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    Date: September 6, 2018
    Inn & Spa at Loretto
    211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
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    This event promises to deliver knowledge about the latest trends in employment practices and law presented by New Mexico's leading experts. Get ready to engage and be empowered.  

    The event also provides an ideal Peer-to-Peer networking opportunity and a chance to get to know our supporting sponsors and the services & products they provide!






    Topic & Description

    Denise Montoya, Ph.D.

    Keynote Speaker



    New Mexico Highlands University and P.S. People Strategy, LLC

    9:10-10:15 a.m.
    KEYNOTE- The Forces of the Future: Preparing for What is Next...

    Artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation are transforming workplaces. These forces will affect every level of the organization and its most valuable resource, the human resource capital. How does an organization prepare for what is next when the future is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous? How do you assess the risks involved and nurture employees to be agile, adaptable, and reskilled? This presentation is designed to provide thought provoking conversation beyond its content.

    Scott D. Ferrin,
    SHRM-SCP, PMP, SHRM Field Service Director


    Society for Human Resource Management

    Master of Ceremonies

    Laura Castille


    Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

    10:30-11:45 a.m.
    Investigating Employee Misconduct:  10 Steps to Getting it Right

    Join this session to learn a practical approach to investigating allegations of employee misconduct, while protecting employees and the employer from further liability and exposure.  Who should conduct the investigation?  Who should be interviewed in the process of an investigation?  What steps may need to be taken immediately to avoid the potential for further harm?  Can an employee refuse to answer your investigation questions and what are Garrity Rights anyway?  You will learn all of this and more as an employ-ment law attorney takes you step-by-step through the process.

    Kelley Thurston



    Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

    10:30-11:45 a.m.
    I-9 Compliance and ICE Visits

    Workplace visits and audits are on the rise. The Trump Administration has taken a hard position on immigration with an emphasis on preventing illegal hiring. Is your I-9 binder ready for inspection? In this presentation, we'll cover best practices for I-9 Compliance as well as what to do when ICE shows up at your door. 

    Quentin Smith



    Sheehan & Sheehan

    2:40-3:40 p.m.
    Managing #metoo

    The #MeToo Movement has focused a spotlight on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. This presentation will explore the history and impact of the #MeToo Movement, how it is expected to shape workplace interactions and lead to an increase in sexual harassment complaints, and anticipated legislative response to the movement. Attendees will learn the most promising strategies and practices for preventing workplace harassment, the components of an effective sexual harassment policy and training, and how to address internal complaints of sexual harassment.

    Faith Reyes


    Verdi & Ogletree

    2:40-3:40 p.m.
    Hot Topics in FMLA and ADA Compliance

    Human Resource professionals are used to the “alphabet soup” of employment laws which govern businesses, large and small.  Those laws are in a constant state of change based upon new court decisions, changes in policy, and amendments.  In this presentation, we will review some of the recent court decisions, policy changes, and amendments to employment laws that affect our workplaces. 

    Cory Jorbin





    Chief Compliance Officer, West Region Employee Benefits for Hub International

    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    ACA Enforcement and DOL Audit Readiness

    The Affordable Care Act has been a divisive political issue since it was first enacted back in 2010. 2017 was the first year the IRS began enforcing the employer mandate and since November of that year over 30,000 notices of noncompliance have been sent to employers. In this presentation, we’ll discuss what ACA enforcement means for organizations as well as best practices to prepare for a DOL audit. 


    Panel Participants Include:





    Mia Kern Lardy

    Modrall Sperling


    Danny Jarrett

    Jackson Lewis


    Laura Castille

    Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP


    Kelley Thurston

    Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC


    Quentin Smith

    Sheehan & Sheehan


    Faith Reyes

    Verdi & Ogletree




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    Laura Castille first joined Cuddy & McCarthy as a law clerk while completing law school.  After graduating cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 2014) and being admitted to the New Mexico Bar, she became an Associate in our Albuquerque office.  Her practice focuses on employment, education, disability, and special education law.

