The Growth Company Team

The Growth Company has been assisting owners, managers and employees since 1978. Offering a comprehensive list of services, our consultant team offers over 110 years of combined expertise in the areas of human resources, strategic planning, complaint investigations, employee training, and mediation. Our mission at TGC is to heal the work place, one business at a time.

Lynne Curry, Ph D. SPHR

President of The Growth Company, Inc., Lynne Curry brings her clients a track record in management consulting; Board, manager and employee training; human resources and organizational strategy consulting. 




Curry has provided more than 55,000 consulting projects to more than 3,700 organizations in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, Arizona, Washington D.C., Illinois, New York, Arizona, Texas, Japan, Korea, China, Guam and England.

Curry’s clients include a diverse variety of private sector companies (oil & gas; construction; finance; medical & dental; real estate; retail & hospitality; professional services firms [legal, engineering, architectural, accounting & other service firms]); utilities; Alaska Native corporations; governmental organizations (federal, state, municipal & tribal) and non-profit corporations and agencies.

Curry’s clients attest to her professionalism, her results-orientation and her commitment to exceeding client expectations. In addition to her doctorate, Curry has a Senior Professional in Human Services certificate.
The following organizes Curry’s background in specific areas.

Training and facilitation

Curry provides dynamic, professional, results-oriented training sessions in more than 200 areas including: leadership; management and supervision; Board of Directors’ work; training, presentations, facilitation and mediation; coaching; marketing, sales and customer service; personal and professional development; memory; time and stress management; team-building; diversity; GenX/Y/Z; media; ethics; communications, conflict management and negotiation; motivation and change management. Curry has been awarded the Trainer of the Year award multiple times by the Anchorage chapter of the American Society of Training and Development.
Curry teaches facilitators and also provides facilitation, meeting management and team-building for a large variety of organizations.

Human resources

Curry and her team provide HR On-call (a la carte HR) services. These include HR trouble-shooting; 360 reviews; employee surveys; recruitment (hiring & reference checking); disciplinary and termination assistance; performance review & coaching assistance; legal aspects of management assistance and leadership development.

Legal and investigative work

Dr. Curry has testified at trial and served as an expert witness in legal cases involving sexual harassment, downsizing, management response, age and sex discrimination, wrongful discharge, overtime, grievance channels and many more issues.

Dr. Curry regularly provides neutral third party investigative services in the areas of sexual harassment, fraud, union/management relations, and other workplace issues. She has completed several hundred investigations.
Dr. Curry has provided multiple presentations to the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Alaska Association of Legal Administrators and more than twenty-five law firms.

Strategic planning, mediation and change management

Curry has provided over 30,000 strategic planning, change management, facilitations and mediations to clients in both public and private sector organizations.

Curry’s unique strategic planning process, Results, has produced solid, detailed strategic plans for organizations ranging in size from small professional service companies to large governmental agencies (including key groups with the U.S. Army and state organizations).

Curry teaches mediators and also provides mediation services to private sector clients (managers/employees, co-worker/co-worker) and attorneys with clients interested in settlement. She has successfully - from both parties standpoint - mediated more than 450 situations. Curry's mediation style has been described as professional, objective and impartial.

Executive and professional development coaching

Curry coaches CEOs, COOs, managers, supervisors, professionals, employees and individuals in a wide variety of industries.


Curry has authored four books, Managing Equally & Legally (McFarland & Company, 1990); Solutions; Won By One; A Supervisor's Desk Manual on Performance Appraisal.

Curry’s “Dear Abby of the Workplace” business column has been published since 1983 in the Anchorage Daily News, since 1999 in the Tri-city Herald (Washington) as well as in the Morris Daily Herald (Illinois), the Anchorage Times and the St. Petersburg Times (Florida).

Her articles have been featured in more than 100 publications including Entrepreneur, Yahoo!News, CBS MoneyWatch, and Supervision. Curry is a weekly columnist for HRC Suite.

Organizational strategy assistance

Curry provides client surveys; organizational audits, process improvement and organizational and marketing strategy.




Richard Birdsall, J.D., B.A.

Richard brings with him twenty years of trial experience representing the California Department of Transportation and its engineers; three years in the legal field of environmental remediation; nine years of criminal investigation experience; and, two years conducting investigations for the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights.


Birdsall brings TGC clients years of legal experience with special emphasis and training in legal compliance, risk assessment, settlements, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has served as a court appointed mediator in large litigation cases. He is particularly skillful and adept ferreting out troublesome HR problems and then finding creative ways to solve them.

