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Presenters - Second Annual CalHR Conference

Presenters - Second Annual CalHR Conference 

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Guy Burghgraef, Manager, Statewide Learning and Performance Management, CalHR: Guy Burghgraef, manager over the Statewide Learning and Performance Management, oversees the day to day operations of the statewide training program. Guy is revising statewide training policies, implementing a new HR Credentialing program, and will create a quality review of departmental training and performance management programs. Prior to CalHR, Guy was the Training Officer at the California Department of Rehabilitation for four years where he managed their training operations. Guy has a Master’s in Public Policy Administration and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sacramento State University. Guy also has a Certification in Instructional Design from Langevin Learning Services.


Michael Brunette, State Personnel Board: Michael Brunette started his state career with the State Personnel Board in 2006 in the examinations unit consulting with various departments in examination policies and procedures. Upon leaving the Board in 2010, Mr. Brunette worked for the California Emergency Management Agency in their Examinations and Appointments section. Mr. Brunette returned to the Board in September 2012 as a Staff Services Manager I in the Compliance Review Division, heading a team of analysts. In this capacity, he and his team review departments for compliance with civil services laws and rules the merit in the administration of examinations and appointments, as well as reviewing EEO programs and personal services contracts. Mr. Brunette has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the California State University, Sacramento.


Diana Campbell, State Personnel Board: Diana Campbell serves as Compliance Review Manager for the State Personnel Board’s new audit program created in July, 2012 to preserve the merit principle. Ms. Campbell has acquired over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, and has held various positions in state government through her career. Prior to returning to SPB, she worked in Labor Relations, Classification and Compensation, and Merit Appeals. Ms. Campbell also worked with CPS HR Consulting in the capacity of Human Resources Consultant; and spent several years in the private sector working in executive placement. Ms. Campbell holds a Certificate in Labor-Management Relations from the University of California at Davis, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Howard University, and a Masters in Public Administration.


Ralph Cobb, Health Policy Advisor, CalHR: Ralph Cobb is currently CalHR’s Health Policy Advisor and represents the CalHR Director on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He has over 20 years of experience in health, pension, and disability administration. Ralph came to CalHR in 2008 from CalPERS, where he managed the PERSCare and PERS Choice PPO Health Plans; as well as a pension policy/strategy research group. Prior to entering the health & pension arena, Ralph worked in administration of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program at the Employment Development Department. Ralph is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, School of Business Administration.


Debbie Dolenga, CalHR: Debbie Dolenga is a Staff Personnel Program Analyst and has worked for the Placement and Special Projects Team for the past 2 years. She is responsible for assisting departments and labor relations staff with current and upcoming layoffs and transfer of functions. Debbie also provides support to CalHR management by working on a variety of special projects. Debbie has over 20 years of state service experience.


Randy Fisher, Assistant Deputy Director, CalHR: At CalHR Mr. Fisher is assigned to bargaining units 12 and 13. He served as labor relations manager at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he was Labor Relations Manager at the Department of Education from 1997 to 2001 and Labor Relations Specialist at the Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1997. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Fisher was a Labor Relations Analyst at the Department of Health Services. Prior to State service Mr. Fisher was a Senior Labor Relations Representative at the San Joaquin Public Employees Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, with a Minor in Collective Bargaining.


Gina Forman, Staff Services Manager II, CalHR: Ms. Forman leads the Exam Services Program teams at CalHR. Her teams provide consultation to both Departmental HR Representatives, as well as, applicants for State employment. In addition to the regular consultation provided, she and her team work with CalHR’s IT Development team on the Exam and Cert Online System (ECOS) Project. From 2007 to 2008, she served as an HR manager at the Department of Mental Health. Prior to that she was an Exam Analyst as the California Department of Child Support Services from 2006 to 2007 and a Trainer at the California Procurement and Contracting Academy from 2005 to 2006. From 1998 to 2005 she was an Exam Analyst at the State Personnel Board, providing consultation and training to Departmental HR Representatives. She began state service in 1993 working in HR at the Department of Food and Agriculture, and has also worked HR at Department of Insurance and IT at Department of Real Estate.


Michelle Garbato, M.A., Health Policy Analyst, CalHR: Michelle Garbato is a Health Policy Analyst at CalHR. Prior to her work in the Benefits Division, she served as a consultant on personnel selection and organizational development at both CalHR and SPB, as well as a counselor to people with mental and physical disabilities. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has conducted a variety of studies on psychology, healthful living, and leadership; she has published and presented her work in both academic and non-academic venues. Michelle also serves as Executive Director of an animal protection and public health non-profit organization and has other professional and volunteer experience working with charitable organizations.


Lori Green, Labor Relations Counsel, CalHR: Lori joined CalHR in 2005 and is a member of the California Labor and Employment Section. She has represented CalHR and state agencies before the Public Employment Relations Board, the State Personnel Board, in arbitrations, and in state and federal litigation. Lori is also a Certified Mediator.


