CA HR Services for Small and Medium Businesses
The mission at CA HR Services is to provide our valued clients dedicated, custom and expert HR/Payroll services that exceed expectations. Regardless of the issue, we perform each task with confidentiality and utmost integrity, and in a manner that is consistent with a business’ own unique philosophy.
Why Choose CA HR Services as Your Outsourcing Partner?
- CA HR Services employs seasoned HR professionals with years of hands-on experience in a variety of industries. Collectively, our team possesses over 200 years of HR and Recruiting experience!
- Responsiveness - We serve as your "On-Call/On-Demand HR Department," always on standby, ready to respond to all your HR needs.
- Superior Service. Because your business deserves exceptional customer service!
- Team Approach. Even though you will have a dedicated HR Consultant that serves as your primary consultant/on-demand HR Director, you have access to other experts on our team, each possessing unique specialties in recruiting, compensation, benefits, employee relations, labor laws, and more, who can step in and assist at any given time.
- In addition to serving as an extension to your company, CA HR Services also provides you with up-to-date labor laws and legislative alerts and other HR and business-related updates and tips.
- But don’t take our word for it! We'll gladly provide you with references!
CA HR Services specializes in working with small and medium sizes companies to help develop legal, efficient and appropriate HR solutions that meet state and federal labor law requirements. Our highly personalized approach ensures that you work with highly competent senior-level consultants on all projects. Regardless of the issue, we handle the most complex, sensitive and confidential matters and treat your business as if it were our own!
Our clients include Fortune 100/500 companies, start ups, M&As, small businesses, local, regional and/or international businesses and array of International non-profits (ask us about our HR with a HeaRt program!)
Why Work Here?
“We're an amazing and growing team of HR professionals who are passionate about the field of Human Resources. But more importantly, we love partnering with small businesses and assisting them with their HR needs while helping them be compliant with growing labor/employment regulations. When we do our jobs right, that gives our clients the ability to focus on what matters most -- to grow their companies!"
Nadia Ardebili, MBA – President / Senior HR Consultant
California HR Services was created by Nadia Ardebili in response to many requests for her expertise as an HR professional with nearly 30 years of management, business and executive-level experience in start-ups and small businesses, as well as major Fortune 100/500 companies in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Nadia has worked in a variety of industries including Construction, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Arts and Entertainment, Education, Giftware, Internet Marketing and eCommerce. She possesses an MBA with an Emphasis in Human Resources Management, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in, Hospitality Management with minors in Business Administration and Marketing.
Nadia Ardebili is a member of the San Diego and National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and volunteers for countless local organizations including Humane Society, CA Coastal Cleanup, Fill-A-Belly, San Elijo Elementary School, San Marcos High School, and much more.
Nadia Ardebili teaches the Human Resources Management Certificate Program at MiraCosta College in the Oceanside, Carlsbad and San Elijo, California campuses. Office Managers, small business owners and novice HR folks interested in obtaining a Certificate in HRM and/or wishing to learn more about Human Resources functions may visit MiraCosta College’s website.
Ms. Ardebili is also a presenter for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce's Member Business Training Series and recently hosted the "HR Hot Topics for Small Businesses" session for Chamber members.
Sharon Taylor, SPHR and PIHRA – Senior HR Consultant
Sharon Taylor is a Human Resources leader and business partner with a strong business background across several human capital core functions. She has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering strategies that produce tangible business results, including managing, directing, and consulting. She is a business-minded leader and trusted advisor to CEOs and executives. Her areas of expertise include: Coaching and Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Analysis and Strategic Planning, Training and Development, Labor and Employee Relations, AAP and Regulatory Compliance, and Succession Planning for multi-site and multi-state locations.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UC San Diego and holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR designations. Sharon is also a Certified Transformational Life Coach through the Life Mastery Institute. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and (PIHRA). Sharon is an active member of the board and Vice-President of Programs for the North County Human Resources Association in San Diego.
Kristie Howard – HR Consultant
Kristie has over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. She provides HR expertise to a wide range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, as well as start-up technology companies. Some of Kristie's clients include private/prep schools, medical offices (dental and eyecare), competitive sports teams, spas, and much more. Although Kristie is well versed in HR, she is an expert at assisting organizations assess employee classifications and effortlessly covert independent contractors to employees. She is also adept at managing a company's entire HR needs, serving as the go-to HR Director.
Kristie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in HR from the University of Oregon. In addition to consulting, Kristie currently teaches Organizational Behavior at UCSD Extension's Business Management Program for International Students.
