiring processes, employee engagement, policy, regulatory compliance and organizational effectiveness through process improvement, employee training and development, and coaching.
Gail provides pro bono human resource services to non-profit organizations and volunteers as a state Medical Reserve Corps Responder.
Gail earned Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama. She holds the Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute.
Throughout his 25 years as a leadership consultant, Brent has been granted such titles such as “the calm in a storm” and “the source of reason in chaos”. Time and again, Brent has guided leaders to make difficult decisions with courage and clarity, working through the tangled web of leading, supporting, and people.
When asked about his “HR Superpowers”, Brent states that he has been blessed with a deep capacity to accurately perceive core issues amid confusing and emotionally charged situations. When asked to clarify, Lydic suggests, “One of the most fundamental tasks of an effective HR consultant is helping leaders identify with their teams first as people, and then as performers. I have been privileged to see this transformation come to life in vibrant, life-altering moments, resulting in stronger relationships, more resilient teams, and deeper engagement in meaningful work.
Brent considers it a great privilege to have provided leadership consultation in successful organizations in a variety of industries: non-profit, for-profit, health care, retirement communities, para-church community groups, financial services, child advocacy, customer loyalty. Regardless of the setting, Brent has displayed proficiency in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships and in identifying opportunities for improvement, development, and innovation.
Brent strengthens the bench at Prescott with over 30 years in various roles of leadership: Sr. Program Manager, Quality Coach, Sr. HR Specialist, Organizational Development Specialist, Sr. HR Manager, and HR Director.
Lisa has over 15 years in Human Resources.She enjoys working with companies to streamline and enhance processes, benefits, and technology. Her strategy is to provide recommendations based on a company’s employee demographic, strategic plan, budget, and current resources. She has worked with companies in varying industries and sizes.
Lisa is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Katie Traviglia, a diversified Results-oriented Human Resources Executive with broad experience in all areas of HR, including policy development, handbooks, strategic development, recruitment, performance management and benefits administration, to name a few. Katie is Adept at building consensus amongst staff and creating in an involved workforce while fostering an environment of teamwork and continued growth and development across all functions. As an HR executive who is a dynamic leader, team player and motivator she is seasoned, business savvy and a Human Resources professional with strong leadership skills and exceptional management experience and successful at team building and management development. Katie works effectively in high-stress, time sensitive and high-profile environments. She is also able to manage large or small HR departments with maximum customer service results.
As a Human Resources professional of 18 years Katie has enjoyed working in a variety of industries to include Hospitality, Finance, Construction, Technology and Healthcare and she also has Union experience. She has worked in both small and large companies, mergers and acquisitions, startups and shutdowns. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business in Human Resources Organizational Leadership and Change Management.
LaZ Watkins, MBA was born and raised in South Jersey originally and moved to the DMV area seven years ago to further her HR career. LaZ started her career in retail management and then made the conscious choice to pursue a career in HR, working her way progressively up into senior level positions. LaZ graduated magna cum laude from Rosemont College with a BS in Human Resource Management and obtained her Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia, PA. LaZ also did graduate level HR coursework at the Keller Graduate School of Management and is currently pursuing a Masters of Jurisprudence in Employment and Labor Law from Tulane University School of Law. LaZ has worked in a variety of industries, both non-union and union shops, with an emphasis on nonprofits. Her last role was as the Senior Director of HR (CHRO) for the International Society for Technology in Education, where she was tasked with overseeing multi-state HR operations for the organization as well as driving high level HR strategy and DEI initiatives. She is passionate about the value of HR and believes that success within the discipline lies in establishing strong relationships and collaboration with the staff and leadership to maintain a foundation of credibility and drive key organizational strategies. In her spare time, she is a dog mom to two Cockaliers, Britton and Averie and enjoys spending time with her rambunctious niece and two nephews, learning new recipes and doing interior design.
