Our Mission | Our Team
At Adaptiva HR we work toward our mission, to help business and people thrive, through actionable and attainable goals. We know that the health of the workplace is the result of lots of “little” things–what we say and what we do–each and every day. What one thing, if improved, would make life at work less stressful and more fulfilling? Let’s focus on that…then the next, and then the next. We help you put your efforts in the right direction. Too often a lot of energy is put toward the things we cannot change. It is this balance of reflection and action that helps our clients make an impact on their businesses and their lives.
We get to know every organization we assist and each employee who calls upon us for support because relationships are central to our work. Our unique model provides comprehensive human resource guidance as well as a highly personalized approach to employee counseling.
Dedicated Mental Health Counselors, Human Resource Professionals, and Management Coaches make up our team. We integrate current research and evidenced-based innovations to bring the most effective tools and strategies to the workplace. Both growing and established businesses benefit from our timely and comprehensive support.
Who is at Adaptiva HR?
Jennifer Jacobs, MA
Business Owner, Human Resource Consultant
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a registered psychotherapist with the State of Vermont. Up until becoming a business-owner, her career journey was exclusively in the nonprofit sector and included roles as a clinical mental health counselor, an administrator, a program developer, and an experiential educator. She came into Human Resources “sideways” when she realized how much this kind of support was needed by her small business clients as she was providing employee counseling and management coaching. Picking up the technical knowledge easily and deftly applying it to real world situations, Jennifer’s reputation as a capable and compassionate resource to local small business owners quickly grew. In a few short years, her one-woman business blossomed into a strong team of Employee Counseling, Human Resource, and Training & Development professionals.
“I really love working collaboratively. When I was alone in my business I was not happy. Having a talented team that is both extremely competent and dedicated to the vision I have for creating healthy places to work is an amazing gift. I really feel like we are making a meaningful, if subtle, difference. I see it when a business owner, manager, or employee earnestly tells me how grateful they are for our support.”
Karen Blumberg, MA, LCMHC
Management Consultant, Employee Counselor, Trainer
Karen holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and is licensed as a psychotherapist. She is trained in several clinical modalities including couples counseling, family systems counseling, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Hypnotherapy, and Narrative therapy. Karen also holds a Certificate in Training and Facilitation from Marlboro College.
In addition to her clinical work, Karen has a significant background in training and development. She organizes and leads most of our workshops and also provides management coaching on topics related to the systems and support for people at work. Karen really enjoys helping managers become stronger leaders.
“It is an honor to sit with people, hear about their lives, and help them find solutions and resources, and also to notice patterns of thinking and behaving. I love working with businesses as we look at similar dynamic systems; it is great to help figure out what is holding productivity back, how the work culture is impacting employees, what systems and structures need re-thinking.”
Robin White, BA, BCC
Employee Counselor & Wellness Coach
Robin White is a registered psychotherapist with the State of Vermont and also is a board-certified Health/Wellness Life Coach and Psychosynthesis Counselor. She is an adjunct teacher of Psychosynthesis and Synthesis Coaching for Synthesis Northeast, Brattleboro, VT. Additionally, Robin is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher and she offers workshops in Compassionate Communication, Compassion Fatigue, Mindfulness, Yoga & Psychosynthesis.
Robin’s approach to providing assistance is anchored by these two questions: What’s going on in your current life? How can I help support you in moving through the situation? With a background in social services, Robin is skilled in helping clients locate and connect with necessary resources as well.
“I started out as a school teacher, moved into social work, and then trained to become a psychotherapist and eventually a life coach. Every experience has helped me become the person I am today and allows me to be present for those who come through the door here at Adaptiva HR. Having lived a full life while seeking to find peace, balance, and ease offers me a unique perspective on many of the common reasons clients come in for support.”
Alyssa Pelow, BA
Human Resource Consultant
Alyssa has an extensive history of working in Human Resources, predominantly at advertising agencies in the Boston area. She says, “this work really opened up my creative side and taught me how that can be channeled into HR. This was where I realized that an employee handbook can be an effective tool that represents a business’ culture, story and brand, while also informing employees of their rights and benefits.” Alyssa has also worked in Human Resources in several other industries, providing support on everything from compliance, to recruiting, to benefits and employee engagement.
“I am always looking for ways to direct employees away from the stigma that comes with the Human Resources title. My hope is to change the way people view the role and how it can be updated, changed, and adapted.”
Angela Earle Gray, BA, SPHR
Human Resource Consultant
Angela is an accomplished Human Resource consultant who came into the profession by necessity at one of her first jobs. As with many nonprofits, there was no one in an HR role so she had to fill in all the gaps. She realized this was something she had an affinity and capacity for, and went on to a robust career in Human Resources at several other companies. Angela’s combination of HR expertise, business acumen, and original studies in social sciences make her well-suited to provide critical support to small businesses.
“I believe that employers succeed when they are taking care of their employees. With a low unemployment rate, there is increasing competition for talent. Employers are being forced to think creatively in order to recruit and retain the staff members they need. I am passionate about helping small businesses recognize ways they can support, empower, and engage employees.”
Emma Sheldon, MA
Emma has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a registered psychotherapist with the State of Vermont. She brings clinical experience from private practice and also community mental health to the support she provides employees. Her compassionate, holistic, and integrated approach allows each person to be seen for their unique self and engage in a process with her to work toward achieving their goals. With a background in social services, Emma is able to assist employees in locating and connecting with necessary resources as well.
“I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal through building a deep authentic relationship with the self and others. It is through these connections that an inner knowing is discovered, and true healing can be achieved. I work with a person-centered, collaborative, and integrative approach, which creates an environment of self-acceptance and personal growth. It is an honor to have the opportunity to bear witness to each individual‘s journey.”