Meghan Avels Sun, SHRM-CP and PHR – HR Consultant
Meghan Sun is an accomplished HR generalist with experience in both small and large organizations. She is a strong business partner with comprehensive functional knowledge. Meghan is skilled in talent acquisition and management, employee relations, facilitation, and organization development. Meghan’s most recent full time experience involved working in a manufacturing setting as a senior business partner and advisor to the management team. Meghan is a valued asset for both strategic and tactical projects. Meghan enjoys working on a variety of projects in a variety of industries and has a great deal of experience providing consulting services in hospitality, manufacturing, education, service, and food and beverage industries to name a few.
Meghan holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management, a professional certificate through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) and a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certificate.
Tonya Amy – HR Consultant
Tonya Amy has over 15 years of HR experience in hospitality, food and beverage, manufacturing, technology, etc. Most recently, she worked at the Welk Resort as the HR Manager, managing the Southern CA territory, supporting 900 employees at 2 resorts. Prior to that, Tonya worked at various organizations as the HR Manager where she provided a wide range of HR services including designing a Human Resources department from the ground up, managing day to day HR functions, recruiting, managing multi-state payroll functions and more. As a consultant, Tonya has worked closely with executives, building corporate cultures, establishing organizational integrity, designing compensation plans and structures, and designing job descriptions. Tonya is especially strong in recruitment and retention, training and development, organizational and strategic planning, employee relations, and payroll. Tonya has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Redlands. In her spare time, Tonya spends time with her husband in the desert where they enjoy their off roading toys.
Jennifer Saunders – HR Consultant
Jennifer Saunders is an accomplished HR professional with over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies to start-up businesses. She has led and developed Human Resource teams across the globe. She has a breadth of experience in all functions of Human Resources including Talent Acquisition, Retention, On-boarding, Employee Relations, Change Management, Performance Management, Coaching, Organizational Development, Learning and Development, Training, Internship Development, Compensation and Rewards, Compliance and Employment/Culture Branding. Jennifer’s experience working with companies from a variety of industries including, Retail, Fashion, e-Commerce, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Sports Management, Property Management and Supply Chain Management has allowed her to gain a variety of strategies to build and execute HR best practices. She is a business-minded professional and trusted advisor to executives.
Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from Radford University along with a Certification in Human Resource Management.
Nathalia Aryani, SHRM-SCP – HR/Operations Consultant
Nathalia Aryani has extensive experience in human resources and operations management. She has worked in diverse industries, including management consulting, legal services, educational/human services, public affairs and strategic communications, nonprofit organizations, and a federal government agency. Nathalia is a Certified Senior HR Professional (SHRM-SCP), holds a Master's degree in Human Relations & Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an elective in Marketing. She is fluent in Indonesian and Malay languages.
Nathalia has served in various HR and business partner capacities; contributing strategic directions and insights, developing operational and HR infrastructure, and ensuring compliance and best practices in recruitment and hiring, systems and processes, policies and procedures, performance management, employee/labor relations, employee engagement and retention, benefit programs, and organizational development. She has played instrumental roles in providing excellent service, enhancing employee experience, championing continuous improvement, and promoting sustainable business practices. In her current role, Nathalia manages HR and operations for CA HR Services and serves as an HR consultant to a variety of small businesses.
Michelle Philbrick – Senior HR Consultant
Michelle Philbrick’s Human Resources career spans over 15 years. Michelle is a well-rounded HR Generalist with expertise in HR process development, HR compliance, Immigration/I-9s, Recruitment, Employee Relations, Training and Development, Benefits, and Employee Engagement. Michelle has worked for start-up companies in the Mortgage Banking, B and C Lending, and Telecom industries. In addition, Michelle has worked in the non-profit sector at The American Red Cross and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. She has also worked in Real Estate and has a thorough working knowledge of that industry. Michelle has a BA in Industrial Sociology along with a Certificate in Human Resources Management.
Given her breadth of experience and education, Michelle has developed an aptitude for producing quality work while providing superb customer service to a wide range of people in various industries. Michelle enjoys nothing more than helping others succeed. Her goal is to assist small businesses achieve their goals and objectives while creating an attractive workplace for their employees.
Sonja Burnand, PHR – Talent Acquisition Manager / HR Consultant
Sonja is an accomplished recruiter with 13 years experience in international business. She specializes in creating effective talent pipelines using diverse approaches to fill positions rapidly. She has a proven track record of finding, screening and placing national and international talent ranging from entry to senior-level in several industries.
Sonja is solutions oriented. She enjoys providing excellent customer service and solving problems with out-of-the-box thinking and close client collaboration. Her experience in international marketing, PR, recruiting and teaching make her a well-rounded HR professional.
