Northern California Chapter -
International Public Management Association - Human Resources

Proud Recipient of the 2017 IPMA-HR Chapter Award for Excellence and
2017 WRIPMA-HR Outstanding Chapter Award


  • 01/03/2018 2:52 AM | Christopher Boucher (Administrator)

    WRIPAC invites you to our Winter meeting in Solano County! WRIPAC is a non-profit human resources organization with over 30 member agencies representing state & local governments, school districts, utility districts and other public agencies in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Oregon. Membership in WRIPAC is agency based and free to join, but does require on-going participation and attendance. Meetings are open to guests and agencies interested in establishing membership.

    Our pre-meeting training workshop on Competency Modeling is a combination of lecture, discussion, and individual and group exercises, through which participants will gain an understanding of the terms and application of "Competency" and "Competency Modeling" and how it complements Job Analysis.  (Register by January 2nd for the Early Bird rate!)

    WRIPAC’s signature roundtable sessions allow members and guests to share challenges and success stories from their agencies, to solicit support and ideas on ways to address common issues that we all face, and to identify opportunities for WRIPAC as an organization to fill the gaps between the resources currently unavailable or too expensive.

    This meeting will feature two guest speakers. A detailed agenda with daily schedule is available online.


    Workplace bullying, like childhood bullying, is the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behavior against a co-worker.  For many of us, the word “bully” brings back memories of a playground bully from our childhood days. Yet, workplace bullying has become one of the most difficult areas to address in handling employee discipline for today’s human resources professionals.  Although workplace bullying has not been a frequent concern for HR professionals in the past, the statistics of employees being bullied at work have increased during recent years.  To prove this point, the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) found, in a national survey, that 37 percent of the U.S. workforce, or 54 million employees, have been bullied now or at some time during their work life, there by earning its title as a “silent epidemic” in the American workforce.

    Join attorney and HR practitioner, Christopher Boucher, in an interactive presentation as he provides an overview on what constitutes workplace bullying, steps to identify and address workplace bullying behaviors, how to prevent it from happening, and corrective measures that meets progressive discipline standards.  You will leave this presentation equipped with practical guidance on how to spot and address workplace bullying issues at work.

    Champions for Leadership: Preparing Transformational Leaders

    Presented by: Demerris Brooks, Ed.D., Director of Workforce and Organization Development in the Human Resources Branch of the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

    By growing leaders from within and developing staff to their full potential, the Santa Clara County Office of Education strives to match student and organizational need to the career aspirations of individuals. The Champions for Leadership (CFL) program empowers cohort members to have a positive and significant impact on students through action-learning projects, mentoring, and professional development.

    Demerris Brooks, Ed.D. is the Director of Workforce and Organization Development in the Human Resources Branch of the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The Workforce and Organization Development team supports and sustains efforts to build a responsive, agile, efficient, and healthy organization using evidence-based research and best-practices that support the SCCOE mission, vision, and goals. Dr. Brooks began her career as a secondary English teacher and has spent over 20 years as a K-12 and university administrator. Her areas of interest are diversity, gender equity, universal design, and unbiased student conduct processes.

    Dr. WRIPAC Networking Social Event

    Dr. WRIPAC is a professional networking event that gives our members and guests an opportunity to socialize and get to know one another outside of the meeting. Dr. WRIPAC costs $25/person.

    Dr. WRIPAC for this meeting will feature Paint Nite! Paint Nite is bringing us everything we need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. A skilled artist will guide us through two lively hours of creativity, appetizers and drinks, laughter and fun. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. We will be painting the image below! For those traveling with guests, you can bring them along. Colleagues who can't get out of the office during the day are also welcome to join us!

  • 11/07/2017 9:07 PM | Christopher Boucher (Administrator)

    In Loving Memory of
    Christina Gendreau
    1972 - 2017

    It is with a heavy heart that we share that one of our very own, Christina Gendreau, Human Resources Analyst for the City of Pacifica, suddenly passed away on November 5, 2017.  Christina was a well-respected colleague in public sector HR who joined the City of Pacifica in August 2016, and prior to that, Christina served for nearly 13 years as a Human Resources Technician at the City of Newark.

    Christina was well known for her work ethic.  She was extremely productive, knowledgeable, and simply "got things done."  She was the glue that held things together wherever she worked, and will be missed by her former co-workers at Newark and Pacifica.  She was also known for her volunteerism, as she was involved in her local community, including serving as a volunteer at Ardenwood Farm.

    In a professional setting, Christina was a leader in the field of public sector HR.  In recognition of her exceptional leadership and growth potential, Christina was selected to participate in NCCIPMA-HR's inaugural Emerging Leaders Retreat at Harris Ranch in October 2017, where she participated in a first-of-its-kind leadership development program in the nation intended to develop public sector Chief Human Resources Officers of the future.  

    A memorial gathering is being held for Christina on Friday, November 10, 2017 between noon and 4 pm at Swiss Park, 5911 Mowry Avenue, Newark, CA 94560. Donations may be made in honor of Christina to the League of Volunteers in Newark (through its website at or by phone at (510) 793-5683). 

    The NCCIPMA-HR Board extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and families of Christina, and we hope you find comfort in knowing that Christina has touched many lives, and that her legacy will live on in all of us that she has inspired.

