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Human Capital Services Directory

Our team is here to help you with all of your human capital needs.  Please explore the page below to find out what we can do for you!

HCS Organizational Chart (pdf)

Administration

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Jay Stephens
Vice President for Human Capital
532-1900

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Jennifer Smith
Program/Project Administrator
532-1874

Benefits

The Benefits unit administers K-State benefits such as Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) retirement plan, voluntary retirement and savings options, State Employee Health Plan, voluntary insurances, leave programs and more. The team provides education to employees regarding these benefits and ensures state and federal laws are adhered to. This team also designs and delivers the Live Your Best #PurpleIsProgress wellness programming to meet the holistic well-being of K-State employees. Email us at benefits@ksu.edu for questions.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments
 Amanda McDiffett

Amanda McDiffett, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director
532-1870

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
"Live Your Best" Wellness Program
Phased Retirements
Limited Health Care Bridge
Emeritus requests

 

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Stacy Divine

Stacy Divine
Human Capital Specialist
532-1873

Accident Reporting
KPERS Retirement
Workers' Compensation
University Support Staff Retirement Consultations

 

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Melissa Klein

Melissa Sanborn
Human Capital Specialist
532-1871

LinkedIn

Retirement – Board of Regents
Retirement – Voluntary Savings
Tax Sheltered Annuities
Shared Leave
Long Term Disability
Faculty/Unclassified Retirement Consultations
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R.J. Steelsmith
Human Capital Specialist
532-1872

Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Insurance
Health Insurance - GTA/GRA
Health Savings Account
Life Insurance-Optional KPERS
Life Insurance-Optional TEA
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Compensation and Organizational Effectiveness

From compensation and classification of positions to Unclassified Professionals and USS awards, Compensation and Organizational Effectiveness handles a variety of functions. In addition to reviewing position descriptions, the department processes USS employee performance reviews and ensures Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance. Compensation and Organizational Effectiveness actively partners with departments/units to ensure effective position resourcing by performing organizational analyses. The unit guides the Total Rewards study at the University—a project meant to marry the art and science of compensation. Email us at hrcomp@ksu.edu for questions.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments
 Jennifer King

Jennifer King
Assistant Director
532-6255

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

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Mylene Larson

Mylene Larson
Human Capital Specialist
532-1866

LinkedIn

Annual Position Reviews
FTE Movement
Position Descriptions
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Trenton Modean

Trenton Modean, MBA
Project Manager
532-6255

LinkedIn

 

 

Jaime Parker

Jaime Parker
Human Capital Specialist
532-6255

LinkedIn

USS Position Reviews
FLSA Determinations
Professional Staff Position Reviews
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Employee Relations & Engagement

Employee Relations & Engagement provides consulting services on employee relations matters including policies and procedures, leadership development, mediation, dispute and conflict resolution, developmental and performance coaching, team or individual engagements, and interventions. Employee Relations & Engagement also supports managers and supervisors in creating action plans to address performance and behavioral issues. In addition, the unit is involved with addressing and engaging in discussion for accommodations as it relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments

Charlotte Self

Charlotte Self
Director
532-1868

LinkedIn

Grievance and Conflict Management
Grievances, Mediate/Facilitate Dispute Resolutions, Consultation
ADA Coordinator

President
Provost 
Deans
Administrators


 William (Bill) Johnson

Bill Johnson
Associate Director
532-6229

Faculty, Unclassified ER Issues
Dispute Resolution & Grievance Assistance
Faculty Handbook Questions
Manage Exit Interview
College of Architecture, Planning and Design
College of Business Administration 
Engineering
Hale Library
Human Ecology
K-State Olathe
K-State Salina
President's Office 
Provost Office
VP Research
VP Student Life

Gina Lowe

Gina Lowe
Human Capital Specialist
532-1878

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

Employee Conflict
Grievance Assistance
USS Appeal Process
USS Peer Review Hearing

Administration and Finance
College of Agriculture
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
College of Veterinary Medicine
Global Campus
Graduate School
Recreational Services 
VP for Communications and Marketing

