Meet the Team
Todd Larrabee, President of Employer’s Guardian, LLC., started his career by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. As the Northern California and Nevada Director of Operations for Target Stores he participated in the Company’s evolution from a regional player to a national powerhouse. He joined CompUSA during the technology boom, was selected to participate in a one year senior executive development program piloted by IBM, and was promoted to the Director of Business to Business sales and service for the Northwest. He negotiated contracts with organizations a diverse as HP, the U.S. Navy, and the city of San Francisco.
He founded Employer’s Guardian with a few key partners in 2005. He used the senior executive skills developed over the decades to support the goals of his clients. Today the Company provides Human Resources, Employee Management, OSHA, and Workers’ Compensation Claims Administration support to more than 2,000 employees across the west.
Vice President of Client Services
Aaron Smith is a founding member of Employer’s Guardian who started his career in Human Resources as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and moved on to become a Human Resource Executive. With 20 years of experience, Aaron has collaborated with employers to design and administer safety programs that dramatically reduce injuries and control the cost of Workers’ Compensation. He has helped clients save countless dollars defending OSHA Inspections, Unemployment Claims, Workers’ Compensation Audits, and Employment Disputes.
With his pragmatic and bottom line approach, he has a knack for customer service and is responsible for ensuring that Employer’s Guardian focuses on client priorities, honors customer commitments, and continuing to evolve as the leading provider of HR Outsourcing in the nation.
April Andrade, CPP
April joined Employer’s Guardian LLC’s leadership team in 2016 as the Payroll Manager. She currently maintains the Certified Payroll Certification, CPP, through the American Payroll Association. She began her Payroll career in 2004 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Her background includes Payroll, Tax, Money Movement, Multi-state setups and calculations, Reporting and Compliance, as well as Management experience.
She has a talent for resolving out of balances and finds effective professional manners for leading her team. With her familiarity of state and government regulations she ensures her staff and clients maintain regulations when reporting wages to all agencies.
While there are many facets involved with Diane’s role at Employer’s Guardian, her primary responsibilities include managing our budgeting, tax compliance, IT, A/R, A/P, payroll, and client billing processes, as well as consulting for our Payroll Department, record keeping, and special projects. Her past roles include critical positions with local city government and educational organizations, including Rocklin Unified School District and the Placer County Office of Education, together with support services to the Placer County Board of Education.
Diane holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Human Resources, along with a number of other degrees and certifications. She brings twenty-plus years of experience in business and a unique set of skills that afford consistent, high-quality, and knowledgeable support and service to staff and clients alike. These include twelve-plus years of complex payroll and benefits management responsibilities; supporting accounting, budgeting, auditing, and simultaneous cost control and compliance needs of Charter Schools; managing workers’ compensation claims; STRS/PERS reporting responsibilities; project management and client implementation; systems training; development of policies and regulations; legislative compliance; staff development and training; systems development, implementation, and maintenance; strategic planning; and effectively handling a broad range of other Human Resource and Administrative responsibilities.
Her experiences have developed a competent, strong foundation for supporting organizations and employers proactively, reliably, and effectively. Combined with her elite organizational skills, she specializes in handling a multitude of responsibilities with ease while providing exemplary services in a timely manner. These abilities enable Employer’s Guardian to maintain and operate efficiently and effectively to provide unparalleled client support which fosters confidence, satisfaction and long-term relationships.
Tanya Kharchenko, SPHR, MBA
Tanya Kharchenko is a Human Resources Leader with 18 years of professional experience. Her passion is to provide business solutions to organizations through leadership coaching, learning and talent development, innovative technology, and compliance, which creates a better employee experience and enables exceptional service levels to customers.
Before joining Employer’s Guardian in 2020, Tanya held HR Director positions in mid-size organizations in a healthcare environment. Tanya’s expertise includes compliance, policy design, training and development, performance and compensation management, employee relations, benefits, HR service, and operation.
Tanya holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor’s in Philology. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Outside of work, Tanya enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and singing in a choir. Tanya also likes mentoring new HR professionals and managers by sharing her knowledge and passion for Human Resources.
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