Who We Are?
Kari Gras, SHRM-CP & PHR
Montana is where I call home and has been since I moved here in July of 1999. Passionate about all the outdoor adventures Montana has to offer, I decided to stay and find a career I was equally passionate about.
I began my career in Human Resources working with Denise Tuohy in 2005, while employed by the Yellowstone Club. I began working in the HR and Payroll Department which was a fast-pace, and evolving department. With seasonal employees keeping the constant flow of paperwork a necessity, I was challenged to continually find better ways of getting procedures refined and streamlined. I began consulting with small businesses in August 2013, following my entrepreneur dream and making it a reality!
I have gained experience in all the different fields of HR & Payroll which include:
Recruitment | Screening | Selection | On-Boarding | Orientations | New Hire Paperwork |
Employee Handbooks | Policies | Procedures | Manuals |
Coaching | Mentoring | Performance Improvement Plans | Promotions |
Job Descriptions | Job Performance Evaluations | Annual & Seasonal Reviews |
Progressive Discipline | Investigations | Grievances | Conflict Resolution | Separations |
Professional Development – employees, supervisors, managers, directors, executives |
Benefits | Payroll | Time & Attendance | Paid Time Off | Deductions | Employment Taxes |
Worker’s Compensation reporting | OSHA logs & Compliance | Annual Audits |
Human Resource Employment & Payroll Law Knowledge
Kim Keene, SPHR
As John Steinbeck said, “I’m in love with Montana, for other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it is love…” and those are my sentiments, exactly! My career in Human Resources began about 20 years ago in Gardiner, Montana (while working for the concessionaire in Yellowstone National Park) and, as most good things do, it has come full circle, right back home to Montana. Having a career in Human Resources has enabled me to travel the world, and to live in some absolutely amazing places, from the left coast to the right coast and places in-between. I have worked primarily in the hospitality industry with a few others thrown in for fun.
My husband and fur babies in tow, we left coastal Virginia in September of 2020 and headed back to the mountains! I am so excited to be back and to be able to do the things I love- hike, walk, camp, ski and, mostly, I am excited to be close to our daughter, who lives in Bozeman!
I am passionate about HR and so excited to join the like-minded TogetHR Consulting Team. I am thrilled to join them on their journey of serving the business community and continued success in this crazy HR/Payroll World.
I grew up in Berkeley, California but spent my summers in Bozeman from an early age. My parents lived in Bozeman for 10 years and while they moved back to California to raise my sister and I, the annual trip to Bozeman was always a highlight. Many years ago I made the move to Bozeman permanent and have loved being here with my husband and dogs ever since. When I am not working, you can find me doing ceramics, hiking outside while searching for wildlife or trying out a new pie recipe. The possibilities for pie are endless!
I have worked in various forms of customer service, team management and have been the informal version of HR for many small businesses in the Gallatin Valley, so I know how important it is to have set systems in place and have a sense of harmony in the workplace. I am so excited to help create that for other businesses through my role at TogetHR Consulting!
I was born in beautiful Mesa, Arizona but quickly moved to the Midwest with my family by the age of 3. I have the extreme privilege of growing up in a farming and ranching family and because of this have great appreciation of everything outdoors.
I love spending time with my wonderful family; My husband and two fantastic children. When I am not working, I am in my garden, out in the barn with our horses or watching my family compete in professional rodeos. We all have a love for animals that was given to us by my mother who is an Equine Rehabilitation Therapist.
I found my love for HR and Payroll nearly 20 years ago. I started in a cancer lab and grew into the automotive industry. I found a love for all aspects of HR and Payroll and knew it was a much-needed part of any business large or small. I truly excited to be working with TogetHR Consulting and a team that has the same passion to keep all businesses happy, compliant, and thriving.
I grew up in TX as a patriotic USAF dependent. I have great appreciation and respect for all US military and veterans and feel fortunate for having experienced that lifestyle. Still living in a military city, l enjoy being surrounded by the culture and events.
My favorite place to be is outdoors and all activities that encompasses, including live music at outdoor venues, hiking, star gazing and being in and near the water, especially the beach.
I am excited to bring over 35 years of accounting experience to the amazing team at TogetHR Consulting led by Kari. I gained a solid foundation of full cycle accounting with 4 years at a public accounting firm where excellent mentoring, support and training has guided my career and education path. I am a long-time user and fan of QuickBooks on all platforms as well as multiple other accounting software. Industry experience includes: Public Accounting, Restaurant, Retail, Services, Real Estate, Property Management, Construction/Job Costing, Dealerships and Financial Institutions.
I am looking forward to working with TogetHR Consulting and serving our clients!
What We offer?
It is our desire to offer real, practical solutions that will truly work in your business. These solutions will better serve your employees, which in turn contributes to better customer service to grow your business. We are here to help connect you with the solutions that will make that step a reality.
We enjoy the mountainous Montana living and believe in having fun! We don’t believe that excellence has to come with a time sacrifice or be stuffy and boring. That said, our professional attitude and vision of excellence is portrayed in all that we do. You can expect to receive honest and open communication, professional and respectful behavior, our knowledge and expertise as our client.
We understand the greatest way that we can grow this business is by meeting and exceeding the expectations of clients. Our primary focus is to provide your employees an ear for listening, a voice to be heard and a keen eye for understanding. This support they want and certainly deserve creates a great value in your business and to your team!
What makes us different?
As one business owner to another that has a big heart to see business owners succeed and thrive! We are passionate about guiding employers and employees to do the next right thing by providing the best possible solution and care to these relationships!
Let’s Connect Today To Get Started On A Personal Solution For Your Company