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Our Team


Together, Employee Benefits, LLC. has over 50 years experience- providing HR, Payroll and benefits services

Sheree Bartlett, SHRM-CP, PHR
Valerie James, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Director of Human Resources

Sheree has over 25 years of management experience in sales, operations, HR and benefits.  With 17 of those years spent leading Employee Benefits as a customer-focused benefits brokerage and HR consulting firm, she understands the challenges business owners face.  She’s advised multiple start-up companies and loves being part of helping existing businesses grow and progress.  She enjoys helping clients find and implement the best quality and value benefit plans; and she is passionate about investing in the continuing education of her team, so they can partner with clients to help keep them compliant and educated on topics that affect the way they run their businesses.  Sheree is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a licensed insurance broker who also holds two HR certifications (PHR and SHRM-CP) to assist with providing clients with comprehensive HR/Benefits support.

Valerie brings to the team at Employee Benefits, over 25 years of experience in human resources and business administration supporting for-profit and non-profit sectors. Valerie is a certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resources Management and has supervisory experience with professional and paraprofessional staff and volunteers. Valerie prides herself on professional excellence and strategic partnerships within human resource management services, assisting companies to fulfill their organizational mission, employee management, strategic initiatives, consulting, and risk-management. 

Serves as a Committee Member with MT-SHRM

Sam Mean
Director of Benefits

Sam brings 20+ years of benefits experience with a wide range of roles from Claims Analyst to Account Management & Sales.  Spending 12 years with a large Benefits Carrier helped Sam understand the needs of his Agents and Client Partners.  As a Business Administration Graduate of Western Kentucky University, Sam enjoys using his experience to help Clients find creative solutions to unique situations.   With three young daughters, Sam stays active and volunteers as a coach with the Nolensville Soccer League.   Sam looks forward to providing exceptional value and service to his clients in an ever-changing benefit market.



Brandon Palma
Manager of Employee Services

With experience in nonprofit work, customer service and the music industry, Brandon’s main focus has always been people and he is most energized when engaging with or helping others. An Organizational Communication graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Brandon is naturally inclined towards organization, efficiency, details and how all of these affect the people he serves. His minor in Leadership Studies and certification in Experiential Learning find him constantly exploring new opportunities for growth, development and servant leadership. Few things make Brandon happier than doing things with excellence or doing work that contributes to others’ well-being. Always armed with a joke or a laugh, Brandon loves to spread positivity and optimism in the workplace and looks forward to new challenges every day.

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Deborah Svrcina, SHRM-CP, aPHR
Human Resource

With over 30 years of experience in entrepreneurial, management and administrative support roles, Deborah's passion is serving our clients with professionalism and excellence. Deborah is a certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resources Management, which has equipped her with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate with leaders and various clients with the goal of achieving HR and business objectives to reach a win-win outcome. Prior to joining Employee Benefits, Deborah has worked and functioned in a variety of business-related positions.  Operating her own business, Diamond In the Rough Music, LLC., has proven that managing, marketing and public relations related duties do correspond effortlessly when serving the expanding needs of our current and new clients. Deborah is an avid runner and enjoys decorating for a creative outlet.

Heath Cooper, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Payroll & Compensafe Specialist
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Graduating from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a Human Resource Management and Business General Management degree, recently becoming a National and Middle Tennessee SHRM member, Heath brings a sense of passion for growing his knowledge in Human Resources.  Heath is dedicated to his work and prides himself on staying organized while getting the job done on time.  Having worked in Customer Service in the past, Heath exemplifies a keen sense of welcoming others with a smile and openness to learing more about them.  He looks forward to gaining new knowledge in the world of Human Resources and using his knowledge to help others in the workplace.

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Jacob Terrell
Benefits Coordinator
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Micah Martinez
Human Resource /
Recruitment Specialist

A desire to discover opportunity with a mission of helping others in a meaningful way, Jacob recently relocated from Louisiana to Nashville knowing this was the right-life-next-step.  Graduating from Louisiana Tech University majoring in Management with a concentration in Human Resources, a profound interest in Employment Law was developed.  Taking many courses in Law while completing his undergraduate degree, adding 2 years of post-graduate work experience to include work at a financial institution and insurance company, this has all solidified for Jacob that Human Resources was the career path he was destined for.  Hungry and smart, Jacob enjoys spreadsheet creation, audits, customer service and document organization while humbly serving clients and those around him.   In his free time, Jacob enjoys painting along with Bob Ross, playing the saxophone or reading a good novel. A welcomed addition to the EBLLC family.

Micah has over 10 years of HR & Compensation experience in the Mortgage industry and is our first 100% remote employee all the way from Oregon. She is passionate about all aspects of the employee life cycle from recruiting through the Exit interview. Micah is well versed in all things Human Resources from employee relations, labor law compliance, employee benefits, payroll & performance.  Micah is thrilled to join the Employee Benefits, LLC team as the HR Recruitment Specialist and to really own that piece of the employment journey. In her free time, Micah loves reading, gardening, chicken raising, hiking, camping and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.

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Christina Khan
Human Resource / Payroll Specialist

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Sierra Hackett, SHRM-CP
Human Resource

Christina holds her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Business Administration from Belmont University.  Prior to her current role, Christina worked as a Sales Development Representative at an online interior design company with a focus on client relationship cultivation. Bringing these strong people skills, experience in the administrative field of business and drive for superior quality, Christina is motivated to serve our clients with professionalism, enthusiasm while demonstrating our core values in a variety of HR support roles, including new hire onboarding, audit preparations and HR administration.  In her free time, Christina enjoys writing, travelling, and spending quality time with her family.

Sierra has 3 years of management experience. This has shaped her with forward-planning & strategic thinking, excellent problem solving & decision-making skills; as well as strength in communication & organization. She looks forward to being a great support to the rest of the team! In her free time you will likely find Sierra playing with her 3 beautiful nephews, or snuggled up at home with her furbaby & husband.

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Madisyn Bartlett, SHRM-SCP
Human Resource
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Kelly Price
Onboarding Coordinator

Summa cum laude University of Alabama, this speaks for itself.   Madisyn earned her degree in Business Management recently with a specialized focus in Human Resource Management, Madisyn is extremely bright, humble and hungry to learn and grow as a young professional.  Working part-time at Employee Benefits, LLC since April 2018 immersing herself in all aspects of HR operations and Benefit Administration, our team and clients are blessed to have Madisyn now full time. When free time is available, Madisyn enjoys hiking and a great read by the pool.

Our newest addition to the Employee Benefits, LLC HR team, coming all the way from Portland, Oregon! With 10 years of experience in training, onboarding and Human Resources, Kelly is a seasoned HR professional who is known for her exceptional organizational skills and friendly demeanor. Her expertise in HR policies and procedures, combined with her commitment to creating a positive and inclusive workplace, make her a valuable asset to our team. Kelly's ability to build strong relationships with employees and management alike allows her to effectively navigate complex situations and find solutions that work for everyone. We are thrilled to have Kelly on board and look forward to seeing the impact she will make on our team and company. 

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Director of
Stress Management

Zappy and Zazzy, Zoey has risen to the prestigious role of Director of Stress Management at Employee Benefits, LLC. Seizing every opportunity to ensure all non-canines are loved, Zoey approaches her responsibilities with passion, precision and zeal making all who interact with her feel warm, stress-free and sleepy. In addition to Zoey's invaluable dedication in stress management, she also has volunteered herself to be guardian and protector of EBLLC making sure no Mail-Carrier can enter the building safely.  

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