Human Resources announces “HR Today” column

Human Resources

Look for the HR logo on Western Today to stay up-to-date on HR activity!

HR is committed to communicating pertinent HR information to ensure you are kept informed on new policies, retirement/insurance information, Human Resources Information System updates, payroll reporting, training, etc.


Phillip Dzwowa has joined our payroll team as a Fiscal Specialist 1.  He has replaced Liz Rasmussen’s position.  With Phillip’s strong communication skills and experience in the banking and investment industries, he’s a great addition to our team.  Please join me in welcoming Phillip.

Richard Van Den Hul, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, has promoted HR Director Chyerl Wolfe-Lee to Assistant Vice President for Human Resources in recognition of the additional responsibilities Chyerl has assumed in serving the University and Business and Financial Affairs. In making this announcement, Van Den Hul said, “Great things don’t just happen. They occur through hard work, initiative and great leadership. … Western is an even better place to work due, in part, to the great work being done by Chyerl and her staff.

Wolfe-Lee has worked in HR at Western for over 25 years. She assumed the role of Interim HR Director from 2006-2008, and has served as Director since 2008.

Human Resources offers Supervisor Training and Resources (STAR) classes. Current offerings include:

  • Communication and Healthy Conflict Resolution
  • Seamless Hires
  • Labor Relations 101

It’s easy to register online. Just visit HR’s Learning and Development site at

These classes are offered in an effort to support the University’s ongoing goal of developing competent supervisors. The University implemented POL-U5420.01 Training Supervisors on Human Resource Compliance Issues Employees earlier this year to make these trainings mandatory for all supervisors. The policy applies to all employees who hold a position designated as part of the “Supervisory Group”, which includes executive officers, faculty (including chairs), professional and classified staff who supervise one or more permanent faculty, professional or classified staff employees.
For more information or to ask questions, please call Nick Sanchez at (360) 650-7410 or email him at

The EAP is a valuable resource for personal and workplace issues. Sometimes serious problems if left unattended threaten our personal relationships and even our jobs. For those times, there’s EAP – your Washington State Employee Assistance Program

The EAP is the employee assistance program for State of Washington employees, other governmental entities, and their family members. The EAP is there to help you with personal or work-related problems that may be impacting your work performance. EAP's compassionate professionals have many years of experience in helping people clarify issues and resolve them. In-person or phone appointments available.
Appointment scheduling: 877-313-4455 Toll Free
After hours help line: 866-704-6364 Toll Free
TDD/TYY users, please call via WA Relay at 711.

Open enrollment is coming: The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program—the source of our employee benefits—has an open enrollment from November 1st through the 30th. During open enrollment, you can make a variety of changes including plan changes and who you cover on benefits.

The PEBB Program will have many resources available to help make informed decisions about your benefits. PEBB recently sent out the For Your Benefit newsletter. The newsletter and other helpful information is available on the PEBB website at And, we’ll provide additional reminders and information to you in early November.

Melissa Reed has joined our labor relations team as a Labor Relations Analyst. Among other support roles for labor relations, Melissa will be addressing contract administration questions, employee and supervisor concerns, etc. Melissa’s a great addition to our team. With Melissa’s commitment to provide excellent client service and her many years of experience as an HR Generalist, she’s a great addition to our team.