Meet the Staff

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.

Employment Services

Taba Pickard

Director, Employee Relations and 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.

Nicole Brown

Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 610-660-1936  | Email:

Serves as a business partner in employee recruitment and hiring, provides support to hiring managers and search committees for the PeopleAdmin system, coordinating ad placements and reviewing candidate selections.  Supports hiring Adjuncts, GAs, Temps and Volunteers. Oversees the applicant assistance team.  Also supports training and employee events.

Tenisha McDowell

Human Resources Specialist
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.

Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources Information Systems

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 Specialist, Benefits & Compensation
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.

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

Human Resources Associate
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.