The HR Team

Brian Evans

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Supports a dedicated team of HR professionals; counsel and guidance on matters relevant to human resources strategy, policy development and application, governance and oversight. Influences the University’s compensation philosophy and structure, and administers ADA accommodation processes for employees.

Brian's favorite Sewanee activity is climbing the mountain each day with the expectancy of great things to come.

Jessica Welch, SHRM-CP

Director, HR Development

Drives the people aspects of HR including talent acquisition, development, and management; compensation and classification plan administration; supervisor training; employee relations; and collaborative reviews.

Jessica’s favorite Sewanee activity is enjoying conversations with others in various capacities around campus, the elementary school and soccer field.

Sarah Sells

HR Generalist

Supports the people-focused initiatives of HR including talent acquisition; coordination of  hiring process including pre-screenings, on-boarding and off-boarding; Applicant Tracking System (NEOED) administration.

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

Chris Champion, SHRM-SCP

Director, HR Administration

Drives the process aspects of HR including benefit plan administration; benefit and position budget management; position control administration; HRIS administration; payroll oversight; HR compliance protocols.

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.

Maris Owens

Sr. HR Generalist

Administers leave administration (including Family & Medical Leave); employee benefit and wellness engagement; Nonresident Alien Taxation administration; HRIS data management; benefit enrollment support

Maris’ favorite Sewanee activity is enjoying the view while sitting on the back patio of the Sewanee Inn.

Barbara Schloss

Payroll Administrator

Administers payroll processing and management (including student, hourly, and salary processings); payroll and tax reporting; Nonresident Alien Taxation support