Meet the Human Resources Team

Dana Nagengast, SHRM-SCP

Dana Nagengast, SHRM-SCP

Assistant Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP-CHRO)Kingston

  • Advise and collaborate with college leadership to achieve college and department goals that support the College’s strategic initiatives.
  • Strategically lead the Human Resources team in addition to providing operational oversight for recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relations, HRIS/payroll processing, policy administration, professional and organizational development, along with all other HR related areas.
  • Serve as a point of contact for supervisors pertaining to employee relations matters.
  • Act as the College’s Affirmative Action Officer.
  • Lead and manage the College’s annual wage and salary increase program, including partnering with the Office of Financial Affairs.
Patrice Siffert, SHRM-SCP

Patrice Siffert, SHRM-SCP

Associate Director for Human ResourcesKingston

  • Partner with the Sr. Director for Human Resources to oversee recruitment, onboarding, and retention of faculty.
  • Oversee Leave administration, which includes medical, family, and workers’ compensation matters.
  • Serve as the liaison with The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) regarding benefits administration, questions, and issue resolution for faculty and staff.
  • Oversee the annual service award program and other HR services for the College.
  • Schedule and conduct new hire orientation.
Catharyne Magro

Catharyne Magro

Human Resources CoordinatorKingston

  • Provide administrative support to the Office of Human Resources for staff pre-employment actions, on-boarding and off-boarding.
  • Manages student hiring and onboarding process for student hires.
  • Oversee all HR records management and provide other administrative support for HR.
  • 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 requests for faculty, staff, and student employees.
Nidia Rivera

Nidia Rivera

Recruiter & HR GeneralistKingston

  • Partner with the Sr. Director for Human Resources and hiring managers to oversee recruitment, on-boarding and off-boarding, and retention of staff.
  • Collaborate with hiring managers to provide guidance on recruitment, such as posting jobs, candidate interviews, extending offers and initiating the background check process.
  • Support the Dependent Scholarship Program administration, coordination, and communication.
  • Manage the Authorized Driver program for the College.
José Barajas

José Barajas

HR Analyst & AdministratorKingston

  • Manage payroll administration for faculty, staff and student workers
  • 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 with the 2022-23 Staff Remote Work program .
Haley Phillips

Haley Phillips

Assistant Director for Special Projects (part-time)Offices of the Chief Operating Officer and Human ResourcesKingston

  • Partner with the VP/COO to manage special projects and initiatives
  • Partner with VP/COO and HR Director in drafting policies and communications
  • Provide HR support including recruitment, employee relations and compliance
  • Collaborate with HR team on strategic projects