2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

Stacey Lewis
PRESIDENT

SPHR, IPMA-CP

Director of Human Resources

Port of Long Beach

415 W Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA  90802

(562) 283-7500

(562) 901-1726 fax

stacey.lewis@polb.com


Stacey Lewis is the CHRO/Director of Human Resources for the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest seaport in the United States, with approximately 530 employees and generates annual operating revenues in excess of $300 million.  Stacey has over 30 years of professional human resources experience, both in the private and public sectors.  Prior to joining the Port, Stacey established her own Human Resources consulting company and worked as the Human Resources Manager – Civil Service for the City of Torrance.  A dynamic and well-sought after “transformational” speaker and self-proclaimed disruptor, Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific. She also holds a Human Resources Management Certification from Loyola Marymount University, as well as several professional HR designations/certifications. Stacey is a former Commissioner for the Long Beach Unified School District Personnel Commission, and she holds several leadership positions on a number of local boards.  Never losing sight of her passion to re-engineer the HR agenda, Stacey is the Creator and Chief Influencer of HRInterrupted, an online community where HR traditions are interrupted by inspiration and influence for all workplace contributors.

In addition to being tenacious about her professional career and following her purpose and passion to encourage people, especially women to live their very best lives, Stacey formerly served as a Host on everywaywoman.com, a local cable and internet talk-show committed to celebrating everyday women in every way. She also hosted a local radio show on Accelerated radio.net.  Her professional, relationship and parenting advice has been featured on several websites, publications and TV shows including the Rachael Ray Show and Ebony and Parenting magazine. Yet, after being everything to everybody for so long, Stacey took a step back (both personally and professionally) and decided to spend some quality time with and on herself. Because of her amazing story and journey of weathering abuse, she was selected as one of America’s Women Heroes for the ABC day-time talk show, The Revolution.  Most recently, Stacey was one of the main stage presenters for the YPO International Conference, where she electrified the 5000 plus attendees with her story of personal healing and redemption.  

However, at the end of the day, when the business meetings and interviews have concluded and the cameras stop rolling, Stacey finds complete solace with her husband of 26 years and their three children.


Sandy Witz
PRESIDENT - ELECT

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Port of Long Beach

415 W Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA  90802

(562) 283-7500

(562) 896-1621 cell

(562) 283-7518 fax

sandy.witz@polb.com


Sandy Witz is the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Port of Long Beach. Her prior experience includes serving as the Strategic Business Manager and Organizational Development and Training Manager for the City of Anaheim. Sandy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and her Master's Degree is in Public Administration. Sandy has also worked as a Budget Analyst and as a Classification and Compensation Analyst in the City of Anaheim. She has 10 years’ experience in the Organizational Development and Training field and is certified in a variety of Training Courses, Personality Assessments, and Coaching certificates. Sandy is a certified facilitator and has provided employees and departments consultation on employee development and performance issues, strategic planning and team buildings.


Eddie Garcia

VICE PRESIDENT/PROGRAMS

Sr. Management Analyst I

Los Angeles World Airports

7301 World Way West, 5th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90045

(424) 646-6404

egarcia3@lawa.org


Eduardo “Eddie” Garcia is a Senior Management Analyst with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the Los Angeles City department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) airports. The division provides human resources services to over 3,500 Los Angeles City employees at LAWA. Mr. Garcia is an accomplished professional with a successful record of accomplishment as a Human Resources Generalist and Specialist. His skill set includes process improvement, innovation, communication, training, engagement, and technology. Mr. Garcia previously served on the SCPMA-HR board as Vice President/Programs and Vice President/Membership from 2009-2011 where he helped modernize the membership roster and website. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Northridge in Electronic Media Management, as well as a Master of Science in Leadership and Management from University of La Verne.




