Special Emphasis Program
Diversity Advisory Committee Meeting
July 26, 2005, Building 383, Room 116
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Present: Frank Baca, Office of the Director
Rosa Benavidez, Human Resources Department
Debbie Allison, EEO & Diversity Office
Denise Ramos, EEO & Diversity Office
Roke Muna, Asian Pacific American Program Council Member, Sandia Site
Office for APAP
Shirley Peterson, Federal Women’s Program Manager, Office of Public Affairs
Michelle Mallory, Black Employment Program Manager, Human Resources
Mike Perez, Committee for People with Disabilities Program Manager,
Management Support Systems Department
Dennis Umshler, Older Workers Program Manager, Classification in
Controlled Information Division
Charles Williams, Federal Agent Facility Eastern Command, Office of Secure
Transportation (OLWP Guest)
Janelle Armijo-Sanchez, Hispanic Employment Program Alternate Manager,
Sandia Site Office
Griselda Acosta, Technical Intern, Sandia Site Office (HEP Guest)
Maggie Wood, Vice-Chair, Sandia Site Office
Mike J. Zamorski, Senior Diversity Champion Program
Yolanda Girón, EEO and Diversity Office
Tena Chavez, Headquarters Office of Secure Transportation
Harish Sharma, Asian Pacific American Program Manager, Program
Pat Higgins, Headquarters Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Karen Lerma, Human Resources Department
Sheila Rednose, American Indian Program Manager, Facilities Engineer Division
Keith Smithson, Gay & Lesbian Program Manager, NA-122.3
Tom Gutierrez, Headquarters Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Andy Sandoval, Hispanic Employment Program Manager, Technical
Recorder: Debbie Allison & Denise Ramos
SEP DAC MINUTES -2- July 26, 2005
WELCOME & Introductions: Frank Baca, Chair
Frank Baca opened the meeting by welcoming committee members and visiting guests Charles
Williams of the Federal Agent Facility Eastern Command invited by Dennis Umshler, OLWP
and Griselda Acosta, Technical Intern, Sandia Site Office invited by Jannelle Armijo-Sanchez,
FY-05 OPERATIONAL PLAN LEAD BY MIKE PEREZ
GOAL ONE: Support management in maintaining a strong, viable and diverse workforce -
Harish Sharma, Champion, Roke Muna provided an update.
Roke reported that 29 Future Leadersship Program Interns are on board. Recommendations have
been made to Jerry Truax and Debra Manning on how to improve the program for next year.
Roke also announced that the New Mexico Chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American
Council will hold their Second Annual Workshop entitled “Communication and Interview Skills
Enhancement Workshop.” This workshop is a free one-day session to be held on Thursday (September 8,
2005) at the UNM Manufacturing Training and Technology Center (MTTC), 800 Bradbury, SE,
Rosa Benavidez announced Iris Cowles of the Human Resources Department is developing a proposal on
converting students who are employed under the Student Temporary Employment Program to the
Cooperative Education Program. This initiative support Goals 3 of the Strategic Plan.
Karen Lerma is leading a Focus Group that will survey interns about lessons learned for the program.
Roke extended an invitation to everyone to join the Sandia Site Office’s Night at the Isotopes
Baseball Game on August 18, 2005 at 7:05 p.m.
Rosa reported that during the week of August 8th the Processing Section of the Human Resources
Department will process in 32 new OST Federal Agents.
SEP DAC MINUTES -3- July 26, 2005
GOAL TWO: Increase coordination and cooperation among the Special Emphasis Programs -
Mike Perez, Champion
Mike shared that the CPWD outreach efforts in support of the FLP Intern Recruitment Phase
were successful and he plans to share the strategy with the other SEPs.
Action on Goal 1: - Mike Perez will take the lead to contact Jerry Truax regarding the
details of the FY 06 FLP Intern Recruitment Effort.
GOAL THREE: Advance team building within NNSA and local communities to create
programs services for the betterment of work and living environment for the NNSA workforce -
Sheila Rednose, Champion
Sheila was not present to report the outcome of the SEP Meeting. This will be tabled for the next
On Sheila’s behalf, Dennis Umshler reported that the SEPs discussed an effort to increase coordination
among the SEPs by teaming and combining celebrations. Also, discussed was the end of year celebration
and the idea of having a “Diversity Day” with booths for each of the SEPs and combining it with a
membership drive. Sheila will provide more information on the recommendation at the next
meeting in two weeks.
