Valeria Fernandez

HR Manager - El Paso County 

Valeria was born and raised in El Paso and graduated from Loretto Academy. Valeria graduated from UTEP with a BBA in HR and Finance in 2010 She has been in the HR field for the last 10 years and is currently an HR Manager with El Paso County, where she started as an unpaid intern in the HR Department. Valeria graduated with her MBA in Management in 2015. Valeria was part of the XL Class (best class ever!) of the El Paso Chamber's Leadership Academy. Valeria served on the YWCA Board of Directors from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, concerts, and reading in her free time.

You can contact Valeria here.

Art Gloria

Divisional Director, West - Society for Human Resources Management

Art Gloria is an award-winning, experienced professional in human resources, finance, and general business management with a demonstrated history of working in the government, health care, and diverse private business industries. At SHRM, he is responsible for leadership development for volunteer leaders, chapters, and state councils and for creating a better world through better workplaces.

Art is active and serves on various boards in the El Paso non-profit and education sector.

Art was born in Mexico and grew up in El Paso, TX, where he graduated from Franklin High School. Mr. Gloria holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Regents University London. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and was elected as Student Body President and served on the U.T. System Student Advisory Board.

You can contact Art here.

Art Gloria is an experienced professional in human resources, finance, and general business management with a demonstrated history of working in the government, health care, and diverse private business industries. 

Art is very active in the El Paso non-profit sector and In 2019 he was named Business Leader of the Year by the El Paso Chamber.

Art was born in Mexico, immigrated to the USA when he was 15, grew up in El Paso TX, where he graduated from Franklin High School. Mr. Gloria holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Regents University London. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and was elected as Student Body President and served in the U.T. System Student Advisory Board.

Bryan Cleavenger

HR Solutions Team Lead - ADP

Bryan is entering his 6th year on the EPSHRM board. He is a native of El Paso and is excited to serve a President Elect. He has been employed with ADP for over seven years providing U.S. small to mid size business clients with HR best practices, compliance and technology support. Currently he holds certifications from SHRM, HRCI, & payroll fundamentals. Graduate of UTEP with a Bachelor’s in HR Management & a graduate of University of Phoenix Masters in Business Administration. During his tenure at UTEP he served as the president of a merit award winning SHRM Student Chapter.

You can contact Bryan here.

Diana Alvarez

HR Assistant, TruTEMPS Staffing

A graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso, Alvarez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. Alvarez is looking forward to specialize in Employee compensation and payroll by obtaining a Master’s degree in the near future.

Diana is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and Beta Gamma Sigma. As an ex-prisoner-reintegration advocate, she sends encouraging letters to prisoners who will soon be released or who are on death row.  She has also participated annually since 2017, in the NAMIWalks which support the menta health of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.

You can contact Diana here.

 Leslye Sosa

HR Assistant at Sun Medical Country

Leslye enjoys the opportunity to initiate her experience in the Human Resources field. Being open and passionate for growth and development, also looks to help others, and build strong positive relationships inside and outside the workplace. One of her achievements was obtaining her cosmetology license operator in 2015. Leslye is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and recently graduated from UTEP and aims to obtain in the future her CPHR certification as well as her Master’s degree in General Management. Leslye in the future aspires to become a successful Human Resources Professional.

You can contact Leslye here.

VP of Programs
Minnie Holguin

Principal and HR Consultant - ValoriHR

With over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Minnie has learned trust, credibility, and mutual respect are critical to being an HR partner. She obtained a BBA in HR Management from St. Mary's University and holds a Senior Certification through SHRM.  Minnie has created and evolved the HR function for nonprofit and private organizations, including AllianceBernstein, Charles Schwab, Texas Workforce Commission, and the City of El Paso Police Department.

Minnie describes herself as an engaged workaholic that appreciates work-life blend.  In addition to being VP of Programs for El Paso SHRM, she also serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, the El Paso Police Department's Discipline Board, and Police Academy Advisory Board.  While she stays busy, the most significant role is being a mom to her two kiddos.

Her values are authenticity, integrity, optimism, humor, grit, and a growth mindset.  ValoriHR is an extension of these values and brands.  Consulting allows her to meet various clients, design tailored solutions that maximize the value of their Human Capital and accelerate the organization's success.  Minnie believes HR should not only deliver fundamental services but create innovative, scalable solutions that add value – beyond the box!

You can contact Minnie here.

VP of Membership
Jose Roberto Nakid

Business Program Director - Southwest University at El Paso

Jose Roberto Nakid is a a Mexican native from a small town in Puebla and came to El Paso at the age of twelve years old. Since then, he has been a true El Paso advocate to its economic and social growth and to its people.

Jose Roberto has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso and plenty of experience in the business realm. Some of his previous experience includes retail, marketing, banking, and credit counseling. Now, as a Business Program Director for Southwest University, he has the opportunity to build the curricula that will shape and prepare our future El Paso leaders in business management.

You can contact Joshere.

