Our HR consultants handle your matters with professionalism and compassion

We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve got one of the finest teams of recruiters and HR consultants in the business. All of our team members are “people” people, focused on finding you the right individuals for your organization – and keeping them happy. Our team is full of diverse skillsets that work together to create resources that provide you with outstanding HR and recruiting services. With extensive experience and can-do attitudes, we know you will love our team as much as we do. 

A team that’s laser-focused on your unique needs

Happiness is an important factor when it comes to our clients and employees. This means we start with ourselves, and our people, to activate “trickle-down happiness.” When we keep our employees happy, they pay it forward by going out of their way to make clients happy. The happiness then trickles down to your employees and customers. And when everyone is happy, we’ve reached our mission to provide you with the best HR services.

One of the biggest strengths of our team is not just the wealth of expertise they bring from their respective fields, but their uncanny ability to adapt to your organization’s needs. This allows them to deliver solutions that elevate your workforce and advance your business. Each of our team members contributes greatly to our team and provides extremely valuable insight. While doing “good” business, we love to have fun at SDHR Consulting. This is why you will find fun nicknames next to our team members. Get to know us and the services that we provide. 

  • Julie Wootton

    “The Fearless Leader”

    Julie Wootton

    “The Fearless Leader”

    Julie is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Human Resources Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management working with multiple industries such as startups, consulting, recruiting firms, technology, SaaS, marketing and advertising agencies, education, telecommunications, service, and entertainment. Julie has established and led HR departments at both large (Fortune 100) and emerging companies specializing in startup and turnaround for multi-unit locations. She has been responsible for the HR aspects of mergers & acquisitions, reorganizations, and company closures. Julie has led teams of HR professionals and developed them to full competency in the field. She holds a master of science degree in human resources management from Chapman University and has taught human resources management classes at Mira Costa College. We don’t think she’s scared of anything. Well, maybe big spiders. But, the point is, with Julie at the helm, your business is in good hands.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Intellection, Input, Strategic, Analytical

    Bird DISC: Eagle

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  • Tanya Carbaugh

    “Icing on the Cake”
    Tanya Carbaugh

    Tanya Carbaugh

    “Icing on the Cake”

    Tanya brings a hybrid background in recruitment and general human resources, with more than 12 years specializing in recruiting for small businesses and startup companies. Tanya received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in human resources management from Baker College and has held a Professional HR Certificate for the past seven years. A good day for Tanya would be watching hockey with her boyfriend while indulging in their shared love of carrot cake and sangria. A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Tanya realizes the importance of work and life balance which is often demonstrated as she works off those sweet tooth calories while working in her home office at a treadmill desk! Her dedication and focus are just some of the skills she brings to finding that “sweet spot” in recruiting successful candidates which to our clients is just “Icing on the Cake.”

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Empathy, Developer, Discipline, Achiever

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Courtney Closner

    “The Closer”
    Courtney Closner

    Courtney Closner

    “The Closer”

    Courtney has been in recruiting for over 12 years and is laser-focused. She has extensive experience recruiting across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, IT, finance, and oil and gas. Courtney’s unique approach at the very beginning of a recruiting job helps her identify the best new talent easily, effortlessly and quickly. She holds a bachelor of science degree in special education from the University of Alabama, and she is a former volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House charities. Courtney lives in Texas with her family, and when she’s not recruiting, she is chasing around her one-year-old daughter. Not only is she extremely effective, we kinda think she looks like Kyra Sedgwick, hence her nickname “The Closer.” Her last name is just a coincidence.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Strategic, Consistency, Positivity, Includer

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Lori Jolly

    “Jolly Jumps”
    Lori Jolly

    Lori Jolly

    “Jolly Jumps”

    Lori brings more than 15 years in IT recruiting background in corporate and staffing agencies, with a focus on placing qualified technical candidates in individual contributor roles and team member roles. Lori plans on completing her bachelor’s with a focus on HR in a few years when the “sideshow” settles down (her words!). This “show” entails two cats and four kiddos ranging from 11 months to 10 years old. Lori excels in fast-paced, ever-changing environments, maintaining her commitment to detail and focus to potential moving targets and jumps at any challenge thrown in her path, earning her the nickname “Jolly Jumps.”

