Art Gloria, MBA
Head of Operations and HR - TruTEMPS Staffing Group
Art Gloria is currently the Head of Operations and Human Resources at TruTEMPS Staffing Group. Mr. Gloria is a leader at heart since a young age serving in various leadership roles throughout his academic career. While attending undergrad at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned his degree in Political Science, he was elected Student Body President and served in the UT System Student Advisory Board were he played a critical role in the development of a Student Regent Representative position. Art also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Regents University in London along with other certifications. He still continues to be very involved in various city wide philanthropic initiatives and is honored to be the 2020 El Paso Society for Human Resources Management President. Art served as the El Paso Chamber 2019 Co-Chair for Leadership El Paso, El Paso’s premier leadership incubator.
Jennifer Alarcon, SHRM-CP HRIP, CHRS
Client Service Manager II - ADP
Jennifer was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Franklin High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Webster University.
Jennifer has been with ADP for 11 years and is currently a Client Service Manager II in the Benefits & Talent Solution Center. She leads a team of eleven analysts that support a book of business of over 60 million dollars. She is very passionate about associate growth and development and encourages her team to aim high. This is her fourth year on the EPSHRM Board, she is both honored and grateful to serve as President for the Chapter this year. She is active in the ADP Community Pillar, which brings awareness to social responsibility initiatives. Jennifer is aligned with the Children’s Grief Center of El Paso and has helped to raise over $10,000 for the non-profit organization over the past two years. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and giving back to the El Paso community, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Valeria Fernandez, PHR, SHRM-CP, MBA
HR Manager - County of El Paso
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 the County of El Paso, 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 currently serves as Secretary for the YWCA Board of Directors. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, concerts, and reading in her free time.
Eliana Avila, PHR, SHRM-CP, BA
Vice President of Human Resources - TFCU
Eliana currently serves as Treasurer for El Paso SHRM. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids.
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Programs
Ralph Salcido, MPA, SPHR
HR Generalist - Charter Communications (Spectrum)
Born, raised and educated in El Paso. Ralph graduated from Ysleta High School, and completed his B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from UTEP in 2011. Ralph’s career in human resources started as an internship with the County of El Paso, where he demonstrated his passion and abilities as an HR professional. He was soon hired to an entry level position with the County’s HR department, and was quickly promoted to HR Generalist.
Throughout his nearly 6 year HR employment history with the County of El Paso, Ralph severed in various capacities including Recruitment, Employee Relations, Benefits, Risk Management, and HR Generalist to the Sheriff’s Office. While employed with the County of El Paso, Ralph completed his Master’s in Public Administration from UTEP in 2015.
In August 2017, Ralph made the transition from public to private sector by accepting a position with Charter Communications. Currently Ralph is employed as an HR Generalist providing human resources support to the Customer Care Division of Charter Communications (Spectrum).
This is Ralph’s third year serving on the board, but he has been a member of EPSHRM since 2012, and a member of UTEP-SHRM before that. During his free time he enjoys off-roading, and taking his dog (Molly Grace) on long walks.
Linda Torres-Kleinhans, SHRM-CP, PHR
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.
College Relations Director
Gracie Padilla, SHRM-CP
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.
College Relations Director
Jose Roberto Nakid
Business Program Director - Southwest University at El Paso
Jose serves as the co-College Relations Director for El Paso SHRM. He is a very optimistic person that always try to see the best in people. He loves working in the education field and have the opportunity of learning from great minds. Jose likes to play sports and spend time with his family.
HR Generalist, Senior - County of El Paso
Joanna currently serves as the Communications Director for El Paso SHRM.
Community Relations Director
Insurance Advisor - HUB International
Rick currently serves as the Community Relations Director for El Paso SHRM.
Emerging Professionals Director
Bryan Cleavenger, SHRM-CP, PHR
Senior HR Business Advisor - ADP
Born and raised El Pasoan, attended Franklin High School and holds a Bachelor in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from UTEP and a Master's in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Bryan served as the UTEP SHRM Chapter President, leading the organization to receive the Superior Merit Award and appearances at HR Southwest and other SHRM Regional Student Conferences.
Upon graduation, Bryan held various roles as a local professional recruiter, a staffing manager for healthcare professionals in West Texas and Southern New Mexico, and a career counselor for service members at Fort Bliss in their transition into the civilian workforce.
Bryan has been with ADP for 4 years, offering best practices and human resources technology services to U.S. business clients . He has earned the PHR-California and SHRM-CP certifications as well as a certifications in payroll and healthcare reform. Moreover, last year he completed ADP El Paso's Emerging Leader Program.
Bryan is an active volunteer in the community with Junior Achievement and his church. His hobbies include movies, travel, sports, networking, and being an uncle.
Bryan is very excited about his second year serving with the EPSHRM board!
Government Affairs Director
Human Resources Manager - Toro
Gerry is a native El Pasoan and graduate of Cathedral High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Gerry has over 17 years professional Human Resources and EHS experience in the Call Center, Medical, Retail, Manufacturing and Distribution industries. In his spare time, Gerry enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family. This is his third year on the board of EPSHRM and is serving as Government & Legislative Affairs Director.
Government Affairs Director
Manny Flores, SHRM-CP
Client Service Manager II - ADP
Manny was born in Ft. Worth, TX but raised in El Paso since childhood. He graduated from Parkland High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Park University. A few years later he earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He has been employed with ADP for approximately 8 years and has held different roles within the organization ranging from implementation to the role he has now. He is honored and excited at the opportunity to service as VP of Membership this year. In his spare time he enjoys being with family, friends, his two dogs (Rocky and Marla) and traveling when time permits.
Military Affairs Director
Danielle Bootes, SPHR
Program Coordinator - Onward to Opportunity
Danielle currently serves as Military Affairs Director for El Paso SHRM. She is originally from Oregon and has three dogs. Danielle like hiking, traveling, and running.
SHRM Foundation Director
Gabrielle Melendez, PHR, SHRM-CP
Chief HR Officer - El Paso Central Appraisal District
Gabrielle Melendez currently serves as SHRM Foundation Director for El Paso SHRM. Gabrielle joined the El Paso Central Appraisal District as Human Resources Manager in 2000. In 2002, Ms. Melendez joined the Society for Human Resources Management and in 2017, she became a member of the local chapter in El Paso. In 2003, Ms. Melendez received her Human Resources (PHR) certification and in 2015, she received SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Ms. Melendez frequently volunteers for the El Paso Rotary Club. In 2014, Ms. Melendez served on the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Ms. Melendez was named El Paso SHRM's Professional of the Year in 2019.
Workforce Readiness Director
State Diversity Director
Mayela Macias, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Administrator - YWCA El Paso del Norte
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.
State Emerging Professionals Director
Melissa Carrillo, PHR, SHRM-CP
Chief HR Officer - County of El Paso