The Finance and Operations Human Resources Team has dual reporting to Rod Lehnertz, Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations/University Architect and Cheryl Reardon, Chief HR Officer & Associate Vice President.

The Finance and Operations HR Team provides support to all departments within the division that is comprised of various different departments/units and over 950 regular staff and approximately 550 part-time/students:

  • Accounting and Financial Reporting & Capital Asset Mgt
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Grant Accounting
  • Printing and Mail Services
  • Surplus
  • University Business Manager & UI Space Planning
  • Administration
  • Controller
  • General Stores
  • Parking and Transportation
  • Risk Management
  • Treasury and Budget
  • Accounts Payable & Travel
  • Facilities Management
  • Laundry Services
  • Purchasing
  • Tax Manager
  • University Shared Services



Lew Montgomery

Interim Senior Human Resources Director

The HR team focuses its resources on supporting F & O staff and students in a way that ensures a positive employee experience that furthers the mission and vision of Finance and Operations and the University.

HR responsibilities include multiple touch points along the employee life cycle, which include:

Recruitment and Retention – Training and Development – Compensation – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Performance Management – Legal Compliance – Safe Work Environment/Wellbeing – Organizational Culture



Colton Smith

Human Resources Generalist, PHR

HR Representative for:​
Facilities Management -
• Administration
• Business
• Communications
• Custodial
• FM@YourService
• Information Technology
• Stores
• Utilities

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Vanessa Steffen, PHR/SHRM-CP

Human Resources Generalist

HR Representative for:
Department of Public Safety
Business Services -
• A/P & Travel
• Administration
• Central Mail
• General Stores
• Laundry
• Parking & Transportation
• Printing
• Purchasing
• Risk Management
• Shared Services
• Surplus

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Courtenay Villhauer, PHR

Human Resources Generalist

HR Representative for:
Facilities Management -
• Design & Construction
• Fire Life Safety
• Landscape Services
• Oakdale
• Building Operations & Maintenance

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Jessica Voelker, PHR/SHRM-CP

HR Representative for:​
Business Manager’s Office
Controller's Office
Financial Reporting
Treasury Operations/Budgeting

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Dianne Reeve

Human Resources Coordinator / Student Employment Coordinator

Haili Smith

Human Resources Coordinator / Payroll Administrator