Senior Director for Human Resources Open Forum

All faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum for the four Senior Director for Human Resources finalist:

  • Tuesday, Dec, 3 2-3pm Cooperage 3 – Joyce Suzuki
  • Wednesday, Dec 4, 3-4pm Cooperage– Tammy Kenber
  • Thursday, Dec 5, 2-3pm Commons – Nancy Resnick
  • Tuesday, Dec 10, 2-3pm Cooperage– Henry McCoy

Joyce Suzuki

Joyce has worked at Sonoma State for the past 15 years. She was originally hired as the Director of Recruitment Services and promoted after two years to her current position, Managing Director of Employee Relations and Compliance Services. Suzuki also currently serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation Administrator. Within these positions she works on the President’s Diversity Council and served on the System wide collective bargaining negotiation teams for CSUEU and SUPA.

Suzuki came to SSU from Kendall-Jackson Winery, where she helped establish the company’s HR department including the design of their benefits package. During her time at Kendall-Jackson the company tripled in size and she oversaw much of the hiring. Her husband, Mike Suzuki works at La Crema Winery and together they have two children.

Suzuki moved to Sonoma County from Santa Monica where she worked in the advertising industry and received her BS in Psychology from California State University Northridge.

Tammy Kenber

With over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, both public and private sector, Tammy Kenber has developed extensive knowledge and a successful track record in both employment and education‐related issues. Kenber holds multiple professional certifications, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is two quarters away from her master’s degree in human resources at Drexel University. She is experienced in state and federal employment law, as well as California’s State Education Code, which governs K‐14 and the State University/UC Systems. Her areas of expertise include contract negotiations/language interpretation, certificated and classified compensation, recruitment and EEO compliance, evaluations and employee leaves.

Kenber has worked at Sierra Joint Community College District for the last five years. During her tenure at Sierra, she has been instrumental in the district’s implementation of a new integrated ERP system, the deployment of an online employee self‐service portal, a district‐wide document‐imaging system and the successful renewal of three collective bargaining agreements 2012‐2015. Kenber served as President of the N14 CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officers) Council for 2012/13 and is serving as the Council’s Vice President for 2013/14. She also serves as a board member and officer for the college’s employee benefits trust, and Vice President of the Management Senate, which retains a seat on the district’s Strategic Council, a recommending body to the President on matters affecting the college at large.

Prior to Sierra, Kenber started her career serving in the armed forces (US Army) and went on to work for other public entities such as California’s State Department of Development Services, as well as private sector employers like Sutter Health and ADP. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and youngest daughter, Sydney. Her older daughter, Mariah, attends UC Davis. Her favorite places in the world are Kona, Hawaii and Sea Ranch, California.

Nancy Resnick

Nancy Resnick is Associate Director of Human Resources at Humboldt State University. She has over 20 years’ experience practicing employment law in the public and private sector. Resnick received her Juris Doctor degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California Santa Barbara.

Since joining Humboldt State University in 2008 as Associate Director, Resnick has served in a leadership role addressing a wide range of labor, employment and compliance issues. She provides consultation, interpretation and communication regarding bargaining unit contracts, grievances, labor relations issues, discipline, personnel policies and guidelines to the Humboldt State University campus. She possesses in-depth knowledge of California State University staff collective bargaining agreements, compensation and classification, and staff recruitment and is responsible for oversight of Humboldt State University’s research and grants foundation (Sponsored Programs Foundation) human resources functions. Resnick has established a strong track record of working to further Humboldt State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She provides campus training on topics such as Strategies for Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process, Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Conducting Effective Performance Evaluations.

Prior to joining the California State University, Resnick managed labor and employment functions and practiced law in the Bay Area. She has extensive experience in training, dispute resolution, collective bargaining issues, employee relations, EEO, ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation, leaves of absence, managing and budgeting litigation, and serving as the legal representative of the enterprise crisis response team, as well as a strong background in implementing strategic organizational change and in achieving fiscal objectives related to cost reduction and enhanced operational efficiencies.

Henry McCoy

Henry McCoy currently serves as the Human Resources Next-in-Command and Director of HR Management Systems at San Francisco State. McCoy is a member of the CSU system-wide Common Human Resources System (CHRS) Steering Committee and has lead the CHRS Design Team since 2011. Through his membership and participation in system-wide AVP and HRO constituent groups, McCoy has provided over 15 years of collaborative, strategic leadership over a broad range of Human Resources and HRMS programs and subjects.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music at San Francisco State, McCoy began his career in Human Resources by working at the college and department levels, and was recruited to work in SF State’s Provost’s and Faculty Affairs Offices. McCoy works closely with the University Counsel and other members of the President’s Cabinet, providing support to implement and administer faculty and staff union contracts and compensation programs for the campus. While working in Academic Affairs, McCoy lead the development of a campus-based custom Academic HRMS employment system, leading the design, development and campus training endeavors. Currently with Human Resources, he continues to administer all faculty/academic-related contractual, labor and salary programs and has been promoted to serve in a broader role in the Human Resources Department, including staff, student and non-represented-related programs. McCoy synthesizes his experience to offer holistic and comprehensive solutions to directing, leading and advancing Human Resources in Higher Education.

Beyond his professional achievements, McCoy is an accomplished musician. He has performed with the SF Symphony Chorus, which includes performing in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with London Records, earning the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus their first Grammy Award for ‘Best Choral Recording’ in 1993. Early next year,McCoy's work on a recent musical project will be featured on a Folk/Alternative Rock album release, Enlightened Madness, with singer-song writer, Daniel Mandel. McCoy also enjoys travel, RV’ing, furniture restoration and plays pool in a San Francisco community Pool League and, has a profound respect for animals.