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Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Human Resources Directory

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The people of DU—faculty, staff and administrators—are the heart of this University.

DU Human Resources & Inclusive Community is here to support you in your employment and work at the University of Denver. We can answer your questions about benefits, employment, professional development and effectiveness – or point you in the right direction.

The University of Denver Department of Human Resources commits to fostering a community of inclusive excellence by providing strategic leadership and the highest service of the highest quality. 


Laura Maresca

Laura Maresca, JD, SPHR

Vice Chancellor, Human Resources & Inclusive Community
Phone: 303-871-7436
Email: [email protected]

Background

Laura Maresca was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Inclusive Community in April 2017. An alumna of DU's Sturm College of Law, Laura joined the University in 2015 as Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. She is a seasoned attorney and human resources professional who has spent her career specializing in employment law and managing, investigating and working to resolve employment conflict. Having been involved in all aspects of the employment relationship, including serving as a chief human resources officer.  

Human Resources & Inclusive Community Team

People Development

The Office of People Development provides professional development services, resources and consulting for the staff and faculty at the University of Denver. Included in these offerings are leadership & management classes, team building, workforce planning consultation, one-on-one coaching, conflict mediation and the facilitation of numerous assessments. Some of the campus-wide programs coordinated by the OPD are the Leadership Academy, the Colorado 14ers People Development Program, and the Professional Development Week. 

 

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Ken Pinnock, MS, SHRM-SCP

Director, People Development
Phone: 303-871-7511
Email: [email protected]

Background

With the increasing need to engage and retain talent within the University, the People Development group of Human Resources has really taken a leap in our efforts to ensure that employees at the University have the opportunity to access professional development tools. As the Director of People Development, I oversee this initiative and focus. My background covers all facets of HR ranging from consulting to field work to training and presenting locally, nationally and internationally. Did you know? In my free time, I am a volunteer ski instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.

 

 Mia Elizardi

Mia Elizardi

Performance and Career Development Consultant
Phone: 303-871-3973
Email: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

I am the Performance and Career Development Consultant, providing internal career coaching, educational programs and classes for staff and faculty. I oversee the performance management system with a focus on aligning performance and career development objectives. I have bachelor's degrees in Human Communication and Human and Family Development and a masters degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Diversity and Adult Learning and Conflict Resolution. I am a passionate lifelong learner, loyal to Higher Education as a first generation student and bleed crimson and gold! In my free time I enjoy building MagnaTile and Lego castles with my two incredible kids and playing in gorgeous Denver with my family. Did you know? My first job was as a nanny and I worked for 3 different professional athlete's families.   

Benefits

The Benefits Team serves as the main point of contact for all benefits related questions. The University is proud to offer a very comprehensive and competitive benefits package to all qualified employees. Benefits include tuition waiver, medical insurance, and a variety of voluntary benefits. 

 

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Lloyd Moore

Director, Benefits Compliance and Operations
Phone: 303-871-4284
Email: [email protected] 

Background

Prior to being at DU, I spent fifteen years in progressive roles in Human Resources at the Auraria Higher Education Center, followed by five years as the Assistant Director of Benefits Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  I have served on the board of the Rocky Mountain College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (Rocky Mountain CUPA-HR) and as a trustee for the Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance Trust (CHEIBA Trust) - a benefit-purchasing consortium made up of nine higher education institutions in Colorado.  I am committed to serving all members of the DU community by developing, implementing and supporting effective benefit programs that promote health & wellness and positive employee morale in alignment with the University’s missions and goals.

 

 Elizabeth Cha

Elizabeth Cha

Benefits Program Manager
Phone: 303-871-3549
Email: [email protected]u.edu

Background

Coming Soon

 

 Linzy Coffey

Linzy Coffey

Interim Wellbeing Coordinator
Phone: 303-871-3840
E-mail: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

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Compensation

Compensation is one of many factors when considering employment at an organization. Here at the University of Denver, we strive to stay competitive within the higher education market by utilizing market data from reputable sources both specific to higher education and the private sector. 

 

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Kristen Dominguez

Director of Compensation
Phone: 303-871-2851
Email: [email protected]

Background

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 Kayla Snow

Kayla Snow

Senior Compensation Analyst
Phone: 303-871-3986
E-mail: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

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Information Analysis and Technology

Increased dependency on technology and data analysis has been a trend in recent years. Here in HR, we work on ensuring that we provide the most up-to-date and accurate data in regards to our employees. In addition, we work on incorporating technology to streamline processes and become more efficient in our involvement with University employees. 

 

Shahira Qudrat

Shahira Qudrat

HRIC Project Manager
Phone: 303-871-4932
Email: [email protected]

 

 Whitney Fulton

Whitney Fulton

HR Operations Specialist
Phone: 303-871-3931
Email: [email protected]

Background

As an HR Operations Specialist, Whitney performs a range of tasks for both People Development and Human Resources in general. Among other things, he schedules, reserves spaces, and follows up on HR events, including new employee orientation. He also assists with the performance management system, and directs HR’s clients to the appropriate people and resources. 

HR Partners

The HR Partners provide support and serve as a liaison between academic units and/or non-academic divisions and Central HRIC. The HR Partners consult with and provide guidance and interpretation to divisional leadership on HR matters related to talent management (e.g., workforce planning, recruiting, on-boarding and other HR functions as necessary).

 

 Jerron Lowe

Jerron Lowe, JD, PHR

Director of HR Partners
Phone: 303-871-4238
E-mail: Jerron [email protected]

BACKGROUND

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 Sakeen Sarem Aslani

Sakeen Sarem Aslani, PHR, SHRM-CP

HR Partner
Phone: 303-871-6564
Email: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

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 Cristina Valencia

Cristina Valencia, JD

HR Partner
Phone: 303-871-3517
Email: Cristina.Valencia@du.edu

BACKGROUND

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 Craig Miller

Craig Miller, MS, SHRM-CP

HR Partner
Phone: 303-871-4314
E-mail: [email protected]

BACKGROUND

I have held various roles in higher education since 2011 and have been with the University of Denver since 2014. I joined DU as an Enrollment Manager with University College and, following my career aspirations, was able to transition to the HR side of Shared Services in 2016 where I first served as the Employment Specialist and later, as a Benefits Specialist. In 2017, I earned my MS in Strategic Human Resources (HR Operations) from University College and in addition, earned my Strategic Human Resources Management – Certified Professional credential (SHRM-CP). In 2018 I joined the Office of Human Resources and Inclusive Community as an HR Partner. I am a Colorado Native, from Aurora, and a proud first-generation college graduate (BA in Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2011). My background and experience has equipped me to bring a unique perspective to the work of the HR Partner team and the Office of Human Resources and Inclusive Community as a whole.