Meet the Human Resources Team

Joanna Hernandez

Senior Director for Human Resources

  • Provide consultation and advice to the College’s management, staff and faculty regarding human resources policies and procedures and serves as the primary contact for all employee relations
  • Lead and direct the daily operations of Human Resource services for recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relations, HRIS/Payroll, policy administration, and professional and organizational development that support the College’s strategic goals
  • Serve as the College’s Affirmative Action Officer and monitor the College’s Affirmative Action Plans
  • Lead human resource initiatives and human resource services for the College
  • Serve as point-of-contact for compensation reporting, analysis and administration, including job descriptions and market research
  • Serves as point of contact for workers’ compensation matters

Patrice Siffert, SHRM-CP

Associate Director for Human Resources 

  • Partner with the Director for Human Resources to oversee recruitment, onboarding, and retention of staff
  • Collaborate with hiring managers to provide guidance on recruitment, job postings for exempt and non-exempt positions, facilitate onboarding for faculty and staff and process-related employment changes for all existing faculty and staff
  • Oversee administration of HR performance management
  • Serve as the liaison with The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) regarding benefits administration, questions and issue resolution for faculty and staff
  • Oversee the annual College service award program and other HR services for the College

Anu Jindal

HR Payroll Specialist

  • Support the Dependent Scholarship Program administration, coordination, and communication
  • Provide HR business support and analysis for annual business reporting
  • Support hiring processes for student employees and summer research hires
  • Provide administrative support to the Office of Human Resources with employment, such as posting jobs, coordinating job advertisements, candidate interviews, offer letters, and orientation/onboarding
  • Oversee all HR records management and provide other administrative support for HR
  • Provide assistance in processing verification of employment requests for faculty, staff and student employees

José Barajas

HR Analyst & Administrator

  • Provide a broad range of support related to compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relations, HRIS, payroll, policy administration, training and development and special projects
  • Collect and interpret data for HR and compensation surveys and partner with members of HR and the Office of Financial Affairs to perform data analysis
  • Coordinate the design, configuration, implementation, communication, maintenance and administration in support of HR strategy
  • Administer COVID related initiatives related to policies, communication and tracking of vaccines and testing
  • Support Staff Pilot Remote Work program monthly attestation and tracking

Haley Phillips

Recruiter & HR Generalist

  • Partner with hiring managers to provide guidance and support through recruitment and onboarding of new staff
  • Manage the full-cycle recruitment process for staff
  • Coordinate, administer, and support HR recruiting and retention programs and initiatives
  • Facilitate employment through proactive recruitment which includes posting and advertising jobs, conducting interviews, onboarding, and processing new hires within Workday
  • Support student employment hiring needs

Catharyne Magro

Human Resources Coordinator

  • Coordinate internal and external HR meetings/appointments and respond to HR-related queries and/or requests
  • Provide administrative support for HR such as maintaining and updating employee records through the human resource information system (HRIS)
  • Complete background checks and employment verification
  • Assist with student employment programs