Leadership Team

Jennifer Beckey
Network Director

Jennifer Beckey is an entrepreneurially-minded executive whose professional background encompasses companies in both the high technology and professional services sectors.

Jennifer is currently the Regional Office Administrator for the law firm of DLA Piper, LLP (US). She is on the Board of Directors for Herophilos, Inc., whose product, HERO, is a web-enabled cloud-computing platform for scientific collaboration. Formerly, she was CEO of Maptrace, a wireless telecommunications company.

Jennifer serves in several capacities for WITI, Women in Technology International. She functions both as Regional Vice President, as well as Network Director for the WITI San Diego Network.

Jennifer is an active member of several foundations and organizations. In addition to her capacities and service in WITI, she serves as co-chair of the Sharp HospiceCare Annual Regatta organizing committee in San Diego. She was a member of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum board and Executive Committee from 2006-2008.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She has also attained the SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) and CLM (Certified Legal Manager) accreditations.

She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2001, and received her certificate, Chef du Patisserie du Bas, in August 2001. Her passion is sailing, and she and her husband competed in the 2005 Transpacific Yacht Race (sailing from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI). She is a member of the San Diego Yacht Club.

Molly Tanouye
Network Coordinator

Molly is an IT industry veteran with a background in Business Analysis, Software Development, Quality Assurance and Project Management. She spent her early career working at EDS for a dozen years which included 8 years in San Diego supporting financial institutions. She has worked in various industries including insurance, software consulting, government, banking and law. She is consulting at a local financial institution.

Molly is a long time member of the local WITI Network and one of our most active volunteers. She is a member of PMI San Diego (Project Management Institute) where she has been a Project Manager on the yearly conference planning committee for 5 years.

Molly served in the U.S. Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Management and Computer Science. She enjoys connecting with people and travelling to Hawaii several times a year to keep in touch with family.

Arline Gunter

Arline is a proven business and technology leader with over twenty years experience in premier software and consulting companies. She has had a varied career in Software Development, Client Services and Consulting within Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Financial Services and Telecommunications industries.

A graduate of University of California, San Diego, Arline started her career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where she spent 10 years growing from a "hands on" technical role into a Senior Program Manager, responsible for proposal development, project execution and client satisfaction of multi-million dollar engagements. After tiring of the traveling life of a consultant, Arline returned to her native San Diego, to lead software development and client services teams at HNC Software (later acquired by Fair Isaac). Arline went on to work as an Independent Consultant helping start-up technology companies implement Best Practice Client Service processes. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she taught Project Management through the local PMI Chapter and San Diego State University Extension.

In 2005, Arline joined Intuit as a Senior Program Manager. Currently, she leads a software development team responsible for the delivery of TurboTax for Mac, and the innovative TurboTax for iPad.

Karen Winston

Karen is Vice President, Partnerships at Posiba. a web solution for the charitable sector that brings information together with nonprofits, foundations, and government to make better informed decisions and achieve greater social impact. Prior to joining Posiba in early 2015, Karen spent seven years as a senior member of CONNECT, a globally recognized, privately funded, non-profit dedicated to creating and scaling technology and life sciences companies. While with CONNECT, Karen served as a project manager, advisor and resource across the organization's platform, creating strategically targeted programming that served various audiences, including CONNECT's global partners, members, and regional entrepreneurs, many times bringing in partners to support the mission.

Prior to CONNECT, Karen's 25+ year career focused on expanding business and audience reach for a variety of businesses. Her clients and past employers included professional services firms (law, accounting, financial, insurance) as well as non-profits, specialty retailers, and professional speakers/authors in San Diego, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida.

An engaged participant in the community, Karen is a past member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Investment Board and has served on various advisory committees, including the STEM Collaboratory, ARCS Scholars Foundation for which she chaired its Community Advisory Council, and GirlTECH San Diego for which she served as founding president. Karen earned a B.S. degree in communications and sociology with a minor in French literature from UC San Diego.

Dena Ayala

Dena Ayala has 13 years experience within Talent Acquisition and Human Capital Services industry. During college Dena started a staffing company, Direct Resources, alongside her family. She developed a passion for helping people within their career search, while helping employers find talent their companies needed.

