Sandra Fichter, SPHR – President of Fichter Silva Consulting
Janis Whitaker, CTAP Program Manager and Owner of JP Whitaker & Associates
Julia Mira, Branch Manager, North County Manpower
Lilia Haro, PHR – Human Resource Manager, HK Plastics Engineering, Inc.
Patti Briley, SPHR – Human Resource Generalist, Principal, Curtiss Wright Flow Control Company, Anatec-LMT
Chuck Atkinson, Founder/CEO/President of VANC
Sandra Fichter, SPHR
Sandra has over 27 years leadership and management experience working in the private, nonprofit and military sector. She has supervised up to 800 employees and has worked in the hospitality, health care, manufacturing, high tech, and nonprofit industry, just to name a few. She has over 15 years experience in all facets of human resources management; employee relations, employment law, regulatory compliance, recruiting, leadership development, coaching and training, project management, and investigations. Aside from her 15 plus years in Human Resources, Sandra has an extensive background in Logistics, fundraising and public and media relations; she likes to be challenged. Sandra is the President/Owner of Fichter Silva Consulting, “A Human Resources Services Company” offering a full spectrum of HR services, including Spanish support. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco and her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification. Most of Sandra’s personal time goes to volunteering with nonprofits, including those supporting veterans. She is an Army veteran and served both in the enlisted and officer ranks.
Janis Whitaker is the owner of JP Whitaker & Associates (www.jpwhitaker.com) that has provided leadership training and coaching since 1991. The seven years before that she was a Corporate Trainer and Supervisor. Her company offers numerous leadership and communication workshops in all industries including Fortune 500 companies. A few satisfied clients are: Hewlett-Packard, American Express, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Abbott Vascular, Evans Hotels, and Harrah’s Rincon. In addition to corporate training, Janis has taught at several Universities and is a frequent guest presenter at professional associations. Janis is active in many professional and volunteer organizations in her community. She is a Certified DISC trainer and holds many other well-known certifications. She earned her M.A. in Human Performance. Her book, Interviewing by Example, teaches effective interviewing skills to leaders and business owners. She has been quoted in numerous publications across the country, most notably Inc. Magazine. Since Feb. 2011, she has been providing job interview training to military and veterans transitioning to civilian jobs. Her interest in working with veterans also stems from her husband who is a Retired Air Force pilot. Janis is currently the CTAP Program Manager.
Julia began her career in recruiting and staffing solutions as the staffing assistant for Manpower, a world leader in temporary and direct hire staffing. In her 8 years with the organization she has served as a recruiter for various fortune 500 companies headquartered in San Diego as well as local small and medium sized companies. As a project manager for two of Manpower’s larger clients, Julia has managed a temporary workforce of approximately 500 employees. This included the recruiting, retention, and overall management of these employees to ensure successful placements for the client companies. In her current role as Branch Manager for Manpower North County Branch, Julia has become a leader, not only in her organization, but also in the North County Community. She is an active volunteer in the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce as an ambassador, serves as the Special Events Chair on the Board of Directors for the North County Personnel Association as well as a committee member for North County Health Services Fund Advisory Board.
Lilia Haro, PHR
Lilia began her career in Human Resources as an HR Assistant for Callaway Golf in 1999 where she was responsible for supporting the manufacturing department and roughly 500 employees in various areas. When she left Callaway in 2005 she was the HR Coordinator where she handled a wide variety of HR functions to include, reviewing resumes, and screening applicants and was the contact person for all temporary employee issues. In her current role as Human Resources Manager for HK Plastics Engineering, Inc. in Oceanside Ca, Lilia is tasked with all the HR functions of the Company including hiring, benefits, safety, employee relations, performance management, and Workers Compensation. Lilia received a Human Resources Certificate from Cal State San Marcos in 2004 and a Professional in Human Resources Certification in December 2010 through the Human Resources Certification Institute. Lilia recently was recognized as an HR Professional of the Year Finalist (2012) by the San Diego Business Journal and SHRM.
Patti Briley, SPHR
Patti Briley is a collaborative, business minded human resources professional with 25 years experience partnering with the corporate and global communities. Patti has worked in medical device, golf, and printing manufacturing industries as a Senior HR Business Partner and HR Manager. She is viewed as strong partner to the business providing ideas/solutions to support corporate functional client groups including Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Research and Development, and Global Manufacturing. Patti is highly skilled in all key areas of the human resource discipline including employee relations, employee development, performance management, employee engagement, and talent management. She has also been the corporate project HR lead supporting the opening of new subsidiaries in emerging markets including China, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Patti has a Professional Human Resources Management Certificate from UCSD Extension, San Diego, CA.
Betsy Sheets is a dynamic higher education professional with outstanding communication and leadership skills to effectively guide individuals and groups with career development and academic planning. She has led hundreds of career development workshops and organized numerous career fairs, and has experience with the federal job application process where she’s assisted individuals in obtaining federal employment. Betsy holds certifications as a Career Development Facilitator, Myers-Briggs Type Interpreter, and a Strong Interest Inventory Interpreter. Prior to finding her passion working in higher education for the last eleven years, Betsy worked in the public and non-profit sectors in managerial and supervisory roles. Betsy holds a Master’s Degree from National University, and Bachelor’s degrees from Bridgewater College and Wheeling Jesuit University. Betsy is active in her local community where she serves as Corresponding Secretary for PFLAG San Diego. Assisting veterans is near and dear to Betsy’s heart having a father who served in the Army during WWII and was National Commander of the VFW, and a husband who served in the Marine Corps.
