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Employee Resource Center

The HR Employee Resource Center is our one-stop hub for work-related questions. It provides information and referrals about benefits, leaves, payroll, job applications, retirement, and all information related to HR services.

Phone: 860-679-2426
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Employee Resource Specialists
Amy Lawson, 860-679-8367
Amanda Reola, 860-679-2917

HR Consulting

HR Consulting, part of the Organizational Development unit, serves as a strategic advisor, collaborator, and partner with department leaders to build HR solutions that meet UConn Health's changing needs. It advises leaders on policy adherence, talent planning, performance coaching, workforce planning and development, and organizational development.

Human Resources Consultants
Institutional Support, Jessica Hajdasz, 860-679-4070
John Dempsey Hospital Operations, Shaela Ryng, 860-679-8067
UConn Medical Group, Shaela Ryng, 860-679-8067

School of Medicine, Jessica Hajdasz, 860-679-4070
School of Dental Medicine, Shaela Ryng, 860-679-8067
Lauren Hurley, 860-679-8004

HR Services


Vice President for Human Resources
Lakeesha Brown, 860-679-2204

Administrative Officer
Etta Henderson, 860-679-3490

Human Resources Assistants
Kasia Piekut, 860-679-7913
Sarah Warkoski, 860-679-7913

Fax: 860-679-1051

Employee/Labor Relations

Employee/Labor Relations is responsible for the administration of fair collective bargaining contract administration, grievance/arbitration processes, workforce separations, corrective actions, and training in related areas. Additionally, investigates potential violations of collective bargaining agreements, agency policies or rules, provides interpretation and application of University policies and collective bargaining contracts, and provides management guidance related to employee performance and their responsibilities under the bargaining agreements.

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Executive Director
Karen Buffkin, 860-679-2204

Employee & Labor Relations Associate - Labor Attorney
Erick Diaz Vazquez, 860-679-4588

Senior Labor Relations Specialist
Sylvia Santos, 860-679-3864

Labor Relations Specialist
Diane Ferguson, 860-679-6207

Labor Relations Coordinator
Megan Krom, 860-679-1221

Administrative Program Assistant II
Marie Colavecchio, 860-679-4375

Fax: 860-679-4375

International Office

International Services is a resource for immigration, international tax and human resource related issues for the international population at UConn Health.

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International Officer
Jaishree Duggal, 860-679-4430

International Specialist II
Kaitlin Dornenburg, 860-679-4472

International Specialist I
Amina Kader, 860679-2831

Fax: 860-679-1051

HR Operations and Decision Support Services

Absence Management

Absence management helps plan, track, and handle employee leaves and accommodations, including administration, compliance with Federal laws, State of Connecticut statute, University policy, collective bargaining contracts, claims management, return-to-work support, and reporting.

Jessica Van Alstyne, 860-679-3073

Absence Management Manager
Ginger Frasca, 860-679-8765

Leaves – Medical, Military, Maternity
HR Resource Center, 860-679-2426

HR Associate, Marshauna Williams, 860.679.3419
HR Specialist II, Arnold Brion, 860-679-7234
HR Specialist II, Dala Grabowski, 860-679-2901
HR Specialist II, Jake Plamenco, 860-679-3782
HR Specialist II, Lea Richman, 860-679-7259
HR Specialist II, Corinna Jabouin, 860-679-7242

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Workers' Compensation
HR Associate, Marshauna Williams, 860.679.3419
HR Specialist I, Debbie Belnavis-Garvey, 860-679-4589

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American with Dissabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Lakeesha Brown, 860-679-2204
ADA Case Manager, vacant, 860-679-2831

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Fax: 860-679-4660


The Benefits Unit advises, administers, and provides services to employees in areas such as benefit enrollment, retirement and insurance plans, tax-deferred products, and tuition reimbursements/waivers.

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Benefits Director
Jessica Van Alstyne, 860-679-3073

Benefits Manager
Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791

Health Insurance and Supplemental Benefits
A-F HR Specialist I, Susan Baccaro, 860-679-1483
G-M HR Specialist I, Elizabeth Hurley, 860-679-4665
N-Z HR Associate, Jennifer Hart, 860-679-3549

Benefits Manager, Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791
HR Specialist I, Susan Baccaro, 860-679-1483

Tuition Reimbursement – UHP and Managerial/Confidential
HR Associate, Jennifer Hart, 860-679-3549

Tuition Reimbursement – Classified
Benefits Manager, Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791

Tuition Waivers – UHP Employees, Dependent Children of UHP, Faculty, and Managerial/Confidential Employees
HR Specialist I, Susan Baccaro, 860-679-1483

Compensation and Classification

Compensation and Classification monitors a competitive, equitable workforce compensation and standardizes a classification system which defines the scope and nature of job assignments, provides ongoing updates of classification specifications, differentiates between work assignments, identifies job expectations, and supports career development options which enables the organization to hire and retain qualified employees while ensuring compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations as well as Statewide collective bargaining agreements.