Certification Director
Linda Torres-Kleinhans

HR Manager - River Oaks Properties

Linda is a native El Pasoan. A graduate of El Paso High and the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Teaching Certification. She has taught in Austin, Ft. Hancock, and El Paso, TX. In January of 2002, Linda received her PHR certification credentials in Human Resources. In February 2002, Linda received her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix at Santa Teresa, NM. Linda has more than 20 years experience in management working in the private sector for companies such as: Beatrice, Swift Independent, ACME Boot (division of Fruit of the Loom), International Multifoods, Greyhound Lines, Inc., and West Corporation, as well as the public sector teaching at Doña Ana Branch Community College, specializing in Management and Supervisory training. Linda works for River Oaks Properties as the HR Manager and is an instructor at the University of Phoenix, facilitating courses in Management and Human Resources. As the Certification Director for EPSHRM, Linda is the liaison between the chapter and UTEP. In addition, Linda is active in course instruction for the PHR/SPHR certification course at UTEP. 

You can contact Linda here.

 College Relations Director
Roberto Candelario

College Relations Director
Gracie Padilla

Associate Relations Specialist - University Medical Center of El Paso

Gracie has been employed with UMC 9 years and has 21 years combined HR experience working for a casino, a call center, and currently a hospital.

Gracie is a graduate of Burges High School and the University of Texas at El Paso earning a Bachelor of Business Arts in Management.

As the Director of College Relations for EPSHRM, Gracie is the liaison between the chapter and UTEP’s SHRM student chapter.

Gracie attributes her passion for the HR profession because of her desire to understand not just the art, but also the science of people management.

In her spare time, Gracie enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with family and friends. 

You can contact Gracie here.

 College Relations Director
Arturo Garcia

HR Director - Southwest University at El Paso

Arturo is the Human Resources Director for Southwest University, and he loves his career because it puts him in a position to foster growth and success in his organization. Arturo is certified as a PHR, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and an AAS Degree in Business Management and Accounting Systems from Southwest University. He is currently pursuing his MBA from UTPB. Arturo aspires to continue growing and learning in his HR career to become a more valuable asset for his organization. Arturo enjoys traveling and playing guitar in his free time. 

You can contact Arturo here.

Community Relations Director

Emerging Professionals Director
Christina Ramirez

Senior HR Generalist - El Paso County

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director

Legal & Government Affairs Director
Janice Cahill Sherman

Principal & Chief HR Consultant - Cahill HR Consulting

With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Janice has successfully navigated about every storm you can imagine from an HR perspective. Having started her career with Hyatt Hotels in South Carolina, she was promoted to Virginia and the Washington, DC area where she worked for 10 years providing leadership in both union and nonunion environments. She was the Senior Director of Human Resources for Bally Total Fitness for over 13 years with responsibility for the full delivery of Human Resources services for 90 health clubs spread over 6 different states employing up to 5,000 employees. She was the head of HR for 2 business units with Ecolab Manufacturing for 6 years. Additionally, she worked in the non-profit space assisting with a cause she is passionate about (education for low-income, at-risk children) and enabling the organization to launch their HR function, reduce turnover and increase retention of high potential employees.​

From starting the HR function from the ground level to developing and implementing the Strategic HR Business plan, she is adept at both tactical and strategic aspects of the HR function. She started her consulting agency to assist small to medium sized organizations that may not have the revenue base or the need for a fulltime HR function as well as provide coaching for professionals with a desire to take their leadership skills to the next level. Her goal is to help business owners maintain compliance while building their bottom line by cultivating a sustainable continuous growth culture. She believes that HR compliance and a continuous growth corporate culture are foundational to bottom line revenue growth.

You can contact Janice here.

Military Affairs Director
Claudia Camacho

HR Director - Charter Communications

Communications Director
Natalia Chaparro

HR Manager - El Paso County

Workforce Readiness Director

Crystal Etter

Human Resources Analyst - Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Crystal Etter, Human Resources Analyst, was born and raised in El Paso. Crystal attended Eastwood High School and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from UTEP in 2015.

Crystal has been with Workforce Solutions Borderplex for four years and started as Human Resources Assistant. Crystal quickly moved into her current position as Human Resources Analyst and is very proud to work in her organization, which is dedicated to assisting employers in finding quality employees, and training individuals with the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace. Her hobbies include cycling, camping with her family, running, and hiking. Crystal is very excited to serve as part of the 2021 Board of Directors as the Workforce Readiness Director.

You can contact Crystal here.

El Paso SHRM Foundation Director  

Texas SHRM
District Director

Mayela Macias

Human Resources Administrator - Las Palmas Medical Center

Mayela Macias is a professional in the human resources, accounting, and general management field.  She has over 20 years experience in Accounting /Finance and over 10 years experience as an HR Professional. 

Mayela holds a MBA in Accounting from University of Phoenix and a B.A. in Accounting from University of Texas at El Paso.  She is working on a second Master's in Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law.  She received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credentials in 2009.  Through her 20+ career, Mayela has created a name for rebuilding and developing businesses in the operational, accounting and HR realm.  She has successfully revamped her current companies  to a profitable state with improved efficiencies and high employee morale.  Undertaken non-existent HR departments to a full service departments.

She is currently a member of: EPSHRM, Diversity Director for Texas SHRM,  Progress 3-2-1, and the El Paso Rotary Club.

Past memberships: SAHRMA, Laredo Rotary, FEMAP, El Paso Chamber – FAFSA Committee, and Big Brother Big Sister.

You can contact Mayela here.


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