For Strategic HR Leaders to Proactively Lead the Rapidly Changing World of Work.


Our leaders are nominated and elected by the full Board (Officers and Directors at Large). If you are interested in gaining board experience, contributing to the strategic HR community, volunteering in any capacity and having fun, please let us know.

Most leaders start by joining one of our committees, then progressing to Director at Large and then, some being elected an officer. If you would like to discuss volunteer opportunities, please contact us.


The Board of Directors is responsible for not only overseeing the effective operations of our organization, but they are also responsible for setting the strategic direction and developing policies and protocols for the organization. Several members of the Board of Directors lead key committees for the organization (Experience Creation and Community Build), while others are involved in various committees and provide regular input to the direction of the organization. You may contact any individual director via this email address. 

Executive Team


Lori Heffelfinger


The Heffelfinger Company

Los Angeles, CA

Vice President Sponsorship


Kristin Speer

Managing Director

Westwood & Wilshire

Redwood City, CA

Treasurer and

Director of Financial Operations

Mary Thomas

Strategic Finance and Leadership
Fremont CA


Experience Creation Chair

Barbara Baill, M.A. 

Executive Coach

Principal of Perceptus, Inc

Los Altos, CA

Succession Planning Chair

Craig Ramsay

Principal Consultant,

People Science Glint Inc.

Redwood City, CA

Community Build & Marketing Chair

Julie Currie

HR Executive and Executive Coach

San Francisco Bay Area


Craig Ramsay

Principal Consultant,

People Science Glint Inc.

Redwood City, CA

Michael Kent


Independent Mediator, 

Executive Coach and HR

Consultant Oakland, CA

Paula Schmidlin

Global HR Strategy

Planning and Leadership

Oakland, CA

Shreya Sarkar-Barney, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder,

Human Capital Growth

Vacaville, CA


Optimal Talent Solutions (OTS)

OTS provides services to streamline talent management operations.


A select group of senior HR executives serve in this focused and essential role. All Advisory Board members support HRSF by providing an outside perspective on both how to develop a stronger and sustainable organization as well as being a key source of insight for topics the organization should be addressing to meet the current and future strategic needs of organization. Corporate Sponsor companies are encouraged but not required to have a representative on the Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board provides leadership in several key areas:

      • Setting the direction for HRSF programs and services.
      • Promoting involvement in HRSF with other senior California HR leaders.
      • Serving as meeting hosts or emcees as needed.

Our Advisory Board members fulfill their leadership responsibilities via one-hour conference calls held twice a year. They do not need to participate in every HRSF event but are expected to be present at most meetings.

If you're interested in Advisory Board membership, please contact our office. 

Thank you Annual Sponsors!

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