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    REGISTER NOW - for the Annual NNMHRA Conference "Workplace Trends and Legal Update 2019"

    Date: September 12, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
    Northern New Mexico Human Resource Association
    100 Sandoval St.
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
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    Jeff Gruber, NNMHRA President


    Silas Peterson 

    As Chief Executive Officer and Owner of The Hire Firm, Silas is primarily focused on executive recruitment.

    Silas has extensive training and experience as a recruiting consultant. His recent searches include work across a variety of industries, including technology and manufacturing, hospitality and food services, financial services, non-profits, education, gaming, construction, tribal governments, energy, and healthcare, and in the functional areas of human resources, finance and accounting, operations, executive management, customer service, and administration.

    Silas holds the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) designation from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the SPHR (Senior Professional of Human Resources) from HRCI, the Human Resource Certification Institute. He is also an American Staffing Association designated CSP (Certified Staffing Professional) and holds the PRC, CIR, ACIR, CSSR, and CDR certifications from AIRS, the global leader in recruitment training. Silas has a Master’s Degree in Eastern Philosophy and holds a GB-98 Commercial & Residential General Contracting license and owns New Mexico Labor Co, a staffing agency for general laborers and skilled trades.


    ​KEYNOTE:                 Honorable Alan Webber, Mayor of Santa Fe

    Alan Webber is Santa Fe’s 43rd Mayor—and the City’s first full-time executive. He was elected in March of 2018 with 66% of the vote.

    As Mayor, he is focused on making Santa Fe the most user-friendly, eco-friendly, and family-friendly city in the country.

    Alan has been married to Frances Diemoz for over forty years. They have two children, Adam and Amanda.

    Before running for Mayor, Alan built a career in business and journalism, most notably as the Editorial Director of the Harvard Business Review and Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company Magazine.

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    Workplace Trends


    Simon Brackley

    Simon Brackley has served as President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce since 2005. He previously served as the Chamber’s Vice President of Public Affairs since the spring of 1998. 

    The Chamber has over 900 members representing all sectors of the Santa Fe economy. During Simon’s term at the Chamber priority projects have included construction of the Santa Fe Convention center, the RailRunner commuter train, airport improvements, Santa Fe’s first ever successful Industrial Revenue Bond issuance and a new home for the Museum of New Mexico. Recent priorities are workforce housing, public safety and increased regional collaboration.

    Simon has served on boards of directors including New Mexico First, the Santa Fe Restaurant Assoc. the Western Association of Chamber Executives, the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, and the as well as City committees including chairing the Economic Development Review Committee.

    He is a native of the United Kingdom and a 25-year resident of Santa Fe. His background is in small business, marketing and photography. 


    Jeff Thomas

    Jeff Thomas, MSW is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who joined Southwest CARE Center in January 2008. Jeff is a graduate of the Arizona State University School of Social Work where he earned his MSW. Prior to moving to Santa Fe, he was the Director of HIV/AIDS Services at El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. He lived and worked in Tucson for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in non-profit health care settings, including community-based behavioral health and primary care centers.  He has also worked in numerous inpatient and emergency room environments as a licensed clinical social worker.  With an extensive history of program development and implementation, he has a 30 year history of successively greater management and leadership responsibilities in the healthcare industry that give him a deep understanding of the challenges of leading a complex, multi-site, multi-specialty healthcare organization.  He has been actively involved at the local, state and national level and has a thorough understanding of issues related to the provision of health care services to people from culturally diverse, underserved communities. 

    Pam Coleman

    Pam Coleman has served as a Leadership and Transformation professional in the government, not-for-profit, for-profit, and academic sectors, working with leaders and staff at all levels of organizations on innovating and maximizing teams, opportunities, and culture-change. She believes that when we respect, empower, and include all people, better results happen.

    Pam was Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, and the first-ever Leadership Development Team Lead in the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO.)  She also served as the Energy & Environment Team Lead in PPO during the roll-out of the Clean Power Plan, as White House Liaison at the Department of Homeland Security during the development of immigration reform, and as a Director on the Outreach and Recruitment Team within PPO.

    Pam served in leadership positions for Organizing for America New Mexico, has been a small business and management consultant, and vice president of a pie company where she helped the founder turn around a company on the verge of bankruptcy.

    Pam started her career as a lawyer in New York City after earning her B.A. at New York University and her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School.

    Becky Rowley

    Rebecca K. “Becky” Rowley, Ph.D., is the ninth president of Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Prior to joining SFCC Rowley was President of Clovis Community College in Clovis, New Mexico since 2011. Prior to becoming president, she was Executive Vice President (Academics and Student Services) at CCC. Before moving into administration, she taught English as a fulltime faculty member at Clovis Community College for seven years.

    Since 2015, Rowley has been chair of the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges (NMICC). As chair of this group, Rowley regularly presents before the Legislative Finance Committee, House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on behalf of NMICC.

    Rowley was a member of the 2009 Core Class of Leadership New Mexico. In 2018, she was named a “Woman of Influence” by Albuquerque Business First.

    As president, Rowley focused on moving Clovis Community College towards higher persistence rates (from 34 percent to 84 percent) and created a culture of collaboration. In 2013, Clovis Community College was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Albuquerque Journal. Since 2011, CCC has also created new programs of study, including a Physical Therapist Assistant program. Rowley’s other areas of expertise include leading various units of academics, student services, finance and informational technology to create new ways for students to finance their education.

    Rowley has served on the New Mexico State Workforce development Board as well as the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She has also served as a member of the NM Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee and the NM Higher Education Governance Committee where she co-chaired the Legislative Subcommittee.

    Rowley received her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico in 1996 and a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1988. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin with a minor in Political Science from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986. Rowley is also an avid runner, having finished 25 marathons, including eight Boston Marathons.


    PRESENTION: The Damn Burst: New Mexico Legislative Update

    After graduating summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque, in 2003, Quentin Smith served as a law clerk for Justice Pamela B. Minzner of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Mr. Smith then worked as an associate for the law firm of Gilkey & Stephenson, P.A., specializing in employment and labor law. He joined Sheehan & Sheehan as an associate in May 2010 and became a Shareholder/Director in May, 2011.

    Mr. Smith has successfully defended small and large employers against many types of claims, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge. He is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in employment and labor law.


    PRESENTION - The NLRB in Transition

    Danny W. Jarrett is Office Managing Principal of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He 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’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.


    Verdi & Ogletree PLCC

    PRESENTION -  Employment Law Update

    Legal Issues on the Horizon: What Might Be Coming
    To Your Workplace?

    Faith is a member of the bars of the States of New Mexico, Tennessee and Illinois and has been practicing employment law (representing employers) since 1988.  In 2017, she joined the firm of Verdi & Olgetree PLLC.  She advises employers on employment law issues, conducts investigations, and provides representation at all levels of employment litigation (from Human Rights Bureau/EEOC charges, to litigation in trial courts, and through appeals).  She also litigates non-employment matters in New Mexico state and federal court and in other jurisdictions.



    Davis Miles McGuire Gardner

    Presentation: How Are Current Immigration Policies Affecting My Business??

    Kelley L. Thurston joined Frazier & Ramirez Law in the summer of 2019. Kelley 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.



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    Bill McCamley

    Bill McCamley was a Las Cruces-area state representative from 2012 through 2018. He was chairman of the House Labor and Economic Development Committee, where he oversaw progress on critical issues like wage theft and increasing the minimum wage. He has been a statewide leader in job creation activities like workforce training, border trade and cannabis legalization. A graduate of both Mayfield High School and New Mexico State University, where he earned a degree in government, McCamley also graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a master’s degree in public policy in 2003. Born in Korea, and the son of a U.S. Army servicemember, McCamley served as a Dona Ana County Commissioner and as executive director of the New Mexico Rural Development Council, where he worked with small communities across the state on job creation, education, and housing projects.




    QUENTIN SMITH - The Damn Burst: New Mexico Legislative Update

    DANNY JARRETT - The NLRB in Transition

    FAITH REYES -  Employment Law Update

    KELLY THURSTON -  How Are Current Immigration Policies Affecting My Business??