The intrepid Human Resources Manager at Wallace Group, Kathy L. Redden is what you might call a “horse person.” She thrives on the back of elegant equines and feels at home out on the trails. She also feels at home at the offices of Wallace Group where she has worked since 2001. Kathy has an easy smile and a feisty sense of humor that may include a pie in the face from time-to-time. Her work experience spans more than twenty years at engineering firms which gives her a unique understanding of what Wallace Group does from a non-technical viewpoint. Kathy is a Bay Area native, but like many people in SLO County, went to school at Cal Poly (English major) and was able to find a good job and never left. Below is our question and answers with Kathy.
Wallace Group: Describe what you do at Wallace Group
Kathy L. Redden: I’m the Human Resources Manager, involved in recruiting, retention, benefits, reviews, counseling, and whatever else may appear in my doorway.
WG: What are some of your favorite activities with WG?
KLR: HR isn’t always the most fun job. Thankfully I have great co-workers that make it worthwhile. Any activity that involves laughter is the best!
WG: What are you involved in outside WG?
KLR: I’m involved with the Atascadero Horsemen’s Club
since 1990, and am currently the president. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year! We have monthly meetings, monthly trail rides and campouts, and do trail work. Our big event is our annual Toys for Tots ride. I’ve also been involved with the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
for 19 years. CCCMB does trail work throughout the County – trail maintenance and trail creation. I am on their Board of Directors as the Equestrian Liaison, and am the Regional Crew Rep for Santa Margarita Lake. A big project involving CCCMB and AHC is the extension of the Sapwi Trail on the north side of the lake. We’re creating approximately 3 – 4 miles of new trail!
WG: Favorite pastime?
KLR: Horseback riding (every weekend!) – trail rides and campouts, traveling, reading.
WG: Favorite food?
WG: Describe your dream vacation.
KLR: Either in the big outdoors, like Africa or Yosemite or Yellowstone, with all the big vistas and animals. Or historical/architectural vacations like going to Turkey, Guatemala/Mexico (visiting the ruins), Europe, etc.
WG: What’s your favorite childhood memory?
KLR: Going to Yosemite every summer with family and friends for almost 20 years. I feel like Yosemite is “mine” because I have so many memories from being there so much.
WG: What is the farthest away from SLO have you been?
KLR: Africa, on a horseback riding safari in 2012.