Michelle CastroVice President of Staffing Operations
Sharlene TheakstonLead Account Manager
Julie Brown is the President of SDI Staffing. She started SDIS in 1995 and specializes in placing temporary and direct-hire employees throughout Southern California for the insurance and financial services industries. Julie is a California Licensed Fire/Casualty Agent and a Certified Staffing Professional. She is a member of the American Staffing Association (ASA) and California Staffing Professionals. She is the past president and current treasurer of the San Diego Chapter of California Staffing Professionals and is the director for the San Diego Chapter on the state board. She is active in San Diego Insurance Women and PWI, where she has served numerous roles including president. She actively participates as a member of the Independent Brokers and Agents of San Diego, and the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS) San Diego Chapter. In 2008, Julie was asked to join the steering committee of the San Diego Chapter of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). She also teaches insurance and personal development classes to clients and industry organizations.She has been recognized with numerous awards, including SBA’s “Women Owned Business of the Year for San Diego and Imperial Counties,” “Employer of the Year” by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, “Women Who Mean Business” Award from the San Diego Business Journal, “Insurance Woman of the Year” from PWI, “Associate Member of the Year” by the Independent Brokers & Agents of San Diego, and the Career Sponsorship Award by the OPT Program at Grossmont College for her dedication to educate young people about the insurance industry.
Prior to founding SDI Staffing, Julie spent more than 12 years in insurance both at carrier and agency level in Southern California and North Carolina. From sales and customer service in both personal and commercial lines, to operations manager, Julie learned the insurance industry.
She is a native of San Diego, married with two children, a daughter and a son, and enjoys camping, reading, and attending her kid’s athletic events. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. During race season she can be found every other weekend at Barona Speedway watching her son and husband racing dwarf cars.
Vice President of Staffing Operations
Michelle has been with SDI Staffing since 1997 and has an in depth knowledge of CA Employment Laws. As Vice President of Staffing Operations, she is responsible for the profitability of division operations. She ensures organizational effectiveness, identifies and implements best practices, and establishes accounting policies, practices, and procedures. She maintains the payroll & billing processes, manages Human Resources, administers employee benefits and workers compensation claims, and works as the primary network administrator troubleshooting computer and server issues. She also maintains the company’s databases, installs software, and updates the company website and marketing materials.
- Certified Staffing Professional
- Member of the American Staffing Association
- Current Board Member of CSP San Diego Chapter (Secretary) 2020-Present
- Former Board Member of AFWA San Diego (Social Media Director) 2019-2020
- Former Board Member of HTHMA Parent Assocation (Webmaster) 2015-2018
Although Michelle has traveled quite a bit over the years as a military dependent, she has always been rooted to San Diego. She enjoys quality time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and fishing whenever she gets the chance.
Lead Account Manager
Sharlene has been with SDI Staffing since 1998. She is most passionate about recruiting, helping candidates find a successful career in insurance, and assisting clients with finding the top talent they are seeking. Currently, Sharlene works as the Lead Account Manager. She evaluates applicants on their skills, education, work history, personality and salary requirements. She also works with clients to assist them in their search for applicants that have the experience and skills they are seeking for their office. Sharlene is an active member of Professional Women in Insurance, California Staffing Professionals and the American Staffing Association. She is trained in CA Employment and Sexual Harassment Law (FMLA, Meal & Rest Periods, Exempt & Non-Exempt Employees, etc.).
Sharlene was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She enjoys traveling as well as spending time with her husband, their two Labs, family and friends.
Alison joined SDI Staffing in 2017. She possesses a ten year background in recruiting, hiring, and personnel management for several successful multi-unit restaurant corporations. She has spent the past decade passionate about finding people jobs that they love, which in turn allows brands to flourish.
Alison attended both Pepperdine University and The University of San Diego, majoring in Fine Arts and Psychology. Growing up, Alison spent a lot of time traveling the world with her mother, brother, and grandmother, all avid travelers. For fun, Alison loves cooking, reading, traveling, painting, hiking, and spending quiet time with her family.