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Our Team


Sam Wise, SHRM-CP, aPHR (they/he)

HR Project Team Lead

Sam brings over 15 years of experience in social services, childcare management, and the culinary industry. In 2020, they committed to pursuing their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion by formally launching their career in Human Resources. Before joining Clarity HR Solutions, Sam worked with one of the largest non-profit organizations in Arizona, where they served as the primary point-of-contact for HR, designed and facilitated DEI training, and guided the organization-wide pandemic response. Sam brings a strong background in employee relations, learning and development, and auditing.

A recent transplant to the Albany area by way of Arizona, Sam originally hails from central Texas. They are very excited to experience “seasons.” Sam is a lover of Texas A&M football and Manchester City soccer. They will gladly discuss world soccer with anyone foolish enough to bring it up. 

Sam is currently pursuing their Bachelor of Business Administration through the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona. They are also obtaining their Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification with the hopes of continuing through to their Black Belt. Sam is a member of the Capital Area Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Joanmarie M. Dowling (she/her)

Managing Member

Joanmarie is a firm believer that strong HR practices help to boost productivity, foster positive work environments, and reduce legal liability. 

Joanmarie founded Clarity HR Solutions based on the 5 pillars: ethics, clarity, value, accessibility, and efficiency.

Joanmarie graduated from the University of Alabama (but still hired Sam, an A&M fan, because she's committed to diversity at all costs). She also has a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. 

Joanmarie is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Capital Region Human Resource Association. She previously served as Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President of the Capital Region Human Resource Association and as a member of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management’s State Council. She currently serves as a director of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

Joanmarie is an enthusiastic Alabama football fan, gardener, and genealogist.  She lives in Albany with her husband, Joe, their two teenage children whose names she promised not to disclose in a public setting, and their two puppies, Ruby and Cocoa.

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