    Ms. Castille graduated from New Mexico State University (B.A., 1992), and completed an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at NMSU in 1994.  In 2004, Ms. Castille received an Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico.

    Prior to attending law school, Ms. Castille taught high school English and Social Studies for ten years in Albuquerque.  She then moved into administration for eight years in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, most recently as an Assistant Principal in charge of Curriculum at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.  Ms. Castille holds a current New Mexico Level III-A, Secondary Teaching License, and a Level III-B, K-12 Administrative License.  She works daily with employers on troubleshooting issues around investigations of employee misconduct, state and federal law compliance and delivers extensive training with school boards, administration and staff on topics such as sexual harassment and discriminatory practices.  Ms. Castille enjoys bringing her background and practical experience to the practice of law.

    Scott Ferrin has been a Field Services Director for SHRM since 2010.  His primary responsibilities include managing state council relationships, serving as a liaison with state councils, chapters and volunteer leaders promoting SHRM membership. He attends State Council meetings and conferences, and, as his schedule permits, chapter events.  Scott resides in Mesa Arizona and supports SHRM members in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  

    He has served in a variety of volunteer organizations prior to joining SHRM as a member of the staff. Most recently, he was the Legislative Director for the East Valley Human Resources Association (EVHRA), an affiliate chapter of SHRM located in Arizona. Scott is a certified SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Scott has 20 years of work experience in HR. Prior to joining the SHRM staff, he held titles as a Senior Workforce Planner, Workforce Planning Manager, Talent Manager, Recruiter, Site HR Generalist, and Site HR Manager for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 down to start-up companies with 20 employees.  He has worked in the mining, financial services, insurance and education industries during his career.

    Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Weber State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

    Danny Jarrett is a New Mexico native and has been certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the New Mexico Supreme Court Board of Legal Specialization since August of 2008.  Mr. Jarrett previously served as vice-president and corporate counsel for a national healthcare company. His duties included managing all operations of a multi-state company with over 400 employees, overseeing all human resources functions, and organizing corporate restructuring.  Mr. Jarrett’s legal practice focuses on counseling and representing employers, government entities and Native American tribal organizations regarding labor and employment disputes. His experience involves Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the FLSA, the FMLA and Davis-Bacon Act wage issues. He has successfully represented clients before the NLRB, the EEOC, and the WCA. He has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements, on behalf of management, with various unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Operating Engineers, and the Teamsters. He has represented management’s interests in union organizational campaigns, including organizing attempts by the Communication Workers of America, the Teamsters and the Painters and Glazers Union, as well as in response to Unfair Labor Practice charges of all types. Mr. Jarrett assisted in setting up a double-breasted operation for a large, regional construction company. He also represented the State Bar of New Mexico and set a national precedent when the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to oversee a representation election involving State Bar employees and the Communication Workers of America. While attending law school, he served as a staff editor of The New Mexico Law Review. He attended the University of New Mexico as the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship.  Mr. Jarrett was an elected member of the Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar of New Mexico, the group of peer-elected attorneys who govern the Bar. As a Bar Commissioner, Mr. Jarrett served on the Personnel Committee and as liaison to the Board of Bar Examiners. Mr. Jarrett has also served as an elected board member and as chair of the Bar’s Employment and Labor Section and its Indian Law Section.


    Cory Jorbin is HUB's Central Region Compliance Officer where he provides day-to-day compliance support to account teams and clients of all sizes on ERISA, ACA, and related matters.  He actively presents on related topics before employer groups, professional associations, client meetings and on webinars. 

    Mr. Jorbin came to HUB through its acquisition of Laurus Strategies in 2014.  he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University.  Mr. Jorbin is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court.

    Mia Kern Lardy is an associate with Modrall Sperling focusing her practice on employment law, education law, torts and personal injury, with a substantial amount of her time being spent working with school districts handling tort cases, special education cases, and employment matters.

