Stephanie Hodge, D.B.A, SPHR

CEO & Principal Consultant

Dr. Stephanie Hodge is CEO and Principal Consultant for Essex Consulting, LLC; a certified woman owned-small business, providing human resource and business consulting for small and mid-sized companies. She has over 24 years of global HR experience leading teams in North America, Canada, and South America, in the financial services, software/technology, and non-profit industries.

As a business owner, Stephanie’s philosophy is to help businesses develop and execute strategies that achieve organizational success, through the development of their people. Stephanie enjoys aligning people strategies that support business goals, adding a personal touch, by utilizing her HR expertise to resolve business challenges.

What We Do

Essex Consulting, LLC delivers people strategies and services to help organizations achieve business solutions. Essex Consulting supports organizations by executing on initiatives that support business goals for companies that have limited resources or time.


What We Can Do For Your Business

Talent Development



Compliance Audits

Benefits Planning


File Audits


Strategy Development

Org Design

About Our Firm

Essex Consulting, LLC is an Atlanta based, minority owned HR and business consulting firm, that provides human resources consulting and project work by utilizing senior level business and HR expertise, and talented HR professionals to resolve business challenges.


About Our Team

Our consultants are informed professionals, with a focus on providing excellent customer service. At Essex Consulting, we pride ourselves on being responsive, and building strong relationships. We consider ourselves as your business partner, there to help advance your organization, and assist you in achieving your strategic goals.

Meet Our Team

Chrishaunna Barron
HR Coordinator 

Chrishaunna Barron is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she received a Bachelor’s in Business Management. Currently she is the HR Assistant/Recruiter at Essex Consulting, LLC 

She enjoys assisting in facilitation, sourcing, and engaging with potential hires. Chrishaunna focuses on serving all stakeholder’s with excellence and is a lead for Essex Consulting’s resume review and rebuild service. She has 3 years of Human Resources experience and looks forward to furthering her career in Human Resources. 

Gia McMillan   
Sr. HR Business Partner 

Gia McMillan is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  

 Gia has 9 years of extensive hands-on HR experience in Supervisory and Generalist roles, with large companies in the government, non-profit, and aerospace industries. She has gained significant experience in various areas such as government labor relations, large scale staffing ramp ups, employee relations strategies, managing complex FMLA & reasonable accommodation cases, and leading HR teams.  She is known for making the business “her business” and providing people driven solutions. Gia holds professional memberships with the Society for Human Resource Management and National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources. 

Sabrina Neal   
HR Consultant

Sabrina Neal is a certified mediator and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from the New York Institute of Technology. She brings over 20 years of HR experience from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors making her knowledge of the industry well suited to lead in her field.   

 She served as the Director of Human Resources for California’s largest Labor Local, SEIU 2015 representing over 400,000 long-term care workers with an internal staff of more than 200 employees.  Her scope of responsibility included designing an actionable strategy to recruit, develop and strengthen a diverse workforce. She was a thought leader on policies, benefits and practices that supported equity and inclusion, while implementing tools and services to improve employee performance. Prior to joining SEIU Local 2015, Sabrina led as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.  





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Atlanta, GA