UConn Health building

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


Interim Vice President of Human Resources
Karen Buffkin, 860-679-2204

Executive Director of Human Resources Operation
(Storrs, Farmington, Regionals)
Aliza Wilder, 860-486-8478

Administrative Officer
Etta Henderson, 860-679-3490

Fax: 860-679-1051

Creative Child Center

The Creative Child Center offers day care services to employees and members of the community. The Center is licensed for 107 children between the ages of six weeks and five years. The hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Robin Perregaux, 860-679-8765

Assistant Director
Barbara Brush, 860-679-2124

Fax: 860-679-1388

International Services

International Servies serves as a resource for immigration, international tax and human resource related issues for the international population at UConn Health.

International Specialist
Jaishree Duggal, 860-679-4430

HR Associate
Kaitlin Dornenburg, 860-679-4472

Fax: 860-679-1051

Labor Relations

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. The unit also 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.

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

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

Fax: 860-679-4115

HR Consulting

HR Consulting is responsible for the administration of general human resources expertise across all human resources areas of knowledge and build ongoing support for HR solutions that meet the changing needs of the organization.

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

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.

Robin Perregaux, 860-679-2035

Organizational Development Specialists
Alexis Crean, 860-679-4946
Marisol Cruz St. Juste, 860-679-2734
Roselyn Wright, 860-679-3419

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.

Interim Director
Joyce Smith, 860-679-1784

HR Associates
A–L, Janice Coco, 860-679-4103
M–Z, Swapna Das, 860-679-2837
Chase Hargis, 860-679-2597

Talent Acquisition Specialists

Campus Planning, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Human Resources/Payroll, Marketing and Communications, Strategic Planning,  Marisa Leone, 860-679-3143
Facilities - Physical Plant/Dental, Logistics, Donna Alexander, 860-679-3431
Information Technology, HealthOne, Library, Patient Billing, Patient Access, Health Information Management, Pamela Rucker, 860-679-2040

UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Nursing, Advanced Practice Providers, Physician Assistants, CRNA, Clinical Practice Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Administrative Manager, Student Nursing, Elizabeth McNamara, 860-679-2115
Non-Nursing, Clinics, Facilities, Logistics, Donna Alexander, 860-679-3431
Canton and Storrs Urgent Care, JDH Dermatology, JDH Neurology/Nephrology, JDH Psych Outpatient, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, Marisa Leone, 860-679-3143

UConn Medical Group
Nursing, Advanced Practice Providers, Physician Assistants, CRNA, Clinical Practice Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Administrative Manager, Student Nursing, Elizabeth McNamara, 860-679-2115
All positions except, nursing, mid-level providers Marisa Leone, 860-679-3143
Call Center, Pamela Rucker, 860-679-2040

Talent Acquisition Specialists

UConn School of Dental Medicine
All departments, Pamela Rucker, 860-679-2040

UConn School of Medicine
Research Finance, Office of Research Sponsored Programs, Marisa Leone, 860-679-3143
Academic Affairs and Education, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Center for Public Health, Clinical Education, General Medicine, General Surgery, Health Career Opportunities Program (AHEC), Medicine, Medical Dean's Office, Medical Staff Services - Credentialing, Neurology/Nephrology, Ob/GYN, Occupational Medicine and Environmental, Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery/MSI,
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Student Services, Surgery, School of Medicine Research related to areas above, Marisa Leone, 860-679-3143
HCOP Center for Public Health, Center for Molecular Medicine, Neurology, Center on Aging, Child and Family Studies, Cell Analysis and Modeling, Molecular, Microbial & Structure, Cell Biology, Immunology, Center for Vascular Biology, Neuroscience
Family Medicine, Genetics and Development Biology, Graduate School, CTSI (Tripp Center, GCRC, CICATS), Center for Quantitative Medicine, School of Medicine Research related to areas above, Pamela Rucker, 860-679-2040
Center for Comparative Medicine, Emergency Medicine / CT Poison Control Center, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, Donna Alexander, 860-679-3431

Benefits and Absence Management

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.  Absence Management administers employee leave and accommodations.


Jessica Van Alstyne, 860-679-3073

Health Insurance
A-L: Personnel Specialist, Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791
M-Z: HR Associate, Jennifer Hart, 860-679-3549

Retirement and Supplemental Benefits
Benefits Director, Jessica Van Alstyne, 860-679-3073

Tuition Reimbursement (UHP and Managerial/Confidential)
Jennifer Hart, 860-679-3549

Tuition Reimbursement (Classified)
Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791

Tuition Waivers
UHP Employees, Dependent Children of UHP, Faculty, and Managerial/Confidential Employees: Personnel Specialist, Teri Chasse, 860-679-2791

Absence Management
Ryan Bangham, 860-486-2036

Leaves – Medical, Military, Maternity
Personnel Specialist/FMLA, Denace Boyington , 860-679-4105
Personnel Specialist/FMLA, Dala Grabowski, 860-679-2901
Personnel Specialist/FMLA, Jake Plamenco, 860-679-3782
HR Resource Center, 860-679-2426

Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation Safety Program Coordinator, vacant
Worker's Compensation, Debbie Garvey, 860-679-4589

ADA Accommodations
Case Manager, Kristin Donofrio, 860-679-2831

Fax: 860-679-4660

Compensation and Classification

The Compensation and Classification unit is responsible for the coordination of the classification program, the classification appeal process, employee-initiated and management-initiated classification review requests, and temporary or permanent reassignments. It provides new/replacement position classification; assists with departmental reorganizations; and receiving and processing requests for additional compensation.

Joyce Smith, 860-679-1784

Compensation and Classification Specialist
Dayna Ahern, 860-679-3989

Fax: 860-679-1051

Employee Resource Center

Employee Resource Specialists
Amy Lawson, 860-679-8367
Orlena Bordiere, 860-679-2917


Human Resources Assistants
Kasia Piekut, 860-679-7913
Bethany Rameika, 860-679-7913

Fax: 860-679-1051

HR Information Systems and Operations

HR Information Systems 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.

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, Kronos, Lisa Bartis, 860-679-3442

Banner Specialist, Sandy Leba, 860-679-4579

Personnel Transaction Requests
Human Resources Coordinator, Cathy Guidotti, 860-679-4663

Operations Manager
Liz Fay, 860-679-7573

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

A-C & L: Hillary Sarian, 860-679-4694
D-I & K: Liza Cracco, 860-679-3492
N-R & J: Cathy Guidotti, 860-679-4663
S-Z & M: Carrie Proctor, 860-679-2049

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.

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, K: Steven Hodska, 860-679-2380
D-J: April Hoyt, 860-679-3443
M-R: Jean Boyce, 860-679-2033
S-Z, L: Vivian Boucher, 860-679-2681

Fax: 860-679-1328