Contact List

Montclair State University
Division of Human Resources
1 Normal Avenue - Box CO 316
Montclair, N.J. 07043, USA                                 
(973) 655-5293
Fax: (973) 655-7210

Office of the Vice President 

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 

Marisol De La Paz

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources
Marisol provides secretarial support and schedules appointments and meetings for the Vice President for Human Resources. She is also responsible for all HR procurement, managerial timekeeping, office scheduling and mail distribution.


Marisol 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

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, Limited Duration, Temporary Service, 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

Office of Employee Relations

Gilbert Rivera headshotGilbert Rivera

Associate Vice President for Human Resources
The AVP for Human Resources is responsible for overseeing the administration of Payroll/Benefits, Employee Relations and Staffing. In addition, the AVP for Human Resources is also is responsible for the overall management of programs, policies and procedures as well as negotiations, contract administration and dispute resolution. 

Gilbert can be contacted at:
Ext. 5317

Lynarkah Stephen headshotLynarkah Stephen

Assistant Director of Staffing and Employee Relations
Lynarkah is responsible for tasks related to the operation , coordination, administration and maintenance of Human Resources projects related to Civil Service procedures, the labor-management process, staffing, coordination of the PAR process, management of the Human Resources website and serves as the vendor and IT liaison.

Lynarkah can be contacted at:
Ext. 4498

Marc Semler headshotMarc Semler

HR Systems Administrator
Marc maintains the Human Resource System database, audits information for accuracy, provides information to Information Technology for the on-line directory (updated nightly), and provides HR information to the University administration, federal and state agencies, unions, etc. He also oversees the Web for Employees product.

Marc can be contacted at:
Ext. 4055

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

Karen Brack

Human Resources Coordinator
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

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

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


Office of 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

David Houlihan

Associate Director of Payroll Services
David is responsible for supporting the Director of Employee Services for Payroll and benefits in the management of HRS/Payroll and the supervision of payroll staff. He serves as liaison between the Payroll Department and other University departments and ensures the processing of biweekly/supplemental payroll, retirement plans and other payroll matters.

David can be contacted at:
Ext. 3238

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


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


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


Betty Paulino

Benefits Representative
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


Office of 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

James Lopes, Talent Acquisition
Ext. 3237

Mitch Albala, HRIS
Ext. 3237

Nadige Joseph, Talent Acquisition
Ext. 3536

Cristhina Barrera, Benefits
Ext. 4394

Brittany Gannon, HRIS
Ext. 5324

Sheri Cheatham, Payroll Services

Lorie Friedman, Payroll Services

Aaron Shapiro, Employee Relations

Marissa Ekbank, Benefits