Valentina Osborne receives HR Excellence Award

Valentina Osborne, Personnel Supervisor I, is presented the HR Excellence Award for May 2016 by Michelle Ezray, Deputy Director of Human Resources.

Valentina Osborne, Personnel Supervisor I, left, is presented the HR Excellence Award for May 2016 by Michelle Ezray, Deputy Director of Human Resources.

By CDCR Human Resources Executive Office

Valentina Osborne, Personnel Supervisor I, has been recognized as the Human Resources (HR) Excellence Award winner for May 2016.

Osborne has held her current position since October 2015 and is a trainer for new personnel specialists.

“Although she has only been a supervisor for a short period of time, she has demonstrated strong administrative ability in training staff, documenting performance and mentoring staff to become exceptional personnel specialists,” according to HR. “Training new personnel specialists is a critical function to ensure the accurate processing of payroll and leave accounting for over 6,000 headquarters employees. Valentina’s willingness to assist others, technical ability, training ability and customer-service oriented philosophy are just a few reasons for which she is a change agent to help create a better experience for the Office of Personnel Services’ customers.”

According to HR, she goes above and beyond the scope of her normal duties.

“She has assisted struggling staff and helped improve their performance with her training and guidance. Her vision and change agent philosophy are well beyond the normal scope of duties for her classification,” her nomination form notes. “She willingly takes on assignments others will not. Her outstanding organizational and administrative abilities will help ensure her staff gain the ability to successfully perform as personnel specialists. … As a personnel supervisor I, she is on the front lines of helping to ensure employees receive an accurate pay warrant and correct leave balances by training and mentoring staff.”


9 Responses

  1. Patricia Auld Thursday, May 19, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Congrats Valentina!

  2. Kathleen Nomura Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    You go, girl. Congratulations, Valentina!

  3. Grace Dela Riva-Lehutsky Monday, May 16, 2016 / 3:49 pm


    I’m not surprised! You have been a great help in the past and to this day, you continue to be a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for a job well done.

  4. L Tolbert, Personnel Technician I Monday, May 16, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    If anyone deserves this award, it’s you Valentina. Congratulations. Keep up the excellent and outstanding work.

  5. Gail Drummond Monday, May 16, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I’m so proud of you. Continue the great work and continue to teach others how to be a great specialist.

  6. J. Carrillo Monday, May 16, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Good job, Valentina! I hope every department is recognizing the work ethic and professionalism of those who go above and beyond. Lack of recognition can lead to apathy by some employees, so it is nice that deserving people are acknowledged, which promotes value of good work and appreciation for exceptional effort.

  7. Kathy Munson, Personnel Supervisor II Monday, May 16, 2016 / 10:21 am

    You go Valentina!

  8. Karen Bains Monday, May 16, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Congratulations, Valentina!

  9. Gary Sexton CDT-TE Monday, May 16, 2016 / 8:51 am

    It’s great that HR recognized you for your talents and drive.
    Good Job

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