Christina is an experienced coach and expert in Human Resources. Christina draws from more than 20 years of experience working in business settings. She works with clients in all areas of business from start-up to Fortune 500 corporations, providing support in the areas of strategic human resources, training and development, and wellness coaching. As a Certified NLP coach Christina applies powerful spiritual and practical strategies to help her clients realize success. She holds a BS in Business Management, and has extensive training and certifications as a career and corporate coach. Her clients often remark at her ability to cut through the chaos and get to the root of the problem to help them create a pathway to success.
John Ayala is a highly respected provider of banking, lending, and investment resources for the mass affluent, high net-worth, and ultra high net-worth. As a former United States Marine, established entrepreneur, and owner of a successful recruiting business, John was hand selected by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Rancho Santa Fe team to transition his experience into a career in the financial services industry. John later joined Merrill Lynch to be a part of carrying on the firms legacy of investment excellence, and to partner with one of the region’s most senior wealth managers. John brings a vast amount of knowledge in personal and business financial planning to his clients. These skills have allowed him the opportunity to develop many lasting relationships serving successful individuals, families, executives, and business owners. When John is not working with his clients, he enjoys an active life-style in Cardiff by the Sea with his wife Dena, and their six children. He also takes great pride in doing his part to better our community by supporting organizations that represent his passion for children, education, and our country. These organizations include: Board of Directors for Casa de Amparo, Board of Directors for San Dieguito Academy Foundation, and volunteering with the Veterans Association of North County.
Eve has more than 17 years of experience in designing and deploying human resource solutions in the global marketplace, and is a proven subject matter expert who possesses dynamic leadership skills. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and is an active community volunteer in San Diego. Working with Suna Solutions executive management, Eve leads the development and execution of Amerit Consulting’s global expansion strategies and professional services.
Doug started his career in sales right out of the Marine Corps working for his neighbor’s garage-based custom engraving business in 1995. Ever since those very first cold calls, Doug knew he wanted to be in sales. Since that time he has worked in multiple industries including: Indoor Air Quality, Mobile Phone Sales with Nextel Communications, broadband connectivity with XO Communications, residential finance with Wells Fargo and advertising sales with SuperMedia. Seeing a need in the marketplace for thought leadership around LinkedIn, he created DOUG TABER MEDIA. Using his experience in advertising, marketing, and sales, he created a system that allows people in business to STAND OUT AND BE FOUND on LinkedIn. His services include Profile Makeovers and Keyword Optimizations, LinkedIn Training and Workshops, LinkedIn Content Creation, and Communication Management strategies. Doug attributes his success in business to ALWAYS being client focused and providing top notch service. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps prior to his professional career and is a current Member of Palomar Airport Toastmasters in Carlsbad, CA. Doug lives with his wife Carla in Oceanside, CA.
Andrew is a well respected presenter in the technology field. As an Account Executive with TW Telecom, he helps companies of all sizes buy telecom networks that increase their bottom line. Andrew’s experience as a trainer both as an Active Duty member of The United States Marine Corps and civilian communities has enabled him to reach a broad range of people of all backgrounds. Andrew has trained Military Officers from several countries, retail sales organizations, fortune 500 companies, philanthropic organizations, and runs his own business networking group North County Networking. Having served as the VP of Public Relations for Palomar Airport Toastmasters, a Pop Warner football coach, and through his volunteer work at the Military Outreach Ministry, Andrew has dedicated many hours to serving his community. Andrew is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and through his vast network also actively supports active duty military members in their transition back into the civilian community at the end of their service.
Samantha (Sam) is an energetic human resources professional with experience managing a broad range of human resources programs and initiatives. Sam started her HR career as a recruiter at a boutique staffing firm in Philadelphia, and moved on to a HR Generalist role for a mid-sized publishing company. In her generalist role, Sam was responsible for payroll and benefits administration, staffing, on-boarding and termination processing, job shadowing and summer internship programs, and employee and manager training. In 2011, Sam relocated to San Diego and now works for Amerit Consulting, Inc., providing high-level human resources support to ensure fulfillment of clients’ staffing services agreements through the development of consultative relationships. Sam manages a network of approximately 300 employees and is responsible for all on-boarding, training, employee relations, and compliance issues. Samantha holds a BA in Human Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and earned her Professional in Human Resources Certification in 2011.
Patty has a 25 plus year history of corporate experience leading teams such as OD and Learning, Talent Acquisition, Leadership and Professional Development, Change Management, Assessment and Selection, eLearning, and Sales Management. Patty has the experience and passion for working cross culturally and operates with the highest standard of personal accountability and transparency. Patty currently works for AMN Healthcare. She is focused on leading a team to deliver world-class development strategies to Leaders and Team Members. Prior to AMN, she was with LGE MobileComm U.S.A., a global Korean owned Electronics Company, for 4 years. During that time, she was the Director of Talent Management, responsible for leading talent acquisition, OD and learning, succession management and hi-po identification and development. Prior to LGE MobileComm, Patty was the Senior Manager for Learning and Development with Guidant Corporation for 9 years. During her tenure at Guidant, which was bought by Abbot Corp., Patty led various teams including global Learning and Development, E-Learning, compliance training, enterprise wide LMS implementation, Corporate Meeting Planning and more. Patty has worked closely with all levels of business leaders including the executive suite, IT, Quality, Manufacturing, R/D, HR, Sales, and more. Patty is as comfortable with the C-level executive as she is working with a line manufacturing team and has the experience to back it up. Prior to her tenure at Guidant/Abbott, Patty’s diverse professional experience included recruiting at Medtronic Corporation, HR consulting with DDI , sales and sales management in the corporate relocation industry, and sales at Xerox Corporation.