    She recently served on a University of New Mexico School of Law Advisory Committee charged with designing a new program in children’s law. Mia was selected based on the strength of her work at Civitas Child Law Center at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she earned her J.D. with a certificate in child law in 2010. During her tenure with the renowned program, she was a Child Law Fellow and the Editor-in-Chief of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal. It was during these years she developed an affinity for helping those with domestic and child abuse issues.

    Mia also volunteers her legal counsel through Christian Legal Aid. Not surprisingly, her pro bono work involves those with domestic relations and/or child custody, child abuse/neglect, and support issues.


    Dr. Denise Montoya serves as the Director of Human Resources and Payroll and adjunct faculty for New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). She was accepted to participate in the HU President Leadership Development Program Fellowship. She is the President of P.S. People Strategy providing strategic planning, design and implementation of learning cultures, and human resources consulting services to a wide range of organizations. She is an accomplished faculty member and national speaker instructing courses at NMHU, UNM Continuing Education, CNM, and ITT Technical Institute.

    Dr. Montoya is a skilled leader in developing and implementing integrated strategic plans, cultivating the human performance programs necessary to achieve sustainable, scalable, successful results. She possesses almost three decades of human resource management and operational experience, focused on creating and sustaining an effective values-based culture, organizational planning and design, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee development and training, peak productivity, quality initiatives, labor relations and collective bargaining, health and wellness programs, information systems, and policies and procedures.

    Dr. Montoya serves as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Membership Advisory Council Representative for the Southwest Central Region and the immediate past Director for the SHRM New Mexico Council (SHRM NM). She served in various roles on the boards for both SHRM NM and the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of New Mexico.

    Dr. Montoya was recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Women of Influence Honoree in 2015 and was awarded the HR Volunteer of the Year by the HRMA of New Mexico presented by SHRM NM in 2011.

    Dr. Montoya achieved her Ph.D. in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She is a published co-author for topics including a Model of Shared Leadership as well as Building Trust in Virtual Teams. She holds two globally recognized certifications, the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and previously has held a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).

    Faith Reyes is an Ohio (Cleveland and Cincinnati) native, who relocated to New Mexico in the 1990's.  She is "of Counsel" to the law firm of Verdi & Ogletree, PLLC.  Faith practices in the areas of employment law and litigation (representing employers), insurance and land use, foreclosure, commercial litigation, contested probate matters, appellate law, and general civil litigation.  She represents employees, insurers and their insured, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals. 

    In her employment law practice, Faith provides legal advice to employers, conducts investigations and employee interviews, responds to agency audits and charges, and represents employers in litigation.

    Faith is a graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was the  Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Land Use Law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she received her B.A. with honors and with distinction in her major, American Civilization.

    She is a member of the American Bar Association (litigation and labor/employment committees), the New Mexico Bar Association, and is a former member of the American Employment Law Council. She was also selected as a “Southwest Superlawyer” for her civil litigation skills.

    Quentin Smith is Shareholder/Director at Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A. Mr. Smith graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2003 and then served a year as a judicial law clerk for New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Pamela Minzner. He is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Employment and Labor Law and also holds an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico CONNECT program, and, last year, he was a recipient of the Albuquerque Business First 40 Under Forty Award. Mr. Smith has successfully defended small and large employers against many types of claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and whistleblowing claims. 

    Kelley Thurston concentrates her practice in the areas of Creditor’s Rights, Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate as well as doing work in Immigration.  Kelley also accepts cases involving Children’s law, adoption, and firearms law.  She serves clients throughout the state of New Mexico.

    A native New Mexican, Kelley grew up in Albuquerque. She earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2009, and her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2005.

    Kelley is the current Treasurer for the Albuquerque Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Kelley also serves as the vice-president on the board of the Valkyrie Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s self-defense and safety.












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