Advisory Board

Our unique approach to HR consulting is exemplified through our carefully selected Advisory Board.

Comprised of seasoned professionals from client companies, The SBS board specializes in areas such as Sales and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Small Business Management and HR Leadership. The Board serves to ensure that SBS’ mission of developing and delivering the highest standard of services is achieved. SBS actively seeks the guidance of its Advisory Board to gauge feedback, measure progress, and to answer hard questions about how to continue to impact client performance.


SandraMurraySandra Murray

VP People Service Centre
Lafarge North America
Mississauga, Ontario

As Vice-President, Sandra leads the people service center for North America. Her team is responsible for providing payroll and benefit services to the employees of Lafarge in both Canada and the U.S. She has held senior leadership positions with ADP and Purolator Courier in the areas of customer service, call centre management and outsourced operations. Sandra earned her EMBA from The University of Western Ontario Richard Ivey School of Business.


susanOdysseuss Lanier

Founding Partner
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP
Houston, Texas

Odysseus is one of four founding partners with McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP (MJLM). With over 200 full-time employees, MJLM is the third largest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm in the United States. Odysseus has 35+ years of professional experience and leads the firm’s Federal Services Group specializing in working with federal, state and local agencies; colleges and universities, school districts, and municipalities by providing expert consultation in governance, strategic planning, business process improvement, procurement strategies, and financial management.

Odysseus is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a graduate of Alabama A&M University, where he now serves as President Pro Tempore (Chairman) of the University’s Board of Trustees. He is the former chairperson of the Board of Commissioners for the Harris County Housing Authority and a former member of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, where he served as chairman of the Finance Committee.


jimJim Sowers

Managing Director
Huron Consulting
Houston, Texas

Jim is Managing Director for the Education Consulting Practice at Huron. Jim has also held global human capital leadership roles at Wipro Consulting and Mercer. Additionally, Jim led human capital and change practices for Buck consultants, Deloitte Consulting and Towers Perrin. Jim earned a Doctorate of Philosophy, Management of Organizations, from Columbia University, MBA, from the College of William and Mary and a BA in History, from Colgate University. Jim’s focus is assisting clients with strategic initiatives and evaluating organizational and HR effectiveness.


marcelMarcel DeBary

Business Development Manager
Atlanta, Georgia

Currently at Accenture, Marcel has served as Vice President of Healthcare Provider Services & Applications Management Services for Xerox, as well as Vice President of Sales at Xerox subsidiary Buck Consultants. Marcel serves as a high-impact executive leader, with 15 years of experience helping clients bridge the gap between business and talent strategy. She has a proven track record of success, building teams and strategic solutions for some of today’s most-respected Healthcare organizations, including Fortune 500 firms. She’s a disciplined sales leader with a deep knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, high-level proficiency in developing and driving complex client growth strategies, and a wide range of industry expertise in many areas of the healthcare industry.

Marcel holds two Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in finance and marketing, in addition to certificates in Sales Management, Psychology, Technology (Database & Security) and International Accounting. Out of the office, Marcel is an active member of the Atlanta business community and a passionate advocate for women and youth.


stephanieStephanie Richards, CPA

ERP Track Leader & Controller
Cummins, Inc
Memphis, Tennessee

Stephanie is currently an ERP Track Leader for Cummins Inc., where she has held leadership roles of Controller, SOX Leader and AP Manager over the last 6 years. She has also led various accounting functions for organizations such as Gyrus, Wright Medical and BellSouth Mobility. Stephanie is a Six Sigma Green Belt and CPA. She earned her MBA from Christian Brothers University and her BBA in Accounting from The University of Memphis.