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Teddi Reilly
President – The Reilly Advisory Group

"Teddi Reilly, President of Reilly Advisory Group is an accomplished human resources executive,
coach and advisor to management possessing experience across diverse for profit and non-profit,
private and public sector rapid growth, transitioning and start-up organizations, which include
life sciences, technology, manufacturing, academic, and consumer products with international
and domestic markets.

Recognized as a results-oriented leader, diverse thinker and team player with high standards and
a passionate commitment to human capital development who implements sustainable strategies
and infrastructures that align organizational efforts and financial commitments, while
maximizing employee potential and engagement. Currently, she is an active trusted advisor and
coach to executive management and Board of Directors in various industries and actively serves
on various not-for-profit boards and has teaches undergraduate and professional Human
Resource management programs.

Ms. Reilly has held Executive positions throughout her career in San Diego and a few of those
companies were: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, D&K Engineering,
ASML (formerly Cymer), Illumina, and La Jolla Pharmaceutical company. She earned a BS in
Business Management and MBA from the University of Phoenix."



Kellie Fontes 
Vice President, Human Capital IRRAS 

"Kellie is a results-oriented HR leader, recognized for her ability to build strong teams and lead in the creation of positive, passionate and dynamic company cultures.  She has vast experience within the medical device, pharmaceutical and high-technology industries, bringing in-depth knowledge of all aspects of HR. Kellie has led extensive coaching of Senior Leaders on building personal capabilities and execution of business strategy. Kellie is currently the Vice President of Human Capital at IRRAS, and has held key leadership roles in companies including GlaxoSmithKline, General Atomics and Quidel Corporation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Montana State University and a Human Resource Management Certificate from University of California San Diego (UCSD). Kellie enjoys entertaining and spending time with her daughters."



Past President

Angelica Gamble-Wong
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Learning and Development Mission Federal Credit Union

"Throughout her human resources career, Angelica has led the human resources function in startup, fast growth and turnaround environments.  Her experience has spanned a variety of industries including manufacturing, production, finance, hospitality, banking and life sciences. She is currently serving as the Sr. Vice President of Human Resources & Learning and Development at Mission Federal Credit Union.

Angelica earned her bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated cum laude.  Soon thereafter she completed the Human Resources Certificate Program at UCI. A few years later she received her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

She has spoken to business leaders about the importance and benefits of strategic human resources as a competitive advantage.  She has been published on various topics including responding to the economy’s impact on learning and development resources and developing HR business strategies which evolve and adapt to new business environments. 

She strives to develop high performing teams. In 2017, her human resources team was awarded Ceridian’s Astounding Transformation Award for their work implementing a complete Human Capital Management platform when she was Sr. Vice President of People Services for Rubio’s Restaurants.  In 2019, the Harrah’s Resort Southern California Human Resources Team was awarded the San Diego HR Forum’s HR Team of the Year award. Additionally, in 2017 Angelica was awarded San Diego HR Forum’s San Diego HR Executive of the Year Award.

Currently she is waging the battle of trying to find balance between the job she loves, her amazing family, and a largely neglected gym membership."


Director, Secretary

Melina Fairleigh
SVP, People
Flock Freight

"Melina, known as “Mel” to most, is passionate about building innovation and inclusivity into high-velocity workplace cultures. She currently leads the strategic growth and development of Encinitas tech startup Flock Freight, the only Certified B Corp in the tech-freight industry. Before joining the Flock, Mel served as SVP People at Housecall Pro, VP HR at Vistage Worldwide, and VP HR at Haggen Food and Pharmacy. Prior to life in San Diego, Mel spent 15 years building and leading recruitment and development at her favorite place on the planet, Trader Joe’s. Mel holds a Masters of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA. On weekends you can find her sitting in the sun at local San Diego breweries sipping IPA and eating Trader Joe’s eggplant hummus."


Director, Sponsorship

Dena Ayala
– Ignite Human Capital

"Dena Ayala is friendly and forward thinking talent acquisition executive.  She has served on SDHRF’s board for 10 years and has been an active member for over 12 years.  She is thrilled to be a part of the 2022 board, which is filled with talented professionals aiming to make a difference in our HR community.  In her career, Dena has gained 22 years’ experience in the recruiting industry and has been an active contributor in several nonprofits throughout Sothern California.  At SDHRF she leads our career transition group and is also our sponsorship chair.  For her day job, she is the CEO of Ignite Human Capital, a human resources and talent consulting firm, and recruiting agency that supports clients national and internationally.  She also enjoys stand up paddle boarding, yoga, reading, HH with friends, and recently purchased a boat to enjoy summers around Mission Bay."



