Sonja founded Berkana, International, a retained search firm focused on the technology sector in 1988. Over the next 25+ years their clients included but were not limited to: SMT Goupil, Paris, France; Borland, International, UK and Paris, France; The Greg Fester Group, UK; Software Publishing, UK and Germany and a host of leading technology firms in the US. These early international partners paved the way for our successful work with US giants like Amazon.com who quickly became international legends and leading nuclear providers such as the French based, Areva.
Successes included positions ranging from Unix kernel developers relocated to France; country managers in France and the UK and deep technical positions ranging from software engineers to security architects to chief engineers to CIO’s, CTO’s, and CEO’s. During her career, Sonja created a circle of associates who are the best in a specific field such as finance and accounting, and sales and marketing, as well as those who specialize in a specific part of the world.
Sonja’s passion is contributing to companies that are leading the way in innovation, creativity and disruptive technologies. To that end, she has surrounded herself with those uniquely talented individuals who both contribute internally to their home organization, and to those who contribute to their clients’ success from a consulting and contractual capacity.
Sharilyn Shields has been involved with business financial management for over 25 years. The last 19 plus years she has been managing all the business and financial affairs for a medium size contractor and a commercial real-estate investment company as Secretary/Treasurer.
In those 19 years she took both companies from the edge of insolvency to being debt free, profitable enterprises. Her financial savvy and fiscal integrity are the strength she brings to Santa Sophia Corporate as our Financial Manager.
Her love for nature and desire for affordable clean energy has brought her to Santa Sophia Search corporate.
Susan Raynor has held positions in Sales and Marketing and recruiting. Her most recent position was as a dispatcher supporting those working in remote sites.
Throughout her career one thread remains constant. Susan is a person who finds solutions to complex problems. She get’s things done efficiently and quickly.
She has a personal passion for the creation and distribution of clean water. Susan is the go-to person within Santa Sophia Search corporate and our corporate laison.