Rosalind White is a seasoned Human Resources Executive with 30 plus years of experience managing efficient and effective Human Resources departments. Ms. White has supervised employees in the areas of Recruitment, Selection, Employee Relations, Benefits Administration, Human Resources Management Information System Development, Corporate Training programs and Payroll Administration. She has also provided Government Contract Administration and Project Management support. Her work with numerous Executive Management teams has ensured that corporate goals and objectives were achieved, while maintaining cohesive and loyal workforces.
Since 2017, Ms. White has been providing consulting support to small and medium size businesses.
Jasmine has over seven years of experience as a Human Resources professional supporting various areas of hr including hr management, talent acquisition, strategic planning, employee relations, and policy and procedure for both small and large organizations.
Jasmine is a SHRM certified Human Resources professional and has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Morgan State University and her Masters degree in Human Resources Development from Towson University.
Jasmine is driven and passionate about human resources and enjoys working with students and helping them with career planning as an assistant career coach.
Outside of work, Jasmine loves to travel, try new restaurants and plan events!
Rocio brings more than two decades of Human Resources management expertise in the hospitality industry and corporate segment. Her experience encompasses a diverse background of hotel companies such as Marriott International, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Mandarin Hotel Group and Corporate HR for Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Rocio possesses a solid background including but not limited to strategic human resources, acquisitions, dispositions, compliance, labor relations, employee relations, employment law, policy and procedure and overall employee engagement tactics. She has opened many hotels across the US and International.
She is passionate about HR and at an early stage in her career, Rocio was selected as Manager Trainee for Marriott International and became a young Director of HR. She learned that helping people and seeing businesses succeed is a rewarding career. Her business acumen and ability to provide expert advice and leadership coaching has proven to positively impact every organization in different ways. She strongly believes that “people are the most important and valuable asset of every business”.
She takes pride in helping the community; in the past three years, she has volunteered with the Capital Arlington Hospice with ground keeping. She is also an active advocate for career coaching and development assistance; she has partnered with the YWCA of DC to help young women find jobs and explore their full potential.
Rocio is bilingual (Spanish) and is a certified medical & community interpreter.
She loves spending time with her family, she has a son and a daughter. Additionally, she enjoys anything outdoors; biking, fishing, playing soccer, and painting.
Tiffany is a HR Administrator with experience in recruiting, on-boarding, benefits, unemployment, workers compensation, employee leave administration and payroll.
Tiffany started her accounting career right after college and after years in the accounting field, she realized her career was no longer fulfilling. She started out on a journey to find what career could she transition to that is people oriented and would utilize her transferable skills. Her personality of having empathy for people and being a problem solver, Human Resources would be the best career path. Since she has been on this path, she continues to be excited in expanding her knowledge in all HR areas.
Tiffany will be pursuing the professional certificate degree in Recruiting and Talent Acquisition soon.
She enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Jazmine is an Executive Assistant with experience in database organization, processing, and customer experience. Jazmine started her Executive Assistant experience by starting a Virtual Administrative Assistant business called Sprout Virtual Services. She also has eight years event coordination experience. She hopes to add many years to her HR administrative experience to lead to more opportunities in the field.
When you need an HR consultant who lays it on the line, turn to Prescott HR.
AFFILIATIONS & RECOGNITION
- Community Foundation of Howard County – Vice Chair
- Leadership Howard County – Board Member (Premier 2018 graduate)
- Howard County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee, Labor and Employment Subcommittee – Chair
- Maryland Chamber of Commerce HR Advisory Committee – Member
- Howard County Human Resources Society (HoCo HRS) (Chapter of SHRM) – Past President
- Business Women’s Networking Group of Howard County – Secretary
- Taproot Foundation – Pro Bono HR Consultant (Volunteer)
- Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) — Professional Member
- SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment – Item Writer (March 2015)
- SHRM Student Case Competition – Judge (March 2015)
- SHRM BoCK Refresh – Participant (May and June 2015)
- Corporate Leadership Council (CLC), 2011 HR Leadership Academy – Participant
- Featured as a Woman of Influence in the February 2019 edition of I95 Business Magazine
- Featured content expert on online radio show
- Participated in a roundtable discussion featured in the
- June 2015 SHRM HR Magazine