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Human Resources Contact Information

The Davenport University Human Resources team is here to support current and prospective staff and faculty with your needs. Whether you are a current staff member, prospective staff member or student, we invite you to contact us with any questions.

We are here to help:

Dave Veneklase
Executive Vice President for Organizational Development
Melissa Versluis
Executive Director of Human Resources
Deann Giles
Director of Employment Services 
Melissa Hooks
Compensation, Benefits & HRIS Analyst 
Kathy Natelborg
Sr. Human Resources Business Partner
Kristen Culp
Benefits Manager
Deb Bales
HR Consultant 
Stefanie Fortier
HR Consultant 

Who to contact list by topic:

Benefits & Wellness
Kristen Culp/Melissa Hooks
  • Benefits & New Hire Open Enrollment
  • Benefits Orientation
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Prescription Drug Plans
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Plan Accounts
  • PTO (Paid Time Off) and VTO (Volunteer Time Off)
  • Retirement Programs (TIAA-CREF)
  • Benefits Claims
  • Beneficiary and Status Changes
  • Wellness Program & Committee
  • FMLA, COBRA Coverage, Workers' Compensation
  • Tuition Remission and Tuition Reimbursement
Employee Relations/HR Partnership
Kathy Natelborg/Melissa Versluis

  • Partner with Managers/Leaders on HR Issues & Projects
  • Manager Consulting and Coaching
  • Discipline and Other Employee Issues
  • Performance Management and Goal Setting
  • New Manager Orientation
  • Recruiting Partnership (Leadership Level Positions)
  • Job Descriptions
  • Team/Department/Organizational Design
  • HR Policy Development, Guidance, Interpretation, Coaching
  • Change Management Initiatives
Human Resources Data
Melissa Hooks/Melissa Versluis

  • Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
  • HR Reports
  • Management/Manager Level Reports
  • Salary and Benefits Surveys
  • Databases/HR Data Analytics
  • Total Compensation Statements
  • Staffing Models/Staffing Level Analysis
  • Wage & Hour Tracking Compliance
Employment Services
Deann Giles/Deb Bales, Stefanie Fortier
  • Recruitment and Selection Process Support
  • People Admin Support
  • Placement of Job Postings & Advertising
  • Assistance with Personnel Actions (Status Changes)
  • Job Offer & Onboarding Communications
  • Pre-Employment Background Checks
  • New Employee Orientation & Onboarding
  • Personnel Files & Employment Records
  • Organizational Chart
  • Unemployment 
Melissa Versluis/Melissa Hooks
  • Compensation Analysis
  • Pay Grades/Pay Equity
  • Salary Surveys
  • Pay Increases/Promotions/Annual Increases
  • Supplemental Compensation
  • Interim Compensation
Student Employment
Deann Giles/Stefanie Fortier