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Sandia Labs names new vice president of Human Resources and Communications

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A human resources executive with more than 17 years of experience in a wide variety of human resources and communications disciplines is the new vice president of Human Resources and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories.

Melonie Parker

Melonie Parker is the new vice president of Human Resources and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp.) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

Melonie Parker will be responsible for shaping Sandia’s strategies for staffing, recruiting, communications, health and wellness initiatives and outreach to the community.

“Melonie’s experience across the spectrum of human resources and communications functions, coupled with her strategic leadership approach, will ensure Sandia continues to have the solid foundation it needs to be successful in fulfilling its vital national security mission,” said Kim Sawyer, Sandia’s deputy laboratories director and executive vice president for Mission Support.

Parker comes to Sandia from Lockheed Martin Corp., where she served most recently as director of human resources for the Mission Systems and Training Undersea Systems department. Parker has experience in staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, diversity programs and outreach initiatives. She held a number of management positions since joining Lockheed Martin in 1997.

Parker has a bachelor’s in mass communications from Hampton University in Virginia and a master’s in human resources development from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lockheed Martin’s Executive Assessment and Development Program in 2012 and is a certified senior professional in human resources.

“I am honored to join an organization that does such outstanding national security work. Sandia has a great reputation, and I look forward to being part of this team,” said Parker.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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