Meet the Staff

Valerie A. Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer
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

Lisa Drouillard, Director of Payroll & Human Resource Information Systems
Phone: 410-455-1791
Email: stankovi@umbc.edu

Lisa is responsible for managing payroll and HRIS administration including audit compliance, reporting, new hire onboarding, paycheck distribution and training.

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

Jill is responsible for providing training, organization development and wellness programming for the campus. Her work includes facilitating departmental meeting & retreats, leadership development cohorts, executive coaching, and strategic planning activities.

Benefits

Ayana Thompson, Benefits Manager
Phone: 410-455-2479
E-mail: ayanat1@umbc.edu

Ayana is responsible for assisting with the direction and oversight of the HR Benefits unit and other HR General Administration areas including but not limited to: overseeing all activities associated with SPS Workday, ACA, Tuition Remission, audit compliance, retirement, disability, new hire orientation, exit interviews, EAP, and telework.

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

Sara is responsible for consulting with faculty and staff on pre-retirement planning, advising on benefit enrollment/changes, supplemental retirement, retirement, and evaluating tuition remission eligibility.  Sara works with new hires on retirement selection, orientation, and enrolling in benefits through the SPS Workday system.

Classification/Compensation & Position Management

Susan Harkins, Classification/Compensation Manager
Phone: 410-455-3258
E-mail: sharkins1@umbc.edu

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

Rosemarie Mahoney, Talent Acquisition & Classification/Compensation Specialist
Phone: 410-455-1767
Email:mahoneyr@umbc.edu

Rosemarie is responsible for conducting job studies and other related projects.  She is also responsible for the maintenance of the PageUp applicant tracking system including reviewing and processing security requests; training users; providing technical assistance; and assist with recruitment and hiring functions.

Talent Acquisition/Employment

Kim Harris, Talent Acquisition/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.

Joseph Michelizzi, Talent Acquisition/Employment Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2912
E-mail:  micheliz@umbc.edu 

The incumbent assists the Employment Manager in recruitment and selection of staff and faculty positions.  The incumbent reviews job requisitions, posts positions, reviews and evaluates application forms, reviews offer approval, provides guidance and technical assistance to hiring departments and applicants and assists with PageUp administration.

Rosemarie Mahoney, Talent Acquisition & Classification/Compensation Specialist
Phone: 410-455-1767
Email:mahoneyr@umbc.edu

Rosemarie is responsible for the maintenance of the PageUp applicant tracking system including reviewing and processing security requests; training users; providing technical assistance; and assist with recruitment and hiring functions.  She is also responsible for conducting job studies and other related classification/compensation projects.

Andrea Lorick, General Assistant
Email:  aloric1@umbc.edu

Andrea provides assistance with processing unemployment claims.

Employee/Labor Relations

Vacant, Employee/Labor Relations Manager
Phone: 410-455-1638
Email:

The incumbent is responsible for providing advice, guidance and assistance to employees, administrators, managers and supervisors on a variety of employee/labor relations issues. The incumbent is also responsible to responding and representing management for unemployment claims.

Payroll

Vacant, Payroll Manager
Phone: 410-455-1833
Email:

The Payroll Manager 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.

Brittney Liles, Payroll Processing Specialist
Phone: 410-455-1051
Email: bliles@umbc.edu

Brittney is responsible for ALL Non-Resident Alien paperwork (students, graduate assistant, faculty, and staff) new hire pars, change pars, and supporting documentation. As well as reviewing and verifying Non Resident Alien forms (for tax purposes). She is also responsible for PeopleSoft payroll processing including Payroll Adjustments and Time Entry Corrections forms, Time Entry/Gross Pay reporting and payroll advances.

Henriette MaCarthy, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-2554
Email: hmacarth@umbc.edu

This position is responsible for all domestic student and graduate assistants new hire pars, change pars, and supporting documentation. Position is also responsible for any voided checks, over-payments, or stop payment check requests as well as check distribution process and signature authorizations.

Samantha Sutton, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-3857
Email: sutton@umbc.edu

Samantha is responsible for all domestic faculty and staff new hire pars, change pars and supporting documents. She is also responsible for pre-hires.

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.

Nadah Ali, Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2286
Email: anadah1@umbc.edu

Nadah performs a variety of professional duties including: data analysis and reporting, system testing, user security maintenance, position management (faculty and non-regular employees), user training and communications, and timesheet/leave management. Nadah assists with continuity and successful delivery of HRIS functional services to internal and external customers.

Workplace Learning, OD and Wellness

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

Jess is responsible for administrative and technical coordination of training, organization development and wellness programming for the campus. She coordinates UMBC’s SkillSoft e-Learning program and provides technical support to the HR department.

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.  She is responsible for helping federal investigators verify employment records and writes employment verification letters for UMBC employees (both current and former).