Sylvana Tamura
VICE PRESIDENT/MEMBERSHIP

Administrative Analyst

City of Long Beach

411 W Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90802

sylvana.tamura@longbeach.gov


Sylvana is a Human Resources Professional with over 15 years of experience  in the areas of recruitment & selection, compensation and benefits, workers' compensation, training & employee programs, onboarding/offboarding, COBRA and leaves, HRIS implementation and process improvement.  Sylvana is currently working as Administrative Analyst with the Development Services at the City of Long Beach, where she is sharing her wealth of knowledge in recruitment & selection to tap into talent in today's job market to assist. 

Prior to working with the City of Long Beach, Sylvana held numerous human resources positions in the public sector and private sector.  

Sylvana delivers critical support and solutions to her clients that deliver creativity, efficiency, cost saving and promotes compliance. Sylvana prides herself at achieving goals through ethical practices and creating lasting diverse working relationships with those she crosses paths with in her everyday life.

Sylvana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Dominguez Hills.  She is also certified as IPMA-SCP and is an active SHRM member.  

Sylvana enjoys spending time with her family, friends, colleagues, reading, and learning new concepts on working more effectively in the ever changing workforce environment.  Sylvana enjoys mentoring up and coming HR professionals where she shares her knowledge, lessons learned and passion for service. Lastly, but not lease Sylvana enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer work.


Sheila Chan, IPMA-SCP
SECRETARY

IPMA-CP

Human Resources Analyst 

Port of Long Beach

415 W Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 283-7500



sheila.chan@polb.com






Bill Osness
HISTORIAN

(714) 847-5779

osnesswh@aol.com


William Osness has over 35 years of human resource experience in public agencies. He retired in 2002 after serving 16 years as the Human Resources Director for the City of Huntington Beach. Prior to that he worked for the City of Santa Ana and the Westminster School District. He received a BA Degree in Political Science from the Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army and was commissioned an officer in 1967. He has been a board member, officer, and workshop presenter for several Personnel/HR associations. He served as President of SCPMA-HR in 1996-97. He received the SCPMA-HR Emery Olson Achievement Award; and. was also awarded SCPMA-HR’s Honorary Lifetime Membership. Mr. Osness continues to assist and mentor individuals and organizations in Southern California. A daily runner and weekly golfer he remains physically active. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about the US Civil War and has visited over a dozen civil war battlefields.


Bich Nguyen
TREASURER

Human Resources Analyst II

City of Anaheim

Human Resources Department

Personnel Services

201 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 501

Anaheim, CA  92805

(714) 765-4905

(714) 765-5215 fax

bnguyen@anaheim.net


Bich "Bic" Nguyen is currently a Recruitment Analyst with the City of Anaheim, a full-service city supporting 358,000 residents, 20,000 businesses and 25 million annual visitors. Bich has four years of experience in the public sector as a Human Resources professional involved in recruiting, employee relations and classification and compensation. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Management from Loyola University in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. She then obtained her Masters of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology education from California State University, San Bernardino. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her two beautiful pups, Molly and Onyx.




Karina Rueda
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Human Resources Analyst

City of Vernon

4305 S. Santa Fe Avenue

Vernon, CA  90058

(323) 583-8811, ext. 325

(323) 826-1439 fax

krueda@ci.vernon.ca.us


Karina Rueda is currently the Human Resources Analyst for the City of Vernon for which she has served over 18 years in supporting organizational efforts to be an employer of choice. With over 20 years of cumulative municipal government experience in Human Resources, Risk Management, Administration, City Clerk, and Finance, Ms. Rueda is responsible for assisting in the areas of health benefits, worker's compensation, recruitment and selection, labor relations, training and development, as well as other intricate areas of Human Resources. A graduate of the University of La Verne with a Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resources, Karina continues to further elevate her education by pursuing a Master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.


Russ Quan
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

IPMA-SCP

Supervising Human Resources Analyst

Sanitation Districts of LA County

1955 Workman Mill Road

Whittier, CA  90601

(562) 908-4288 ext. 1302

(562) 692-3056 fax

russquan@lacsd.org


Russ has been in the field of Human Resources and recruitment for over 14 years. He is currently a Supervising Human Resources Analyst in Employment Services with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Previously, Russ worked with the City of Glendale where he worked on general recruitment and personnel issues for various departments. Prior to his tenure with the City of Glendale, Russ worked for an executive recruitment firm that specialized in public sector executive level positions. Russ earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He holds a professional Human Resources Certification (IPMA-SCP) from IPMA-HR.


