About the Combs
Consulting Group

Denise Combs and Laura McAndrews Sammel are both Executive HR Coaches at Combs Consulting Group. They have several decades of executive-level business and HR experience between them.

They first met as colleagues in the HR Department of a local business in 2007. After working together and developing a strong rapport and mutual respect for each other’s work ethic and HR philosophy, they moved on to different companies only to come together again in another HR Department in 2010. They worked together for another year before moving on again.

During that time apart, they both earned advanced degrees in business administration and human resources and became certified as human resources professionals by the nationally recognized Human Resources Certification Institute. They gained a tremendous amount of experience in the human resources management field as well.

In 2018, Denise asked Laura to join her newly formed company, Combs Consulting Group. They now come together for a third time to serve Lake County employers and help them attract and retain an engaged and skilled workforce.

Denise Combs, BS, SPHR, CTA

CEO and Executive Consultant

Denise provides the overall direction to the firm and client services. She has been in the human resource profession for over 25 years and has experience working in the wine industry, healthcare and non-profit agencies. Denise is active in the local business community working in a volunteer leadership position for city government and local business associations.

Laura McAndrews Sammel, MBA, PHR, CTA

CFO and Executive Consultant

Laura comes to Combs Consulting Group with over fifteen years of human resources experience, ten of which were at the executive level. She provides a wide range of human resources management services and especially enjoys working with clients to develop a positive and supportive workplace culture. She also leads CCG’s Business Education Division and provides services as a leadership coach.

Her goal is to help develop and enrich the lives and careers of the workforce in her community. She is a member of several local business associations, the Lakeport Rotary Club, the Lake County Theatre Company and the Lake County Arts Council.

She enjoys spending time with her family, singing with My Divas, a women’s a capella group and performing in local theatrical productions.

Catherine Sharma

Sr. Human Resources Consultant

Catherine has over eight years HR experience, primarily in the healthcare field. Her areas of specialty include recruitment, onboarding, payroll and benefits.

Catherine has extensive experience navigating leaves of absence program for all types of protected and non-protected leave management.

Catherine is an avid bay area sports fan. In her spare time, she and her husband love to spend time outdoors with their two small children.

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