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Phone: (352) 392-4626
Fax: (352) 392-1055
Mail: PO Box 115006, Gainesville, FL 32611
Jodi Gentry
Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Services _jodi_2013 SHRM-SCP, Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Florida
B.A., Berea College, Kentucky
As assistant vice president for HRS, Jodi oversees UF Training and Organizational (UF T&OD) Development, Classification and Compensation and HRS Communications. As the former director of UF T&OD, Jodi was responsible for overseeing a comprehensive training and organizational development program, serving approximately 65,000 participants via instructor-led and online training annually. She is experienced in strategic program development and assessment. With more than 20 years of related experience, Jodi regularly serves as a change management engagement manager for high-level institutional changes and routinely speaks to local, regional, and national groups about teamwork, management and leadership, and communication strategies.
Bob Parks
Director, UF Training and Organizational Development bob_parks2 Ph.D., Religious Studies, Boston University
Master of Divinity, Yale University
B.A., Northwestern University
As director of Training & Organizational Development (T&OD), Dr. Parks works with the T&OD team to create a significant competitive advantage for UF through great leadership, team effectiveness and individual employee excellence. He has worked at UF as a trainer and OD consultant for more than ten years. Before joining UF, he taught or trained in both university and corporate environments for more than five years. In his current role, Dr. Parks facilitates several of UF’s Leadership Development programs as well as courses in the Managing at UF certification program. He also provides strategic planning and other organizational development services to departments and work units across campus. He has lived in Chicago, Jacksonville, New Haven, Providence and Boston—and now lives in Gainesville with his wife, son and daughter.
Scott BladesAssistant Director, UF Training and Organizational Development M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida College of Education
B.A., Secondary Education English, La Salle University
As assistant director of Training and Organizational Development, Scott brings over 15 years of teaching, educational technology, instructional design, and multimedia production experience to his role. Prior to joining T&OD, Scott served as the coordinator of instructional design for UF’s College of Pharmacy for five years. As the chair of UF’s Collaborative Software Committee, he led the campus-wide effort to select and implement Elluminate Live, a virtual classroom application. Scott has also worked in the corporate world as an instructional designer, most notably for Regeneration Technologies Inc. in Alachua. Scott began his career teaching high school English for three years in Pennsylvania.
Irma Alvarez irma_1 M.B.A., Human Resources, George Washington University
B.A., Economics and French, Wellesley College
Irma recently returned to HRS to support the Training and Organizational Development team as facilitator and trainer. Her human resources experience includes ten years as a generalist with involvement in recruitment, compensation, benefits and training. Irma moved to Gainesville from Washington, DC where she was employed by the Meridian International Center, Unisys Corporation and the Inter-American Development Bank. She first joined HRS in 1993 as a member of the Employee Relations staff at both the IFAS and PPD Satellite Offices. Irma is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the Board of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra.
Tricia Bachus tricia B.S., Graphic Design, University of Florida

Tricia is Senior Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist for the T&OD team. She has experience in strategic planning and assessment, organizational and team development, and leadership strategies. With more than 30 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, she recently moved back to Gainesville after being gone for eight years to work as an executive for a national youth development organization.

She has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, and Philadelphia. Tricia has successfully launched two children who are confident, joyful, and well-adjusted adults.

Gwynn Cadwallader /wp-content/uploads/2013/10/tricia.jpg M.S. Ed., Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
B.A., Theatrical Design, New Mexico State University
Gwynn is the Training Manager for Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) and she brings experience in instructional design, facilitation, evaluation and graphic design to the role. Through her corporation, she has worked in industry and education producing products for K-12 education, a natural health certification exam, Bike Florida, and several county and state organizations. With a deep passion for creating learner-centered professional development, she works to established systematic processes to ensure implementation of best practices.Gwynn loves to hike in mountains of her native state, New Mexico. She is involved with local natural health groups, Buchholz Band and enjoys running and biking on the beautiful Hawthorne trail.
Jamie Cooke /wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jamie.jpg B.A., Sociology, University of Florida
A.A., Brevard Community College, Florida
Jamie’s role on the Training and Development team focuses on compliance training on campus. In this role, Jamie is a contact for identifying how best to track compliance training, conducted by various UF providers, in the myUFL system to provide comprehensive employee training records. Prior to joining T&OD, Jamie was an Airport Customer Service Representative for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in Gainesville. In addition to being responsible for ticketing, gate operations and ground security, she was also a member of ASA’s City Development Team. Jamie grew up on Florida’s Space Coast, but now calls Gainesville home. As a recent graduate of UF, she spends her free time cheering on the Florida Gators and enjoying all the cultural opportunities that are offered in the local area.
Leah Egezeino /wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jamie.jpg B.A., Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University

