Catherine Mattice Zundel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Founder & CEO

Catherine founded Civility Partners in 2008 as a result of working in a toxic environment, and has since served a huge array of clients with consulting, training and coaching services. She’s written three books, one of which Ken Blanchard called, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic” of workplace bullying. Catherine’s also been cited in such media outlets as, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, and USA Today, and appeared as a guest on such venues as NPR and CNN.

Catherine is active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH) and one of the four founding members of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on ending workplace bullying. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication, and taught communication courses at the college level for ten years.

Nick Zundel

COO & Director of Business Development

Nick is our very dapper COO and Director of Business Development. With nearly 20 years of leadership and sales experience, and almost a decade within the Human Capital Management industry, Nick brings key experience and understanding the challenges organizations face. Prior to joining Civility Partners, he led a Top 10 branch of a global staffing firm and, more recently, was the Director of Sales for a national screening firm where his teams’ successes consistently earned him President’s Club recognition within a hyper-growth environment.
Nick is also the founder of our sister company, Background Partners, an employment screening firm. Nick has a Bachelor’s in Finance and an FCRA Advanced Certification from the National Association of Backgrounds Screeners (NAPBS).

Rebecca Del Secco, aPHR

Junior Consultant and Future VP

Rebecca came to us as a part-time intern while she was getting her Bachelor’s degree in Business, with a focus on human resources, from San Diego State University. She has quickly risen to become a Junior Consultant, handling much of the back end work for all of our clients. Rebecca creates our training programs, pulls together surveys and survey reports, works with clients to create action plans for culture change, writes our blog posts, and more. Rebecca is on her way to being our VP of Awesomeness.

Jonda Cvek

Culture & Compliance Champion

Jonda is our Culture & Compliance Champion and focused on growing our clientele through relationships and connections in San Diego County and beyond. She was the Chief of Staff to the Vice Mayor at the City of Long Beach, where she worked for 21+ years, and came to San Diego to join the East County Chamber of Commerce as its Membership Director.

Jonda has a sparkling personality and makes friends wherever she goes. If you don’t already know Jonda, you will!

Ed Salvador

Training Guru

Ed Salvador, is one of our Training Gurus,  and a US Navy veteran.  His active duty naval service included thirteen years as an enlisted (from Recruit to Chief Petty Officer) and seventeen years as a commissioned officer (from Ensign to Commander).  After his retirement from the Navy, Ed served for fifteen more years in civil service.

During his entire professional career, military and civilian, Ed lived his passion for education and training.  His expertise includes instructional systems development, educational administration and schoolhouse management.  His forte – live training delivery.

Ed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from National University and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Diego State University.

Toni Herndon

Training Guru

Toni is an enthusiastic Training Guru for us who brings over 10 years of experience generating transformative possibilities for individuals and organizations. Prior to joining Civility Partners Toni was lead faculty for Point Loma Nazarene University, interpretive training coordinator for San Diego Zoo Global, and founder of a small nonprofit that fostered leadership development in teens. Additionally, she uses her many years of experience in small claims court mediation and life coaching to assist others in unlocking their full potential and positively influencing their interpersonal relations.

Toni holds a B.A. in International Security & Conflict Resolution from SDSU, an M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from USD, and an Ed.D. in Educational Practices/Leadership from UMSL.

Bridget Randall

Training Guru

Hands-on experiential activities are what sets Bridget’s talent development apart from the rest. Her facilitation style focuses on improving communication to strengthen interpersonal relationships, resolve conflict and set the bar high for team morale. As a result, teams move forward and achieve their goals.

Recognized for her ability to tap into an individual’s leadership potential, Bridget brings enthusiasm and engagement to the learning environment. She has been recognized for her utilization of the ADDIE adult learning theory model including developing curriculum, facilitating workshops and creating job aids. Her workshops include: Write to be Remembered and Acing the Interview. Her training experience spans Southern California, Central Africa, West Africa and Southern China where she has coached adult and youth learners in for-profit and non-governmental organizations.

An active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), she currently serves as Co-Programs Director coordinating workshops for the San Diego chapter. She holds certificates in Return on Investment (ROI) and Train the Trainer. Her Masters in communication combined with post graduate instructional design coursework are the foundation of her strong facilitation and program development skills.

Kendra Wilson, PHR

Director of Compliance, HR & Awesome

Kendra comes to us with more then 10 years experience as an HR Consultant working with small start-ups up to Fortune 500 companies. She really knows her stuff when it comes to  compliance and helping businesses set up and run their HR departments. Kendra is also experienced in serving as the interim or long-term HR Manager for clients, whether onsite or remotely.

Kendra has a Masters in Human Resources Management and has an active PHR. She loves keeping up on all the new employment laws for every state and is truly a generalist Guru of all things HR.

When not working, she loves being with her family and you can find her competing at swim meets.

Jami Lynn Hammerschmidt

HR Guru

Jami Lynn is our HR Guru with over 19 years of experience in human resources across a variety of industries, including biotech, pharmaceutical, not-for-profits and creative agencies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology. She is known for her strategic knowledge, diligence, ingenuity, and super fun personality.  Not only is she a skilled HR Ninja, she practices martial arts in her personal time and is trained in Kempo and Krav Maga.

Josh Gardner

Admin Getter Doner

Josh is our Administrative Rockstar and has four years of Office Management experience. We love Josh’s radio voice and sense of humor! He also has over five years of video production experience and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Film Studies at Arizona State University.

Office Service Teams


Head of Office Security.
Sniffer in Chief, Licker of Knees


Tennis Ball Coordinator


Intermittent Bone Chewer

Erine & Binx

Eater of Crumbs & Keeper of Secrets, respectively