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Sharon Brown
SHRM-CP, PHR

President (Interim)

 

Sharon Brown is currently Corporate Director of Human Resources at Moseley Associates, Inc. She has an extensive background in all areas of human resources management.  Her career expertise includes employee relations and engagement, talent management, leadership and team building.  Professional experience has been in manufacturing with prior experience in the financial services industry, software development, systems engineering and defense.  Sharon has been a member of SBHRA since 1986 and served as Past President in 2017.  During the years she has been an SBHRA member, Sharon has served on the board in many positions and served on several committees.

 

Andrea Nelson
SPHR

President-Elect 

 

Andrea Nelson, SPHR, has been in the HR profession for 17 years. With a passion for startups, she co-founded a small Aerospace company in 2000. In 2004, she completed the Human Resource Management certificate program through the University of California Santa Barbara's Extension program. In 2009, Andrea joined a technology startup and was a significant contributor to their exponential growth. In 2016, Andrea received the highest level certification, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

In January 2017, Andrea joined FastSpring, as their Director of People & Culture. FastSpring is a fast-growing e-commerce and subscription management SaaS company.

Andrea also sits on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA), a chapter of the National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

 

Carolyn Gamberutti

SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Secretary

 

Carolyn Gamberutti, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is currently the Director of Human Resources at Yardi Systems, Inc. in Santa Barbara. She is a long time member of the Santa Barbara community after moving to the area to attend UCSB. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics and later completed the UCSB Extension Human Resources certification program. She earned the SPHR certification in 2006 and now also holds the SHRM-SCP certification.


Carolyn has a wide range of management experience and has focused on a human resources leadership career for more than 15 years. During 2013 and 2014, she served in the role of SBHRA's Compensation & Benefits Committee Chairperson. managing the SBHRA compensation & benefits survey sold to SBHRA members to help determine competitive salaries in the unique area of Santa Barbara. 


Carolyn became a member of SBHRA several years back to learn more about human resources, to attend its excellent programs and learning opportunities, and to meet other HR professionals in the area. She values the organization, which has proven to be a great professional resource on many levels. She continues to learn new tips and really enjoys the opportunity to share "lessons learned" with her HR colleagues.

 

Elizabeth Rosas

Treasurer 

 

Elizabeth Rosas was born in Mexico and moved to Santa Barbara at the age of 5, where she grew up and attended local schools from elementary through high school. Since high school graduation, she has been employed in cross-functional support roles, including HR, daily financial operations, and office administration. Currently, since 2012, she is employed by local non-profit Ganna Walska Lotusland, where she serves as Human Resources & Office Manager.

 

Her passion for the HR career field has led her to pursue a college degree and certification as an HR Professional. In additiona, Elizabeth takes pride in volunteering for other local non-profit organizations, such as, Friends of VADA and Santa Barbara Allstars Booster Club. 

 

Peggy Stevens

Past President 

 

Peggy Stevens has over 25 years as an HR executive in the ultra luxury hospitality industry, including the San Ysidro Ranch (most expensive hotel in the US and Canada). She is presently Corporate Director of Human Resources for Fespar Enterprises, LLC / H. Parker Hospitality, with responsibility for all aspects of the HR function for nine (9) properties, along with several hotel projects to be built in the near future. She holds a liberal arts degree from Harper College and has been an instructor for the UCSB Extension's "Managing Human Resources" course.

Peggy has lived in Santa Barbara since 1978, and is well known in the community as a past volunteer for: Hospice of Santa Barbara and a past board member of the Junior League of Santa Barbara. She has held several positions on the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association Board, including President-Elect, Secretary, Salary Survey Chair, and Legislative Affairs Chair.

 

Andrea Nelson

SPHR

Programs, Co-Chair

 

Andrea Nelson, SPHR, has been in the HR profession for 17 years. With a passion for startups, she co-founded a small Aerospace company in 2000. In 2004, she completed the Human Resource Management certificate program through the University of California Santa Barbara's Extension program. In 2009, Andrea joined a technology startup and was a significant contributor to their exponential growth. In 2016, Andrea received the highest level certification, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

In January 2017, Andrea joined FastSpring, as their Director of People & Culture. FastSpring is a fast-growing e-commerce and subscription management SaaS company.

Andrea also sits on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA), a chapter of the National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

 

Sonja Smith

Programs, Co-Chair 

 

Sonja has over 15 years of experience in Human Resource and Talent Acquisition, providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startups, established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures driving HR and Recruitment.

 

Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Sonja's broad experience in the UK included employee relations, talent acquisition, management, leading all HR initiatives and implementing systems, processes & procedures working in various industries including Technology, Recruitment, Telecommunications and Professional Services.

 

At lnvoca, Sonja leads the HR team with her extensive hands-on experience managing their HR projects, training & development , recruiting, compensation, performance management and employee engagement. Also a member of and Business Partner to the Senior Executive team.

 

Prior to lnvoca, Sonja quickly adapted to living in Santa Barbara and worked at Citrix on the HR team managing and implementing Talent Acquisition Operations. Sonja earned her degree in HR Management at Coventry University in the UK.

 

Christina Stowell

College Relations, Co-Chair

 

Christina Stowell is the HR Manager at CMC Rescue, Inc, in Goleta.

 

Rachel Suding

College Relations, Co-Chair

 

Rachel Suding is an HR Coordinator at HG Data.  

 

Angel Sugleris

SHRM-CP, PHR

SHRM Foundation

 

Angel Sugleris, SHRM-CP, PHR, is the VP, HR & Administration at PlanMember Financial Corporation.

