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Management Consulting and Training
Specializing in Human Resource Management

Proudly serving small businesses and not for profits for over 20 years

About Just The BasicsTerri Bonar-Stewart

Just The Basics® was founded by Terri Bonar-Stewart in 1994.  Terri was President and CEO until September 2009. 

Just The Basics® offers a full range of Human Resource Management consulting and training services, including Human Resource Audits; development of performance evaluation systems; executive coaching; conflict resolution; and leadership training.

Services and training offered are customized to meet the unique needs of each client.  Just The Basics offers a complimentary one-hour consultation to determine if a potential client’s needs can be met by our organization.  If our organization does not have the appropriate expertise, we will refer clients to colleagues with the right competencies.

Linda GravettLinda Gravett, Ph.D., SPHR, CEQC became President and CEO of Just The Basics in September 2009 to carry on the work that Terri started.  Linda was a Human Resource Management practitioner until 1991, when she founded Gravett and Associates, a Cincinnati-based consulting firm specializing in helping organizations leverage the skills and talents of a diverse workforce.  While Gravett and Associates focuses on organizations with 500+ employees, Just The Basics, Inc. focuses on small companies and not for profits.

If you have any questions about Just The Basics®, please don’t hesitate to contact  Dr. Gravett, by phone at 513-753-8870 or by e-mail at lsg@justthebasics.com.  Or, you can complete our Contact form by clicking here.

Our Team

Phillip D. Jones, Ph.D.:  Senior Associate
Dr. Phil Jones is the former Director of the Cintas Center at Xavier University and Head of the Executive MBA Program, while simultaneously serving as an organizational design and strategic human resources consultant to private industry.  He has developed and delivered consulting and developmental processes and programs to organizations throughout the country, with organizations such as Hebrew Union College, Car-Part.com and Kroger Bakeries and Dairies. 
For over 30 years Phil has consulted with corporate, government and non-profit organizations on such topics as human resources and staff development, quality process analysis, improving communication systems, management and supervisory processes, strategic planning, organizational design and stress and time management.
Phil has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and MA in Experimental and Clinical Psychology and a BA in English. 

He is also certified in training and coaching using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Renee Springer, MS, SPHR:  Senior Associate
Renee Springer has 25 years experience as a consultant, business and life coach, and organizational development practitioner.  Her areas of expertise include leveraging cultural diversity, strategic planning and organizational assessment.  Renee has lent her expertise to organizations such as Mercy Health Partners, Ford Motor Company, and General Electric Aircraft Engine. 
Renee holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Organizational Development.  She is a Registered Corporate Coach through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and holds the HRCI certification of SPHR.

Alison Brown:  Associate
Alison brings 20 years’ experience and expertise as a diversity management consultant.  She specializes in employee training and development in the areas of customer service, leadership, teambuilding and leveraging diversity.  She has lent her consulting expertise to organizations such as Firstar, American Red Cross, and Disciples of Christ Church.  Alison has a BBA in Business Administration and serves on the adjunct faculty for Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

Alfonso Cornejo:  Associate
Alfonso Cornejo has a well-rounded background in all facets of business, with particular expertise in Human Resource Management.  Before entering the consulting field, Alfonso worked for 30 years with Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Clorox and Chiquita Brands.  Alfonso’s primary area of interest and expertise is business development in Latin America.  He was born and raised in Mexico and is the President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati.  Alfonso holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mexico.

Fred Eck, MBA, SPHR: Associate
Fred is an energetic, results oriented Human Resources professional with excellent strategic, creative and executive skills honed over his 35-year career in the manufacturing, government contracting, family business and education fields.  His experience includes four years in a manufacturing plant environment.
Fred is a member of the adjunct faculty at Sinclair College and is an active volunteer leader with the Society for Human Resource Management at the local, regional and state levels.
Fred holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.  He is also certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Michael A. Lair:  Associate
Mike is an acclaimed consultant who specializes in helping people and businesses learn to work together to set and meet organizational goals.  He develops and delivers programs in leadership development, team effectiveness and personal performance.  His background includes serving as Director of Organizational Learning for Joy Education Center (Camp Joy) and senior consultant with Xavier Consulting Group, Xavier University.  Mike has a BA in Industrial Psychology/Quality of Work from Bowling Green State University.

Charlie Runtz, MBA:  Associate 
Charlie brings expertise in the public utilities field to consulting, with experience in strategic planning, protective labor legislation, and mergers and acquisitions.  He has assisted organizations with alignment of their policies and procedures with strategic objectives, staff training, and developing competency-based job descriptions.  Charlie has an MBA and a BSEE, with a background in engineering prior to Human Resources.

Steven J. Allison:  Associate 
Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics (with a major in Accounting) from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.  Steve is a Diversity Awareness and Training Consultant who has assisted organizations with understanding and communicating critical issues related to valuing and managing diversity.  He has also served as Project Management Officer within the Revenue Management Department of a large University based Healthcare System and managed the marketing and enrollment functions of a Medicaid Managed Care Organization developing direct enrollment campaigns, ongoing public relations, community outreach, and communication efforts.  As Director and later VP of a multiservice Home Healthcare Organization, he coordinated “JCAHO” Accreditation Survey Preparation and community relations initiatives, and was a management liaison for his organization during the development and implementation of a multiservice Home Healthcare Partnership with a Children’s Hospital.  Steve also competed as a Professional Soccer Player for three seasons for the Memphis Americans Soccer Team.