About Our Staff
Curtis Powell - Vice President
The Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for the overall management and direction of human resource programs and functions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute including short and long-term strategies to attract, develop, and retain a highly qualified workforce required to accomplish the mission of the institution. The position serves as a human resource consultant to the President and members of the President's Executive Cabinet and participates in strategic planning and decision making for the institution and all subsidiaries.
Manish Arha - Radiation Safety Officer, EH&S
The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the oversight of Rensselaer's radiation safety programs. The RSO ensures that all activities involving radioactive materials are performed in accordance with approved policies and Federal and the State of New York regulatory requirements. The RSO implements inspections, monitoring, and compliance protocols to ensure Rensselaer's working, living, learning and community environments are managed, inspected and audited in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulatory requirements and protocols. The RSO is expected to implement a comprehensive Emergency Plan to include corrective actions and is the secretary of the Institute-wide Radiation and Nuclear Safety Committee.
Jennifer Austen - Operations Specialist, Employment
The Operations Specialist provides administrative and operational support to Rensselaer’s employment program for faculty and staff. The employment processes include, but are not limited to, faculty and staff recruitment, pre-employment assessments, on boarding, work authorization, re-appointments and extensions for Regular, Fixed Term and Temporary employees. The incumbent also provides administrative and operational support for petitions for immigrant and non-immigrant work visas for Rensselaer’s faculty and staff.
Anne Bilynsky - Director, Compensation and Employment
The Director of Compensation and Employment is responsible for Institute-wide Employment, Performance Management and Faculty and Staff Compensation programs. The Director is expected to oversee the day-to-day planning, organizing, directing, staffing and supervising staff in the functional areas of Employment and Compensation. The incumbent in this position reports to the Vice President of Human Resources.
Annette Chism - Director, EH&S
The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for development and implementation of comprehensive short and long range strategies for the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and to provide direction to both the professional and support staff that are acclimated and trained to provide a professional, service-oriented environmental, health and safety department. The Director is also responsible for the design, coordination, management, oversight and implementation of a comprehensive environmental, health and safety management program and fosters Institute-wide partnerships and engages faculty and staff as well as the external community, to educate and improve awareness of Rensselaer’s health and environmental safety programs.
Judy Corbett - Safety Specialist, EH&S
The Safety Specialist is a professional level position whose duties and responsibilities include providing technical expertise to effectively minimize occupational illness and injuries, establishing and maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements and applicable industry standards to reduce Environmental Health and Safety related risks. The Safety Specialist supports and coordinates programs and activities with respect to the safety and environmental services at Rensselaer. The Safety Specialist reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Elias Cox - Associate HR Specialist - Recruiter
As an Associate HR Specialist, the Recruiter will assist the Manager of Employment Operations in the planning, development and implementation of recruitment and staffing strategies, with special emphasis on a well-qualified and diverse pool of candidates. The Associate HR Specialist will participate in the establishment, cultivation and maintenance of ongoing relationships with hiring managers in order to understand the business unit and position requirements.
Lizette Degro - Operations Specialist, Human Resources Information Systems
The Operations Specialist provides operational support to the Division of Human Resources by ensuring the timely and accurate processing of a wide variety of human resources related transactions and records. The Operations Specialist responds to human resources related inquiries from faculty, staff, applicants and others, as well as assists in the creation and maintenance of employment records.
Jill DeJoode - Operations Specialist, EH&S
The Operations Specialist position is intended to relieve the EH&S staff of all administrative, clerical and secretarial responsibilities and serves as primary operational support for Environmental Health & Safety. This includes the maintenance of multiple computer-based compliance systems, the coordination and tracking of EH&S office expenditures and budget reporting, detailed records management, making travel arrangements, preparing regularly scheduled and/or special reports, assisting with the management of life safety, chemical safety and biological safety programs, such as fire drills, fire inspections and laboratory inspections and handling and triaging EH&S inquiries from both internal and external customers The Operations Specialist reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Will Fahey - Manager of Professional and Organizational Development
The Manager of Professional and Organizational Development is responsible for day-to-day administration and planning for the Professional and Organizational Development function. The Manager is responsible for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive professional development and training program. The Manager will consult and partner with the HR Leadership Team to identify key training and development needs of the Institute. In addition, the Manager is responsible for identifying training needs of the Institute, in consultation with executives, management and staff and developing training programs to meet those needs. The Manager will assist the Director, Employee Relations and Diversity in developing sound strategies for organizational development, training, and employee relations.