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Individualization, Intellection, Context, Input

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Brenda Olsen

    “The Doll-e-Llama”
    Brenda Olsen

    Brenda Olsen

    “The Doll-e-Llama”

    Brenda is our amazing Administrative Manager. With more than 16 years of business administration and accounting experience, she keeps this crew working smoothly. For 11 years, Brenda was the Secretary/Treasurer for a cutting edge aerospace research and development company in Seattle. Having enough of the rain, she moved to sunny San Diego. Lucky us! And, who would have thought, she’s a llama whisperer!

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility, Discipline, Deliberate, Empathy, Relator

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Suzy Robinson

    “The Organizer”
    Suzy Robinson

    Suzy Robinson

    “The Organizer”

    Suzy is our Service Delivery Team Manager and a DISC Owl who enjoys placing an order into chaos, dreams into details and lining the ducks in a row so they move forward in growth and success. Administration, HR, recruiting, and customer service are pies where her feathers have dipped, from several large grocery chains to a small startup government contractor servicing the military and aerospace industries. Suzy makes her nest in SoCal Wine Country with her husband and three active teenagers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton and she is at her best in a multitasking world, with a beautifully filed inbox and short walks on the beach and that’s why we call her “The Organizer”.

    StrengthsFinders Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Input, Achiever, Responsibility

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Melissa Deaton

    “Maestro“
    Melissa Deaton

    Melissa Deaton

    “Maestro“

    Melissa, SDHRC Recruiting Manager, brings 15+years in recruiting experience fulfilling professional and those hard to fill techie positions. Melissa studied Business Administration at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and currently makes her home in Cleveland, Tennessee. Melissa is the company “dad joke” teller and can hold her own in a pun battle. Melissa enjoys hiking, fishing, and biking with her family, volunteering, and playing the piano and the harp. Our Maestro directs our orchestra of Rockstar recruiters in perfect harmony and plays her keys and strings in recruiting the right candidate for the right position to a tune you just can’t resist!  

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility, Belief, Achiever, Positivity, Developer

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Cherie Beck

    “Diving Diva“
    Cherie Beck

    Cherie Beck

    “Diving Diva“

    Cherie has over 25 years of HR experience, specifically in compensation, mergers and acquisitions and start-up operations, acting as an employee champion as well as a change agent. Cherie holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cal State San Marcos and she is a member of SHRM and WorldatWork. A native to Southern California, Cherie is an avid diver. Freediving and snorkeling are a family tradition beginning with her grandparents and carrying down to Cherie’s grandchildren. Each year Cherie’s family hosts a reunion on Catalina Island filled with family fun and diving. Cherie’s adventurous nature is reflected in her life and work ethic as she dives right in to tackle what needs to be done, and that’s why we call her the Diving Diva.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Activator, Maximizer, Futuristic, Strategic

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Kelly Dingess

    “Goalkeeper”
    Kelly Dingess

    Kelly Dingess

    “Goalkeeper”

    Kelly is an HR Consultant who brings 14 years plus of experience in HR. Kelly holds a BA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Azusa Pacific and she was previously certified as a Compensation Professional. Kelly’s extensive experience includes recruiting, benefits, employee relations as well as new insurance provider transitions and on-boarding program creation. Kelly has been married to her hubby Jerry for 9 years, resulting in two kiddos, a daughter and a son. Kelly loves soccer and playing indoor soccer is one of her favorite hobbies. Eyes on the end result for her clients, Kelly also knows the value of preventive defense by guiding clients in HR compliance which earns her the nickname, Goalkeeper.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Analytical, Responsibility, Learner, Individualization

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Traci Hagan, MHRM

    “Treasure Trove”
    Traci Hagan, MHRM

    Traci Hagan, MHRM

    “Treasure Trove”