Leah is the Program Assistant for Training & Organizational Development. In this role Leah is the primary customer service representative, facilitates training room set up/cleanup for the department, and organizes all instructional materials for classes/specialized visits. Alongside her colleagues, she manages the myTraining system and provides technical support for the university’s faculty and staff. Prior to joining T&OD she worked for the parks and recreation system for six years. Her experience ranges from fiscal reconciliation, to event planning, and organization of programs.

Nikki Lyons /wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jamie.jpg M.A., Instructional Technology, University of Northern Iowa
M.Ed., B.S, Early Childhood Education, Albany State University
Nikki is an Instructional Designer for the Training & Organizational Development team. Prior to joining T&OD, she assisted with teaching Educational Technology to teacher candidates at the University of Northern Iowa. Nikki has taught Science and Social Studies to students in K-8 settings, and spent time facilitating leadership and career exploration programming to youth across the United States. She has experience with professional development and curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. She has participated in research focused on strategies and best practices for designing instruction, integrating technology while creating engaging learning environments, and the ways students use technology for education and entertainment.
Ronda Mitchell _ronda M.Ed., University of North Florida
B.A., Liberal Studies, Thomas Edison State College
With more than 12 years of technology and professional development training experience, Ronda is an accomplished trainer in the arena of higher education with a passion for educational technology and distance learning development. Ronda works with the elearning program, assists with organizational and professional development initiatives throughout campus, and facilitates several instructor-led courses on leadership and communication. Ronda lives in the Alachua area with her husband and two young sons.
Courtney Moon moon_courtney B.A., History, University of Florida

Courtney is a professional skills trainer for the Training and Organizational Development team. In her role, she is responsible for the development and facilitation of business communication and management skills training. Courtney also serves as an organizational development consultant, is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People instructor.

Prior to joining T&OD, she was a human resource manager with a Fortune 500 company. Courtney is a native Floridian and alumna of the University of Florida.

Shay Potts edited photo B.S., Agricultural Education and Communication – Communication & Leadership Development

Shay is an Instructional Designer on the Training and Organizational Development team. She has experience in the area of academic course production, and prior to joining T&OD was an instructional designer in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences as well as a central instructional design unit on campus.  In this role, Shay developed distance education courses for nearly all of UF’s colleges. In addition to academic course development, Shay has experience in the area of training and professional development and has developed trainings for faculty and staff at the University of Florida.

Currently, Shay is continuing her education in the pursuit of a Master’s of Science in Leadership Development.

Steve Slater


B.S., Agricultural Education and Communication – Communication & Leadership Development

As the Grants Training Manager for T&OD, Steve Slater is responsible for training all aspects of the grants lifecycle. An instructional designer with more than 12 years of experience, Steve has planned, written and produced computer-based and classroom instruction covering a wide variety of subjects.

Steve worked for eight years as an instructional designer at Sage Software, creating training for Medical Practice Management and Electronic Health Records software. He also served for five years at LearnitCorp, a company that was the official provider of interactive training for Microsoft Press. Finally, Steve has more than 10 years of experience as a video producer.

Kenya Williams _kenya

A.A., Business Administration

Kenya currently is our education/awards coordinator. She joined Training and Organizational Development in the summer of 2009.  In this role, Kenya coordinates the employee educational benefits including Higher Education Opportunity Scholarship, Employee Education Program, and many of the employee awards programs managed by HRS.

Kenya has spent ten years of her career focused on benefits and brings a wealth of HR knowledge and diversity to the team. She is currently enrolled at Santa Fe College in the Organizational Management bachelor’s degree program. Kenya is a Gainesville native and lives here with her daughter.

