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 Burwell

As National Recruiting Director, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Siena brings comprehensive experience in talent acquisition and management within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare industries.She oversees client relationships and leads a dynamic team comprising researchers, sourcers, and consultants, ensuring top-tier talent delivery and client satisfaction.

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 Healdsburg home and play ball with her pup, Bella.

Jordan Grant

Jordan has been with Surf Search for nearly eight years, managing our East Coast business. Jordan 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, Jordan spends most of her free time at the Esplanade, in summer she kayaks the Charles and escapes to the Cape.
  2. You won’t find Jordan on the T, she walks everywhere.
  3. A graduate of Colby College, with a degree in government, Jordan was a varsity lacrosse player.
  4. Jordan loves to ski in winter, usually Killington or Stowe, every now and then, the Rockies.
  5. A passionate advocate for animals, Jordan is a regular volunteer dog walker for Boston area shelters.

Lindsey Bozzio

Lindsey joined us after a decade-long career in academia, where she was working closely with researchers, faculty members, and students in a myriad of roles ranging from grant support to education abroad programming. Her expertise is in relationship management, and she ensures our clients and candidates are top priority. She has received several awards for her forward thinking mentality and client management skills.

Five other things you should know about Lindsey

  1. Lindsey has traveled to over 35 countries, and lived in Chile for nearly two years teaching English after she graduated college. She speaks conversational Spanish.
  2. She and her husband continue to grow their little "ranch", which currently includes a dozen backyard chickens. Lindsey is hoping for goats next.
  3. You can find Lindsey and her family exploring the great outdoors on the weekend, and her two young kids love adventures in their trailer (aka the Taj Ma-Haul).
  4. When she's not chasing after chickens or children around, she is working on her potter's wheel.
  5. Lindsey loves costumes and normally starts thinking about next year's Halloween costume on November 1.


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.