Assistant Director of Human Resources
Port of Long Beach
415 W Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 896-1621 cell
(562) 283-7518 fax
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.
Sheila Chan is a Human Resources Analyst with the Port of Long Beach where she serves and influence in Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, and Performance Management. She is also the project lead for the High Potential High Performing Program, the first ever program for the Port, as part of the Succession Planning Initiative. She also leads the CSULB Job Shadow Day at the Port where she provides an in-depth of look of the HR functions to upcoming HR professionals. She holds a Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She previously served as a Director at Large and Student Affiliate for SCPMA where she brought back the Developing Competency for HR Success Training to the Chapter and the Train-the-Trainer Workshop. She is currently serving as the Director of Marketing for the Western Region 2020 Conference.
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 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.
Harvie Kaur is an HR Business Partner with the Port of Long Beach currently recruiting for the Engineering Bureau and assisting with Employee Engagement. Harvie has over 12 years of human resources experience from the private and public sectors that started with a training position, and lead to several different areas of recruitment & selection, onboarding/off boarding, compensation and benefits, employee relations including a background in operations.
Prior to joining the POLB Team, Harvie was also part of the City of Long Beach’s payroll team in the HR department where she reviewed all personnel transactions, Livescans clearances and leave requests citywide. With her knowledge and areas of expertise in policies and procedures, Harvie ensured compliance for city processes and provided her input in designing and personalizing the city’s new Enterprise Resource System for payroll needs. Harvie also worked with the City of Los Angeles assisting with recruitment and selection processes for the Bureau of Engineering in the Public Works department.
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.
Russ Quan, IPMA-SCP
Supervising Human Resources Analyst
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 908-4288 ext. 1302
(562) 692-3056 fax
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.
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.
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.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)
Director of Airports Labor Relations
Los Angeles World Airports
7301 World Way West, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 529-3569 cell
Jorge is the Director of Airports Labor Relations for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the Los Angeles City department that owns and operates two Southern California Airports: Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Mr. Sanchez leads and directs the Department of Labor Relations at LAWA. He gives direction on the administrative activities, and works tirelessly on resolving various labor relations issues for over 3,500 civil service employees, and 40,000 private sector employees. Mr. Sanchez has an extensive background representing both civil service employees and private sector employees. Mr. Sanchez is a Los Angeles County resident and resides with his wife Janine, has two wonderful children, Isaiah and Jayla.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)
Senior Personnel Analyst
City of Los Angeles
Personnel Department, Client Services
100 S Main Street, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(310) 525-8498 cell
Andrea Karcher is currently a Senior Personnel Analyst with the City of Los Angeles supporting Client Services. During her career Andrea has spent over 12 years in supervisory positions within both Human Resources and Workers’ Compensation at Los Angeles Department of Water And Power (DWP) and the City of Los Angeles. Also, Andrea supervised the Training and Employee Development team at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) where her favorite and most memorable moment was welcoming all the new hires and conducting the New Employee Orientation sessions. She is a California native and she has a true passion for helping others succeed and fostering employee engagement in the workplace.
Andrea holds her masters' degree in Leadership and Management (MLSM) from the University of La Verne and she received her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Additionally, Andrea holds a self-insured certificate from the CA Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and recently received her Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) designation in 2019.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(2nd of 2 Yrs)
Senior Personnel Analyst
City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-5370 fax
Sandy Henderson is currently a Senior Personnel Analyst for the City of Huntington Beach. She has over 16 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.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(1st 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
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 over 25 years, Cyndi has two children who keep her personal time very busy.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE
(1st of 2 Yrs)
Administrative Services Manager
Anaheim Fire & Rescue
201 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92805
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.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE (1st of 2 Yrs)
Human Resources Analyst II
City of Anaheim
Human Resources Department
201 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 501
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-5215 fax
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.