  • 03/05/2017 3:11 PM | Christopher Boucher (Administrator)

    NCCIPMA-HR is pleased to report that its 2017 Annual Chapter Conference was a tremendous success! With a record-breaking attendance of 250 public sector HR professionals and affiliates, the 2017 Conference offered a total of six plenary sessions and 15 concurrent sessions over the course of two days, including our Chapter's first Labor Relations Boot Camp on Negotiations. The "all inclusive" concept provided 5 extraordinary programs at 1 incredible price. Click here to access the official photos from the 2017 Conference.

    Missed out on this year's Conference? Save the date for the 2018 Annual Chapter Conference: March 1 and 2, 2018 in Sonoma Valley. See you next year!

  • 01/10/2017 12:19 PM | Christopher Boucher (Administrator)

    NCCIPMA-HR, in collaboration with Wiley Price & Radulovich LLP, is pleased to share the attached article outlining the impact of Proposition 64 (also known as the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”) to the workplace. Click here to review the article and learn about:

    • Recreational Use of Marijuana
    • Medical Use of Marijuana
    • Employees Covered by DOT or in Safety-Sensitive Classifications
    • Federal Entities and Contractors
    • The Interactive Process Obligations under the ADA and FEHA
    • Marijuana Use or Conviction in the Recruitment and Selection Process
    • Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Procedures Updates
    • Potential Meet and Confer Obligations for Represented Employees
    • Employer Guidance & Practical Tips

    In addition, a two-page resource table is provided at the end of the article to cover regulations concerning recreational and medical marijuana use at the workplace. For additional questions or information, please contact the authors Monna Radulovich at and Christopher Boucher at

    Want to Learn More?

    Attend the 2017 NCCIPMA-HR Annual Chapter Conference in Sonoma Valley, which features a Legal Update session on Marijuana in the Workplace on March 3, 2017. The session will be presented by attorney Kelly Tuffo from Liebert Cassidy and Rachel Shaw from Shaw HR Consulting. Please click here to access the conference website and agenda.

    Due to overwhelming interest, the $299 early-bird “all inclusive” registration rate for members has been extended to January 31, 2017. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy five extraordinary programs (including our Chapter’s first one-day Labor Relations Boot Camp on Negotiations) at one low “all inclusive” price!

    Membership Reminder

    To continue receiving updates such as this from NCCIPMA-HR, renew or sign up for your NCCIPMA-HR Chapter membership for just $60 today. Membership runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Click here for additional information.

    On behalf of the NCCIPMA-HR Board of Directors, our best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2017! 

  • 10/24/2016 7:56 AM | Christopher Boucher (Administrator)

    Pictured above (left to right): Joan Pugh Newman, Ian P. Fellerman, Suzanne Price, Monna R. Radulovich, Joseph E. Wiley; Not Pictured: Masa Shiohira

    NCCIPMA-HR proudly congratulates our partner, Wiley Price & Radulovich LLP, for celebrating 20 years of legal excellence and for its services to public sector human resources professionals throughout California. The NCCIPMA-HR Board of Directors recently congratulated the partners at Wiley Price & Radulovich LLP at its breakfast briefing featuring the topic of Unconscious Bias at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar in Oakland, California on October 21, 2016.

  • 03/28/2016 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    Between February and March 3, 2016, thirty-three (33) participants (pictured above) with trainers, Anil Comelo, IPMA-SCP (Director; City of Oakland) and Sonja Stanchina, IPMA-SCP (Supervisor; Contra Costa Water District) participated in the cutting-edge IPMA-HR "Developing Competencies for HR Success" training course in Oakland and Napa, California.

    The training combined lecture and participatory exercises covering the IPMA-HR Competency Model's four (4) roles: HR Expert, HR Leader, HR Business Partner, and HR Change Agent, plus the twenty (20) competencies needed in today's ever changing and challenging public sector workplace by human resources practitioners.  The course also afforded a unique opportunity for the participants to network and build lasting professional relationships. 

    We proudly congratulate the Class of 2016 and wish them well as they prepare for the highly-prestigious designation of IPMA-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) examination.



  • 03/28/2016 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the newly appointed Board of Directors. 


    Christopher Boucher


    Port of Oakland

    Selina Zapien

    Vice President

    Alameda County Water District

    Alisa Gordon


    City of Walnut Creek

    Irene Barragan Silipin


    City of Milpitas

    Ali Adams

    Board Member

    City of Hayward

    Gene Boucher

    Board Member

    City of Albany

    Farbod Pirouzmand

    Board Member

    Port of Oakland

    Sharon McNulty

    Board Member

    Contra Costa Water District

    Stacy Shell

    Board Member

    City of San Ramon

    Shawn Sherburne

    Board Member

    City and County of San Francisco

    Sonja Stanchina

    Board Member

    Contra Costa Water District


  • 03/28/2016 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    The NCCIPMA-HR Agency Award for Excellence was established to recognize the overall quality, accomplishments, and contributions of member agency human resource programs that exceed expectations and go beyond the normal standards of a good government human resources program.

    Our Chapter proudly congratulates the cities of Fremont and Newark (for its multi-employer wellness challenge initiatives), the Port of Oakland (for its best practices in labor strategy and negotiations approach), and the San Francisco International Airport (for its change management, people management, employer branding, and developing future leader initiatives) as this year’s Agency Awards of Excellence recipients.

    The winner's were recognized at this years Annual Conference in Napa, CA. 


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