HR Transformation

Customers crave an HR experience that capitalizes on the cloud technology evolution. We provide services around how to make this happen, specifically:

  • Project & program management
  • Governance
  • Process mapping
  • Program and policy alignment
  • Training
  • Change management
  • Testing methodology and execution
  • Business case, RFP’s, and technology selection


Value-Added Projects

True realization comes from resources with experience thriving in production. We can support a diverse array of functional-specific efforts, with a focus on value-added or typical “follow-on” type projects. Examples include:

  • Time Tracking and Absence
  • Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Compensation (merit/bonus cycles)
  • Benefits & Open Enrollment
  • Talent Suite
  • New Integrations or improvements


Production Optimization

There is a consistently overlooked opportunity to change how technology is rolled out, leveraged, and supported post go-live. We help our clients with this by:

  • HRIS staff augmentation
  • Security design and improvements
  • Release management
  • Roadmap creation
  • Ongoing enhancement process
  • HRIS or shared services design and build
  • Role clarification and organization alignment
  • Reporting and analytics enrichment

About Us

Fresh Expertise is a Twin Cities based Human Capital Management (HCM) consulting firm. We can help you deliver the cloud to your customers, bring fresh ideas and improve your HR processes. Our consultants bring the right HR Expertise because we have been living, optimizing and thriving in production.

We believe in:

  • 1) Do what you say you are going to do.
  • 2) Challenge, be challenged and thrive with transparency.
  • 3) Back each other up; thick & thin.
  • 4) Work smarter, play always, laugh just because…

We are Powering People.

Our Team

Matt Knodt, PMP

Matt Knodt, PMP

Cloud Enablement Officer

HR Technology leader, process thinker, and project savant. Saves implementations, delivers results. Was Workday brainchild and client-side leader for Customer #301 where he led an over 3 year effort from initiation through full product suite adoption; including Org design, HRIS creation, and broad HR program, process, and policy changes.

Previous Workday customer thought leader, including MN Twin Cities User Group Co-Lead and 2014 Workday Rising solo Presenter on Managing your HR Technology Roadmap. Extensive product training and configuration.

Had a nearly decade long stint as a Big 5 Management Consultant leading process improvement, project management, outsourcing and insourcing, business case, RFP, shared services, and support model development.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mattknodt

Katie (Eull) Stolowski

Katie (Eull) Stolowski

Cloud Enablement Director

Amazing analytical HRIS leader with the ability to dissect the most complex problems and explain detailed concepts to all levels. Thinks outside of the box to address challenges by developing tools for structured analysis that have been used to step multi-level teams through complex design theories.

Formerly a client side HRIS Lead and Sr. System Administrator on Workday product with knowledge and in-depth configuration aptitude across HCM, Absence, Time Tracking, Talent, Compensation, Integrations, Benefits, and Payroll, including global deployments and dozens of Integration design/builds.

Deep expertise in managing and evolving HR technology and processes throughout 14 year tenure in the HR technology space.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/katiestolowski

Jean Champagne

Jean Champagne

Cloud Enablement Consultant

Technology “Jeanius” with incredible product breadth. Able to configure, test, and deploy functionality with the ever important understanding of how to drive improvements and support post go-live.

Was a client side System Administrator on Workday product with expertise across HCM, Recruiting, Onboarding, Absence, Time Tracking, Talent, Compensation, and Integrations. Specifically led end-to-end new deployments and configuration of Time Off Absence Management, Recruiting, Onboarding, and a Cornerstone Learning System global deployment.

Leverages a Master’s degree in Learning Technologies and over 8 years of experience in HRIS and HR including recruiting and generalist responsibilities for deep understanding of HR customer needs.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jeanwatson1

Heather Sandwick

Heather Sandwick

Cloud Enablement Architect

Analytical HRIS Professional with strong technical skills blended with comprehensive knowledge of HR processes and procedures. Strives to exceed client expectations by delivering innovative, on time solutions that benefit the company while keeping the end user in mind.

Previously a client side HRIS Manager and Administrator with expertise across Workday HCM, Compensation, Benefits, Absence, Performance & Talent Management and Integrations. Specifically led process design, training roll-out, and Workday configuration for Core HCM, Compensation, Performance & Talent.

Over 6 years of HR experience in HR Operations, HRIS, and the HR Generalist ranks brings a wide range of knowledge from hire to retire practices for functional support and implementation into post production system support.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heathersandwick

Julie Rians

Julie Rians

Cloud Enablement Analyst

Strategic HR systems and data analyst with a proven track record of helping clients leverage HR technology to maximize system performance and deliver positive business impact. Utilizes a unique combination of technical expertise and strong functional knowledge of core HR principles and practices to offer a well-rounded perspective on how fully-optimized HR technology can effectively impact, and add value to, your organization.

Formerly a client-side HRIS analyst with experience across HCM, Benefits, Time & Absence, Performance, Onboarding, Compensation, and Integrations.

Leverages a Master’s degree in HR Management and over 8 years of experience across a variety of industries and HRIS platforms, translating unique business requirements into strategic HR technology solutions

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julierians/

Contact Us


Cloud Enablement Consultants

  • , Minneapolis, MN
  • O (612) 888-5110
  • support @ freshexpertise.com