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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: Laura.Maresca@du.edu

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. 

 

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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: Ken.Pinnock@du.edu

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.

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Greg Giesen

Manager, People Development
Phone: 303-871-3307
Email: Greg.Giesen@du.edu

Background

I am the Manager of People Development. I received my undergraduate degree from Western State College and my graduate degree from Miami University of Ohio. In HR, my role is to manage the professional development opportunities for both faculty and staff. This includes organizational development (coaching, team building, conflict resolution, and team assessment). I also provide educational classes and opportunities for professional development. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, I owned and operated my own consulting firm – Greg Giesen & Associates. To date, the most rewarding aspect of my job is to be able to have an impact on the professional growth of the University employees that I work with. In my free time, I enjoy exercising and spending quality time with friends. Did you know, I once had a private one-on-one dinner with former President Carter. 

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Shannon Seales

Learning and Development Consultant
Phone: 303-871-2537
Email: Shannon.Seales@du.edu

Background

I am the Learning and Development Consultant for the University. I believe that Training and Development is one of the most important aspects of a successful organization. I received my undergraduate degree in communications from Western Michigan University and completed Training and Mediation graduate professional certifications from the University of Denver.  I am the point of contact for new employees during onboarding and for units interested in training, training needs assessment, and StrengthsFinder. I enjoy being able to meet all of the new hires and welcoming them to DU! Prior to joining the University, I was a Corporate Trainer at DISH Network and also a stay-at-home mom. When I am not training, I enjoy spending time with my family as a mother of three energetic children. Did you know? I was a foster parent and adopted one of my daughters through that experience.

 Mia Elizardi

Mia Elizardi

Performance and Career Development Consultant
Phone: 303-871-3973
Email: Mia.Elizardi@du.edu

BACKGROUND

I am the Performance and Career Development Consultant, providing internal career coaching, educational programs and classes for staff and faculty. I overseeing 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.

 Whitney Fulton

Whitney Fulton

HR Operations Specialist
Phone: 303-871-3931
Email: Lowell.Fulton@du.edu

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.

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Background

Biography coming soon

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: Lloyd.Moore@du.edu 

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.

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Elizabeth Cha

Benefits Program Manager
Phone: 303-871-3549
Email: Elizabeth.Cha@du.edu

Background

Biography coming soon.

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: Kristen.Dominguez@du.edu

Background

Biography coming soon.

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. 

Business Operations

Krista Khramov

Krista Khramov

Shared Services Analyst 
Phone: 303-871-4285
Email: Krista.Khramov@du.edu

Background

As the Billing and Accounting Coordinator, I ensure that the HR Department stays on top of DU’s fringe benefit bills. I received both my undergraduate degree and MBA from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, where I grew up. I thrive when I work hard to complete my tasks on time and goals are met. In my free time, I love being mother to my two children and German Shepherd Dog. Did you know? Before she became famous on American Idol, I went to school and was classmates with Carrie Underwood.

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Catherine Miller

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Phone: 303-871-3962
Email: Catherine.Miller@du.edu

 Whitney Lowell

Whitney Lowell

HR Operations Specialist
Phone: 303-871-3931
Email: Whitney.Lowell@du.edu

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, in collaboration with University partners, fosters an environment of equal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of educational programming and employment. The Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Title IX is responsible for ensuring compliance with the University's anti-discrimination policies and promoting full compliance with all federal, state and local discrimination laws.

 Molly Hooker

Molly Hooker

Interim Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 303-871-2302
Email: Molly.Hooker@du.edu 

BACKGROUND

 Biography coming soon.

 

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Rufina Hernández, JD

Associate Director of Equal Opportunity
Phone: 303-871-7726
Email: Rufina.Hernandez@du.edu

BACKGROUND

Rufina graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a licensed Colorado attorney. She most recently served as the Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division and has extensive experience with civil rights matters having served as the Director of the Human and Civil Rights Department of the National Education Association in Washington DC and Executive Director of the Latin American Research and Service Agency in Denver. She also has previous DU experience serving as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. She will assist the Director of the Equal Opportunity Office in ensuring equity and compliance on DU's campus.  

 

 David Anderson

David Anderson, M.Ed.

Investigator
Phone: 303-871-3931
Email: David.M.Anderson@du.edu

 BACKGROUND

David joined the Office of Equal Opportunity in 2017 as an investigator, and has a background in student conduct and diversity and inclusion. He holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University. In his free time David loves to cook, travel, and play music.

 

 Monica Reynoso

 Monica Reynoso, JD

Investigator
Phone: 303-871-3941
E-mail: Monica.Reynoso@du.edu

BACKGROUND

Monica joined the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX in 2017. She comes from the Pacific Northwest and is a licensed attorney in Washington State. Prior to coming to DU, she served as an employment attorney to the Human Resources Department of a Native American government entity. Her other professional experience includes seven years as a criminal prosecutor in both the traditional and restorative justice models and one year as a legal advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. She earned her J.D. from Syracuse University and her B.A. from Western Washington University. She enjoys being actively engaged with her community and most recently completed a term as board president for a non-profit organization committed to ending homelessness and regularly enjoyed her "other job" volunteering at a non-profit cinema serving popcorn and selling movie tickets.