About Human Resources

Mission Statement

The mission of the Barnard College Human Resources Department is to support the advancement of Barnard’s goals, values and vision through staff recruitment and retention, training, benefits, compensation, and employee and labor relations.


Recruitment and Retention:

Support hiring managers in finding and keeping the best talent through efficient and compliant searches and, where appropriate, through promotion, job growth and reorganization.


Facilitate opportunities for development and professional growth through a variety of electronic, in-house and off-site training programs and a tuition assistance program.

Benefits and Compensation:

Ensure a competitive, compliant and fair total compensation package.

Employee and Labor Relations:

Foster positive relations and a productive, collegial working environment for all employee groups through fair employment policies and practice, and, where appropriate, the collective bargaining and mediation process.

For information about the area(s) of expertise and client group(s)
each staff member supports, please click here.



Catherine Geddis
VP, Office of Human Resources
(646) 745-8348


Robin Fennell
HR Office Manager
(646) 745-8346

Primary HR contact for all general HR inquiries including: Budget & Expense Administration, Employments Verification, Independent Contractors and Temporary Staffing.

Joy Liggett
HR Administrative Associate
(646) 745-8365

Acts as initial HR contact to welcome visitors, faculty, and staff to the Barnard campus. Manages new hires intake and background check processing.

Benefits / Client Services

Robin Beltzer
Senior HR Manager, Academic Programs
(646) 745-8345

Subject expertise in Academic/Faculty issues. Primary HR representative for the following departments: Academic Departments, Office of the Provost, BCRW and BLAIS [IMATS].


Alexcia Gayle
Employee & Labor Relations Director
(646) 745-8347

Subject expertise in Labor Relations. Primary HR support for the following departments: BCIT and Campus Services [Events, Facilities, Public Safety].



Benjamin Riendeau
Senior HR Manager, Talent Management
(646) 745-8352

Subject expertise in Recruitment/Staffing. Primary HR representative for the following departments: Communications, Dean of the College [all departments reporting to DOC], Development [ Alumnae Relations], Office of General Counsel, Office of the President and People Admin.



Terryann Waldron
Senior HR Manager for Benefits/Work Life
(646) 745-8353

Subject expertise in Benefits/Work Life. Primary HR representative for the following departments: Finance and Office of Human Resources.


Sarah De Freitas
Associate Director, Human Resources
(646) 745-8354


Serves as supplemental HR representative for all client groups; special focus on HR process, leaves of absence and communications.





Persida Hernandez
Director, HRIS & Compensation
(646) 745-8349

Subject expertise for all HRIS related issues, HR Metrics, Process Management, Reporting; includes: Health & Welfare, ESS [Employee Self-Service] and TimeSaver.


Mike Malena
HRIS Analyst
(646) 745-8351

Primary HR representative for HRIS related issues including: Faculty Appointment Processing, Colleague HR and Time & Attendance.