Jessica Welch, SHRM-CP

Director, HR Development

Talent acquisition, development, and management; compensation and classification plan administration;  supervisor training; employee relations; policy development and application


Jessica’s favorite Sewanee activity is eating her lunch outside and enjoying a few moments of peace or a great conversation with a friend.

Maris Owens

Sr. HR Generalist

Data integrity and retrieval for reporting, additional pay and stipend processing, time sheet issues and questions, Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)
Maris’ favorite Sewanee activity is enjoying the view while sitting on the back patio of the Sewanee Inn.

Sarah Sells

HR Administrator

Coordinate hiring process including pre-screenings, on-boarding and off-boarding, Applicant Tracking System (NEOED), verifications of employment, general administrative support for the HR office

Sarah's favorite Sewanee activity is to hike through Shakerag Hollow when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Chris Champion, SHRM-SCP

Director, HR Administration

Benefits oversight and administration (including plan design, compliance, COBRA, unemployment administration) retiree counseling; payroll oversight; policy development and application; HR compliance and governance


Chris’ favorite Sewanee activity is grabbing a vegan ‘chicken-less’ salad from Stirling’s for lunch and driving out to Morgan’s Steep to enjoy both the food and the view. 

Debbie Ladd

Payroll Manager

Employee payroll processing and management, W-2 and 1042-S reporting

Barbara Schloss

Employment Administrator

Coordinate student employment, student payroll, summer hiring, general administrative support for the HR office