Staff Directory


Cindi Nelson

Chief Human Resources Officer


Campus strategic initiatives, policy and program development, overall management of HR functions, oversee compliance, escalated HR matters, consult with leaders to provide HR strategy and guidance


The Human Resources Partners assist with employee relations matters, legal and policy guidance, compensation guidance as well as provide supervisor/management coaching and each have specialized content areas.

Wendy Estes

Human Resources Partner


UNUM/S&T Liaison for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Referral Incentive Program contact, staff/academic ePAF questions: additional pay, job changes, status changes, job earnings distribution (JED) changes, HR Partner: Student Affairs, University Advancement, and Finance and Operations

Connie Hudgens

Human Resources Assistant Director


Assistant Director, Escalated Employee Relations Matters, Payroll Subject Matter Expert, HR Partner: Provost and College of Engineering and Computing

Christopher Keehn

Human Resources Partner


HR Partner: Academic Support, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Enrollment Management, Kummer Institute, and Kummer College

Barbi Spencer

Human Resources Partner


Diversity and Inclusion, HR Partner: Chancellor’s Office, Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, Sponsored Programs, and Graduate Education

Support Staff

Felena Budnik

Recruiting Specialist


Faculty recruitment consultant, HFA support, candidate sourcing and advertisement

Rhonda Byers

Senior Human Resources Advisor/Consultant


Policy development, reclassifications, labor relations, committee representative

Andrew Crain

Lead Recruitment Consultant


Lead Recruitment Consultant, facilitate executive recruitment, search committee management, applicant sourcing consultant, recruitment strategy consultant, candidate experience

Cindy Heck

Academic Employment Specialist


Faculty and staff job offers, pre-boarding activities, finalize faculty ePAFs: job change, status change, additional pay, and emeritus appointments

Rachel Norris

Human Resources Specialist


Coordinate student hiring, HR Monthly Meetings, and HR website, legal/preferred name changes, finalize work address/phone number change and courtesy/volunteer appointment ePAFs, position management (position numbers, job classifications, and descriptions)

Simone Waldon

Staff Success Center Manager


New Employee Orientation, Onboarding Program, training and development, and Staff Council liaison

Benefits and Retirement

Marcia Lane

Total Rewards Generalist


Retirement consultation, benefits enrollment and information including for new employees, life event changes, HSA and FSAs, voluntary retirement plans, and compensation reviews