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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


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 Blades
Assistant Director, UF Training and Organizational Development scott_blades2     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 14 years of teaching, educational technology and instructional design 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.

Steve Slater
Grants Training Manager steve_2     B.A., Telecommunications, University of Florida

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.

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.

Kyle Cook kyle3     M.A., Instructional Design & Technology, West Virginia University
B.A., Psychology, Saint Leo University

Kyle is an Instructional Designer on the Training and Organizational Development team and is responsible for all training aspects of his assigned courses. With more than 10 years of training experience in the military and government sectors, Kyle is relatively new to the higher education training world. Prior to joining T&OD he has either trained or developed training for the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Naval Special Warfare Developmental Group, Special Operations Forces, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission and many more. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to facilitate and conduct various training activities. Kyle is a native Floridian who moved away at the age of 19 to join the Army. He and his family moved back to Florida just months before coming to work at UF.

Jamie Cooke _jamie     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.

Cynthia Mendoza cynthia2     M.A., English Literature, University of Florida
B.A., English Literature, University of Florida

Cynthia serves as the training coordinator for Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS), the first UF professional development program targeted to business administrators on campus. As part of the Training and Organizational Development team, Cynthia serves as a trainer, instructional designer, event planner and organizational development consultant in support of GBAS and related programs, including the Pro3 series. Cynthia began her career teaching at the University of Florida and has also spent time training in the corporate environment.

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.

Kenya Williams _kenya    

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 the last 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 Business Administration program. Kenya is a Gainesville native and lives here with her daughter.

Subject Matter Experts

not_available Jessica Gravano, Coordinator, Recruitment and Staffing

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   
ferrer     Jim Ferrer, Assistant Vice President, Budget & Finance, Office of the Vice President and CFO   
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, UF Controller   
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   
Kevin Clarke, HR Manager, Health Science Center   
Monica Cueller, Coordinator, Recruitment and Staffing   
Melissa Curry, Director, Recruitment and Staffing   
not_available     Kim Czaplewski, 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   
Jennifer Kingswell Johnson, Manager, Leave Administration   
malphurs     Janet Malphurs, Assistant Director, Academic Personnel   
not_available     Brook Mercier, Associate Director, Employee Relations   
not_available     Julie Neubig, Manager, University Benefits   
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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