Department Staff and Responsibilities

The Human Resources Department handles personnel and employment-related matters for regular, temporary, student, and short-term non-continuing employees totaling over 2,700 individuals. The staff includes 4 Classified Administrators, 3 Confidential employees and 6 Classified employees. Services provided include promoting an equitable work environment, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, evaluating, classification, compensation, employee benefits, employee health and safety, accessibility, compliance, worker's compensation reporting, professional development, absence tracking and employment verifications. Human Resources serves as liaison to other departments where personnel issues and functions cross interdepartmental lines. In addition, the Department mediates legal and personnel issues and oversees the preparation of the personnel portion of the board agenda.

Listed here are the Human Resources Department staff and their functional responsibilities. This will help you reach the appropriate person when you require specific assistance.


Gene Durand

Vice President, Human Resources
(707) 527-4860

  • Responsible for entire Human Resources function
  • Interpretation of contracts
  • Oversees compliance functions including American's with Disability Act, District Compliance and Title IX
  • All legal issues

Sarah Hopkins

Director, Human Resources
(707) 527-4831

  • Employee/employer relations issues
  • Personnel policies/procedures interpretation
  • Classified and Management classification reviews; Co-chair of Classification Review Committee
  • Oversees Professional Development
  • Tri-chair of Professional Development Committee
  • Embracing a Culture of Inclusion Program
  • Liaison to Academic Senate Equivalency and Faculty Staffing Committees
  • Professional development and compliance training programs for all employee groups
  • Supports the Faculty Flex Program
  • Classified Release Time Requests
  • Questions about personnel policies/procedures and collective bargaining agreements

Sussanah Sydney
Manager, Human Resources/Employment Equity
(707) 527-4821

  • Recruitment of Regular and Associate Faculty, Classified, and Management staff
  • Oversight of recruitment/outreach
  • Recruitment procedures and timelines
  • Job announcements and advertising
  • Committee orientations and monitor assignments
  • Maintenance of Associate Faculty pools
  • Minimum qualifications and equivalency questions
  • Cultural Competency training
  • Equal Employment Opportunity efforts
  • New Staff and Faculty Orientations
  • Exit Interviews
  • Oversight of employee leaves of absence and leave-related benefits administration

Brenda Dixon
Executive Assistant, Human Resources
(707) 521-6957

  • Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources
  • Contact to make appointments with the Vice President
  • Human Resources portion of the Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting agenda
  • Management Team Organizational Chart
  • Employee of the Month
  • Employee Sunshine Fund
  • Maintenance of Human Resources website
  • Retirements and Resignations
  • Provides administrative support to Human Resources Management

Robin McHale
Manager, Human Resources/Employee Health & Safety
(707) 524-1507

  • SRJC Employee Health & Safety
  • ADA Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator for District Employees
  • Ergonomic Program Management
  • District Workers' Compensation Coordinator
  • District Safety and Health Committee Chair
  • District Accessibility Committee Member

Christie Colón
Human Resources Specialist, Benefits
(707) 527-4304

  • Employee Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance benefit programs
  • Associate Faculty Medical Benefits
  • Retiree Medical and Dental benefit programs
  • COBRA Notifications
  • Open Enrollment Information
  • Health Care Reform Information
  • Reduced Workload Program
  • Early Retirement Option Program
  • CalPERS and CalSTRS Retirement System Information

Gina Waggoner
Human Resources Specialist, Systems & Compensation
(707) 527-4786

  • Position control
  • Classified seniority list
  • Faculty seniority list
  • Pay rates for instructors
  • PAF number reservations (Faculty, Management and Associate Faculty)
  • Budget issues as they pertain to Escape
  • Salary placements for Regular and Associate Faculty
  • Salary schedule movement for Regular and Associate faculty
  • Faculty, Associate and Management PAFs/Master PAFs
  • New hire processing for instructors
  • Human Resources reports
  • Adobe sign assistance for Faculty, Associate and Management PAFs
  • Full time faculty obligation report (75/25)
  • FSA (Faculty Service Area) applications
  • Associate Faculty resignations

Linda Jay
Human Resources Technician
(707) 527-4817

  • Notice of Absence and all leave tracking for Classified, Faculty and Management staff
  • Extended medical, maternity and parental leaves
  • Long Term Disability & Illness
  • Fingerprinting
  • TB clearance tracking
  • Evaluation tracking for Management and Classified staff
  • Instructional Assistant step movement and tracking
  • Pre-emplyment physical process for STNC and Professional Experts
  • STNC Days Report

Jenne Arden
Human Resources Technician
(707) 527-4785

  • Classified, STNC, Professional Expert PAFs/Master PAFs
  • Employment paperwork processing for STNC and Professional Experts staff
  • New staff and Faculty orientations

Jamie Cook  
Human Resources Technician 
(707) 527-4644 

  • Human Resources Technician for Regular and Associate Faculty, Management, and Classified staff recruiting
  • Requisitions, recruitment statistics, job announcements and advertisements
  • Initiation and Processing of Regular & Associate Faculty, Management and Classified new hire paperwork/Onboarding
  • Pre-employment physical process for designated classifications
  • Maintenance of Associate Faculty pools
  • Hiring Committee paperwork
  • Maintenance of Human Resources PDA website

Bridget C. Hodenfield
Administrative Assistant I
(707) 527-4954

  • Department Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
  • General information
  • Employment Application questions
  • Employment verifications
  • Volunteer Agreement forms
  • The person to call when you don’t know who to talk with in the Human Resources Department

Toni Chase
Administrative Assistant II
(707) 524-1654

  • General information for Environmental Health & Safety
  • Ergonomic Assessments for SRJC District employees
  • Reasonable Accommodation Assistance
  • Workers' Compensation Assistance