Leon Cerna, SPHR | President
Leon Cerna is a highly-skilled human resources professional with 20 years of experience in strategic management, employee relations, talent acquisitions, and training and development.
Leon’s interest in human resources was sparked by his childhood involvement with his family’s growing business where he learned the key elements of hiring, training, and effective conflict resolution from his parents.
These experiences taught Leon that the keys to creating a workplace that fosters employee engagement are effective management techniques and the ability to communicate a clear vision of future success. Leon instinctively understood these lessons and knew a career in human resources would offer the ideal platform for his developing interest.
Leon has held leadership roles in Fortune 15 and 300 companies and served in the public sector as a Chief HR Executive. He has provided strategic oversight of human resources departments and established foundations of respect, diplomacy, high ethical standards, and collaboration that have promoted the overall success of the organizations.
His exceptional skills have been sought after by a variety of councils, commissions, and committees including most recently the Personnel Merit Commission for the City and County of Broomfield. Leon’s philanthropic interests include mentoring and coaching recent college graduates who are entering the workforce.
Leon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Relations Management from the University of the Pacific in northern California. He has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation and maintains an Advanced Certificate in Employee Relations Law from the Institute of Applied Management & Law.
Originally from Southern California, Leon now lives in Colorado and outside of work, enjoys spending time with his family, his dog, listening to jazz music, and playing golf where he carries a five handicap.
Jeni Blood | Director of Client Services
Jeni is a proven human resources leader with 20 years’ experience leading national HR teams in the development, implementation and direction of compensation, recruiting, employee relations and services, HR management systems and employment law. She is a collaborative team player who recognizes the value of individual contribution in support of overall business strategy and seeks to align HR practices with the mission and goals of the business. Originally from Illinois, she began her career in Chicago serving the hospitality industry with a dual role in human resources and sales. Human resources proved a natural fit as Jeni thrives when opportunity allows her to collaborate and provide solutions for businesses and people. While in Chicago, she served an international law firm for many years where she led the human resources team nationally. The primary elements of her role included support and guidance to management on employee relations, HR best practices firmwide, compensation and performance, policies and business structure, compliance with state and federal labor laws.
Jeni received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and is member of SHRM locally and nationally.
She relocated to the Denver area with her family in 2014. Jeni enjoys hiking her new home state, camping and skiing with family and friends. Her passion is to travel to unique destinations and scuba dive.
Dennis J. Raposa
Dennis Raposa has a history of passion and drive for excellence within the Southern California Human Resources community. He has 25 years of professional HR Leadership experience specializing in Employee Relations, Employee and Leadership Development, Mediation, Team Building, Culture Enhancement and Compensation and Benefits Administration. His foundation is deep rooted in the Financial Services arena and most recently in the Healthcare and Medical Device/Biotech Industries. Dennis has spent the last several years fine tuning his passion into a profession that “makes a difference” to the clients he serves. Dennis has a proven track record of helping organizations develop a cohesive culture that is aimed toward exceeding targeted goals while ensuring an environment where employees thrive and drive for excellence.
Dennis entered the Human Resources field to follow his mission to make an impact within the business community. A history of business partnering has been essential to Dennis’ success and his spirit of embodying the consultative approach coupled with risk management serves his clients well in today’s business environment.
Within the Financial Services Industry, Dennis has held various leadership roles including local, regional and national VP positions that were instrumental in business development and growth. He expanded his expertise within Healthcare and Medical Device/Biotech in various senior leadership roles specializing in “spin-off operations” and organizational development. In addition, he has chaired many industry committees and served as a Trustee on several boards within the Healthcare community. Dennis organized and currently serves as a volunteer mentor for new high potential leaders within Orange County to expand their knowledge base and provide experiential knowledge aimed towards long term success. In addition, Dennis is an active member of The Society of Human Resources Management and The National Human Resources Association.
Dennis is originally from the east coast and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Providence College. After graduation, he and his wife Denise packed their bags for the sunny skies of Orange County, California. They reside in Trabuco Canyon, have 2 children (Andrew and Alison who have followed their passions within the artistic community) and 2 dogs (Winston and Gustavo……yes, they have turned into “those people” who give their dogs human names) that keep them busy. Most recently, Dennis has become a gourmet cook and loves to entertain family and friends with his most recent creations.
Passion, goal setting and perseverance make up Dennis’ mantra and he lives a life of GRIT…..”Living life like a marathon and not just a sprint” in all he does.
Natalie Mattern, MA
With over 10 years of experience, Natalie is an organizational development professional dedicated to helping others reach their potential and cultivating environments where culture can thrive. Her specialty is helping individuals and teams break through old, outdated thought patterns in order to embrace new, productive ways of thinking into action.
Natalie received her MA degree in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver with an emphasis in cross-cultural training. Since then, she has coached, managed and led others in leadership and team development, global education and change management all over the world. She is also a skilled facilitator with accreditation from Insights Discovery® and a former participant of the Daniels College of Business’ High Performance Leadership Program.
Natalie was first introduced to leadership development while working closely with faculty and thought leaders at the University of Denver’s business school. During her time at DU, she worked closely on consulting projects with a number of Fortune 500 companies. She also led the MBA leadership development and global consulting programs for 550 students annually. Since then, Natalie has facilitated, coached and consulted with the world’s third largest bank, Checkers Safety Group, the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership and smaller organizations in the healthcare, higher education and energy industries.
In her free time, Natalie loves to bike, ski, rock climb and has many failed attempts at surfing.