Alphabetical Staff Listing

Laura Baril

Laura Baril

  • Administrative Aide 7, Employment Services

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Customer service and administrative support to Employment Services.
Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns

  • Manager, Staff Employment

Specialties

  • Serves as the department representative for the areas within the Office of Administration, Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement, and MTRI to collaborate for hiring needs, conflict resolution, performance management, and providing guidance on policies and procedures.
  • Provides PageUp tracking system support
  • Union Contract Administrator / Chief Negotiator
  • Lean Process Improvement Facilitator
Joanne Chalgren
"It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver."
—Mahatma Gandhi

Joanne Chalgren

  • Health & Wellness Coordinator

Specialties

  • Wellness
  • Husky Health
  • Student Insurance
  • New Employee Orientation
Tammie Fraki

Tammie Fraki

  • Benefit Specialist
Megan Goke

Megan Goke

  • Executive Assistant
Abbi Halkola

Abbi Halkola

  • Employment Services Representative
James Harden

James Harden

  • Manager, HR Information Systems
Lori Hardyniec

Lori Hardyniec

  • Office Assistant 6, Employment Services
Samantha Hayrynen

Samantha Hayrynen

  • Manager of Payroll

Renee Hiller, SPHR

  • Director, Human Resources

Specialties

  • Directs and consults on all Human Resource matters
  • Serves as the departmental representative for President’s Office to collaborate for hiring needs, departmental reorganizations and providing guidance on policies and procedures.
  • Manages and directs the Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC)
  • Promotes and implements University Human Resources strategy
  • HR policy development

About Renee

  • While not a native of the Keweenaw, Renee has grown to love the area and the small town community that Houghton has to offer.  Renee came to Michigan Tech in 2008 to fill a role in the benefits area at Michigan Tech but has come to grow in her current role as Director of Human Resources.  Renee fully enjoys helping and supporting the campus community and the relationships HR has built over the years.  When not at Michigan Tech, Renee enjoys watching her three boys in hockey, band and cross country as well as exploring the beauty of the Keweenaw.
Madeline Mercado Voelker

Madeline Mercado Voelker

  • Immigration and Visa Services Specialist

Specialties

  • Coordinate immigration services and related employment processes.
  • Oversee and process faculty and staff employment based immigration petitions (H-1B, I-140 (EB-2), I-485 faculty special handling permanent residency and TN visas)
  • Provide hiring departments with information about immigration and employment regulations affecting foreign nations; file relevant immigration petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as appropriate
  • Act as liaison between the University, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Labor (DOL) with respect to foreign nationals
  • Liaison to immigration counsel retained for immigration support
  • Fluent in Spanish
Renee Ozanich

Renee Ozanich

  • Manager, Academic Employment

Specialties

  • Facilitates hiring for faculty and postdoctoral employees in academic departments
  • Academic departmental assistance with faculty and postdoctoral re-appointments
  • Assisting academic departments and Provost’s Office on Promotion and Tenure process and all other faculty reviews
  • Guidance with academic policies and procedures
  • Provides PageUp tracking system support
  • Oversight of immigration services
  • Lean Facilitator
Michelle Reed

Michelle Reed

  • Administrative Aide 8, HRIS
Emily T'Niemi

Emily T'Niemi

  • Administrative Aide 7, Benefit Services

Specialties

  • Customer service and administrative support to Benefit Services
  • Insurance
  • Leave balances and vacation payouts
  • TRIP and EEP
  • Human Resources website maintenance