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Susan Quale

VP Human Resources at Sierra-Cascade Nursery Inc.


Jeanne M. Malitz

Principal of Malitzlaw Inc.




Susan Quale is the Vice President of Human Resources for Sierra-Cascade Nursery, Inc., a leading supplier of strawberry plants to commercial fruit growers. Responsibilities include the oversight and coordination of all HR functions, including benefits and compensation, health and safety, workers compensation, labor law compliance, labor management including administration of the H-2A Guest Worker program which entails managing food service, housing and transportation for all eligible employees of the company. Sierra-Cascade Nursery grows many crops in addition to the strawberries and has multiple sites in California, Southern Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. The company employs in excess of 2400 people at its peak and utilizes multiple H-2A contracts each year, housing and feeding over 1300 foreign employees annually.

Susan has been with SCN for 22 years and is a Certified HR Professional. 




Jeanne M. Malitz is the principal of Malitzlaw, Inc. which focuses on employment-based immigration matters with an emphasis on permanent and temporary labor certification for agricultural employers. Her practice also includes counseling on employment verification including E-Verify and I-9-related issues. Ms. Malitz actively participates in advocacy for immigration reform through national committee work on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) and the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE). She is a member of AILA’s national Department of Labor Committee and chairs the H-2A Committee for the NCAE. She frequently presents and writes on immigration-related topics. Ms. Malitz received her B.A. degree from the University of San Diego and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law.

Ms. Malitz has been listed in San Diego Magazine as a Top Lawyer from 2013 through 2017.