Rooftop View of Rutgers Campus
Rooftop View of Rutgers Campus
Art Gallery
Art Gallery
Dana Library During Fall
Dana Library During Fall
Commencement 2013
Commencement 2013
Rutgers Newark Soccer Field
Rutgers Newark Soccer Field

Human Resources
Blumenthal Hall, 249 University Avenue Suite 202, Newark, NJ 07102  Phone: 973-353-5500 • Fax: 973-353-1532  Email:

Arleska Castillo, M.S. Organizational Behavior, Interim Director For Human Resources

Lenese Jean, Acting Assistant Director 
  • Conducts position reviews & classifications
  • Monitors and trains on the Applicant Tracking System
  • Administers staff recruiting & advertising
  • Provides guidance on compensation & salary issues

Judith Crespo, Senior Benefits Specialist

  • Oversees administration regarding benefits
  • Advises and assists employees with retirement process, FMLA/NJFLA and general benefits information
  • Facilitates New Employee Orientation
  • Conducts benefit workshops, including general pre-retirement seminars, individual retirement counseling, and paid time accrual for employees

Michelle Joan Rances, HR Training Coordinator

  • Design, develop, facilitate Employee Development, Leadership and Management Training, HR Policies and Procedures
  • Provide recommendations for process improvements based on training feedback
  • Maintain and update HR website content related to Learning and Development
  • Create, implement communications on behalf of Rutgers University-Newark Human Resources including circulation of HR Newark newsletter

Irma Mendoza, HR Staff Associate

  • Guides employees with the administration of their health, dental, prescription and vision plan forms
  • Resolves benefit related inquiries
  • Processes Temporary Disability applications
  • Notarizes documents for university related business only

Eslam Abdelbasset, HR Staff Associate

  • Supports staffing for new mission strategic initiatives
  • Coordinates Professional Development events
  • Co-facilitates New Employee Orientation
  • Assists HR Newark front desk

Talesha Paillere, HR Staff Associate

  • Responds to general inquires related to benefits, compensation, employment, and other departmental and university activities
  • Address any issues regarding employees’ benefits
  • Performs bookkeeping, filing and clerical duties
  • Assists HR Newark front desk