Subject Matter Experts

Business Affairs


Sherry Adams, Accounting Coordinator 3, Asset Management

Duane Bowman, Accounting Coordinator, Asset Management/Property Services
Dianna Covington, Accounting Coordinator 3, Disbursement
Lisa Deal, Director, Purchasing
not_available Karen Frank, Associate Director, Purchasing
not_available Tammy Frost, Accounting Coordinator 3, Disbursements
not_available Karen Gillespie, Administrative Assistant, Treasury Management
Ted Griswold, Assistant Controller, General Accounting
Mike McKee, Vice President and CFO
Elnora Mitchell, Assistant Director, Institutional Equity and Diversity
Karen Olitsky, Account Coordinator, UF Purchasing
Linda Orfield, Assistant Controller, University Payroll Services
Renato Squindo, Senior Administrative Assistant, Treasury Management
not_available Steve Thomas, Finance and Accounting 
not_available Brett Wallen, Senior Administrative Assistant, UF Travel Office
not_available Maxine Word, IT Expert, Treasury Management

Human Resource Services

not_available Curtis Bryant, Academic Personnel
Dr. Kevin Clarke, Assistant Director, Human Resources
Monica Cueller, Coordinator, Recruitment and Staffing
Melissa Curry, Director, Recruitment and Staffing
not_available Kim Baxley, Director, Employee Relations
not_available Brent Goodman, Associate Director, Classification and Compensation
not_available Jessica Gravano, Coordinator, Recruitment and Staffing
not_available Lisa Hodges, Assistant Director, Benefits
kegley Eric Kegley, Coordinator, University Retirement
malphurs Janet Malphurs, Assistant Director, Academic Personnel
not_available Brook Mercier, Associate Director, Employee Relations
Gloria Penrod, HR Representative, Workers’ Compensation
not_available Christina Perez, Health Science Center Satellite
Don Stevenson, Coordinator, University Benefits
not_available Susan Studstill, Immigration Compliance Services
not_available John SunAssistant Director, Recruitment and Staffing
Katie Wilson, Academic Personnel

Other Departments

Debra Anderson, Coordinator, International Center
not_available Martine Angrand, Associate Director, International Student Services
not_available Rimjhim Banerjee, Associate Director, Research Programs and Services-Graduate School
Sheri Austin, Assistant Vice President, Budget & Finance, Office of the Vice President and CFO
not_available Susan Blair, Director, UF Privacy Office
Karen Bradley, Associate Director, Graduate School
not_available Kat Carter-Finn, Campus Team, Contracts and Grants
Beree Darby, Employee Assistance Program
Candice DeBose-Tyson, Document Preparation Specialist, International Center
Margann Enholm, Coordinator, Student Records-Graduate School
Lauren-Hannahs Lauren Hannahs, Director, LGBT Affairs
Donna Kolb, Assistant Director, Office of Student Financial Affairs
not_available Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Tonya Lewis, Engineering, Contracts and Grants
marlin Derrius Marlin, IT Security Engineer, Computing and Networking Services
not_available Helda Montero, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program
not_available Wantanisha Morant, Student Employment Coordinator, Student Financial Affairs
not_available Stephanie Nielsen, Budget Coordinator II, Office of CFO
not_available Everall A. Peele, Coordinator, UF Privacy Office
not_available Victoria Peprah-Asante, Accounting Coordinator 3, Payroll and Tax Services
not_available Ethel Porras, Document Preparation Specialist, International Center
preston Beckie Preston, Office of the Registrar
not_available Monica Santos, Student Employment Coordinator
Tiffany Schmidt, Assoc Director, Contracts and Grants
Brian Sevier, Assoc Director, UF/SHANDS Cancer Center, Clinical Trials Office
not_available Renato Squindo, Payment Card Coordinator, Treasury Management
not_available Evelyn Straka, Director, Exchange Visitor Services and Exchange Coordinator for UF International Center
Barbara Welsch, PhD., Employee Assistance Program
not_available Colin K. Yokomi, Assistant Registrar, Course Scheduling and Curriculum
not_available Cheri Zdziarski, Scholarships Coordinator, Student Financial Affairs

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