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Meet Our Team

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Amy B. Bakay, SHRM-SCP

HR NOLA was founded by Ms. Amy B. Bakay, a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management. Ms. Bakay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Human Resources Management from Mississippi College School of Business, and is an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law (MJ-LEL) from Tulane University Law School.

She is a certified Development Dimensions International (DDI) Facilitator, a certified Predictive Index Analyst and has over 20 years of in-house Human Resources practitioner experience.

Ms. Bakay is pleased to serve as the 2017 Board Chair of Professional Development for the New Orleans Society of Human Resources Management Association and is a member of the Louisiana Diversity Council. She has been engaged to speak on various panels where she serves as a subject matter expert for Women in Leadership and Human Resources Compliance.

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Chris Freeman, HR Practitioner

Chris Freeman is a 10-year Human Resources veteran with Generalist experience in the Finance, Hospitality, and Renewable Energy industries. He holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, as well as, the local NOLA-SHRM chapter.

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Ashley Sorrells, HR


Ashley Sorrells is a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with the Society of Human Resources Management as well as a designated Professional in Human Resources (PHR) with the Human Resources Certification Institute and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Since 2012 she has worked with small, local companies as well as large, global companies and in various industries including insurance, manufacturing, and construction. She enjoys helping organizations meet the demands of their people through HR best practices, is a self-proclaimed HR fangirl, and enjoys staying up to date on the latest trends in the HR field.

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Jake Dufour, HR Practitioner

Jacob Dufour is a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resources Management, and a Senior Certified Professional from the International Public Management Association. Jacob holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Human Resources Management, with a Minor in English, from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Dufour has over ten years of cumulative Human Resources experiences in both the Judiciary and Hospitality industries.


Molly Bruner, HR Practitioner

Molly Bruner is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management and is a member of both the National and Local SHRM organizations. Since 2012, Molly has worked within an HR capacity, including recruitment, corporate training and as a general practitioner. She has a passion for the new hire experience, employee retention, on-boarding and training. Her experience lies primarily within the technology industry and small businesses.

Originally from ‘the South’, Molly recently relocated to New Orleans from Chicago with her husband and Yorkie. She is most excited to explore the colorful culture of her new home! She holds her Bachelor’s of Science in Fine Arts and Master’s of Science in Art Education from The Florida State University and enjoys country music, trying new foods and traveling."

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Damona Barnes, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Damona has over ten years of experience within Human Resources field, including specialized experience within learning and organizational development. Some of her interests within Human Resources include succession planning, leadership and organizational development, training, and recruiting. She has worked in small, local companies as well as large, global companies and in various industries including financial services, manufacturing, and construction.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Education with a concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. She has also obtained her SPHR certification through HRCI and SHRM-SCP certification through SHRM.

Damona was a board member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association for Talent Development and held several positions include President. She is currently the Certification Director for the New Orleans Society of Human Resource Management (NOLA SHRM), national member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), national member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Damona enjoys New Orleans festivals with her husband Kenneth, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Jordan Ivey, HR NOLA Manager

In addition to managing the HR NOLA office, Jordan provides executive assistance in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Department at Tulane University. Prior to 2016, Jordan worked in various service positions at The Loews Hotel in New Orleans, where she found her love of customer service and hospitality. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Texas and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Tulane University.

Originally from Dallas, Jordan has lived in New Orleans for five years now. After visiting one weekend she fell in love with the city and moved here 1 month later. Her favorite parts of New Orleans include the culture, cuisine and housing market; all of which are truly unique!


When we found our company rapidly expanding in the Summer of 2017, we began to scramble for answers to questions and issues that arise with a growing workforce. Luckily, we found our solution and a wealth of knowledge and resources from Amy Bakay and the entire HR NOLA team. The support they continue to provide has allowed for us to implement essential human resource functions including harassment trainings, an annual review process, and a full compensation analysis to best support and mentor our employees professionally. The ability to have HR Nola as a sounding board in which we are confident, has allowed us to focus our limited resources on developing a positive work environment and stay on the right side of the law. We are grateful to be able to partner with such a knowledgeable consultant who is always available when we need them.

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