The Division of Human Resources and Payroll may be reached by fax, mail, telephone, or by e-mailing the following staff members.
Phone: 978-632-6600, Fax #: 978-630-9559
Mount Wachusett Community College
Attn: Department of Human Resources and Payroll
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Diane Ruksnaitis, Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll/Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Leading the Department of Human Resources and Payroll, the Vice President is charged with ensuring the delivery of services in all matters relating to employee recruitment, personnel and labor relations, payroll and benefits, and professional development; strategic planning relating to, but not exclusive to, HR strategies, perspectives and trends; implementing human resource policies and programs to support college initiatives; and determining appropriate institutional actions in grievance and dispute situations. Achieving this objective the Vice President provides direction for implementing three collective bargaining agreements and the State’s system-wide Payroll plan, creates and enforces policy, and assists with the resolution of disciplinary issues or other conflicts of interest. Additional responsibilities include serving on the Massachusetts Community College Council Statewide Appeals Committee, on the CAS Joint Appeals Committee and as the Campus Coordinator for Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education as well as being an active member in the Society for Human Resource Management, the College University Professional Association, and the Southern New England College University Professional Association.
Heather Mulry, Director, Human Resources and Affirmative Action/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
The Director of HR/AA assists the Vice President of Human Resources/ Payroll Officer in the execution of all human resource activities. Overseeing the College’s recruiting activity, the Director HR/AA works to satisfy established Payroll and diversity plans. The Director HR/AA also hears formal grievances or complaints filed by employees as part of efforts to enforce terms of union contracts, personnel policies, grievance decisions, labor relations cases, and applicable state or federal laws. This work combined with research and investigative efforts intended to measure the effectiveness of college initiatives and identify training and education requirements round out the Director’s role.
Constance Helstowski, Director, Payroll and Benefits
The Director of Payroll and Benefits oversees the execution of the College payroll through the on-line payroll system. Assisting the Vice President of Human Resources and Payroll with all payroll projections, updates, and actuals. The Director of Payroll and Benefits is the primary contact for full-time employee payroll questions. In addition, the Director of Payroll and Benefits administers the benefit plans and employee leave programs (e.g., FMLA, MMLA, Worker’s Comp and Sick Leave Bank) for all full-time employees as well as organizes benefit initiatives. The Director of Payroll and Benefits is also responsible for orienting new hires, conducting exit interviews and assisting employees who are considering retirement.
Nancy Thibodeau, Staff Assistant
Provides administrative support for the Vice President of Human Resources and Payroll/Affirmative Action Officer in regards to department projects, policies, and activities and performs liaison work between the department and the internal and external community. The Staff Assistant provides a considerable degree of decision making and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the functions of the College and the department and has a working knowledge of the related collective bargaining agreements and handbooks.
Debbie Holland, Administrative Assistant I
The Administrative Assistant for Human Resources works to ensure the recruiting and hiring process satisfies all contractual and policy requirements. Responsible for receiving ad requests; creating and posting position vacancies, receiving resumes and fielding position vacancy questions, the Administrative Assistant shares responsibility for managing the automated applicant tracking system . The Administrative Assistant is also responsible for orienting part-time employees and work study students, providing employee verification, changing employees’ personal data (name, address, phone number, etc.), entering full-time attendance data and addressing questions regarding leave accruals.
Maria I. Gariepy, Human Resource Generalist
Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources/Payroll Officer, the HR Generalist is responsible for executing human resources system projects supporting a wide variety of reporting requirements and department initiatives, including policy development and enforcement measures. The HR Generalist also collaborates with the Information Systems and Services department to ensure thorough, timely and accurate data collection and interpretation. Providing survey compilation and report writing services, the HR Generalist also; performs liaison work between the department and the internal and external community, serving as the Chair of the MWCC Wellness Committee.
Tracy Sheridan, Staff Assistant/Payroll
The Staff Assistant for Payroll is the primary point of contact for all part-time employees (including adjunct faculty and work study students) with any payroll issues such as taxes, pay rates, deductions, Workers Compensation, or coding of time sheets. The Staff Assistant also performs special projects as required and maintains employee files.
Kathy Boucher, Staff Assistant/Recruitment
The Staff Assistant for Recruitment is responsible for administering the online applicant tracking system and serving as liaison to hiring managers and candidates for employment. In this capacity the Staff Assistant for Recruitment also organizes, tracks and files all supporting documentation for the recruiting process. The Staff Assistant for Recruiting also facilitates administrative support for evening hours at the College, coordinates the delivery of staff and faculty ID’s, and generates and distributes surveys and analysis of survey results measuring the feedback from professional development events.
The Information Center Staff Assistants support the College Information Center on a part-time basis, providing information to college patrons regarding time and location of college events, and act as liaisons to both the Campus Police Department and the Facilities Department. The Staff Assistants work closely with the Division of Human Resources. They register staff and faculty for training workshops, place long distance phone calls on behalf of employees, and maintain the College’s telephone directory.