Meet the Staff

Dr. Lynne Adams, Chief Human Resources Officer
Phone: 410-455-3142
E-mail: lynneadams@umbc.edu

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

Unit Directors

Kelly Coleman, Director of Talent Acquisition & Total Rewards
Phone:  410-455-3842
Email: kellycol@umbc.edu

Kelly is responsible for providing leadership and consultation regarding human resources issues in the areas of recruitment, classification, compensation, and benefits. She also assists the CHRO with strategic planning and decision-making for the units and various HR General Administration activities related to UMBC compliance and audit requirements.

Brittany Hensley, Director of Talent Systems, Operations and Payroll
Phone: 410-455-1791
Email: bhensle1@umbc.edu

Brittany is responsible for managing payroll and HRIS administration including audit compliance, reporting, new hire onboarding, paycheck distribution and training.  She also assists the CHRO with strategic planning and decision-making for HRIS & Payroll and various HR General Administration activities related to UMBC compliance and audit requirements.

Michale S. Tallon, Director of Talent Engagement and Labor Relations
Phone: 410-455-1638
Email: mtallon@umbc.edu

Michale is responsible for providing advice, guidance, and assistance to employees, administrators, managers, and supervisors on a variety of employee & labor relations issues. She is also responsible for the Performance Management Process.  Michale additionally assists the CHRO with strategic planning and decision-making, and various HR General Administration activities related to UMBC compliance and audit requirements.

Jill Weinknecht Wardell, Director of Talent Learning and Organizational Development
Phone:  410-455-1442
Email: jwardell@umbc.edu

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

Benefits

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

Sara is responsible for providing in-depth retirement consultations and assisting with the direction and oversight of the Benefits & Wellness unit and other areas including but not limited to: overseeing all activities associated with SPS Workday, ACA, Tuition Remission, audit compliance, retirement, disability, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and HR New Hire Orientation.

Kelly Barnett, Senior Benefits and Wellness Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2479
E-mail: kbarnett@umbc.edu

Kelly is responsible for providing in-depth retirement consultations and guidelines for supplemental retirement accounts. She also works with employees on their State health benefits enrollment, including qualifying Life Events, as well as ACA eligibility for contractual employees. Kelly additionally coordinates Open Enrollment, HR New Hire Orientation, and implements the USM Tuition Remission program, including taxable tuition remission.

Shana London, Benefits & Wellness Specialist
Phone: 410-455-3646
E-mail: shanal2@umbc.edu

Shana 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. Shana also works with new employees on retirement selection, orientation, and enrolling in health benefits through the SPS Workday system.

Classification/Compensation & Position Management

Chris Schrader, Classification/Compensation Manager
Phone: 410-455-3258
E-mail:  chris.schrader@umbc.edu

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

Joseph Michelizzi, Talent Acquisition & Classification/Compensation Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2912
Email: micheliz@umbc.edu 

Joseph is responsible for conducting job studies and other related projects.  Joseph is also responsible for recruitment and selection of staff and faculty positions.

Talent Acquisition

Kim Harris, Talent Acquisition Assistant Director
Phone: 410-455-2911
E-mail: kimh@umbc.edu

Kim is responsible for the management and oversight of the recruitment and selection processes for exempt and non-exempt staff as well as faculty recruitment providing consultation and technical expertise to hiring departments.  She serves as systems administrator for the PageUp system. In addition, she coordinates the Employee of the Quarter Award and Job Well Done Group Project award programs.

Rachel Fava, Talent Acquisition Assistant/General Associate
Phone: 410-455-1767
E-mail: rachelf3@umbc.edu

Rachel provides support to the Talent Acquisition Unit assisting in processing job requisitions and offers.  In addition, Rachel provides assistance with PageUp and special projects.

Kimberly Thompson, Talent Acquisition Specialist
Phone: 410-455-8110
E-mail: kimbert2@umbc.edu

Kimberly assists the Talent Acquisition Assistant Director in recruitment and selection of staff and faculty positions.  She reviews job requisitions, posts positions, reviews offer approval, provides guidance and technical assistance to hiring departments and applicants.  This individual is responsible for the maintenance of the PageUp applicant tracking system including reviewing and processing security requests; training users; and providing technical assistance.

