Director of Human Resources, El Dorado Hills Fire Department
Where did you grow up?
What made you want to become a Human Resources professional?
In high school, I researched various career paths to decide what career I wanted to pursue. I love helping others and thought that choosing a career in Human Resources was a great way to do that.
Favorite hobbies, sports, and interests outside of Human Resources?
Spending time with my family and friends
Travelling and being outdoors.
Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...making waffles or pancakes for my family while listening to music and drinking coffee.
What college(s) did you attend? Can you list your degrees, any honors, and involvement in Human Resources organizations during school?
California State University, Sacramento. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in both Human Resources and Marketing.
WORK & PROFESSIONAL LIFE
What is your favorite part about being a Human Resources professional?
Working in human resources allows me to be an intricate part of the agency and to serve as a strategic partner. While some employees feel frustrated by dealing with problems, I have the opportunity to empower myself, run to the drawing board, and find solutions. I also stive to have a positive impact on employees and to make a difference for those I serve.
What skills do you find most valuable to focus on in your career?
Ability to provide good customer service, attention to detail, strong communication skills, good interpersonal relations.
IPMA-HR & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
How/Why did you get involved? Why did you choose to stay involved?
I worked in the private sector for 14 years before making the move to public sector. To my surprise, laws/rules for HR were different in the public sector so I needed to learn HR the public sector way. I discovered IPMA-HR in 2013 and began attending trainings. I quickly realized that there weren’t other organizations that focused on public sector HR, so I wanted to be apart of this organization. In 2014, I decided to run for the position of Board Member, and I have been serving on the Board ever since.
What is your favorite benefit of your involvement in the Sacramento-MotherLode IPMA-HR Chapter?
I enjoy working with other HR professionals from other agencies. We get to come together and share ideas with each other and provide trainings and resources for other HR professionals. It is wonderful to give back to those in my shared profession and to help the HR professionals of the future.
If you have one piece of advice to give to young professionals what would it be?
Work hard and do not give up. Opportunity will present itself to those that persevere.
Lastly, what would be your personal motto?
The more you thank life, the more life gives you to be thankful for.