Congratulations Louise and Welcome Kely!

June 17, 2021

Congratulations Louise and Welcome Kely!

After more than 22 years of dedicated service, Louise Matheny will be retiring from her role as HR Business Consultant at Morris & Garritano. Louise has been an invaluable member of our team and family, providing education, resources, and a listening ear to our clients and our community. We will miss her greatly but are excited for all the adventures she has yet to come! 

Louise joined Morris & Garritano in 1999, coming from a career in healthcare. At the time the agencyonly had 55 employees and no dedicated HR department, which meant Louise was not only responsible for assisting clients with inquiries but also for managing the internal HR duties of a growing company. Through her employer-education focused approach, her dedicated involvement in our business community, and her engaging charm, Louise quickly became a go-to source for all things HR. 

As any California employer knows, these last few years have been challenging with the revolving door of labor law changes. But through it all, Louise remained dedicated to learning and researching the regulations so that she could inform and educate our clients when they needed us the most. Louise did note, “We have the best clients! They made my job easier because they always want to do the right thing and take care of their employees. It has been a true pleasure.” 

We recognize the value that Louise’s service and proficiency provides to our clients, which is why we made it a priority to find the right HR professional to fill this critical role. We are thrilled to announce that Kely Blackburn has joined the M&G Team as our new HR Business Consultant. 

Kely has built a strong career in Human Resources and Operations providing her with the knowledge and expertise to tackle important HR topics, including employee and labor relations, recruiting, and organizational development. Prior to joining Morris & Garritano, she was responsible for the management of a compensation portfolio for over 3,200 employees along with advising on compliance, HR policies and practices. She is well versed in the HR needs of various industries and remains at the forefront of the ever-changing regulations that the pandemic has brought about. 

Kely is a Central Coast native who is active in our business community, is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and volunteers with the Kiwanis Club of Pismo Beach. Louise and Kely will be working closely together over the next month to provide you with a seamless transition of services. We have full confidence that Kely will grow and thrive as our HR Business Consultant, ensuring that the education and care you have come to know and love from Louise will continue on. 

Please help us in congratulating Louise on her retirement and welcoming Kely to Morris & Garritano. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Account Manager or email