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

Joseph assists the Talent Acquisition Assistant Director in recruitment and selection of staff and faculty positions.  Joseph reviews job requisitions, posts positions, reviews and evaluates application forms, reviews offer approval, provides guidance and technical assistance to hiring departments and applicants.  Joseph is also responsible for conducting job studies and other related classification/compensation projects.  He additionally manages unemployment claims.

Talent Engagement & Labor Relations

Andrea Guzman, Employee Relations Specialist

Phone: 410-455-5567

Email: aguzman@umbc.edu

Andrea is responsible for FMLA and exit interviews, and is the first point of contact for Employee Relations matters. Andrea also handles the probationary period correspondences, and works with Michale Tallon on the Performance Management Process.

Payroll

Valentina Berterman, Payroll Manager
Phone: 410-455-3857
Email: vbert@umbc.edu

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

Daniel Umberger, Payroll Processing Specialist
Phone: 410-455-1051
Email: danielu1@umbc.edu

Daniel is responsible for ALL Non-Resident Alien paperwork (students, graduate assistant, faculty, and staff) new hire pars, change pars, and supporting documentation. He also reviews and verifies Non-Resident Alien forms (for tax purposes). Daniel is additionally responsible for PeopleSoft payroll processing including Payroll Adjustments and Time Entry Corrections forms, Time Entry/Gross Pay reporting and payroll advances.

Candi Tambwe, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-3645
Email: ctambwe1@umbc.edu

Candi is responsible for the eConcurrent Add for students and eContract renewals for graduate assistants submitted through PeopleSoft. She is also responsible for any voided checks, over-payments, stop-payment check requests, the paycheck distribution process, and signature authorizations.

Simranjeet Kaur, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-2554
Email: skaur9@umbc.edu 

Sim is responsible for all domestic student and graduate assistant new hire pars, change pars, and supporting documentation submitted through DocuSign. She is also backup for Candi for any voided checks, over-payments, or stop payment check requests as well as check distribution process and signature authorizations.

Zat Ayodeji, Payroll Processing Associate
Phone: 410-455-5516
Email: aaayodej@umbc.edu

Zat is responsible for pre-hires, domestic faculty, exempt, nonexempt and Contingent I/II staff contract processing, new hire pars, change pars and supporting documents.

HRIS

Vacant, HRIS Assistant Director
Phone:
E-mail:

This individual 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.  They also ensure compliance with policies and bylaws.  This individual additionally provides consultation to employees on time and leave issues, policies, and procedures.

Crystal LaBeau, Payroll/HRIS Specialist
Phone: 410-455-3695
Email:  clabeau@umbc.edu

Crystal assists the HRIS and Payroll units with the integration and enhancement of PS/HR applications and touchpoints; coordination of back-office time entry functions, audit processes for functional compliance; internal and external reports and file submissions; and support training resources for end user needs.

Paige Boyer, Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 410-455-1833

Email: pboyer2@umbc.edu 

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

Kelsey Wumer, HRIS Analyst/Specialist
Phone: 410-455-2286

Email: kwumer1@umbc.edu 

Kelsey performs a variety of professional duties including data analysis and reporting, system testing, user security maintenance, position management (faculty and non-regular staff employees, students and graduate assistants), user training and communications. She also assists with continuity and successful delivery of HRIS functional services to internal and external customers.

Talent Learning & OD

Melody Wright, Learning & Development Manager
Phone: 410-455-8001
Email: melodyw@umbc.edu

Melody is responsible for the program management of training and development programming for the campus. She coordinates UMBC’s SkillSoft e-Learning program, and designs/facilitates a variety of additional learning and development programs for employees.

Monique Conelius, OD Consultant
Phone: 410-455-3285
Email: mconel1@umbc.edu

Monique is responsible for consulting with leaders and teams across the University to help improve the productivity and effectiveness of units, divisions, and departments. She provides training, coaching, and consultation in organization design, change management, organization effectiveness and performance. Monique also facilitates new employee orientation.

Support Staff

Justine Gonzales, Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: 410-455-3849
E-mail: justineg@umbc.edu

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

Sophia Pirozzi, Human Resources Associate
Phone: 410-455-2337
Email:  sophiapi@umbc.edu

Sophia provides front desk customer support to the campus community and the public with general information requests. She also provides administrative support to the HRSTM staff.  Sophia is responsible for assisting federal investigators and background screening services with employment verification requests, and prepares employment verification letters for both current and former UMBC employees. She is additionally the point of contact for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) signature requests, and the Degree Verification process.