Ufirst: Human Resource Solutions for You

The Team

The Ufirst project team hard at work at the office

The Ufirst team, made up of passionate HR professionals and subject matter resources across UVA, is keeping you at the center of every decision.

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ufirst project team structure

Transformation Management Office

Ensures that the Ufirst project deploys the right resources to deliver the project on time, and on budget, to the satisfaction of HR customers.

  • Sean Jackson, Executive Director
  • David Boling, Financial Administrator
  • Marianne Daughtrey, Project Associate  

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Project Teams

Change and Communications

Builds awareness, engages key stakeholders, and establishes the infrastructure needed to support change. This team enables a strong, unified HR community across the enterprise.

  • Kathleen Aliff, Communications Lead
  • Heather Humphrey, Communications Specialist
  • Julie Bird, Change Management Lead
  • Rose Markey, Change Management Specialist


Employee Relations

Creates a consistent set of employee support and relations practices utilized throughout the University HR community.

  • Gary Helmuth, Lead
  • Regina Rice, Employee Relations Support


HR Service Delivery

Understands the needs of those we serve, defining how HR services will be delivered in the future, and ultimately designing how key components of the service delivery model will work together, including the HR Solution Center, Centers of Expertise, and Business Partners.

  • Melissa Frederick, Lead
  • Megan Seekford, HR Business Partner Lead
  • Erica Wheat, HR Solution Center Lead
  • Marcus Hamilton, HR Solution Center Support


IMPACT and Decision Support

Improves the way HR services are delivered by developing the tools, resources, and consistent capabilities that enhance HR function value, amplifying the effectiveness of HR leadership and professionals across the University.

  • Michael Latsko, Lead
  • Richard Haverstrom, Project Management Support
  • Chris Karls, Project Management Support   
  • Lisa Mullins, Governance and Risk Management Lead  


Drives standard processes across the University focused on balancing risk, efficiency, and effectiveness. Develops adaptable documentation to support consistency of practice, audit readiness, training, and continuous improvement.

  • Mary Brackett, Lead
  • Anna Kelleher, Process Design Specialist


Talent Recruitment

Identifies and attracts top talent with respect to the unique operations and cultures within the University, while decreasing time to hire and leveraging shared resources to limit overall recruitment cost.

  • Jeremy Duff, Lead
  • Jordan McLaughlin, Recruiting Specialist
  • Amanda Walsh, Recruiting Specialist


Talent Management

Develops a learning culture with the goal of engaging employees in sharing information, developing leadership skills, participating in a culture of reward and recognition, and enabling a consistent performance management process across the University.

  • Richard Covington, Lead
  • Leslie Andrus, Learning & Development / Onboarding Specialist
  • Carrie Baker, Performance Management / Rewards & Recognition Specialist
  • Carolyn Cullen, Workforce Planning / Succession & Career Services Specialist
  • Elizabeth Gonzales, Workforce Planning / Core HR Specialist
  • Barbara Higgins, Workforce Planning / Succession & Career Services Specialist
  • Shelley Tattersall, Learning Management System Design Specialist


Talent Readiness

Develops HR organizational architecture to include titles, levels and role profiles; develops and facilitates a talent mapping process; supports the work necessary to onboard staff into future-state roles.

  • Barbara Kessler, Lead
  • Alex (Joy) Joy, Selection Administration Manager
  • Earnest Lomax, Talent Acquisition & Talent Readiness HR Specialist
  • Erica Perkins, Talent Readiness Project Manager
  • Lisa Stokes, HR Transition Partner



Helps the University imagine new possibilities and capabilities with state-of-the-art technology, define the future-state HR technology architecture, and prepare data and systems for implementation.

  • Teresa Wimmer, Lead
  • Bill Birchler, Compensation and Benefits Lead
  • Maggie Breeden, Core HR and Recruiting Business Analyst
  • Chris Douty, Talent Management and LMS Lead
  • Jen Devore, Data and Integrations Developer
  • Amanda Easton, Module Configuration Lead
  • Marcia Frampton, Time and Attendance Business Analyst
  • Debbie Glass, Compensation and Benefits Business Analyst
  • Simon Joseph, Data and Integrations Developer
  • Diane Lahue, Talent Management and LMS Business Analyst
  • Diane Mundell, Core HR and Recruiting Lead
  • Kelli O'Dell, Data and Integrations Developer
  • Lorie Powell, Integration and Data Conversions Lead
  • Srinivas Rangaraju, Integrations Developer


Time to Pay

Provides a unified payroll experience for the entire University, delivering consistent services to all employee types.

  • Robert Gerbin, Lead
  • Christiana Beretich, Absence Management Support
  • Jill Cline, Payroll Support
  • Katherine Woodson, Leave Management Support



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Subject Matter Resources

A source of knowledge and skills in a particular area or function. A Ufirst SMR shares experiences and reviews future-state design.

