Herbein HR Consulting

Herbein HR Consulting is a full-service HR consulting firm with organizational roots back to 1994. Our Total Rewards practice specializes in a broad range of specialty offerings. From entry-level roles to the C-suite, our compensation professionals will provide insight into market-competitive pay levels and practices and partners with clients to develop cost-effective and equitable salary administration strategies for base and variable (bonus and commission) pay and total rewards.

Since its inception in 1994, our team has continuously honed a unique approach to HR. On the surface, our method is simple: Our professionals take the time to truly understand the needs, culture, and inner workings of the businesses with which we partner. In practice, the effect is radical. And it’s why we stand today as one of the region’s premier, full-service human resources providers.

We believe that your people are your greatest asset, and that the most impactful, resilient, and sustainable business growth comes from within. To achieve that growth, you must invest wisely in your human capital. Empower your people to perform at their highest potential, and you’ve empowered your organization to do the same.

Herbein HR Consulting professionals partner with hundreds of clients of all sizes and in a vast range of industries to provide a robust suite of HR services.

  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Retention & Rewards
  • HR Operations, Compliance & Strategy
  • Organizational Development

Our Compensation & Total Rewards Services include:

  • Executive Compensation
  • Market/ Benchmark
  • Compensation Studies
  • Salary Administration Programs
  • Incentive Compensation Design
  • Benefits Benchmarking
  • Pay Transparency and Equity Analysis
  • Custom Salary Surveys


Division CEO

Laurel Cline is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 30 years of experience spanning multiple facets of HR. Prior to joining our team, she served as Director of Human Resources for Morgan Corporation, then North America’s leading manufacturer of small- to mid-size truck bodies. In that position, Laurel was responsible for all aspects of the creation and delivery of HR services (compensation, benefits, training and development, recruitment, employee relations and EEO/AA) for the corporate headquarters and the six regional manufacturing facilities for over 1,200 employees.

Laurel also worked for a premier national financial institution in various roles, including Employment Manager, Regional Salary and Benefits Administration Manager, Corporate Compensation Manager and Merger Integration Specialist. In addition to general management and HR knowledge, Laurel’s functional areas of specialization include compensation (executive, incentive, and base pay) HR policies and procedures and HR outsourcing. She works with a diverse client base that spans higher education, manufacturing, financial services and nonprofit organizations.

Laurel was named to the 2023 Circle of Excellence as part of the Lehigh Valley Business’ Women of Influence awards for her professional achievments and contributions. She is proud to serve on a local not-for-profit board.

Focused On

  • Strategic and Succession Planning – Human Capital Deployment
  • Compensation – Executive, Base, and Incentive Plan Design and Benchmarking
  • Interim HR – Senior

Education & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania State University – B.A. in Speech Communications
  • PA Bankers Association Intermediate School of Banking – Graduate
  • Principles of Executive Rewards and Advanced Concepts in Executive Rewards – World at Work


  • World at Work (formerly American Compensation Association) – Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Member

Contact Information:
Phone: 484.465.1196
Email: lecline@herbein.com


Vice President and Practice Lead

Karen DiGioia joined the firm in January 2005. As a Vice President and Practice Lead with the firm, she partners with clients in a wide variety of human resources areas.

Prior to her time with Herbein HR Consulting, Karen had over 20 years of human resources experience, most recently as the Human Resource Manager at a premier regional bank. While much of Karen’s experience was in the financial services industry, she began her career in the tech industry and also worked for a durable medical goods provider. During those 20 years, Karen developed a strong base across the full scope of human resources including employment/staffing, employee relations, salary administration, payroll and HRIS management, and Human Resources compliance, including EEO and AAP. Karen’s broad background ensures that she approaches every project and client with a holistic view of the impact on the overall relationship between employers and their employees.

Karen works extensively with senior executives and Boards of Directors on executive compensation design, structure, and competitive solutions. She works with clients to develop and implement compensation structures and programs which maximize the organization’s ability to attract, motivate, and retain talent. Karen has educated, counseled, and trained managers and employees in all aspects of human resources including compliance and employee relations.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, pet Havanese, and friends. She has visited 41 National Parks (so far) and enjoys travel, music, cooking, and reading.

Focused On

  • Compensation – Executive Compensation Design and Benchmarking
  • Compensation – Base and Incentive Plan Design and Benchmarking
  • Organizational Development – Performance Management and Employee Engagement

Education & Certifications

  • The Pennsylvania State University (BA, General Arts and Sciences)


  • National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Member

Contact Information:
Phone: 484.465.1201
Email: khdigioia@herbein.com