Our Team

RJ SWARTWOOD

President

Through the years

In his first year of college, Rod knew he wanted a career in business that had real impact and influence.  Starting as an HRIS Specialist with the North County Transit District, he worked his way into all facets of Talent Management.  After running HR for UpperDeck, he realized that business acumen was very important to become an HR Leader so he went back and got his MBA.  What followed was back to back stints at a Fortune 300 Company and a top 1000 Fastest Growing company where he made incredible strides in People Productivity, Engagement and HR Metrics.

Where he got book smart

Rod completed his BA in Industrial Psychology at San Diego State University. He also completed studies in organizational psychology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Rod obtained his MBA from California State University in San Marcos.

Where he got street smart

  • Profit Recovery Partners
  • First American Corp.
  • ProFlowers
  • Avexus
  • Upper Deck

MEGAN BENAK

Senior Consultant

Through the years

After completing college at the University of Iowa, Megan moved to New York City where she worked in administration and HR for 3 years at a pharmaceutical research company, ProPhase, LLC. Megan then transitioned to Motion PT Group where she worked as the Director of Human Resources across multiple East Coast states for almost 4 years.

Where she got book smart

Megan completed her BA degree in Psychology at the University of Iowa, and continues to broaden her knowledge as an HR professional by attending seminars and trainings on employment and HR law.

Where she got street smart

  • Tanager Place
  • ProPhase, LLC
  • Motion PT Group

KELLY BROOKS

Senior Consultant

Through the years

After completing college in her home town of Perth, Western Australia, Kelly migrated to the United States with the intention of starting her career in a field where she could be an integral part of a team working towards a company’s overall success, while making a difference in people’s lives.  She started her career in HR, as an HR Administrator with a non-profit, the YMCA of San Diego County, and very quickly was promoted to HR Director.  After spending 11 years with “the Y”, Kelly moved on to leading entire HR departments at several public healthcare companies.  She achieved the prestigious HR designation of SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), in 2014.

Where she got book smart

Kelly completed her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Western Australia and continues to increase her value as an HR professional by continuously attending seminars and trainings to ensure she stays on top of CA labor laws and trends in the industry.

Where she got street smart

  • YMCA of San Diego County
  • Sun Healthcare Group
  • Skilled Healthcare Group
  • Ensign Services, Inc.

KAYA LEILANI

Culture Dog

Through the years

When she first joined us, she obviously had great people skills.  Not so much “other dog” skills but great people skills.

Where she got book smart

Kaya never did learn to read…books that is!  She does know how to read people extremly well.  We all try to learn from her on that front.

Where she got street smart

  • The Street
  • The Dog Park

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