Birdsall also brings considerable experience as a law instructor at the college and professional levels. He loves teaching with an interactive model promoting student participation and involvement using hypothetical fact patterns to make it fun, real and practical. This skill set offers TGC's clients cost effective team building, training and coaching.


Karen Casanovas, B.A.

An organizational and talent development consultant, Karen's expertise in leadership success, team dynamics, corporate culture transformation, conflict resolution, transitional change, transparency, goal alignment, and organizational performance optimizes increased agility for diverse and challenging workplaces.

A seasoned professional, Karen has worked with Alaska Native Corporations, oil and gas entities, federal, state and local government agencies for more than 30 years. She has facilitated classes for clinics/behavioral health providers, law firms, engineering, oil support services, resource management, tourism, trade associations, nonprofits and others. Experience as a faculty member, business executive, government lobbyist, and television producer in a myriad of cultural settings in her multi-faceted career, Karen creates employee engagement building long-term partnerships and referrals from clients.


Casanovas spearheaded Alaska Airlines’ training programs for market expansion to rural communities and routinely counsels others in team-building, communication, accountability, leadership, motivation, resiliency, capacity development, sustainability, enterprise architecture, customer relations and mediation. She provides hands-on consulting through effective coaching and mentoring while aligning core competencies, values and goals.  Her ability to get to the heart of the matter, offer strategies and tools with realistic solutions, results in turnarounds and immediate effective outcomes.

Karen graduated from Alaska Pacific University; attended Pacific Lutheran University's School of Business; and is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard University affiliate.  Ms. Casanovas is educated through the Coaches Training Institute and helps clients learn focused value systems, gain an understanding of self-defeating influencers, make action-grounded commitments, find a powerful work-life balance, develop purpose, and create a higher level of impact and professionalism.  Additionally, she holds professional graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management from University of Alaska, Anchorage and a course certificate on Contemporary Issues of Aging through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for Alaska Pacific University, and the Aviation Advisory Board for the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Karen was also selected to serve on the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission enhancing and supporting the quality of life for older adults, and is currently a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

A former member of the Circumpolar Infrastructure Task Force as part of the Northern Forum and the Arctic Council, Karen was also part of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center team during the 9/11 crisis.  She is trained in safety and emergency preparedness, and was a presenter at the Governor's Safety and Health Conference. Casanovas was an Anchorage Federal Executive Association Civilian Leadership award nominee, and was a Robert J. Collier award recipient presented by the National Aeronautic Association.  She was also honored with the Visionary Award from the Federal Aviation Administration, and guides organizations in initiative and policymaking. 

Ms. Casanovas has worked on films with Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Drew Barrymore, Jon Voight, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, John Krasinski, Vanessa Hudgens, Dean Norris, Teri Polo and Brett Baker, and on television commercials and docuseries. A life-long student of Alaska Native culture, she's lived in Nome, Fairbanks, Kodiak, and has traveled to nearly every corner of Alaska collecting artifacts from the beach and photographing historic landmarks.

Karen's articles and opinions on human resources, aviation and the television industry have been published in numerous outlets and sources including Alaska Dispatch News, The Peninsula Clarion, The Fairbanks Daily News Miner, The Juneau Empire, Alaska Magazine, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, The Anchorage Daily News, The Washington Monthly, The Arctic Council, The Northern Forum, United States Army Alaska's Stationing & Training of Increased Aviation Assets, Center for Disease Control (NIOSH) Survey and Analysis of Aviation Safety, Aero News, Reel Alaska and other national, federal and state media outlets.


Veronica Jackson, B.A.

Veronica Jackson serves as the Director of Marketing & Business Development for TGC. Her experience in communication, marketing, public relations, and business development has helped create a unique platform for her to provide TGC with a creative edge. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Texas A&M University. Veronica specializes in developing and managing TGC’s marketing efforts some of which include campaigns, social media presence, branding, and business development. She believes in the value of building relationships with clients to understand their needs and provide them with service excellence.

Veronica is a Texas native who has embarked on a new journey with her husband by moving to Alaska. She enjoys the beautiful views and cooler weather that Alaska has to offer. Veronica’s previous experience involved developing and growing business portfolios, performing market analysis and campaigns, and strategic public relations planning in which she served as an advocate for hospital pharmacies within the pharmaceutical health industry. You can follow Veronica and the TGC team on what The Growth Company can offer YOU on Facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn.