2020 Meetings

Location:  Hilton Hotel Santa Fe Historic District

LUNCH:  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

DINNER:  5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lunch, January 14

Lunch, February 11

Dinner, March 5

Dinner, April 14

Lunch, May 12

Lunch, June 9

Lunch, July 16

No meeting, August

Annual Conference September 16 & 17, 9am to 2pm

Dinner, October 13

Lunch, November 10

Dinner, December 8

Upcoming Meeting

2020 NNMHRA Workplace Trends and Legal Update

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Wednesday, September 16th

9:00am - 9:15am               Opening

                                                Welcome Message

9:15am – 10:00am            Keynote/Opening Speaker


                                                Secretary Bill McCamley, Secretary New Mexico Workforce Solutions

                                                Employment/Unemployment during COVID-19

“Bill McCamley is the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. He is from Las Cruces, and has a BA in Government from New Mexico State University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. His experience in the private and non-profit sectors include three years working for the New Mexico Rural Development Council and another three years building ROJO Ink, a clothing and promotional company that also feeds hungry kids across the world. He spent four years as a Dona Ana County Commissioner and six years in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

His efforts as the Workforce Solutions Secretary have focused on Wage Theft, building New Mexico’s Apprenticeship programs, and more recently responding to the unprecedented increase in unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 


10:00am – 10:50am         Session I


                                                Nancy Conway, Field Service Director for SHRM

                                                Flex Workplace/Remote Ideas and How to Build a Case for Long-term

Nancy Conway is SHRM's Field Services Director supporting Professional Chapters, Student Chapters, State Counsels, HR professionals and business leaders.  She supports over 25,000 SHRM members in the states of AK, AZ, MT, NV, OR, UT and WA.

Nancy has worked in the HR profession for over 27 years with industry ex0perience in retail, call centers, banking and health care.  She enjoys helping HR professionals utilize SHRM resources to keep up with the latest HR trends and best practice, have access to Hr tools and resources, not to mention keeping in compliance with laws and regulations, and helping protect and engage our workforce.  She is proud to be SHRM-CP certified.  Nancy is known for her optimism, even in tough times///and she has worked extensively in HR! She is an energetic presenter known for her enthusiasm and knowledge.


11:00am – 11:50am         Session II


                                                Danny Jarrett, Attorney - Jackson Lewis

                                                Marijuana and the Workplace / COVID Update

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 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.


12:00pm – 12:50pm         Session III


                                                Roger Gonzalez, President, CPLC New Mexico

                                                Supportive Services & Self-Care during the pandemic

Roger A. Gonzales is an experienced professional in various legislative, educational and executive management with over twenty years of proven experience and success. He has represented organizations and initiatives seeking strategic planning, outreach, legislative campaigns and other advocacy strategies across various areas including economic development and revitalization, construction and capital outlay, healthcare, innovative technologies, and education.

In February 2017, Mr. Gonzales was appointed President and CEO of CPLC New Mexico, Inc., formerly Siete Del Norte CDC, a Community Development Organization with over 40 years to improving the economic well-being of residents through northern New Mexico while seeking to preserve the area’s unique cultural, historical and social traditions and
ways of life. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gonzales served as the Vice President of Business Development. On July 1, 2018, CPLC New Mexico, Inc. began providing executive management services under an consolidation agreement of HELP-New Mexico, Inc., the State’s largest Community Action Agency (CAA), that operates with an annual budget of $17M, 234 employees in 29 counties and has served over 816,000 individuals and families including migrant families, self-employed farmers and ranchers, low-income families, abused and neglected children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged youth during its nearly 50 years of existence. Their services have included adult education, job training, early childhood development and education, youth development and care, self-help housing construction, rural health clinics, land development, job placement, literacy training, affordable housing, nutritious meals, and family counseling.

