Office of the Senior Vice President

Felicia Washington, Senior Vice President
Stacy Giwa, Vice President, Ethics and Compliance
Michael Blanton, Vice President, Professionalism and Ethics
Timothy Bessolo, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Projects
Kelly Moy, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Projects
Marisol Marks, Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications
Catherine Spear, Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Louis Gutierrez, Vice President, Client Services and Employee Relations
Derek Reisinger, Associate Vice President, HR Operations and Information Systems
Jennifer Dietrich, Special Assistant
Janine Braun, Special Project Manager
Carolina Marquez, Executive Administrative Manager
Christine Dennis, Administrative Assistant

Human Resources Administration

Human Resources Administration is responsible for the HR Service Center, Compensation, and Absence Management (medical leaves and other leave coordination). HRA oversees compliance with employment law and regulations related to university employees, and advises on matters of employment policy. HRA also oversees USC’s background screening program.


Mei Tse, Assistant Director
Mirna Diaz, Senior HR Business Partner
Dawn Thompson, Director, Compensation
Shamae Smith, Background Clearance Manager
Sara Padilla-Casillas, Manager, HR Innovations and Solutions

Human Resources Information Systems

Human Resources Information Systems provides functional and technical support to HR systems including Workday and TrojanLearn.


Peter Fennema, Director

Talent Acquisition

Talent Acquisition provides recruiting oversight and consultation.


Maryam Samiyi, Director of Talent Acquisition

Employee Engagement and Communications

Employee Engagement and Communications oversees the Employee Gateway, employee video, web and email communications, employee engagement initiatives including surveys, award programs and events, and university policy, as well as HR communications.


Deb Bell-Versluis, Senior Director, Communications and Web Presence
Candice Lawson, Senior Manager, User Experience and Web Presence

Training and Development

Training and Development oversees mandated training and professional development opportunities, primarily via TrojanLearn.


David Davis, Learning Manager

Benefits Administration

Benefits administers all employee benefit and retirement plans, as well as overseeing disability and workers’ compensation. Benefits staff also offer counseling and benefits enrollment assistance.


Awilda Bregand, Executive Director
Lupe Del Rio, Director, Workers’ Compensation and Disability

Retirement Plan Administration

Retirement Plan Administration oversees the university’s retirement plans in regard to compliance with federal regulations and plan document provisions, manages retirement investment company relationships, and coordinates participant education.


Debra Fabanish, Director

Workforce Analytics


Dillon Balthaser, Manager

Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL)

The Center provides a wide variety of services, including free and confidential counseling, to help employees maintain a balance between their professional and personal lives. The Center also offers management and departmental consultation to faculty and staff.


Lara Hilton, Director of Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL)