At Surf Search, we work hard and play hard

  • With over 20 years of combined recruiting experience, we fill a wide range of key positions, from high-level leadership roles to staff level.
  • We are successful because we take time to understand not just our clients and their businesses – but our candidates too!
  • We are “all in” with each req — AND with our candidates — providing support with scheduling and interview prep, offer negotiation, relocation and new job on-boarding.
  • We know your time is valuable and we are here to streamline the process.
  • We work with only a handful of clients at a time.
  • We are thorough and we love what we do!

Debbie Winkelbauer

Debbie’s recruiting career focuses on healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer products. After receiving a BS in Biology from University of California, San Diego, Debbie spent 4 years in the Department of Medical Genetics at UCSD School of Medicine as a clinical researcher. After a successful stint in pharma sales (3rd in the nation with Berlex Labs), Debbie launched her recruiting career and never looked back.

Five other things you should know about Debbie

  1. She is a passionate surfer, snowboarder and pickle ball player.
  2. She is a world class backpacker, tackling some of the greatest treks on the planet, including the “O” Patagonia, the Milford Track NZ, and the Manaslau Circuit Nepal.
  3. Debbie and her family rock out every Spring at the Coachella Music Festival.
  4. Mah Jongg Maven – she has been playing with the same group for nearly 10 years.
  5. Proud UCSD alumna! Still attending lectures, concerts and rec classes on campus.

Jan Hudson

Jan joined Debbie after a successful career in television news. As the medical producer at the NBC affiliate in San Diego, she was awarded several Emmy awards for producing stories and programs on cutting-edge medical breakthroughs, including medical genetics, AIDS and cancer research. Jan earned her BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.

Five other things you should know about Jan

  1. In her “previous” life pre-recruiting, she won 3 national Emmys with ABC News. Her specialty was covering wildfires. She’s a fast runner which came in handy.
  2. She loves backpacking too, but sticks to the continental US. Last trip: August 2020 high Sierra horse-packing with the Surf Search crew..
  3. The sourdough bread starter in her refrigerator has a name.
  4. She travels around the US showing her Australian Shepherd, Cooper. He’s a champion.
  5. Coachella? Yep, Jan and her boys go too.

Siena Buccigrossi

As Senior Recruiter, Special Projects, Siena manages our Bay Area business. After graduating from San Francisco State, Siena worked for two San Francisco start-ups, as a recruiting coordinator and customer success manager. We are lucky to have her on-board.

Five other things you should know about Siena

  1. We rely on Siena for her global knowledge. She graduated with a degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Intelligence and Security.
  2. She was a competitive surfer through college and is still charging it on her snowboard -- double black diamond runs! Look for her on Scotty’s at Mammoth.
  3. Siena is a passionate globetrotter -- 20 countries to date!
  4. You’ll find her at BOTH Coachella + Outside Lands every year
  5. While Siena manages on our Bay Area biz, she still finds time to SUP or kayak around her Sausalito home and play ball with her pup, Bella.

Taylor Grant

Taylor has been with Surf Search for nearly six years, managing our East Coast business. Taylor has been instrumental in successfully placing impossible to find biotech, pharma and device candidates with industry leaders and promising start-ups. She is tenacious – and a valued member of our team.

Five other things you should know about Taylor

  1. A Beacon Hill resident, Taylor spends most of her free time at the Esplanade, in summer she kayaks the Charles.
  2. You won’t find Taylor on the T, she walks everywhere.
  3. A graduate of Emmerson College with a degree in communications, but Taylor’s also got 1/4 of an art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and loves to draw, paint and sew.
  4. She’s an avid skier and lover of the Adirondacks -- Gore Mountain, White Face and occasionally Mount Snow. In summer you’ll find her water skiing on Schroon Lake.
  5. Taylor is a passionate advocate for children, with volunteering stints as an after-school art teacher, camp counselor, mentor, and is a proud sponsor at Save the Children Foundation.


And it’s not just our frontline recruiters supporting this effort. We couldn’t do it without our awesome, behind-the-scenes research team, who work hard to source and identify candidates for our hard to fill jobs.