Mr. Gonzales actively serves on numerous boards, foundations, councils and commissions within his Region and the State of New Mexico including most notably that as Chairman of the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Council of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, having been appointed by former Secretary Jon Barela and reappointed by current Department Secretary Matt Geisel to serve as the Councilman for District Four, which boundaries encompass the counties of Colfax, Harding, Union, Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe. He represents the interests of rural agricultural
producers on both the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council’s Executive Board, the NM ACI Agricultural Policy Committee and nationally on the National Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). In May 2017, Mr. Gonzales was sworn in as the sole appointed member of the United States Senate Republican Taskforce on Hispanic Affairs in Washington, D.C. from the Southwest and in September 2018, he was appointed to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association (NSBA). In 2019, Mr. Gonzales was elected at the Male Representative representing a twelve state district on the Affiliate Council of UnidosUS, formerly National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where he serves as a voice for, and represents the partnership between UnidosUS and it most important constituency – it nearly 300 Affiliates by providing guidance on UnidosUS’ programming, initiatives and public policy as the Nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.


1:00pm - 1:50pm            Session IV


                                                Quentin Smith, Attorney - Stelzner, Winter, Warburton, Flores & Dawes

                                                The Nuts & Bolts of Workplace Investigations

Quentin F. Smith is an attorney in the law firm of Stelzner, Winter, Warburton, Flores & Dawes, P.A., where he focuses his practice on employment and labor law and general civil litigation.  Mr. Smith has successfully defended employers against a wide variety of lawsuits, such as discrimination and sexual harassment claims, retaliatory discharge claims, breach-of-contract claims, and whistleblower claims.  He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, the American Bar Association, the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, and the Society for Human Resouces Management (SHRM).  Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in New Mexico, U.S. District Court District of New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit.  Mr. Smith earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University Of New Mexico School Of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Thursday, September 17th

9:00am – 9:15am              Opening


9:15am – 10:00am            Session V


                                                Anne Sperling, President/CEO, Vanguard Resources, Inc.

                                                Virtual Open Enrollment

        Anne Peterson Sperling is the president and CEO of Vanguard Resources, Inc.  "Bringing Clarity to Employee Benefits" is her tag line and mission.  She does this through teaching, coaching, consulting, and selling employee benefits products and services to corporate, multiemployer, and public employers.
        Anne has over 36 years of employee benefits consultation experience.  She specializes in difficult-to-insure situations and enjoys solving the puzzle with all the contacts and resources that she has.
        Over her professional career, Anne served on many industry committees and boards.  She is best known throughout the producer industry as the national chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).  As National Committee Chair, Anne personally authored and taught two certification courses called "Voluntary Worksite Benefits" and "Understanding the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act"(aka Obamacare). 
        Anne currently teaches "Health Plan Basics" nationally for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.  The audience is usually multiemployer managers and union trustees, public employer benefit managers, and corporate employer human resource managers and CFO's.  Other courses that Anne authored a delivered for the Foundation include "Targeted Messaging For Success:  A Year-Round Employee Benefits Communication Strategy" and "The Ultimate Open Enrollment Checklist".  Anne is also on the faculty of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research for whom she teaches a new insurance producer course. 
        Anne has numerous awards for her distinguished service to her profession and to her community including the prestigious New Mexico Women of Influence Award, Santa Fe Business Women of the Year, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year awards, highest level charter member and lifetime industry achievement Leading Producer Round Table designation and the New Mexico Association of Health Underwriters "Anne Sperling Award". 
         Anne was one of the founders and first Executive Director for the New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance (NMHIA).  The NMHIA was a non-profit quasi-governmental organization authorized by the state legislature and Governor Bruce King in 1993.  It was an alliance of insurers, not consumers.  The NMHIA legislative charter was to provide increased access to voluntary (not mandatory) health insurance coverage for small, hard-to-insure, employers.  NMHIA opened its door in 1994 and closed its door in 2015 with the replacement program - NM Health Insurance Public Exchange.  Anne trained over 800 insurance producers to market NMHIA across the state and with that foundation, the program remained successful and purposeful for over 20 years even though Anne exited it in 1998. 
          Anne specializes in post-age 65 retiree solutions with her designation of Certified Senior Advisor from the Society of Senior Advisors.  Solutions include Employer Group Waiver Programs (EGWP) and Group Medicare was well as individual solutions.
        Anne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Compensation Administration from the University of Vermont.

