Meet Our Team

Sandra Mason, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

In 1999, Sandee Mason joined the close-knit team at Hayashi Wayland. Since then, she’s been instrumental in supporting Human Resources needs internally and with clients.

Sandee specializes in:

All things Human Resources, including California employment laws, benefits administration, payroll, total compensation packages, policy formation and enforcement, internal relations, recruitment, and compliance and safety.

She is known for:

HR-related questions for both staff and clients. She also — somehow years ago — became the office interior decorator!

Her best capabilities are:

Juggling and plate-spinning. “I am very organized and able to juggle multiple tasks/assignments at once. No day is ever the same in my job and I love diversity.”

What Sandee likes most about her job:

The company, culture, and team. “I am proud of the work I do at HW and also the team I work with.  HW is well-known in the community, and they truly care about their employees.”

She works work with:

Primarily, Sandee’s “clients” are the HW Team. Additionally, she enjoys opportunities to work with external clients by providing HR support, and assisting them with their hiring process.

Community-minded:

Hayashi Wayland encourages community involvement, and Sandee’s commitment to give back takes this mindset to a superhero level. Her efforts include:

  • Salinas Relay for Life Executive Committee 1999-2015 – various committee positions
  • Salinas Relay for Life Event Co-Chair 2007 & 2008
  • Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights (Board Member)
  • Laurelwood Elementary School – Treasurer (past)
  • Mission Park Elementary School – Board Member (past)
  • Washington Union Education Foundation – Board Member (past)
  • Salinas Colts & Broncos Youth Football & Cheer – Treasurer (past)
  • Hartnell College Foundation – Party in the Library Committee
  • Santa Lucia Rotary – current Foundation Director
  • Salinas High School Athletic Boosters – current Membership Chair
  • Salinas High School Sober Grad – current Committee Member
  • National Charity League – current Grade Level Advisor for the Class of 2021
  • Salinas Valley Chamber IMPOWER – current Committee Member

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • PHR (Professional of Human Resources)
  • SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management, Certified Professional)
  • State of California, Notary Public

Education

  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Monterey Peninsula College
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentration in Management, San Jose State University

Continuing Education

Sandee completes what’s needed to keep her certifications active. She also stays current on California labor and employment laws.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2005 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Leadership Award for the Salinas Relay
  • 2007 & 2008 American Cancer Society’s Pacesetter Award for the Salinas Relay
  • 2018-2019 Salinas High School Booster Club Volunteer of the Year Award
  • 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Award for Santa Lucia Rotary

What you may not know about Sandee…

She is all about family, volunteering, and going to hot spots — literally!

“My time away from work is spent mainly with my family (husband and two daughters). We are proud Salinas High School parents and supporters of their athletic programs.

“I also spend a lot of time volunteering in the community with my family.  My daughters were raised to see the blessings in their lives and that others are not as fortunate. It’s all about making someone’s day a little brighter.

“We also love the HEAT! We spend at least a week on vacation each year somewhere HOT…our favorite spot is Palm Springs in July — can you say heat in the 100s?!”

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