Sonja Holds a BA in International affairs from Boston College, a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR®) and is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) and San Diego Human Resources Forum (SDHR). She is fluent in English, German and French, and is an intermediate level Spanish speaker.
Adam M. Lara, Masters in IS and Six Sigma Black Belt – Senior HR and IT Consultant
Adam specializes in Federal and State HR Compliance, risk mitigation, strategic planning, employee relations, labor relations, HRIS/HRMS systems, and HR Audits. With over 20 years of human resources leadership experience in the fields of hospitality, non-profit education, pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, and banking, Adam has been recognized by California courts as an HR subject matter expert witness. In the past, he has been retained by defense firms representing the County of Los Angeles, The Dental Association, Metrolink, and the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) in Title VII, leave law, and wage & hour complaints. Prior to working with CA HR Services, Adam was the HR Manager at SSP America at the San Diego International Airport, and has also served as Director of Human Resources for Community HousingWorks, and La Jolla Country Day School.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Adam is equally successful at strengthening employee engagement through the promulgation of company culture, based on data-driven performance and compensation metrics (KPIs) that support revenue and profitability in multi-site, multi-cultural organizations. This includes offering extensive knowledge and experience in new business unit start-ups, proactive employee relations, communications and process improvement solutions, mergers and acquisitions (private equity), and cultural realignment, as well as diversity models.
When Adam is not in the field recruiting top talent, assisting leadership with strategic business planning & development, labor relations, retirement plan administration or ERISA 404(c) Compliance, Adam is involved in the San Diego Community as a volunteer for I Love a Clean San Diego, SERVE San Diego, and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE).
Pablo Zavala – HR Consultant
Pablo Zavala has over a decade of human resources experience providing guidance and leadership to business owners, executives, and senior management in companies ranging from small “mom and pop” operations to large multi-state employers.
Pablo's professional expertise lies in: employee relations, program and policy development, performance management, regulatory compliance, coaching and discipline, conflict resolution, workers' compensation, talent acquisition and training, general human resource management, and developing best practices that increase the effectiveness of an organization. He is well versed in Federal employment laws as well as those of California, Illinois, Florida, and Connecticut.
Pablo is a California native and has lived in Northern and Southern California - and enjoys both equally - and spent a few years living in Chicago. He also loves to travel and is always willing to offer recommendations on the best places to visit in Europe and Central America.
Pablo attended Dominican University of California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, for his MBA program and Bachelor's degree in Business Management. In addition, he is a J.D. candidate with a focus on Business and Employment Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Pablo is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Katie Sullivan – Payroll Specialist
Katie has worked more than 25 years with small business entrepreneurs and profitable mid-sized businesses. While studying for her degree in Behavioral Science, Katie worked as a Full Charge Bookkeeper and Office Manager. Upon graduation, and with a minor in Communications, she expected to follow her passion for Organizational Psychology and Human Resources. But, with her knack for numbers and for organizing systems, she looked for a way to utilize both her accounting expertise and general studies in human behavior. Katie found that specializing in Payroll was the perfect niche. As a Payroll Specialist, she enjoys playing an integral role in both the Accounting and Human Resource departments of a business.
Early on in her career, Katie worked for two CPA firms where she gained invaluable expertise in payroll tax compliance. She found that she particularly enjoys doing the research needed to keep up with ever changing federal and state payroll requirements. For the past nine years, Katie worked as a Senior Payroll Specialist in the retirement community industry, which includes a broad payroll demographic. She has hands on experience with a spectrum of payroll software platforms and an expert awareness of the factors a business must consider when deciding to upgrade or change software. Looking forward, Katie is energized at the prospect of changes in technology and advances in human capital management. She believes there is no more challenging or rewarding time to be a part of CA HR Services.
Gabriela Shea – Spanish Translator / HR Consultant
Gabriela Shea has been providing English to Spanish translation services for California HR Services since 2013. Spanish translation services include but are not limited to Spanish Sexual Harassment Prevention training, translating HR forms, policies and procedures, including translating entire Employee Handbooks, as well as translating sensitive and confidential employee relations meetings and investigations. Previously, Gaby worked as a Human Resources Specialist for General Electric Company. Currently Gaby also works in the English Language Development Department for Design39Campus in the Poway Unified School District. She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and completed the Human Resources Leadership Program at the GE Company.
Patty Velasco – General Manager
Patty is a well accomplished and experienced business professional with years of experience managing a successful family-owned business where she oversaw the entire daily operations and managed a team of employees. Previously, as an Advertising Executive, Patty was responsible for cultivating and developing the Hispanic infomercial and direct response business for three Spanish-language Networks. Her most recent area of expertise has been in the benefits/ insurance industry, where she provided clients with superb customer service while ensuring she met their needs. Patty is responsible for all operations, accounting and client relations support services.