Resource Center and Operations

Resource Center and Operations is the payroll and transaction hub for the university. This unit provides services for all aspects of payroll, personnel transactions, records management, compliance, and operational support for HRIS, forms, HCS web pages and ImageNow. The Resource Center team can assist employees with information regarding academic year summer reserve, additional pay, College Work Study Program, direct deposit, duplicate/replacement W-2's, ad-hoc reports, forms, moving expense reimbursement, non-resident alien employment, leave accruals, payroll funding, paycheck data, and verification of employment.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments

Alma Deutsch

Alma Deutsch
Director
532-1448

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

 HRIS Processes

  • Conflict of Interest
  • Payroll Funding
  • Time and Leave
  • Queries (Ad Hoc Reports)

Oversees nonresident alien employment, taxation and compliance, records management, personnel transactions and payroll processing

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Jolene Agan
Human Capital Specialist
532-1888

LinkedIn

Transactions
Duplicate/Replacement W-2’s and 1042’s

Resource Center department listing for Departmental Liaisons

Frieda Beat

Frieda Beat
Human Capital Specialist
532-1884

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

HRIS Functional Analyst
Non-Resident Alien Employment
Tax Treaties for Non-Resident Aliens
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Becky Beckley

Becky Beckley
Human Capital Specialist
532-1893

LinkedIn

Transaction Processing for All Employees
Supplemental Paycheck Processing
Summer School Appointment Processing
Statement of Substantial Interests
United Way Deductions
Resource Center department listing for Departmental Liaisons

Anna Carroll

Anna Carroll
Accountant 
532-1898

LinkedIn

Agency Deductions
Direct Deposits
Exempt W-4 Renewals
Garnishments
K-4's & W-4's
Paycheck Adjustments
Payroll Transfers of Payments
Supplemental Paycheck Processing

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Kristi Fronce
Human Capital Specialist
532-1889

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

Supervises Transaction Processing
Time & Leave Reporting
USS Longevity Bonus
USS & Unclassified Pay Increases
Resource Center department listing for Departmental Liaisons

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Erica Graydon
Payroll Manager
532-1447

  

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Jeff Hauser
IT Support Specialist
532-1895

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

Data Requests
ImageNow Administration

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Dennis Jones
Accountant 
532-1882

Faculty Awards
Lost Paychecks
Pay Cards
Paycheck Adjustments
Payroll Transfers of Payments
Supplemental Paycheck Processing
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 Kathy Kugle

Kathy Kugle
IT Support Specialist
532-1885

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

ImageNow Administration
Technical Assistance for Forms
Webmaster for HCS pages

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Pamela Martinez
Accountant II
532-1890

  

 Mary Beth Rhoads

Mary Beth Rhoads
Human Capital Specialist
532-1891

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

LinkedIn

Transaction Processing for All Employees
Time & Leave Reporting
Sabbatical, Phased Retirements, and Adjunct Processing
Unclassified and USS Forms Training
Resource Center department listing for Departmental Liaisons
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Deena Schmelzle
Office Specialist
532-1862

LinkedIn

HCS Front Desk Support
Duplicate/Replacement W-2’s and 1042’s

 

 Pat Schwandt

Pat Schwandt
Human Capital Specialist
532-1881

LinkedIn

Transaction Processing for Hourly and Graduate Students
Unemployment
Hourly and Graduate Student Forms Training
Resource Center department listing for Departmental Liaisons

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Candy Walsh
Human Capital Specialist
532-1896

LinkedIn

NRA Employment
Student Verification
Tax Treaties for NRA 
Verification of Employment

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Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, or OIE, supports K-State's mission to promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity through fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the university community. The office provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to university faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding, and the prevention of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Email us at equity@ksu.edu for questions.