Kim Herlache, Staff Personnel Program Analyst, CalHR: Kim serves as a program specialist with responsibility of providing expert consultation to departmental program staff on appropriate salary and leave determinations. She has 11 years of experience in HR. Prior to working at CalHR, Kim spent 6 years working at the Department of Social Services in the HR Special Projects Unit and prior to that 4 years at the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as a Personnel Specialist.


Nicole Holtzman, CalHR: Nicole Holtzman started with CalHR in 2006. She has worked in personnel for over 15 years. She graduated from CA State University, Sacramento in 1992 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resources Management. Her assignment at CalHR consists of 20 departments and 3 Bargaining Units. She provides guidance on classification and compensation related matters. She assists with presenting classification and CEA items to the five-member State Personnel Board.


Jamie Inderbitzen, Personnel Program Analyst, CalHR: Jamie Inderbitzen is a Personnel Program Analyst with CalHR's Personnel Management Division. She has over seven years of State service including experience in Legal Division operations including acting as the paralegal for the Statutory Appeals Administrative Law Judge. Jamie is an expert in the mosaic of HR laws, rules, policies, and procedures for the State of California. Jamie is passionate about improving the performance of State programs. She is all about streamlining procedures to save time and money while enhancing service levels statewide.


Joe Krack, Digital Accessibility Consultant, Department of Rehabilitation: Mr. Krack is the Digital Accessibility Consultant within the Disability Access Services unit of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). His primary area of focus concerns how the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation act and California Government Code 11135 apply to the creation of accessible websites, documents and multi-media products. He has created several resource documents for creating accessible Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook email and PDF documents that are available on the DOR website. Mr. Krack has also developed a half-day ‘Principles of Accessible Documents’ training course which is available from Disability Access Services.


Keith LaMar, Labor Relations Counsel, CalHR: Keith joined CalHR in 2008, and represents a multitude of State of California agencies in labor and employment matters, including litigation, administrative hearings, and arbitrations. Keith also serves on CalHR’s “House Counsel” team, offering proactive solutions to agencies on various labor and employment matters.


Joan Markoff, Chief Counsel, CalHR: Joan Markoff, of Sacramento, was appointed in 2011 as Chief Counsel at the CalHR, formerly the Department of Personnel Administration. Markoff served as the assistant chief counsel at the Department of Toxic Substances Control from 2007 to 2011 after serving as senior staff counsel from 1991 to 2007. Markoff served as deputy state public defender at the Office of the State Public Defender from 1988 to 1991 and deputy public defender at the Solano County Public Defender's Office from 1986 to 1988.


Melissa Meith, Consulting Attorney, CalHR: Melissa Meith has been working with CalHR as a consulting attorney since 2009. She specializes in Human Resources and was a participant with the State’s Human Recourses Modernization Project. Melissa is a former General Counsel and Acting Director of the California State Lottery, Chief Administrative Law Judge, and Assistant Chief Counsel of the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation in addition to other positions both for state government and in private practice. Prior to law school, she started state service as an examination analyst with the State Personnel Board.


Andres Mejia, Labor Relations Manager II, CalHR: Andres joined the Department of Human Resources as a Labor Relations Specialist in January of 2009. He is currently serving as the Labor Relations Officer for Bargaining Units 15 and 21. During his 12 years with the State of California, Andres has also worked at the California Youth Authority and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the areas of employee discipline and labor relations.


Danielle Metzinger, Workforce Planning Analyst, CalHR: Ms. Metzinger is an analyst in the new Workforce Planning Unit at CalHR. New to state service, she has over six years’ experience in marketing, sales, human resources, and management from her work in the private sector. For the past three years, she worked as Marketing Director over four successful Liberty Tax Service offices in Sacramento. Ms. Metzinger graduated magna cum laude from William Jessup University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at University of San Francisco.


Nikki Mozdyniewicz, Labor Relations Counsel, CalHR: Ms. Mozdyniewicz joined CalHR in 2005 and has represented management clients in labor and employment litigation. Ms. Mozdyniewicz has also represented the State in many cases before the Public Employment Relations Board, the State Personnel Board, and in arbitration proceedings. Ms. Mozdyniewicz is a member of CalHR’s “House Counsel” program where she provides advice and consult to State Departments on complex areas of employment law.


David J. Neill, Deputy Chief Counsel, CalHR: David J. Neill has held this position since May 2013. From November 2001 until April 2013, Mr. Neill was employed with the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, in the Employment and Administrative Mandate section, most recently as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General. In that role, he supervised a team of Deputy Attorneys General and paralegals in the handling of employment matters on behalf of various state departments and agencies. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Neill’s practice focused on the representation of state public employers in all facets of employment law, from the provision of preventative advice, investigations and training to the handling of disciplinary matters before the State Personnel Board and the representation of clients in trial and appellate proceedings in both state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court. Mr. Neill began his legal career at Littler Mendelson, where he worked for five years representing private and public employers in the handling of labor and employment law matters.


Stephen Palazzo, Attorney, CalHR: Mr. Palazzo is a member of CalHr’s “House Counsel” program where he provides legal counsel to State Departments on all areas of employment law. In addition to his work with the “House Counsel” program, Mr. Palazzo also serves as a member of CalHR’s bargaining team for Unit 6, the union which represents the State’s correctional officers. Prior to working for the State, he worked as an associate at a private law firm specializing in labor and employment law.


