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About Us

Berkshire Associates is a human resources consulting and technology firm that specializes in helping companies build their ideal, balanced workforce. As an industry leader, we specialize in applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training. 

About Berkshire

In 1983, Berkshire began as one of the first companies to provide an automated way of preparing affirmative action plans (AAPs). As a result, Berkshire revolutionized the way AAPs were prepared, and we continue to set the standard for the tools needed to build a balanced workforce. Over the years, Berkshire continued to expand its capabilities beyond AAPs. Our current offerings include a range of services, training, software, and web-based products that allow companies to depend on Berkshire for a comprehensive solution. Due to the quality of our services and software, we are one of the most sought after providers in the industry.

We offer companies expert guidance, services, and solutions in the following areas:


Dawn Stauffer Hyde

Dawn Stauffer Hyde 

Founder (1954-2012)

Dawn Stauffer Hyde founded Berkshire Associates Inc. in 1983. She was an influential figure in the human resource industry and spent nearly three decades as the company’s president. Among other accomplishments, Dawn is credited with breaking new ground in affirmative action planning technology. In the early 1990’s, Dawn and her father, Donald Stauffer, created the first prototype version of Dawn’s brainchild—GREATAAP; a software product that automated the painstaking process of affirmative action plan preparation. GREATAAP transformed a manual task for human resource professionals, into an easier, more efficient process.

Dawn’s courage to take chances with new technology made her a pioneer in an industry that lagged behind the rest. She turned her ideas into action, and ultimately moved Berkshire from a home office, to a 26,000 sq. ft. facility in Columbia, MD. Today, Berkshire has over 50 employees and is one of the foremost providers of affirmative action solutions. Reflecting her interest in diversity and equal employment opportunity, Dawn also helped to establish, and was the long-time President of the Maryland Association of Affirmative Action Officers.

She was also recognized for her professional contributions and received numerous awards including: Inductee, Circle of Excellence Award for being the recipient of several Maryland Top 100 Women Awards, Howard County Equal Business Opportunity Achievement Star Award, and Bravo Business Achievement Award.

Sadly, Dawn passed away on May 11, 2012. Her commitment to equality will be missed by us all. Berkshire Associates is a manifestation of her dedication and passion to help companies build an equitable and balanced workforce. Dawn believed everyone should have equal access to employment across levels, job types, and industries. Beth Ronnenburg, Dawn’s mentee of over 10 years, succeeded Dawn in June 2011. Beth, alongside the rest of the Berkshire team, will work to continue Dawn’s legacy to provide companies with the support they need to build a balanced workforce.

Our Team

The Berkshire Team is made up of experienced professionals with backgrounds in human resources, technology, engineering, finance, employee relations, business management, communications, and various other professions. Our goal, as a team, is to provide the human resources industry with innovative solutions in affirmative action, applicant management, compensation, and professional training.

Beth Ronnenburg

Beth Ronnenburg,



Manoj Tiwari

Manoj Tiwari,

VP, Business &

Product Development

Cheryl Boyer

Cheryl Boyer,


VP, Client Services

Lynn Clements

Lynn A. Clements,

Director, Regulatory Affairs


Karl Hester

Karl Hester,

Director, IT &

Product Development


Senior Manager, Marketing


Michele Whitehead

Michele Hester,


Sr. Manager, Client Services

Lisa Roeder

Lisa Roeder,

Director of Finance and Administration




Berkshire believes our employees are our greatest asset in accomplishing our mission. Our goal is to hire and retain diverse, talented, and engaged employees who are dedicated to directly contributing to client satisfaction and company growth as members of our team. We provide an atmosphere of inclusion, collaboration, and innovation that enables each individual to contribute to the overall success of the business through their unique strengths, skills, and talents.

Berkshire offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 401(k), paid time off, and much more. If you would like to learn more about our current job openings, please use the links below.

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Berkshire’s Partnership Program was developed to give clients access to an extended line of quality services. Our alliances are focused on improving processes in the areas of applicant management, compensation management, affirmative action planning, workforce planning, diversity, and professional training.




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