Leadership Team

Beth Pugliese

Carrie Medders

Julie Paisant

Carolina Buchting

Anita Vasquez

Carwin Liang


Associate Vice President
Beth Pugliese - 408.924.1116

The Associate Vice President provides strategic leadership for the department closely aligning with the goals of the SJSU Strategic Plan: Vision 2017. Providing excellence in customer service to faculty, staff, students and potential SJSU employees is the most effective way to help and care for those requiring services from Human Resources.

Senior Director
Carrie Medders - 408.924.2280

The Senior Director manages the Workforce Planning, Training and HR Information Systems units, ensuring effective workflow and processing related to recruitment, on boarding, classification and compensation, as well as fee waiver, training, special events and PeopleSoft HR.

Director, Office for Equal Opportunity & Employee Relations
Julie Paisant - 408.924.2255

The Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Employee Relations manages both units and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements and policies. The Director is also responsible for investigating complaints and providing campuswide leadership related to equal opportunity and employee relations.

Manager, Employee Services
Carolina Buchting - 408.924.1117

The Manager of Employee Services manages the Employee Services staff responsible for processing personnel transactions for faculty, staff and students, maintaining personnel files, and ensuring immigration laws are followed. The Manager also works to ensure a positive and effective experience for visitors by managing customer services interactions.

Manager, Benefits and Payroll
Anita Vasquez - 408.924.2271

The Manager of Benefits and Payroll manages all functions related to employee payroll and benefits, including acting as a liaison with the State Controller's Office and the California Public Employees Retirement System.

Manager, Employee & Labor Relations
Carwin Liang - 408.924.2141

The Manager of Employee and Labor Relations works closely with diverse labor unions to ensure the employer-employee relationship is collaborative and collegial while ensuring compliance with respective collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, the Manager is responsible for advising management on personnel matters and investigates complaints related to employee relations or policy violations.