Denise Montecino is the Vice President of Human Resources and Safety and Goodwill Industries of South Central California, where she has served for the last four years; first as Human Resource Generalist and then as the Director of Human Resources. She also has served for the past three years as a Board Member for Kern County Society of Human Resource Management (KC SHRM).
Prior to working for Goodwill, Denise worked for five years as the Human Resource Manager for Innovative Engineering Systems, Inc. (IES) and as a Divisional Administrator at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences. But, her love of law came from the three years working with George Mason University School of Law as their Office Manager.
Denise holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and an Associate of Arts (AA) in Business Administration and Management from Axia College of the University of Phoenix. She also holds the Human Resource Management Certification in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.
Denise will be sharing the panel discussion time with Jerry Pearson, Partner and Employment Law Attorney with Young Woodridge, LLP. Their topic of discussion will be, “Taking the Stigma Out of the Interactive Process.”
Attendees will learn the importance of using an interactive process for dialoging with employees, what triggers the interactive process, examples of areas where the interactive process will assist in accommodating employees, and what constitutes reasonable accommodation. We’ll also discuss undue hardship factors and how the courts view this concept for employers, along with tips for conducting an effective meeting with an employee. We will also provide role play examples and a take-away form for use in setting up interactive dialogue meetings.