Vacant
PAST PRESIDENT




Michelle C. Garbato
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)

SPHR, IPMA-CP

Principal Human Resources Consultant

CPS HR Consulting

2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 220

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 471-3314


mgarbato@cpshr.us



Michelle Garbato is currently a Human Resources Analyst in Employment Services with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. She brings over 10 years’ experience in public sector human resources at the state and local levels. She has her Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the California State University, Sacramento, as well as various credentials from the California Department of Human Resources: Selection Analyst, Recruitment & Selection, Classification & Compensation, and Workforce and Succession Planning. Additionally, she holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and has served as Vice President and Secretary of the Personnel Testing Council of Northern California. A consultant and change agent, Michelle has extensive experience partnering with departments on job analysis, talent acquisition, training and development, workforce and succession planning, and special projects.


Cynthia Stafford
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)

Director of HR & Risk Management

City of Lynwood

11330 Bullis Road

Lynwood, CA  90262

(310) 603-0220, ext. 516

(562) 537-4055 cell


cstafford@lynwood.ca.us

Cynthia Stafford has worked in the field of human resources for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of Human Resources & Risk Management for the City of Lynwood, where she oversees a staff involved in recruitment and selection, benefit administration, classification and compensation, EEO, training, labor and employee relations and risk management, including workers’ compensation, general liability, and contract risk transfer. Before joining the Lynwood team, Cyndi worked for the City of Long Beach as the Deputy Director of Human Resources overseeing the benefits, training, EEO, classification and compensation, and employee relations functions. Before joining Long Beach, Cynthia worked for the City of Los Angeles in various human resources positions for LAPD, General Services, City Clerk and Sanitation departments. Cyndi holds dual Bachelor Degrees from the University of Southern California in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, in Public Administration. Cyndi is frequently tasked to provide training to supervisors, managers, and HR professionals and thoroughly enjoys mentoring new female professionals in the workplace. Married for nearly 24 years, Cyndi has two children who keep her personal time very busy.


Sheryl Montgomery
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)

IPMA-SCP

Administrative Services Manager

Anaheim Fire & Rescue

201 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 300

Anaheim, CA  92805

(714) 765-4052

ssmontgomery@anaheim.net



Sheryl Montgomery has leveraged almost 30 years of local government experience in the areas of Public Works, Finance, Community Development, Police and Fire into a reputation for expertise, professionalism and collaborative management. Currently the Administrative Services Manager for Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Sheryl partners with Human Resources in the areas of Recruitment, Organizational Development, and Labor Relations. She holds the IPMA-SCP certification and, as a Board member since 2014, has provided the SCPMA Board with the unique perspective of an operating department Business Partner with credentials as a Human Resources professional.


Sandy Henderson
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(1st of 2 Yrs)

IPMA-CP

Senior Personnel Analyst

City of Huntington Beach

2000 Main Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 960-8828

(714) 374-5370 fax


shenderson@surfcity-hb.org

Sandy Henderson is currently a Senior Personnel Analyst for the City of Huntington Beach. She has over 13 years of municipal government experience; including work experience in the Human Resources Department, Planning & Building Department, and the Office of the City Manager. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Vanguard University, Costa Mesa. She is a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP-CA) with the National Public Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) and a Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). Sandy joined the SCPMA-HR board in 2014 and has served as Communications Director and Director at Large.



Andrea Karcher
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(1st of 2 Yrs)

Senior Personnel Analyst 

City of Los Angeles

Personnel Department, Client Services

100 S Main Street, 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 972-5987

(310) 525-8498 cell


andrea.karcher@lacity.org




Jorge Sanchez
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(1st of 2 Yrs)

Director of Airports Labor Relations

Los Angeles World Airports

7301 World Way West, 5th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90045

(424) 646-7400

(310) 529-3569 cell


jsanchez@lawa.org





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