Angelica earned her bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated cum laude. Soon thereafter she completed the Human Resources Certificate Program at UCI. A few years later she received her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She has spoken to business leaders about the importance and benefits of strategic human resources as a competitive advantage. She has been published on various topics including responding to the economy’s impact on learning and development resources and developing HR business strategies which evolve and adapt to new business environments.
She strives to develop high performing teams. In 2017, her human resources team was awarded Ceridian’s Astounding Transformation Award for their work implementing a complete Human Capital Management platform when she was Sr. Vice President of People Services for Rubio’s Restaurants. In 2019, the Harrah’s Resort Southern California Human Resources Team was awarded the San Diego HR Forum’s HR Team of the Year award. Additionally, in 2017 Angelica was awarded San Diego HR Forum’s San Diego HR Executive of the Year Award.
Currently she is waging the battle of trying to find balance between the job she loves, her amazing family, and a largely neglected gym membership."
“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 spent the majority of her career leading HR and OD functions for organizations in San Diego and the SF Bay Area. Currently, she is the CEO of SD 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, Predictive Index, DISC, EQ-i 2.0, and Conflict Style Indicator), customized leadership acumen curriculum, and team interventions/off-site retreats. Tamara earned her MS in Executive Leadership at USD and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from USF. She completed her coaching certification at Hudson Institute of Coaching and obtained her Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential through the International Coach Federation. She is also a Board Certified Coach and a certified Senior Professional in HR. She enjoys spending time with friends and hanging out at home or at the beach with her husband and four furkids. She served as President for SDHR Forum in 2018 and 2019, and looks forward to continuing to support the HR community in meaningful ways in the years to come.”
"Chrisa Mott is a passionate professional with extensive experience in Human Resources across a variety of companies and HR functions ranging from multi-national corporations to companies just getting started. She is currently a member of the Thermo Fisher Scientific HR team, however, has held roles in various HR functions including HR Business Partner, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and overseeing the overall HR function. Chrisa is energized by the possibilities of enabling business performance through talent and culture. Chrisa holds a Masters degree in Organization Psychology and in her spare time, Chrisa loves to exercise, travel, spend time with her family and friends and volunteer in her community. "
"Michael currently serves as the Director of Employee Relations Services at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. As a people and operations professional with over 20 years of leadership experience, he is able to convert business mandates into detailed and specific targeted objectives that drive organizational growth. With a proven leadership record of utilizing effective communication and diplomatic skills, he builds consensus and rapport with individuals at all levels of an organization by aligning resources, fostering a diverse, cohesive culture, promoting team engagement and producing desired results. Michael previously served as VP of HR for an international non-profit organization, has held management roles in government and the private sector. He is also the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia in San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Michael has a law degree, Masters in Human Resources and a Doctorate in Management. He is fluent in Spanish and Chinese. During his free time he enjoys travel, snowboarding, volunteering/supporting law enforcement organizations, international affairs, working out and walks with his dogs."
"Gabe has over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry working in many positions in Operations, and Training from being an entry-level employee, to a Restaurant General Manager all the way to his current position as Vice President of Operations Support and Training for Del Taco.
The combination of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and extensive hands-on experience in the hospitality industry enables Gabe to coach and lead cross-functional areas throughout the business. He is an innovative thinker with a focus on developing and implementing successful business systems and procedures to maximize results."
"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 CEO of IHC, a national recruiting and executive search group that has been operating since 1990. IHC 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."
"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. "
“Christine Chang has more than 15 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. Currently, she is the Senior Talent Acquisition Manager for SupplyPro, a privately held company in San Diego.
Since 2013, Christine Chang has been serving as a board member of SD HR Forum and co-founded San Diego Women in Finance in 2011 and sits on the board of that organization as well.
Christine Chang received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of the Pacific and she is an inactive CPA."
"Laura Martella has more than 25 years’ hands-on professional experience in business operations and as a Human Resource professional. Over her career, she has provided strategic HR management and leadership at small, mid-sized and large companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California. Her diverse industry experience includes transportation, publishing, technology, and hospitality. She is currently Director of Human Resources, Leadership Development at San Diego Zoo Global.
