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 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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  • 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 biotech, 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 Accounting 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 Director of Human Resources Services 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 and biotech 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“

    Director of Human Resources, Strategy and Rewards, 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 10+years, resulting in three kiddos. 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 accurately describes our Human Resources Lead, 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 likes to find and try new eateries, 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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  • Julie Reed

    “Jreed”
    Julie Reed

    Julie Reed

    “Jreed”

    Recruiting Lead, Julie Reed (yes, we are poets), has 20 plus years of recruiting experience in all fields but especially in biotech, aerospace and her all time love, IT. Julie holds a Masters in HR Management as well as multiple technical certifications. Julie is an expert hunter in finding those technical unicorns which is evident by her collection of captured Citrix Engineers and CCIEs. Originally from Buffalo, Julie is a lover of the Bills, wings, and snow. Julie enjoys swimming, triathlons and she is an avid reader of Cozy Mysteries. And when she says “avid” reader…she means a book a day! Julie makes her home with hubby and daughter in Sunny Florida otherwise known by Californians as that place where hurricanes live. Nicknamed JReed, to avoid confusion with our Fearless Leader, she is also the “Quiet Storm”, as she faces the whirlwind of recruiting activity with cool, calm, collected experience in one hand and a beloved book in the other, only to ask “more please!”.

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

    Bird DISC: Owl

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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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  • Beth Noce

    "Noce List"
    Beth Noce

    Beth Noce

    "Noce List"

    Beth Noce is one of our Lead Recruiters who can easily flip from Technical to Functional and everything in between.  For the past 16 plus years, Beth has successfully recruited positions in IT, Biotech, Aerospace, Healthcare, Engineering, Construction, Social Media, Marketing, Sales, Security, Executive and Admin Support…and that’s just a sampling of the “everything in between!” Beth lives in Lone Star State with her hubby and daughters along with 2 rescue dogs and 3 rescue kitties. 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 Master of Science in Human Resources Management. 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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  • Katie Pierce, MSc

    "Perceptive Pierce"
    Katie Pierce, MSc

    Katie Pierce, MSc

    "Perceptive Pierce"

    Manager of First Impressions, 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), one of our Lead Recruiters, 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

    "HR Puzzle Solver"
    Laura Miller

    Laura Miller

    "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 Davies

    "Delightful Designer"
    Baylee Davies

    Baylee Davies

    "Delightful Designer"

    Baylee Davies, our Sales and Marketing Liaison, 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, PHR, PRC

    "Em-mazing!"
    Emma Torres, PHR, PRC

    Emma Torres, PHR, PRC

    "Em-mazing!"

    Emma Torres, one of our Lead Recruiters, 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, a Professional in Human Resources 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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  • Meaghan Rapolti, CRS

    "Sunshine Superstar"
    Meaghan Rapolti, CRS

    Meaghan Rapolti, CRS

    "Sunshine Superstar"

    Meaghan Rapolti with an “h” brings 10 years of Technical Recruiting experience supporting various commercial and government clients such as NASA and DoD. In addition to the engineers, developers and IT peeps, Meaghan has recruited in the healthcare industry from pharmacy techs to nurses to work in Afghanistan. Meaghan has a proven track record in finding that right fit while providing an overall positive hiring process experience for candidates and clients alike. Meaghan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Recruiting Specialist. On the home front, Meaghan is a self-proclaimed Queen of the Castle where she reigns with her hubby and their two adorable and adventurous boys. Meaghan is an avid surfer who loves the beach and anything tropical. Florida is known for its sunny days and space exploration, and like her native town, Meaghan provides to the moon and back effort in aligning the stars for galactic client and candidate matches which is why we call her Sunshine Superstar.

  • Michael Moskowitz

    "Mosko"
    Michael Moskowitz

    Michael Moskowitz

    "Mosko"

    Michael Moskowitz brings extensive HR experience, most specifically employee relations, training and development, organization development, and performance management in the telecommunication, manufacturing, software, education, and healthcare industries. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York, Masters Degree in Psychology from United States International University (now Alliant University) and he wrote and published a training and development textbook while teaching at UCSD Extension. A transplant from New York City (yes NYC! Pace Picante lovers…aaaand we just dated ourselves!) Michael and his wife reside in sunny SoCal where Michael enjoys his daily 10,000 steps (or so) walks along Cali beaches. Longer strolls often take Michael upstate and cross country to visit his offspring or just miscellaneous road-tripping, as he has already driven through every state in the continental US and coast-to-coast across Canada….and if you should find him standing still, it’s probably because the Padres are playing. Michael was nicknamed “Mosko” when he worked with so many Mikes or Michaels as a way to differentiate him from the others, however, we feel “Mosko” is a consultant who definitely stands out from the rest providing our clients with exceptional dedication and concern whether in training, compliance and employee relations.

  • Maureen Heffernan

    "Mo"
    Maureen Heffernan

    Maureen Heffernan

    "Mo"

    Recruiter, Maureen Heffernan, brings recruiting experience in web development, software sales, manufacturing space as well as administrative support. Maureen is a crazy football mom, to a 16 year old wonder on the field, along with 1 dog and 3 cats.  Maureen enjoys the outdoors tubing, fishing and swimming with family and cooking is a passion, along with her love of music. Well organized, detail oriented and proactive, Maureen dives deep into what makes people tick and enjoys the recruiting hunt of finding the right fit, which is why we call her “Mo”…short for Maureen sure, but also because her recruiting leaves clients yelling for “Mo, Mo, Mo”.

  • Pamela Frazier, SHRM-SCP

    "Challenge Seeker"
    Pamela Frazier, SHRM-SCP

    Pamela Frazier, SHRM-SCP

    "Challenge Seeker"

    Pamela Frazier, an experienced HR Consultant, whose life’s mottoes are “Good Vibes Only” and “Be/Do Good on Purpose ” brings purposeful good vibes and HR expertise across multiple industries. A SHRM Senior Certified HR Professional, Pamela earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Pace University, along with Master’s Degree of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A South Carolina native, raised in New York, transplanted to San Diego, Pamela loves a good adventure whether it’s exploring new hiking trails, traveling to interesting destinations, participating in a Spartan race, singing karaoke, or tackling a complex HR matter..  She is passionate about giving back to the community – she’s a proud volunteer mentor with the San Diego Big Brother/Big Sister Organization. From providing guidance and compliance direction to developing and presenting training and development opportunities, Pamela is always up for the challenge….and that’s why we call her our Challenge Seeker!

  • Janice Vargas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    "HR Designer"
    Janice Vargas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Janice Vargas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    "HR Designer"

    HR Consultant, Janice Vargas, brings 15+ years of HR experience in creating and leading effective HR programs for national and international clients across multiple industries. Recognized as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Janice enjoys advancing organizations through the coupling of strategy and leadership development. She is a military wife and mother to a high school-aged son and a married daughter. Janice is passionate about pilates, cooking and entertaining, camping in the Sequoias, and her true love is listening to audiobooks and podcasts, which keeps her engaged and informed. Janice meditates and processes through sessions of “interior therapy,” aka organizing, designing, and redecorating the space around her. She applies this same “therapy” and thoughtful approach to problem-solving, developing, and implementing programs and process masterpieces for our clients, so we call her the HR Designer!

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