Co-Director, Programs

Andrew Johnson
Associate Broker

"Andrew Johnson has been a partner to the Human Resource function for over 10 years as a business
development leader, across multiple modalities. His experience ranges from L&OD initiatives, leadership
development, strategic planning, organizational design, and corporate downsizing projects. Most
recently, Andrew Bolton/IMA to build and grow their business operations around employee benefits in
the San Diego market. His passion has always lied in creating a competitive advantage in recruiting and
retaining key talent through employee engagement, learning and development and now through health
and wellness initiatives.

Andrew also has a deep passion in partnership through building the HR
community. Involved with the San Diego HR Forum since 2013, Andrew became Programs Director in
2014 and served until 2018. He has also served in building the National Human Resource Silicon Valley
chapter since 2018, serving as both programs director and President as of July of 2021. As programs
director, Andrew likes to tap into local San Diego leaders to speak."


Co-Director, Programs

Tracy Ward

Chief Strategy Officer – Forward Talent Strategies  

"Tracy Ward is President and Founder of Forward Talent Strategies, a boutique HR consulting company that partners with businesses to strengthen their HR strategy and HR practices, develop their organizational vision, and build programs to attract, engage and retain top talent.  Tracy previously held HR executive roles with oversight of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Risk Management, and is passionate about helping companies cultivate positive workplace cultures and environments for people to thrive.

Tracy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and holds several certifications, including the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), California (PHRca), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  Tracy teaches Human Resources courses at the California State University, San Marcos Extended Learning program.  She serves on the succession planning committee for Clearity Foundation and volunteers as a resume coach for VetCTAP, the Veterans Career Transition Assistance Program.  Tracy enjoys carving out time for hiking, golf, cooking, and traveling."


Director, Communcation

Erin Krehbiel
Area President – Gallagher

"Erin is passionate about championing women in the workplace and healthy workplace practices.  As business development leader she has over 20 years’ experience in global partnerships, unparalleled customer engagement and innovative benefits solutions for the modern workforce. Erin has a successful track record in the healthcare industry by helping multiple corporations revolutionize their benefit programs and workplaces to achieve Healthiest Workplace Awards and Best Place to Work rankings. Erin is the Area President of Gallagher Benefit Services San Diego where she leads H&W Practice. Prior to joining Gallagher, Erin was President of ACI Specialty Benefits where she spent nearly a decade building revenue through sales leadership and carrier partnerships helping companies improve engagement, retention, productivity and performance.  Winner of the Women of Influence President’s Award and finalist of the Women Who Mean Business Awards by the San Diego Business Journal, Erin is also a SUE Talk speaker and contributor for media articles, blogs and interviews.
Erin’s time outside of work is spent with her two children Jack (11) and Sally (9) enjoying our beautiful city as much as possible! Her hobbies include exercising, traveling and volunteering."



Director, Legal Education

Ryan H. Nell
Shareholder / Employment Attorney Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin

"Ryan H. Nell is a shareholder/employment attorney with Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin.  He is an experienced litigator who represents California employers statewide in both counseling and comprehensive litigation support.  With the ever-changing landscape of California and federal employment law, Ryan prides himself on assisting clients in staying ahead of the curve in an effort to avoid legal trouble before it arises.  He has extensive experience representing clients in harassment, retaliation, and discrimination matters, as well as large-scale wage and hour lawsuits.

Ryan speaks regularly on a wide range of topics aimed at assisting California employers in the avoidance of legal trouble before it arises, and his work in the field has led to his recognition as a San Diego Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018-2021 and his inclusion in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list in 2021 and 2022.  Ryan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Before law school, Ryan attended the University of Southern California where he was recognized as a Presidential Scholar."


Director, Member Services

Laura Martella
VP, Human Resources - In Transition

"Laura Martella has more than 25 years’ hands-on professional experience in business operations and as a Human Resource professional. Over her career, she has provided strategic HR management and leadership at small, mid-sized and large companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California. Her diverse industry experience includes transportation, publishing, technology, and hospitality.  She is currently VP of Human Resources at SeaWorld Entertainment. 

Ms. Martella has expertise in employee relations, talent acquisition, affirmative action, compensation and benefits, performance management, leadership development and workers’ compensation. She received her bachelor’s degree at University of Phoenix and her Master’s from University of San Diego. Ms. Martella is also a certified as a Professional Behavior Analyst (CPBA) DISC Behaviors Facilitator, Predictive Index (PI) Practitioner and has her HR credentials, SHRM-SCP.

Laura currently teaches Human Resource Management at University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension in the HR Certification Program.  She also serves on the Board of San Diego HR Forum, as Director of Memberships.

