"Dena Ayala is friendly, forward thinking and incredibly driven. She has served on SDHRF’s board for 3 years and has been an active member for over 8 years. She is currently leading one of the strongest boards we have seen, filled with talented professionals aiming to make a difference in our HR community. This year the major focus is to continue to expand services to our members and create our first Executive of the Year event. In her career, Dena has gained 18 years’ experience in the recruiting industry. She is the President and CEO of SRC, a national recruiting and executive search group that has been operating since 1990. SRC is one of Southern California’s fastest growing firms of 2016, with 7 total offices in San Diego, Orange County & Los Angeles. Her true priority in life is her wonderful family of 9, including her husband John, their 6 kids and dog Ali (a 3 year old boxer named after Muhammed Ali ). She enjoys SUP (stand up paddle boarding), yoga, reading, HH with friends, and recently purchased a power boat to enjoy summers cruising around Mission Bay and Long Beach."
"Kathy Kenney is a results driven, Human Resources professional with proven strategic and tactical human resources experience impacting the positive performance of companies through strategic organizational development and performance management initiatives including the design and execution of strategies to drive bottom-line results. Extensive experience in high-growth, high change environments; union / non-union workforce; private / public entities."
"Tamara is passionate about partnering with successful leaders who have a desire to maximize their full potential, achieve remarkable results, and make a difference in the lives of those they lead. She has 19 years of experience leading HR, Talent Management and Organizational Development functions for a wide variety of industries in SD and the SF Bay Area. Currently, she is the CEO of the San Diego Leadership Institute where she and her team of coaches, facilitators and trainers help leaders and their teams achieve optimal results through executive coaching, individual and team assessments (360s, DISC, EQ-i 2.0, Meyers-Briggs, PI, Conflict Indicator, and Strengths Finder), customized leadership acumen curriculum, and team interventions/off-sites. Tamara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from USF. She is working on her M.S. in Executive Leadership at USD. Tamara completed her coaching certification at Hudson Institute of Coaching and obtained her coaching credential through ICF. She is a Board Certified Coach and a certified Senior Professional in HR. She is serving as the 2016 President for the SD Professional Coaches Alliance and is delighted to serve as President Elect for SDHRF."
"Teddi Reilly, President of Reilly Advisory Group is an accomplished Human Resources executive and advisor to management possessing experience across diverse private and public rapid growth, rapidly transitioning and start-up organizations, which include life sciences, technology, manufacturing, and consumer products with international and domestic markets. She is recognized as a results oriented leader, diverse thinker and team player with high standards and a strong commitment to people development who implements strong human resources strategies and infrastructures that align organizational efforts, while maximizing employee potential and engagement. Ms. Reilly has a BS and MBA from the University of Phoenix, has held various Executive roles, currently and has previously served on various not-for-profit boards, and has taught various undergraduate degree and professional certification programs."
"Christine has more than 9 years of experience as a corporate, technical and contract recruiter, helping companies in San Diego and beyond in hiring the right talent. She started her career as a CPA and had her own CPA firm where she helped emerging companies succeed in business. Now she brings that technical, business and financial background to help companies hire the best talent in a competitive market as an Executive Recruiter for Ledgent Search Group, the preeminent staffing and executive search firm specializing in finance and accounting positions. Ledgent’s purpose is “To make life better for the people we serve” and has been consistently recognized with the most prestigious accolades awarded in the staffing industry for client satisfaction, candidate satisfaction, and coworker engagement. Christine co-founded San Diego Women in Finance in 2011 and sits on the board of the organization."
"Sallie is an Executive Vice President and partner with Lockton’s Southern California Benefits Practice. She is a member of both the Lockton Pacific Series Executive Committee and National Employee Benefits Executive Committee. Sallie began with Lockton in September 2006 and is committed to providing the best service and resources in the industry to her clients. Sallie specializes in plan design development, alternative funding, compliance and employee benefit administration. She has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of Alternative Finance Arrangements with a special emphasis on self-funding; Managed Care and Consumerism Models, Financial Structures and Communication Strategies, Cafeteria and Flexible Benefit Design and Executions; Objectives and Strategic Development for Benefits as a component of Total Rewards models; Population, Wellness and Disease Management Integration; Financial Plan Management and Modeling; and Flexible Defined Contribution Plans."
"Matthew Haver owns and runs Foundation Recruiting and Consulting, a technical recruiting company that specializes in Software and IT. Matt is an entrepreneur with a strong knowledge in Technology, Recruiting, and Operations and has over 10 years of experience. He also has a background in Electronics and Operations Management from his time serving in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to business, Matt is interested in science, the environment, and helping people."