Joyce Smith, 860-679-1784

Compensation/Classification Officer

HR Information Systems and Operations

HR Information Systems and Operations is responsible for implementing, setting standards for maintaining Human Resources information and employee records, longevity payments and bargaining unit pay increases. The unit also provides reporting services to all levels of management.

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Lawrence Pittman, 860-679-4575

HR Information Systems
HRIS Specialist, Saba, Chris Desjardins, 860-679-7577
HRIS Administrator, iGreentree, Susan Keegan, 860-679-8170
HRIS Administrator, Kronos, Ken Lowell, 860-679-2427
HRIS Specialist II, Kronos, Lisa Bartis, 860-679-3442

Banner Specialist, Sandy Leba, 860-679-4579

Personnel Transaction Requests
Human Resources Coordinator, Carrie Proctor 860-679-2049

Operations Manager
Liz Fay, 860-679-7573

Auditing/Operations Analysts
Processing of employee personnel and payroll records with last names beginning with:

A-C: Hillary Sarian, 860-679-4694
D-I and M: Lori Jovel860-679-3492
J-K: Hillary Sarian, 860-679-4694
L: Ali Houldcroft, 860-679-4663
M: Lori Jovel860-679-3492
N-R: Carrie Proctor 860-679-2049
S-Z: Ali Houldcroft, 860-679-4663

Fax: 860-679-1051

File Room: 860-679-7106


The Payroll Unit is responsible for processing employee payments on a bi-weekly basis, including regular pay, lump-sum payments for separating employees, workers’ compensation checks, and other pay due employees. In addition, the Payroll Unit assists employees with changes to pay, such as tax status, direct deposit, and other employee pay deductions.

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Lawrence Pittman, 860-679-4575

Payroll Manager
Jodi Corbin, 860-679-2384

Payroll Associates
Responsible for general and workers' compensation payroll questions with last names beginning with:

A-C: Stephanie Rosa, 860-679-2380
D-I: Besa Medolli, 860-679-2033
J-M: Jeannette Dunn, 860-679-4061
N-R: April Hoyt, 860-679-3443
S-Z: Vivian Boucher, 860-679-2681

Fax: 860-679-1328

Talent Management Services

Organizational Development

Organizational Development is dedicated to building capacity in individuals and teams by delivering outstanding solutions that impact organizational effectiveness in support the UConn Health mission. It also leads the development and implementation of employee engagement strategies with a focus on improving culture and creating a positive workplace environment.

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Alexis Crean, 860-679-4946

Educational Development Specialists
Marisol Cruz St. Juste, 860-679-2734
Kari Gracie, 860-679-6707
Alison O'Connor, 860-679-2426

Talent Acquisition

Talent Management partners with hiring managers and departments in finding, recruiting, and selecting the most talented individuals who align with UConn Health's mission, possess required competencies, and fit into the university's culture.

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School of Medicine and Dental Medicine Faculty, Joyce Smith, 860-679-1784

HR Associates
A–G, T–Z  Janice Coco, 860-679-4103
H–O, P–S  Nadine Davies Charlton, 860-679-2837
Megan Charest, 860-679-8171
Lorin O'Donnell, 860-679-2837

Talent Acquisition Specialists

Central Administration Information Technology, School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine Non-Faculty Basic Sciences, Pamela Rucker, 860-679-2040

UConn John Dempsey Hospital and Advanced Practice Providers, Elizabeth McNamara, 860-679-2115

School of Medicine Non-Faculty Clinical Departments, UMG Administration and Nursing, Sarah Knapp, 860-679-3143

UConn John Dempsey Hospital Non-Nursing and Clinics, Facilities and Logistics Management, Donna Alexander, 860-679-3431

Radiology, Patient Services and Accounts, Finance, Administration, Kia Manson, 860-679-7691

Mailing Address
Human Resources
UConn Health
P.O. Box 4035
Farmington, CT 06034-4035
Phone: 860-679-2426
Fax: 860-679-1051

In Person
Human Resources
16 Munson Road, 5th Floor
Farmington, CT 06032

HR Conference Room: 860-679-7249