Laura has spoken at conferences, including Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and served on panel discussions on a variety of human resource topics."



Director, Membership

Liz Higgins
Human Resources Manager – J Public Relations

As the Human Resources Manager for J/PR, Liz is passionate about our team and a champion for culture, striving to always elevate the employee experience at J/PR. She brings more than seven years of experience in people development to J/PR and seeks opportunities to grow our team in their day-to-day roles as well as providing development tools for our leadership team.

During her previous positions and experience with lululemon and Harrah’s Resort Southern California, companies known for their strong company culture, Liz focused on ways to elevate talent, both internal and external. She led a team who was focused on creating training and workshops on principals rooted in Emotional Intelligence, Communication, and Servant Leadership. 

With past awards such as San Diego’s Human Resources Team of the Year, she believes in a collaborative and supportive environment with emphasis on team transparency. Liz is part of the DEI Committee at J/PR and focuses on ways to create opportunities to attract and diversify top talent for J/PR, our industry, and plays an integral part of J/PR’s internship and BIPOC mentorship programs."



Director, Professional Development

Natasha Bowman
VP Head of Human Resources – Arcturus Therapeutics

"Natasha O. Bowman is an experienced Human Resources executive with robust industry and leadership experience primarily in life sciences. Her HR business acumen has allowed her to strategically partner with client groups and effectively communicate at all levels.   Currently, she is the Vice President, Head of Human Resources at Arcturus Therapeutics.  Prior to that, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Synthetic Genomics for over 7 years. In addition, she led the Facilities, Safety, IT, and Corporate Communication functions.  Ms. Bowman has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. She held positions in start-up and Fortune 500 companies including ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc. and Agouron Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Bowman received a B.S in Business Management from San Diego State University.  She is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations San Diego Girl Scouts, Lakeside River Park, and Friends of Music.  In her free time, she plays the violin with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra."



Director, Finance

Kaylo Greenwell
Sr. Director, Global HR Operations SeaSpine

"Kaylo is a caring and compassionate HR leader who prides himself in fostering both individual and organizational excellence through building meaningful HR infrastructure that addresses core needs. He believes these needs are identified through developing meaningful relationships through organizations fostering trust and transparency. He’s spent his career developing a wide-ranging HR skill set spanning from the operational side of HR, leading complex HR systems, multinational benefits administrations, HR policy design all the way to the one on one people side serving as the strategic HR partner to leaders providing coaching and employee relations guidance. His current role is Sr Director, Global HR Operations & Total Rewards at Orthofix/SeaSpine. In this role, he led the HR operations team through a merger or two publicly traded, multinational companies. He’s passionate about bringing joy and happiness to those around him and gets meaning from building teams that can channel their own joys through the organization. He has his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Cal State San Marcos and his Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Southern California."


Director, Finance

Steve Potter
Vice Presidents, People and Culture Shoreline Biosciences, Inc.

"Steve Potter is the Vice President, People and Culture and has over 25 years of experience leading people and culture, human capital management and talent management for companies in biotech, biopharma and high technology.

Prior to joining Shoreline, Steve was the Vice President of People and Culture at Artiva Biotherapeutics where he helped establish a thriving culture and led the company’s growth. Steve also held people and culture leadership roles for Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Element Biosciences and Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

Steve received his MS in Organization Development and Human Resources from the University of San Francisco and received a BS in Business from University of Sacramento. He is a founding board member of the San Diego Human Resources Forum. He is a lifelong Californian and relocated to San Diego in 2003. Steve and enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and traveling to tropical destinations to SCUBA dive. "

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Director, Community Support & Mentorship

Joshua Golter
Manager, Total Rewards & HRIS – General Dynamics NASSCO

"Joshua Golter is a Human Resources leader with a passion for leading strategic teams in the pursuit of opportunities to deliver solutions which achieve remarkable results for organizations and communities. He believes in seeing things differently and challenging the status quo through purposeful initiatives and harmonizing key processes, systems and tools, all while monitoring resources and return on investment.

Currently, Joshua is the Manager of Total Rewards and HRIS at General Dynamics - NASSCO, where he and his teams focus on employee experience, driving HR operational excellence initiatives, and creating meaningful performance impacts. The teams’ other areas of impact include human capital analytics, workforce planning, HR PMO and employer branding.

Joshua earned his MBA at the University of Redlands and has extended his stay there as an Adjunct Professor teaching Human Resource Management and Finance courses in the School of Business and School of Continuing Studies. Additionally Joshua serves on the Board of Directors at the San Diego City College Foundation."



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