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Meet the Staff

Valerie A. Thomas, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Phone: 410-455-3142
E-mail: valerie.thomas@umbc.edu

Valerie is responsible for the overall administration of the Human Resources Department to include: recruitment and selection, training and development, benefits, payroll, classification/compensation, HRIS and general policy administration.

Unit Directors

Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations
Phone: 410-455-3645
E-mail: falconer@umbc.edu

Elmer is responsible for overseeing the employment process and labor relations functions including administering and ensuring compliance with the various negotiated collective bargaining agreements. He is also responsible for overseeing the Performance Management Process (PMP).

Lisa Drouillard, Director of Payroll
Phone: 410-455-1791
Email: stankovi@umbc.edu

Lisa is responsible for managing payroll administration including audit compliance, dual employment, payroll onboarding paperwork, pay check distribution and training.

Rochelle Sanders, Director
Phone: 410-455-3842
E-mail: rsanders@umbc.edu

Rochelle is responsible for overseeing Classification/Compensation, Benefit Administration, Workplace Learning/Wellness, HRIS, New Employee Orientation, Retirement, Exit Interviews, Wage Studies, and several PeopleSoft HR functions such as establish or modify positions and management of employees’ biographic and demographic data.

Benefits

Zahira Meyers, Benefits Manager
Phone: 410-455-2479
E-mail: zmeyers@umbc.edu

Zahira is responsible for handling all health benefits issues for active employees, including processing health benefits forms and resolving problems with health benefits. She also conducts new employee orientation.

Sara Shannon, Benefits Assistant
Phone: 410-455-3648
E-mail: shannon5@umbc.edu

Sara is responsible for reviewing and processing tuition remission, tuition reimbursement requests, health benefit applications, and handling retirement related activities to include retiree health benefits, retirement applications, and supplemental retirement accounts.

Classification/Compensation & Position Management

Sonya Garlington, Classification/Compensation Manager
Phone: 410-455-3258
E-mail: sgarling@umbc.edu

Sonya is responsible for conducting job studies, salary surveys, and other wage administration projects related to the classification and compensation of campus staff and positions.

Employment

Kim Harris, Employment Manager
Phone: 410-455-2911
E-mail: kimh@umbc.edu

Kim is responsible for recruitment and selection for exempt and non-exempt staff as well as faculty recruitment. She coordinates the Employee of the Quarter Program. In addition, Kim is responsible for development and maintenance of the Human Resources website.

Sandy Vance, Employment Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2912
E-mail: svance@umbc.edu

Sandy assists the Employment Manager in recruitment and selection of staff and faculty positions. She reviews and evaluates application forms, provides guidance on application procedures and administers skills testing.

Payroll

Kia Johnson, Payroll Manager
Phone: 410-455-1833
Email: kiarj@umbc.edu

Kia is responsible for the day to day payroll operations including addressing complex payroll issues, overseeing bi-weekly payroll processing activities to include troubleshooting issues, NRA tax treaties, VISA updates, dual employment and campus training.

Jessica Hutchins, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-3857
Email: hutchins@umbc.edu

Jessica is responsible for verification of New Hire PAR and Change PAR forms and supporting documents for all departments (Faculty and Staff positions).

Krystle Purnell, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-2554
Email: kpurnell@umbc.edu

Krystle is responsible for verification of New Hire PAR and Change PAR forms and supporting documents for all departments for Faculty and Staff positions.

HRIS

Sherrell McNamara, HRIS Manager
Phone: 410-455-3646
E-mail: mcnamara@umbc.edu

Sherrell is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities related to HR system data integrity, internal and external campus reporting, HR system security access and training, employee leave administration and audits as well as HR automation initiatives.  Sherrell ensures compliance with policies and bylaws.  She provides consultation to employees on time and leave issues, policies and procedures.

Denise Rollins, HR Specialist
Phone: 410-455-3695
Email:denise@umbc.edu

Denise is responsible for the daily maintenance and quality assurance of employee demographic and job data with the HR system, data audit reviews.  She works with the payroll staff and campus departments is resolving issues that impact data integrity.  Denise also assists the HRIS Manager with reporting and leave matters.

Rashidah Sparks, HR Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2286
Email: rsparks@umbc.edu

Rashidah is responsible for the review and coordination of Contingent I and II staff contract processing; the processing of criminal background checks for Contingent I applicants; review and entry of position management updates to faculty, graduate assistants, students and temporary positions in the HR system.

Workplace Learning and Wellness

Jill Weinknecht Wardell, Manager, Workplace Learning and Wellness
Phone:  410-455-1442
Email:jwardell@umbc.edu

Jill is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Workplace Learning & Wellness Unit in coordination with the HR Benefits Unit.

Jessica McMurtrie, Program Management Specialist
Phone: 410-455-3285
Email:jmcmurt@umbc.edu

Jessica provides administrative and program support for professional development and wellness programs.

Support Staff

Michele Kimery, Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: 410-455-3849
E-mail: mkimery@umbc.edu

Michele provides administrative support to the Chief HR Officer/Associate Vice President and the HR staff. She serves as the office manager for the department and is responsible for assisting the campus community and the public with general inquires.

Beth Holt, HR Associate
Phone: 410-455-2337
Email:bethann@umbc.edu

Bethann provides front desk customer support to the campus community and the public with general information requests. She also provides administrative support to the HR staff.

Brandon Wright, General Assistant
Phone: 410-455-2337
Email: bwright2@umbc.edu

Brandon maintains the personnel files and documentation for all UMBC employees. He also assists the HR staff with special tasks and projects.