Denise Montoya serves as the Chief of Staff/Vice President for Finance and Administration for Northern New Mexico College. She formerly served as the Associate Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Government Relations, the 2018-2019 HU President Leadership Development Fellow, and as adjunct faculty for New Mexico Highlands University. She is the President of P.S. People Strategy, Inc. 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.
Denise serves as the Vice Chair for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Board of Directors. She served as the Membership Advisory Council Representative for the Southwest Central Region for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); the Director for SHRM New Mexico Council; and the President for the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of New Mexico. She served as a judge for Quality New Mexico.
Denise 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.
She 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).