Jicarilla Apache Nation Human Resources
Jicarilla Apache Nation Human Resources Department

Tammy Strafford, Director
The Director is responsible for the management and administration of the Human Resources Department; coordinates human resource management and provides departments with technical support and advice. The Director works directly with the President of the Nation in the administration of the Human Resource system.

Lydia Ann Montoya, Assistant Director
The Assistant Director assists the Human Resource Department with the management and administration of the Human Resources system for the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The Assistant Director also provides departments with technical advice and support; supervises subordinate Human Resource staff and the day-to-day operations; and is responsible for the department budget and finances, training and travel schedules for the Human Resource Department.

Salena Gonzales and Bridget Lester, Program Staffing Specialists and Angelo Rivas, Sr. Program Staffing Specialist The Program Staffing Specialists' responsibilities are to work closely with department directors to ensure all steps of the hiring process are complete to include: screening of applications and resumes, conducting interviews and orientations of new employees, drafting and updating position descriptions and assisting with classifications.

Shannon Velarde, Grievance & Adjudication Officer
The Grievance & Adjudication Officer assures that employees of the Nation are provided fair treatment in employment while having their complaints heard. They are also responsible for conducting Background Checks on all new employees whose positions directly relate to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Robert Romero and Desiree Montano, Data Technician(s)
The Data Technician oversees and processes all new employee Personnel Action Forms and pertinent data; works closely with the Finance Department in updating and maintaining accurate files on all active and inactive employees; and maintains information in the HR Employee Database.

Augustina Nunez, Program Assistant
The Program Assistant performs administrative support to all Human Resource Personnel and assist with day to day functions. They also serve as receptionist by answering phones, referring calls, and assisting office visitors to appropriate staff.

Tamela Tafoya and Adrian Dixon, Pension Specialist(s)
The Pension Specialist(s) work closely with employees who are interested in retiring from the Nation and provide retirement estimates, work history and years worked for the Nation. They assist employees with the 401k Savings Plan to ensure a secure financial retirement.

Vanessa Vigil, Administrative Assistant (Pension)
The Administrative Assistant performs administrative support to all Pension Personnel and assist with day to day functions. They also serve as receptionist by answering phones, referring calls, and assisting office visitors to appropriate staff.

Robin Valdez and Philicia Yazzie, Insurance Administrative Specialist(s)
The Insurance Administrative Specialists are responsible for establishing and maintaining required insurance plan records for the Nation's Employees, Higher Education Students and Retirees. They review and verify the completion and enrollment of all insurance applications and assist, review and process claims and settlements for covered beneficiaries.

Joseph Lucero, Data Technician (Risk Management)
The Data Technician maintains insurance plan records for all Nation Employees, Retirees, and Higher Education Students to include Health, Life, Worker’s Compensation and other insurances. The Data Technician also assists in processing claims and settlements for covered beneficiaries.<

Chris Holyfield, Safety Officer
The Safety Officer is responsible for conducting safety inspections for the Nation's Departments. This includes worksites, equipment, and work practices. This position ensures all department employees are in compliance with the Nation's policies to operate department vehicles which includes input of auto claim information into the Collective Data Fleet Program.<

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