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6 Questions for Norma Santoyo, Director of Human Resources

What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish as the Director of Human Resources?

Continue to focus on staff needs. Boost employee morale; increase efficiency, accountability, and organizational learning; and attract and retain talent.

What is one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of Director of Human Resources?

Human Resources is not always the final say in making employment decisions; there are teams of people who review each and every job applicant.  Also, primarily, Human Resources team members are in the employment field because we truly care about people and their needs.

What is one of your favorite or most significant memories?  Why?

As a child, immigrating to the United states from a small pueblo in midland Mexico during Christmas time. Coming from a place without electricity, running water, and the comforts of a developed country to a magical world of lights, color, diversity, traffic, crowds, electricity, pavement, and so much more than I had ever experienced.  These first memories of my life shaped how I live each day in complete appreciation and gratitude.  

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?  Why?

Spend – at minimum – one week completely off the grid, living off the land, with family or friends. This encourages self-reliance, helps you get back to basic communication and human needs, cultivates an appreciation and connection to nature, and offers an opportunity to unwind, de-stress, and disconnect from the hassles of work, school, and society. 

What motivates you most to get out of bed each morning?

The people that surround me every day. My co-workers during the week, and family and friends on the weekends. 

What makes you laugh the most?  Why?

Alexander, my three year old nephew. He comes up with the funniest things. He is witty, clever and too smart for his own good. A natural born comedian!