What are the most common HR challenges we’re helping our clients solve today? Read our Q&A with Kim Rummler and find out!

KMA is pleased to have Janyce Volodkevich join our team of HR consultants. A native of Maine, Janyce spent most of her adult life on the West Coast, between Long Beach, California and Seattle, Washington.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Las Vegas, and embarked on a long career in the hotel industry, working for Hyatt and Kimpton hotels. Over time, she began to take on more of an HR role, learning from the ground up, and eventually became regional director of HR with Kimpton Hotels, overseeing 10 hotels in 4 states, and some 2,000 employees.

“What I like best about HR is bringing all the resources together to create the best possible work environment in an organization,” she explains.

Janyce and her husband, Bob, raised two daughters in Seattle, meanwhile watching their small city explode into a large city, with infrastructure, traffic and housing challenges. A few years ago, they purchased some land in Belgrade with the dream of returning to Maine. And once their daughters were settled—Maria an Air Force Intelligence Officer in Virginia and Katie a junior at University of Washington—the time seemed right to make the move.

Janyce loves being out in nature. She and her husband are avid travelers and have spent time in Spain, Portugal, and Italy. “We also just love spending time with our daughters, and we visit and vacation with them whenever we can.”

Welcome, Janyce. We’re thrilled to have you on board!

What interested you in working for KMA?

I really love Kim’s philosophy of creating an organization that supports the needs of local businesses, while harnessing the talents of HR professionals who maybe want a different work-life balance. And I love the idea of making HR simple!

What do you like best about your work as an HR Professional?

I like the level of engagement you get to have in an HR role. What drives me is building relationships, and engaging employees to create a better work environment.

What’s one takeaway from your HR work that you’d like to share with others?

The biggest takeaway for me is always to be yourself, and don’t be afraid of having difficult conversations. No one likes to have that crucial conversation, but it’s usually the right call because in the end, being honest and forthright is going to help someone.