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Candidate Bios: 2018 Slate of Board Nominees
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Sharon Brown
SHRM-CP, PHR

President (Interim)
1 year - 2018

 

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
1 year - 2018

 

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).

 

Elizabeth Rosas

Treasurer
2 years - 2018-19

 

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
2 years - 2018-19

 

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.

 

Rachel Suding

College Relations, Co-Chair
2 years - 2018-19 

 

Rachel Suding is an HR Coordinator at HG Data. 

 

Priscilla Figueroa

Membership, Co-Chair
2 years - 2018-19

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. 

 

Andrea Nelson

SPHR

Programs, Co-Chair
1 year - 2018

 

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
2 years - 2018-19

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.

 

Ryuichi Miyazaki

Emerging Professionals, Co-Chair
2 years - 2018-19

 

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.

 

Casey Cronin

Marketing & PR
2 years - 2018-19

 

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

 

Corinne Santini

Certification SHRM & HRCI
2 years - 2018-19

 

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 capacity 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.


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