    Webster defines “Treasure Trove” as a valuable discovery, resource or collection which describes our find in Traci who brings over 32 plus years of experience in employee relations, conflict resolution benefits administration, training and development, workers’ comp and staffing. Traci holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Florida State University and a Masters in HR Management from the University of North Florida. Raised on Florida beaches, Traci has traveled to cold and distant places such as Boston, NY, and Bangladesh, but now enjoys living in San Diego where she walks her 16-year-old “puppy”, enjoys outdoor yoga classes and admits sirens in the city beat the cold and snow any day. Restaurant server to HR Director, visiting Professor to a volunteer for 2 years in Bangladesh, Traci’s experiences encompass multi-organizational and cross-cultural issues which allow her to expertly charter the waters of complex problems and where she thrives by discovering and providing solutions for smoother sailing. There is no better HR guide than Traci, SDHR Consulting’s Treasure Trove.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Relator, Adaptability, Strategic, Responsibility

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Rachel Redmond

    “Big Red”
    Rachel Redmond

    Rachel Redmond

    “Big Red”

    G’day Mate! Nope, it’s not Crocodile Dundee but our Rockstar with a lovely Australian accent, Rachel R. Rachel has been been a recruiter for 12 plus years, adding tech and engineering to her skillset in recent years. Recruiting fits well with Rachel’s love of meeting and learning about people – something she has developed since birth. Born in the US, Rachel spent most of her life in Australia and has lived in the Bahamas, West Indies, and Canada before settling in Southern California where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and rocking recruiting for SDHRC. Nicknamed for her height (5’9″) and last name, Big Red, enjoys snowboarding and food, not always in that order as her friends call her “small hand, big appetite”. While her hands may be small, her ability to handle your recruiting needs is unlimited!

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Achiever, Woo, Communication, Responsibility

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Julie Reed

    “Jreed”
    Julie Reed

    Julie Reed

    “Jreed”

    “JReed”, as she has agreed to be called to avoid confusion with our Fearless Leader, has 18 plus years of technical recruiting experience and holds a Masters in HR Management as well as multiple technical certifications. JReed is an expert hunter in finding those technical colored unicorns which is evident by her collection of captured Citrix Engineers and CCIEs. Originally from Buffalo, Jreed is a lover of the Bills, wings, and snow. She enjoys swimming and triathlons and is an avid reader of Cozy Mysteries. And when she says “avid” reader…she means a book a day! JReed home schools her 14-year-old daughter and just recently the family relocated from North Carolina to Florida in the middle of Hurricane Harvey. We can definitely attest to JReed’s impeccable timing in finding the eye of the storm for she has landed herself in a whirlwind of recruiting activity which might just keep her from her beloved books for a day or two.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Achiever, Arranger, Individualization, Learner

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Vanessa Negrete, JD

    "Lady Justice"
    Vanessa Negrete, JD

    Vanessa Negrete, JD

    "Lady Justice"

    Vanessa is our HR and Legal Consultant and she brings extensive investigative experience with regards to discrimination and harassment claims as well as employment law issues. Vanessa received her Bachelor’s in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford, Juris Doctor from USC, and she was selected as San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2016 and 2017. Vanessa is a Southern California native, mother of 2 and is an avid soccer fan who coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Vanessa is an instructor for UCSD Extension and a board member for Casa de Amparo, a non-profit organization that serves children within the foster care system. Legalese interpreter, investigator extraordinaire, teacher, mother, volunteer, teammate; she is a wonder woman who we call our SDHRC Lady Justice.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Woo, Communication, Competition, Ideation

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Marsi Harris, MHRM

    "Madre of HR"
    Marsi Harris, MHRM

    Marsi Harris, MHRM

    "Madre of HR"

    Marsi Harris brings over 17 years of HR experience in talent management, organizational development, compensation analysis, and good ole HR compliance. A native San Diegan, Marsi completed her undergrad at UCSB and Masters from National University. Spanish speaking, with a love for travel, beaches, and good beer. Marsi and her family love vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, for rest, relaxation, and great family time. Family is important to Marsi, whether it is found at home or in the workplace and Marsi works hard for her clients to create a culture that reflects such cohesiveness and support and that’s why we call her the Madre of HR.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Strategic, Relator, Command, Competition

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Anna Keith

    "Nacho Your Average Recruiter"
    Anna Keith

    Anna Keith

    "Nacho Your Average Recruiter"

    With over 7 years of experience, Anna holds a Masters in Education Psychology and brings a wealth of technical as well as functional recruiting experience.  Before heading to the wonderful life of SDHR Consulting’s remote life and work balance, Anna worked as a program manager to assigned government contracts and handled the full cycle of recruiting with one hand tied behind her back. Anna makes her home with her family in Virginia where she is an avid sports fan who loves happy hour due to her obsession with nachos, taco, and cheese. Nacho your average Recruiter, Anna brings the win for a successful candidate and client championship.

