Benefits Liaison Group


The Benefits Liaison Group is intended to contribute to shared governance by providing a sounding board for full discussion of issues who knows or comes to know and understands the fringe benefits offerings at Michigan Tech. It is an avenue to learn the issues and evaluate the possible options given the limited resources.


The Benefits Liaison Group's (BLG) charge is to review and evaluate the current fringe benefit package which includes but may not be limited to retirement, health/dental, and wellness.

To provide recommendations to the Vice President for Administration on fringe benefits plans to attract and retain exceptional faculty and administrative talent. The BLG will contribute in a collaborative manner that takes into account developing recommendations that will be cost effective given the University's competing resources. The recommendations must include supporting information. The BLG is encouraged to benchmark with institutions that the University competes with for talented faculty and staff. Also the BLG may consider developing surveys and creating focus groups, if appropriate. The BLG should offer several options, with costing considerations for the employee/retiree/University.


Jane Berner, Retiree (Administration Representative)

Mari Buche, Associate Professor, School of Business (Provost Representative)

Jake Guter, Facilities Architect (Senate Elect)

Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources (Human Resources Representative)

Stephen Kampe, Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering (Provost Representative)

Suzanne Morin, Controller (Appointed by Financial Services)

Byron Quinn, Manager of Finance and Planning (Administrative Representative)

Ginger Sleeman, Manager of Benefits (Human Resources Representative)

Nicholas Stevens, Senior Budget Analyst (Vice President for Research Representative)

Sam Swietz, Associate Professor, Social Sciences (Senate Elect)

Crystal Verran, Director of Operations, UMC (Staff Council Elect)