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HR Answers


In-Accord enjoys an exclusive strategic alliance with HR Answers. We support each other in delivering the highest quality services to our respective clients through a long-standing formal agreement. In appropriate cases, the two companies integrate to deliver complementary services while maintaining firewalls to protect our neutrality and clients’ confidentiality. As an example, In-Accord will mediate a case for employees while HR Answers performs executive coaching for one of the participants in the process. The result is seamless full-spectrum service that combines employee relations and performance management expertise with specialized workplace conflict resolution.

HR Answers is a full-service regional human resource consulting firm headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon. The company was founded in 1985 by President and CEO Judy Clark, SPHR, CPC, and is the largest independent human resources firm in the Pacific Northwest. HR Answers has a staff of 13 specialist and generalist consultants as well as supporting staff. These in-house experts provide all things human resources, including executive coaching, organizational assessments, investigations, performance management, change management, and more. HR Answers prides itself on offering practical tools and resources to aid clients’ overall success without creating dependencies on HR Answers’ services.

United Employers Association

United Employers Association

The United Employers Association (UEA) and In-Accord have benefitted from an informal professional relationship for several years. The UEA is a respected resource for Northwest employers and offers a broad range of services such as an Employer Hotline, an HR Library, labor relations advice and services, and much more. The UEA routinely refers thorny conflict resolution cases and training needs to In-Accord, and its members receive a discount on our services.

Oregon Mediation Association


In-Accord has maintained membership in the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA) for a decade and a half and subscribes to this professional association’s Standards of Practice. In fact, Chris Sheesley helped write those Standards when he served on the Board and spent three years on the Standards Committee. Our affiliation underscores In-Accord’s serious commitment to current knowledge and practices in the conflict management field. Importantly, our OMA affiliation ensures that clients have access to the “Mediator Complaint Process”, which is a process that clients can use to resolve concerns about our services (see

Portland Human Resource Management Association

The Portland Human Resource Management Association is the premier professional organization for human resources professionals in Oregon. Chris Sheesley has been an active member for over a decade and has also served on the Board of Directors. In addition to being featured as the keynote luncheon speaker on three occasions, Chris has also served as Co-Chair for the Special Interest Group on Training and Development. In-Accord supports PHRMA’s mission to engage the HR community through professional development, relationship building opportunities and other resources.

Professional 50

The Professional 50 is a network of some of the best and brightest business exit/succession professionals in the Portland area.  Each of these top tier professionals has been endorsed by others on the list, ensuring that only highly-regarded experts are included.  Please visit to review our network and find the transition expert you need.