Chris serves as President of SDEA. Chris previously worked in the financial services industry, where she specialized in sales, marketing, human resources, performance management, finance, and training at local, statewide, and national levels.
Chris volunteers with a number of organizations and is know for her commitment to the San Diego community. She serves as the Treasurer and Secretary for the National Board of the American Lung Association, and Treasurer for the Children’s Health Fund. She is a Board Member of Combined Health Agencies and a Finance Committee Member for the Council of Community Clinics.
Chris’s other joys include her husband Bill and her son Spenser.
Jennifer Jacobus, PHR-CA
Director of HR Services
Jennifer serves as Director of HR Services. Having worked at SDEA for 25 years, Jennifer has received numerous Human Resource industry awards and is considered an expert in the field of Human Resources. Jennifer conducts Human Resources audits, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, and provides advice and assistance with employment-related issues. She conducts training in the areas of employment law, exempt and non-exempt status, independent contractors, and handbook policies. Jennifer is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) nationally and with the state of California, through the Human Resources Certificate Institute. She also received a Human Resources certification through 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 member of the Executive Association of San Diego.
Human Resources Consultant
Jenny serves as a Human Resources Consultant with SDEA. Previously she worked as a Human Resources professional within a variety of companies in both the private and public sectors.
Jenny’s Human Resources management background includes experience in the manufacturing, financial services, biotechnology, non-profit and government sectors. She has performed a full-range of Human Resources professional functions, including talent management, benefits administration, employee relations, training and development, and implementing business strategic initiatives. Jenny is affiliated with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the San Diego Forum. She is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Jenny enjoys volunteer work, exercise, travel and spending time with her friends and family. She is a fan of San Diego sports teams including the Padres, Chargers, and Aztecs.
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Nicole serves as Marketing and Public Relations Manager with SDEA. She previously held marketing and communications positions in both business and educational organizations in San Diego and St. Paul, MN. Nicole works to expand the reach of SDEA’s services and trainings, assisting businesses across Southern California with their HR needs. She is passionate about advancing access to education, professional development, and leadership training opportunities within the San Diego community and beyond. Nicole holds a masters degree in Leadership Studies from University of San Diego.
Linda serves as Client Relations Manager with SDEA. She has an extensive background in HR management, policies and practice. She holds professional designations in strategic Human Resources, California Employment Law, Corporate Wellness, and Advanced Career Strategies. Linda is a graduate of San Diego State University’s School of Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.
Linda offers her management and HR expertise as a volunteer with a number of non-profit organizations in San Diego, including at a juvenile justice mediation center (SDRJMP) and has raised funds for educational institutions. She volunteers with the La Jolla Boardroom and Experienceship: A Training Program for the 21st Century, and offers career advice for professionals in transition. In addition to spending time with her family, Linda’s interests include wellness and integrated healing, cooking, and hiking with her black lab Magnolia.
Judy serves as Bookkeeper with SDEA. Judy holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from San Diego State University. She is an enrolled agent to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and is a principal in the bookkeeping services firm Gallegos, Inc.
Judy is an active member of the San Diego community, Past President of the Poway Rotary Club, and Past Treasurer of the San Diego Genealogical Society. She is a third-generation native Californian whose family settled in California in 1898.
Judy enjoys genealogy and travel, and she has visited 23 countries on six continents. Many of her travels have included humanitarian projects and events.
Member Services Coordinator
Lauren serves as Member Services Coordinator with SDEA. She continues to grow her responsibilities within the organization by assisting the sales and marketing departments. A San Diego native, Lauren received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.
In addition to her role at SDEA, Lauren offers service mediation and plans to work towards earning her Mediation certification and begin mediating in other fields. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys watching classic movies, cooking, and traveling.