Terri Lynn Cardona | Founder

A Catalyst for Change

 Terri Lynn Cardona

Strategic. Dynamic. Compassionate. Influential. These are the main ingredients that set Terri Lynn Cardona and Stone Soup Performance Consulting apart.

With 20-plus years of experience aligning human resources strategy with business operations for top brands in multiple industries, Terri Lynn is a catalyst for change. Appropriately nicknamed TLC, she founded Stone Soup Performance Consulting to focus exclusively on her passion—helping businesses enhance their bottom line by improving and nurturing employee performance.

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In her role as Director of Client Success for Stone Soup Performance, Nikole Velo works with clients in areas such as strategic alignment, human resources consulting and team development.

With her passion for learning and development, she designs training that strengthens communication, improves efficiencies, and reduces costs. She works directly within small to mid-size companies to foster healthy corporate environments with employees who are engaged and productive.

Nikole incorporates technology into operations. She uses instructional training design methodologies to create programs in areas such as cybersecurity and health & wellness.

Nikole Velo started her career as a restaurant manager, where she turned around four under-performing restaurants. Her operations experience and strategic recruiting were key to her success. Her degree in business is from the University of Phoenix.

Supporting Stone Soup Performance Consulting in her role as Human Resources Generalist, Gemma contributes to key HR functions. Her eye for detail and enthusiasm for all things HR is evident in her thorough approach.

Gemma is a graduate from the Certificate Program in Human Resource Management at UC Berkeley Extension, and applies her research skills to develop valuable policy manuals and job-related documentation. Gemma delivers tactical HR support for clients so they can focus on strategic objectives.

Prior to her career in HR, Gemma coordinated educational programs and conferences for clients in healthcare, consumer goods, and educational services. Gemma leans into her event management experience to drive projects forward and keep all stakeholders aligned.


Strategic human resources in its simplest form focuses on staffing, training and development, as well as the motivation and maintenance of the employee experience. At Stone Soup Performance Consulting, we like to say strategic human resources are similar to that of building customer loyalty.  Our ultimate goal is to attract, engage and cement our relationship with our employees. To that end, Stone Soup Performance Consulting partners with experts in the industry that bring their talents to our team, to help your team thrive.