Who are we?

As former Human Resources and Operations executives, the ON-RIVER team understands the challenges of running the business day-to-day while preparing the HR team and broader organization for the future. We use a pragmatic and objective approach. This agility creates recommendations and solutions that optimize YOUR HR investments. These results earn us the trust of CEOs and executive teams.

What do we do?

We work with clients who see around the corners, who believe that the right investments at the right time will accelerate their firm’s value creation.

Working together, we accelerate your firm in achieving the value expected from significant growth or implementation of a new strategy. Our expertise is accelerating people, culture, and goal alignment allowing firms to focus on what matters most. Our projects are typically 3 – 6 months to identify barriers, create plans to close gaps, and launch you and your teams into a more effective and efficient organization. Our approach is to:

  • Listen more than talk to understand your business and what you are trying to achieve
  • Evaluate what is important now – and determine what can wait
  • Utilize best practices rather than pre-made templates to inform the steps to reach your unique future

Times of company growth and change can be messy. ON-RIVER can guide you quickly and safely through these “rapids” to the calm on the other side.

Service Offerings

Organizations experiencing significant growth and change typically face similar challenges. ON-RIVER offers services across the following areas that can help accelerate and ease these transitions.

Mature and Scale HR Programs and Teams

Evaluate current state HR programs. Define maturity model. Establish, evolve, or integrate HR programs, tools, and resources to match pace and future needs of growth. Serve as Fractional CHRO.

Evolve Leadership Teams

Clarify role alignment in driving strategy execution that matches growth goals. Coach executive and individual team members to optimize the leadership team members’ strengths to create a compelling company culture.

Refine Organizational Structure

Refine organizational accountabilities and job structure; add new capabilities, refine existing jobs, and facilitate highest use of team strengths for continued scalability and growth.

Define Operating Rhythm

Partner with executive team to establish effective operating mechanisms. These will enable efficient, effective, and scalable communications and decision-making across the company.

Facilitate Leadership Team Building

Curate offsite program to accelerate achievement of the firm’s goals together.

Example projects include:

Accelerated strategy execution through goal alignment with new executives and across teams for improved efficiency and greater impact. – Example project completed with new executive in financial services firm with greater than 20,000 employees under a newly named executive team.

Defined the operating rhythm for a new organization to match transformational goals. – Example project completed with healthcare executive following signification organizational restructuring event impacting a division of 4000 people.

Evolved leadership structure for business functions to remove friction points and add expertise to match significant organic and inorganic growth. – Example project completed in high growth healthcare firm post acquisition by PE firm.

Refined foundational HR policies, practices, and programs to match firm’s growth strategy. – Example project completed for regional healthcare firm that grew inorganically in less than 12 months from 1 facility with less than 20 employees to 15+ facilities with 2,600+ employees across 3 states.

Serve as fractional CHRO to optimize HR investments. Manage HR function, implement priority projects, and mature HR programs. – Engagement with high-growth financial services firm supporting <50 employees.

Our Team

Karen Oliver Behee

Karen Oliver-Behee

Founder & President

Rebecca Chabot

Rebecca Chabot

Senior Consultant

Joy Ducey Miller

Joy Ducey Miller

Senior Consultant

Mary Flowers

Mary Flowers

Senior Consultant

Kim Morris Lee

Kim Morris Lee

Senior Consultant

Kayla Colby


Terilyn Eisenhauer

Terilyn Eisenhauer


Frances Quinol


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Lindsey Balcazar

Project Manager

Mark Behee

Mark Behee

Marketing & Operations

Why trust us?

Experience. Expertise. Results.

With over 150 years of combined experience as strategic, results oriented leaders and consultants, the ON-RIVER team brings an expertise in translating an organization’s strategic objectives into actionable value-creating priorities and plans for your HR department, Operations team and your total workforce. Based on our vast experience leading through complex change, we founded ON-RIVER to be your partner.


Responsive, Efficient Organization Created

With the unprecedented change at the intersection of healthcare and technology, ON-RIVER designed and drove my technology team re-alignment into a more responsive and efficient organization.

SVP CIONational Health Insurance Carrier

Cost Savings Accomplished

Through the project we evaluated HR systems and processes needed for growth and eliminated unnecessary, duplicated, and costly ones.

President Regional Healthcare Firm

The Right Change at the Right Time

This effort broke through the log jam and provided the discipline to focus and get the right pieces in place.

CEO Global Financial Services Firm

Extraordinary Thought Partner

Karen helped us during these turbulent times as we considered workforce options that best serve our mission, employees, and community.

Director of Strategy and OrganizationRegional Zoo


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