A Human Resource professional with over 30 years management experience, Mary has recruited NASA scientists, created policies for Fortune 100 companies and reduced employee turnover by 70% for Hyatt Hotels. Her credentials include lifetime designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Mary provides Human Resource Solutions to profit and non-profit organizations.
- Human resource expertise on an as-needed basis.
- Cutting-edge solutions and innovative approaches to attracting, retaining and motivating your employees and improving your bottom line.
Mary T. Cooley, Ph.D., SPHR, SCP, is the Principal Consultant for HR Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico based human resource assistance group designed to support profit and non-profit organizations in their ability to attract, retain and motivate employees. A human resources professional with over 30 years of management experience, in the United States and Europe, Cooley has recruited scientists for NASA, created policies for Fortune 100 companies and reduced employee turnover at Hyatt Hotels from 93% to 25% in two years. Cooley focuses on Southwestern U.S. based organizations and their need for effective employee compensation systems, performance appraisals and job descriptions as well as tackling difficult employee relations issues. Cooley frequently serves as a workplace investigator for attorneys, CEOs and board chairs.
She possesses a PhD in Organizational Learning from the University of New Mexico and was awarded Distinction for both her dissertation and comprehensive exams. Cooley earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona as well as lifetime certification status as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Cooley earned certified mediator status from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2020.
Cooley is a Past-President of the Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) of New Mexico and has served as Diversity Director for the National SHRM Board for Region VI of the United States. The national Society of Human Resources (SHRM) honored Cooley with the coveted HR Educator of the Year national award for her significant contributions at a regional and national level in advancing education and research in the field of human resources. Cooley servedas co-professional development chair for the NM SHRM State Council in 2017 and 2019.
Cooley has been named one of New Mexico’s “40 under 40” making a positive difference in this state, by the New Mexico Business Weekly, and has twice been honored, as “A Woman on the Move” by the YWCA of New Mexico. Cooley was honored with the Professional Excellence Award, reserved for the single outstanding human resources professional in each state; and also named New Mexico’s Most Passionate HR Professional, by SHRM.
Cooley and the Hyatt were honored with the Visions Award from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women for creating and promoting “family friendly” employment programs that assist all levels of employees. She has served on the Boards of Director’s for Adelante, The American Red Cross and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, is a founding member of the United Way’s Women in Philanthropy and recently served on the United Way of NM’s Board of Directors. Cooley is a certified Trainer with Development Dimensions International (DDI) and trains audiences across the country on numerous topics including conflict resolution, creating, and sustaining a harassment-free workplace, leadership development and effective communication. Recent clients include APS School District, ACLU, Crossroads for Women, Nusenda Credit Union, The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM Finance Authority, Santa Fe Community College, NM State University, La Montanita CO-OP, and Vitality Works, Inc.
We provide a wide array of services for your human resources needs.
Expert Witness for New Mexico Based Defense & Plaintiff Attorneys Since 2008
Albuquerque Greater Housing Partnership
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
La Montanita Co-op
National Community Land Trust
Dekker Perich Sabatini
El Centro Family Health
Escuela del Sol Montessori School
Heritage Home Health and Hospice
Santa Claran Hotel and Casino
Crossroads for Women
Depositions & Trials
Sandoval v. Smile Life Dental – deposed – EW for defense
Vinyard v. State of NM/HSD – Jury Trial – EW for plaintiff –
3rd Judicial District Court, Judge Mary Rozner; Case #D-307-CV00-2015-
Gurule v. Vitality Works – deposed – EW for plaintiff
Williams v. Mann – Bench Trial – EW for plaintiff
11th Judicial District Court, Judge Sarah V. Weaver; Case #D-1116-CV-
Retained by Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward on behalf of Plaintiff. Awaiting documents to review.
Kraft v. RGEC
EW for defense
Case #D-202-CV-2017-00880. NMMWA, class action case. Settled, after written opinion submitted.