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Current Issue: September 22, 2003
Volume 39, Number 5

Human Resources

Service Center to host open house
Gonzales, Ribble named associate directors

By Susan A. Carkeek, Associate Vice President/ Director Human Resources

After many months of planning, the new HR Service Center is now open. Approximately 30 of our 70 staff moved to the new building, located at 1728 Lomas Blvd. N.E. in the Lobo Center.

The following functional areas are now located at the Service Center: Benefits, Compensation, Employment, Recruitment, Retirees and Temporary Services. The Main Campus Consultant Groups and administrative staff remain located at 1717 Roma and HSC HR is still housed on North Campus in HSSB.

There was a bit of confusion during the move about where our customers could find assistance. We did have a few problems with our phone lines, but all of these issues are now resolved. We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this process. If you wish to contact staff at the Service Center, you can call 277-MyHR (277-6947). You can also check the staff listing on our Web site (www.unm.edu/~hr) for email addresses and direct numbers for all of our staff.

A great deal of time and effort has gone into making HR a more client-centered organization. All of our staff deserve to be commended for their hard work. I would especially like to thank the leadership team and formally recognize them in their new roles. Our department now has two associate directors, Helen Gonzales and Lynn Ribble.

Gonzales is formerly the manager of UNM Employee and Organizational Development. She holds an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and has 22 years of experience in human resources and training. She has been with UNM for the past ten years. In addition to her responsibilities as associate director, Helen manages what is now known as Client Services. Client Services is comprised of EOD, Employee Relations and the Main Campus Consultant Groups.

Ribble still manages compensation for the entire university but has also been selected to oversee the Health Sciences Center HR Office. Lynn has more than 25 years experience in human resources in both the public and private sector. In addition to holding a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she is certified as a compensation professional and senior professional in human resources.

Both women are experts in their field and possess strong leadership qualities. Our department is fortunate to have them.

The final member of our leadership team is Mimi Swanson. Swanson is now manager of the HR Service Center. She has been an employee with UNM for the past 22 years and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree here. Swanson is very energetic and committed to providing exceptional customer service. The Service Center is in her very capable hands.

I hope many of you plan to attend the HR Service Center open house, Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will give you an opportunity to tour our new building and look behind the scenes at HR in action. If you have questions, our staff will be on hand to assist you.

Come by, meet the staff, and have some refreshments. I look forward to seeing you there.