Contact List

Montclair State University
Division of Human Resources
Overlook Corporate Center
3rd Floor, 150 Clove Road
Little Falls, N.J. 07424, USA
Fax: 973-655-7210

Human Resources

Jerry CutlerJerry M. Cutler

Vice President for Human Resources
The Vice President for Human Resources provides leadership in the areas of Labor and Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Staffing, Affirmative Action/EEO and Diversity, Compensation, Payroll, Benefits, Organizational Development and Training, and Human Resource Information Technology Systems. The Vice President is the President’s principal advisor on human resources policy and is the primary source of guidance on human resources matters for the University’s vice presidents and deans.  

Jerry can be contacted at:
Ext. 4227

Catherine Connolly

Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources

Catherine can be contacted at:
Ext. 4227

 Catherine Bongo headshotCatherine Bongo

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Operations
Cathy is responsible for the administrative operations for all areas within the Division of Human Resources, which includes compensation, classification, managerial performance evaluation and reappointments, coaching and counseling and the development of HR policies, procedures and practices.  As HR Team Lead of the OneMontclair initiative, she provides leadership and general management for the HR system implementation.

Cathy can be contacted at:
Ext. 7137

‌‌Marc Semler headshotMarc Semler

HR Systems Administrator
In the Workday system, Marc handles security (who can see/act on data), business process maintenance, supervisory organization structure, EIBs, and troubleshooting.  He also handles all report writing for the University administration, federal and state agencies, unions, etc.

Marc can be contacted at:
Ext. 4055

Lynarkah Stephen headshotLynarkah Stephen

Director of Human Resources for University Facilities
Lynarkah is responsible for the administration of the Division of University Facilities employee relations program in the areas of negotiations, contract administration, civil service matters, dispute resolution, training and employee relation's communications.

Lynarkah can be contacted at:
Ext. 3865

Compliance and Organizational Effectiveness

Junea Williams-EdmundJunea Williams-Edmund

Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Organizational Effectiveness
Junea serves in a leadership role advancing the University’s EEO and Affirmative Action efforts (including recruitment best practices), ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations, and maintaining productive relationships with federal and state regulatory agencies.  Junea also leads efforts to conceive of and develop capabilities related to organizational effectiveness and transformations.

Junea can be contacted at:
Ext. 6910

Charlie Matteis headshotCharlie Matteis

Director of Organizational Development and Training
Charlie directs the Office of Organizational Development and Training. He provides consulting services to various campus constituencies on organizational issues impacting the effective operation of the University.  In addition, he designs, develops, implements and facilitates training programs.

Charlie can be contacted at:
Ext. 6856

Lorin Mask headshotLorin Mask

Director of Learning and Development
Lorin is responsible for designing, developing, implementing and facilitating training programs for managerial staff to support their competency in areas management and leadership skills critical to the University.  She assists in consulting with various campus constituencies on organizational issues supporting individual, team and department effectiveness.

Lorin can be contacted at:
Ext. 2045

Betty Paulino

FMLA/ADA Coordinator
Betty is responsible for coordinating, administering, and overseeing the University's Workers Compensation program and medical leave programs. She coordinates and processes all FMLA & NJFLA leaves, and all workers compensation claims. She counsels and assists supervisors and employees in these processes.

Betty can be contacted at:
Ext. 7396

Carmen Lopez

Human Resources Coordinator
Carmen provides professional level of human resources assistance in the areas of Employee Relations, Compensation, Classification, Performance, and EEO/Affirmative Action. Generates Applicant Flow, EEO and Source reports in iCIMS (and Workday) for all professional staff/managerial searches. Produces comprehensive spreadsheets and presentations for EEO/Affirmative Action projects.  Track new position announcements and prepare initiating memos to appointing administrators or search committee chairs.  Generates and tracks Affirmative Action reports and provide periodic support to the President’s Commission on Affirmative Action.  Serve as backup for job postings, updating candidate records, submitting background checks, coordinating New Employee Orientation, and scheduling candidate interviews.  Support HR staff with letters and appointment paperwork and assist with the completion of the I-9 process, as backup. 

Carmen can be contacted at:
Ext. 3705

Colleen McDermott

Human Resources Assistant

Colleen can be contacted at:

Employee Relations



Talent Management

Keesha Chavis headshotKeesha Chavis

Assistant Vice President for Talent Management
The unit is comprised of Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Training, Classification and Compensation, and Performance Management. Talent Management will provide “one stop” access to important services, leverage the synergies between units, and support the University's people-focused goals and initiatives. 

Keesha can be contacted at:
Ext. 7632

Bindu John

Associate Director of Classification, Compensation & Performance
Bindu is responsibile for directing the administration of managerial, unclassified, and classified staffing operations and ensuring compliance with multiple collective bargaining agreements, University policies, and federal/state laws impacting Human Resources.

Bindu can be contacted at:
Ext. 3947

Lorie Friedman

Payroll Services and Workday Operations Manager

Lorie can be contacted at:
Ext. 4498

Brittany Gannon

Workday Operations Coordinator

Brittany can be contacted at:

Karen Brack

Human Resources
The primary focus of the HR Coordinator is to provide professional administrative support for all HR matters associated with faculty, managerial and professional staff.

Karen can be contacted at:
Ext. 7136

Kisha Peace

Human Resources Assistant
Kisha provides administrative support to the Human Resource Division, while assisting faculty, staff, customers, and students answering questions about Human Resources processes and procedures. Kisha also supports various office initiatives and assists HR team.  

Kisha can be contacted at:
Ext. 5293

Zoila Arriaga headshotZoila Rosario

Human Resources Coordinator
Zoila is responsible for providing administrative and technical support to Human Resources Operations, Staffing Services and all other areas within the Division of Human Resources.  Prepares and maintains HR Board of Trustee reports, HR divisional reports, managerial and professional staff reappointment letters, contracts and University organizational charts. Processes Adjunct Faculty appointments and maintains class schedules.  Processes assignments for Graduate Assistants, Temporary Professional Staff, Teaching Assignment(s) for Managerial, Professional and Administrative Staff, Winter and Summer session employees.  Processes deductions for union dues, administers the NJ Transit Program, assists faculty and staff with additions to their web pages and advises and resolves issues with employee Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).

Zoila can be contacted at:
Ext. 7138

Monica Tejada headshotMonica Tejeda

Director of Talent Acquisition
Monica is responsible for overseeing the Talent Acquisition function. She partners with hiring managers across the University to source, identify and attract talent to the University for current and future hiring needs. She also partners with hiring managers and HR on business objectives, provides insight on best recruitment practices and strategy to successfully fill open positions, while remaining committed to the University’s value of diversity and inclusion.

Monica can be contacted at:
Ext. 5547 

Ariel Murakhovsky

HR Staff Assistant

Ariel can be contacted at:
Ext. 3536

Alicia Colasuonno

Floor Coordinator

Alicia can be contacted at:
Ext. 3831

Benefits and Payroll Services

Patricia Kelly headshotPatricia Kelly

Director of Employee Services for Payroll and Benefits
Pat directs the day to day operations of group benefit programs and oversees payroll processing in compliance with federal and state laws and University policies. Pat works to provide a framework for the exchange of vital information while insuring that integrity and confidentiality is maintained for all aspects of benefits and payroll.

Pat can be contacted at:
Ext. 7141

Kalpana Patel

Payroll Coordinator
Kalpana is responsible for ensuring that benefits and deductions are correct on the University HRS Computer System. She serves as liaison and coordinator between Human Resources and the Payroll Department and ensures the accuracy of and mailing out of all W-2s annually. She is also responsible for adjunct and visiting specialist payrolls; child support, garnishments and tax levy processing.

Kalpana can be contacted at: 
Ext. 7157

Troy Lopez headshotTroy Lopez

Principal Payroll Clerk
Troy is responsible for processing the hourly and limited duration employee timesheets as well as the student payroll.  

Troy can be contacted at:
Ext. 7142

Carla Durante

Senior Payroll Clerk
Carla is responsible for professional specialist (Q) payments.  She also maintains leave balances for all University staff and ensures the accuracy of pension calculations for Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). Carla works with the Facilities Division in Kronos data entry on our HRS system.

Carla can be reached at:
Ext. 7653

Daniel Beck

Payroll Services

Daniel can be reached at:
Ext. 3689

Employee Benefits

Leena Varughese

Associate Director of Benefits
Leena oversees the supervision of personnel within the Benefits Departments and Administers the operation of benefits to include, but not limited to, the enrollment and termination of employee benefits including problem analysis and resolution. She is responsible for University health insurance enrollments and assists in pension administration and serves as liaison to the State Department of Personnel on various benefits issues. 

Leena can be contacted at:
Ext. 4394

Marissa Ekback

Benefits Specialist
Marissa handles the day to day administration of employee benefits which includes enrollment for new hires, status changes and open enrollment, auditing, educating employees on benefit plans and fields calls on medicare and retiree medical benefits.

Marissa can be contacted at:
Ext: 3014

Diane Gasparatos headshotDiane Gasparatos

Program Assistant
Diane provides processing enrollment of faculty and special staff into the retirement system. She serves as a liaison to the State Department of Personnel on various benefits issues and also provides customer service.

Diane can be contacted at:
Ext. 4395

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity

Barbara Milton headshotBarbara Milton

Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity.
Barbara is responsible for the overall direction of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity. She hears complaints of a discriminatory nature; participates in the hiring process by monitoring recruitment of faculty and staff; provides assistance to department managers on diversity issues, and monitors contract compliance. She also provides leadership for and oversight of broader diversity initiatives.

Barbara can be contacted at:
Ext. 4349

One Montclair

Aaron Shapiro, Employee Relations

Maureen Querey, Organizational Effectiveness