GOAL FOUR: Share best practices, special events, noteworthy accomplishments (individual or
organization) and success with all programs and employees. Andy Sandoval, Champion was not
present. Shirley will be working with Andy on this action and give an update on the 7/26/05
On Andy’s behalf, Janelle Armijo-Sanchez reported that HEP is partnering with “Team
Kirtland” on Hispanic Heritage activities for the month of September and October.
Shirley Peterson reported that she has been working on a Service Center Complex Diversity
Award Program. It has been determined that funding can be allocated to purchase recognition
items. Shirley requested assistance from the committee to assist with further development of the
program. Rosa added that NNSA Headquarters is in the process of developing one policy for
informal and formal incentive awards programs. Rosa suggested that Shirley contact Montrell
Harris of Pantex Site Office to provide some insight on his research of the same subject that he
conducted on behalf of Mary Ann Fresco.
Action: The SEP Committee, EEO and HR will identify representatives to assist Shirley
with the development of the “Diversity Incentive Awards Program.”
Older Worker’s Program – Dennis Umshler
Dennis reported that the July 12, 2005 Older Worker’s Celebration was successful. Geriatric
Physician Dr. Bali was the keynote speaker.
Elizabeth Donnelly of Public Affairs has signed up to be the Alternate Program Manager and
will take over as the Manager in FY 06.
On July 13-14, 2005, Dennis conducted two workshops on age discrimination at the New
Mexico EEO and Diversity Conference. He has offered to conduct the same workshops at
NNSA Headquarters if they are interested.
Black Employment Program – Michelle Mallory
The Lowell Elementary Tutoring Program finished out a successful year. The volunteers had an
end of year pizza party for the students and the teacher. BEP will be soliciting volunteers for the
next school year.
BEP participated in the FLP recruitment effort and overall the representatives were pleased with
the hiring results.
Michelle will be attending the Blacks In Government National Conference during the week of
August 1, 2005.
Federal Women’s Program – Shirley Peterson
Chris Saiz and Pat Patt of the Training Department attended the July FWP meeting and
addressed the subject of cross training outside of established position descriptions.
Shirley attended the “Role of the Special Emphasis Program Manager” training presented by
Rushford and Associates. Shirley stated that the training was excellent.
To increase membership the FWP is working on promotional video that will feature current and
former FWP members.
Shirley is working with Kirtland AFB on celebrating Women’s Equality Day that will take place
August 26, 2005.
June Storey is the Alternate FWP Manager.
Hispanic Employment Program – Janelle Armijo-Sanchez
As reported previously in the meeting, HEP is working with Team Kirtland on Hispanic Heritage
Month activities. They will be assisting with a golf tournament.
The National Image Conference took place in May and there were attendees from HEP.
Janelle attended the National LULAC Conference in Arkansas.
Beth Osheim is the Senior Diversity Champion for HEP and she attended the last council
meeting along with Chris Saiz from the Training Department.
The Service Center’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place on September 8, 2005 at
10:30 p.m. U. S. Attorney David Iglesias will be the keynote speaker.
Committee for People with Disabilites – Michael Perez
Dennis Martinez is the Senior Diversity Champion for CPWD. Dennis attended the last CPWD
CPWD is preparing for the National Disability Awareness Month celebration which will take
place in October.
The committee will also be working on goals and objectives for FY 06.
Facility accessibility modifications will be made to Building 388.
Rosa reported that the Selective Placement Coordinator, who is responsible for providing
guidance on reasonable accommodations, will be assigned to an HR Consultant and announced
within the next two weeks. (Update – Iris Cowles has volunteered to take on this
OPEN DISCUSSION/NEXT STEPS:
Debbie Allison reported that the quarterly statistics have been released from NNSA Headquarters
and are available on the EEO website for viewing.
Frank reported that the Service Center has an allocation of 470 FTEs and at present stands at 456
The next meeting will be held on August 9, 2005 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Building 383, Room 116.
This is a special meeting to focus on final plans to discuss the end of year SEP celebration. If you
cannot attend, please send a representative.
Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.