I’ve always worked in a service-oriented job. When I was 16, one of my first jobs was as a child social worker. I helped children cope with parents who were drug addicts. I knew then that my passion was working in a people services role. I spent several years in the finance/banking industry, where I held positions as a Compensation Manager, Sales and Management Trainer and a Computer-Based Training Analyst.
I joined the Watkins family in 1992 as the Human Resources Manager. I was promoted a few years later to Director, and became Vice President of Human Resources in 1999. As the Vice President of the People Strategy and Services group, I oversee everything from recruitment and employee training to benefit administration, compensation and payroll and employee safety and wellness. One of my team’s main objectives is to create programs that make a difference in the lives of our employees and those they support.
It is important to me to support an environment where people enjoy coming to work each day. We all need to work, so why not have fun doing it? Treating each other with respect, being open and honest and genuinely caring for one another are equally important. Watkins received a 97% favorable score in our recent company survey, with a 91.4% employee response rate. So I’m not the only one who enjoys working here—many others do, too!
On a personal note, I am a native San Diegan who loves to fish, spend time with my family and friends and volunteer with charitable organizations. I’ve been on the Board of Directors for the Vista Boys and Girls Club and served on the Board of Directors for North County Solutions for Change, a homeless shelter. Charitable giving is important to me and it is a Watkins core value.