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.

Jeff Winter

President – Stratus Benefits

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.

Chase Heywood

Chief Operations Officer

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.

Colin Thompson

Vice President - 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

Vice President – Payroll

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.

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.
Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis

Payroll Manager

Aaron joined Stratus.hr in 2010 and is the backbone of our payroll team. He’s the first person to offer help and is always willing to add to his schedule with a minute’s notice. With a pocket full of useless trivia and quick wit, Aaron can lighten the mood with the perfect joke or quote for ANY occasion.
Kylee Earl

Kylee Earl

Payroll Manager

Kylee Earl joined our Payroll team in December 2020. She has a bachelor’s in business administration, several years’ experience in the PEO industry, and is our resident expert at slip ‘n slides. When she’s not processing payroll, you may have a hard time catching up with Kylee while she’s out with her family running, hiking, playing pickle ball, or crafting her next DIY project.

Heather Luna

Payroll Manager

Beyond her associate degree in Business Management, Heather is an experienced payroll professional who came to us with more than 14 years in the industry. In the summertime, you’ll find Heather wakeboarding with her family at Bear Lake or cheering for her kids at soccer.

Stacey Gibson

Director of Human Resources

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.

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.

Natalie Soltero

Human Resources Consultant

Natalie is a Penn State grad with a mouthful of concentrations like Labor and Employment Relations, Human Resources, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and TV Binge-Watcher. When she’s not in Puerto Rico spending time with her family, Natalie loves to explore all around Utah.

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.

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.

Joey Eastwood

Human Resources Generalist

Joey joined our team in 2001. Beyond being our inhouse Safety Expert, 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.

Shayne Farnsworth

Administrative Assistant

Darci Jones

Chief Financial Officer

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

Tax & Compliance Manager

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.

Susan Ervin

Benefits Specialist

Susan joined our team after 7 years of working for a TPA, managing COBRA benefits and administering FSAs, HSAs and HRAs. While she’s nice in person, Susan has a mean archery shot that makes animals dread hunting season. She’s also an avid fisherwoman who doesn’t care what the season is, as long as she’s camping.

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.

Makenzie West-Chansamoeun

Benefits 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.

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.

Ken Penrod

IT Support

With a background in manufacturing and production, Ken is our SQL/Report Builder Master who finds it funny that he works in an office environment. Ken spends his free time catching up on college sports and sleep.

Sher Shields

Marketing Coordinator

With an MBA and 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.

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.

Emily Kranendonk

HR Consultant

Emily has a Master’s degree in HR and several years of experience as an HR Generalist, with specialties in training & development and recruiting. While she’s a worldwide traveler that has explored South Africa, Norway, Iceland, and France, she also loves to kayak, paddle board, paint her fingernails, and eat anything with salsa on it.
Mark Leaming

Mark Leaming

Chief Technology Officer

Mark has an extensive resume of software experience that includes 25+ years of building successful consulting companies, IT teams, and software developments. With his heart at the University of Utah and his family providing the fuel to his fire, Mark is at Stratus.hr to take our HR technology to the next level.

Gaye Roe

Payroll Manager

Gaye is a highly experienced Payroll Manager and a credentialed Certified Payroll Professional. She came to Stratus.hr with over 20 years of payroll and HR experience and 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.

Christie Lovell

Human Resources Generalist

Christie has a Bachelor’s degree in communication, a minor in art, and raw talent for fashion and design (you should check out her handbag collection!). Between her management background and her expertise in kickboxing, Christie is a force to be reckoned with in our HR department --- until you offer her a warm chocolate chip cookie.
Thomasia Glaser

Thomasia Glaser


Thomasia Glaser joined our accounting team in 2018 with 10+ years’ experience in accounting and AP. While she’s a diehard Utes fan, Thomasia would have a severe internal conflict if forced to choose between a Utah football game or enjoying the outdoors at the lake, in the mountains, or skiing fresh powder.

Carrie Montoya


With a professional background in accounting and benefits, along with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Carrie is perfectly suited for her role as our Stratus.hr Benefits/Accounting Specialist. In addition to being a busy mother of 3, Carrie is a problem solver, an animal lover, and a Disney fanatic to the core.

Ray Mondragon

Human Resources Generalist

Ray has a background in HR and admin, with emphases on recruiting and retention. His approachable demeanor makes it easy to ask him anything from compensation tactics to which hot sauce to use for Lays Chips. When he’s not at work, Ray is either with his family or at the soccer field coaching future MLS stars.

Josie Carmody

Human Resources Generalist

Josie launched her HR career with Stratus.hr after working several years in customer service. While she’s been an incredible asset to our HR team with updating forms, employee handbooks, and other admin tasks, Josie’s true passions are yoga, spending time with her dogs, and eating a greasy cheeseburger.