Ufirst Subject Matter Resources


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Change Champions

Influential and trusted representatives across Grounds who serve as advocates for the Ufirst Project.
  • Rebecca Beirne, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Becky Bowers, Facilities Coordinator, School of Nursing
  • Melissa Clarke, Senior Financial Analyst, Business Office
  • Mike Citro, Senior Director for Administration and External Relations, Office of the President
  • Mike Cline, Senior Director of Finance and Administration, Information Technology Services
  • Kara Comer, Talent Management Specialist, University Physicians Group
  • Heather Cullop, Director of Human Resources, McIntire School of Commerce
  • Jane Davis, Manager of SOM Human Resources Business Partners, School of Medicine
  • Justina Duncan, Business Manager, Office of the President
  • Mark Dunn, Talent Strategy Officer, Medical Center
  • Erin Erickson, Wellness Program Coordinator, University Human Resources
  • Robin Fisher, Human Resources Director, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Theran Fisher, Interim Manager of the Center for Leadership Excellence, University Human Resources
  • Susan Gaines, Client Engagement Manager and Senior Search Consultant, Executive Search and Strategic Sourcing
  • Daniel Griffith, Operations Manager of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Geneva Hodges, Project Coordinator, Medical Center
  • Lorraine Jordan, Administrative and Office Specialist, UVA Library
  • Lynn King, Assistant Vice President for Advancement Human Resources, University Advancement
  • Jill Krantz, Associate Athletics Director for Intramural-Recreational Sports, Athletics
  • Anna Luedecking, Senior OD Consultant, Medical Center
  • Debbie Mincarelli, Director of Human Resources, The College of Arts & Sciences
  • Monica Morgan, Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Medical Center
  • Lori Sinden, Content Management Services Support Specialist, UVA Library
  • Helen Norfleet-Shifflett, Administrator of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine
  • Jenn Oliver, Director of Human Resources Administration, School of Medicine
  • Adam Pearson, Human Resources Generalist, Curry School of Education
  • Tammy Pendleton, HR Generalist, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources, UVA Wise
  • Nicole Robinson, Human Resources Generalist, Curry School of Education
  • Kathie Ross, Human Resources Service Center Representative, Medical Center
  • Barbara Ruddy, Director of Human Resources, School of Law
  • Christine Rudge, Director of Human Resources, University Physicians Group
  • Brett Schnell, Associate Athletic Director for Human Resources, Athletics
  • Len Schoppa, Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Professor, The College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rajiva Seneviratne, Assistant to the Vice Provost and Administration Manager, Office of the Provost
  • Lisa Stanton, Administrative Manager for the Executive Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Margaret Stein, French Business Administrator, The College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kim Umstadter, Office Manager, Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations
  • Brandi Van Ormer, Communications Manager, UVA Finance
  • Paulette Vining, Business Manager, University Police Department
  • Eirine Vlavianos, Human Resources Generalist, Facilities Management
  • Maureen Wellen, Executive Director of Faculty Advancement, Darden School of Business
  • Angela Wooten, Director of Business Operations Student Affairs, UVA Career Center

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Executive Sponsors

The leadership team ultimately accountable for the delivery of the Ufirst project.

Purpose statement

  • Pat Hogan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Tom Katsouleas, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Dr. Richard Shannon, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

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Strategic Operations Committee

The steering committee accountable for aligning Ufirst with the strategic direction and operational requirements across the enterprise.

Purpose statement

  • Chair: Kelley Stuck, Vice President and Chief HR Officer, UVA
  • Melody Bianchetto, Vice President for Finance, UVA
  • Sarah Collie, Associate Vice President of Organizational Excellence
  • Virginia Evans, Chief Information Officer, Academic Division
  • Bradley Haws, Chief Executive Officer, University Physicians Group
  • Kathy Peck, Chief Operating Officer, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Allan Stam, Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership
  • Pam Sutton-Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, Health System
  • Anda Webb, Vice Provost for Administration and Chief of Staff

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A group of HR leaders across-Grounds who share information, scale solutions, and solve problems collectively; provides new and creative advice and guidance on HR matters.