Mary Sue Paul, Personnel Program Manager II, CalHR: Mary Sue has the responsibility of overseeing Personnel Services Branch at CalHR. She has 25 years of experience in HR. Prior to working at CalHR, Mary Sue managed the Recruitment and Selection section at HR Mod. She also had 10 years at the Board of Equalization managing the Examination and Recruitment, Classification and Personnel Transactions sections.


Maria Pires-Molina, Staff Personnel Program Analyst, CalHR: Maria serves as a program specialist with responsibility of providing expert consultation to departmental program staff on appropriate salary, SROA, and leave determinations. She has 16 years of experience in HR. Prior to working at CalHR, Maria worked at the Department of Transportation in the Examinations Unit. She also worked as a Classification and Pay Analyst for the Department of Consumer Affairs and California Conservation Corps.


Kelly Richmond, Staff Service Analyst, CalHR: Working as a Training and Education Consultant, Kelly Richmond brings an outstanding 25 years of Savings Plus knowledge to each of her workshops. As an expert in her field, Ms. Richmond works with Human Resource offices and Training Personnel to deliver key Savings Plus information. Ms. Richmond’s other duties include B.A.M. training and Employer New Employee Orientations.


Erica Salinas, Statewide Workforce Planning Analyst, CalHR: At CalHR Erica is an excluded employee with the Statewide Workforce Planning division. From 2010, until her recent hire with CalHR in July 2013, she worked in a variety of capacities with Sacramento State University’s College of Continuing Education. Prior to state service, Erica worked as a high school counselor for the Elk Grove Unified School District. She has a Master of Science in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Credential, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy.


Howard Schwartz, Chief Deputy Director, CalHR: Howard Schwartz is the Chief Deputy Director for the CalHR. He has held that position since the inception of the department in July, 2012. Prior to that, Howard served as the Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Personnel Administration.


Howard is a lawyer and has practiced in and around California State government for over thirty years. He was previously employed by the California State Employees’ Association (SEIU Local 1000) for fifteen years. During the Grey Davis Administration, he served as the Chief Counsel for the Department of Personnel Administration. In addition, he served for seven years as a Senior Counsel with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).


Vanessa Singh, Personnel Program Consultant, CalHR: Vanessa Singh is a Personnel Program Consultant in the Personnel Management Division. In this role, Vanessa provides policy consultation to departments relative to the State’s classification structure and compensation plan. Vanessa possesses over 17 years of human resources experience in various areas such as personnel transactions, payroll, benefits, classification and pay, and the Career Executive Assignment (CEA) program. Vanessa’s areas of expertise includes transfers, reinstatements, appointments, CEA allocation, and CEA and Exempt return rights.


Elaine Smith, Health and Policy Analyst, CalHR: Elaine Smith is a Health Policy Analyst at CalHR. Prior to her work in the Benefits Division, she served as an Administrative Assistant to two former directors of the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA). During her time at CalHR/DPA, she has served on various work groups within the department. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Statewide Telework Program in 2010. She is currently lead analyst on CalHR’s multiagency work group to implement the Affordable Care Act for the State of California and is a participant on another work group to enhance the State’s Career Executive Assignment program.


Cathy Spencer, Personnel Program Advisor, CalHR: Cathy currently works for the HR Mod with the Classification and Compensation Team. She has 20 years of experience in HR working with 5 departments. Prior to working at HR Mod, Cathy managed the Employee and Management Services, Position Control and Personnel Transactions sections in the Human Resources Division at the Board of Equalization.


Paul Starkey, Assistant Chief Counsel, CalHR: Paul Starkey is an assistant chief counsel with the Department of Personnel Administration. A California attorney for over 25 years, Paul has spent the majority of that time in the labor and employment field, representing management clients in the private and public sectors. He has represented CalHR and DPA and state agencies before the Public Employment Relations Board, the State Personnel Board, in arbitrations, and in state and federal litigation. Paul is also an instructor for the U.C. Davis Extension Labor-Management Relations Certificate Program.


Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer, California Public Employees Retirement System: Anne Stausboll became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System in January 2009. She is the eighth CEO and first woman to head the Pension Fund. Anne oversees 2,600 employees, a budget of more than $370 million, and programs spanning investments, health and retirement benefits administration, actuarial and employer services, supplemental retirement programs, government affairs, stakeholder relations and numerous support functions. She served as the CalPERS Chief Operating Investment Officer from 2004–08, and during that period served twice as the CalPERS Interim Chief Investment Officer.


Tiffanie Vick, Staff Service Analyst, CalHR: Working as Training and Education Consultant, Tiffanie Vick brings 19 years of Savings Plus experience to her Retirement classroom workshops. Her extensive background in Lump Sum Separation Pay and 457 Traditional Catch-up allows participants to enjoy her workshops while receiving vital information to ensure they complete the appropriate steps to accomplish their goal. Ms. Vick’s overall plan knowledge combined with extensive system experience makes her classes a must see event.

  Updated: 9/11/2013
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