"Sean Ring is a native of the high mountains of Colorado and has called San Diego home since 2007. Sean is an avid surfer and world traveler, constantly striving to gain knowledge, perspective and experience from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. Sean earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. Professionally, Sean has held a variety of sales focused roles across multiple industries, specializing in a consultative sales approach. Experience in several industries has given him a wealth of unique experiences and a deep understanding into multiple verticals.
Currently, Sean specializes in new business development for Innovative Employee Solutions, Inc., a San Diego based B2B service provider of Employer of Record Payrolling services for their clients nationwide and internationally. Sean is also the chair of the IES Cares program for community outreach, coordinating a dedicated team of volunteer advocates in partnering with local San Diego non-profits like the SD Humane Society, SD Food Bank, and Junior Achievement of San Diego County. Behind Sean’s leadership the IES employee team volunteered more than 800 hours in 2015 across 6 non-profit organizations with an employee base of only 26 people."
"As Vice President of Human Resources for Plaza Home Mortgage Ms. Wadsworth is responsible for ensuring Plaza’s human resources and training strategies are in compliance with applicable labor laws, regulations and agency standards. She oversees human resources, leadership development, training, culture, compensation, associate relations, succession planning, associate engagement, policies and procedures as well as Plaza’s workforce. Before joining Plaza in late 2013, Ms. Wadsworth held the position of Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management for Pristine Environments. Ms. Wadsworth has a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix."
"Celeste Blodgett is a passionate, strategic person who brings over 20 years of education, training and management experience to ESET. As a former educator, Celeste takes a tactical and comprehensive approach to managing people, encouraging and leading teams and enhancing the workplace culture and environment. Healthy living and wellness programs are the motivating factors of what drives Celeste. Through her creation in developing a robust wellness program, employees are seeing the benefits of the fitness activities, challenges and daily tracking program. Celeste holds two masters, a Master of Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from USD and a Master of Science in HR from Brandman University. She is currently active in three mentoring programs for USD, SDHR and ESET’s management training program. Being a female and underrepresented in the STEM field, she saw a need to help support other women, particularly in the technology space so she created a women’s leadership group called WOW, ‘Women of the Workplace’. Once that group developed she wanted to reach other young women so she started the first ever Women in Cybersecurity scholarship program which is now in its second year and nationally recognized. In addition to being on the board for SDHR Forum, she also serves on the SDPF board where she has acted as both the chair and committee member for the Women in Blue event for the last 3 years. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and feeling blessed to live in San Diego."
"Reina Castro, CCP, PHR has broad experience in compensation, employee health benefits and HRIS systems. She has experience in small domestic and global, public and private, organizations. Her experience includes compensation programs that support performance management programs, strategic benefit plan design, implementation and program management. Operational Human Resources management experience including broker and vendor relationship management, employee programs and communications, on-boarding, relocation and wellness programs. Compliance and risk management including audit management, leave management; employee relations, welfare plans and ACA compliance. Program management including 401(k) administration, HRIS and Workers' Compensation.
Reina is currently the Human Resources Director – Compensation for the Easterseals of Southern California. She has a BA in Psychology and a certificate in HR Management from San Diego State University. She is involved in multiple non-profit groups and a member of the SDHR Forum Board of Directors."
Karen Smith is a progressive leader in Human Resources, with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the HR body of knowledge. She has a passion for educating HR professionals to broaden their business acumen and their own personal development. Previously to living in San Diego, Karen spent most of her career in Phoenix, Arizona, where she served several years in various board of directors positions, including President of a SHRM chapter. She has also served on a non-for profit Board, Career Connectors, focusing on another passion, connecting employers to people in career transition. Karen’s experience ranges from technology to financial services, partnering with leaders to drive culture, engagement and development. She has worked with both US and globally based organizations.
In her spare time, you can find Karen “living the dream” traveling, exploring by hiking the beautiful trails of San Diego, strolling across our stunning beaches, and most recently, attacking the waves!
"Brooke B. Tabshouri is an attorney with Duane Morris LLP and practices in the area of employment and labor law. Brooke defends employers and management in all stages of single plaintiff and class action litigation, at state and federal level, against claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations and trade secrets theft. Brooke has extensive experience counseling and advising clients in employment law issues, drafting employment policies and handbook, and providing employee training, including required harassment training for managers in California. She also has significant employment litigation experience, including jury trial experience. Brooke is a 2011 graduate of Boston University School of Law and a graduate of the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Duane Morris, she worked at a national labor and employment law firm, as an instructor at San Diego State University's human resources certificate program and as a research attorney for the Hon. Richard D. Huffman of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. "