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If you were looking for Gail DuBlanc (previously Gail Gardner) on a Friday night back when she was a student at Galt High School, you probably would have found her watching the game and socializing at Warriors Stadium, likely with Donald DuBlanc, her high school sweetheart and now husband for over 36 years. After working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for several years, she and her husband relocated to Wellington, Nevada and she shifted gears, landing a position working in HR for Mono County just over the California/Nevada state line.
“Gosh, we had a lot of fun, going to the football games and then going to the Pizza Palace after the game and hanging out,” DuBlanc recalled.
DuBlanc graduated from Galt High School in 1984 with her mind set on working in the medical field. After earning her CNA certification, she worked as a CNA in Galt, Lodi, and then Jackson for a decade.
“We moved to Nevada in 1997 hoping to get a fresh new start on our careers, which helped my husband and I greatly. He became a safety peace officer for corrections and has now retired after 20 years,” she said. Meanwhile, she took the opportunity to return to school.
“I went back to college at first to improve my skills in computer programs. I knew this was the path for me,” she said.
Soon after, she transitioned to the business side of medicine, working as a materials manager for surgery at Carson Valley Medical Center. That position, in turn, opened doors for her to work in the purchasing department for the state of Nevada’s transportation department.
“[I] worked there for almost 10 years [before] landing a great job for Mono County as a human resource generalist,” she said of how she came to be in her current position in April of this year.
As an HR generalist, DuBlanc works directly under the director of human resources and serves as the benefits coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for fielding any and all inquiries regarding insurance and benefits from employees working for the county at the sheriff’s department, county jail, administration, courts, public works and more.
“I answer questions about retirement, medical benefits, payroll changes, FMLA leave, SDI insurance, CalPERS, Deferred Comp, [and] supplemental life insurance,” DuBlanc explains, adding that the biggest challenge of the job has been learning the different types of leave offered by the county.
Herald born and raised, DuBlanc sees many similarities between her childhood home and her home in Wellington, and she doesn’t mind the work commute over state lines; Bridgeport, where she works, is only about an hour away.
“Bridgeport is a must,” she said. “If you have never been there, you are really missing something. The mountains and lakes and rivers are awesome.”
DuBlanc and her husband have two grown sons and three grandchildren. In her free time, DuBlanc enjoys spending time outdoors. Whether that means camping, hiking, fishing or hunting, she welcomes any opportunity to get into the great outdoors.