Ms. Martella has expertise in employee relations, talent acquisition, affirmative action, compensation and benefits, performance management, leadership development and workers’ compensation. She received her bachelor’s degree at University of Phoenix and her Master’s from University of San Diego. Ms. Martella is also a certified as a Professional Behavior Analyst (CPBA) DISC Behaviors Facilitator, Predictive Index (PI) Practitioner and has her HR credentials, SHRM-SCP.
Laura currently teaches Human Resource Management at University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension in the HR Certification Program. She also serves on the Board of San Diego HR Forum, as Director of Memberships.
Laura has spoken at conferences, including Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and served on panel discussions on a variety of human resource topics."
"Andrew is currently Vice President of Employee Benefits for USI Insurance Services San Diego and is dedicated to continuing to grow the local presence. With the backing of a strong company such as USI he is excited about the continued growth and unlimited opportunities. Andrew is an experienced professional with a variety of experience from investment banking, medical device sales, entrepreneurship/business ownership followed by an acquisition of his company in 2014. Originally from Boston, Andrew moved to San Diego in 2015 for new business opportunities and the added bonus of sunnier Winters. Graduated from The University of Connecticut with a BS in Business/Entrepreneurship and a minor in Real Estate Finance. In early 2018 the opportunity to build the San Diego Territory for USI Insurance Services has led his most recent career move into Employee Benefits. Having been a business owner and taking pride in building successful relationships he knows the importance of an employee driven company for continued growth and success. He really enjoys working with HR executives and helping build an environment where the best talent is attracted and obtained via culture and benefits. In free time Andrew is an avid outdoor enthusiast skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, boating and volunteering with underserved youth groups."
"Janice Rougas has over 20 years’ experience developing people, employee culture, and HR infrastructure. During her career, she has provided strategic HR leadership at small to mid-sized companies in San Diego. Her diverse industry experience includes both for profit and non-profit in the automotive, biotech, environmental services, museum, and high-tech R&D sectors. Janice has expertise in Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Affirmative Action, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management and Risk Management.Janice received both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and her MBA from San Diego State University. She currently holds the SPHR certification and SHRM-SCP certification. Additionally, Janice serves as a board member for San Diego Human Resources Forum and is an instructor for UC San Diego Extension."
"Teddi Reilly, President of Reilly Advisory Group is an accomplished human resources executive,
coach and advisor to management possessing experience across diverse for profit and non-profit,
private and public sector rapid growth, transitioning and start-up organizations, which include
life sciences, technology, manufacturing, academic, and consumer products with international
and domestic markets.
Recognized as a results-oriented leader, diverse thinker and team player with high standards and
a passionate commitment to human capital development who implements sustainable strategies
and infrastructures that align organizational efforts and financial commitments, while
maximizing employee potential and engagement. Currently, she is an active trusted advisor and
coach to executive management and Board of Directors in various industries and actively serves
on various not-for-profit boards and has teaches undergraduate and professional Human
Resource management programs.
Ms. Reilly has held Executive positions throughout her career in San Diego and a few of those
companies were: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, D&K Engineering,
ASML (formerly Cymer), Illumina, and La Jolla Pharmaceutical company. She earned a BS in
Business Management and MBA from the University of Phoenix."
"Alison has spent her career in the retail and restaurant space, practicing HR for nearly 20 years. She has a passion for working directly with front line managers and developing HR Teams that do the same. She recently joined Urban Plates in Cardiff, CA where she is tasked with helping the company gear up for expansion into new markets in New York and Illinois. Prior to Urban Plates, Alison spent many years at Rubio’s Restaurants where she built the employee relations field team, developed HR focused training modules for managers, and created a collaborative partnership with Operations and executive leadership. Additionally, she planned, organized and executed hiring & staffing events to support new location openings in multiple markets.
Alison’s depth of experience is in employee relations. She has successfully navigated potential workplace violence situations and completed complex investigations involving alleged harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Alison is a certified Insights Discovery instructor and holds a BA in Social Ecology from UC, Irvine. When not at work, Alison loves to cook, ride her beach cruiser, and spend time with family."