25 Years


Backed up by a high quality team of HR consultants


Melissa M. Zdarstek, SHRM-CP is a human capital specialist. For nearly two decades, she has worked with organizations to hire, train and retain people that align with strategic business objectives.


Among her many roles, Melissa has served as a Human Resources Business Partner and Operational Leader for well-established, industry-leading businesses operating throughout the United States and internationally. 

Today, she consults with business leaders of emerging and established small to mid-sized companies to design streamlined infrastructures, working at a strategic level with the organization’s leaders to develop and maintain a competitive advantage.


Melissa uses her expertise and experience to help businesses optimize organizational structures and reporting relationships, align functional support teams with business imperatives, improve cross-functional collaboration and design effective people management strategies to enhance the value of each company's most valuable asset.


She is uniquely experienced in dealing with the dynamics of merger and acquisitions, serving as a facilitator to address regulatory compliance audits, interpersonal communications and relationships among and between management structures.


Melissa is passionate about community and education. She holds a SHRM California Labor Law HR specialty credential and SHRM-CP designation .  Melissa has also served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty for a private junior college, where she taught Human Resource Management and Leadership. In addition, Melissa was a member of the council for the (VIP) Valley Industry Partnership, Lyles College of Engineering, CSUF.  She received a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from the University of LaVerne, as well as having studied Enology at Fresno State University.

The Central Valley Employers Resource Group provides comprehensive solutions,  with a focus on how to successfully manage the interconnected roles of human resources, workplace culture and risk management to successfully reduce litigation, the costs of claims and improve employee-employer relations. 


Highly-trained, CVERG's team of certified HR advisors specialize in creating effective people management   strategies,  coupled   with   more    than  45 years of collective team experience in consultative support for emerging and established small to mid-size businesses, in both the private and public sectors, which include non-profit organizations.

CVERG is recognized as experts in the HR space for their thorough understanding of California's complex labor laws.  

Recognized as the authority on how to implement and manage a safe and diverse workplace, delivering top-notch harassment prevention training, exceeding California's requirements for AB 1825, AB2053, SB396, and SB1343, their team is well versed in understanding California employment laws, as well as implementing policies and programs designed to mitigate employee relations risks.  


Their training is highly anticipated by Human Resource and Risk Management professionals as informative, dynamic and packed with real-life practical examples, cases and solutions.

Core Competencies

  • Performance management

  • Responses to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment complaints

  • Policy manual development 

  • HR Management Consulting

  • Employment Law Compliance

  • Internal HR Investigation Training and Coaching

Our Results

  • Engage employees in discussion around insensitive behavior and harassment to mitigate potential issues by offering mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training that is compliant with California's new and existing law.

  • Creation of employee confidence in company integrity and fairness with employment decisions

  • Minimize administrative burdens and lay a strong foundation for your future growth

  • Communicate performance expectations and discipline effectively

  • Resolve employee complaints and reach well-reasoned conclusions in workplace investigations.