In 2004 Dena joined SOS Staffing, and redeveloped the San Diego Market. Within 3 years the division grew from 50 employees to nearly 300. She then travelled throughout the US to teach other SOS staff the fundamentals of executive recruiting. She was awarded SOS Pacific Region Top Sales Award in 2005.

To expand her area of focus within human capital, in 2008, Dena joined one of 100 largest staffing companies in the US, The Evergent Group. She was tasked to develop the San Diego market under a new business line, Suna Solutions, as Suna's first employee. Four years later, Suna has grown to over 500 employees in San Diego alone, and is one of the fastest growing firms in the nation recognized by Staffing Industry Analytics. Dena now oversees the recruiting functions for the business staffing division. Her division utilizes the most advanced recruiting techniques including social media recruiting concepts. She understands how to help her clients engage the top talent available and maintain a competitive workforce. In 2010 she was awarded Suna Solutions Presidents Award.

She is a member of National Human Resources Association and North County Personnel Association. She is heavily involved in the non-profit Casa De Amparo based in Oceanside.

A few fun facts about Dena: she is responsible for her company wellness initiative including organizing a weekly Yoga Class and participating in the Suna Soccer team. Dena is a native San Diegan who currently resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea with her family - which includes six children aged 3 through 18--she's also known to be quite proficient at foosball.

Jasmine Garcia

Jasmine is currently an IT Consultant with Gov Solutions Group, working as a software developer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), a Department of Defense (DoD) agency in San Diego.

Jasmine has been working at SPAWAR since 2006, in several different functional areas and holding several roles, including Blog Administrator, Web Designer, IT Procurement Request (ITPR) Reviewer and Navy IT Policy Subject Matter Expert (SME). Jasmine has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Coleman University.

Jasmine's interests include: technology, Android/iOS app development, astronomy, music, and science. She also has an interest in mentoring other women.

Sierra Flores

Sierra is the lead Technical Recruiter for Suna Solutions., a staffing and recruiting firm with offices in Southern and Northern CA. She partners with thriving companies within a myriad of industries to provide and support their hiring needs.

Sierra has also held technical recruiting and sales positions over the last 7 years. She attended UC San Diego and studied Psychology and Cognitive Science. Sierra is passionate about equality, technology, entrepreneurship and exercise (yoga, running swimming). Sierra is interested in empowering women to commit to their dreams and support girls through STEM programs.

Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore is an innovation and technology evangelist who enjoys connecting people and businesses globally to help them create, expand, and thrive.

A global citizen, she started her career in France then spent 16 years in California Silicon Valley with hi-tech start ups as well as Fortune 500 companies such as: TangoMe, Nokia, Applied Materials, Cellon, and the Eclipse Group.

As an HR business leader and executive coach, Catherine has managed both hands-on and strategic HR across Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Recently, she was SVP Global HR at Kyriba, a global SaaS company in financial software, based in San Diego. Catherine also pioneered one of the first HR and Innovation conferences in the Silicon Valley.

Because of her extensive professional network in hi-tech and her international experience in such diverse roles as corporate development, M&As and supply-chain consulting, Catherine also serves as the occasional angel investor and often as a sounding board for early stage tech start-up leaders on business operations and market development.

Catherine holds two masters degrees in Human Resources Development from CNAM, Paris, (Cum Laude), and Business Law from University of Law and Economics, Aix-en-Provence, France. She also holds Professional Certificates in Organizational Theory from ISGA, Marseilles/Luminy, France, E-Commerce Management from San Jose State University, CA, and more recently, in Coaching from the prestige The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA.

Lena Haviland

Lena Haviland currently serves as a Business Development Manager for TEKsystems Global Services. She has 9+ years of experience in the IT Staffing and Professional Services industries and manages a wide array of client accounts across Southern California that include mid to large scale organizations. Mrs. Haviland started her career in IT recruiting but found a natural fit in the solutioning and selling of co-managed, project-based and outsourced IT services.

She serves as a trusted advisor to many clients, helping define and stand-up relevant technology teams that solve major IT automation and modernization challenges. Her efforts have spanned many vertical industries including telecommunications, entertainment, financial services, healthcare and energy. Example engagements have included the implementation of IT Service Management and Agile software development best practices, mobile applications, and Business Intelligence and Big Data systems.