    DISC: Parrot

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  • Beth Noce

    "Noce List"
    Beth Noce

    Beth Noce

    "Noce List"

    Beth Noce is a Technical Recruiter who can easily flip to Functional.  For the past 16 plus years, Beth has recruited from Dev Ops to Social Media, Executive to Support. Besides recruiting and staffing, Beth has also worked in sales, insurance, mortgage, and finance. Beth lives in Lone Star State with her hubby and daughters along with 2 rescue dogs and Tuesday the Kitty. As you might have guessed, Beth has a heart for animals and volunteers at her local animal shelter where her family has worked with everything from cleaning kennels to supervising intro sessions for prospective adopters. Beth has a passion for learning, taking notes, and checking the to-do boxes, hence her return to school, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in University Studies with a focus on Business and Health Sciences. Clients guaranteed to make the “Noce List” always find satisfaction with Beth’s checking off the “right fit” box between client and candidate.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Restorative, Adaptability, Connectedness

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Rachel Hart, M.S., SPHR, CPCC, ACC

    "Dream-Maker"
    Rachel Hart, M.S., SPHR, CPCC, ACC

    Rachel Hart, M.S., SPHR, CPCC, ACC

    "Dream-Maker"

    Rachel Hart is a Certified Executive Coach who brings 21 plus years of experience in HR with her primary focus on Training/Development, Coaching and Employee Relations. She attended Western Washington University for her BA in Psychology, Chapman University for her Masters in HR and she is SPHR certified. Rachel knew HR was her path when she was 5 years old as she placed teddy bears in a circle and counseled each one of them to ensure they felt fulfilled in their roles. Rachel has a passionate “hart” for inspiring and serving others evident by her volunteer work and her belief that people are capable of leadership with more impact than they may have ever imagined. Rachel is also pretty passionate about her hubby, their sons and furbaby, musical theater, and macadamia nut caramel clusters. Rachel is SDHR Consulting’s Dream Maker, as she impacts individuals and organizations by challenging them to stretch further to maximize their full potential while celebrating everything along the way. Dream-Maker? More like Dream Come True!

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Belief, Positivity, Included, Developer

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Katie Pierce, MSc

    "Perceptive Pierce"
    Katie Pierce, MSc

    Katie Pierce, MSc

    "Perceptive Pierce"

    HR Consultant Katie provides over 10 years of experience in HR with her primary focus in comp analysis, consulting and project management. Katie attended Saint Louis University for her BS in HR Management and her Masters of Science in International Employment Relations and HR Management from the London School of Economics. When she isn’t crunching numbers and answering the call of HR, Katie enjoys golfing, visiting Farmer’s Markets, cooking, and traveling with her hubby and son. Have an HR issue or concern? Perceptive Pierce has x-HRay-vision to guide you safely to the land of compliance and of course, they lived happily ever after.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Individualization, Maximizer, Empathy, Discipline

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Emmily Hunter, PRC, CDR, CIR

    "M&M"
    Emmily Hunter, PRC, CDR, CIR

    Emmily Hunter, PRC, CDR, CIR

    "M&M"

    Emmily Hunter (that’s with two “M”s) brings over 8 years of recruiting experience from scientists and mathematicians, doctors and psychologists, office coordinators and help desk to software engineers and developers. You have a position, Emmily is going to fill it! Emmily holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Development from Bowling Green State University and she is three times certified as a Professional Recruiter Certified (PRC), Certified Diversity Recruiter (CDR), and Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR). Emmily may reside in the Buckeye State, however, she is a forever “Falcon.” Fun fact about Emmily is she and her hubby are both left-handed and their wedding anniversary falls on National Left-Handers day (no worries, their kiddos are “all right”)! Among work and family life, Emmily still finds time to run a flag football league that coordinates 32 coaches and 16 teams, serves on the School Board AND takes time to work out to maintain a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle. With two Ms in her name, we claim our very own M&M who is sure to break through that hard sell candied client position to find the candidate goodness from within. The bigger question to ask her, which color M&M is she?  

