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About HR Answers

Niki Ramirez, MBA | PHR | SHRM-CP | THRP

It’s wonderful to meet you! I am Niki Ramirez, the Founder and Principal Consultant at HR Answers LLC, an organization dedicated to providing progressive, practical human resources consultation, guidance and support to small businesses. The HR Answers expert team is comprised of some pretty awesome individuals. Just a few are listed here. Whether you need help with day-to-day HR support, or a project here and there, we can help. We’d love to hear from you to learn about you and your organization! Schedule a call and let’s chat!

A little more about us …

Niki’s diverse professional background includes serving in operational leadership roles, adjunct business faculty member, and as a human resources executive. Over the past 20 years she has had the privilege of working with small and large private businesses, in the public education and non-profit sectors, and in Native American tribal government and business enterprises. Niki carries with her a strong desire to educate and empower employees and their leaders to work in partnership to design and implement meaningful human resources programs that drive the success of their organizations.

Niki is an expert facilitator and trainer who is known for providing relevant and engaging content that participants connect easily with; allowing them to walk away with actionable goals and strategies for improving their organizations, as well as defining their own path and designing their future personal and professional success. She has been blessed to have facilitated seminars at local and national conferences over the years.

As evidence to her commitment to supporting education to individuals at all levels, Niki served on the 2006 Maricopa County regional council for Arizona’s First Things First initiative, and more recently on the Gila River Indian Community Career Pathways Advisory Board. Her journey has often taken her to the classroom: both as a lifelong student and teacher.  Niki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Arizona State University (#GoSunDevils) and her Master of Business Administration/Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. Notably, Niki has served as an adjunct faculty member with Maricopa Community Colleges, facilitating business management and human resources courses. In addition, Niki is proud to hold the Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification and the SHRM-CP, certified professional designation.

Niki’s professional ethos is grounded on her personal interest in exploring diversity through travel, and the study of different cultures and languages.  From the Norman Rockwell’esqe town of White Bear Lake, Minnesota where she was born, to the tropical Dominican Republic where her family now extends, to the mix of cultures in the Southwestern state of Arizona where she resides; Niki has sought to find common ground and knowledge from the different people she has had the privilege of interacting with both personally and professionally.

Ryan Rybarzcyk, MBA | PHR | SHRM-CP, Principal Consultant

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Ryan brings over 14 years of experience in the human resources arena serving in several industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, payroll and HR outsourcing. He spent almost a decade consulting directly with small business owners in his positions at Paychex and Automatic Data Processing (ADP). He provides a wealth of insight, experience and knowledge to his clients focusing on employee relations, training & development and strategic change management. His passion is partnering with small to mid-size businesses to help navigate through the challenging HR issues they can face.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from the University of Toledo and a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is professionally certified from the Society of Human Resources Management and Human Resources Certification Institute. Ryan is also a U.S. Navy veteran who served on a submarine based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison, and son, Isaiah, traveling and exploring the different parts of the Southwest.

Luis Ramirez, Licensed Practicing Attorney (AZ & CA), contract

Luis holds a Master’s Degree in Spanish and Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. Luis has been practicing law for over 14 years and advises on a variety of Human Resources/employment law related issues for Niki and her clients. He also assists with policy review, training, form development and more! Luis operates his own separate law firm and works on a contract basis with He is currently licensed in Arizona, California and Oregon. (If you’re wondering: yes, Luis and Niki are married, 17+ years and going strong!)

Sarah Berguetski, Executive Human Resources Assistant

Sarah serves the HR Answers team and clients in a million ways! She has over 40 years of experience supporting business leaders in a variety of industries including government, higher education and corporate executives. Her tact, attention to detail and professionalism really round out the team. Sarah also has experience working as a recruiter for a high-volume community services program.

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