  • John Boswell, Chief HR Officer, Medical Center
  • Mary Brackett, Senior Associate Director for Organizational Excellence
  • Lisa Cannell, Chief HR Officer, Darden Graduate School of Business
  • Michael Citro, Senior Director for Administration and External Relations, President's Office
  • Melissa Clarke, Sr. Financial Analyst, Business Operations 
  • Heather Cullop, Director of HR, McIntire School of Commerce
  • Mark Dunn, Talent Strategy Officer, Medical Center
  • Joe Esposito, Manager, Total Rewards, UHR
  • Ashley Ferro, HR Consultant, UHR
  • Robin Fisher, Director of HR, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Veronica Ford, Director, Employee Relations and Recruitment, Medical Center
  • Bryan Garey, Assistant Vice President for HR, UHR
  • Jennifer Harmon, Director of Library HR, Library
  • Patricia Hartsook, Executive Assistant to the Executive VP and COO, Office of the Exec VP and Chief Operating Officer
  • Althea Howell, Manager, Employee Relations, Medical Center
  • Kendall Howell, Human Resource Analyst, Business Operations
  • Brenda Jarrell, Chief of HR and Development, UPG
  • Barbara Kessler, Director of HR, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • Lynn King, Assistant Vice President for Advancement HR, University Advancement
  • Christina Landes, Interim Senior Manager HR Consulting Services, UHR
  • Rebecca Leinen, Human Resource and Training Director, Facilities Management, Facilities
  • Catherine Lindqvist, Executive Director, Exec Search Group & Strategic Resourcing, Executive Search and Strategic Sourcing
  • Sue Loving, HR Generalist, School of Nursing
  • Jennifer Mackrous, HR Consultant, UHR
  • Debbie Mincarelli, Director of HR, Arts & Sciences
  • Ellen Missana, Director of HR, Curry School of Education, Curry
  • Jennifer Oliver, Director of HR Administration, Medicine
  • Stephanie Perry, Director of HR, UVA Wise
  • Barbara Ruddy, Director of HR, University School of Law
  • Brett Schnell, Associate Athletic Director for HR, Athletics
  • Raj Seneviratne, Assistant to the Vice Provost and Administration Manager Office of the Exec VP & Provost
  • Steven Snyder, Director, Recruitment, Medical Center
  • Rachel Spraker, EOCR Compliance Director, EOCR Office
  • Terri Stevens, Director of Compensation, HRIS and Workforce Planning, Medical Center 
  • Kelley Stuck, Vice President and Chief HR Officer, UVA
  • Rayshon Tibbs, CIO HR Consultant, It-Finance and Administration
  • Kim Umstadter, Office Manager, Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations
  • Patricia Van Hook, HR Services Manager, Medical Center
  • Paulette Vining, Business Manager, Police


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Voice of the Customer

The group that helps the Ufirst project stay centered on the service experience and represent the needs of stakeholders across-Grounds.


  • Jim Amato, Chief Clinical Ancillary Services, Medical Center
  • Bill Ashby, Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
  • Jeffrey Blank, VP Research, Research
  • Robert Bremer, Associate Dean for Management and Finance, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Susanna Brent, Medical Center Manager, Medical Center Marketing Communications
  • Penny Cabaniss, Assistant Vice President and Director of State Relations, Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations
  • Reba Camp, Administrator, Environment of Care, Medical Center
  • Adam Daniel, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • Nicole Eramo, Executive Director of Assessment and Planning, Student Affairs
  • Corey Feist, Chief Operating Officer, UPG
  • Dana German, Deputy CIO & AVP for Strategic Initiatives & Portfolio Mgmt, ITS
  • JT Hall, Magnet Program Coordinator, Medical Center-Pcs Admin
  • Terri Haller, Director of Workforce Development and Business Operations, Medical Center
  • Maggie Harden, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost Office
  • Laura Hawthorne, Associate Vice Provost for Administration & Policy Development, Provost
  • Robert Hoover, Associate Dean for Administration and CFO, McIntire School of Commerce
  • Kathryn Jarvis, Associate VP for University Advancement, Advancement and Development
  • Joshua Justice, Director of Housing and Residence Life, College of Wise
  • Dean Krehmeyer, Chief of Staff to the Dean, Darden Graduate School of Business
  • Anne Kromkowski, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Medicine
  • Allen Lee, Associate Dean of Finance & Administration, School of Architecture
  • Megan Lowe, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff, Office of the Exec VP and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jon Oliver, Executive Associate Athletics Director, Department of Athletics
  • Stephen Telford Parr, Senior Associate Dean for Administration at the School of Law, University School of Law
  • Billie Gay Perez, Asstistant VP, Student Affairs/Exec Dir, Housing & Residence Life, Student Affairs
  • Cindy Reed, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
  • Nancy Rivers, Chief of Staff for the President/Associate Vice President for Administration, President's Office
  • Kelley Stuck, Vice President and Chief HR Officer, UVA
  • John Teahan, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Nursing
  • Loren Therrien, Administrator, Coding Services, Medical Center Coding Services
  • Justin Thompson, Associate Dean for Management & Planning, Curry School of Education
  • Donna Tolson, University Library Strategist, University of Virginia Library

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