Employee Spotlight: Denise Kelly, Vice President of Human Resources

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Denise KellyName:  Denise Kelly

Department: Human Resources

Title: Vice President of Human Resources

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? Almost two years.

How did you get into your field of work?

I really liked law but did not want to be an attorney. I like that it changes frequently with every new law and the ability to make a difference in how the organization defines rules, procedures and regulations, even when things go wrong.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I only speak English, but I wish I could speak Spanish. I took Latin in high school and it helped with English.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

I like most quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

What values are important to you?

Honesty, curiosity, kindness and empathy. And rules are a very important part.

Denise KellyWhat is something about you that would surprise people?

I fenced in college for four years.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Traveling to as many places as I can, especially abroad.

What is your favorite food?

Blue Bell Peaches and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Also, Root Beer floats and Snickers ice cream bars.

What is your favorite movie?

“Blues Brothers”, “Blazing Saddles” and action movies.

What is your favorite hobby?

Reading a good John Grisham book.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, I love dogs but I don’t presently have one.