Where did you grow up?
What made you want to become a Human Resources professional? I’m a real people person and enjoy helping anyway I can. Human Resources provides me daily opportunities to do what I enjoy!
Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of Human Resources? I love to cook! I am also very active. I enjoy walking, jogging, cycling, and going out on our boat with my family.
Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me... cooking breakfast and heading off to church.
What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in Human Resources organizations during school? I earned an AS in Business Administration from Humphrey’s University. Completed IPMA-HR online course for Public Sector HR Essentials.
WORK & PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Describe your responsibilities and some significant projects. I oversee training and development which includes onboarding, coordinating and facilitating new employee orientation, planning, facilitating, and tracking mandatory trainings. I serve on a County level team focused on workforce engagement. I have the pleasure of serving on Yolo County’s Mentorship team which pairs mentors and mentees for the purposes of professional development. I facilitate our agency’s Employee Engagement team. I became a certified Strengths Finder coach and Languages of Appreciation coach and am responsible for providing these trainings to our staff. Significant projects: Mentorship program, employee engagement efforts and new employee orientation revamp. Our agency has over 650 staff.
What is your favorite part about being a Human Resources professional? I really enjoy training! I’m a WOO and training allows to feed that. I also really enjoy welcoming new employees and making them feel comfortable.
What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career? I utilize my arranger theme a great deal. I love receiving projects with minimal instructions so that I can put the pieces together. An arranger may not always have the answer, but they can get the folks on the bus that do. Knowing your resources is so important.
What drew you to your specific career path? If you could start your career differently, what would you do differently? My County career began 15 years ago in Stanislaus County. I joined Yolo County in 2015. During this time, I have worked in various capacities. In 2017 the department I was in downsized. As a result, I was presented with the opportunity to join the Health & Human Services HR team. This complete shift has proven to be the greatest gift! I am exactly where I belong! I enjoy coming to work and can utilize all my strengths daily.
IPMA-HR & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved? I was introduced to IPMA-HR Chapter by my former manager Brody Lorda. Serving on this board has been a tremendous growth opportunity for me.
What is your favorite benefit of your involvement in the Sacramento-MotherLode IPMA-HR Chapter? As a new HR professional, I have greatly benefited from the training series regarding key HR functions.
Who is someone you admire and why? It is difficult to narrow it down to one person. I admire working moms as I know the challenges of balancing work and home life. It is a great victory to bring your A game every day to work, make sure your kids are cared for, and maintain a relationship with a significant other.
If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be? Life happens and sometimes that results in a detour or two. Keep pushing forward toward your goal. Every experience is a steppingstone towards the next. Absorb all you can wherever you find yourself!
Lastly, what would be your personal motto? Never stop growing! This experience has ignited a fire to learn and continue my educational journey. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!