Human Resource Management
Demetra Estephana Koelling
Employment and Labor Law
Master of Science in Legal Administration MSLA
B.A., 1984, McMurry University
J.D., 1990, The University of Texas School of Law
Demetra Koelling teaches Employment Law as well as Human Resource Management and Communications & Technology online for the MSLA program. Demetra was graduated with honors from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas with a double major in Spanish and Religion. After college, she served a two year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ecuador. She is a December 1989 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable Emilio M. Garza, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado (2007) and Texas (1990) and is certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Koelling received a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute in 2001 and a certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) in 2010.
Demetra is founder and President of My HR Director which provides businesses with affordable, high-quality human resource operational support. Demetra has held executive roles in major corporations handling all phases of human resource operations and compliance. She served as senior employment counsel with Sears, Roebuck and Co. managing employment litigation and labor relations matters in the Southwest and Puerto Rico. Demetra developed diversity strategies and affirmative action programs for U.S. Cellular. She served with The Boeing Co. directing implementation of a national settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor OFCCP dealing with processes in hiring, promotion and compensation. Additionally, Demetra served as Senior Vice President for Labor and Employment with Clear Channel Communications leading human resource operations and all employment-related legal matters and litigation. Ms. Koelling is bilingual and has developed and delivered human resource management and employment law training in English and Spanish.
Demetra is active serving the communities in which she lives. She is a founding member and first president of the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, an employer coalition dedicated to the employment of people with disabilities. She volunteers with the West Suburban Cook Pro Bono Network. Demetra is past president of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and the statewide Texas Women lawyers.