Kara E. Hensley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President | Talent + Brand



Education + Certifications

BA in Economics, Cum Laude – DePauw University

The Coaching Clinic®

Omicron Delta Epsilon – International Honor Society of Economics

Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR)

Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

  • Team Responsibility

    Kara oversees and leads the human resources and marketing strategies and operations of the firm. She is responsible for the vision, alignment and execution necessary to create and sustain the internal and external Cripe brand – “To Be the Company of First Choice” for staff and clients alike. Kara has an operational lense and creative passion for culture development, brand messaging and employee recruitment, development and retention.

  • Experience

    Prior to joining Cripe in 2007, Kara worked in various human resources and marketing leadership roles with Allison Transmission/General Motors, Thompson Consumer Electronics and Keramida Environmental. Throughout her over 25 year career – spanning the gamut from labor relations to contract negotiations to organizational development and executive coaching – Kara has provided strategic leadership and outcomes to the organizations she serves.

  • Professional + Community Development

    Member – Board of Directors – Andrew J. Brown Academy 

    Member – The Strategy Forums

    Member – Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)

    Member – Indy SHRM

    Member – The Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana 

    Speaker – Purdue University, DePauw University, Ball State University, University of Evansville


    Member – Employ Indy | Indy Chamber Youth Employment Task Force

    Member – Human Resources Task Force – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 

    Member – Board of Directors – Lutheran Child and Family Services

    Member – Diversity/Inclusion Task Force – Lutheran Child and Family Services

    Member – Governance Committee and Human Resources/IT/Facilities Committee

    Member – Board of Directors – The Dramatic Club, Inc.

    Member – Board of Directors – Christamore House Guild 

    Member – Board of Directors – Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA)

  • Achievements

    Ila M. Badger Community Service Award – Cripe

    Burns Award for Outstanding Volunteerism – St. Richard’s Episcopal School

    Headmaster’s Award for Outstanding Service – St. Richard’s Episcopal School