HR Staff

The UA Little Rock HR Team is prepared to assist you in the areas of employee benefits, recruiting, policies and procedures, performance management, and much more.

Main Phone Number: 501-569-3180
Main Fax Number: 501-569-3181

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Campus Location
The Department of Human Resources Office is located in University Services Building (US-B) 100, across from the tennis courts.

U.S. Mailing Address: 2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204


Contact an HR Team Member


Leadership

Dr. Charles Azebeokhai
Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), ADA/504 Coordinator

Dr. Azebeokhai, better known as “Dr. Charles”, is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Dr. Charles, is responsible for overseeing a broad range of activities including employee benefits, recruitment (faculty and staff), employee relations, personnel policy interpretation, training and development, and the overall operations of the department. Dr. Charles provides guidance regarding disciplinary procedures, oversees the departmental budget, and ensures compliance with state and federal employment laws. Email Dr. Charles at icazebeokhai@ualr.edu.


Administration

Karen Banks
HR Administrative Coordinator

Karen is responsible for providing customer service support to visitors, students, and employees. Karen also provides support to the CHRO, processes new hire packets and all tuition waivers for the university. Email Karen at kfbanks@ualr.edu.


Benefits

Debra Simpson-Webster
Associate Director of Benefits

As the Associate Director of Benefits, Debra is responsible for the day-to-day administration of employee benefits  and compensation, and serves as the UA  Wellness Program liaison. Debra administers employee benefits programs, such as, the medical ,dental, and vision plans; life insurance plans, 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans,  and defined benefit retirement plans;; long-term disability, flexible spending programs, and voluntary products.  Debra also handles retiree benefits and processes death insurance claims.  Debra responds to benefit inquiries and complaints to ensure quick and courteous resolutions.  Email Debra at dasimpson@ualr.edu

Cynthia Evans
Benefits Specialist

Cynthia is responsible for the accounting duties of benefits . This includes payments for retirement plans, flexible spending, voluntary products, and UA System benefit payments. Cynthia processes COBRA for new and terminating employees, reconciles monthly enrollment for health, dental and vision insurance, and assists the Associate Director as needed with completion of required reports. Email Cynthia at cgevans@ualr.edu.

Sequoya Virgies
Benefits Specialist

Sequoya assists employees and retirees with daily customer service and conducts new employee benefits orientation. Sequoya processes employee benefits applications with vendors and is responsible for biographical changes and updates. Sequoya also assists the Associate Director as needed with completion of required reports. Email Sequoya at stvirgies@ualr.edu.


Employee Relations

Cynthia Mayhan
Employee Relations Manager/Leave Administrator, EEO Officer, ADA Coordinator

Cynthia supports UA Little Rock employees by providing guidance on leave of absence options, the grievance and complaint process, facilitating and mediating conflict resolutions, assisting with Worker’s Compensation benefits and ADA accommodations, and ensures business practices comply with state and federal employment laws.  Email Cynthia at crmayhan@ualr.edu.


IT Services (HR)

Sylvester Cartwright
Programmer Analyst

Sylvester supports the efforts of the Department of Human Resources by facilitating the collection, analysis and interpretation of institutional data. Sylvester is responsible for troubleshooting and problem solving to resolve hardware and software problems and maintaining the HR website. Email Sylvester at secartwright@ualr.edu.


Personnel

Michele Curd
Associate Director of Personnel/HRIS

Michele is the Associate Director of Personnel and HRIS.  Michele oversees personnel matters, such as, onboarding, E/PAFs, ensures classification and compensation comply with state guidelines, submits legislative reports, monitors employment authorizations, supervises the record retention program, and directs the daily activities of the Personnel area.  Michele provides guidance on performance management and disciplinary procedures.  Email Michele at rmcurd@ualr.edu

Mary Tillman
Employee Services Coordinator

Mary manages a variety of employment related services, such as, processing E/PAFs, classified performance evaluations, employment verifications, proof of prior service, concurrent employment, unemployment claims/hearings, and conducts training sessions.  Mary also assists the Associate Director with daily operations.  Email Mary at mjtillman@ualr.edu.

Doniece Allen
Record Retention Specialist

Doniece is responsible for ensuring the integrity, accuracy and safekeeping of hard copy files and electronic data by coordinating storage, retrieval usage, and records retention activities. Doniece performs various personnel tasks and front office support to visitors, students, and employees. Email Doniece at dxallen3@ualr.edu.

Lewis Howell
Human Resources Specialist

Lewis is responsible for a variety of employment related services such as, processing E/PAFs, all Banner access forms, proof of prior service, concurrent employment, and
employment verifications. Lewis performs various personnel tasks and front office support to visitors, students, and employees. Email Lewis at ldhowell@ualr.edu


Recruitment

Ophelia Dedner
Associate Director of Recruitment/Affirmative Action Officer

Ophelia is the Associate Director for Recruitment and the Affirmative Action Officer. Ophelia oversees recruitment area by performing a wide variety of employment functions in support of the day-to-day operations of the university’s hiring processes. Ophelia directs the daily activities of recruiting, administers the talent management system (PeopleAdmin), , and provides guidance to managers on the recruitment process, search waivers, job advertisements, and related areas. Ophelia also supervises HR reception. Email Ophelia at ogdedner@ualr.edu.

Valarie Abrams
Assistant HR Manager, Recruitment

Valarie Abrams is a member of the HR Recruitment Team. Valarie has HR expertise in recruitment matters, and serves as an initial contact for assistance in job creation, job postings, and filling vacant positions by using the PeopleAdmin  talent management system. Valerie collaborates with other HR personnel to effectively meet the needs of the campus community. Email Valarie at vaabrams@ualr.edu.

Dara Goad
Assistant HR Manager, Budget/Recruitment

Dara is responsible for performing a wide variety of budget related and record maintenance tasks for the department. Dara manages the departmental budget and expenditures, and assists in the area of Recruitment by providing assistance in job creation, job postings, and filling vacant positions in the PeopleAdmin  talent management system. Email Dara at dkgoad@ualr.edu.


Training & Development

Cassandra Woods
Training and Development Manager/Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Cassandra is the training and development  manager for the university. Cassandra uses a consultative approach to support campus needs aimed at maximizing performance, including, team building, employee engagement and retention, change management, rewards and recognition, supervisory and management training, leadership coaching and development, and strategic planning and departmental development. Cassandra is also the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Email Cassandra at cxwoods1@ualr.edu.


Payroll

Contact the Payroll Department  at 501-569-3136 for any questions regarding payroll processing (direct deposit, leave balances, payroll taxes, etc.) and TimeClock Plus.