Dawn Stastny is the Founder and Managing Partner of Stellaris Group. Founded in 2011, she built the company on the principle that business owners don’t need someone to tell them what they can and cannot do. What they need is a Human Resources partner that can see the business from the owner’s point of view. We give you space to run your business your way while offering advice as to how to reduce risk and increase efficiency. Dawn offers scalable collaboration, efficiency, and flexibility, backed by more than 30 years of expertise to support your organizational needs across various HR disciplines.
Dawn’s pragmatic leadership and passion extends far beyond the walls of Stellaris. As the president-elect for the Georgia PTA, she has the opportunity to impact the education community on a county, state, and national level. She also serves on the board for the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and the Cherokee Family Violence Center.
Outside of work, Dawn enjoys traveling with her family – and she hopes to someday enjoy a trip to the French Riviera. Her loyalty, compassion, and resilience are evident to all who know and work with her.
Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Organizational Development from Texas Women’s University. She holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute, a SHRM-SCP designation from the Society for Human Resources Management, and is a HIPAA Compliance Officer. Dawn served as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.
Shiree Lynch is our Business Manager and started with Stellaris in February of 2017. She has 15 years of experience related to her current position and is excellent at having an answer for her customers. Her determination and dedication to her job is obvious - if she doesn’t know an answer off the top of her head, she’s great at finding the information. One of her skillsets is organization – even though her desk may frequently imply differently! When she’s not solving problems at the firm, you can find Shiree at a Disney Resort, sewing, knitting, crocheting, or spending time with her family. She is funny, honest, and cares deeply about child advocacy, veterans, and education issues.
Stacy Connell is one of our Client Relationship Managers and has been with Stellaris since the summer of 2019. She is currently earning her degree in Business Technologies from West Georgia Technical College and spends the majority of her time ensuring Stellaris’ clients have an exceptional experience and have the comfort of having an in-house HR representative. Stacy isn’t afraid of a challenge and enjoys the problem-solving that comes with her job. You can always rely on Stacy to be optimistic, resourceful, and loyal. When she isn’t building client relationships, she can be found reading about history, traveling, or rock climbing with her kids. She is passionate about natural disaster relief, and firmly believes that “your pain today will be your strength tomorrow.”
Laurel Benitez joined the Stellaris family as our HR administrator in 2020. With over four years of experience in an HR support and administrator capacity, Laurel brings attention to detail and a positive attitude to our team. Her primary goal is to support the constantly changing needs of clients with clear communication. She thoroughly loves learning to do new things and considers herself to be creative, curious, and straightforward. Laurel one day hopes to go sky diving and is passionate about Java Cats in Atlanta, Big Brother Big Sister, and the ASPCA. When not working, you can find Laurel spending time with her toddler, Jack. Her favorite quote is, “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”