About SDEA

Since 1914, San Diego has relied on us to provide essential HR services and programs that create and preserve an inspired, healthy, and productive workforce. Our members see us as an extraordinary resource on a broad range of HR concerns.

VALUE We help organizations mitigate risk, make the right decisions, save time. and ensure their employees are trained.

EXPERIENCE We have a long history of excellence.  We offer personalized, friendly service and build long-term relationships with our member organizations.

CONNECTED We deliver timely communications, keeping our members and other members of the community aware of changes in HR laws and regulations.

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALSOur team is made up of passionate certified experts who deliver expert HR advice and council when you need it.

About SDEA

Since 1914, San Diego has relied on us to provide essential HR services and programs that create and preserve an inspired, healthy, and productive workforce. Our members see us as an extraordinary resource a broad range of HR concerns.

VALUE We help organizations:  Mitigate Risk / Make The Right Decisions / Save Time / Ensure their employees are trained, current and compliant.

EXPERIENCE We have a long history of excellence.  We offer personalized, friendly service and build long-term relationships with our member organizations.

CONNECTED We deliver timely communications, keeping our members and other members of the community aware of changes in HR laws and regulations.

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS Our team is made up of passionate certified experts who deliver expert HR advice and council when you need it.

Our History

1914

In 1914, a group of local businessmen concerned by the growing strength of organized labor in the San Diego area came together and founded the Manufacturer and Employer Association.

1935

Passage of the Wagner Act led to unions and organized labor becoming a greater component of San Diego business, and employers began searching for experts to help them work comfortably alongside the unions.

1939

In 1939, the Manufacturer and Employer Association was renamed San Diego Employers Association and reorganized to become the local union expert for over 300 businesses.

1950s

Under this structure, SDEA’s clientele expanded to include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and numerous other clients in various industries ranging from construction and shipping companies to water districts.

1957

In 1957, San Diego Employers Association began offering management training covering a wide range of relevant topics, including leadership and communication and began catering to the Human Resources departments of their member companies.

Today

Today, San Diego Employers Association offers comprehensive HR consulting services to businesses in the San Diego region in addition to hosting training and development courses and Roundtable workshops, conducting employee and company surveys, creating employee handbooks, administering HR audits, and assisting in labor relations negotiations.

Team

Leadership

Chris Bryant

Chris serves as President and CEO of SDEA. She came to the organization after spending many years in the financial services industry, where she held leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Lending, and Administration at the local, statewide, and national levels.

Chris volunteers with a number of organizations and is known for her commitment to the San Diego community. She currently serves as the Treasurer for Rest Haven’s Children’s Health Fund, is Past Board President of the Executives Association of San Diego, a member of Rotary Club 33 and a Finance Committee Member for the Council of Community Clinics. Chris is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego.

Outside of SDEA, Chris’s main joy is spending time with husband Bill and her son Spenser.

Jennifer Jacobus, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP

Jennifer has worked for SDEA since 1988 and is considered an expert in the field of Human Resources. She conducts HR audits, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, and provides advice and assistance with employer-employee/employment-related issues for the SDEA membership. Jennifer has created and conducted training in the areas of employment law, exempt and non-exempt status, leaves of absence, wage and hour, handbook dos and don’ts, and harassment prevention (AB1825) training. She has provided her expertise, via speaking engagements, to many industry, club, and membership groups. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) nationally, as well as in the state of California, through the Human Resources Certificate Institute. She received a Human Resources certification from the College of Extended Studies through the University of California San Diego. Jennifer is a long-standing member of both the national and local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a past member and Associate Board President of the Executives Association of San Diego.

Tyler Jensen, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP

Tyler has been working in the Human Resources field for over 24 years. His background includes experience working for and advising small businesses and large global corporations. Over the years, his specialties have become the elements of Talent Management, specifically in the areas of recruiting, compensation, employee and management relations, development, discipline, separation, and consulting. He earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2000 and earned his California HR credential (PHRca) in 2009. Shortly after it launched, he also received the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) in 2015.

According to Tyler, “things that matter to me include ongoing learning, people (and the individual uniqueness each of us brings to the table), creativity, enthusiasm, loyalty, and relationships.” He is the proud parent to a wonderful little dog and two brilliant adult daughters.

Gabriela Howe

Gabriela Howe serves as SDEA’s Member Service Coordinator, assisting members with their needs related to classes, trainings and all SDEA services. Gabriela has a background as an entrepreneur in the photography industry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, taking photos and working on her portfolio, and going to the beach. Gabriela attended San Diego Mesa College.

Nicole Lucas

Nicole is responsible for SDEA’s Marketing and Public Relations.  She has over ten years of experience in Marketing and PR across a variety of industries from higher education to retail to real estate. Nicole especially enjoys working in the areas of education, professional development, wellness, and leadership. She believes SDEA’s team and its programs are the best in the world and loves how SDEA’s services keep people informed about the latest employment laws and best practices in HR.  Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict and a MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

Garrick Rumley

Garrick is SDEA’s intern throughout the summer of 2018. He is a Marine Corps veteran and is interested in pursuing a career in marketing or sales. This fall, he will begin his senior year at the University of San Diego where he is double majoring in accounting and marketing. At SDEA, Garrick is responsible for maintaining client relations, promoting future SDEA programs,  and drafting up to date training and audit materials for future classes and engagements. On weekends, Garrick enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and one year old son.

Training Team

Lois Hall

Lois brings over twenty years of independent and corporate business experience in training, development, coaching, and management to SDEA’s course offerings. She has designed training and coaching programs and facilitated workshops for all levels of employees with an emphasis on skill and career development. Her expertise in in leadership and management development, performance management, career management, succession planning, strategic planning and talent management, and sales.

Lori Miller, Ph.D.

Lori is a business consultant and college professor who teaches people how to enrich and sophisticate their professional and personal goals. The workshops she offers through SDEA are designed to motivate business people to understand and reinvigorate their work environments and goals, clarify their roles at work, and become successful communicators in the workplace. Lori also works as a professional coach and editor, offering coaching on resumes and other professional documents.

Michelle Peard, SPHR-CA

Michelle has over twenty years of HR experience with an emphasis in training and development. She has consulted hundreds of employers from manufacturing, non-profit, financial, and service industries on various HR issues ranging from compliance with state and federal laws to strategic initiatives to the development of training programs for first-line supervisors, middle managers, executives, and HR professionals. She served as President of San Diego’s ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) chapter, received a “lifetime achievement award” for her contribution to the profession, and is also a lifetime member of ASTD.

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Olga Sanchez de la Vega

Olga is fluent in both English and Spanish, and conducts trainings in either language.  Her trainings are known for their lasting impact and their ability to inspire, motivate, and educate participants.  Olga’s approach is one in which all people feel seen and heard, elevating the quality and impact of her classes whether they are conducted in English or Spanish.

Janis Whitaker

Janis is the owner of JP Whitaker & Associates, a results-oriented management training and consulting enterprise in business since 1991. Janis has been a trainer and educator since 1977. She was a Corporate Trainer and Supervisor in the manufacturing environment for seven years for a Fortune 500 Company. As a trainer and consultant, Janis has experience working in many different environments. Her subtle humor, personable style, and seasoned professionalism set her apart from the rest.

Jan Zaragoza

Jan is the author of the book Meetings Over Easy: How to Have Better, Shorter, More Productive Meetings. She is President of High-Performance Training Solutions, a performance-improvement firm specializing in business communications and supervisory and management development. She designs and conducts training programs on time management, strategic presentation skills, business writing, coaching skills, effective meeting skills, and performance management.

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