Patty Velasco is bright, knowledgeable, hardworking and has years of sales and customer service experience and has a proven track record of planning, organizing, and creating efficiency in a diverse set of industries. She is a perceptive problem solver with the dedication and determination to create, implement and follow through, until achieving a successful resolution and maximum customer satisfaction.
Patty spends a great deal of time volunteering in the community and does her share to evoke a sense of civic duty within her friends and family. Patty is also bilingual where she speaks and reads Spanish fluently.
Diane Grzywa – Director of Business Development and Sales
Diane Grzywa brings more than 25 years of experience in sales leadership, key account development, C-suite and agency relations to her role as Director of Business Development and Sales at CA HR Services.
Diane has worked in a wide variety of industries including entertainment, cinema, hospitality, SaaS, Fin-Tec, HVAC, consumer electronics, equestrian, aviation, HR, watersports and industrial engineering. Through her tenure, Diane gained experience with Talent Acquisition, Retention, On-boarding, Employee Relations, Coaching and Discipline, Training, Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting. She’s hired, built, trained and led top producing sales teams across the country.
A results-driven strategist, Diane provides expert relationship management and strategic guidance to clients. She builds trust though a demonstrated ability to optimize performance and achieve desired results and has a passion for professional and personal development to continue to provide the highest value to clients.
Diane earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University. A Chicago native who relocated to San Diego and lives in San Marcos, CA with her boyfriend Jamie and their dog, Greyson.
Diego Velasco – Office Assistant
Diego Velasco works as an Office Assistant, assisting the CA HR team with a variety of projects including filing, mail, office and file organization, drafting memos, and eblasts, social media projects, and much more. Diego Velasco is a second-year student at California State University San Marcos where he is focusing on obtaining his BA in Criminal Justice while minoring in Psychology. Diego hopes to become a more well-rounded professional with his position at CA HR Services where he can apply his office, organization, communication, and people skills. Diego is an avid animal lover and he likes to volunteer in the community. Diego plans on becoming a special agent in the FBI where he will apply the skills he’s gained at CA HR Services.
Candice Cleland – Marketing & PR
Candice is a high energy recent college graduate with a passion for people, writing and organization. Candi’s strong customer service skills and attention to detail ensures that both employee and client needs are well taken care of.
Candice has experience working with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in Event Sales, handling special projects, as well as serving as a liaison to the Marketing department. Additionally, she is a Guest Ambassador at the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park. With a passion for animals and her up beat, friendly persona, Candice thrives when working with the public while helping to spread the message of animal conversation on a global level.
Candice received her BA in Communication in Social and Behavioral Science with an emphasis on Public Relations and a Minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. She is certified in Special Event Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies and proficient in American Sign Language.
Walter M. Stella, In-house Legal Advisor and Partner at Cozen O’Connor Law Group
Walter Stella has over 20 years’ experience representing companies in all aspects of employment law and related litigation, including wage and hour class actions and suits involving trade secret theft, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. He also routinely counsels clients on employment law matters, provides advice on employment issues arising from complex business transactions, and negotiates employee benefits and employment agreements on behalf of companies and executives. Mr. Stella earned his B.A. from Marquette University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1990.
Raquel Aragón – Private Investigator
Ms. Aragón graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from California State University of Fullerton. In addition, she holds an Associates of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. In 2002, she was hired as a federal police officer, and attended prestige Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. In 2006, Ms. Aragón became a Public Defender Investigator and in 2013, Ms. Aragón formed her own private investigation firm. Today, she works with top-rated attorneys throughout the state and is assigned to high profile media cases. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Chief Morale Officer – Ms. Latte
Ms. Latte was rescued from Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2016 and "hired" by CA HR Services shortly thereafter! With her sweet and gentle disposition as an Equal Opportunity caregiver with an endless supply of love for all, she is a natural fit as the Chief Morale Officer where she is responsible for greeting and helping everyone feel welcome. Latte can be a bit of a slacker by sleeping all day but she perks right up every evening at exactly 5 pm! Even though she's classified as exempt/salary, she's a clock watcher by nature!
Chief Security Officer – Mr. Duke
Mr. Duke was "hired" in 2014 as the Chief Security Officer, ensuring everyone's safety and security. He is often found lounging in the corner listening to investigation meetings but perks right up for his 10 minute breaks and 30 minute off the clock lunch breaks. He takes his job a bit too seriously, barking at every employee, candidate, mailman and even every bird, we are however grateful that he keeps a watchful eye on the team and all our confidential HR files and documents.