Meet the Staff

The Office of Human Resources is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you have questions or would like to meet with a member of the HR team, please visit here to schedule a virtual appointment. If you have documents or other items to drop-off in HR, please use the HR Dropbox near the main entrance during business hours. Thank you for your cooperation, as we work to de-densify the office space and maintain physical distancing.

Our Location

Our mailing address is 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. We are located on City Avenue near the corner of 54th Street in the strip of offices next to Wendy's (across City Avenue from Hagan Arena and Mandeville).

Applicant Support

For all applicant inquiries (how to apply, issues creating an account or uploading documents, requesting status of an application, etc.) please call 610-660-1290 or email:


Zenobia Hargust

Chief Human Resource Officer

Provides strategic leadership and oversight in all areas of Human Resources including: Compensation, Benefits, Employment, Employee Relations, Corrective Action/Conflict Resolution, and general HR advice and counsel. Serves as EEO Officer.

Jessica Berry

Human Resources Coordinator
Phone: (610) 660-1295 Email:

The Human Resources Coordinator serves as the initial point of contact for employees and visitors to the Office of Human Resources (HR), providing the first level of information and support and engaging other members of the HR team as needed for further support.  This position is responsible for onboarding new employees.

Talent Management & Engagement

Taba Pickard

Director, Talent Management & Engagement
Phone: 610-660-3313  | Email:

Serves as the lead consultative business partner, expert resource and strategist in the areas of employee engagement and relations, talent recruitment and retention, and performance management.

Tenisha McDowell

HR Campus Partner, Employee Relations
Phone: 610-660-3309  | Email:

Serves as primary liaison for employees who seek to avail themselves of a University family/medical leave of absence.  Provides support to employees on disability and paid time off , as well as Workers’ Compensation claims.

Julie Christoph

HR Campus Partner, Learning & Development

The HR Campus Partner, Learning & Development designs and delivers presentations and conducts workshops. This position also collaborates with department leaders and key constituents to assess the University's evolving training and development needs and provide effective responses.

Phone: 610-660-3311  | Email:


Total Rewards

Chris Brutsche

Director, Compensation & Benefits
Phone: 610-660-3390  | Email:

The Director for Compensation and Benefits is responsible for the design, implementation, administration, evaluation and communication of the University’s benefits and compensation programs, policies and plans. The Director for Compensation and Benefits will also direct the HR Specialist supporting Benefits and Wellness as well as the HR Associate supporting compensation analysis and general HR data integrity and reporting.

Megan Guarni

HR Campus Partner, Total Rewards
Phone: 610-660-3376  | Email:

The Human Resources Specialist serves as the lead in providing customer service to employees for all benefit-related inquiries and benefits administration.  This position also serves as the University’s primary liaison for employee wellness initiatives.

Human Resource Information Systems & Analytics

Catherine Bock

Associate Director, HR Systems & Operations
Phone: 610-660-1287   | Email:

Responsible for maintaining HR systems, managing the HR project portfolio, managing the departmental budget
& reconciliation efforts, and all data analysis.

Sarah Seidman

HR Campus Partner,  Data Analytics & Operations
Phone: 610-660-3369   | Email:

Supports the compensation analysis process and serves as the initial point of contact for compensation questions, and HR reporting needs.

Additional Contact Information

Health Advocate

Phone: 866-695-8622

Provides 24/7 support assisting employees with service issues and benefit questions regarding medical, dental, vision, and health savings accounts.


Phone: 800-842-2776

Provides support to employees with their retirement. The Saint Joseph's University plan number is 103683.