Who We Are

Human Resources
Blumenthal Hall, 249 University Avenue Suite 202, Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: 973-353-5500 Fax: 973-353-1532 Email: hrnewark@newark.rutgers.edu 

Arleska Castillo, Director For Human Resources

Lenese Jean, Acting Assistant Director 
  • Oversees day-to-day operations of HR-N
  • Conducts position reviews & classifications
  • Monitors and provides training on the Recruitment, Onboarding, and Classification System (ROCS)
  • Administers staff recruiting & advertising
  • Provides guidance on compensation & salary 

Judith Crespo, Senior Benefits Specialist

  • Oversees administration regarding benefits
  • Advises and assists employees with retirement process, FMLA/NJFLA and general benefits information
  • Conducts benefit workshops, including general pre-retirement seminars, individual retirement counseling, and paid time accrual for employees
Michelle Joan Rances, HR Training Coordinator
  • Designs, develops, and facilitates Employee Development, Leadership and Management Training
  • Provides recommendations for process improvements based on training feedback
  • Maintains and updates HR website content related to Learning and Development
  • Creates and implements communications on behalf of Rutgers University-Newark HR
Irma Mendoza, HR Staff Associate
  • Provides day-to-day guidance on the administration of all benefits
  • Resolves benefit related inquiries
  • Processes Temporary Disability applications and Unemployment Claims
  • Notarizes documents for university related business only

Talesha Paillere, HR Staff Associate

  • Responds and resolves general inquires related to benefits, compensation, employment, and other departmental and university activities
  • Provides training on the Recruitment, Onboarding, and Classicization System (ROCS)
  • Performs bookkeeping, filing, and clerical duties
  • Assists HR Newark front desk