Management Team

Senior Leadership

Joanne M. Wright, J.D, Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel

Senior Associate Vice President, University Personnel

Joanne M. Wright, J.D | 408-924-2458

The Senior Associate Vice President provides strategic leadership for the department closely aligning with the goals of the Division of Organizational Development and the SJSU Strategic Plan. 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 University Personnel.


Julie Paisant, Senior Director, Employee Relations, Retention, and Equal Opportunity

Senior Director, Employee Relations, Retention, and Equal Opportunity

Julie Paisant | 408-924-2255

The Senior Director manages the Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity units and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements and policies. The Senior Director is also responsible for investigating complaints and providing campuswide leadership related to equal opportunity and employee relations. In addition, the Senior Director manages the Recruitment and Retention unit.


James Lee, Senior Director for Faculty Affairs

Senior Director, Faculty Affairs

James Lee | 408-924-5866

The Senior Director for Faculty Affairs oversees the office staff dedicated to ensuring faculty success and advancement starting with recruitment and hiring through the retention, tenure and promotion process. The Senior Director works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to promote SJSU's commitment to continue to diversify the faculty.


Carrie Medders, Senior Director, Technology and Training

Senior Director, Technology and Training

Carrie Medders | 408-924-2280

The Senior Director manages technology in support of University Personnel functions, including system implementation, training, and support, as well as reporting, data analysis, and the department's website. In addition, the Senior Director manages the University's training and health and well-being programs.


Patricia Rodriguez, Senior Manager, Employee Support Services

Senior Manager, Employee Support Services

Patricia Rodriguez | 408-924-4095

The Senior Manager of Employee Support Services manages the staff responsible for processing personnel transactions for faculty, staff and students and maintaining personnel files. The Senior Manager also oversees the Tuition Fee Waiver programs and works to ensure a positive and effective experience for visitors by managing customer services interactions.


Anita Vasquez, Director, Benefits and Payroll

Director, Benefits and Payroll

Anita Vasquez | 408-924-2271

The Director of Benefits and Payroll manages all functions related to employee payroll and benefits, including leave programs and workers' compensation. The Director acts as a liaison with the State Controller's Office and the California Public Employees Retirement System.


Senior Management

Josh Etherington, Leave Programs and Worker's Compensation Manager

Leave Programs and Workers' Compensation Manager

Josh Etherington | 408-924-2155

The Leave Programs and Workers’ Compensation Manager manages all leave programs and processes on campus. The Manager is also responsible for managing the Return to Work programs.


Tony Garcia, Interim Manager, Recruitment & Retention

Interim Manager, Recruitment & Retention

Tony Garcia | 408-924-2143

The Interim Manager oversees the daily operations of the Recruitment and Retention unit. This includes the staff recruitment process as well as classification and compensation for the University.


Stacey Elsibai, Manager, Employee and Labor Relations

Manager, Employee and Labor Relations

Stacey Elsibai | 408-924-2142

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.