The HR Team

Brian Evans

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Provides counsel and guidance on matters relevant to human resources strategy, policy development and application, governance and oversight. Supports a dedicated team of HR professionals and serves on the executive cabinet.


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

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

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

Maris Owens

Sr. HR Generalist

Employee relations, leave administration (including Family & Medical Leave), and compensation administration


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

Sarah Sells

HR Generalist

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. 

Barbara Schloss

Payroll Administrator

Student employment process administration including student payroll, summer hiring, and position control. Employee payroll processing and management, W-2 and 1042-S reporting