Log in

Bryan Cleavenger,


HR Solutions Team Lead - ADP

Bryan was born and raised in El Paso, TX and graduated from Franklin High School. He earned a BBA in HR Management from University of Texas at El Paso in 2009. While attending UTEP he served as the student SHRM chapter's president. He would go on to earn a Master's of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in 2011. His HR background includes staffing & recruiting in the private sector as well as career transition counseling for Fort Bliss military service members seeking civilian employment. In 2014 he joined ADP, Automatic Data Processing, in the SBS HR Solutions Department where he has serviced clients with HR best practices, compliance, regulatory and technology related consultation. Currently he is a team leader at ADP and holds certifications in HR and payroll. He is excited about his 7th year with the EPSHRM board and creating positive energy and community for our members and sponsors! In his free time enjoys travel, movies, concerts, hiking, sports, networking, and of! In 2022 after postponing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he married his beautiful wife, Crystal.

You can contact Bryan here

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

Diana Alvarez

HR Specialist - Emergence Health Network

Diana was born in Mexico and grew up in El Paso, TX, where she graduated from El Dorado High School. Alvarez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from The University of Texas at El Paso where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2020. Alvarez is looking forward to specializing in employee compensation and payroll by obtaining a Master’s degree in the near future. She has been in the HR field for the last 3 years  and is currently an HR Specialist at Emergence Health Network where she represents the Employee Assistant Program and provides recruitment support. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and listening to true crime podcasts in her free time.

You can contact Diana here

Jose Nakid

 Christina Ramirez

VP of Programs
Claudia Camacho, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

VP of Membership
Jonathan Wagner

VP of Communications
Natalia Chaparro

Certification Director
Linda Torres-Kleinhans

Human Resources 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. Linda recently earned her Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. As the Certification Director for EPSHRM, Linda is the liaison between the chapter and UTEP. In addition, Linda is the lead instructor for the SHRM CP/SCP preparation certification course at UTEP.  Linda also facilitates a study group working on certifying with HRCI for the PHR/SPHR exam. Linda is a firm believer in Leadership and Development, she focuses on opportunities to strengthen employee skills thus creating a positive and engaging work environment. It’s about continuous learning and the passion to make it happen. Linda is the Human Resources Manager for River Oaks Properties. 

You can contact Linda here.

 College Relations Director
Roberto Candelario


Co-Governmental Relations & Legal Affairs Director
Arturo Garcia

Community Relations Director

Guillermo Zubia

Emerging Professionals Director
Richard Posthuma, J.D., Ph.D.

Faculty - University of Texas at El Paso

PhD Program College of Business Administration

Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain

Dr. Richard A. Posthuma, J.D., Ph.D., is the Mike Loya Distinguished Chair at the Woody L. Hunt College of Business at UTEP. He earned his Master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University in 1977; his J.D., cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1992; and his Ph.D. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University in 1999. He has worked for many years in Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, and Law in both the private and public sectors in union and nonunion settings. His teaching interests include Business Ethics, Employee Relations, Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Negotiation. He has published extensively on domestic and international topics related to Business Ethics, Engineering Management, Conflict Management, High-Performance Work Systems, Leadership, Legal Compliance, and Staffing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Conflict Management and a Scholar in Residence at the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director

Gabrielle Melendez,


Chief People Officer - El Paso Central Appraisal District

Gabrielle is a lifelong El Pasoan, a graduate of Loretto Academy, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso with a double major in Management and Marketing.  With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Development, Gabrielle started her career in the private sector at Griffith Micro Science then Helen of Troy.  She joined the El Paso Central Appraisal District in 2000, becoming the first HR Manager in EPCAD’s history.  In 2016, Gabrielle earned the title of Chief Human Resource Officer; under her direction the department has gone from a department of one to a department of five.  In 2021, she was asked to develop EPCAD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program.

Gabrielle certified in 2003, as Professional in Human Resources (PHR), in 2015 as SHRM-CP and in 2022 as People Manager Qualification (PMQ).  She served as a mentor with the Mentor/Mentee program with EPSHRM, Board of Directors with EPSHRM and has also volunteered with numerous charitable organizations. 

In January 2020, Gabrielle received the 2019 EPSHRM Professional of the Year Award and most recently became the 2023 Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for EPSHRM.

Gabrielle works tirelessly to ensure she provides every person with the opportunity for belonging.

Co-Legal & Government Affairs Director
Arturo Garcia, PHR

Veteran Resource Coordinator - Texas Workforce Commission

An Air Force Veteran who served for 24 years, Rodney Washington assumed the position of Military Officer for EPSHRM in January 2023.  Originally from New York City, Rodney has lived in El Paso since 2013. Over the years, Rodney served the local military community as a El Paso Veteran Affairs (EPVA) volunteer, a  (EPVA) VA employee, Career Counselor for Fort Bliss SFL-TAP  (Soldier for Life, Transition Assistance Program), District Outreach Coordinator for Texas Veterans Commission (West TX District) and the newly assigned Veterans Resource Coordinator for the Texas Workforce Commission (Fort Bliss). 

Workforce Readiness Director

Gisel Guzman

El Paso SHRM Foundation Director  

Cinthia Ortega

Cinthia was born and raised in El Paso and is a graduate of Burges High School. She received her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Human Resources from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Upon graduation, she started her career at the UTEP specializing in recruitment and compensation. In 2019, she graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from UTEP.

For the past 5 years, Cinthia has been the Compensation Specialist for El Paso Electric. She is currently studying for her Certification Compensation Professional and her SPHR.

You can contact Cinthia here



©2021 El Paso Society for Human Resource

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software