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Human Resources Enterprise

Front Desk Receptionist  515-281-5889
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Employment Services
Job announcement and application review, position classification and compensation, statewide recruitment, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity, employee relations
Organizational Performance
Personnel Officer and Human Resources Associate services
Risk and Benefits Management
Health and dental insurance for active employees and retirees, life and long-term disability, FMLA and military leaves of absence, flexible spending accounts (FSA), Retirement Investors' Club (RIC), training and development, workers' compensation and safety



Title Name Phone
HRE Chief Operating Officer Christy Niehaus 515-281-5064   
Administrative Assistant Susan Churchill 515-281-3351
Communications Lisa Jones 515-201-0433 (c)
Front Desk, Mail and Receiving Julie Finnell 515-281-5889
DAS Human Resources Associate Meagnon Wilson 515-725-1248

Employee Investigations

Employee Relations, Violence in the Workplace, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination
  Andrea Macy 515-725-1178
515-314-8448 (c)
  Chris Peden 515-414-0630 (c)
  HRE Customer Service 515-281-5889
  HRE Customer Service - Fax 515-281-7970
  Employment Verification 515-725-0663

Employment Services

Title Name      Phone
Employment Services Bureau Chief Brad Thomas 515-281-5214
515-664-8189 (c)

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Anika Gaar 515-725-0110

Classification and Compensation

Classification Reviews, Classification System Management, Pay Studies
Classification and Compensation Coordinator Steve Ainger 515-281-8961
Classification Specialist Kristina Johnson 515-281-5068
Classification Specialist Whitney Smith McIntosh 515-281-4415
Classification Specialist, Employment Statistics Pete Peterson 515-281-4429

Pre-Audit / HRIS Systems

HRIS Systems, Disqualifications Elise Mullen 515-281-6889
HRIS Systems Velma Matchinsky 515-281-5239

Pre-Employment / Applications

Application Review, NEOGOV Applicant Tracking System, Recall/Outplacement, Job Announcements, Veteran Preference    
Pre-Employment Lead Kelly Fredericks 515-281-8893
Employment Specialist Keith Lord 515-281-6474
Employment Specialist Sarah Morgan 515-281-6479
Employment Specialist Mitch Waters 515-281-6811

Recruiting, Retention, and Diversity

Recruiting and Retention Assistance, Temporary Staffing Contract Manager, Diversity Ericka Acosta 515-725-2095
515-321-3320 (c)

Other Numbers

Employment Verification   515-725-0663
Employee Investigations, Employment Verification, Veterans' Form Submission Fax Number 515-281-7970

Organizational Performance        

Title Name Phone
Organizational Performance Bureau Chief Erin Reinders 515-414-0631 (c)

Personnel Officers

Available for consultation on labor and legal services issues, performance management, job classification, staffing issues, work rule and policy development, special pay actions. Carol Adams 641-422-9473
515-414-0658 (c)
Penni Campagna 641-422-9473
515-414-0658 (c)
  Davi Ellis 515-281-2097
515-422-4053 (c)
  Kristy Emmons 515-204-9412 (c)
  Lori Gregory 515-802-0993 (c)
  Erick Lynes 319-626-4222
515-414-0746 (c)
  Monica McAlpin 515-414-0749 (c)
  Debbie Noe 515-725-0675
    515-414-0622 (c)
  Jen Wolver 515-725-2242
515-321-0013 (c)

Human Resources Associates

Announce positions, perform background checks on new employees; conduct new hire orientation; assist employees with benefits enrollment and changes; process payroll and personnel action documents; assist employees with catastrophic leave applications and donations; enter and track workers’ compensation injuries; maintain personnel, medical, and hiring files; and track performance evaluation and increase dates.

Click here for a list of the agencies currently being served by the DAS Human Resources Associates.

Vacant 515-725-0103
Amy Brown 515-725-1247
Vacant 515-725-1246
Cory Shook 515-281-7611
Casie Voelker 515-725-1085
Jennifer Walker 515-725-2806
Marsha Webb 515-725-1733
Meagnon Wilson 515-725-1248

Risk and Benefits Management

Title Name Phone
Risk and Benefits Management Bureau Chief Jessica Lingo 515-418-0287 (c)

Health and Dental Insurance (Active Employees)

Health Insurance Team Leader
Health and dental policies and procedures, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Healthy Opportunities Wellness Program
Amy Liechti 515-422-7156 (c)
Health and Dental Program Specialist
Employee and retiree benefits, benefit education, health and dental premiums for active employees and retirees, HRE webmaster, Healthy Opportunities Wellness Program, optional insurance and automatic payroll deduction
Jim Pierson 515-281-5509
515-401-9696 (c)

Health and Dental Insurance (Retirees)

Retiree Benefits Specialist
Retiree health and dental applications and P1 approval
Susan Piel 515-725-0668
Employee and Retiree Benefits Specialist
Retiree health and dental insurance
Jim Pierson 515-281-5509
515-401-9696 (c)


IowaBenefits Specialist/Administration Kelley Hall  515-281-8989

Leave and Extended Insurance Plans

FMLA and Other Leave Programs
Leave programs (including FMLA contract management, military leave, donated leave, and leave without pay), unemployment insurance administrator contact
Krissy Estabrooks 515-281-6207
Life, Long-Term Disability, and COBRA Specialist
Life and long-term disability policies and procedures and premiums, COBRA application processing, relocation, employee discount programs, and billing adjustment back-up
Rachel Wilson 515-281-8866

Benefits Billing Adjustments

Payroll billing adjustments    
Accounting Technician 3 Sandy Mezera  515-281-8999
  Rachel Wilson (back-up) 515-281-8866

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Plan Administrator Jenny Sandusky 515-281-0569

Retirement Investors' Club (RIC) Deferred Compensation

General Inquiries: 866-460-4692 / Fax: 515-281-5102    
Plan Administrator Jenny Sandusky 515-281-0569
Program Associate
457/401a customer service and account processing
Christi Patterson 515-281-8677
Program Specialist 
Education and communications
Robbie Stoeker 515-242-6846
403b Plan Specialist 
Participating education-related employers/employees administration and service
John Williams 515-725-2135

Training and Development (Performance & Development Solutions/PDS)

Training & Development Specialist
Consultation with agencies on training and development needs; climate surveys, strategic planning/process improvement consulting; assessment and program evaluation; managing relationships with vendors providing services such as coaching and special sessions; coordinator of the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program; and course facilitator
Kim Hanson 515-401-9542 (c)
Administrative Assistant
Course scheduling - enrollments and cancellations, PDS web updates, bill processing
Mary DeVries 515-281-5456
Training Specialist
Consultation with agencies on training and development needs, assessment and program evaluation, course facilitator, and e-learning development
Danielle Potter 515-401-2389 (c)

Workers' Compensation and Safety

Workers' Compensation Coordinator Ryan Ihrke

515-414-6212 (c)

Safety Coordinator
Occupational Safety and Health, Ergonomic Program
Cindy Houlson 515-343-7394
Group Insurance, Healthy Opportunities, Workers' Compensation Fax Number 515-242-6450

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Updated 10/21/2019