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Positivity, Context, Communication, Belief

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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  • Laura Miller, PHR

    "HR Puzzle Solver"
    Laura Miller, PHR

    Laura Miller, PHR

    "HR Puzzle Solver"

    Following in her family’s footsteps of math and science, Laura Miller received her degree in Mathematical Economics from Scripps College in Claremont but got bit by the HR bug and followed with a Human Resources Management Certificate from Cal State San Marcos. Mix in Laura’s love of numbers and all things HR, and you have 15 plus years of experience ranging from training and development to payroll, benefits, compensation and even a little side of recruiting. Born and raised in San Diego, Laura and her family enjoy the sun year-round with occasional getaways to the mountains. Laura is a self-proclaimed Type A organizer who enjoys making checklists and checking off those boxes, baking, running, and jigsaw puzzles. Like her obsession with jigsaw puzzles, Laura is committed to solving HR complexities and ensuring the right fit for compliance and success, and that’s why we call her our HR Puzzle Solver.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Consistency, Displicine, Harmony, Achiever, Learner

    Bird DISC: Owl

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  • Baylee Olsen

    "Delightful Designer"
    Baylee Olsen

    Baylee Olsen

    "Delightful Designer"

    Baylee Olsen is a talented designer who pays attention to detail without compromising creativity and effectiveness. A recent graduate from UCSD in Visual Arts Speculative Design, Baylee is instrumental in the design and branding of SDHRC’s most favored campaigns, service offering brochures, and webpages. Born on a Seattle llama farm, Baylee is an animal lover with a soft spot of her two fur baby pit bulls who combined weigh more than her! A passion for all things art, from drawing, painting to graphic design, Baylee is a self-proclaimed homebody who values family above all but also enjoys veggies of every variety (yes, enjoys). Veggie enjoyment aside, we are delighted Baylee “designed” to join the SDHRC crew and that’s why we call her, the Delightful Designer.

    StrengthsFinder Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Responsibility, Discipline, Maximizer, Empathy

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Kristen Scharbarth

    "Go Fast Girl"
    Kristen Scharbarth

    Kristen Scharbarth

    "Go Fast Girl"

    Kristen brings a diverse background in sales, recruiting / search strengths and team support activities. With more than 15 years of US candidate and client research across pharma / managed care channels, she is quite competent in LinkedIn complexities, finding specific candidates for a client’s requested skill set.  As our Executive Assistant, Kristen is an integral partner for client research and development. With an intrinsic skill to see through intricate areas, she is able to streamline and provide the team with pertinent, “diagnosed” client needs. Born in Colorado, but raised in Southern CA, her family are avid beach lovers, campers in the desert and active in the motorsports world. Harmonizing the crew is what Kristen is all about … she is patient and “goes fast”.

    Bird DISC: Dove

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  • Emma Torres, PRC

    "Em-mazing!"
    Emma Torres, PRC

    Emma Torres, PRC

    "Em-mazing!"

    Emma Torres brings over 5 years of recruiting as well as business development and account management for positions such as biotech, engineering, IT, and functional. Emma received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Diego State University and also holds a Professional Recruiter Certification as well as her CPR Certification… which can come in handy “reviving” passive candidates. Emma didn’t mess around with Prince Charming but rather went straight to the King…her hubby’s name is Elvis! When she isn’t spending time with her hubby and their 2 furbabies, Emma loves to travel, read, knit, cook, and be around the water. In fact, she was a coxswain on her collegiate rowing team. As she did in rowing, Emma navigates and guides clients and candidates alike for the WIN…and that’s why we call her Em-mazing!

    Bird DISC: Parrot

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