About Us

With wide-ranging and deep expertise, our team is ready and available to help you navigate even the most complex human resources issues with custom human resource services.

Our Mission

Helping organizations strengthen their HR strategy, structure, people and processes.

Our Vision

To enrich the world of work.

Our Guiding Principles

At Cooper People Group, we are driven to enrich the world of work because we believe that everyone deserves to do their best work with the best people.

people first

make work fun

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Meet the Team

Lisa Cooper, PHR, SHRM-CP

Lisa Cooper is the Chief People Officer with Cooper People Group whose mission is to enrich the world of work by developing innovative HR strategies, HR structures, HR processes and HR people. Lisa is a Laker for Life (Go GVSU!) and with more than 20 years of HR leadership and consulting experience in West Michigan, she has worn nearly every hat in HR from entry-level Generalist through Consultant and Vice President and has a particular passion for small, entrepreneurial businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Lisa enjoys public speaking, is a past-President for the Association for HR Management (a local SHRM chapter) and currently chairs the Governance Committees at Grand Rapids Downtown Market and North Kent Connect and serves on the YWCA HR Committee.

Fun fact: Besides a love for great HR, Lisa loves her 3 teen daughters, her COVID rescue puppy,  bacon, and scuba diving with hubby of 17 years, Dan. 


Strategic Planning, Future Workforce Development, EOS, Employee Engagement, HR Compliance, Small Business, Leadership Development

Education & Certifications


Claire Larabel, MA, SHRM-SCP

Claire is the Director of Talent Acquisition & Development with Cooper People Group. She has spent her career working in internally and externally focused roles at both large and small organizations! She has a passion for finding the right people, enabling people to succeed by providing the right training and support, and helping organizations through change. Claire has a Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Business with a concentration in Human Resources and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Organizational Learning and Performance.

Fun fact: I pitched a no-hitter in high school!

Talent Acquisition, Employment Branding, Recruiter Training, Onboarding, Training Programs, Leader Development, Performance Management, EOS Tools
Education & Certifications

MA, SHRM-SCP, The Predictive Index

Elizabeth (Lisa) Hanning, JD, SPHR

Lisa Hanning is Cooper People Group’s Sr. HR Consultant & Operations Integrator. She brings more than 30 years of HR Executive Leadership experience in the manufacturing, legal, higher education and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about developing HR teams, and helping organizations find solutions to help grow their business and their people. 

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University of Law, and a Master of Law in Taxation from the University of Denver College of Law. She is a member of Kent County’s Chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 

Fun facts: Lisa is an avid traveler, and proud mom of two grown children. She LOVES dogs, Michigan summers, and entertaining friends out on her boat. Lisa is also learning to play the piano.


Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development, Employment Law, Employee Relations and Training, Benefit Plan Design and Management, HR Team and Organizational Performance, Succession Planning, Restructuring and Post-Merger Integration

Education & Certifications


Cinthia Williams, BA

Cinthia is the HR & Office Operations Coordinator with Cooper People Group. She began her professional career in Business Administration right from college. Throughout her career, she has worked and volunteered for non-profit organizations, an insurance agency, a financial institution, and in higher education. Cinthia is passionate about serving and helping others, professionally and personally. She prides herself in her experience with data analytics, graphic designing, problem solving, and spreadsheet programming.

Cinthia has a BA in Human Resources Management and AS in Business Administration from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She volunteers in her local community on a regular basis including with the Friends of the Otsego District Public Library.

Fun facts: Cinthia is a stay-at-home mom with her son, Theo. She is an animal lover and health and fitness advocate. She loves Microsoft Excel!


Microsoft Suite, Graphic Designing, Calendar Management, Organization, Customer Service, Project Management



Katherine Wolthuis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP​

Katherine is Cooper People Group’s Sr. HR Consultant. She brings a hard-working and professional attitude with an eagerness to learn, grow and drive results. She’s passionate about developing relationships, problem solving, process development and management, helping people, and by doing so, fully contributing to the success and growth of the companies she serves.

She’s previously held leadership positions with small, medium and large companies in the staffing, retail, manufacturing and banking industries. She holds an AS in Business from Grand Rapids Community College, BS in Business from Central Michigan University, an MBA from Michigan State University and SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications as well as a certificate of completion of the Graduate School of Banking for Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Fun Facts: Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, of three years and their fur babies, Tink, and Luna, along the shores of Lake Michigan and Woodbeck Chain of Lakes.


Talent Acquisition, Employee and Labor Relations, Talent Management, Talent Development, Systems Administration, Onboarding, Employee Orientation, Recognition, and Engagement, Project Management

Education & Certifications


Cynthia Peña, SHRM-CP

Cynthia is Cooper People Group’s HR Consultant. She joins our team with experience working with medium size organizations in the retail, food & beverage, manufacturing, and child care industries. With an extensive generalist background, she has a deep understanding of HR systems, processes, and administration while supporting people, culture and strategic initiatives.      


Payroll, Benefits, Employee Relations, Leave Administration, Onboarding, Training, Employee Engagement           


SHRM-CP, Human Resource Professional Certification Program via Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Kristine Babcock, MS

Kristine Babcock is an HR Consultant with Cooper People Group. She is a business professional experienced in human resources and information technology and has spent her career in public and private West Michigan organizations. She spent ten years in consulting and twenty years in leadership positions building and coaching teams to success.  She is passionate about building relationships, teams, and processes that deliver business results through best practices and innovation. 

It’s her belief in the power of education and hard work that drives her support of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCC) and how it helps to change lives.  She’s been a member of the GRCC Foundation Board of Directors for over 8 years and currently serves as the Board Chairperson.  She is also a member of Kent County’s Chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 

Babcock has a B.S. degree in psychology and communications from Central Michigan University and a M.S. degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University.

Fun Fact:  Kristine can’t sit still!  She stays active through gardening, biking, tennis, swimming, and trail running.  She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, 3 children, 6 grandchildren and a German Shepherd named Jax.


HR Information Systems, Project Management, Employee Benefits Strategy & Administration, Change Management, Training & Education, Strategic Planning



Jason Ramer, BA

Jason is CPG’s HR & Compensation Consultant, specializing in the area of compensation within the total rewards function. He has spent his career working for large global organizations in several industries including the automotive, consumer appliance, medical device, and agriculture sectors. He has deep expertise within the compensation function with backgrounds in supply chain and finance as well. He is excited to create solutions for our clients, and help them move towards improved results. Jason has a BA in Supply Chain Management from Western Michigan University. He supports his local community through coaching high school sports and serving in his local church.

Fun fact: In Jason’s first (& only) marathon, he barely beat the 1st speed walker by 2 minutes!


Remuneration Strategy, Base Salary Administration, Variable Pay Planning, Compensation Planning, Sales Compensation Planning, Reward and Recognition Programs, Job Levelling Evaluation, Systems Administration, Project Management, Employee Mobility Support, Total Reward Integrations



Keep Up With Our Team

At Cooper People Group, we exist to enrich the world of work and make a difference in the success of our client companies by assessing, aligning, and achieving results with innovative people practices. With decades of HR leadership and business expertise, it’s our pleasure to provide practical, pivotal, and proven people solutions critical to business sustainability and success. You’ll be served by a team of experienced professionals with expertise in human resources, culture, recruitment, performance management, compliance and talent development.