 

Ashley Salvador

PHR

Membership, Co-Chair

 

Ashley Salvador is the Director of Strategic Planning at Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center in Santa Barbara. She is a certified HR Professional through HRCI. She has a vast background in Community Service and volunteer work, serving on multiple boards and participating in many community events in the past. In addition to the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Ashley is a member of the Association of Senior Care, Adult Aging Network, and Adult Services Policy Council. She looks forward to serving on the 2017 SBHRA Board of Directors. 

 

Priscilla Figueroa

Membership, Co-Chair 

Priscilla Fugueroa recently graduated from UCSB with a BS in Biopsychology. She was a member of the UCSB HR Club in the roles of President and Director of Student Relations. She is currently employed at FastSpring, working full-time as the People Operations Specialist. Priscilla is looking forward to working with the SBHRA board and the community to launch programs and events that meet the needs of young HR professionals like herself.   

 

Casey Cronin

Marketing 

 

Casey Cronin is an AVP, Account Executive at Alliant Benefits.

 

Susie Couture

SHRM-CP, PHR

Legislative Affairs

 

Ms. Susie Couture born and raised in California.  Ms. Couture joined ZPower as the HR Director in May 2016 previously working for Neovia Integrated Insurance Services in their corporate office in Santa Barbara as their Human Resources Director.  Prior to Neovia, Susie lived in Nonthaburi, Thailand working at Wind Energy Holding Company, Ltd., as Chief People Officer, Vice President and as a Vice President for NEEDeed a registered non-profit foundation in Thailand which she still maintains her Board position in the US.

 

Ms. Couture is an experienced Human Resources leader holding previous responsibility for driving growth, performance and engagement in businesses through effective human resources (HR) and people strategy specifically for ZPower LLC, Wind Energy Holding Company, Clipper Windpower, Plc. and Intri-Plex Technologies in California. Her HR expertise covers the full range of HR competencies such as talent management, performance, compensation, benefit administration, training and employee relations – with a specialty interest in recruitment.

 

Ms. Couture credentials include a MS in Human Resources Development from Villanova University (Pennsylvania, USA), a BA in Political Science from Westmont College (California, USA), a PHR designation from the Human Resources Certification Institution (HRCI), SHRM-CP designation from the Society of Human Resources Management and certification in Human Resources from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB-California, USA). She has been on the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA-California, USA) Board of Directors for over 16 years holding various roles including Past President, College Relations, Professional Development and recently Legislative Advocacy Chair.  Ms. Couture is a member of Society of Human Management (SHRM), Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and a previous guest member of the Personnel Management Association of Thailand (PMAT).

 

Susie enjoys running and dancing ballet.  She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Shawn and their cat Dylan.

 

Corinne Santini

Certification SHRM & HRCI

 

Corinne Santini is an accomplished Human Resources professional with more than 15 years experience in public, private, for profit and nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for all aspects of HR, implementing human resource management strategies that enable to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. She has experience in talent management, staffing, employee benefits, compensation, learning and development, benefits administration, compliance, and employee relations .She is passionate about positive work environments, the HR profession, and dedicated to giving back to the profession and community through volunteer efforts and leadership.

 

Corinne holds an MA, Organizational Communication, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (France) and UCSB (USA). She has been an SBHRA Board Member in various capacities since 2009 (Diversity, Professional Development, Certification). She has also been the lead of SBHRA's SIG Nonprofit group since 2009. Additionally, she has been a Girl Scouts volunteer since 2006, on the AZA HR Committee since 2013, and on the Leadership Development task force since 2017.

 

Priscilla Figueroa

Emerging Professionals, Co-Chair

 

Priscilla Fugueroa recently graduated from UCSB with a BS in Biopsychology. She was a member of the UCSB HR Club in the roles of President and Director of Student Relations. She is currently employed at FastSpring, working full-time as the People Operations Specialist. Priscilla is looking forward to working with the SBHRA board and the community to launch programs and events that meet the needs of young HR professionals like herself.    

 

Ryuichi Miyazaki

Emerging Professionals, Co-Chair 

 

Ryuichi is employed as a Human Resources Generalist at Transphorm Inc in Goleta, a tech company that developed from technology research at UCSB. He primarily supports recruiting, performance management, and employee events.  After graduating from UCSB with degrees in Global Studies and Asian Studies, he spent three years as a technical recruitment consultant in Tokyo. He earned his SHRM-CP certification in June, 2017.  He is a proud San Marcos High School grad and enjoys tennis, travel and the up-coming Soccer World Cup.

 

Jeff Woolever

Workforce Readiness

 

Jeff Woolever is the HR Manager at MICRODYN-NADIR US..

 


Chery Cerise

MBA, SHRM-CP, PHRca

Chapter Administrator

 

Chery Cerise took on the role of SBHRA Chapter Administrator in 2011, after moving to sunny California from the lovely-but-cold-in-the-winter clime of Vermont. Well established in the strategic HR and business management career field, she brought her operations experience and tech skills to the table and developed a dynamic web business presence for SBHRA, always a work in progress, plus implemented and managed its newly purchased web-based membership system.

 

Chery holds an MBA in Management & Strategy and a BS in HR Management from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.  She obtained her PHR certification in 2007, while located in Vermont and obtained her California HR certification in 2010, soon after arriving in California.  Her SHRM certification credential followed in 2014.

 

Chery joined SBHRA in 2009, because she knew local SHRM-affiliated chapters are an excellent resource for maintaining HR professional credentials. In addition to the SBHRA Chapter Administrator role, she has served as Secretary, assisted as co-chair of SBHRA programming, taught the association's educational HR certification study group series, and represented the association as an employment law advocate on both federal and state levels. Chery has also been a long-time member of SHRM, which she regards as a critical resource for any HR professional or business leader.

 

In 2011, Chery was honored by SBHRA with the Member of the Year award. 

 

In her free time, Chery enjoys spending time with family and friends, adventuring on her road bike, and exploring and embracing the world and its cultural diversity.

 

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