Inspiring people to Challenge the Norm

Margaret Brindzak – An HR Hero


Margaret BrindzakA dear friend of mine and a mentor who has inspired me in my career lost her battle to cancer Thursday, March 14, 2013.  But her legacy lives on.  When you think of Human Resources, most individuals associate some form of negative connotation towards the industry. But Margaret Brindak was changing that.  She dedicated her entire life to improve the way the Human Resources’ department operated at Washoe County.

Margaret was responsible for all things human resources primarily for the sheriff’s office but also helped out with recruitment in other departments within the county.  Being in the position since 2001, Margaret had created some of the most efficient processes for recruiting.  She had developed excel spreadsheets that basically filled themselves out.  The time she saved, allowed her to dedicate her time to doing more for the department.  She truly valued teaching what she knew about Human Resources to her coworkers.  She didn’t just want to go to work, she wanted to improve the process of the overall department.

Margaret was one of those individuals who were so dedicated to their jobs that they made you want to be involved.  Her positive impacts made you want to learn more about the industry.  And for me, a fellow human resource enthusiast, her leadership in the industry and desire to constantly improve the recruitment processes made me want to enter the industry after college. The leadership displayed was a combination of both her passion for life but also her passion for Human Resources.

Rest In Peace Margaret Brindzak. You were a Human Resources Leader and a mentor, you will be missed dearly.  Do you have someone in your life that has made an impact in your life you’d like to recognize? Please share in a comment below.

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Author: Brooklyn Joiner

I am an Selection Specialist with Dennis A. Joiner and Associates focusing on Supervisory and Management Skills Assessment for Selection, Promotion and Career Development I hold a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. I am always looking for more opportunities to further my education, because I truly believe education is the foundation to ones' success. My intent is to inspire people to challenge the norm. To raise the bar in their fields. To be the best they can be, not just today, but everyday. To become leaders. Specialties: Leadership, Management, Assessment Centers and Situational Judgment Tests. Occupational specialties include all promotional ranks of law enforcement, fire and emergency services.

2 thoughts on “Margaret Brindzak – An HR Hero

  1. Thanks for the wonderful article – I’ll make sure to share it with her parents.. Sue Johnsrud (Margaret’s sister)

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