A. Tracy Hassett
- Vice President for Human Resources
Tracy Hassett is the Vice President for Human Resources. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roger Williams University and certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, Tracy is responsible for providing strategic vision for the work of the Office of Human Resources. Tracy joined the WPI community over 10 years ago and has 17 years of experience in the HR field.
Cynthia J. Lindberg
- Director of Human Resources
Cindy Lindberg joined the Office of Human Resources at WPI in August of 2001. She graduated from Worcester State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources Management. After joining WPI she returned to school and graduated from Nichols College with her MBA in 2005. In her role as Director, Cindy primarily oversees staff employment, payroll, benefits, and employee relations. Cindy is a Notary Public for the State of Massachusetts.
- Benefits Administrator
Eric Chojnowski joined WPI in February 2008 as Benefits Administrator. He graduated from Westfield State College in 1992 with a BS in Mass Communication, and obtained his SPHR certification in 2004. Eric has worked in the Human Resource field for the past 16 years, specializing in benefits for the past seven years. As Benefits Administrator, Eric oversees all processes related to employee benefits, including but not limited to: enrollment in health insurance and retirement plans, employee leaves, short- and long- term disability, tuition remission, and life insurance.
Kristan Coffey joined the Office of Human Resources in October of 2014. She will be primarily responsible for managing and ensuring institutional compliance in all areas of Human Resources. Kristan graduated from Bentley College in 1991 with a BS in management and she received her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from Assumption College in 1999. Kristan has over 20 years of HR experience in various roles.
- Information Analyst - Human Resources and Finance
Dave Croke is the Human Resources Information Analyst who serves as a liaison between the Human Resources Division, IT resources, and the WPI Unified Digital Campus (UDC) project teams. In this role, Dave provides input to work groups engaged in promoting data stewardship, data access, and administrative systems best practices to the university. Dave works as part of a campus-wide team of Information Analysts who provide process and technology support to their assigned business units. Each Information Analyst brings practical business experience and technical knowledge into the business units and collaborates with other staff to support the initiatives of the UDC.
Gina F. Ferraro
- Executive Assistant
Gina Ferraro joined WPI in 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in the HR field. She is certified in Human Resources Management and Leadership and Management Development. As the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Human Resources, Gina’s work focuses primarily on the recruiting and employment processes for WPI. She also assists the Vice President with special projects throughout the year, including union negotiations, drafting retirement agreements, and confidential employee relations issues.
- Human Resources and Benefits Assistant
Jane Lapierre joined WPI in 1999. In her role as Human Resources & Benefits Administrator, she processes employee and benefit forms into SCT Banner system. Jane is the main contact regarding processing forms for the hiring of new employees and the maintenance of present employees. Jane received her Associates Degree from Quinsigamond Community College and completed the Interior Design Program at Becker College.
- HR Generalist / HRIS Analyst
Melissa Luzzo joined the Office of Human Resources in July 2014. She will be primarily responsible for the implementation of training and development programs, as well as assisting with employee relations, compensation administration, HR communications, recognition programs, benefits and the maintenance and support of the Human Resources Information System. Melissa graduated from Worcester State University in December of 2005 with a BS in Business Administration and is currently studying to obtain her PHR certification.
- Benefits Specialist
Jessica Szymczak joined the Office of Human Resources at WPI in January of 2010. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. With multiple years of Human Resources experience, Jessica will be primarily responsible for assisting the Benefits Administrator, and will also be the primary contact for the department.
- Payroll Manager
Lori Costello has been part of the WPI community for over 25 years, having joined WPI in 1987. As Payroll Manager, Lori is responsible for the processing and accuracy of all faculty, staff and student paychecks at WPI. Lori maintains controls and complies with federal and state requirements for these payrolls. Lori graduated from Quinsigamond Community College and attended Worcester State University.
- Payroll/Accounting Clerk
Melissa Kozerski joined the Office of Human Resources and Payroll at WPI in July of 2007. She attended Salem State University. With multiple years of accounting experience primarily in banking, Melissa is responsible for overseeing the preparation and document processing of student payrolls and assisting the Payroll Manager.
Mayase Sikazwe joined the Office of Human Resources in April 2014. Mayase is responsible for processing the biweekly and monthly payrolls, and also managing the vacation accruals and leave balances for employees. Mayase holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Worcester State University.