Michelyn Farnsworth


Michelyn co-founded Stratus.hr (originally “Innovative Staffing”) in 1999. She’s a philanthropist and a real estate investor, with previous PEO experience of leading nationally recognized Professional Staff Management. When not at work, you may (or may not) find Michelyn traveling the world.

John Farnsworth


John learned at an early age the value of hard work, forming his first company before his 18th birthday. He co-founded Stratus.hr (originally “Innovative Staffing”) in 1999 and has an established reputation for his expertise, work ethic, and love for traveling.

Shane Loftus

Director of Business Development

Shane is a certified Health Care Reform Expert with an extensive business background that allows him to see eye-level with business owners of all industries and sizes. Although a generally happy person, give Shane some space if his BYU cougars lose a football game.

Stephanie Lyon

Business Development

Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a background in retail. When she’s not engulfed in the synergy of finding solutions for clients, Stephanie can be found volunteering for Inspiration Hospice, doing Bikram yoga, or discovering new talents like playing the ukulele.

Mark Cheney

Business Development

Mark is a results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. With a couple of master’s degrees (MBA and MHSA) and an impressive resume, Mark spends his free time practicing his performance improvement skills as a youth sports coach for his FIVE boys.

Chase Heywood


Chase is a CPA with a Master’s degree in Accounting and brings new meaning to the word 'busy.' As a dedicated fitness fanatic, Chase has competed nationally in the Crossfit Games and yet has even more passion for his kids.

Jeff Winter

COO / Benefits Manager

Jeff is a healthcare industry expert, with more than 25 years in the industry and former job titles that include Large Employer Health Underwriter and VP of Benefits for one of Utah’s largest insurance agencies, as well as Sales Director for Utah’s largest health care system. Jeff is also an army vet and a philanthropist that loves adventuring with his family.

Colin Thompson

Director of Human Resources

Colin is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and manages internal human resources, in addition to servicing clients and overseeing our HR team. In his free time, you’ll find Colin at one of his four son’s ballgames or eating sushi.

Celeste Houston

Payroll Manager

Celeste is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and has worked in the PEO industry since 1998. She has created remarkable relationships with her clients and colleagues and will forever hold the title of our company's first ever Employee of the Year.

Gaye Roe

Senior Payroll Specialist

Gaye has over 20 years of payroll and HR experience, with an amazing track record of keeping clients happy. When not providing great customer service, Gaye may be found camping in the mountains or on a beach in Hawaii.

Kim Anderson

Senior Payroll Specialist

Kim is a Certified Payroll Professional and has more than 15 years of PEO and payroll experience. When not providing clients with accurate and timely services, Kim plays chauffer for her kids and can be found cheering (loudly) at their ball games, recitals, and drama performances.

Tauna Walrath

Payroll Specialist

Tauna is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) with over 10 years of payroll experience. She enjoys yoga, exploring new places on the back roads with her road bike, and harvesting her salsa garden.

Conny Aiello

Payroll Specialist

Conny has been doing payroll/HR since 1992 and does her best work under 'controlled' chaos. She’s a multi-state expert that enjoys her family almost as much as helping clients. When not gardening, Conny likes to read, read, and read some more.

Aaron Davis

Payroll Specialist

When employees call in, chances are it's Aaron on the other line who's offering payroll answers and solving problems. Aaron is as quick to offer help as he is with the perfectly timed joke or quote for ANY occasion. He's also the biggest soccer fan. Go RSL!

Laura Lancaster

Human Resources Consultant

Along with being a Master of Human Resources, Laura is a master of communicating and provides her clients with world-class customer service. She can really cut some rug on the country swing dance floor and enjoys musical theater in between motorcycle rides.

Stacey Gibson

Senior Human Resources Consultant

Stacey is a certified Professional in HR (PHR) and the reason her clients would never consider leaving Stratus.hr. When not at work, you can hear her at one of her children’s sporting events -- she’s the one whistling loudly and encouraging her awesome, athletic kids.

Cariann Lieske

Human Resources Consultant

While Cariann used to run an office, she is now focusing her career on Human Resources. When she’s not helping others resolve their employment issues, Cariann can be found wedging her way through an obstacle race or chauffeuring her husband for another 50-miler.

Brad Fagergren

Senior Human Resources Consultant

Brad has been a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) since 2010. He services both local and multi-state client companies and is our in-house FMLA expert. Outside of work, you might spot Brad mentoring, chaperoning, watching, or participating in sports.

Joey Eastwood

Client Services

Joey joined our team in 2001. Though most clients recognize him when he drops off their checks, Joey handles a huge variety of tasks and is the reason Stratus.hr is a well-oiled machine. Outside of work, Joey enjoys chasing powder in the winter and rapids in the summer.

Darci Jones


Darci has a Master's degree in Accounting and shamelessly admits that 'crunching numbers is fun!' Darci enjoys spending any free time traveling with her family and bringing her beloved fur babies whenever possible.

Marlana Heneghan

Senior Accountant

With 18+ years in accounting and a degree in Business Administration, Marlana knows how to get her job done. She’s passionate about her husband and three children (two sons and a dog) and enjoys binge watching TV shows on the weekend.

Doug Hartill


Doug is a jack-of-all-trades (just ask him about his professional background), master of.. several, including accounting (literally). With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for technology, you may be surprised to learn that this former high school football star cries when Game of Thrones is not on TV.

Makenzie West-Chansamoeun

Benefits HRIS Manager

Though Makenzie worked for 6 years with Stratus.hr consulting clients in all things HR, she now gets to show off her IT chops managing the Benefits HRIS. As a multi-talented problem solver, Makenzie has the graceful knack of making everyone she meets feel valued. She loves her boys and cheering on her beloved Utes.

Andrea Clark

Benefits Specialist

With many years as an office manager, Andrea is now utilizing her excellent customer service skills as a Benefits Specialist. Although she's a self-proclaimed home body, Andrea is our resident Rotarian. When she’s not working or being a humanitarian, Andrea enjoys traveling, eating, and drinking with friends.

Kristen Neilson

Communication Manager

Kristen’s background is in film making, but for Stratus.hr, she has her hands in everything from events to mobile app design. When she’s not editing the website or your handbook, she can be found bagging peaks and taking pictures to prove it.

Sher Shields

Marketing Coordinator

With an HR background, Sher helps with all sorts of marketing odds and ends such as articles, newsletters, emails, blogs, ads, and more. When not juggling her four young children, Sher enjoys volleyball, basketball, racquetball, or anything else with ``ball`` at the end.

Amanda Baldwin

Unemployment Specialist

As one of three original staff members and over 25 years of PEO experience, Amanda can fill in with anything, anywhere at Stratus.hr. While her expertise lies with coaching clients on proper terminations, her dream job would be helping people plan vacations all day long.

Robin Brady

Office Administrator

With a background in both Human Resources and Accounting, Robin makes your visit to our office a pleasure. As a professional juggler of answering phones, handling paperwork, and assisting employees, Robin is also the pet parent of two adorable dogs.