I’m an HR evangelist.  

I’m a true believer in the impact that great HR can have on organizational success.  I’ve devoted my professional life to ensuring that HR professionals succeed, and are recognized for the essential contributions they make.


After spending 15 years in the HR trenches, rising from HR generalist to VP, I saw first-hand the challenges and opportunities that HR professionals experience every day.  Then I spent 10 years as CEO of NCHRA (Northern California Human Resources Association) a nonprofit membership association focused on advancing the practice of human resources and the careers of HR professionals.  


Leading the Merit HR team is the perfect opportunity to live my values and give back to our HR community.  My vision is for Merit HR to deliver all the resources that HR professionals need to create successful HR teams, contribute to their organization’s success and grow their own careers.

Outside of work, you’ll find me spending time with my husband and two adult kids catching live music at festivals and small local concerts and exploring the local food scene. 


Danika Davis

CEO / Managing Partner

Anne leads service delivery operations, driving the development and execution of Merit’s staffing, search and consulting services.


She has extensive experience in management, HR, operations, sales, and accounting. When Anne’s not working, she’s enjoying time with her family and participating in the community. She’s also an avid gardener and dedicated pilates enthusiast.


Anne Hausler

Director / Client Services

Sally Romero HR Recruiting Manager

I’m a testament to the power of reinvention.  I’m a New York City native who navigated from the projects to Wall Street to ESPN to recruiting. 


My passion is guiding people to unlock their full potential. That’s why working with HR professionals at Merit HR is such a great fit for me. 


Merit HR has strong leadership and fosters a spirit of collaboration. Our team values our ‘product’ – the exceptional talent we advocate for. This environment empowers me to deliver my best, effortlessly.

Witnessing candidates evolve, grow, and embody their optimal selves is most gratifying.


Beyond my professional endeavors, I love music, dancing, savoring delectable meals with friends, and cherishing quality moments with my family.


Sally Romero

HR Recruiting Manager

Since 2010, Anna has provided results for clients in varying industries including manufacturing, retail, skilled trades, hospitality, financial and professional services. She is passionate in helping people achieve their goals. She believes every individual holds a potential for greatness. The right environment can turn that potential into truth. In her spare time, Anna likes taking long walks with her dogs, spending time with her family and friends, trying new foods, listening to live music, playing sports, and drinking a warm cup of americano.


Anna Perez


Peggy Dunkley HR Manager Merit HR

Peggy has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of human resources, recruiting, and administrative roles. She has an eye for detail and loves to provide great customer service to all those she supports. When she is not hiking or backpacking to alpine lakes, Peggy loves spending time with her family and dog, practicing yoga and reading.


Peggy Dunkley

HR & Administrative Manager

Jesica rebar
Jesica leads Special Projects, Events, Partnerships and Client Engagement efforts for Merit HR. She has a background in Operational Project Management and a passion for process efficiency. Jesica is an avid hiker, a self-proclaimed foodie and a regular at live music venues across Southern California.

Jes Rebar

Strategic Projects Manager

Jan is an HR Recruiter and comes to Merit HR with a background in recruiting, training, public relations, and business consulting. Jan has a BS in Business Management focused on Human Resource Management Development from Liceo de Cagayan University. Outside of work, he enjoys talking to people from all walks of life, reading, traveling, and volunteering.

Jan Cutin

HR Recruiter

Elle is an HR Recruiter with deep experience in general human resources management, recruiting, employee relations, training, and administration. Elle has a BS in Psychology from the University of San Carlos. She is a bookworm, a sea lover, and loves spending time with her family.

Elle Centino

HR Recruiter


Lorenzo is a skilled executive recruiter with experience in various fields and industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in Consular Diplomatic Affairs from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. He either pursues improving his passion for music production or plays one of the various outdoor sports he loves.


Lorenzo Valdez

HR Recruiter

Brian Gauny Partner Merit HR

Brian is one of the firm’s original employees and has held every role in the organization. He has broad knowledge of HR systems and programs, with hands-on experience in many human resources disciplines, including employment, employee relations, labor, safety and risk management. He is an outdoor enthusiast with a particular passion for sailing and golf in the company of friends and family.


Brian Gauny