Human Resource Staff

Cliessa Allen

Human Resources Office Assistant
(509) 313-5996

Cliessa is responsible for answering general Human Resource questions, assisting employees with completing paperwork, and providing general clerical support for the Human Resource team.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2014.

Title IX Coordinator

(509) 313-6910

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the University with primary responsibility for coordinating University Title IX (T9) compliance efforts. 

Larry Hagel
Safety Programs Manager

(509) 313-5856

Larry is responsible for the development and implementation of employee safety programs, building and grounds safety, chemical hygiene safety which includes hazardous waste disposal, safety training, ergonomics, and emergency preparedness. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, he developed hazardous waste operations and emergency preparedness plans for large companies in the northwest. He joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2013.

Caris Friberg
Employment Specialist

(509) 313-5915

Caris is responsible for coordination of the employment function by screening and processing applications, the recruiting and hiring processes, and ensuring consistency with Gonzaga's Mission, EEO/Affirmative Action, and diversity initiative.  She also completes verifications of employment.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2015.

Tracy Kelly
HRIS Manager

(509) 313-5857

Tracy is responsible for Human Resources information systems and workflow.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2001.

Heather Murray
Associate Director, Human Resources

(509) 313-6829

Heather is responsible for compensation administration, job evaluations and requisitions, wage and hour compliance, and oversees the employment functions.  Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Heather worked in the Human Resource Management field for an electronics manufacturing company here in Spokane. She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2000.

Christine Purviance
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer

(509) 313-5858

Christine is responsible for serving employees, faculty, and students through the oversight and enforcement of the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action functions of the University.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2013.

Lisa Schwartzenburg
Benefits Manager

(509) 313-5861

Lisa is responsible for the management of the employee benefit programs such as the retirement, medical, dental, life and disability plans. This includes making sure the plans are in compliance with government regulations, are competitive with area businesses, are fiscally sound and meet the needs of our staff and faculty.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2014.

Gretchen Stoup
Assistant Director, Employee Relations

(509) 313-6909

Gretchen helps Gonzaga staff navigate the sensitive topic of employee relations.  Employee Relations encompasses many different areas including employee engagement and retention, coaching, corrective action, and exit interviews.  In addition, Gretchen works with staff on conflict resolution, grievance processes, policy and procedure interpretation, training on employee relations related topics, and oversees the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Title IX functions.   Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Gretchen has held the titles of Human Resources Manager, Corporate Recruiter and Store Manager for a large retailer. Her experiences have contributed to her passion for assisting staff and helping organizations grow and succeed. She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2008.

Jason Swain
Employee & Organizational Development Manager

(509) 313-6124

Jason is responsible for leadership and management development, employee professional development, diversity awareness training and provides internal consulting services for individuals, teams and departments on a variety of issues impacting organizational effectiveness. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Jason has been guiding individuals, teams and mid- to large-size, publicly held companies as well as non-profit organizations for over 10 years.  He joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2004.

Angela Swan
Benefits & Accommodation Specialist
(509) 313-5852

Angela is responsible for planning, coordinating, communicating, and implementing benefit programs and disability management for employees.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2013.

Melissa Waite
HR Analyst

(509) 313-5853

Melissa is responsible for assisting with Human Resource Information Systems workflow and processes.  She joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2008.

Kirk Wood-Gaines
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

(509) 313-6827

Kirk has overall responsibility for the human resource activities of employment, compensation, benefits, affirmative action, training and development, employee relations, personnel policies and procedures, safety programs, workers compensation, and health management.  He joined the Gonzaga Human Resources team in 2012.

Mailing Address
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-0080
Phone: 509.313.5996
Fax: 509.313.5815

Located at: 102 E. Boone Ave.
Office hours: 8am-5pm, M-F