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Denise Montoya


Dr. Denise Montoya serves as the Director of Human Resources and Payroll and adjunct faculty for New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). She served as the 2018-2019 HU President Leadership Development Fellowship program. She is the President of P.S. People Strategy providing strategic planning, design and implementation of learning cultures, and human resources consulting services to a wide range of organizations. She is an accomplished faculty member and national speaker instructing courses at NMHU, UNM Continuing Education, CNM, and ITT Technical Institute. Dr. Montoya is a skilled leader in developing and implementing integrated strategic plans, cultivating the human performance programs necessary to achieve sustainable, scalable, successful results. She possesses almost three decades of human resource management and operational experience, focused on creating and sustaining an effective values-based culture, organizational planning and design, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee development and training, peak productivity, quality initiatives, labor relations and collective bargaining, health and wellness programs, information systems, and policies and procedures. Dr. Montoya served as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Membership Advisory Council Representative for the Southwest Central Region and the immediate past Director for the SHRM New Mexico Council (SHRM NM). She served in various roles on the boards for both SHRM NM and the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of New Mexico. She served as a judge for Quality New Mexico. Dr. Montoya was recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Women of Influence Honoree in 2015 and was awarded the HR Volunteer of the Year by the HRMA of New Mexico presented by SHRM NM in 2011. Dr. Montoya achieved her Ph.D. in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She is a published co-author for topics including a Model of Shared Leadership as well as Building Trust in Virtual Teams. She holds two globally recognized certifications, the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and previously has held a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).