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We Put Aces in their Places

Hope Advising Services offers a wellspring of resources, one being a helping hand for businesses to put an "Ace" in every open job position. How do we do it? We take the time to coach your team on how to navigate the muddy waters of finding the right candidate for a job. You can also put your trust in us to select a candidate on your behalf if needed, along with many other HR Solutions.


No matter what resources you require, with Hope Advising Services by your side, you can rest easy knowing that your business will grow stronger than ever before.


Our Team


Valerie McKain, SHRM-CP

Valerie McKain is an HR guru who works with small businesses and non-profits to help them realize and achieve their human resources goals. she believes every business, no matter if there are 2 or 100 employees, should have HR expertise and support.


Valerie has worked alongside many local non-profits, established small businesses, and newly started companies to help ensure their employees have the richest employment experience they can have. Valerie takes an empathetic approach to HR; she has the ability to take a step back and look at employee viewpoints at all levels, from CEO to associate.

Valerie is a Society for Human Resource Management, certified professional (SHRM-CP), and is well versed in all facets of HR, some of which include, people development, talent acquisition, employee engagement, benefits administration, and risk mitigation/compliance.


Valerie holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, two adorable pups, and attending as many concerts as she can each year! 


Anne-Marie Stedge

Operations Specialist

Anne-Marie is a Human Resource Coordinator who offers a variety of knowledge and skills from her previous roles in healthcare, accounting and sales, and customer service. Anne-Marie managed her own small business offering recruiting, onboarding, payroll, and tax services for over seven years before joining Hope Advising Services!


Having grown up in her family's business, Anne-Marie has an affinity for small local enterprises despite her history of working for both small and large national organizations.


In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and four active girls. She looks forward to volunteering with her youngest daughter at her church or Humane Fort Wayne.

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Kelsey Rutledge

Human Resources Generalist

Kelsey graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Indiana University.


Prior to joining Hope Advising, she had been the Volunteer Coordinator for two organizations. Kelsey has an affinity for working with organizations in the nonprofit and education sectors.


Kelsey works with us on recruiting, orientation, and onboarding, among other things. She appreciates using technology to improve current HR operations and increase their effectiveness.


She spends her leisure time with her husband and two children. She has dabbled with home renovations in recent years and likes undertaking projects around the house.


Chelsey Gidley

Human Resources Generalist

Chelsey graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University.

Before joining Hope Advising, she worked in both marketing and human resources for two locally owned and operated businesses, gaining experience in various aspects of employment, such as interviewing and selection, onboarding and offboarding, compliance with labor law and employment standards, performance management, administering benefits, employee retention practices, and payroll.

Chelsey spends her free time traveling with her daughter’s soccer team, going to the lake, gardening, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with friends and family.

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