Phone: (352) 392-4626
Fax: (352) 392-1055
Mail: PO Box 115006, Gainesville, FL 32611
|M.A., Mass Communication, University of Florida
B.A., Berea College, Kentucky
As assistant vice president for HRS, Jodi oversees UF Training and Organizational (UF T&OD) Development, Classification and Compensation and HRS Communications.
As the former director of UF T&OD, Jodi was responsible for overseeing a comprehensive training and organizational development program, serving approximately 65,000 participants via instructor-led and online training annually. She is experienced in strategic program development and assessment.
With more than 20 years of related experience, Jodi regularly serves as a change management engagement manager for high-level institutional changes and routinely speaks to local, regional, and national groups about teamwork, management and leadership, and communication strategies.
Director, UF Training and Organizational Development
|Ph.D., Religious Studies, Boston University
Master of Divinity, Yale University
B.A., Northwestern University
As director of Training & Organizational Development (T&OD), Dr. Parks works with the T&OD team to create a significant competitive advantage for UF through great leadership, team effectiveness and individual employee excellence. He has worked at UF as a trainer and OD consultant for more than ten years.
Before joining UF, he taught or trained in both university and corporate environments for more than five years. In his current role, Dr. Parks facilitates several of UF’s Leadership Development programs as well as courses in the Managing at UF certification program. He also provides strategic planning and other organizational development services to departments and work units across campus.
He has lived in Chicago, Jacksonville, New Haven, Providence and Boston—and now lives in Gainesville with his wife, son and daughter.
Assistant Director, UF Training and Organizational Development
|M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida College of Education
B.A., Secondary Education English, La Salle University
As assistant director of Training and Organizational Development, Scott brings 14 years of teaching, educational technology and instructional design experience to his role. Prior to joining T&OD, Scott served as the coordinator of instructional design for UF’s College of Pharmacy for five years.
As the chair of UF’s Collaborative Software Committee, he led the campus-wide effort to select and implement Elluminate Live, a virtual classroom application. Scott has also worked in the corporate world as an instructional designer, most notably for Regeneration Technologies Inc. in Alachua. Scott began his career teaching high school English for three years in Pennsylvania.
Grants Training Manager
|B.A., Telecommunications, University of Florida
As the Grants Training Manager for T&OD, Steve Slater is responsible for training all aspects of the grants lifecycle. An instructional designer with more than 12 years experience, Steve has planned, written and produced computer-based and classroom instruction covering a wide variety of subjects.
Steve worked for eight years as an instructional designer at Sage Software, creating training for Medical Practice Management and Electronic Health Records software. He also served for five years at LearnitCorp, a company that was the official provider of interactive training for Microsoft Press. Finally, Steve has more than 10 years experience as a video producer.
|Irma Alvarez||M.B.A., Human Resources, George Washington University
B.A., Economics and French, Wellesley College
Irma recently returned to HRS to support the Training and Organizational Development team as facilitator and trainer. Her human resources experience includes ten years as a generalist with involvement in recruitment, compensation, benefits and training.
Irma moved to Gainesville from Washington, DC where she was employed by the Meridian International Center, Unisys Corporation and the Inter-American Development Bank. She first joined HRS in 1993 as a member of the Employee Relations staff at both the IFAS and PPD Satellite Offices.
Irma is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the Board of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra.
|Tricia Bachus||B.S., Graphic Design, University of Florida
Tricia is Senior Leadership and Organizational Development Specialist for the T&OD team. She has experience in strategic planning and assessment, organizational and team development, and leadership strategies.
With more than 30 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, she recently moved back to Gainesville after being gone for eight years to work as an executive for a national youth development organization. She has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, and Philadelphia.
Tricia has successfully launched two children who are confident, joyful, and well-adjusted adults.
|Jamie Cooke||B.A., Sociology, University of Florida
A.A., Brevard Community College, Florida
Jamie’s role on the Training and Development team focuses on compliance training on campus. In this role, Jamie is a contact for identifying how best to track compliance training, conducted by various UF providers, in the myUFL system to provide comprehensive employee training records.
Prior to joining T&OD, Jamie was an Airport Customer Service Representative for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in Gainesville. In addition to being responsible for ticketing, gate operations and ground security, she was also a member of ASA’s City Development Team. Jamie grew up on Florida’s Space Coast, but now calls Gainesville home.
As a recent graduate of UF, she spends her free time cheering on the Florida Gators and enjoying all the cultural opportunities that are offered in the local area.
|Alicia Leeper||B.A., Psychology, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University
Alicia handles customer and classroom support as the Program Assistant. She also helps the team by ordering supplies, proofreading materials and troubleshooting.
Currently pursuing a Professional MBA at UF, she strives to expand her knowledge in the field of Organizational Development. As both a UF student and employee, she brings a unique perspective to addressing training problems on campus.
Alicia has lived locally for more than 10 years, attending the International Baccalaureate program at Eastside High School.
|Cynthia Mendoza||M.A., English Literature, University of Florida
B.A., English Literature, University of Florida
Cynthia serves as the training coordinator for Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS), the first UF professional development program targeted to business administrators on campus. As part of the Training and Organizational Development team, Cynthia serves as a trainer, instructional designer, event planner and organizational development consultant in support of GBAS and related programs, including the Pro3 series.
Cynthia began her career teaching at the University of Florida and has also spent time training in the corporate environment.
|Ronda Mitchell||M.Ed., University of North Florida
B.A., Liberal Studies, Thomas Edison State College
With more than 12 years of technology and professional development training experience, Ronda is an accomplished trainer in the arena of higher education with a passion for educational technology and distance learning development. Ronda works with the elearning program, assists with organizational and professional development initiatives throughout campus, and facilitates several instructor-led courses on leadership and communication.
Ronda lives in the Alachua area with her husband and two young sons.
|Courtney Moon||B.A., History, University of Florida
Courtney is a professional skills trainer for the Training and Organizational Development team. In her role, she is responsible for the development and facilitation of business communication and management skills training.
Courtney also serves as an organizational development consultant, is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People instructor. Prior to joining T&OD, she was a human resource manager with a Fortune 500 company.
Courtney is a native Floridian and alumna of the University of Florida.
Kenya currently is our education/awards coordinator. She joined Training and Organizational Development in the summer of 2009. In this role, Kenya coordinates the employee educational benefits including Higher Education Opportunity Scholarship, Employee Education Program, and many of the employee awards programs managed by HRS.
Kenya has spent the last ten years of her career focused on benefits and brings a wealth of HR knowledge and diversity to the team. She is currently enrolled at Santa Fe College in the Business Administration program. Kenya is a Gainesville native and lives here with her daughter.