Tara Gartrell is the Human Resource Director for our firm. Tara joined Cooper Norman in February 2016. Tara has over 20 years of work experience providing human resource services to companies involved in Agribusiness, Healthcare, Engineering, Construction, Professional Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing.

Tara has extensive experience in recruitment and retention, compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance management, compliance, and program implementation.


  • University of Northern Colorado – Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Greeley, Colorado

Professional Designations

  • SPHR – Senior Professional Human Resources, 2005
  • SHRM-SCP – SHRM Senior Certified Professional, 2015

Professional Associations

  • SHRM- Society of Human Resource Management – National Member
  • Southeast Idaho SHRM – Chapter Member
  • Idaho Falls Department of Labor Employer Committee – Committee Chair 2004-2006

Tara grew up in Johnstown, Colorado. She now lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho with her husband.  In her spare time, Tara enjoys spending time with her two adult children and extended family members, traveling, and growing a large vegetable garden each summer.