10:00am – 10:50am         Session VI


                                                Cory Jorbin,

                                                HUB International

Cory is the Chief Compliance Officer for the West Region Employee Benefits team.  Cory consults with employers of all sizes to design, implement and ensure the compliance of employee benefit plans with the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, internal Revenue Code, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA and related matters.  He actively presents nationwide on related topics before employer groups and professional associations.  Cory uses his experience to assist clients with employee benefits issues that arise in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.  Cory enjoys finding creative and practical solutions to problems created by complex laws and regulations.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University.  Cory is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court.


11:00am – 11:50am         Session VII


                                                Mark Seguin, CEO, TBG Solutions, Inc.


Mark is a husband and father of five. As the founder of TBG Solutions Inc., he develops strategies, training and awareness programs to help employees, staff, and students safely navigate the Internet and the ever-changing world of social media. Mark’s identity was stolen as a child, and from that experience, Mark recognized the rising rate of identity theft resulting from a lack of data security within companies and organizations and the devastating consequences individuals and organizations face. These factors influenced Mark to build what is now a cutting-edge security and risk management training company.


12:00pm – 12:50pm         Session VIII


                                                Alice Kilborn Rietham, Esq., SHRM-CP, HR Consultant and Employment Attorney

                                                Combatting Discrimination and Harrassement in the Workplace

As a human resources professional and former employment litigator, Alice Kilborn Riethman’s practice is dedicated to working with employers to provide essential and timely workplace training, consulting, and human resources mentorship to address critical issues facing her clients’ organizations. Alice brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the employer/employee workplace relationship to the broad-range of workplace training services she provides, including, harassment and discrimination prevention, management skill, employment law for managers, trainings and seminars on emerging human resources and employment law trends, as well as custom training tailored to suit the specific needs of individual employers.

Alice is based in the Washington, DC area, and provides training and consulting services to clients across the country. Previously, Alice worked with a DC-based law firm to provide human resources consulting leadership and expertise. Before relocating to the DC area, Alice built an employer counseling practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico devoted to working with organizations on workplace compliance issues and streamlining and improving the employer/employee relationship. Alice brings experience in employment litigation (representing both employers and employees) as well as management-side labor matters. Prior to entering the legal field, she worked in human resources specializing in the areas of state and federal regulatory compliance (including multi-state compliance matters, oversight of Affirmative Action Plans, Equal Employment Opportunity Programs, USERRA, and the Family and Medical Leave Act) and corporate training.

Alice has served on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel since 2016. Alice has taught various human resources courses for the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management Career and Professional Development Programs. She is a certified mediator and holds the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation.

Alice is a frequent, enthusiastic national speaker on workplace issues, employment law, and public policy related topics.


1:00pm - 1:50pm             Session IX


                                               Vanessa Whitlock, EEOC Director, Department of Public Safety

                                               ADA during the COVID pandemic

Ms. Willock currently serves as the EEO Director for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and serves as the agency’s ADA and ADR Coordinator.  Ms. Willock represents DPS on the State of New Mexico ADR Advisory Council and has served as Co-Chair of the State of New Mexico ADA Coordinators Council.Prior to her work with DPS, Ms. Willock served as Lead EEO Compliance Representative with the University of New Mexico’s Office of Equal Opportunity following a period of private practice work focused on employment law.  Ms. Willock has extensive experience investigating and managing complaints of civil rights based discrimination/harassment as well as responding to state and federal charges of discrimination/harassment.  Ms. Willock has trained hundreds of individuals regarding workplace civil rights based discrimination and harassment topics, and has advised management and employees regarding their rights and obligations in this area.  Ms. Willock received her J.D. from the Universityof Colorado School of Law and her B.B.A. from the University of New Mexico. 

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Legalization of Marijuana - Complimentary Webinar

April 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 901 000 190, Password: 015273
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Marijuana Trends Toward the Mainstream
With changing times come changing views – the legalization of marijuana being a hot topic today, New Mexico is not behind in addressing the substance in its laws. The presentation titled “Marijuana Trends Toward the Mainstream” will encompass the legal status of marijuana within the state, and what type of accommodations, if any, employers need to meet. The presentation will also highlight drug policy language and drug testing issues that need to be addressed by employers as well as employees. Finally, the presentation will provide major take-aways that should be considered in light of the trend marijuana is taking within the nation.


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