To transform the consulting experience through a people-first approach; delivering exceptional results while adding value to our business partners.
What we stand for
Our leadership team
Brandy BullenFounder & CEO
As Sequoia’s Founder and CEO, Brandy is responsible for building the culture, creating the vision, and fostering the company’s success. She is passionate about creating a work environment that gives employees the freedom and responsibility to grow and achieve. With over 20 years’ experience in the biotech industry, Brandy is a trusted partner for life science organizations, providing advice, expertise, and problem-solving to teams during times of tremendous growth. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science from Radford University.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, surfing, and practicing yoga.
Kim BennettVP, Strategy and Programs
As Sequoia’s VP of Strategy and Programs, Kim is responsible for creating and executing on the strategy blueprints that ultimately enable clients to achieve their goals. With over 25 years’ experience developing effective business processes and driving high performing cultures in life sciences companies, Kim expertly deals and delivers. She obtained her Bachelor’s from University of California, Irvine and Master’s in Science from San Diego State.
In her spare time, she loves to run, spend time with her family, and passionately supports the NEGU foundation which brings smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer.
Steve DinkaVP, Advisory Operations
As Sequoia’s VP of Advisory Operations, Steve is responsible for leading Sequoia’s Principal Experts to deliver top results to business partners. Steve has more than 23 years’ experience in the biotech industry, and 22 years’ service in the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As part of the Genentech/Roche Global Engineering leadership team, Steve led GMP manufacturing capital projects at multiple Genentech sites around the world. He attended the University of Kentucky/Toyota Lean Executive Leadership Institute and has an ISO 9001: 2008 Lead Auditor QSA RAB license certificate. He holds his Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Michigan and his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit.
When not advising his business partners, he enjoys splitting his time between from the warm Florida sunshine and the cold Michigan winters.
Chan LamVP, Technical Operations
As Sequoia’s VP of Technical Operations, Chan is responsible for leading the technical expertise. His experience ranges from Facilities, Manufacturing, and Process Engineering to Automation, Commissioning, and Qualification. Chan brings over 22 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology space spanning notable positions with Genentech and Bayer in Quality, Engineering and Drug Product Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
In his spare time, he loves hanging out with his family and staying active by running a marathon a year.
Natalie DuketteChief of Staff
As Sequoia’s Chief of Staff, Natalie is responsible for ensuring alignment across the Executive Leadership Team and organization, highlighting organizational challenges, and driving resolutions as needed. She also oversees the Internal Operations team and serves as the conduit in the organization for all projects and activities that touch Operations. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and is currently completing her MBA.
In her spare time, she loves to cook, relax with family, and ski or hike, depending on the time of year.
We are committed to
- “Sequoia Gives Back” hosts regular fundraisers for community charities
- A top contributor to RMHC Red Shoe Day, which supports San Diego families with hospitalized children
Diversity & Inclusion
- We enjoy cultivating diversity of thought from our leaders and employees for the advantage of serving our business partners and creating an engaging work environment
Positive work culture
- Voted a Top Workplace in San Diego by employees since 2017
- When you join Sequoia, you’re part of our family
Hear from our team
“Sequoia has allowed me to participate in many interesting projects and interact with many diverse companies and people. Individuals are encouraged to self-guide the direction of their own professional work and development, yet if one prefers to focus only on a certain technical skill, then the company will fully support you. More importantly, individuals are empowered to harmonize their projects and assignments, even geographical work locations, in order to provide balance in their personal life. The management truly cares about the welfare of their workers, which I believe is what differentiates us from other companies.”
“Working for Sequoia allows me to work with multiple biotech and medical device companies. Each project is different and allows me to expand my skill set and grow professionally. Sequoia’s employees provide clients with workable and sustainable solutions–time and time again. Sequoia ‘s commitment to giving back also makes me proud to be a part of this amazing company.”
“My most proud moment at Sequoia was completing an accelerated PCO timeline at my client site to bring in three new drugs within the manufacturing pipeline.”
“My most proud work moment was starting at my first client site with Sequoia. As I introduced myself as a consultant with Sequoia, one of the client employees said, “Oh, you’re not just a consultant, you are a SEQUOIA consultant!! That is totally different!” Being a Sequoia consultant put me at a level above consultants from other organizations because of the stellar reputation Sequoia has with our clients. I feel proud to be a Sequoia consultant.”
“My favorite part about working for Sequoia is the close relationships formed amongst the Sequoia team at each business partner’s site I’ve worked at. The opportunity to showcase my expertise on different projects for various clients. The endless amount of support I receive from Sequoia leadership, management and peers.”