 
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Scott Jones

Acting
Director
Acting Title IX Coordinator

532-6164

 

 Aaron Sauerwein

Aaron Sauerwein
Associate Director
532-1797

 Deb Eakes

Deb Eakes
Office Specialist
532-6220

 Kati Lappi

Kati Lappi
Senior Investigator
532-4787

 Cleo Magwaro

Cleopatra Magwaro
Deputy EEO Coordinator/Senior Investigator
532-4373

Labor Relations and Special Projects

Labor Relations and Special Projects is responsible for negotiations with unions representing service and maintenance employees and university police. The unit offers guidance to all employees in the interpretation of memorandums of agreement and grievance resolution over interpretations of the memorandums. Labor Relations is also responsible for the university Threat Management Team, risk assessment team, and is highly involved with the Critical Incident Response Teams (CIRT) involving both students and employees. This unit also handles special projects based upon the needs of the Division of Human Capital Services, which includes policy and procedure updates and special assignments with committees and/or individuals on specific university matters.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments

Gary Leitnaker

Gary Leitnaker
Director
532-1875

LinkedIn

Labor Relations
Conflict Management
Threat Management
Risk Assessment
Union Grievances
Memorandum of Agreement Interpretation
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Learning and Development

The Learning and Development unit supports K-State employees in a variety of ways. Learning and Development hosts a range of training offerings each year including Introduction to Supervision, Supervising Students on the Job, and Effective Stress Management. In addition, the office coordinates professional development across the university including programming such as Directors' Roundtables and new leadership transition meetings. Learning and Development staff can assist employees with information regarding LearnSmart and Fred Pryor Training Rewards accounts, both of which offer professional development to State employees at an affordable cost. Email us at learning-develop-hr@k-state.edu or visit our offerings online.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments

Shanna Legleiter

Shanna Legleiter
Director
532-0185

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified
  • Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™ Certified
  • Korn Ferry Voices® 360: Feedback & Interpretation Certified

LinkedIn

New Leadership Transition Meetings
Directors’ Roundtable Sessions
New Faculty and Unclassified Staff Orientation
Learning and Development Training Initiatives
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Samantha Roberts

Samantha Roberts
Training Support Specialist
532-1920

Training Communication and Registration
LearnSmart
FredPryor

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Talent Acquisition

Talent Acquisition's goal is to assist colleges and units in the development of search strategies that will attract a diverse pool of highly talented candidates. As K-State employees, Talent Acquisition is able to provide strategic recruitment services with an understanding of the culture and first-hand knowledge helpful to candidates who are considering joining the K-State family. The Talent Acquisition team is also responsible for the maintenance of the university applicant tracking system. Email us at kstatejobs@k-state.edu for questions.

 Areas of ExpertiseServing Departments

 Roberta Maldonado-Franzen

Roberta Maldonado-Franzen, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director
532-4391

  • Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™ Certified
  • Korn Ferry Interview Architect™ Certified
LinkedIn

Strategy and design of hiring process and procedures                           Vendor Contracts

Athletics
Presidents Office
Provost Office

Lindsey Fouquette

Lindsey Fouquette
Human Capital Specialist

LinkedIn

Social Media
Military Affairs Liaison
Recruiting Lifecycle
Division of Student Life
Administration and Finance

 Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson
Assistant Director
532-1899

Dual Career Consultation
Recruiting Lifecycle
College of Arts and Sciences
K-State Library
Human Capital Services

Rebecca Laessis

Rebecca Laessig
Human Capital Specialist
532-1676

  • Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certified
  • Qualtrics Silver Certified

Linkedin

Data Analytics Liaison
Recruiting Lifecycle
College of Architecture
College of Business
College of Engineering
Information Technology Services
Polytechnic College

Connie Pfaff-Eickhoff

Connie Pfaff-Eickhoff
Human Capital Specialist
532-1730

LinkedIn

ATS Administrator
Training lead
Recruiting Lifecycle

Veterinary Medicine
Human Ecology
International Programs

Kellie Wilson

Kellie Wilson
Human Capital Specialist
532-1603

  • Korn Ferry Interview Architect™ Certified

LinkedIn

Background Check Liaison
Recruiting Lifecycle
College of Agriculture
K-State Libraries
Graduate School
K-State Olathe
HCS
Global Campus