Philip Glackin - Senior HR Specialist, Retirement
The Senior HR Specialist is responsible for the administration of Rensselaer's Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution retirement plans. This involves processing and auditing retirement contributions, counseling employees and retirees, and using technology to improve related workflow. The incumbent assists the Director in ensuring that the health, welfare and retirement programs are equitable and competitive for a diverse population of employees and retirees. The incumbent works with external retirement vendors and actuaries to develop communication campaigns to keep employees and retirees informed of regulatory changes and other information related to the Retirement and Benefits programs at Rensselaer.
Larry Hardy - Director, Employee Relations and Diversity
The Director, Employee Relations and Diversity assists the Vice President of Human Resources in developing and implementing strategic initiatives for the Division of Human Resources. The Director is expected to oversee the day-to-day planning, organizing, directing, staffing and supervising staff in the functional areas of Employee Relations, the Hartford Campus and Professional Development for faculty and staff.
Amy Hudson - Business Support Analyst, HRIS
The Business Support Analyst is responsible for the technical support of the information system central to all of the human resource functions. The incumbent serves as the technical liaison between the HRIS Coordinator and Integrated Administrative Computing Solutions (IACS). Direction and priorities will be established by HR Management in partnership with IACS to ensure following the protocols of IACS, but the incumbent will be responsible for communicating those directions and priorities with IACS. The incumbent is responsible for facilitating the improvement of existing approaches to administrative tasks and enabling the HRIS Coordinator to ensure that the tasks are completed on a routine basis. The incumbent is also responsible for the coordination of HR projects with IACS.
Sheena Masterson - Operations Associate, Human Resources
The Operations Associate is responsible for making sure that guests and callers are acknowledged, directed and assisted promptly, courteously, efficiently and with the appropriate discretion. Additionally, the Operations Associate is responsible for executing Records Management duties, to ensure that HR files are maintained in accordance with all applicable laws and to allow for efficient retrieval of required information.
Kathy McNamara - Manager, Employment Operations
The Manager of Employment Operations is responsible for developing, recommending and implementing recruitment plans, policies and processes that align with Rensselaer strategies, as well as assessing technology and incorporating best practices. Personally or through subordinate staff, the Manager of Employment Operations works with managers to identify current and future manpower needs and also will screen, interview and counsel internal and external candidates concerning qualifications and careers. The incumbent serves as Rensselaer’s representative at agencies, universities, fairs, and other functions.
Magaly Montenegro Martinez - Associate Safety Specialist, EH&S
The Associate Safety Specialist is a professional level position and the duties and responsibilities include assisting with providing the effective management of: environmental compliance, hazardous material handling & disposal, the implementation of the University’s Chemical Hygiene and Biological Safety Program Plans and Procedures, the implementation of periodic audits of the chemical and biological laboratory facilities, the investigation of laboratory and hazardous materials incidents, laboratory safety, responding to incidents and emergencies and developing and delivering safety training for laboratory and compliance programs. The Associate Safety Specialist reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Louis Padula - Director, Benefits & Retirement, and Human Resource Information Systems
The Director of Benefits & Retirement and Human Resource Information Systems is responsible for developing, recommending, implementing and maintaining Rensselaer's Faculty and Staff Health and Welfare programs. The incumbent is expected to ensure that all Health and Welfare programs are equitable and competitive for a diverse workforce. Also, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing and administering the Institute's retirement and pension programs as well as retiree relations. This position reports Vice President of Human Resources for strategic initiatives.
Jacquelyn Turner - Deputy to the Vice President
Oversees and coordinates the Division of Human Resources’ Office Operations which include financial management, Performance Plan initiative tracking and reporting, Divisional event coordination and planning , supervision of support staff, and assist the Vice President for Human Resources with strategic planning and communication. The Deputy to the Vice President must plan, organize and establish divisional project priorities as well as interact with internal and external customers on behalf of the Vice President to ensure customer service and service delivery by Division staff. The incumbent reports to the Vice President of Human Resources and must exercise a high degree of independent judgment, confidentiality and discretion in performing work tasks.
Angela Vasilakos - Business Coordinator, Human Resources
The Business Coordinator provides staff support for a variety of business functions including but not limited to financial transactions, travel accounting and procurement processes for all areas assigned within the Division of Human Resources. The incumbent assists the Deputy to the Vice President to ensure timely and accurate processing of financial transactions in accordance with Institute policies and protocols and monitoring the Division’s Operating Budget to assist in budget forecasting. In addition, the Business Coordinator will serve as back–up support to ensure that all visitors and callers receive prompt, professional and courteous attention when contacting the Division of Human Resources.